RAGBRAI art murals decorate Spencer

July 9, 2017

RAGBRAI art murals decorate Spencer

Local graphic designer and artist Kipp Davis has created two art murals to celebrate the upcoming RAGBRAI overnight stop in Spencer Sunday, July 23.

"Bill (from the Chamber of Commerce) contacted me and he trusted me with the design. When I did the wall I did it in an informative way, it was also in an abstract way. I wanted it to be creative, but also legible," Davis said.

One of the murals is in the window of the former Hallmark building on Grand Avenue. The other mural is in the Southpark Mall.

"I think everyone loves it. I have gotten nothing, but positive feedback. Everybody says it looks great. No one wants to have a big empty building in the middle of downtown so if we can bring positive attention, it is a win," Spencer Main Street Executive Director Nancy Naeve said.

Another mural will be featured for RAGBRAI in the downtown location's other windows soon.

"There are going to be thousands of people all over Spencer. I hope they do come down and eat and drink and visit. After their visit, we hope they come back again and again. Not all of the restaurants will be open, but Weezy's The Bear, Gary's on the River and the Dream Center's Terrazzo/McCreary's Cafe will be open. Prime Rib and the Silver Hammer will also be open for RAGBRAI Sunday the 23rd," Naeve said.

Once RAGBRAI is over, the murals will not go away. The murals will be replaced by new murals celebrating the Clay County Fair's 100th anniversary.

"I think right now we need to get the town behind it. I think a lot of people wait to say they will help until after the Fourth of July. It is a lot of work preparing all of this. We want people to think 'Wow, Spencer is such a great community,' and they will come back and shop and eat and stay. We want to leave a positive impact on them and I think we will," Naeve said.

Source: Spencer Daily Reporter | Photo: Colin Van Westen

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