In December of 2017, Temple was awarded an Anice Read Grant from the Texas Downtown Association in the amount of $4,000 to help fund an exciting new art project. The Temple Art Train Project will feature tiny replicas of old steam engines, measuring 4’ long by 2’ wide by 3’ tall, which will then be installed throughout the downtown area. The first completed train will be unveiled on Small Business Saturday, November 24th, at the corner of Avenue A and 2nd Street. The unveiling will be held at 2:00 pm.

When the project first started, a call for artists was issued, resulting in the submission of six different proposals, from which four artists were selected. During that process, artists were encouraged to be creative and had the freedom to choose their medium, such as painting the trains or using a mosaic tile techniques.

The first train, entitled “Circa de Gato is Taken for a Ride” was painted by a group of artists – Linda Lapierre, Traci Winter and Azeita Taylor – all who are members of the Five Hills Art Guild of Copperas Cove. The design the artists chose for the piece was inspired by a painting by Sheri Wilson, another member of the guild. The design is whimsical and fun, with some unexpected details that will delight those who can find them.

“We are very excited about this project and look forward to seeing these colorful works of art installed throughout downtown,” said Nancy Glover, CVB Director. “These installations will be a great attraction for downtown that will encourage continued beautification efforts as well as encourage folks to shop local.”

The project was made possible by the Anice Read Fund. Anice Read was the founder of the Texas Downtown Association, and the fund was formed in 1999 to honor her legacy and her contributions to Texas downtowns. The grants awarded from this fund are used for a wide variety of purposes including physical projects, professional development, and/or program development.

For more information about the Temple Art Train Project or the unveiling event, please contact Nancy Glover at 254-493-7504 or email nglover@templex.com.

 

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