Music Lane Nears Completion
Music Lane is a project brought to the North Dakota Music Hall of Fame in 2016 by the Young Professionals committee, part of the Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of commerce.
The original intent was to have a mural painted in an alley in the west end of Mandan, states Dawn Kleppe, project chair. After meeting with the Mandan Beautification Committee, it was decided that panels in Dykshorn park would be a better way to go.
The committee began its search for an artist to create the panels. Melanie Gordon was chosen from a long list of candidates.
Shadoe Stevens, a Jamestown, North Dakota native, provided the voice-overs which are available on the NDMusicHall.com website as well as on the Old Red Old Ten Talking Trail.
Late in the fall of 2018, the panels were put in place in the southwest corner of Dykshorn park, adjacent from the Vern Cermak Bandshell.
Artist Melanie Gordon also recorded a description of each art piece depicting each of current North Dakota Hall of Fame inductees. Those recordings will also be added to the Talking Trail and available in this article.
A dedication ceremony will take place in the spring of 2019. More information about the North Dakota Music Hall of Fame or how to become a charter member can be found at www.NDMusicHall.com.