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News Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Friday, January 06, 2012

CONTACT: Melissa Bedford Fears
Public Communications Coordinator
(816) 969-1014 office
(816) 572-0605 cell

Meet Local Artist Ron Hoyle Thursday, January 19, 2012 at City Hall

The City of Lee’s Summit invites the community to an artist reception featuring local artist Ron Hoyle on Thursday, January 19, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. inside City Hall, 220 SE Green St.  Meet this talented artist and view his drawings while enjoying refreshments and sampling wine provided by JBeans.

Hoyle become an ironworker in the 1990’s and is currently a member of Ironworkers Local #10 of Kansas City, which taught him that nothing was impossible.  During the years, he developed a strong passion for the trade.
 
Hoyle said, “One day, while looking at some ironworker photos from the early 1900’s that I had seen many times before, I realized that the ironworker hasn’t been documented artistically to any length since.’  ‘I’m proud of these old photographs, as they are a part of my heritage as a union ironworker.’  ‘My vision is to manifest the contemporary ironworker.’  ‘It’s my hope that no one forgets that this country was, and still is, built by the backbone of the American worker.’  ‘The series of drawings titled The Men Who Build America is my tribute to the men and women who build this country.”  

“Mixing my two passions has had powerful results.’ ‘Ironically, I have found my destiny as an artist and it lies in drawing the ironworker,” Hoyle said.   Men Who Build America has earned much critical acclaim since its inception.  A complete list of awards and merits can be found at www.ronhoyleart.com.  Hoyle’s work has been sought by corporate and private collectors across the United States, Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom.

If you don’t get a chance to come to this artist reception, you can view Hoyle’s work displayed in the lobby of City Hall until mid-April 2012, during business hours, Monday through Friday. 

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