Mural Artist Chosen for Local Downtown Parkette
Though no visible changes have been made yet on the corner of Navasota and Ellis St., where the Parkette will be built sometime this spring, Groesbeck Economic Development Corporation's Executive Director TyKisha Presley is working hard behind the scenes to solidify a timeline and talking with the people who will play a major role in the completion of the project. Wednesday, January 10th, mural artist Tony Bryant came to Groesbeck to show his portfolio and see the space he will be working with.
"When he first saw that wall, he said ‘It's a canvas!’ This man hugged the wall when he saw it." Presley laughed.
She met Bryant in Buffalo when he spoke at a Central East Texas Alliance (CETA) workshop about an art project he did in Marlin. Though at that time the building on the corner of Ellis and Navasota wasn’t even torn down yet, she knew he was the man for the job.
“I’ve been painting all my life, can’t do anything else,” Bryant said. “Some things are meant to be. You called me at a great time because I just got through with Killeen. You guys know what you want, it's just a matter of putting it all together. I want to get it done.”
Bryant has been an artist his whole life, working for companies like Pepsi and Coca-Cola in Houston before leaving "corporate America" at age 30 to pursue creative freedom as a freelance artist. He has done projects in other states and all over Texas, including an a 70 foot mural off I-35 in Waco a couple years back, a large mural honoring veterans in Falls County, and barrel painting in Marlin that was very much a community affair.
“HEB came and sponsored Earth Day and all the kids came out,” Bryant said. “It was a community thing. I did all of the art and they came out and filled up all of the barrels and put them all throughout the town. Some people took ‘em home with them.”
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