Woodbury Art Museum in Orem invites public to paint as part of living comic book experience

July 28, 2018

Area residents will have a unique opportunity to participate in filling in the color of 10 artists’ comic book panels at the Woodbury Art Museum at University Place in Orem.

The Woodbury Art Museum is a part of the Utah Valley University arts system and is hosted at the mall.

The “Heroes and Villians” exhibit runs through Sept. 15. Museum hours are Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Wednesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

According to museum director Lisa Anderson, 40 giant canvasses have been put in place on the walls of the museum. Black-and-white comic drawings await the public’s brush strokes to add color to them.

“It is rare for a museum to allow the public to paint its walls,” Anderson said. “There are activities for all ages.”

The idea was generated about six months ago with the idea of looking at comic archetypes as they link both villain and hero to Greek myths.

Chad Hardin, a professor of illustration at UVU, is spearheading the project that allows families and individuals a different kind of comic art experience.

“I don’t know anyone who has tried to do this before,” Hardin said.

He was able to get some of his artist friends to jump on board as well. He said he has called in a few favors for this rare experience.

Hardin has worked in past years for both Marvel and DC comics and has worked on some of the most popular subjects. At Marvel, he did various assignments on Spider-Man. At DC, he worked on Doctor Fate, the Spirit, Harley Quinn and Wonder Woman.

Hardin said the first rule for participants putting paint to canvass is to stay inside the lines.

“Lots of times, our ability to do things is because someone is there to guide us,” Hardin said.

The exhibit is free and Hardin said it is a fun family activity or can even be a date night of grown-up coloring.

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