Alpine’s Gallery Night, Inc. will be painting its third, in a series of six, Historic Calendar mural this spring. This mural project will reflect the historical and cultural aspect of our rich Ranching Heritage, as well as beautify our community. Murals are public art available to all and when based on historic references serve as an educational benefit.
We will highlight and reinforce our Ranch Heritage through historically referenced subjects. We have selected an iconic building centrally located on Highway 90 East, known to locals as the historic Alpine Lumber Yard building, adjacent to the north side of Union Pacific railroad tracks. The “Cattle Drive” mural will be 60’ x 17’. Next to the mural, a 20’ x 10’ calendar of the month of May will be painted. The “Cattle Drive” mural will be painted by award winning mural artist Stylle Read of Cleburne, Texas, and maintained with a product called “Frog Juice” which is a UV protectant and graffiti deterrent.
Considering the historical, economic and cultural impact of the railroad on communities, the idea of placing this mural next to the tracks will prove to be a significant public art project. Presently we have several murals on the north and south side of the tracks within eyesight of arriving Amtrak trains which carry an average of 350 people daily. By expanding art to another historic building we will encourage additional revitalization to our downtown area and increase tourism by becoming a mural destination town.
To fulfill preliminary design for the mural we have a volunteer base of qualified artists, structural engineers, trustees from Brewster County jail and local residents who are vested in this project since its beginning. This ambitious project comes with obstacles such as power washing and resurfacing this building, some of which will be accomplished from our strong community volunteer base.
To raise funds we sell the dates of the month of May for donors to have their names permanently painted on the calendar as well as printed in the 2016 calendar that we produce for sale. In addition we created a 1 square foot mural club for a $20 donation to help paint 1 square foot of the mural. Funds are also raised from t-shirts, coffee mugs and postcard sales.
The project conclusion invites the community to a dedication; blessing and BBQ, prepared by our organization and served by Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church.