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LeGrand's art will be featured at Bloomington City Hall

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Some say you can't fight city hall. However, Bloomfield fine artist Wyatt LeGrand's proved one can decorate it.

LeGrand's works will be showcased throughout the month of October at Bloomington's City Hall, an exhibition of 18 paintings kicked off by a reception Friday.

"I've had a few shows in Bloomington, including a show at the Waldron (Arts Center)," LeGrand said. "It's a pretty nice place, but this is the first time I've ever shown at city hall."

The new venue offers LeGrand a unique chance to exhibit his works.

"The exhibit looks good, and the paintings are hung well," he said. "Hopefully a lot of folks will come out Friday. I will be there casually. We'll also have light refreshments, hors d'oeuvures."

LeGrand, a 2009 Indiana University-Bloomington graduate, will be featured in the atrium of the 401 N. Morton St. facility as part of the City of Bloomington Entertainment and Arts District (BEAD) Project.

That effort, per a press release from the city, is an "effort under the City's strategy to leverage and expand the economic development potential of the arts in Bloomington."

LeGrand praised the space as unique among places he's exhibited thus far.

"It's a really cool space, but kind of awkward, because they're hung on a staircase," LeGrand explained. "There is, however, a huge wall so I get the chance to get some really big paintings out that don't normally get exhibited."

The exhibit will be featured throughout October, and the paintings are priced for sale, though they won't be available for pick-up until the end of the exhibit, LeGrand said.

According to a 2012 Americans for the Arts study, the Bloomington non-profit arts sector contributes $72.3 million to the economy, including 3,430 jobs, city officials suggested.

Other area artists may also get their chance to exhibit in the atrium. Those interested are encouraged to contact Assistant Economic Development Director for the Arts Miah Michaelsen at michaelm@bloomington.in.gov.

LeGrand, who taught art at Linton-Stockton High School during the 2011-12 school year, hopes some former students may attend the exhibition.

"Maybe," he said. "I have a lot of friends in Bloomington. I know some people who graduated with art degrees stayed in Bloomington. So maybe they will make it by and it will kind of be like a little college reunion."

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