London City Hall hopes to host art exhibits

London City Hall is opening its main hallways to art exhibits. The goal is to display an ongoing rotation of artwork by area artists.

(Posted April 27, 2021)

By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor

The gray walls in London City Hall’s hallways are about to get an infusion of color and creativity. City administrators are offering the wall space as a place for area artists to exhibit their work.

“We have always wanted to showcase art and local artists,” said Amy Rees, administrative assistant for the city of London. “As part of our renovations, we added picture hangers along the walls in the two main downstairs hallways.”

London resident and artist Kim Lattimer-Reeder inadvertently helped to get the ball rolling when she approached the city earlier this year with a request to display entries from the Kurt Lattimer Aspiring Artist Award, an annual art competition for area high school seniors.

“After talking about that, we talked to Kim about expanding the idea so that we could have artwork rotating all of the time,” Rees said.

Lattimer-Reeder, active in the London Visual Arts Guild (LVAG), agreed to assist in coordinating the effort. Any artist interested in showing their work at City Hall can contact Lattimer-Reeder for more information.

“We are so blessed to have such creativity in our midst, as well as many who appreciate art and are willing to help us share this talent with our community,” she said.

Entries in this year’s Kurt Lattimer Aspiring Artist Award contest adorned the walls of London City Hall.

All art must be presentation-ready and wired for hanging. Exhibits likely will stay up for a month at a time. All artists, regardless of age or location, are welcome to inquire. Along with adult artists, the city administration hopes to work with the schools to showcase student art, Rees said.

With the addition of City Hall, London now has two new venues for art exhibits. LVAG previously operated a gallery on High Street for more than 12 years. Over this past year, members renovated a former school building, now owned by the city. The new London Arts Center will host its first exhibit, LVAG’s annual Community Show, in May. The London Arts Center is located at 121 E. First St.

Lattimer-Reeder said she hopes that artists who exhibit at the center consider moving their displays to City Hall and vice-versa.

For details, contact Kim Lattimer-Reeder at London City Hall is located at 20 S. Walnut St.

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