Some 20 students at Moreno Middle School have been painting a 96-square-foot mural to go on permanent display in the cafeteria next month.
The Moreno mural took four months.
Callie Gabbert has painted a mural at A.C. Jones High School. Somewhat smaller, it took her two days.
While Moreno’s mural depicts historical sites in Bee County, Gabbert’s artwork praises the high school’s female athletes.
“I don’t think girl athletes get enough recognition,” the 16-year-old junior says.
Perhaps reflecting the present scholastic emphasis on STAAR scores, although Gabbert’s mural praises the athletic success, it is instructive to note the face of the athlete is in profile, looking toward the library.
Her mural, in the library hall, depicts the face of a Lady Trojan, complete with body armament and helmet.
She is looking at the words “The Brain, The Brawn, The Beauty: The Lady TROJANS!”
Her speedy artwork is not surprising.
“I’ve been doing art since I was old enough to pick up a pencil,” Gabbert says.
Her grandmother confirms the claim. “She was drawing boxes with perspective when she was 2 1/2,” says Carolyn Bender.
The mural got its start in an anatomy class.
“I was doodling in anatomy class,” she explains, “drawing facial features over the picture of a skull.
“I then took the drawing to the principal.”
Principal Jaime Rodriguez took one look and suggested that Gabbert should paint it during spring break.
She started last Monday and finished it the next afternoon.
Any mistakes in the process?
“None that I couldn’t fix,” she replies.
The acrylic paint will be dry by the time the high school’s students get their first look at it.
Gabbert, who also is the school’s yearbook editor, works part time at the Beeville County Club as a waitress and is a volunteer at the Art Museum.
While still a junior, she already is making plans for a profession.
“I want to be a graphic artist,” she says.
Bill Clough is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 122, or at beepic@mySouTex.com.