Oz in the News 12.2.14

16465302-mmmain‘We’re off to see the Wizard…’ John Simpson continues MGM-inspired murals in downtown Springfield  It started off with the Cowardly Lion and now the Tin Man, the Scarecrow and Dorothy herself have been added to the crew. Artist John Simpson is hoping to complete “The Wizard of Oz,” series before the weather makes it difficult to stand in the cold for hours working on larger-than-life paintings of recognizable characters in music and film. Simpson, who has been painting murals on a vacant downtown building in Court Square, added the three newest characters to the series over the weekend. “I’m really excited about these and I have been trying to do as much as I can over the weekend,” he said. “Once the characters are done I will be able to focus on the background and maybe even add some words.”


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