©2011 Galesburg Broadcasting Co.
|Art in a Can
|There were all kinds of pieces of art at an annual event Saturday in downtown Galesburg, but other than the work of one Galesburg man, none that could be made with a brush and a couple spray cans of Rustoleum.
Greg Leibach is from the St. Louis area but came to Galesburg to attend Knox College where he later graduated, and is now an art teacher at Lombard Middle School. He was one of around 50 different people displaying their art at Saturday's "Art in the Park" at Standish Park in downtown Galesburg. Leibach uses spray paint to create various types of portraits, working with them, in many cases, like one would work with normal paint.
Leibach tells WGIL he learned how to work with spray paint about five years ago, and almost gave up as soon as he started. "It's very frustrating to try and manage the paint, and paintings can go wrong in a hurry," Leibach said. "But, now that I've got five years under my belt, It's a little smoother. I'm used to the process. I'm really comfortable working with the paint, and now I love it. You can make brilliantly-colored paintings in such a fast way."
Leibach drew quite a crowd when making one of his creations yesterday morning, applauding his work when it was done. Leibach tells WGIL he uses spray paint in his art classes at Lombard, but not to this degree.
"We used it in making some stencils," Leibach said. "I think the kids enjoyed that. I haven't taught them this quite yet; I think the class sizes make it difficult. But there were some students that have come out (Saturday), and if they're interested, hopefully, they'll pick up some cans."
Leibach says the best advice he can give to someone looking to do the type of artwork he does: have an open mind, and think of things in your everyday life that can be used as art.
(ABOVE TWO PHOTOS: Greg Leibach spray-paints his artwork at Saturday's "Art int he Park" in Galesburg.)
(A look at some of the spray painted art Leibach made Saturday morning alone at "Art in the Park." WGIL News Story and Photos by Will Stevenson.)
|09 12 09 by Newsroom
Click here for the WGIL News Archive
Click here for national news
The following provision applies to all visitors (which shall include persons and representatives of legal entities, whether such representatives are persons or digital engines of a kind that crawls, indexes, scrapes, copies, stores or transmits digital content). By accessing this Web site or digital service, you specifically acknowledge and agree that: (i) Associated Press text, photo, graphic, audio and/or video material shall not be published, broadcast, rewritten for broadcast or publication or redistributed directly or indirectly in any medium; (ii) No Associated Press materials nor any portion thereof may be stored in a computer except for personal and non-commercial use; (iii) The Associated Press will not be held liable for any delays, inaccuracies, errors or omissions therefrom or in the transmission or delivery of all or any part thereof or for any damages arising from any of the foregoing; (iv) The Associated Press is an intended third party beneficiary of these terms and conditions and it may exercise all rights and remedies available to it; and (v) The Associated Press reserves the right to audit possible unauthorized commercial use of AP materials or any portion thereof at any time.