By Starrla Cray
WINSTED, MN Take a stroll through downtown Winsted this summer you might be surprised by what you see.
Inside one window is a cotton candy sunset. Another shows the Winsted Wildcats in action. It seems that every building is decorated with scenes of beauty, such as frosted trees around Winsted Lake, a tranquil autumn trail, or American flags waving in the breeze.
The self-guided photo tour is the first of its kind in Winsted, and includes 16 pictures of local highlights.
“The idea is to dress up downtown a little, and give visitors an idea of what a great community we have,” Winsted Arts Council President Julie Guggemos said. “The plan is to keep the photos up all summer long.”
Members of the arts council, the Winsted Downtown Vibrancy Commission, and local business owners had been talking about adding photography to the windows downtown long before this project began.
“Jim Neff was one of the first people to suggest doing something,” Guggemos recalled.
Now, the arts council has decided to make the photo display a reality, with help from a Southwest Minnesota Arts Council grant (made available through the Legacy Amendment).
After the arts council selected the top photos, Herald Journal’s sign shop printed each one on a 23-inch-wide sheet of low tack adhesive vinyl.
“It sticks in the window, and they should last all summer,” Guggemos said. “They did a beautiful job; the photos turned out great.”
An online guide with information about each photo will soon be available. Watch the Herald Journal website, the arts council website, and the arts council Facebook page for the link.
“If the response is good, we’d certainly think about doing this again next year. I think it would be fun to keep it going,” Guggemos said, adding that a new theme could be chosen each summer.
Photos selected for the display on buildings in downtown Winsted were taken by the following photographers:
• Doug Robison
• Molly Loder
• Joyce Schultz
• Petie Littfin
• Westside Skydivers
• Lisa Ebert
• Mike Laxen
• Chip Guggemos
• Evelyn Fowler