Column: Here’s an added guide to more Lloyd Herfindahl artistry

Published 12:00 am Thursday, July 3, 2003

There’s certainly more to be seen of the artistic legacy of Lloyd Herfindahl (1922-1996) here in Albert Lea than what was listed in my May 30, 2003, column.

In that column I deliberately featured his art work now on display in the Freeborn County Courthouse, the City Center and the Albert Lea Medical Center. Now here’s more information as to where more of Herfindahl’s artwork, especially the murals and paintings, can be seen by the public at other locations in the city.

&uot;The Scripture Through the Children&uot; mural is on the north wall of Room 203 at First Lutheran Church. Pastor Holt and the office staff said this large mural, painted directly on the wall, is available for public viewing.

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I’m not sure as to when this particular mural was created. However, I did find a notation on page 15 of the 1994 book, &uot;Fragments,&uot; by Herfindahl and Gareth Hiebert which says this mural was &uot;Donated to the First Lutheran Church by Mr. and Mrs. D. Roger Hallum in memory of their daughter, JoAnne Susan Hallum.&uot;

Our Savior’s Lutheran Church on West College Street has an interesting collection of Herfindahl’s artistic creations. He was a member of this church and there are seven of his paintings and murals, and even a special window available for viewing.

In Luther Hall are four of his smaller framed sketches with religious themes. There are also two large reproductions of the Old Testament and New Testament murals with nearby explanation panels. These two murals are prints from Augsburg Publishing. Unfortunately, they are now somewhat faded.

On the east wall of the church’s main nave is the 15 foot by six foot mural, &uot;Christ Blessing Little Children.&uot; It was dedicated in August 1977 as a memorial to Mrs. Margaret Anderson (1883-1972). There’s a brochure available which explains the main theme of this mural.

Herfindahl also designed the stained glass window in the church’s narthex, next to the front entry. This is another memorial to Mrs. Anderson. I have no idea as to who actually did the glasswork.

To see these art works at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, go to the office and hopefully get a short guided tour.

The Freeborn County Historical Museum on North Bridge Avenue has five framed Herfindahl prints. They are: &uot;The History of Medicine,&uot; the Red Cross mural, &uot;The History of Freeborn County,&uot; &uot;Guardians of Our Freedoms (law enforcement),&uot; and &uot;Homage to Agriculture.&uot;

Nearby are two of Herfindahl’s earliest paintings which were commissioned by the Bertelson Lumber Co. of Albert Lea for advertising purposes. One shows an &uot;aerial&uot; view of the area in 1835 when Lt. Albert Lea and the U.S. Army Dragoons came through on their exploring trip. The second is based on his concept of the area in 1858 when the city was brand new.

Herfindahl also created several of the backgrounds for museum exhibits. There are about six of these backgrounds, and three definitely have his signature in the corner.

In the museum’s office are two framed paintings: &uot;Rainy Night&uot; and &uot;Pickerel Lake.&uot;

These Herfindahl creations are available for viewing whenever the museum is open.

One of Herfindahl’s most impressive murals is on display at the office of the Freeborn County Chapter of the American Red Cross at 1608 W. Fountain St. Its official title is &uot;A Century of Service to Others&uot; and was created in 1981 to honor the American Red Cross on its centennial.

This large mural, which actually features several area citizens and their services to others, is available for viewing whenever the Red Cross office is open. Next to this mural will be a sheet which explains the different aspects of history it depicts.

There are still more Herfindahl artworks available for public viewing, and even to be purchased, here in Albert Lea. And as a bonus we’ll have more information about his book, &uot;Fragments,&uot; plus the pamphlet, &uot;City of Murals,&uot; in the next column.

Tribune feature writer Ed Shannon’s column appears Fridays in the Tribune.