The artist is Urbana native Madison Larocque, and she has been working with the leadership team and the building owners to come up with the perfect mural design. The inspiration is "Be The Light" and comes from the photos above; it will be a place where all can stop to enjoy the artwork, snap a picture, and share with the world. They are nearing the final design stages and plan to have the mural in place on or before May 1st. They estimate the total cost of this project to be $2,000 and are in need of community members and local businesses to help support this cost, which includes compensation of the artist. Any money raised beyond the $2,000 will go into a newly created Public Art Fund housed at the Champaign Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau for future projects throughout the county. They ask that you consider making a donation to help reach the goals they have and hope that you will be able to make a contribution. Your generosity will make a difference in our community by allowing them to continue in their work. Remember that every donation and gift makes a difference, regardless of size.
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Saturday, June 25, 2022 from 10am-8pm
Sponsored by Malia Hughes with Fathom Realty and the WLBA
Major has completed over 200 bronze sculptures including large public monuments and small limited edition castings. Those monuments include life-size and larger than life monuments of public figures such as Simon Kenton,William Tecumseh Sherman, Abraham Lincoln, George Rogers Clark, Mother Alfred Moes (founder of the Mayo Clinic) and many more.
Michael and his wife Jane moved to Urbana in the mid-seventies for Michael to serve as an artist-in-residence for the college and county schools. Their intention was to stay one year before moving back to New York where he felt he needed to be for his art career. They fell in love with the people and environment of Champaign County including Urbana’s architecture and Urbana College. After finding and purchasing an abandoned church to renovate for a home and art studio, they committed to stay on here.
Major studied art at the Dayton Art Institute from the sixth grade through his senior year of high school, has a BS, Summa Cum Laude from Ohio University and an MFA from Pratt Institute, New York.
He founded Main Graphics in 1988 in part to publish books of drawings and after thirty-three years sold the company recently to Boldman Printing.
He continues to spend most of his time at his art studio at 119 Miami Street along with the Champaign County Arts Council and Architect daughter, Sarah Mackert.
To be held Nov. 13
Best of show: Stephen Magyar “Navy”
First Place: Riley Johnson “Aubrey Drake Graham
Second Place: Carol Hall “White Bird”
Third Place: Edward Louden “Eagles on Tree”
The show was judged by Vonda McDonald. McDonald studied art at Ohio State University. She currently teaches elementary art at Olentangy Local School District.
The artwork will be on display until September 24 at the Champaign County Arts Council.
The Ohio Arts Council helped fun this program with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans.
For more information, contact the Arts Council at 937-653-7557.
Smith is a professional freelance photographer specializing in commercial and fine art photography. Her artistic merit is evidenced in the fine portraiture she has produced, along with commissioned photography for national and regional media publications. Smith is an Ohio native, educated at Urbana University with private studies in photography and art.