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Work Begins on Second Downtown Mural


August 25, 2011 — Local artist Meghan Meier has started work on the second mural in the Laramie Mural Project, an extension of the University of Wyoming Art Museum's public art exhibition "Sculpture: A Wyoming Invitational."

Meier's mural, "Grainery Grove," is on the north exterior wall of the Whole Earth Grainery, 111 E. Ivinson St. The mural pays homage to the beautiful scenery that surrounds Laramie.

"One of my favorite things about living in Laramie is how easy it is to get to the mountains. And there has always been something special about finding yourself suddenly in an aspen grove," Meier says. "So I thought I could contribute something along those lines to downtown, people could stumble into an aspen grove and appreciate how lucky we are in where we live and the resources we have."

The project's first mural, by Laramie artist Talal Cockar, is under way at Big Hollow Food Co-op. Cockar's design "Tierra y Libertad," recognizes natural foods and agriculture and is a tribute to the land and the people who work it.

Trey Sherwood, Laramie Main Street executive director, says, "The Laramie Mural Project is a wonderful boost to the social vibrancy and diverse aesthetics found in downtown. We encourage the community to come down and watch the artists paint then explore new facets of downtown."

The Laramie Mural Project is a partnership between the Laramie Main Street Alliance and the UW Art Museum. It is funded in part by the Wyoming Arts Council, Guthrie Family Foundation, Laramie Beautification Committee and the city of Laramie.

For additional information about the UW Art Museum, call (307) 766-6622 or visit the museum's webpage at www.uwyo.edu/artmuseum  or blog at www.uwartmuseum.blogspot.com.

Photo:
Artist Meghan Meier's sketch of "Grainery Grove," a mural that will appear at the Whole Earth Grainery. (Meghan Meier)

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