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Lampasas, the Home of the Murals!
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To honor the dedication of Vision Lampasas to enhance he aesthetic, social, cultural, and economic welfare of the Historic Downtown District and surrounding areas, the Art Committee of VL proposed a 4 (currently 8 completed!) mural master plan to beautify buildings in the downtown area.
In order to involve the entire community, the art was planned as a gigantic paint-by-number. Volunteers could show up and pick up a can of #2 paint and paint every shape that was #2. Groups came and went and some came and stayed throughout the projects.
We think the results were spectacular and the Texas Downtown Association agreed - our plan was a runner up for the President's Award for community improvement. See those first murals as well as more we have done since then below (in person is a lot better!).
By the way - we have beautiful 10" x 36" posters of each of the murals for only $15 as well as calendars and note cards. Drop us a line RIGHT HERE for these special gifts.
Below: A map to all the murals. Below the map are preview photographs of all the "Lampasas Murals". Enjoy!
Murals are listed and numbered in the order they were created. 01. “ Boot Roundup ” , 4th (Loop 257) and Western (1 block west of Courthouse, Downtown Lampasas) 02. “ Generations ” , Western and 2nd (1 block NW of Courthouse, Downtown Lampasas) 03. “ Postcard from Lampasas ” , 6th and Western (2 blocks SW of Courthouse, Downtown Lampasas) 04. “ Sulfur Creek Watershed ” , Courthouse Annex walkway (East side of Courthouse, Downtown Lampasas) 05. “ Wildflowers ” , 4th and Pecan (SE corner of Courthouse Square, Downtown Lampasas) 06. “ Wildlife ” , 4th and Live Oak (SW corner of Courthouse Square, Downtown Lampasas) 07. "Portraits of the Past", (West side of Courthouse Square, Downtown Lampasas) 08. “ Patriot ” Mural, North side of the Building, 405 N. Key Ave (US 281/190/183) at Ave. D 09. "Small Town...Big Sound", 405 N. Key Ave (US 281/190/183) at 2nd St. (North side of building)
Below is the 1st Lampasas Mural: "Boot Roundup" located at Western and 4th Streets (Boot mural 15' x 45').
Lampasas's Boot Roundup 2008 is the first in a series of mural projects initiated by the Art Committee of Vision Lampasas. "Boots" was the chosen subject to honor the art and talents of local boot makers, and as a symbol of our rural western heritage. Local folks were invited to a "Boot Call" at which over 100 pairs of boots were photographed and the design of the mural emerged. On November 13, 2008, after three months and over 1500 volunteer hours, the mural was dedicated as a gift to the community of Lampasas, Texas.
Jerry Goodson owned and used this historic old building for his surveying business for more years than anyone can remember. Mr. Goodson was a stanch supporter of the Lampasas Community and a walking book of history relating to Lampasas and Lampasas County. Regrettably he passed away in 2012.
Below is the 2nd Lampasas Mural: "Generations", located at 2nd and Western Streets (18' x 120').
"Generations" is the second in a series of murals initiated by the Art Committee of Vision Lampasas. The design is a tribute to the generations of businesses that have occupied the building located at the corner of Second and Western Street since the late 1800's until the present. On August 27, 2009, after two months and hundreds of volunteer hours, the mural was dedicated as a gift to the community of Lampasas, Texas. Depicted on the mural, L-R: Texas Trading Company - 1800's, Lampasas Bowling Alley - 1970's, Western Auto 1960's, Love Brothers Motor Company, 1950's, John Wade - current owner of Lampasas Hardware.
Below is the 3rd Lampasas Mural: "Postcard from Lampasas", located at 6th and Western Streets (10' x 110').
The “ Postcard from Lampasas ” , the third in a series of murals completed by the Art Committee of Vision Lampasas was inspired vintage “ big-letter ” souvenir postcards. The lanky cowboy reprises his billboard roll from the past, welcoming folks to “ Cow Country ” . This pasture scene blends with the Hanna Springs Sculpture Garden in Campbell Park to form the backdrop for the letters spelling out the name of our town. The letters contain pictures of historical landmarks that can still be found in present day Lampasas. The fine print at the bottom of each letters identifies each image. On June 17, 2012 this mural was dedicated as a gift to the community of Lampasas, Texas. Wish you were here!
