Cross-Country: Recent Paintings by Wyatt LeGrand
May 1 - June 25, 2023
Opening Reception, First Friday Gallery walk, May 5th (5-8pm) with special music by Sarah Flint (6-7:30pm).

This exhibit highlights the many talents and adventures of Green County artist, Wyatt LeGrand. When Wyatt is not teaching art at Bloomfield High School, he packs up his traveling art-mobile and ventures cross-country in search of rural and city scenes of inspiration.

Featured is a diverse collection of paintings showcasing scenes from across the country as well as more familiar rural Indiana farms and landscapes.

Juniper is pleased to have Wyatt's work on display for this Special Exhibit, as well as his on-going inclusion in the Paul & Margaret Sweany Legacy Room (main gallery) as part of our year-round Regional Artists Exhibits.

Here is what Wyatt has to share about this Exhibit:

Cross-Country: Recent Paintings by Wyatt LeGrand

“The first time I saw a mountain, I painted a very poor picture of it. And I did the same with waves on the beach and rocks in the desert. For the past dozen years or so, I’ve done a lot of driving sans destination, eager to leave home in search of new experiences along the roadside so I can record them as best I know how. Painting has been the validator of each of these spontaneous trips cross-country and justification of my emulated artist persona. I have convinced myself that the act of painting, the decision to put marks on a canvas rather than putting a photograph on the internet, is more artful than the artifact. The finished product is only proof of the process, never the end goal. But the leftovers…these inadequate reproductions of each great adventure…have always kept my trajectories round trips.

So, when the last corner of dashboard is covered in wet paint, and the backseat is full of colored rectangles and turpentine smells, I turn the car around and bring my pictures back to Indiana. So, I can show them to you, I guess? So, I can convince myself I could be anywhere, even though I never stay gone for long. I leave and I paint, and I come home again.”

~ Wyatt LeGrand, May 2023

Read more about Wyatt and his artist's statement here.

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