Hunt County Art
Hunt County Public Art plans two new large-scale public art projects in 2015, helping to continue the revitalization of the county using work produced by local artists.
One project is a huge mural on the side of the Scott & Ray Law building in downtown Greenville. A graphic abstraction on Hunt County’s natural history by artist Pamela Edwards, the piece pays homage to Greenville’s cotton-farming heritage in a bold, brightly colored design.
The modern look is inspired by the geologic history of Hunt County, which was once covered entirely in saltwater millions of years ago and was later inhabited by Native Americans.
The other project is a creation of two massive sculptures in Commerce City Park by artist David Zvanut. Made from rustic materials including old bois d’arc fence posts suspended from a steel armature, these contemporary sculptures celebrate local history and draw attention to this longstanding park in central Commerce.
Edwards is an enterprising design professional and artist. A Los Angeles native, she was partially educated in Greenville and recently returned. In addition to a degree in graphic design, she has an extensive creative background, teaching experience, love of nature, and currently instructs painting classes at Downtown Art Party. Edwards’ skill sets include drawing, painting, sculpting, animation, architectural drafting, serigraphy and typographic design.
Zvanut, of Commerce, received his MFA from East Texas State University in 1986. His art is held in many private and public collections in Commerce and around the country. More information on him can be found at zvanut.com.
In 2014 the Hunt County group raised funds for a large-scale, brightly-colored mural and sculpture on the side of the Armstrong Appliance building in downtown Greenville.
The piece, “Spectrum” by local artist Cathy Smithey, took a big step toward completion recently when several huge, metal sculptural rings were installed on the wall. The rings are backlit at night with LED lighting to make the artwork an eye-catching downtown attraction even after the sun goes down.
Other pieces to be added to “Spectrum” include a changeable art panel to showcase local artists’ work, a life-size figure of a person from Greenville’s history and directional signage that points visitors to other downtown attractions.