by Dennis Dalman – firstname.lastname@example.org
The interior of Sartell High School is beginning to resemble a veritable art museum.
A couple of months ago, Deb Rolling’s art students completed a dazzling mural in a stairwell. The blazing-blue underwater scene was created under the guidance of an artist in residency.
Last week, the students created another mural – this one under the tutelage of a different artist-in-residence – Dan Mondloch of St. Cloud, Rollings and art liaison Cori Schneider.
Both projects were funded by a grant from the Central Minnesota Arts Board.
The new mural is a depiction, in multi-panels, of a birch tree within a landscape. The panels are acrylic paintings on masonite and pine boards.
Art instructor Rollings said the art works are part of a larger arts efforts in Sartell High School known as “Art in Motion,” which seeks to include the arts as an integral part of daily life for students, teachers, staff and visitors. Art in Motion is funded partly through a grant from the Sartell-St. Stephen Education Foundation.
The students who had a hand in the mural painting are Katelyn Dykhuizen, Mikayla Gessell, Rachel Stroh, Kaylin Meyer, Tyler Dockery, Kasey Muellenbach, Morgan Forbes, Kylee Bommersbach, Ann Malin, Rachel Teigland, Kyah Bengston, Jenna Bohlman, Kacy Dobe, Taylor Harren, Brett Jackels, Bree Kreutzer, Katherine Muntifering, Darien Prow, Alyssa Schoon, Jamal Skoog, Brandon Snoberger, Katelyn Evenson and Erin Deters.
Dalman was born and raised in South St. Cloud, graduated from St. Cloud Tech High School, then graduated from St. Cloud State University with a degree in English (emphasis on American and British literature) and mass communications (emphasis on print journalism). He studied in London, England for a year (1980-81) where he concentrated on British literature, political science, the history of Great Britain and wrote a book-length study of the British writer V.S. Naipaul. Dalman has been a reporter and weekly columnist for more than 30 years and worked for 16 of those years for the Alexandria Echo Press.