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Video+Story: New Mural Adds More Color to Clardy Fox Library

A new, colorful mural that covers part of the Clardy Fox Library, was unveiled to the public on Satuday

Local artist Adrian Lopez created the mural as part of the MCAD’s Artist Incubator Program and received funding to design and install the mural. He and dozens of volunteers are putting the finishing touches on the mural that’s on the front part of the library.

The mural covers 5,000 square feet of the exterior of the building, located at 5515 Robert Alva.

“Teaching and collaborating with youth for over a decade, I now have an opportunity to create for and with the community I have grown up in,” said mural artist Adrian Lopez.

Lopez, along with members from the Henderson Middle School Chess Club, traded pawns for paint brushes, adding vibrant pops of color to a new abstract art project beautifying the library.

“MCAD has a long standing partnership with El Paso’s Libraries. We work together to bring cultural programming directly into the neighborhoods and communities around El Paso. This is a great opportunity to install a new art piece where it will welcome library visitors for many years to come,” said Museums and Cultural Affairs Director Tracey Jerome.

“Libraries in El Paso serve as centers of culture, art and literature. Thanks to funding from MCAD and the work of artists like Mr. Lopez, libraries are able to improve the aesthetic appeal of the neighborhoods in which they’re located and give local artists an outlet for their creativity and make citizens more proud of their communities,” said El Paso Public Library Interim Library Director, Mark Pumphrey.

The City of El Paso is one of the few municipalities that provides direct funding to artists to create new work. This funding is awarded annually through a highly competitive grant process.

From Pawns to Paint Brushes: Henderson Chess Club Helps Paint a Mural

The Henderson Chess Club traded pawns for paint brushes this summer, adding vibrant pops of color to a new abstract art project beautifying the Clardy Fox Public Library.

El Paso artist Adrian Lopez received a grant to beautify the school’s neighboring library. He teamed up with Saul Ramirez, Henderson’s art teacher and an artist himself, to draw the members of his nationally-recognized chess team to volunteer.

“I love painting and enjoy being outside in the field working,” said Ramirez, who was recently named EPISD’s Secondary Teacher of the Year. “We found this perfect opportunity to introduce the students to more art and they love it. They’ve been out here everyday for three to four hours for the past three weeks.”

Students carefully filled in designs sectioned off by blue tape around the entire building. The color scheme continued onto the library’s signage, outside trash can and bike rack.

“My main push was give to give it a lot of really bold positive colors and keep the design abstract enough but still influenced by a lot of our culture,” Lopez said. “All of this is a reflection of our community and the brightest of it. There are color bursts that resemble some of the area’s plants and desert life and piñatas that are so festive. There’s a sarape feeling that happens with bands of color across the entrance.”

Students confidently took up paint brushes to finish up the designs, taking ownership and pride in the artwork they had a hand in.

“It’s very colorful,” said 7th grader Roxxane Enriquez. “It looks calming and it’s beautiful. It makes the neighborhood look better and people can come and enjoy the library.”

Nathan Ramos spent much of his morning coloring in diamonds and painting circles.

 

“I love painting and doing this in the summer is a dream come true,” he said.

After a morning of painting, the chess mates’ next move is back to Henderson for lunch and three hours of practice.

“I like doing both very much,” Nathan said. “Chess in the summer is good because we get more practice and get ahead of other people.”

The students are wrapping up the art project this weekend but will continue their chess practices throughout the summer. The design will be officially unveiled at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 8. The chess team will be recognized during the ceremony for their role in bringing Lopez’s creation to life.

“I couldn’t have done any of this without the kids because they’ve all contributed so much to the artwork itself – from painting to everything they did here,” Lopez said. “They are amazing.”

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