2012 Danish Festival mural unveiled

By Kelli Ameling • Last Updated 10:52 pm on Friday, July 27, 2012

Vestaburg artist Luverne Adamson, was not only the poster contest winner for the Danish Festival, but the Danish Festival mural artist. The mural was unveiled Friday at Preferred Credit Union. — Daily News/Kelli Ameling

GREENVILLE — The community now has the ability to enjoy the Danish Festival mural as it was unveiled Friday morning.

The “Snow Queen” mural was unveiled on the north side of Preferred Credit Union, located on M-91 in Greenville.

Vestaburg artist Luverne Adamson not only painted the mural, but was selected as the winner of the poster/theme contest.

“I was just thrilled to be chosen to do this,” Adamson said.

Adamson read the whole story of “The Snow Queen” by Hans Christian Andersen and said the story was is what inspired her mural.

She said she wanted to include the sleeping bears because there is a line in the story about “no dancing and tea for the bears.”

The way the bears are portrayed in the mural is how she imagined them while she read the story.
Adamson said she used local children to model as the queen and the boy, while incorporating an 1800s Danish queen to give the queen a Danish look.

Danish Festival Executive Director Pam Jorae said this is the ninth Danish Festival mural in Greenville, and murals are common to see throughout Denmark.

“We are very blessed to have these,” Jorae said.

The winner of the posters are chosen by a vote from the Danish Festival Board of Directors. The poster is then purchased from the artists for the Danish Festival to keep.

“We had a lot of awesome entries,” Jorae said.

Adamson then applied to be the mural artist.

Jorae said the poster contest and mural painting are two complete different things, and this is the first time in at least nine years the same artist has received the privilege to do both.

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