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“The Gathering Feast” Returns To The Library Center

Brad Noble

A newly-installed mural at the Library Center will look familiar to some.  The 27’ X 9’ portrait once hung on the north wall of the space occupied by the Mudhouse Café at the library on S. Campbell.

The mural, titled “The Gathering Feast,” is now overlooking the library’s atrium after being gone for a few years.

Regina Greer Cooper is the executive director of the Springfield-Greene County Library.

"It portrays a multicultural scene representing family, fun and diversity, gathering together to have a meal" said Greer Cooper, "and to us at the library it represents that we are open to everybody to come into the library, and we will serve everyone, and we want you to feel welcome."

The mural was painted by artist, Brad Noble, from Springfield, in 1996.  Noble graduated from Kickapoo High School and the Art Center of Design in Los Angeles.  He's currently a creative director and visual artist based in New York City.  "The Gathering Feast" was painted while Noble was in L.A.

It’s on permanent loan to the library by the Noble Family Foundation.  The mural most recently hung in the offices of Noble Communications, a company started by Brad Noble's father, Bob Noble.