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astland County is home to a unique display of art in Texas. The Outdoor Art Exhibit is a project completed by community members in 2005 as an effort to bring art awareness to the area. The project was led and maintained by artist and ex-art teacher at Eastland High School Cathi Ball, with help from the late Norman Logan, students in the community, and other artists. The exhibit consists of over 40 pieces of art scattered around the community at or near various businesses. Each piece is a tribute to a famous artist, including background information about that artist and the significance of his or her work. In 2002, Ball proposed her idea for an outdoor art museum to the high school art teacher at the time, Logan, who would become a major contributor to the exhibit. The first project began with a barrel oil-field

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tank, donated by Ball’s husband, Chris. The barrel was soon transformed into a giant replica of a Campbell’s soup can a tribute to Andy Warhol. This magnificent piece of artwork, completed by Ball and a few art students, is located on Main Street by the local Dairy Queen. Other famous, inspiring works include copies of the “American Gothic” by Grant Wood, Leonardo da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa,” and Vincent van Gogh’s “Starry Night.” Each piece was strategically placed at a venue it might have some relation to. For instance, Carolyn White’s imitation of Dr. Suess’ “Cat in the Hat” is placed in the public library. This project has spurred interest and involvement as members and businesses around the community have donated art and services throughout the completion of the exhibit. Artist Cathi Ball, mother of two and a Tarleton graduate, began her career in art at the age of 40, inspired by her daughter, Krystal, who loved to draw. Ball

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has been involved in many art projects since, including the Outdoor Art Exhibit in Eastland. She earned a master’s of A.R.T.E. at the University of North Texas with a minor in metals in 2005, and went on to teach at Howard Payne University from 2005 to 2010. When asked about the Outdoor Art Exhibit, Ball said she just “wanted to bring art to the people in her community.” Once she involved kids in the classroom, the community came together. All in all, 144 people helped with the project, which took three years to get started and three years to complete. To pay back many who made donations, Ball gave art lessons in her studio, which had been converted from a garage by her husband. She feels that the project is complete and doesn’t plan to add any more artwork to it. Other projects of Ball’s include one in which she and 96 students covered the windows of an old hotel with 114 board feet, then proceeded to paint it to look like the inside of the hotel was open and running. She also helped begin an outdoor art museum in Sedan, Kansas, after becoming well-known for her efforts in Eastland. Ball is the author of ‘A Lick of Sense’ and ‘A Lick of Sense II,’ in which she passes on cowboy wisdom through Pastor Paul Howie and Dixie the Cowdog. Among her many skills, Ball interprets for the deaf, attended cooking school, has her pilot’s license, weaves, and welds.

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