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Young artists combine efforts to paint mural
by Jason Collins
Aug 01, 2011 | 1249 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Kasandra Marbach, 5, paints a portion of a tree Tuesday morning that will be part of a large banner on display at the Beeville Art Museum on Aug. 6.
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Jonathan Saucier bent over the canvas — his brush steady as he outlined the leaves of the painting.

Beside him, Oscar Vargas was mimicking his moves painting another portion of the tree.

Taylor Benson, a Houston artist, said that he and his wife, Terri, were excited to see the number of children who have helped paint this mural at the Beeville Art Museum.

“We are working with the Joe Barnhart Foundation for this wonderful opportunity for children,” he said. “You can see they are painting a mural which is a wonderful representation of a Caillebotte painting called the Orange trees,” he said. “It was painted in 1878.”

Gustave Caillebotte wasn’t your typical painter.

“It is kind of atypical. It doesn’t fit any actual genres,” Benson said

“This gentleman, Gustave, was very wealthy. He painted because he loved to paint. He only painted for a short period of time. But he actually became spectacular.”

Benson said this painting was chosen because “the executor of the Beeville museum had every painting in the world to choose from and this was one of her favorites.”

It is part of the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston collection.

Benson, who, along with his wife, own CrabArt Studios, said that the students are using a unique type of paint for this mural to ensure it will weather the elements.

“Our background allows us to use some really innovative products,” he said.

“We worked in Orlando and found some paints that were created by Disney for their studios.

“These are called theme park paints. They are exterior acrylic paints that are resistant to UV rays and the weather.”

Benson said that the mural will hang outside the museum to mark the opening of its next exhibit and Family Art Day.

“As the kids drive by they are going to say I painted that,” he said.

Family Art Day will be held at the museum on Saturday, Aug. 6, from noon to 2 p.m. and includes an opening reception for the Texas Artists Exhibit and annual August Children’s Exhibit, and the unveiling of the summer art camp mural, as well as other art activities.

Everyone is invited to bring children and enjoy the exhibits, snow cones, popcorn, cookies, cold drinks and fun.

The painting of this mural is part of the museum’s art camp.

Jason Collins is the editor at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 121, or at editor@mySouTex.com.
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