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The nice fall weather prevailed allowing Bryan Place residents and dozens of students from nearby Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts to enhance the Ross Avenue and Central Expressway underpass known as the Gateway To The Arts District. Masterpieces were painted on eight columns with teams lead by school instructors Paige Furr and John Hernandez based on experiences from a recent field trip to the Dallas Arboretum. We appreciate the volunteers who labored their Saturday to clean up the landscaping and remove debris while the students painted during this all day event. Several weeks of planning went into this event which helped to brighten and enlighten your visit to the Arts District from East Dallas, walking, biking, or by car.

Of course none of this would have been possible without the generous donations from two nearby businesses, Sherwin Williams Paint store at 2506 Florence Street and Texas Paint & Wallpaper Company at 4410 Ross Avenue.

Our thanks go out to Stacy Ashby, Blaire, Kathy Hardy and their wonderful staffs for going above and beyond to help this project come to fruition. So please keep them in mind every time you pass this wonderful work of art.

There are more columns and landscaping still to be updated. We hope to do this again next spring. So if you weren’t able to join us this time, rest up and try to make it then.

The “Happy Shapes” electrical drawings have been approved Oncor and are on their way to TXDOT for approval. The project will then go to the City Council for approval. Keep those fingers crossed for maybe a spring installation!!