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title.       A Small Group of Thoughtful, Committed Citizens (Circus)

date.      2019

location. First State Bank Headquarters, Gainesville, Texas

story.     The Gainesville Community Circus began in 1930 as a fundraiser for the Gainesville Little Theatre. Due to popularity, it continued and                       evolved as a road show until 1958, though not operating for a time during WWII. The circus was comprised of local townspeople who                     volunteered, so it was all orchestrated by amateur performers.

             "The backdrop of this mural is the calliope from the circus, which can still be viewed at the Santa Fe Depot Museum in Gainesville. The                       cutout of the calliope acts as a frame for the focal point of the elephant, girl on the trapeze and man juggling, which were referenced from                 photographs from the circus that I viewed at the Morton Musuem. I thought it was important to use actual photos from the circus to highlight               this amazing part of Gainesville's history."



Gainesville Community Circus mural by Katie Brinkley
Gainesville Community Circus mural by Katie Brinkley
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