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Glimpse | Scooter’s Mural In The (Storage) Closet

Betty Nikia

The lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community in the Chippewa Valley has a manifold history that was captured in a mural and unveiled during the local LGBT Pride activities in 2001. The mural was a brainstorm between David Baranek, co-owner of Scooter’s Bar at 411 Galloway St., and Miss Dee-Lovely, Eau Claire’s nationally known drag performer. Over two months, Dee researched local LGBT history and interviewed community members. She then distilled the findings down to a list of approximately 35 individuals, businesses, and publications that most strongly impacted and shaped the local LGBT community. People contributed photographs and logos from the 1980s to 2001, which Dee projected onto a surface and painted in acrylic. Once completed, the grand scale piece was installed above the dance floor at Scooter’s. The mural remained on display until this spring, when it was removed and put into storage to make room for a wall of mirrors and flat screen televisions. “Needless to say, I was a bit saddened by the removal,” said Miss Dee-Lovely. “At the time, I posted a blog requesting members of the community to speak out in support of its preservation. The feedback I received was very positive, and David Baranek has since assured me that the mural will remain safely in storage until a location is secured for its re-assembly and possible restoration.” Co-owner Jody Kvapil said, “We plan on putting the mural up on a different wall once we get done with renovations to the bathrooms and the patio.”

Lasker Jewelers
Lasker Jewelers

Pulling Together Partners

The following organizations are currently supporting Volume One’s work in the community during the pandemic:

Lasker Jewelers

L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library, Eau Claire

Downtown Eau Claire Inc DECI

University of Wisconsin Eau Claire

Pablo Group

Wisconsin Independent Network

Middle West Management

Bon Iver

Royal Credit Union

Silver Spring

Evergreen Surgical

Charter Bank

Chippewa Valley Technical College

The Murty Henriksen Family

The Larry and Marie Past Family

The Dan and Kerry Kincaid Family

Anton and Rae Schilling-Smets

Brady and Jeanne Foust

If your organization is interested in supporting Volume One during this difficult time, nick@volumeone.orgcontact us.