BLACKFOOT — The Blackfoot Performing Arts Center now has a piece of fine art adorning one of its walls thanks to the generosity of a local man.
L. DeWayne Young commissioned a painting from Blackfoot artist J. Ken Spencer and then donated the painting to the BPAC in memory of his late friend Dr. Donald E. Silvius, who died Dec. 24, 2010. Spencer and Young were at the BPAC Saturday to meet with community members during an open house and unveiling of the painting.
Young said Silvius was an admirer of Spencer's work, and said donating the painting to the BPAC feels like a fitting tribute to his good friend of many years.
"I thought this would be a very fitting memorial," Young said. "This is a perfect place for this."
For Spencer—who has clients all over the country—the commissioned artwork gives him the opportunity to finally showcase his work locally. He said his artwork is displayed privately in homes in Blackfoot, but this is the first to be displayed publicly.
"I feel very appreciative for the opportunity to display it locally," Spencer said. "Hopefully it will be a treasure to this community for years to come."
The oil painting is called "Idaho's Snake River" and depicts a scene on the South Fort of the Snake River near Heise. The painting measures 38 by 72 inches. It is hung on the north wall of the foyer of the BPAC.