Harold Lyon, Artist Contributes Bold Western Paintings

By: Lara Serbin, Buckeye Main Street Coalition

Buckeye Main Street Coalition has recently acquired enough Harold Lloyd Lyon original Western oil paintings to start an art gallery! Lyon, a Canadian artist hit his stride when he started painting rangy cowboys, vaqueros and Arizona desert landscape beginning in the 1980’s.

Naturally, Lyon would be drawn to Historic Downtown Buckeye, Arizona living in his current Goodyear residence. After meeting Lyon initially, Dorothy Lockard, a Buckeye Main Street Coalition member confided, ”He’s a believer!” Lyon’s career is full of revitalization efforts like wall murals in Chemainus Vancouver Island British Columbia.

Lyon believes “When one great artist contributes work it attracts other artists to show what they can do.”  The paintings he has generously donated to Buckeye Main Street Coalition will be displayed in Buckeye public buildings soon. He has donated boxes of oil paints, easels and copies of his self-published classic, “Creating Illusions” that will be available for purchase.

Public Art for Buckeye

Public Art is part of our history, part of our evolving culture and our collective memory. Public Art reflects and reveals our society and adds meaning to our cities. Jerome is rooted in mining, Payson is Mountain country and Yuma was founded on frontier justice. Buckeye Main Street Coalition is facilitating the design and fabrication of sculpture to represent the heritage of Buckeye with iconic symbols such as a tractor, rodeo barrel racer, rodeo roper, cotton boll and honoring our local servicemen and women.

TRACTOR

BARREL RACER

ROPER

COTTON BOLL

These iconic symbols of Buckeye will be incorporated with and attached to refuse containers as function as well as art for downtown.  Powers-Leavitt Insurance, Buckeye Main Street Coalition and the City of Buckeye are covering the costs of fabrication and installation.

Buckeye Public Art – Locations for Art

Buckeye Public Art – Locations for Art

Fabrication of each sculpture will take place at the Buckeye Union High School Welding Shop by students and instructor, Hondo Jimenez. The 5 sculptures will be located in various locations in front of Buckeye City Hall and 6th Street Plaza just south of the City Hall. There will be one sculpture located at Benbow Veteran’s Memorial Park just west of City Hall. Completion of project scheduled for June 30, 2016. The permit for construction has been approved and fabrication will begin after Spring Break! More updates to follow on this exciting project!

By: Lara Serbin, Buckeye Main Street Coalition