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Fish house and fish decoy art at the 2014 NYM Summer Celebration

The Cultural Center in New York Mills has commissioned four artists from the region to paint fish houses and fish decoys on July 11 as part of the New York Mills Summer Celebration. Kayleen Horsma of Menahga, Pam Robinson from New York Mills, Troy Helget from Kensington and Bob Johnson from Baxter will paint original art on four fish houses beginning at 9 a.m. on Friday, July 11 on Main Avenue in front of the Cultural Center. Each of these artists will also paint two unique fish decoys. Everyone is invited to cheer on their favorite artist, enjoy the activities of the Summer Celebration, and bid on a unique work of art.

The fish houses and decoys will be completed in time to be auctioned by Bachmann Auctioneers at 6:30 p.m. Friday in front of Central Park in New York Mills. This project has been made possible through the assistance of the East Otter Tail chapter of the Minnesota Darkhouse and Angling Association and Rod Osvold of the National Fish Decoy Association. Immediately after the auction the fish houses will be featured in the Mills' Summer Celebration parade scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.