It’s time for a ‘mural’ victory

By Clyde Davis: CNJ columnist

Even as I write this, unless it keeps snowing, we will be having the March meeting of Pintores, the Clovis Art League, this evening. Yes, there is such an art league, always open for new members. Stop by the Main Arteri at 311 N. Main for details.

Pertinent to today’s topic, however, is not the primary issue of Pintores, nor of snow, but of the topic for the evening. Doug and Sharon Quarles, Tucumcari artists who include murals in their creativework, are going to be visiting us.

The murals are the topic. Two weeks ago, I had to go to Lubbock three days in a row. Along the way, I was reminded that even towns such as Sudan have several outside murals.

If memory serves me right, we in Clovis have only one or two, located at one of the primary schools. We have some indoor murals, with a focus on children’s issues, but little in the way of outdoor beautification.

I am mentioning this because summer will soon be here. Public arts projects receive sporadic interest and support, and perhaps this summer will bring an upswing.

However, if no one generates the idea, no project will happen.

Murals can be a wonderful way for groups — Scouts, Pintores, church groups, and so on — to provide a public beautification project and make a statement. In fact, even as I write this, I remember one mural I have seen on Main Street, a wonderful vintage style automobile subject.

Several years ago, while teaching art to a summer Girl Scout program, we looked into the possibilty of creating murals. I was not the person in charge of the looking, and nothing came of it, but I am unsure why.

At any rate, that was then, this is now. Perhaps the time has come to expand the awareness of public art in Clovis. Two questions among those which need answering: Is the local arts community willing to donate time and energy? Is that community willing to lead others in such efforts ?

Other questions involve space, approval and subject. It is, however, a good time for planting seeds.

Clyde Davis is pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Portales and a college instructor. He can be contacted at:
clyde_davis@yahoo.com