Celebration of Life held for local artist

March 24, 2013 Updated Oct 26, 2013 at 1:05 AM CDT

PEORIA, IL--
A celebration of life was held for local artist Vin Luong. His murals, landscapes and portraits are recognized all over the Peoria area. On March 24th, friends and family of Luong collected his works in a gallery at Studios on Sheridan. In their own words -- they remember Luong's passion for both life and art.

The city of Peoria has dedicated March 24 as Vin Luong Day.

"He was a really sweet-hearted person," said close friend, Bob Eid. "I never heard him say a complaint about anything. He could take a bleak, brick wall and turn it into a warm, inviting space. Just Renaissance work, like Michelangelo."

His wife, Jessamyn Luong, says he incorporated apples into many of his pieces. The fruit often symbolizes the human spirit.

"He wanted to do his best work and let his work speak for itself," she says. "He wanted to be a good person..."

He loved teaching children how to paint, and many of his students went on to carry his legacy. They want to celebrate the beauty that he brought in this world and the joy he gave to other people, and grieve him in the most positive way that we can

He was always trying to reveal beauty. He would want us to see that in the world, see that in one another, and to see that in life- to continually look for beauty.