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August 6, 2013

Making Mineral Wells crazier–visually

Crazy Windows project adds color, beauty to downtown

By LIBBY CLUETT

Not that it isn’t already “Crazy,” but downtown Mineral Wells has just received another dose of ‘craziness’ – visually speaking – thanks to the Crazy Windows project and volunteers.

Through a grant funded by the Brazos Foundation, the Crazy Windows Committee made and is in the process of installing 50 window slicks, adhered to downtown windows, using images from local photographers.

The slicks are intended to help make downtown windows more visually appealing and give passersby something to look at to help inform them of sights from the area.

Organizers are about half way through installing the photographic slicks.

Those pivotal in getting the project off the ground and onto the windows are committee members Lyn Butcher, Perri Leavelle, Jann Estep, Amy Hopkins and Sharlet Evans.

Butcher said they generated the idea and applied for a Brazos Foundation grant, which came through last fall.

“Our goal is to spark an interest in the downtown area,” said Butcher. “We are making it colorful for auto traffic and [hope] to increase pedestrian traffic downtown. Walking is definitely the best way to enjoy the pictures.”

The photography club Gr8fotos helped contribute, organize and curate the images – all from local artists.

They started with 260 photos and whittled them down to 50 final works, mainly depicting scenes in and around Palo Pinto County and Mineral Wells.

Butcher said the photos will be exhibited downtown until late October, when they will be removed so those business owners, who agreed to have the slicks on their windows, can decorate for the holidays. She said the committee is discussing moving the installation to Brazos Mall after the holidays or, possibly, reinstalling the slicks downtown in the spring.

To see the installation, merely drive, or preferably walk, through about five blocks in downtown Mineral Wells, all on North Oak Ave. – from 1st Street north to the Crazy Water Hotel.

A 2012 Brazos Foundation grant made the project possible. The foundation is currently accepting applications for 2013 awards. Contact Ritchie Law Office, First State Bank or First Financial Bank for details or to pick up an application. Applications must be returned to the Brazos Foundation at P.O. Box 901, Mineral Wells, 76068, by Aug. 30.

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