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Community art comes to Crow River

Kristin Allen, left, and Melissa Gohman, right, work Monday on a community mosaic in downtown New London. (GARY MILLER | TRIBUNE)1 / 2
Pieces of mesh with glass stuck to it are adhered to a sculpture of a millstone Monday in downtown New London. Community members made the mosaic, which was paid for with a grant from the Southwest Minnesota Arts Council. The RiverSpace Project is supported by a grant from Artplace America. (GARY MILLER | TRIBUNE)2 / 2

Kristin Allen and Melissa Gohman recently installed a new piece of art in New London.

Allen is artistic director of the RiverSpace Project, a effort to create several community art pieces along the Crow River in New London.

Gohman is a visiting artist from the Paramount Theatre and Visual Arts Center in St. Cloud.

The mosaic is in the form of a millstone, an object that is part of the area’s history, Allen said. Members of the community helped create the images with colored bits of glass set on pieces of mesh that adhere to the glass when heated.

“We’ve had a lot of community help,” Allen said.

The pieces of mesh are then plastered to the millstone, a process that’s much easier than applying each piece of glass one at a time.

The images are of creatures typical to the area: a fox, a heron, a kingfisher, a turtle and a fish.

Gary Miller

Born and attended public schools in Willmar, Minn. Served 20 years in U.S. Navy as a photojournalist. Worked at West Central Tribune since retiring from the Navy in 1994.

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