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“Light of the World” oil on canvas painting by Anna Murphy, will be on display at the Grand Gallery from Sept. 22 through the end of the year. (Courtesy of Anna Murphy)
Frankfort High graduate Anna Murphy in 2019 when she began painting the mural that is now on the side of Bourbon on Main. (McKenna Horsley | State Journal)

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One might say that for Chicago-based artist Anna Murphy, things have come full circle … again.
In 2019, Murphy, a Frankfort High School graduate, returned to the city to paint the mural entitled “Beautiful and Brave” that now adorns the side of Bourbon on Main.
Fast forward several years and Murphy is once again coming home to showcase her work, though this time on a much smaller scale. 
“Light of the World” oil on canvas painting by Anna Murphy, will be on display at the Grand Gallery from Sept. 22 through the end of the year. (Courtesy of Anna Murphy)
On Sept. 22, an exhibit featuring Murphy’s paintings will debut in the Grand Theatre’s Grand Gallery in a show entitled “Divinity in a Material World.”
“This is about the divine feminine energy that everyone has inside them,” Murphy said in an interview with The State Journal. “It is that creative force that lives in all of us and just kind of touches on that magic part of us, that divine part of us that is in between the physical world and the world of the unseen.”
She said that when she created the pieces, she pulled from her love of nature, as well as the role of women throughout history. 
“There is history in there too, because I use a lot of lace and doilies that my great-grandmother handmade and that is kind of where the series began,” she said. “Thinking about the history of women’s work and the role of a woman, that kind of lead me to delve deep into this divine feminine area.”
Larry Moore, a volunteer with the Grand Theatre who played a large role in facilitating the show, said that he has known Anna and her family for years and has been following her career.
Moore said that he has seen her work at every stage from high school to her senior thesis while she attended the University of Louisville to her time painting murals all over the country and owns one painting and in the process of buying a second. 
“While she was in Frankfort doing the mural, that is when we had the conversation for real about showing her work at the Grand,” he remembered. “But then the world shut down due to the pandemic, so that is why it has taken us so long to get to the point of actually doing the show.”
Murphy said she is looking forward to coming home for the show’s debut. 
Frankfort High graduate Anna Murphy in 2019 when she began painting the mural that is now on the side of Bourbon on Main. (McKenna Horsley | State Journal)
“It means a lot to me, it’s really special,” she noted. “To go back home and share what I have been doing for the last 10 years as an artist. It is going to be a really special time.”
The show will open on Sept. 22 and will remain on the second floor of the Grand Theatre through the end of the year.
Murphy will be on hand for a reception on opening night from 5-6:30 p.m. 
The gallery is open for ticketed events and by appointment through the ticket office. Appointments are scheduled in 30 minute increments inside the 10 a.m. to 3 pm Monday through Friday normal schedule. Requests outside of the normal schedule will be accommodated if staffing is available. 
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Anna Murphy is quite the talent. I wondered who had painted that lovely mural on Main Street and now we know. I volunteer at the Grand myself and look forward to studying her exhibit.
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