Our Main Street
Created by Gail Chavenelle; Dubuque, IA
In 2017, Historic Valley Junction celebrated its 30th year as a Main Street Iowa community. The Public Arts Advisory Commission wanted to commemorate this occasion and celebrate this unique place through a public work of art. The Commission wants every person who experiences the artwork to gain an appreciation of Historic Valley Junction’s special anniversary, while experiencing togetherness on “Our Main Street”. The Commission wants residents and visitors to feel a sense of belonging, grounded in West Des Moines’ pride and heritage.”
Gail Chavenelle was selected as the artist for the "Our Main Street" public art project. Gail was asked by the Selection Committee to create a work of art that was colorful and eye-catching; playful and whimsical. Gail is the owner of Chavenelle Studio Metalworks in Dubuque, Iowa. For over 20 years, she has been creating artwork that can be found in corporate and public collections across the Midwest. Gail was selected for her ability to express feelings through her use of simple metal forms, not to mention her delightful personality.
On August, 23, 2018, the public was invited to celebrate the dedication of "Our Main Street" during the Valley Junction Farmer's Market's Fine Arts Night.
The three "Our Main Street" sculptures are located along 5th Street in Valley Junction.
You can download an informational brochure to see more pictures and learn more about "Our Main Street".