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R.T. "Skip" Wallen Art Exhibit through September 19

Posted on August 28 2012

The Mariner’s Trail linking Manitowoc and Two Rivers is the proposed site of a new sculpture by Manitowoc native and internationally recognized artist, R.T. “Skip” Wallen. Titled “The Spirit of the Rivers,” Wallen’s current work is slated for completion in 2014. When finished, it will be located at the convergence of Forget-Me-Not Creek and Lake Michigan located along the five mile scenic trail. The bronze sculpture will feature three 10 foot tall American Indian figures, two males and one female, with a tribal elder leading the way. Wallen’s vision is to communicate the link between our past and the responsibilities of our future. In honor of Wallen’s work, Silver Lake College of the Holy Family is proud to present an exhibit with photographs of his sculptures and maquettes, and the conceptual drawings for The Spirit of the River.

(Caption for photo) A maquette (small working model) for the “Spirit of the Rivers” project.

Skip Wallen graduated from Lincoln High School in 1960, and then went on to earn a degree in Zoology from the University of Wisconsin in Madison. After college graduation, he relocated to Alaska to work as a research biologist with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. While doing fieldwork Wallen began sketching wildlife, and he later secured a position as the department’s staff artist. In 1967, he opened his own gallery. His artwork has been acquired by private collectors and museums worldwide, and even been gifted by government officials and royalty. Wallen’s larger sculptures can be found in Alaska, Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, Washington, D.C., Geneva, and Amsterdam.

(Caption for photo) This World War II memorial in Fairbanks, Alaska is one of Skip Wallen’s most recently completed sculptures.

Open to the public and free of charge, the exhibit is located in the Silver Lake College Cafeteria Gallery, and will run through September 19th, 2012. Visitors are welcome Monday through Thursday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

(Caption for photo) “Windfall Fisherman,” a bronze bear commissioned in 1984 by the State of Alaska, was Wallen’s first sculpture, and greets visitors at the capital building in Juneau.