Below is the 4th Lampasas Mural: "Water is Life", located at East side of the Square beside the Lampasas County Annex in the "breezeway" (12' x 120').
Sulfur Creek Watershed has historic and modern significance to all life in Lampasas, Texas, and is memorialized in the fourth mural, "Water is Life", created by volunteers of the Art Committee of Vision Lampasas! In October 2010, the mural was dedicated to the community of Lampasas and as a tribute to Lampasas Berta Dean Stanukinors, nee Briggs (1936-2005) for her tireless work to improve and preserve the health, life and beauty of Sulphur Creek.
The main riverbed is carved into the stucco wall adding a dimension to the surface. Three of the five reservoirs are shown on the map - notably built after the devastating 1957 Mother's Day Flood in Lampasas. The orange section of town marks the city limits in 1957 and the yellow shows the city limits in 2000. Kempner, and Copperas Cove share part of the county with us. Major thoroughfares and rail roads followed paths originally set out by the Native Americans and Western pioneers. Water is essential to humans as well as the 'critters' depicted on our mural.
"Water is Life" is located in a breezeway on the eastern side of our historic courthouse square and leads you down a shaded path to a delightful 'pocket park' with a fountain, sculpture, and chess/picnic tables.
Below is the 5th Lampasas Mural: "Lampasas County Wildflowers", southwest corner of East 4th and South Pecan Streets in Downtown Lampasas.
"Lampasas County Wildflowers" is the fifth in a series of paint-by-number murals by the Vision Lampasas Art Committee and local volunteers. It is a whimsical depiction of giant seed packets of local wildflowers mounted against the clear blue Texas sky and cool green hills of Lampasas County. Careful observation will reveal hidden fauna in the flora.
On September 6, 2012, this mural was dedicated as a gift to the community of Lampasas, Texas. May all your weeds be wildflowers.
“ To see the world in a grain of sand, and to see heaven in a wild flower, hold infinity in the palm of your hands, and eternity in an hour. ” William Blake
Below is the 6th Lampasas Mural: "Hunt & Fish in Lampasas County!" located at 4th and Live Oak Streets in Historic Downtown Lampasas!
The "Hunt & Fish in Lampasas County!" mural was didicated on October 25, 2012 by Vision Lampasas and the Vision Lampasas Art Committee. The is the sixth mural completed by Vision Lampasas, the Art Committee and many, many volunteers! The below prictures are great, but for a much better view stop by and see the mural in person, who knows maybe you'll find "your trophy..."!
Below is the 7th Mural: "Portraits of the Past", located on the west side of the Historic Lampasas Courthouse Square!
While waiting on the design contest to generate the start of the next (8th) large mural project, the Vision Lampasas Arts Committee produced the "Portraits of the Past" mural on what is currently (December 2013) the Trading Post Antiques and Collectables store. As you can see below the building, the Courthouse Square and indeed, the City of Lampasas is again enhanced by another great Lampasas Mural.... enjoy!
Left is the "Portraits of the Past" mural located on the west side of the Historic Lampasas Courthouse Square in Lampasas, Texas. Photographed at the 2014 Carol of Lights and Grand Lighted Christmas Parade. This is the 7th mural produced by the Vision Lampasas Arts Committee.
Right is a "before" photograph of the Trading Post Antiques and Collectables building on the west side of the Lampasas, Texas Courthouse Square.This mural is on S. Live Oak, between 3rd and 4th Streets in Down Town Lampasas.
Left is a completed view of the "Portraits of the Past" mural, December 2013. This mural provides another beautiful enhancement to Downtown Lampasas and the entire Lampasas community. Enjoy....
Below is the 8th Lampasas Mural: "Patriot", located on the North side of the Miller Services building at 405 N. Key Ave (U.S. 281/183), Lampasas, Texas!
