Osage artist's work is pressed into pennies

The Minnesota Artists Penny Press (MAPP) launched its Greater Minnesota tour from the Park Rapids Library on Saturday, Sept. 24.

Park Rapids Library guests were eager to try the penny press on Saturday and receive a pretty penny designed by Osage artist Yunior Rebollar in return.
Contributed/Park Rapids Area Library
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The Minnesota Artists Penny Press (MAPP) launched its Greater Minnesota tour from the Park Rapids Library on Saturday, Sept. 24.

For the price of two quarters and a penny, library guests received a penny transformed into a tiny work of art.

Conceived by a Twin Cities artist, the Minnesota Artists Penny Press will be in Park Rapids through Nov. 5.
Contributed/Park Rapids Library

Conceived by artist Alyssa Baguss, the penny press is a machine that imprints designs created by four outstate Minnesota artists on pennies.

Among the artists is Yunior Rebollar of Osage.

The penny press will be at the library through Nov. 5, according to branch manager Jodi Schultz.


“It was great to meet Yunior and his family. It was their first time at the library. Yunior’s wife, Jovan, signed up for a library card,” Schultz reported.

The penny press also features work by artists Mary Bruno of St. Joseph, Christie Hawkins of Northfield and Moira Villiard of Duluth, with stops in all three cities during 2022-23.

Baguss works as the director for Silverwood Park, and is also an artist herself. She has had her work featured all over the Twin Cities, including the Minneapolis Institute of Art.

All proceeds from the penny press will pay forward into future experimental public art projects produced by Baguss.

The Park Rapids chapter of Minnesota Darkhouse & Angling Association also supports a spring children's fishing seminar and other causes out of proceeds of its annual celebration of spearfishing decoys.

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