Franciscan Sister Alice Thome is very proud of her former students. Recently, she took time to attend the open house of a Manitowoc, WI art studio featuring the work of internationally renowned artist R.T. “Skip” Wallen.
Born and raised in Manitowoc, WI., Skip attended St. Boniface Catholic School when Sister Alice was a teacher there. He is currently working on Spirit of the Rivers, a 3.5 ton, 16 foot tall bronze sculpture to stand along the Lake Michigan shore midway between Manitowoc and Two Rivers. Completion is still about 2 years away. Other St. Boniface School classmates are very supportive of this hometown venture.
The project currently reveals 3 larger-than-life American Indian figures made from blue foam. The main focus is a young man carrying a birch-bark canoe. A young woman accompanies him and an elder welcomes the newly arrived couple.
For more information and pictures, see www.spiritoftherivers.org, or visit Spirit of the Rivers on Facebook.