Eastside Mural Project
The Eastside Mural Project is an initiative by the Wichita Falls Alliance for Arts and Culture to integrate public art into community spaces. The project is intentionally designed to spark city-wide conversations about the roles arts play as a catalyst for community development.
The first mural, “I Love You,” was created and installed by Master Artist Ralph Stearns at the Felix Lister Elks Lodge on Homes Street. Stearns is recognized nationally for his realistic and stunning images created seemingly overnight. “I Love You” is the first of four murals that will be designed and installed in the east side neighborhood following numerous conversations with area residents whose input is guiding the development of the Eastside Mural Project.
Margie Reese, Executive Director of the Wichita Falls Alliance for Arts and Culture. “I’m are so grateful for members of the Lodge, led by Mr. Gene Buchanan for their willingness to work with Ralph through the installation process.”
The Felix Lister Elks Lodge has been an important community service organization and social gathering place for area residents. The building stands as a reminder of an active and thriving six-block section of Flood Street, once known as “the eastern downtown” in the 1950s and ’60s.
The Eastside Mural Project is funded in part by a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts.