Crazy, playful elements part of organization’s new mural
ABOVE: Artist, stuntologist and musician Sam Bartlett of Indiana, films LoCo Art workshop participants, from the left, Ava Graham, Josie Davis and Charlotte Graham, as they work on a mural Thursday at LoCo Art’s Spot for Youth in the lower level of The Marketplace, 130 S. Main St., Suite B105. HOME PAGE SLIDESHOW PHOTO: City resident Josie Davis, 13, works on the mural. (EXAMINER PHOTOS | MANDY LOEHR)
The blank canvas of the LoCo Art Spot for Youth is coming alive this week through the work of area children and teens under the guidance of a visiting artist to paint a 24-foot-long mural for the space.
Thursday afternoon, participants in the week-long workshop were painting some of the finishing touches on the piece, which will be unveiled during a public reception at 3 p.m. Saturday at the arts center in the lower level of The Marketplace, 130 S. Main St., Suite B105.
A resident of Indiana, artist and musician Sam Bartlett said he was thrilled for the chance to return to Bellefontaine this summer to assist with the project to help define the LoCo Art workshop. He has conducted previous workshops in Logan County, offering youths a taste of his “stuntology” parlor tricks and also hosting a storytelling session last fall.
“I really enjoy this area, and I was excited to help with this mural,” he said. “I’ve done some other community murals in Bloomington (Indiana), in Alaska, and in some of the other places where I’ve traveled as a musician.
“Through this piece, we’re looking at what ‘LoCo Art’ means. Taking from the ‘LoCo’ part — it’s local, it’s a little bit crazy, and also looks at the locomotive and transportation history of the area.”
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