Painter promotes community art through colorful, historical murals in downtown Nacogdoches

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - The figures are historical but the colors are a vibrant shade of 2019, likely chosen strategically to catch the eye and bring a pop of color to downtown Nacogdoches.

Dixie Rose Daniels was hired by the city to paint a number of seasonal murals around the city. However, the mural she was working on Friday on the side of the Wyatt Building was one of historical nature.

“This is Gil Y’Barbo, and Stephen F. Austin, of course, Sam Houston, and Aldolphus Sterne,” said Daniels, referencing the mural that near complete. “The building is vacant currently. I don’t know what exactly plans are in store for it, but the art on the windows is just art in the meantime for people to enjoy and take their picture in front of if they want to."

Daniels said she likes to promote community art, so she’s really excited about the project, which was offered by the Nacogdoches Main Street program. Dixie’s only instruction was to create a historic-themed mural; her artistic license allowed all the bright colors.

“This is a perfect backdrop. It gets people downtown. It gives them something fun to look at," said Daniels. "And while they’re walking around they visit all our new places.”

The Nacogdoches native knew her father, the late Nacogodches County commissoner Jimmy Daniels, was creative. He was behind the Coca-Cola mural that’s become a feature of downtown Nacogdoches.

However, Dixie’s talents remained hidden until just a couple of years ago.

“I never in a million, trillion years though i would be a painter. Ever," Daniels laughed.

Main Street Director Amy Mehaffey wants to add more public art. She is seeking Texas artists and business owners with the brick canvasses for another project. Nacogdoches Main Street is seeking artwork proposals from artist and artist groups for an exterior wall mural painted on is the back side of Gifts & Greeks at 219 South Street, adjacent to the city parking lot.

The city will budget $3,000 to the artist for the design, according to the proposal guidelines.

“We’ve sent out a call for artists for a permanent mural that will go on a wall downtown on Pecan Street, leading into festival park," said Mehaffey.

If you’re interested in offering a proposal, you can find all of the details for what is required by visiting Main Street Nacogdoches website. Project proposals must be completed by May 13.

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