Art — it may not be everywhere, but it has its place in Brown County.
And the City of Brownwood’s Art in Public Places Committee is hoping to identify public artworks in the community and develop a guide for tourists and residents of where public art might be found.
The Gaitha Browning bas-relief wild bulls and horses on the panels surrounding the Brownwood Coliseum and the life-size bust of the late Groner Pitts, located in front of the Santa Fe Depot and Cultural Center and sculpted by Sharon Connally Ammann, are examples of public artworks. Other examples of historical art are the murals painted on the walls at the Senior Citizens’ Center, and the advertisement, circa 1930, painted on the side of the building at 305 Fisk, featuring Walker Smith Coffee. The building’s owners, Don and Debbie Morelock, are working to preserve the historical advertisement.
But there may be others, less well known, or obvious and forgotten. The Art in Public Places Committee is asking citizens to help identify historical art suitable for public viewing to be included in a brochure the committee hopes to develop for tourists visiting the Brownwood area, said APPC member Ann Jones.
“The committee does not want to overlook any significant art that can be identified and viewed by the public,” Jones said.
The Art in Public Places Committee’s mission is to promote a rich, diverse, multi-cultural, stimulating environment in order to enrich the lives of Brownwood’s residents, employees and visitors while enhancing the city’s image to promote tourism, Jones said.
The committee’s goals also include promoting a variety of art and partnering with other organizations. The committee purchased, through donations, the bronze sculpture of the boy and girl seated on a bench reading a book located at the Brownwood Library on Carnegie Avenue and Adams Street. The Brownwood Garden and Cultural Club participated by donating the funds for the landscaping to enhance the sculpture, Jones said.
In another related project, the APPC has collected art that was donated to the City of Brownwood many years ago. Those artworks are being displayed at the Adams Street Community Center, along with recent award-winning art from the “Stars of Texas Juried Art Exhibit.”
Anyone who can suggest artworks to be listed in the brochure, or who would like to have more information about the project, should contact Kit Timmins at 646-7032 or Jones at 784-5644.