First Lutheran Church Red Wing, Minnesota Pen and Ink - 2002
This Swedish Evangelical Lutheran Church in Red Wing was organized in 1855. In 1856, the congregation erected its first church at Fifth and Franklin Streets. In 1895, the stone church we see today was erected nearby at West Avenue and Fifth Street - “The picturesque Gothic Revival design is dramatic in its contrast between its tan stone walls and white painted details. Its 130-foot-tall spire is a Red Wing Landmark.”
This illustration was commissioned by the church in 2002. During much of 2002 on into early 2003, the artist lived each weekend in Red Wing - Saturday mornings Bill would catch the eastbound Amtrak train from Saint Paul to Red Wing. From here he would walk a mile up from the train Station located along the Mississippi River and just behind the famous St. James Hotel, up to the top of Potter Street, halfway up Sorin’s Bluff, to his little 1854 house he had restored into a gallery/retreat overlooking the town. Each Sunday evening, he would catch the westbound Amtrak train back to Saint Paul.
Along with this illustration he created four other Red Wing artworks during this time: Prairie Winds House, Red Wing Depot II and Sheldon Theater. (Shading and Tinting available)
Birch or White Linen mat paper print size: 11” x 8.5” Signed/Numbered edition size: 999 - $30 Signed/Numbered Artist’s Proof edition size: 99 - $45
Birch or White Linen mat paper print size: 17” x 11” Signed/Numbered edition size: 999 - $45 Signed/Numbered Artist’s Proof edition size: 99 - $60