ALEXANDRIA, VA – Well-known Alexandria artist Len Garon was recently commissioned to create the “Official Presidential Inauguration Poster 2021” for the White House Gift Shop. In the painting, Len celebrates the beauty of the Washington, Lincoln, and Jefferson Memorials, plus The White House and the Capitol. It is enhanced with Old Glory, a majestic sunrise and cherry blossoms celebrating the peaceful transition of power.
“I love to tell a story with paint and a brush,” says Garon. “Capturing that beauty, emotion, energy, passion and love as a ‘moment in time’ is my goal.”
Garon tells stories on all sizes of canvases. In December 2020, Alexandria civic and political leaders celebrated the unveiling of a massive story-telling mural that crawls the entire façade of Imagine Artwear, at the corner of King and Fayette Streets in Old Town. That mural tells the tale of a group of business owners (KISMET) who had a dream over 30 years ago to collaborate and improve their part of Upper King Street, which they did. Many of the people pictured have passed on, but their likenesses and the vision they shared will live forever thanks to Garon’s paintbrush and vision.
Garon can often be seen at the Alexandria Farmers Market on Saturdays at 200 King Street in Market Square by City Hall, where he talks to patrons and displays prints and examples of his extensive portfolio, which include renderings of people, pets, places and moments in time. His work hangs in various museums and significant private collections including Presidents Clinton and Bush.
For further information about the availability of the new Inauguration posters, visit whitehousegifts.com (after January 20, 2021), email [email protected], or stop by and chat with Len Garon Artist himself at the Old Town Alexandria Farmers Market on Saturdays till noon.