Art and Soul Festival illuminates Downtown Wichita Falls

WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - Texoma's art scene was on full display for the third annual Art and Soul Festival in Downtown Wichita Falls.

On most summer weekends downtown's farmer's market would be filled with colorful fruits and vegetables but this time around local artists illuminated the building with a different kind of color.

"Awesome and two thumbs ups," Amelia McErlean, 5, said.

She made her latest masterpiece at the festival for the "Don't Fence Me in Project." The color she used in her abstract painting was carefully chosen.

"It was about how the colors could be so important about the world," McErlean said.

Vanity Washington said the mural project helps children learn in a more creative way.

"Just seeing one child is so exciting so when you see more than one? It's almost like, I got to check my heart after this," Washington said. "It's a beautiful thing."

Some more experienced artist also gave their hand at creating artwork for the art installation, like Eugenia Pickel, 80. She said she will be honored to see her painting on display.

"I would be very proud," Pickel said. "I'm proud of Wichita Falls."

The event not only supports artists like Amelia and Pickel it also helps renovate downtown too.

"The fact that we can bring all the artists together and showcase their art and give that back to the community, whether it's through our children's art program or through our local artists, that makes us feel very happy that were are able to do that," Cynthia Liney Executive Director of Downtown Wichita Falls Development said.

The "Don't Fence Me in Project" will be revealed on July 15 near Kell East and Kell West at Austin Street Downtown.

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