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Duane Webb admires one of the works of art he painted on windows in downtown Beeville this week for Saturday morning’s Parade That Never Was. The 10 a.m. event will allow the community to express thanks to all living veterans who have answered the call during this nation’s history.
Duane Webb admires one of the works of art he painted on windows in downtown Beeville this week for Saturday morning’s Parade That Never Was. The 10 a.m. event will allow the community to express thanks to all living veterans who have answered the call during this nation’s history.
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BEEVILLE – “All my life,” Duane Webb said this week when asked how long he has been painting signs, murals and patriotic symbols.

When the Parade That Never Was comes rolling through downtown Beeville Saturday morning, parade watchers will find his handiwork on the windows of downtown buildings.

The art work included ruffles and flourishes, stars and stripes, eagles and hearts, all in variations of red, white and blue.

Webb was the perfect artist to be selected for the job. Beeville Main Street Program Manager Michelle Wright was the one responsible for contacting the local artist.

“I’m not a Texan,” Webb admitted while standing near one of his paintings. “But I married one, and what brought me here to Texas was that I was stationed in Kingsville.”

Coming here in 1966 with the Navy took him from one Wild West part of the country to another. So Webb had no trouble fitting in with the local crowd.

“I grew up in Arizona, Tucson,” he said.

But if you ask him where he lives today, that will depend on where you happen to be standing when you ask the question.

“I live on FM (Road) 534, halfway between Beeville and Mathis,” he said. “If you ask me in Beeville, I’ll tell you I’m from Beeville. If you ask me in Mathis, I’ll tell you I’m from Mathis.”

When asked if he is keeping busy these days the answer comes quickly. “Oh, I keep more than busy.” In fact, Webb says he probably works too much for a retired person.

“I’ve painted most of the murals you see around here,” Webb said with a wide grin. And all those have been done in the past four and a half years.

Actually, Webb is well known around Beeville’s artistic community.

“I’m a member of the Beeville Art Association,” he said.

Gary Kent is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 120, or at reporter@mySouTex.com.
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