First of murals for Downtown Friendswood to begin

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Friendswood’s history, heritage and values will soon be on colorful display in the city’s first public art mural project in Downtown Friendswood.

The 22’ x 86’ mural will be located on the northwest side of Home Town Center Shopping Center and will face the Frank J. Brown Museum on Skyview Terrace in Friendswood.

The Friends of Downtown Friendswood Association (FDFA) is in partnership with Friendswood Fine Arts and Friendswood Historical Society in presenting the project.

The mural will be painted by Houston-based artist/muralist Anat Ronen. The self-taught artist is originally from the State of Israel and in 2009 did her first large scale project of four 90 feet long murals on the Galveston Causeway. Since then she has completed work both nationally and internationally in larger and smaller scales on highways, commercial spots, schools, churches and private homes throughout the Houston area and beyond, according to Ronen.

“Murals are a beautiful and fun way of interjecting art, culture, and a ‘little color’ into an area which is in keeping with FDFA’s goal of making Downtown Friendswood a more visually appealing and distinguishable area,” FDFA President Brett Banfield said.

The mural project has a target start of late October and a fundraising goal of $25,000.

Fundraising levels have been set. Levels are as follows: Every Dollar Counts with donations of a $1 or more, thank you with recognition on website/Facebook; Mural Backer donation of $25 or more, mural postcard thank you; Mural Supporter donation of $100 or more, all above plus printed replica of mural; Mural Patron donation of $500 or more, all above plus a printed replica of mural signed by the artist and Mural Benefactor donation of $1,000 or more, all above plus name on plaque to place at mural site.

Donors can make checks payable either to FDFA or to make their donation tax deductible, to the Friendswood Historical Society. Information on how to make donations is available at the website at www.downtownfriendswood.com.

“This mural, historically inspired, is going to have a significant impact on the beautification of Friendswood. It is an honor to have a muralist of Anat Ronen’s caliber display her work in our first community project,” FDFA Vice President Sally Branson said. “It will be a joy to witness the excitement, generated in our community to continue beautification efforts.”

It will be the first in a series of murals for FDFA’s Downtown Mural Initiative.

Story by Karolyn Gephart

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