• Funds to be used for July 20-21 festival, statue restoration
Online Staff Report
OREGON, Ill. — Oregon Trail Days has obtained a painting by local artist Tom Heflin of the Black Hawk statue at Lowden State Park. The painting will be sold to raise funds for the Oregon Trail Days Festival (July 20-21) and for the restoration of the Black Hawk statue.
Heflin was commissioned by a local resident to paint the Black Hawk statue in the fall. The painting is a never-before-seen rendering of the statue, as it is painted from Route 2, rather than the state park.
The painting includes vibrant fall colors and the Rock River. The grantor of the artwork wished to remain anonymous, but agreed to let the Oregon Trail Days Committee make 102 prints for re-sale. The number represents the 102nd birthday of the Black Hawk statue.
“We were very fortunate to get our hands on this painting,” said committee member Merlin Hagamann. “It is very different from the prints and T-shirts we have sold in the past; I think a lot more people will find it better fits the style or theme of their homes.”
The prints are available at Merlin’s (300 Mix St., Oregon, Ill.) and at the Eagle’s Nest (101 S. First St., Oregon, Ill.) for $50.
Visit oregontraildays.org for more about Oregon Trail Days.
Posted July 17, 2013