Sisters Christina, left, and Jackie Venson and dog, Jack, stop for a selfie at the ‘Diving into the Divine’ mermaid-themed mural in San Marcos at 202 E. Hopkins St. Jackie might look familiar: She is a popular Austin-based recording artist — a guitarist and singer/songwriter.
Los Angeles-based artist Matt “Kiptoe” Dean painted the15-by-90-foot “Giddings Pride” tribute to the city on the wall ofOrsag's Furniture, 201 W. Austin St. Dime Box Distillery, which helped pay for the artwork, owns the empty lot facing the artwork. The mural, created in late October 2020 over a fiveday period, incorporates images relevant to Giddings history such as trains, oil derricks and buffalo.
“It had been many years since a mural had been painted (here), and we thought that one that depicted Giddings heritage would be a source of pride for residents as well as another reason for travelers to stop and stretch their legs,” said Michael Leidel, Dime Box Distillery owner. “Since it was painted, we have seen people photograph quinceañeras, wedding parties, family portraits, classic cars and gleaming motorcycles in front of it.”
The mural was paid for by the City of Giddings, the Giddings Economic Development Corporation and Dime Box Distillery. This was Kiptoe’s first mural in Texas.
Watch some of Kiptoe’s five days of mural painting »
Jeepers, creepers, where’d you get those peepers? Animal enthusiasts and anyone who enjoys large-scale art won’t want to miss downtown Brenham’s brilliantly hued “Owl Family” mural, where huge-eyed, soulful creatures stare back at their inquisitive visitors. Created by renowned muralist Jeff Soto as part of the Texas Arts and Music Festival in Brenham in 2017, the mural stands four stories tall on the back of the historic JH Faske Building, 114 E. Alamo St., facing Commerce Street.
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