SOLON– Doug and Lori Lindner selected freelance artist Deda Happel’s “Moo-Cow-Angelo” to decorate the calf the Solon Economist is sponsoring for the Solon Library Foundation’s Calf Classic. Deda’s creation is a colorful and delightful spoof of a Michelangelo rendition of the Creation painted on the Sistine Chapel.
Deda was born and raised in Tennessee where the beautiful Smokey Mountains inspired her, from the age of five, to express herself in different mediums from sketching, painting landscapes and abstract to graphics and web design. In 1989, she moved to Atlanta, Ga., to attend the Art Institute of Atlanta where she trained in visual communications, graduating with high honors in 1991. She and her husband decided to move to Cedar Rapids where she developed her highly contrasting rendition of colorful koi painting on a selected medium of vintage cabinet facings and natural wood inspired by the play of light and color in water garden settings. She recently completed a set of six commissioned paintings for the Wiederspan Gallery in Cedar Rapids plus three commissioned paintings for the Cindy Saadeh Fine Art Gallery in Kingsport, Tenn. Deda also designed the 2010 Beef Days T-shirt.
Doug and Lori Lindner recently sold the Economist after owning the paper and the North Liberty Leader for nearly 10 years. They will continue to write stories, take pictures and provide the solid news coverage that the community of Solon so enjoys. Their calf, “Moo-Cow-Angelo,” will be displayed in Solon Hardware until mid-July when it will be entered in the 40th annual Beef Days Parade, Saturday, July 16. All four decorated calves will be displayed in a booth on Main Street following the parade and will be auctioned off Saturday evening to benefit the Solon Library Foundation.