San Angelo’s Paintbrush Alley which began back in 2005 is gearing up for a major revitalization. After a period of vandalism and disrepair, a new art collection built around themes from the 1956 movie “Giant” is set to move in.
“Part of this solution to making sure that it doesn’t get destroyed or graffitied again,” explains Del Velasquez, director of Downtown San Angelo, “is that we’re going to clearcoat the artwork. And, a lot of it is going to be also put under plexiglass to help protect it, and we’re adding additional lighting and security cameras.”
Installation of the various art pieces currently on display in Art in Uncommon Places on Irving Street will begin April 5. The move to Paintbrush Alley will wrap up on May 7, followed by an artist celebration.
“It’s from 6 to 8,” said Julia Raymond, president of Art in Uncommon Places. “We’ll have live music and free food. And, it is a fundraiser for us, so to keep supporting more things so that the artist local artists can produce to change this town into the creative San Angelo that it is.”
The same creative San Angelo that inspires abstract artist Diana Lee Jones, who told us she enjoyed challenging herself to craft something with more realism that she had been used to creating.
“I got a phone call from a Julie Raymond asking if I would be part of this and I was very excited,” said Jones. “I’ve been really happy to be part of this; I really believe in arts in San Angelo. I believe that we are an art destination.”
The new theme, modeled on the movie staring Roc Hudson, Elizabeth Taylor and James Dean has inspired many interpretations of the ideas presented in the film. Time will tell if this incarnation of the art hot spot, will leave as big an impression.
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