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The Artists of Heartside Gallery and Studio-- LeGran Hughes

"Maybe one day I'll open a gallery of my own, sort of like Heartside but in a different neighborhood. I feel like everybody deserves a chance."
LeGran in the studio

LeGran in the studio /courtesy of Heartside Gallery and Studio

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/courtesy of Heartside Gallery and Studio

/courtesy of Heartside Gallery and Studio

Our featured artist for June is LeGran Hughes. Here is the artist’s story in his own words: 

"My name is LeGran Hughes, and I’ve been drawing since kindergarten. Since that time I’ve been fascinated by art and said ‘one day I’ll be an artist!’—and I just knew I would be. 

Back in high school I used to sell work, so this is nothing new to me. Teachers used to ask me to draw things for their history displays, and it felt good to do that and be recognized. I used to look at Van Gogh, Picasso, Michelangelo, and Monet and they motivated me to enhance my talent. We all have talents, but I feel that this is natural and God-given. I just try to enhance it by practicing every day. Actually I’d like to start getting into doing commission work for folks, like I did back in high school! 

I’m highly religious, so I used to come to talk to Mayor Heartwell back in the day when he worked at Heartside. He always gave me motivation when I was discouraged, so I would go talk to him. I am a pretty private person, but I could confide in him, and I consider him a friend. At Heartside I meet a lot of people and we’re all different, and we all have issues going on, but we are all human. Maybe one day I’ll open a gallery of my own, sort of like Heartside but in a different neighborhood. I feel like everybody deserves a chance."

LeGran will be selling his work at The Market, presented by Avenue for the Arts, this Saturday, June 9th from 12-9 p.m. He’ll be set up at our studio, so be sure to stop by and see his work in person!

The Artists of Heartside Gallery and Studio is a monthly feature to highlight some of the wonderful people of the Heartside neighborhood. Visit www.heartside.org, Facebook and our Flickr page to keep up with us, to learn about volunteering and other ways to get involved.

Sarah Scott is Arts Coordinator for Heartside Gallery and Studio at Heartside Ministry, and can be reached at [email protected]

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