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Murder Steer Mural

Guests at the Quality Inn are greeted with images of Alpine and the origin of the “murder steer” legend in the hotel’s lobby, also painted by Read in 1995.

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“Ode to Reata” Mural

Read is also the artist behind “Ode to Reata” at Reata Restaurant that features the house from the West Texas epic “Giant” and actor James Dean on a horse.

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Crystal Bar Mural

Read also worked on previous projects for others in the past. The first thing Read painted in Alpine was the West Texas themed mural near the Crystal Bar entrance. It was then owned by Larry McAllister in the spring of … Continue reading

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Cattle Drive Mural

The Cattle Drive Mural was completed in 2015 and reflects the region’s ranching heritage on the current KishMish Plaza, but the calendar image came from an actual calendar Alpine Lumber produced during the 1950s. Alpine Lumber started in this location … Continue reading

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The Mercado Mural

Blackman enlisted the help of Read and local volunteers to paint what would be the first of the six murals. The Mercado Mural came next in 2014 at the Big Bend Wool and Mohair on Murphy Street. Located in the … Continue reading

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Poco a Poquito Mural

The other mural facing south, is one of the three murals Blackman gifted to the city for the 20th anniversary of Artwalk, an annual art festival in downtown Alpine. In 2013, Blackman had an idea to paint a mural in … Continue reading

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Big Brewster Mural

At the stoplight on Holland Avenue and 5th Street, two murals are perpendicular to each other. Facing west, on the wall of Kiowa Gallery, is “Big Brewster,” which welcomes visitors with an introduction of Brewster County. Images of defining faces … Continue reading

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Beach Mural at Alpine Medical Center

Long-time Alpine artist Deborah Allison (who has sadly now moved away) painted a tropical paradise in the Chihuahuan Desert on two sides of the Alpine Medical Center.

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View of Alpine Mural

Alpine’s Post Office until September 2000, built in 1939, is typical of WPA architecture. The inside retains most of its original features, including “View of Alpine”, a mural painted by Jose Moya del Pine in 1940.

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