Preserving Grant Wood's art and legacy

People attend event at the Eldon Public Library and learn history of Grant Wood.

Members of The Bluffs Arts Council are spreading the word about Grant Wood's legacy.

Dozens of residents attended the Eldon Public Library to see the BAC put on a fascinating presentation on Grant Wood.

The non-profit organization's chairman of the Grant Wood project Dick Miller is from Council Bluffs, Iowa. He calls Eldon "Grant Wood's Mecca" since the American Gothic Portrait is what the artist is most famous for.

BAC representatives also explained how they are preserving Wood's intricate corn room murals, which woods painted at the Chieftain Hotel in 1927.

"We had to raise about $48,000, and that helped conserve the 11 pieces that we own," Miller said. "We found that most of the pieces were in disarray. The ones that weren't, are the ones that the people would not give back and that they had conserved themselves. Of course you can't blame them because they love Grant Wood."

Miller and BAC executive director Laural Ronk got their picture taken at the American Gothic Center after the event. They hope to someday have an art and cultural center of their own to display all they have aquired and restored of Grant Wood.