WISCONSIN (SPECTRUM NEWS) -- “It all happened so quickly I didn’t expect it to go this far,” says Maddie LeBrun.
Maddie LeBrun is a St. Norbert College 2020 graduate and the artist behind the "WE CAN" poster series. “I decided that I wanted to make something that was uplifting, and optimistic, something maybe that people just needed to see,” LeBrun says.
There are 3 posters in the series. We can stop the spread, we can start healing and we can do it together.
“A lot of the things I referenced were wartime propaganda because we need that spirit to just be like- - well this stinks. This stinks for everyone, but you know what …we can do this, we can get through it we can make it happen,” says LeBrun.
Maddie’s "We Can" poster series started off as a class assignment, but has since grown into an inspirational movement in the Village of Oregon.
“Firefly coffeehouse downtown they have these big beautiful open windows, they have been a gallery space for a lot of artists in town and I have always wanted to hang something there,” says LeBrun.
After seeing her artwork in the window of the coffee house, Thysse, an Oregon based printing shop offered to print the uplifting posters for the community. “ I got to put my name on it and their name on it and now they are printed and put up all over town which is incredibly cool,” says LeBrun.
The posters are provided to the public by Tysse and available at Oregon Quick trips, as well as Bills food center. Businesses can purchase larger posters for 25 dollars each. All profits from Maddie’s "We Can" poster series are being donated to the friends of the Oregon school district, a community organization providing food to families affected by the pandemic.