Desert Fiesta Mural

Vast Graphics owners Ellen and Chris Ruggia are entering the fundraising stage of 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.

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 is 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. The Desert Fiesta mural project was introduced on June 19 at Artwalk’s Mural Sponsor Party at the Kiowa Hideout in downtown Alpine.

You Can Help!

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).

If you prefer to contribute by check, you can make it payable to “AGN Mural #2” and mail to Alpine’s Gallery Night, Inc. at 105 E. Holland Avenue, Alpine, Texas 79830 – or 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.

Fundraising for “Desert Fiesta” will kick off on June 19 at Artwalk’s Mural Sponsor Party, starting at 6pm behind Kiowa Gallery in Alpine (105 E Holland Avenue). The party is intended to wrap up fundraising for a mural celebrating Texas Musicians to go on the Printco building (108 S 5th Street), and to introduce the new “Desert Fiesta” project.