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JULY 2017 |
GALVESTON MONTHLY |
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Galveston artist and gallery
owner Elizabeth Punches and
her butterfly selfie wall.
Right:
The popular umbrella by Galveston artist Adam Ross Garrison,
originator of the selfie wall.
Adam Ross Garrison,
Umbrella
and
Balloon
The final representative of Galveston’s Ball High School is
Adam Ross Garrison, an acrylic and aerosol artist who has
been producing for fifteen years. His primary output is stencil
work of individuals with whom he resonates or historical
figures, people who have made a positive impact on the
world. Otherwise, the concepts and subjects of his freelance
and commission work are driven by whatever his emotional
and mental perspective can conjure at any given moment.
Adam was the first artist Gabriel recruited for the 22
nd
Street
mural, and brought with him the visionary concept of the
“selfie wall” that immediately transcended art as merely
viewable by making the mural personal and interactive.
Simplistic in their form but mighty in their symbolism,
Adam’s umbrella emanates with the solace of a safe harbor,
while the heart-shaped balloon reveals the fragility and
sacredness of love.
Both have proven most popular, allowing admirers of the
wall to engage directly with the art and subsequently forging
infinite avenues for the 22
nd
Street mural to find its way to
social media.
Contact Adam Ross Garrison at 409.692.1450 and find him
on Facebook or Instagram @ogfz
Elizabeth Punches,
Butterfly
The featured artist and owner of Elizabeth Punches Studio
and Gallery was given her first set of oils by her mother and
has been painting for over thirty-two years. Having always
been inspired by how art movements develop, and how they
propel artists to merge and expand their talents, Elizabeth
was enthusiastic about participating in the Kindness mural.
“It is so wonderful to see such a diversity in flavor, when
we were all given the same seven colors,” she says. Also
intrigued with traditional oil painting techniques as well as
preservation, the historical essence of Galveston creates
an environment that inspires her both physically and
psychologically.
She describes most of her work as “figurative and in
allegory,” and her transcendent butterfly mural encapsulates
a fairyland cornucopia, while proliferating the positive
energy of rebirth and renewal represented by the butterfly
itself. Countless passersby stop to have their picture taken,
arms behind their back, butterfly wings spread out behind
them, to become their own version of the ethereal creature.
“It is very gratifying to see people interact with the
murals,” Elizabeth says. “They will never know us, they will
never know our names, but we are a background for their
memories.”
Elizabeth Punches Studio and Gallery is located at
403 22
nd
Street and can be found on Facebook.