New Fogarty mural for Marshall is unveiled

MARSHALL – As people gathered around the canvas displayed in the lobby at the Schwan Community Center for the Performing Arts Friday night, their comments tended to fall into two categories.

One: “It’s beautiful.”

Two: “I know who that is!”

The recognition of local faces was one of the elements Terrence Fogarty said he was going for in his new work, an oil painting destined to become the final mural in Marshall’s downtown mural project.

“What makes it special is all the subjects are from Marshall,” Fogarty said.

Fogarty, an artist and a Southwest Minnesota State University alumnus, was in Marshall on Friday for the unveiling of the artwork. The painting, a tribute to Marshall sports and recreational activities, was displayed at both the performing arts center at Marshall High School, and at SMSU during halftime at the men’s basketball game.

This summer, Fogarty’s work will be enlarged and hung on the south wall of the Varsity Pub building, at the intersection of Main Street and East College Drive. In his design, Fogarty included references to local teams like the Marshall Tigers, the SMSU Mustangs, and the Marshall A’s baseball team. And the faces of the people in the mural should be familiar to many – the figures are all drawn from local kids and youth, who were winners in a raffle for the chance to be Fogarty’s models.

Fogarty said months of work went into the painting. First came the sketching and design process. Then, in July and August Fogarty worked together with Cam Bailey at Marshall Community Services to arrange photo shoots of his models in action. He said it took about six or seven trips to Marshall to get all the reference material for the painting.

“I was trying to get the right time of day, and the right lighting,” Fogarty said. Fortunately, he said, the weather cooperated perfectly.

By late November, the painting was complete. Fogarty said it will be exciting to see it at mural size. “It should be pretty cool. The clarity and resolution should be just fabulous,” he said.

Marshall Mural Project chairwoman Becky Wyffels said limited-edition prints of Fogarty’s painting will be available to purchase. More information on ordering is available from the Marshall Area Fine Arts Council at 507-532-5463, or from Marshall Community Services at 507-537-6767.