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Fish Gone Wild to be 'released' next week in Spicer

Patt Nelson, left, and Randy Johnson, of rural Spicer, put a final coat of varnish on the wooden fish they decorated as part of the city of Spicer's "Fish Gone Wild" project. (Tribune photo by Carolyn Lange)1 / 3
Joel Osmond, of Spicer, lays out his materials as he works on his wild fish that incorporates deer hide, obsidian that he quarried himself and tin. (Tribune photo by Carolyn Lange)2 / 3
Jorden Nelson, left, and Kathy Munsell collaborated to create Lola (shown on Page C1) by using glass beads and crimped copper for Spicer's summer beautification project. (Tribune photo by Carolyn Lange)3 / 3

SPICER -- Lola. Phish-Styx. Akita. Two-faced Impostor. Wild Willy Walleye.

These are some of the names local artists have given to the fish they've created for Spicer's summer beautification project called Fish Gone Wild.

Kept under wraps since they received their simple 3-foot-long wooden cut-out of a fish early this spring, the artists will unveil their final works of art Thursday during a public reception to "release" the fish into the community.

The event is from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Lions shelter in the city park in downtown Spicer on Green Lake.

"It's really going to be fun to see them," said Sandy Saulsbury, who helped spearhead the project.

Saulsbury has actually seen some of the fish that have been completed and delivered to a top-secret location prior to Thursday's catch-and-release celebration. But the public will have to wait.

"We made this pact that we weren't going to show them to anyone," said Saulsbury. "My friends are asking, are you sure you won't show me, and I say 'I can't. I can't.'"

There's probably no one more curious than each of the 22 artists who are eager to see what the other artists did with the assignment, which was to take the flat wooden fish and decorate it. They were given free reign to do whatever they wanted with the fish that measured 16 inches high, 3 feet long and a couple inches thick.

Carolyn Lange

A reporter for more than 30 years, Carolyn Lange covers regional news with the West Central Tribune.

(320) 894-9750
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