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EDMOND, Okla. [July 17, 2021] — The Little Free Art Gallery (LFAG) is officially open for visitors! Positioned in front of a public sidewalk between The Edmond Fine Arts Institute and The Patriarch in the core of Downtown Edmond, the LFAG presents the possibility that many people will “stumble” upon this small spot of joy. A person engaging with The Gallery will be invited to take a piece of tiny art that they feel drawn to, as well as leave a piece of their art for another individual to discover later. This continuous taking and leaving cycle creates the potential for creativity and joy to spread throughout the Edmond community and beyond.

The LFAG was inspired when community member Lainee Copeland reached out to the Edmond Fine Arts Institute suggesting the idea as something that Downtown Edmond and the community needed. FAI agreed and set into motion making the Little Free Art Gallery come to life. In partnership with the Edmond Visual Arts Commission, FAI commissioned artist Joe Barrington and brother Terry Barrington to create the structure. Sponsored by MA+ Architecture this little house of joy is now available for all visitors to take and leave art.

Mandy Steward, local-artist and advocate for secret messages and small works of art will serve as the official curator for the Little Free Art Gallery. Join us for the official gallery opening and first Little Free Art Gallery Pop Up in conjunction with VIBES Edmond’s First Thursdays on Thursday, August 5th from 5pm to 8pm in front of the Edmond Fine Arts Institute. Attendees will have the opportunity to engage with the gallery by creating their own tiny art pieces. You can follow along with Mandy and the LFAG’s journey on Instagram by following @edmondfreeartgallery.

The Little Free Art Gallery is a program of the Edmond Fine Arts Institute, Edmond’s nonprofit community arts organization providing visual and performing art classes for children and adults year-round and the 3rd and 4th grade Art in Schools Program for Edmond Public School students.