This July during the Viva Big Bend Music Festival Alpine’s Gallery Night Board along with many area artists, volunteers and award winning, nationally recognized mural artist, Stylle Read will paint a mural on the south facing wall of the Printco building at Holland Avenue and 5th Street.
This year marks the twentieth anniversary of ARTWALK. On November 22nd and 23rd we will be celebrating the artists from the Big Bend region with our annual art festival downtown Alpine. Alpine’s Gallery Night would like to give back to our wonderful community with a visual gift of art, a mural. A mural project that is relevant to our area, one that generates community involvement and awareness that will be beneficial for area artists, students, locals and tourists as well as a beautification to our downtown.
Our concept is a Mexican Calendar top that promotes an understanding of the life, culture and history of this part of west Texas. The mural will depict the hard working people of the Big Bend; it will highlight the social, cultural and even the natural and ecological richness of our region. We decided to use a recognizable old Mexican calendar top, “Poco y Poquito” by Jesus Helguera and added one our very recognizable regional landmarks, Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church, to help tell the story of our rich Hispanic cultural heritage.
On April 26th Plaine and Cowdog hosted a well attended fundraiser. We listened to the music from the Anthony Ray Wright band; sipped cold locally brewed beer generously donated from Big Bend Brewing Company, ate Cowdog’s hotdogs and raised money for the mural project. We made a dent in the total overall cost of the mural and are continuing our fundraising efforts. We still need your help to fund this ambitious project, please contact us and become a partner. If you are an artist and interested in volunteering please contact Keri Blackman at 432-837-3067 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.