Mural in Houston, Texas
My hubby and I were passing by and spotted this colorful mural on the West Alabama Animal Clinic and decided to stop. My husband and I have used veterinary services for our cats and dogs through the years. In our city, there are many good clinics from which to choose.
This location is 2030 W. Alabama Street, Houston, Texas, 77098, and the cross street is Huldy. We headed out today intending to photograph more public art in Houston and were happy to spot this cute one.
It appears from searching online that most people like the care that their animals receive there. They have separate cat and dog entrances. The vets give free first exams to animals adopted from an animal shelter. That indicates something about their love of animals and this animal clinic's support of animal shelters.
Petting, scratching, and cuddling a dog could be as soothing to the mind and heart as deep meditation and almost as good for the soul as prayer.
— Dean Koontz
It is impossible for a lover of cats to banish these alert, gentle, and discriminating friends, who give us just enough of their regard and complaisance to make us hunger for more.
— Agnes Repplier (early 20th-century essayist)
The artist who created this mural is Rebecca Bass. She has her bachelor’s degree in behavioral sciences and a minor in studio art. She has motivated inner-city kids who came from at-risk environments.
Rebecca Bass has won the first-place title for the best art car in the Houston annual art car parade many years in a row. She is a secondary art teacher within the Houston Independent School District. She is also the founder of the art car class.
Since she and her students created the very first art car in a school setting, this artistic effort has taken hold and has undoubtedly become a favorite class endeavor. Looking back to my art appreciation class I took as an elective in high school, what fun it would have been to be able to create a whimsical art car! Those memories would surely linger long past the timing of one class.
Many of her students have also worked on other public art projects with her. Activities such as these help her students avoid the pitfalls of dropping out of school or joining gangs.
When working together, they form a surrogate family and work together inside and outside of the class setting. It is a bonding experience.
Did Rebecca Bass encourage other emerging artists? At the least, she inspired creativity and an open mind in looking at the world. What a gift she gave to her students!
Rebecca Bass has had various work experiences. Included, among other things, are the following:
- Employment at the Harris County Hospital District
- Emergency room crisis counseling
- Children’s Protective Services
- An agency is working with runaways as well as her art-related assignments.
- Rebecca has also devoted some 25 years to teaching. She pours her heart and soul into every project that she undertakes.
It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.
— Albert Einstein
Pet Lover’s Mural
Looking at the details of this picturesque mural, I am guessing that Rebecca also loves pets. She certainly has a cute way of portraying them in this innovative piece of art on the side of the building.
My hubby and I love our pets, so we found this vibrant mural particularly enticing. We have had our dogs and cats enriching our lives throughout the years.
While we do not use this particular animal clinic, we certainly do appreciate the choice of advertising via this eye-catching mural. If we lived closer to this veterinary clinic, it would be tempting to take our beloved pets there. Instead, we use one closer to where we live.
I think that this is a clever use of advertising. If you lived nearby and had a pet, wouldn’t you be tempted to try the services of this West Alabama Animal Clinic?
See teacher and artist Rebecca Bass in this video below.
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