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Saturday, February 15, 2020 – From 2 to 3pm; Georgetown City Hall/African American Shotgun House.
Dedication Ceremony – The Georgetown Arts and Culture Board cordially invites you to celebrate with the community as we dedicate the completed Preserving History Mural by Norma Clark and Devon Clarkson.
1/26/20 – There’s a really cool mural being created at City Hall. It’s not quite finished yet, but it’s looking very beautiful. There are actually two parts to the project painted on two sides of a blind built at the back of the building, adjacent to the Shot Gun House.
The two sided Mural honors Mary Bailey Smith and also says, “Education As A Way of Life” on one side and abstract images of children and students participating in athletic and educational activities on the second side.
Here are some images we took of the mural. Tap any image for a larger view.
About the Artists
Courtesy the City of Georgetown
Local portrait artist, Devon Clarkson, “will paint the image of Mary Smith Bailey as the focal point of the mural. Devon’s experience includes local art exhibitions, as well as being the selected poster artist for the 20th Anniversary Red Poppy poster.”
Norma Clark, “a local artist and graduate from Southwestern University, will create a montage of inspired abstract images that can be recognized as children and students participating in athletic and educational activities. Norma is an established professional artist whose experience includes numerous solo and group exhibitions across Central Texas.”
About Mary Smith Bailey, courtesy the City of Georgetown – “Mary Smith Bailey was chosen as the subject of the “Preserving History” mural because she was an important local figure who helped steward many children in Georgetown through a period of historic growth and change. In 1953, Mary Bailey founded The West Side Kindergarten, the first preschool in the area to offer educational preschool services to non-white children.”
Program includes a Mayoral welcome followed by statements from mural artists and GCCMA; program will conclude inside City Hall with refreshments and a viewing of the mural video and slideshow.
Georgetown City Hall is located at 808 Martin Luther King, Jr. Street. There’s a map below.