Tomball - Magnolia Edition | July 2021

ARTS&ENTERTAINMENT Citymural makesMain Street debut

BY ANNA LOTZ

Committee, Baxter said. “We’re hoping this will be the rst of many in the downtown area and just kind of a catalyst to get other busi- nesses to want to do this,” Baxter said. Baxter said the city pitched the idea of a mural in April 2019 and began the search for artists. After receiving a handful of pitches, the committee selected Jones and rened the mural design, which was then approved by City Council in December, Community Impact Newspaper reported. Jones, a lifelong resident of Cypress and Spring, said Tomball’s mural is her rst project working with a city. “I’ve never gotten to do a mural this big,” she said. She said she previously worked on projects with Fame City Waterworks, a former indoor water park in west Houston; SplashTown Waterpark; Landry’s Restaurants; and, most recently, The Post Oak Hotel in Hous- ton. At SplashTown, she worked as a corporate artist and was contracted by Pepsi-Cola to create its brand in art

The city of Tomball’s rst mural took shape in July in Old Town Tom- ball, tying together Tomball’s historic railroad roots and tourism eorts. Artist Beth Mankin Jones is painting the city’s rst commissioned mural, as approved by City Council. “I’m excited about it; I can’t wait to see the response and how people are going to react,” Jones said July 1. The mural is being painted on the western exterior of the city’s visitor and information center, located at 215 W. Main St. The city approved $6,000 from its scal year 2020-21 budget for the mural project, Community Impact Newspaper previously reported. The mural’s design includes Tom- ball’s history: its railroad roots; Tom- ball’s former motto, “hometown with a heart,” depicted in a heart on the map; and the city’s mascot, Rusty Rails, said Mike Baxter, director of marketing and tourism for the city. The design was jointly created by Jones and with input from the Tomball TourismAdvisory

The mural is being painted on the city’s visitor and information center. (Photos courtesy Mike Baxter)

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forms around the park, she said. At The Post Oak Hotel, Jones said she painted murals on the 10-level parking garage. Additionally, Jones said she attended the Art Institute of Houston and studied fashion illustration; she has also painted murals in children’s rooms, recording studios and churches as well as face painting, ne art painting and colored pencil work. Jones said she looks forward to seeing additional murals pop up

Local artist Beth Jones paints the mural.

around Tomball. “I’ve already found a lot of walls around this town that I’m going to go talk to some people about,” she said.

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