Artist Scott Kirby brought his multimedia art show, “Main Street Souvenirs” to the L.E.T.’s Center in Washington to entertain, teach and inform guests about the history of Main Street.
Kirby, originally from Ohio but currently living in Colorado, said his fascination with the Great Plains led him to create the show. He said he spent the majority of his life as a piano player but when he turned 40, he began drawing with his kids and realized his love for art.
Kirby’s performance includes original watercolor artwork, photography and music as he walks the audience through the history of Main Street America beginning with music and dancing in the first half and expanding on his love for the prairies in the second half. His performance Saturday night was a preview of his larger show which he will present next year upon his return to Iowa.
Debbie Sanderfield Farrow, president of the L.E.T.’s Center, said she first spoke with him last year when he was in town for a concert series. He then reached out to her and explained he would be in Greenfield and would like to come down and do a performance.
“It was exciting when he called and said he would be back to visit and we’re even more excited that next year he’s coming back for an even bigger production,” she said. “It’s really going to highlight what’s happening here and what a vibrant town we are.”
She said what makes the show special is how Kirby reintroduces Washington to its citizens through the eyes of an outsider. She said it’s easy to forget how special a town is when living there, but when someone can reintroduce that excitement, it elicits a sense of pride.
“I think anywhere that you live you become rather immune or kind of complacent about things happening in your town and he comes here and he reminds us of the things that make us unique and make us a community,” she said. “It’s nice to see it from an outsider’s perspective.”
Kirby said he was happy with the turnout and the chance to get to know Washington before he comes back next year for the full performance. He said some things he enjoyed most about Washington were the town square and the town band because as a musician, he was glad to see music still present in town.
Due to weather, Kirby was snowed in for another night but said he had no complaints. “It’s perfect,” he said of Washington. “I love everything about it.”