Art Explosion: Golden Triangle undergoes beautification process – Port Arthur News – Google Alerts

If you wander around the streets of Groves, Nederland and Port Neches, chances are you will begin to glimpse murals, benches, boxes and businesses washed in bright colors and paint splatters. The wall art and interactive pieces along roads and highways are all part of a larger plan to provide the cities with life, color and art therapy.

Local artist Linda Guillory helped spearhead the project in early summer.

“This is a national movement,” she said. “It’s happening in all the big cities —Houston, Dallas and Austin. They did it in Beaumont. Then Nederland High School had a mural done by their high school teacher and students. So, I decided it was time for Groves to step up. I looked for someone to be in charge, but no one stepped up so I decided it was time for me to do it.

Linda Guillory, local artist and member of the beautification process, works on one of her newest utility box paintings in Groves on Friday. (Cassandra Jenkins/The News)Co-chairman of the beautification process, Rhonda Mirabella, far left, local artist Linda Guillory, left, Wanda Odem, office manager of Home Care Innovations, far right, and LeAnne Kendrick, RN Director of Nurses, right, pose in front of a mural Guillory painted on the outside wall of Home Care Innovations on Friday. (Cassandra Jenkins/The News)

“I contacted the City of Groves. They said there were six boxes that we could paint and they would purchase the paint, but couldn’t pay the artists. In Beaumont, they gave their artists a $100 stipend but we didn’t have any money to pay our artists.”

After hearing that the city did not have extra money to pay the artists, Guillory said she took the matter into her own hands to find sponsors and businesses that could fund the project.

“I contacted Skylar Thompson at the Market Basket Corp., his father, Bruce Thompson, was the founder of Bruce’s on Lincoln Ave., in front of what is now the beautification park and a gothic church,” she said. “I grew…

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