River pollution woes focus of youth art camp

Lane Riggs

Staff Writer

Abel Ortiz, associate professor at Southwest Texas Junior College, is busy teaching mural camps throughout the summer at the Art Lab Contemporary Art Space at 227 N. Getty St. Ortiz supplies the paint, brushes and projector, but the students involved complete the mural – and add their own touches.

In one piece completed during the mural camp hosted July 15-19, featuring the Frio River running through Garner State Park, students are raising their voice on environmental and ecological issues.

The mural is available for public viewing at the Art Lab.

“The girls were very engaged and they got to know each other in the process,” Ortiz said. “They shared stories about seeing trash in the rivers: old sandals, beer cans, water bottles, plastic bags and dirty diapers. So, they decided to add these items to the scene of Garner State’s Old Baldy.”

Ortiz said the mural is inspired by seeing rivers trashed, especially during the holidays. Similarly, the idea and the goal behind the murals is to bring awareness to these issues.


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