Sep. 24—In the 110th year of the Logansport Art Association, there was no shortage of artistic projects around the city.
The most recent was to honor Marine Cpl. Humberto Sanchez, the 22-year-old Logansport native who was among the 13 service members killed in last month’s suicide bombing at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan.
But it wasn’t just one mural the art association had its hands in to honor the young Marine — rather, three that went up in the weeks following the tragedy.
The art association collaborated with students and staff at Logansport High School to make the one at the east-side McDonald’s location after the owners contacted them because Sanchez had previously worked there. They then painted their own at the west-side location of the fast food chain, as well as one at Thumper’s Attic.
Jane Williams, president of the Art Association, said the murals are a celebration of the hometown hero. As a retired teacher, she remembers Sanchez and the kind person he was.
Her daughter, Ali Williams, graduated with Sanchez, so the two understand “what a large loss this is,” Williams told the Pharos-Tribune earlier this month.
“It’s all so much. I had his little brothers in school. When you know them, it’s even more difficult. My heart goes out to the whole family.”
Students at Logansport High School also continued adding to the murals around the city as part of an art class run by teachers Amy Werner and Sandy Gaier. It’s the sixth year they’ve created pieces. This year’s locations were on the north end of Legacy Outfitters/Black Dog Coffee and on the west side of the newly opened Bonus Pints barcade.
The Legacy Outfitters location featured an abstract interpretation of France Park, according to Ivy Tech of Indianapolis Adjunct Professor Hector Del Campo, who designed and helped lead the students through the painting process.
At Bonus Pints, the community was asked to choose three iconic artists who would be painted in a three-panel mural. After voting on Facebook, the students ended up with David Bowie, Dolly Parton and Johnny Cash.
But murals weren’t the only artistic endeavor this year, as Logansport also saw the return of the Summer Sundown Music Series.
The event — which takes place every Sunday from late-May to early-September — was canceled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s hosted by the Cass County Arts Alliance in conjunction with the Parks and Recreation Department. It featured over more than a dozen bands.
Arts Alliance President Steffie Hardesty told the Pharos-Tribune in May that it’s nice that the community could resume some normalcy by returning to the park venues for “fresh air and exposure to different types of music.”
The musicians in the community also showed what it means to, quite literally, band together.
In late July, 10 musical acts performed for 10 hours at the State Theatre in an effort to raise money for their friend and fellow musician, Steve Michaels, who suffered a stroke earlier this year.
The theatre is currently making its way through eight decades of music and showcasing local acts to show how music has evolved since its opening in 1940.
The community supported the artists through multiple exhibitions of their work.
One of the first of the year was Logansport Art Association’s “Black and White” show, which challenged artists of all ages and mediums to create pieces focused on simple, crisp, clean lines and designs.
Logansport students also had the chance to have their work featured at the LAA gallery downtown during the Wilmer Flory Scholarship and High School Show through most of the month of April.
Local filmmakers Tony Walters and Rebekah Erb also saw success this year. In April, the Midwest Action Fest returned in person and featured 28 films at Mary Max Cinemas.
Erb also won won Best First Time Filmmaker at the Pop Con Indy International Film Festival in Indianapolis. Walters entered and won “Best Film” at the Kokomo 48-hour Film Contest.
The sister event of the Midwest Action Fest, the Midwest Horror Fest, is set to take place Oct. 2.
Also in October, a photography show and diversity show are planned by the Logansport Art Association.