By Starrla Cray
DASSEL, MN Where can one go to see original rooster sculptures and possibly take one home?
It’s the first-ever Rooster Ruckus Art Auction, which starts at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29 at the Dassel History Center (901 First St. N.) Food and beverages will be available, and musical entertainment will be provided by Andy Rosenquist and Kirk Asplin.
Twenty-two one-of-a-kind rooster sculptures, created by area artists. will be sold at auction. The roosters are designed to be displayed in the home, on a porch, and/or in a garden or yard.
“All the artists did a fabulous job,” said Dassel History Center Director Carolyn Holje.
Each artist started with a wooden rooster template about 1.5 feet to 2 feet across. They then used their talent to create professional, eye-catching sculptures featuring stained glass, clay, metal, mixed media, and more.
“All the roosters are named; they’re really fun,” Holje said.
A few of the names include “Star Spangled Rooster,” “Dasseling Harvest Sunset,” and “Morning Glory.”
Holje encourages people to stop by the Dassel History Center to see the roosters in person. They are currently on display inside and outside of the building.
“The photos don’t do them justice,” Holje said.
Many volunteers have helped with various aspects of the upcoming auction, which is sponsored in part by Discover Dassel and the Dassel Area Historical Society. It was also made possible in part through Minnesota’s arts and cultural heritage fund.
Proceeds from the event will go toward future art projects in the community.
Anyone who is unable to attend the auction can still participate by filling out an absentee bid. For more information, email email@example.com.