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San Angelo Schools
The San Angelo Art Club will host the lecture "Murals: What You Have Always Wanted to Know About Them" by muralist Crystal Goodman, president of the club, at 2 p.m. March 26 at Kendall Art Gallery, 119 W. First St.
"I will talk about many things concerning murals; photos of murals, how to produce four story murals and smaller ones, how the cost is derived and why they are created. You will never look at a blank wall the same way again! Goodman said.
Crystal Goodman, president of the San Angelo Art Club, will give a palette painting demonstration followed by a palette painting class from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at Kendall Art Gallery, 119 W. First St.
Bring paints, brushes and a 16-by-20 canvas and join Goodman in creating a piece of art.
The group's first three major murals were painted by San Angelo artist Crystal Kedziora Goodman.
"We'd like to make $1,000 or more to give to Sonrisas," said Crystal Goodman, San Angelo Art Club president.
The horse-related art work - in media including a photo collage, sign and a large carousel figurine - is created by art club members and other local artists, Goodman said. "Every year (Sonrisas has) an auction to raise money, and I always donate a painting," Goodman said. "We as artists want to help with the community, and I said, 'Why donate one or two pieces of art? Let's do something big and do something a little different.'" Sonrisas has been special to Goodman, she said, ever since she painted a mural in its building several years ago. "I picked it (to raise money for) because it's such a wonderful benefit for children," Goodman said.
Goodman continues to work on the painting.
The San Angelo Art Club president has painted several large-scale murals in downtown San Angelo. Goodman has been painting all her life, she said, following in the footsteps of her father, who was an oil painter. MAKING A SPLASH Crystal Goodman believes artists are a little eccentric, and she's no different. "I'm actually Polish, and I was going to take my maiden name Kedziora," Goodman said. The loophole worked, Goodman said, and now "I take a shower every day in the baptismal. My friends say, 'You're saved every day.' " SAN ANGELO, Texas - Mural artist Crystal Goodman approaches her duties as San Angelo Art Club president much like she does the task of painting old buildings: first by seeing the potential. Since taking on her new post at the art club in September, Goodman has encouraged membership from a variety of artists, not just painters, and has lined up colleagues to teach workshops to the community, better using the gallery's available space. "It wasn't being utilized to its full potential," Goodman said of the gallery. Goodman became an art club member, she said, because she likes socializing with other artists. "Artists sometimes can be complicated people," she said. "It's hard for folks that have a 9 to 5 job (to understand) that artists are constantly creating in their head 24/7. Nobody understands that better than another artist or creative person." Goodman has been painting all her life, she said, following in the footsteps of her father, who was an oil painter. "I watched him paint, and every once in a while he'd give me a canvas and some paints and I'd paint alongside him," she said. "We were Air Force, so we moved every year of my life growing up, and he retired here in San Angelo. "When I got married, I started painting my children's rooms in themes. Then friends started calling and saying, 'Hey, would you paint my child's room?' I would charge a small fee." Goodman said she didn't call herself a mural artist until she was dubbed so by a school official in Rogers, near Austin. "This woman said, 'We want a theme in the hall for the kids showing a transition from sports to music to book study. I gave her a price, and she laughed and said, 'I thought a mural artist would charge more than that.' I said, 'What's a mural artist?' And she said, 'Well, you're a mural artist.' " Goodman became an established mural artist in the Austin area but moved back to San Angelo with her children following a divorce. "I saved up a bunch of money so I could do it full time," she said. "When my kids were teenagers, I quit my full-time job and became a full-time mural artist, and that was in 1999." Like another local artist, Rene Alvarado, Goodman bought a church and made it her studio and home. "A few years back, these old buildings used to be red brick," Goodman said. Goodman said she most enjoyed painting the Deadhorse Saloon building. "It's flat facade that I painted to make look like 3-D red brick," a style called trompe l'oeil, she said. "I love to do trompe l'oeil paintings," she said. "It's painting extreme realism that people want to touch the area to make sure it's not real, because it looks so real." Many mural artists become proficient painting a specific subject, but Goodman said she enjoys challenging herself.