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Photo by Rachelle Klemme
Brittany Lynk displays the 2011 June Jubilee medallion, designed by Lynk and realized by Sallie Mahlen.
Photo by Rachelle Klemme Brittany Lynk displays the 2011 June Jubilee medallion, designed by Lynk and realized by Sallie Mahlen.

Lynk claims design contest for June Jubilee medallion

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Wadena Minnesota 314 S. Jefferson, P.O. Box 31 56482

The artist who submitted the winning design for the June Jubilee medallion contest is a Wadena native whose work can be seen elsewhere around town.

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"It was a fun project because I wanted to capture what the town has been trying to brand itself as," Lynk said.

She incorporated the Wadena entrance signs from the art deco revitalization project along with the trees she grew up with and the June 17 tornado. She has kept up with events in the town, even doing an anthropology term paper on the tornado aftermath.

After the Chamber of Commerce decided the design represented the town very well, Sally Mahlen, who owns Mahlen's Trophy, brought the image to life in the actual medallion. The medallion hunt will be an ongoing part of the June Jubilee festivities from Thursday to Sunday, June 16-19, with clues provided at the Tri-County Hospital front desk.

Lynk said she actually does not have much of a formal art background - her course of study at Macalester College was anthropology, African studies and psychology, and she is pursuing a master's degree in international educational development at the Columbia University Teachers College.

"How I do my anthropology is through design," she said.

She said she got into graphic art with a project to make a children's book in English and Mongolian for an anthropology class. She has continued designing ever since and created her own freelance company BLynk Creations - Graphic Design for Social Betterment.

While Lynk lives in New York, she was born and raised in Wadena and graduated from high school in the class of 2002. She has been involved in the construction of the peace garden at her family's home church, First Congregational United Church of Christ.

"The whole idea is that it's a community space," Lynk said. "Working in international issues, I think it's just so important that people remember how similar we are across these perceived divides."

While the multi-lingual peace pole at the church grounds across from the library has been standing for some time, the poster was recently put up -- designed by Lynk with her parents Allen Lynk and Karen Johnson making the poster holder.

She said she had some inspiration while on internship in Minneapolis.

"I started to think about peace quotes and peace images, and it just seemed to fit really well," she said.

The peace garden is not the only artistic mark Lynk has left in town. She also painted two murals behind the Rex McDonald studio.

Lynk said that anthropology informs her work.

"Art is the medium," she said. "It's especially useful as a tool when working with people who might not speak the same language. You can elicit reactions and draw connections without necessarily needing language, and that's why I see art as being so powerful."

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