- September 16, 2021
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Heidi Wolfe has created another community mural, this time at Glen Oaks Community College.
The college contacted Wolfe in July to create a mural on the retaining wall south of the college entrance.
“They came to me to create beauty on (the retaining wall),” Wolfe said. “That’s one of my biggest goals as an artist: take unwanted areas and turn them into nostalgic destinations.”
The goal of college officials was to turn the wall into a place to highlight school colors and Vikings nickname, Wolfe said.
As she and partner Eric Burmeister painted, students walked past and occasionally yelled, “Go Vikings!” Wolfe said.
Burmeister’s background is in vehicle and product design. That helps Wolfe to balance her painting creativity with Burmeister’s technical skill.
“We both revere vintage typography and advertising,” Wolfe said. “We both create with the techniques of old school sign painters, in hopes of continuing their craft into the future.”
As they painted, one man drove past and thanked them for their work, saying the mural is something the college has needed for 50 years.
On Sept. 1, Glen Oaks posted a photo of the mural on Instagram with these words: “Drum roll please … We are so excited to unveil the new “HOME OF THE VIKINGS” mural created by local artist Heidi Wolfe of Wolfe Makes Art. A colorful boost of school spirit for Vikings and visitors to enjoy for years to come!”
Wolfe resides in northern Indiana and is K-12 art teacher at Burr Oak Community Schools.
This summer, she created a MakerSpace at the school. It’s a student-centric way to teach that focuses on invention, tinkering and creativity, she said. It includes a variety of techniques students can try, including sewing, a wood shop and recycling art. Wolfe hopes to open it to community classes in the future.
Wolfe is familiar with mural design. In 2018, she painted the Electric City mural in Sturgis. In 2019, she designed and painted a mural at Meyers Automotive Repair, to represent the history of the station. Earlier this year, she hand-painted another sign on the side entrance of Meyers.
She also painted the storefront window at Serenity Salon & Spa. She and Burmeister used real gold in a century-old technique called gilding, in addition to painting the business’ logo on glass.
Wolfe is working with Sturgis Historical Museum to replicate the copy on the side of two railroad carts being restored.