S. Eugene Needham III could be called a successful businessman, a scholar, a developer and an accomplished artist who recently opened Logan Fine Art on 100 North in downtown Logan. On <a href=”http://610kvnu.com/assets/podcaster/328/2013_04_30_328_10457_2867.mp3″ target=”_blank”>KVNU’s Crosstalk program Monday</a>, Needham said what he would like is for Logan to be known as an Art City and he feels like the city already has a good start.
“The university is the back bone, I think, to our city,” Needham explained. “Every city that can be listed as an Art City here in the west has a certain aspect to it. They have either galleries, or they have a museum or they might have a statuary park.
“We could have it all if we try. We could make Logan a really grand place where a lot of people want to come.”
Needham said that not everyone goes along with his ideas, particularly with his desire to turn a currently-abandoned building at 300 North Main in Logan into an art museum.
“Those that have been looking at it that think it’s unrealistic have said that it’s going to be too much money, it’s an old building, the whole section there should be torn down. I’m saying, ‘No, by my experience old buildings can be renovated.'”
Needham said he told Logan Mayor Randy Watts about his dream for Logan becoming an Art City. Because Watts didn’t seen enthused about the suggestion, Needham said he may run for mayor, or at least for city council this year, to increase his chances to make Logan the art city he thinks it should be.