Joyce Winter murals
The murals were painted using washable, non-toxic acrylic paint.
Winter has painted murals in several schools in Menomonee Falls and exhibits regularly at art shows and fairs. She has attended Mount Mary College, Milwaukee Area Technical College, and the Layton School of Art, all in Milwaukee. Funding for the project was provided by a gift from the French Family Foundation to the Mead Public Library Foundation.
Kweku Andrews sculpture
"Life Cycle” is a 144-inch by 36-inch panel by Kweku Andrews of Ghana, Africa, the 1979-1980 Sheboygan community artist-in-residence. According to the artist, the panel relates three different ideas about life from birth to old age.
Panel One shows the life stage during which the baby becomes the center of the parents’ attention. Children are very important because they represent the future security of the family. The border decoration is a symbol of the security of the home; the pot of water represents the parents nursing the child; the plants are a symbol of a child who needs parents to grow.
Panel Two deals with the adolescent who leaves the home to start a new life. While the parents hate losing a child, they leave the child with advice, expecting the child to uphold the family dignity. The bent plant tied to a straight pole represents a child; the pole represents parents. The border design symbolizes the parental control over the family.
Panel Three portrays the last stage of life when children take care of their elderly parents. Children should support their elderly parents, just as the parents raised the child. The border design depicts human relations. The tree on the right represents the mature child with two cut branches: one a walking stick for the aged parents and the other to support the old house on the left. The old house represents the aged parents.
Lowell Grant sculptures
A plaque was dedicated in 1954 in memory of Frances L. Meyer, who was the head children’s librarian from 1911 until her death in 1951. Using memorial contributions, Los Angeles sculptor Lowell Grant was commissioned to create a work of art showing Miss Meyer during a story hour.
Another plaque, directly to the south of the Meyer plaque, was a Grant commission of a local family that was later donated to Mead Public Library by the family.
Grant won scholarships to 12 art schools in Seattle and Los Angeles. His work can be found in public buildings and private collections on the west coast. His primary interest in sculpting was work symbolizing children and families.
Murat Brierre sculpture
Soleil de Mon Pays means “sun of my country.” This is the creation of Murat Brierre, Haiti’s great sculptor. His basic tools are a forge, anvil and hand tools that allow him to cut and work old oil drums and other metals into pieces of sculpture. At the time he created this sculpture in the 1960s, the young sculptor worked in a small studio in his home outside of Port-au-Prince. While he often creates religious sculpture, he also depicts witty scenes from everyday life. This sculpture was part of a 1968 traveling exhibit, “The Sculpture of Haiti,” that visited the John Michael Kohler Arts Center. It was purchased for Mead Library.
America, Land of Many Cultures
Artists: Art Enrichment Students of Washington Elementary
Media: Tempera on Wood, sealed with clear acrylic
The Art Enrichment program was a before and after school program available for students in 4th and 5th grade in Music and Art. One of the semesters of studies in both areas focused on diversity of the American population. Mary Sommersberger, the Music Teacher, selected a variety of ethnic songs for the students to learn. Sherril Vandenberg, the Art Teacher, had students research the native dress of a variety of children from around the world. The diverse population of Washington Elementary was the starting place. Each student designed their child from the research they had done. An end of the school year program was the culmination of the combined work. The Art Enrichment students performed songs from around the world and the new children were installed on the gym wall. Each year the program ended with the song “Weave Us Together” while the students wove the ribbons of a Maypole together. This tradition took place for several years.
Presented to the Mead Public Library from the Children of Washington Elementary School, August 2014.
Washington School closed June 2013.
Under the Sea
Artists: The 5th Grade Students of Washington Elementary
Media: Tempera Paint on Wood, sealed with clear acrylic
Graduating 5th grade classes designed their fish. Sherril Vandenberg, the Art Teacher, and Don Schinke, the North High Woodworking Teacher cut their designs out of wood. The students then painted their fish and they were added to many of the “aquariums” throughout the walls and entrances of Washington Elementary. Many 5th grade classes participated in creating this mural. Each graduating student left a part of themselves for students and families to enjoy for future years. These walls were disassembled and reconfigured for the Children’s Room of the Mead Public Library, with the help of Sherril Vandenberg, Kristine and Steven Wineland.
Presented to the Mead Public Library from the 5th grade students of Washington Elementary and the Sheboygan Area School District, July 2014. Washington Elementary closed June 2013.
Artist: Susan Gardels
Artist-in-Residence of the Sheboygan Area School District
Funded by the SASD and Community Contributions
Media: Acrylic Paint on Plywood
Presented to the Mead Public Library from the Children of Washington Elementary, the SASD Artist-in-Residence Committee and the Sheboygan Area School District, July 2014. Washington Elementary closed June 2013.