I’ve donated this piece to Plein Air Austin’s fundraiser for the Rockport Center for the Arts. I’ve been a member since 2014, when I officially took on the “Winter Texan” title. Their building is a total loss due to Hurricane Harvey.
This piece and others on display NOW though September 30 at:
Joel’s Coffee House
11301 Lakeline Blvd, Ste 120
Austin, TX 78717
Stop by Joel’s to see the works in person. Tell your friends to come to see the art and get BOGO DRINKS when they mention the fundraiser.
See works online beginning September 14 – www.pleinairaustin.org/
Mixed media collage paying homage to the wonderful COOL COAST mural on Austin Street, in the Rockport, Texas, Heritage District.
This collage on a wrapped canvas is ready to hang. Corrugated (one of my favorite textures!), watercolor, pencil, acrylic, paper and cardstock surround the main image, which is an actual photo that I took and applied artistic filters to. The photo is of an old mural of a very large fish – 17 feet long, 6 feet wide, and 2000 pounds! I’ve been told it’s a sawfish, but I don’t know when it was caught, but it is a charming piece of nostalgia in the equally charming town of Rockport.
UPDATE: I cannot find confirmation of this, but supposedly the Houston Chronicle ran an article about the sign:
When new owners of the 80-year-old-plus Mundine Barber Shop on Rockport’s South Austin Street removed part of a wall that had joined the shop with an equally-old wrecked and removed movie theater, they uncovered a long-hidden advertisement for a long-gone area fishing camp.
The wall was painted with an ad for the Cool Coast Camp and showed a painting of a camp attraction. There, painted on the side of the building, was a huge sawfish, a fish that looks like a shark with a double-edged crosscut saw blade on its face.
The painting listed the sawfish’s size: 17 feet long, 6 1/2-feet wide. It claimed the fish weighed 2,000 pounds.
The old painting immediately became a hot topic in the quiet, fishing-oriented middle-coast town. When Rockport Pilot editor and publisher Mike Probst ran a news story and photograph of the painted wall and solicited any information local folks had on the camp or the fish, he drew considerable response.
Turns out the Cool Coast Camp was one of the first “tourist” camps in the Rockport area, having been opened in the early 1920s, closing later that decade, then reopening for a thankfully-brief time as the Kool Koast Kamp, a youth camp sponsored by the Ku Klux Klan.