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Artists will be 'Painting the Town'

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

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Painting by Wyatt LeGrand The third session of "Painting the Town" will be Saturday. Those interested in participating will meet at the Bloomfield Public Library at 1 p.m. The artists will be painting Bloomfield landmarks. The painting at left displays the gazebo in the Bloomfield Town Park. [Order this photo]
The third session of "Painting the Town" will be Saturday. Those interested in participating will meet at the Bloomfield Public Library at 1 p.m.

The session is free to participants as the Indiana Arts Commission and Friends of the Library have provided all art supplies.

Interested artists should apply as quickly as possible as class size is limited. To register, call Bloomfield Library at 384-4125.

The workshop begins with a lecture by local artist Wyatt LeGrand. Following the lecture, LeGrand will meet outside with participants and demonstrate the plein air method of painting, which literally means open air.

Then participants will disperse to various locations around town to paint historic buildings, landscapes, waterscapes, and other local attractions for approximately two to three hours. LeGrand will then meet with each artist and give a one-on-one instruction.

Previous workshops were in November for fall scenes and February for winter scenes. The paintings this meeting will reflect spring.

During the summer, after the completion of the fourth workshop, a reception will be hosted at the library to showcase the complete works. Friends of the Library will purchase the works they feel most capture Bloomfield.

LeGrand said that John Helling, Bloomfield Eastern-Greene County librarian, thought it would be an excellent idea for future generations to have a record of what the town looked like during this time period.

LeGrand also added that it is a way for him to share with the community and a fun way to display Bloomfield as it is now.

"There has been a renewed interest in art, and this is a nice way to draw attention to artists," noted LeGrand. "People usually have to travel quite a distance to find a program like this."

Indiana Arts Commission rewards grants to communities lacking access to arts programs, services, or resources due to isolated geographic location, low income, age, race/ethnicity, cultural differences or other circumstances.



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