Desert Fiesta Mural

Vast Graphics owners Ellen and Chris Ruggia are working on a public art project in downtown Alpine, Texas. The work is a 3-panel mural featuring artwork by Ellen, depicting flowering branches of a Desert Willow (Chilopsis linearis) with several species of insects visiting the flowers for food and pollination.

UPDATE (September 24, 2021): Fundraising is complete, the walls have been prepped and primed, and application of the background color has begun!

Above: mockup of north facing wall
Below: mockup of east facing wall

The mural, titled Desert Fiesta, will be painted on the outer walls of a courtyard in the 100 block of West Avenue E, in a plaza adjacent to “Art Alley”, a collection of more than 10 small- to medium-scale murals by a wide variety of local artists.

The fundraiser has been a partnership with Alpine’s Gallery Night, Inc., the Alpine nonprofit that organizes the popular 2-day ArtWalk festival every November, and that is responsible for the prominent series of large-scale murals by Stylle Read installed across Alpine’s downtown.

You Can Help!

Sufficient funds have now been raised for the project’s fairly lean budget, but if you would like to support the project, additional money can definitely be used for any cost overruns or for future maintenance of the mural. Any funds remaining at the conclusion of the project will go towards the ArtWalk mural program to begin their next project or maintain the existing downtown murals.

Below are PayPal buttons to contribute at the mural project’s different sponsorship levels. Online donations will go through Vast Graphics’ PayPal account. 100% of the funds collected will be transferred to Alpine’s Gallery Night, Inc., a Texas nonprofit organization, and will be tax deductible (minus the fair market value of any premiums received).

Questions? You can contact Chris Ruggia at chris@vastgraphics.com or (432) 386-5916 for more info.

Honey Bee Sponsor ($20)

This sponsorship receives a 3.5″ square magnet with artwork from the mural.

Tarantula Hawk Sponsor ($50)

This sponsorship receives a set of 10 notecards/envelopes with artwork from the mural.

Butterfly Sponsor ($150)

This sponsorship receives an 8 x 10″ limited edition print (archival giclée on heavyweight fine art paper) with artwork from the east facing wall of the mural.

Carpenter Bee Sponsor ($250)

This sponsorship receives an 11 x 17″ limited edition print (archival giclée on heavyweight fine art paper) with artwork from the north facing wall of the mural.

Choose A Different Amount

If you prefer to make a different sized contribution from any of the above levels, go for it! If your donation qualifies for any of the above premiums, we will contact you.