Outdoor Murals Program Beautifies Hunt County

“Native Wildflowers” is a mural project planned for Hunt Regional’s new medical building in Commerce that will be painted by artist Debora Lytle.

A group of advocates to make Hunt County artistically beautiful is entering its fifth year to fund outdoor murals by artists. Artists are invited to apply for participation; the deadline is September 29.

“We can’t wait to see what ideas our artists come up with,” said Byron Taylor, president and CEO of the Greenville Chamber of Commerce and a founder of Hunt County Public Art. “The creative community is so strong here, and I’m excited to help our local artists create more artwork to make our public spaces look fresh and beautiful.”

Five completed murals — of an approved eight works — can be viewed in Hunt, and many are in Greenville. Two projects were approved for 2017 from the creative spirits of Debora Schubert Lytle and Joseph McCowan.

“Native Wildflowers” is a mural project planned for Hunt Regional’s new medical building in Commerce that will be painted by Lytle."Native Wildflowers" by Debora Lytle

Her concept for the mural takes its inspiration from the natural beauty of Northeast Texas, including Indian paintbrushes, Indian blankets, coreopsis, bluebonnets and sunflowers. It also includes monarch butterflies and at least one hummingbird.

“Hopefully it will provide a cheerful, tranquil feeling and brighten the day of anyone visiting the Emergency Medical Center,” the artist said.

"Life and Nature" by Joseph McCowanAn old, decaying sign in downtown Greenville will take on new life when it will be painted by McCowan, a local artist who has, among other works, painted murals inside many area churches.

His piece titled “Life and Nature” will cover both sides of the sign at the intersection of Washington and Stuart streets in central Greenville near the farmers’ market.

His theme for the artwork is inspired by nature and togetherness, combining whimsical birds, flowers and multicultural human figures reaching toward the sun.

“We’re proud of what we’ve accomplished so far and look forward to adding more exciting projects in 2018,” said Derek Price, one of the founders of Hunt County Public Art. “We’re raising money and partnering with talented artists to make our towns more vibrant, and what can be better than that?”

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Photo courtesy of Kim Cartier Photography  A 2016 project: "High Cotton" by Pamela Edwards. Photo courtesy of Kim Cartier Photography.

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