In August 2016, the library put out a notice seeking artists to submit proposals for a mural in the library's lobby. Eleven artists submitted proposals. Library staff and board members voted on the mural proposals submitted based on design and the stories behind the artwork.
Local artist, Anne Slatinsky-Raskopf, was chosen. After receiving two, art merit scholarships, she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Anne moved to New York City after graduation to pursue a Graphic Design career, where she worked in the publishing industry. After many years in the graphics field, Anne returned to painting. She paints both residential and commercial murals, having adorned homes and establishments throughout the Lake Country Area.
A myriad of adventures lie within the pages of a book. This mural serves to whet the appetite of those who enter to experience wonders contained in the stacks of books, periodical, and audio visual media.
The west wall's focal point is a giant open book with fluttering pages, classical in nature and serving as a portal between the outside world. From sky to land, from east to west, delights of adventure and knowledge are depicted with imagery that suggests discovery. The celestial view has reference to constellations, planets, the universe, space travel, and more. Soaring from the middle ground, the viewer encounters lands far off, desert landscapes, Roman ruins, cityscapes and still more reference to lead the reader into the vastness that awaits us within the library's walls. The foreground highlights the wonders that spring forth from the earth: rivers, lakes, mountains, rocks, and all the beauty nature provides. Trees, flowers, birds, and animals alike become part of the viewer's experience.
The east wall brings us to our charming part of the world. Oconomowoc's small town features grace this area of the mural. Taking center stage are lakes, boats, street scenes, our library, city hall, shops, landmarks, churches, and all that we hold dear. As a community we work together to improve life for all. We reach out and pitch in on community projects, highway clean ups, food pantry drives, park developments, bike paths, community movie nights, honoring our veterans, holiday parades, and all the comforts one looks for in a small town. This is the focus on the east wall, reminding all of the importance of community support and contribution.
~Adapted from Anne Roskopf's Mural Proposal
Anne began work on the mural in early December 2016. After two weeks the results were amazing! Here attention to detail and personalization is evident in the final piece of art. On her Facebook page, Anne wrote that she hoped "the new look will bid welcome to those seeking to enter the world of books for years to come."