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BLOOM Collaborative artist's work featured, sold at Inaugural Art Exhibit

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

ERIE, Pa. – Artwork by Arthur Sprague, an Erie resident and artist at BLOOM Collaborative, was on display alongside that of such artists as Andrew Wyeth and Andy Warhol during the Inaugural Art Exhibit, a show celebrating the inauguration of Governor Tom Wolf at the Pennsylvania State Museum in Harrisburg.

Sprague and 54 other Pennsylvania artists were part of an exhibit commemorating Wolf’s installation as governor beginning on inauguration day and remained on display until Feb. 15. The exhibit was part of the Wolf inauguration’s focus on Pennsylvania’s culture and arts.

“The Inaugural Exhibit of the Pennsylvania Arts is a fantastic opportunity to showcase the vast amount of artistic talent in our commonwealth,” Wolf Inaugural Committee Co-chair Reid Walsh said.

Sprague’s piece, an acrylic painting he completed in 2014 titled “Blue Dog Squared, was purchased after its display at the exhibit.

Sprague creates his works at BLOOM Collaborative, a program of Stairways Behavioral Health formerly named Center City Arts, that aims to improve the lives of individuals with and without mental illnesses through arts and holistic wellness. While there, Sprague has found a way to relieve stress and relax by creating paintings on a variety of objects as his canvases while using a stream of consciousness technique to guide his brush.

Sprague joined famed artist and Op art pioneer Richard Anuszkiewicz as the only Erie artists to be featured in the exhibit that garnered entries from nearly 50 Pennsylvania museums and organizations. In all, artists submitted more than 150 works of art from diverse mediums for consideration.

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