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December 28, 2012

Mural, mural on the wall

Students’ artwork draws no objections at the offices of the Parker County Attorney

By CHRISTIN COYNE

Student art might not be the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of the Parker County Attorney’s office but it’s the first thing that now greets visitors at the building on West Columbia Street.

For nearly five years, the office has involved about 200 students annually from elementary school to high school age with an art contest focusing on crime victims. Now, a new partnership with the Weatherford ISD Art Department is highlighting additional work from local young artists.

About half a dozen art honor society students from WISD have spent their weekends this December recreating Wassily Kandinsky’s Composition II – a bright, colorful, abstract painting – on the building’s atrium walls.

In addition to the mural, Fine Arts Department head Diane Bolinger said they are showcasing photography from a different student every couple of weeks, starting with work by Lauren Bragg.

The artwork will be on view for attorneys, judges, merchants, assault family violence victims and the general public who come through the front doors of the building every day.

“It’s amazing what these kids can do,” County Attorney John Forrest said.

In addition to benefiting the students and public, Forrest said the atmosphere also helps put those who come through the door at ease. 

“We want it to be more comforting for victims,” Forrest said. “Not just a drab building.”

The mural is a type of project that is different than what they’d typically do in the classroom, Bolinger said.

Though they’ve painted slogans on the walls at the high school, this is the first mural for the high school art students participating.

And it’s come with its challenges and fun, from squirrels and falling acorns to figuring out how to fit six painters in the small open-air atrium at the same time.

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