title. Historic Angles (Churches/Stained Glass)
location. First State Bank Headquarters, Gainesville, Texas
story. Gainesville is home to many historic church buildings including the First United Methodist Church, completed in 1892, St. Paul's Episcopal Church, in 1885, and First Presbyterian Church, in 1912. The stain glass dome referenced in the mural is located at the Morton Musuem in Gainesville, which came from the Victorian home originally built in the 1880’s by the late U.S. Senator Joseph Weldon Bailey.
"This mural is one of my favorites. I feel like it has such meaning in sort of a multi-level way. I wanted to highlight a few of the historic church buildings, and the stained glass dome is incredibly significant to Gainesville, which I thought fit well with churches so the design for the mural just came together. The hours spent painting this mural gave me opportunity to reflect on the history of these congregations, their impact to the community of Gainesville, which dominoed to the history and impact of all the former and current citizens in this community-- this area--the world. (Hours of painting really lets the mind wander) Gainesville is made unique by each person here and what they bring to the community. We all have a unique combination of gifts, knowledge and ability that we're called to use to make the world a better place. I'm over here trying to figure out how painting a pretty picture helps anyone, but I know that God gave me this talent for some reason so I should try to figure it out. Summary of my rambling:...no matter the congregation you belong to, the religion you believe in, or the chosen non-faith path you walk, we all can choose to use our talents and abilities for good to make our communities better. Let's be good...in a world that needs it, let's choose love."