The "Patriot" mural design is the result of a contest held by Vision Lampasas, Inc and sponsored by Walmart of Lampasas. The winning design, selected out of 21 entrants in the Vision Lampasas contest, was announced in a Veterans Day ceremony organized by Lampasas Walmart. The artist width the winning entry elected to give their $500 prize money to the Wounded Warrior Project. Local veterans, active military, first responders, and families were invited to a "Paint the Patch" day to volunteer to paint their emblem from their particular branch of service. It takes about 1,000 work hours and approximately $2,000 in supplies and material to paint each mural.
Below is the 9th Lampasas Mural: "Small Town...Big Sound" located 405 N. Key Ave (US 281/190/183) at 2nd St. (North side of building)
The 'Small Town ... Big Sound' mural is 13 feet by 70 feet. This mural involved forty volunteers working in the sun for a total of 1,020 hours! Completion from start to finish was about one month. This is the ninth mural completed by Vision Lampasas. The “ Small Town ... Big Sound ” mural is unusual as it has a 'music bench' on the end nearest Key Avenue. So, be sure and bring your camera or maybe your musical instrument and camera for your own personal picture of the mural! Enjoy!
Grammy Award-winning fiddle player Jason Roberts will be on the road when Vision Lampasas hosts a dedication of its newest mural, “ Small Town … Big Sound ” on July 16. But Roberts, whose image is one of the many Lampasas musicians featured on the mural, still wanted to be part of the celebration. He teamed up with Donnie Price, another local musician featured on the wall to record a song to be played at the dedication. In keeping with the mural ’ s message of highlighting Lampasas music over the decades, he chose a song, Fool That I Am, written by Donnie ’ s father (get your exclusive copy below!), E. V. “ Vic ” Price, in 1950. Vic Price played music in the area for many years in the 40 ’ s and 50 ’ s, and appeared on stage with some of the other artists featured on the mural, such as Cockeye Brown and Red Barrett. Vic was a guitar player, singer, and songwriter. Unfortunately he was never able to see his career advance, as he was killed in an auto accident in 1963 at the age of 37 while touring in California with Floyd Tillman.
Roberts brand of Western Swing suits the old song perfectly. In addition to singing the lead vocals, Roberts played fiddle, steel guitar, acoustic rhythm guitar, and viola. Donnie Price played bass and electric lead guitar. Also appearing were Dan Walton on piano, Wesley Holtsford on fiddle, and Louie Broussard on drums. Roberts and Price produced the cut, which was recorded and mixed by Phil Mezzetti at The Sound Lab, Inc. In Austin, Texas. All of the men generously donated their time and talent to the project, as 100 % of proceeds from the performance is being donated to Vision Lampasas Art Committee for further art projects.
To get your copy of this exclusive Jason Roberts song contact the Lampasas Chamber of Commerce at (512) 556-5172 or at 205 S. U.S. Hwy. 281, Lampasas, TX 76550 or contact Vision Lampasas at firstname.lastname@example.org ($3 + $1 shipping and handling). This Jason Roberts song is not available anywhere else!
01. Betty Ann Whitis - choir and piano 02. Harold Harton - guitar 02. "Chatty" Harton, mother of Harold Harton - Bass fiddle at Hayloft Party 03. Dave Hausmann - saxaphone 04. Dale McBride - noted country musician in the 1970s, father of Terry McBride 04. Terry McBride - noted county musician of McBride and the Ride also well-known songwriter 05. Gary Craft - Rock musician 06. "Red" Orion Barrett - country western musician for over 40 years 07. Cockye's Aces, 1940's, Fay "Cockeye" Brown, Hubert Pickett, Woodrow "Woody" Tipton, Fred Phillips 08. Roland Schaub - guitar, son of Reid Schaub 09. Jody Mullins - harmonica 10. Reid Schaub - guitar player and guitar maker, father of Roland Schaub 11. Derek Groves - guitar 12. Donnie Price - internationally known guitar and bass player 13. Unknown Cowboy Fiddler 14. "Rock n Roll Joe" Maldonado 15. Rivera Brothers - Tejano music 16. George Ramirez in foreground, and unknown fiddler. 17. Albert Perez - Accordion 18. Jason Roberts - formerly of "Asleep at the Wheel" now has his own "Jason Roberts Band". Grammy award winning country western performer 19. The "musical bench" for your picture taking pleasure!
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