Local artist Meghan Meier began work this week on the second mural in the Laramie Mural Project, an extension of the UW 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.  It 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 said.  “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 Laramie Mural Project’s first mural, by Laramie artist Talal Cockar, is also currently underway at Big Hollow Food Co-op. Cockar'sdesign, titled “Tierra y Libertad,” recognizes natural foods and agriculture and is a tribute to and the people who work it.

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

The Art Museum and Laramie Main Street thank Big Hollow Co-op and Whole Earth Grainery for their support on this project to improve downtown 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

“Imagine learning from the masters” is a guiding principle of the UW Art Museum’s programs.  The museum is located in the Centennial Complex at 2111 Willett Drive in Laramie.  The museum and The Museum Store are open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.  Monday hours are extended to 9 p.m. February through April.  Admission is free.

Artist Meghan Meier’s sketch of “Grainery Grove,” the mural now underway at the Whole Earth Grainery.  Photo courtesy of the artist.