For the Justice Not Roses exhibit, ROMP has commissioned artist Bryan Nicholaus Grey to transform the museum with murals and other artwork related to the theme of the 19th Amendment Centennial.
Grey will be staying at the Poet’s Retreat next to the museum for most of January, as he works on the project. He has stayed at the Retreat before, which is where ROMP director Shaun Perkins first met him.
“He used to come here each May to help friends who had a rock and roll boutique at Rocklahoma. One time he drew a mural on the big chalkboard in the retreat living room, and I thought, Wow. We need more of this,” Perkins said.
Specifically, Perkins commissioned him right away to create a new logo for the museum. The green and yellow ROMP logo with the railroad “poetry crossing” sign and scissortail flycatcher on top is Grey’s work.
Grey stays busy in his hometown of Columbus, Ohio, doing murals, usually in chalk, at businesses and for organizations all over the city. He has also done a variety of commission work for private homes. He specializes in chalkboard art, fabric painting and illustration.
You can meet Grey at the January LGAA meeting on Jan. 8, at 5:30 p.m. at the LGAA office, 114 E. Main. This special Meet and Greet, will include refreshments, and everyone is welcome.
“I can’t wait to meet Locust Grove peeps. I am going to immerse myself in the installation. I have so many visions in my head. The space is going to be incredible and jaw-dropping,” said Grey.
To see more of his work, view the photos below or visit his art page on Facebook, The Art of Bryan Grey.