2010-04-24 / Front Page

From a Sow’s Ear to a Silk Purse

Last month, we told you about a huge mural that Johnny Jones, a life-long resident of Lexington and a professional sign painter, had been painting in Giddings on the east outside wall of the Flowers by La Verne business. This week, Johnny sent us pictures of his finished project. The mural faces the newly paved parking lot for the Giddings Post Office, which is reflected in some of the mural’s “windows”.

Johnny said, “This project was all about getting a silk purse from a sow’s ear! It was sponsored by First National Bank in Giddings and was conceived by Bank President, Bill Landiss. I’m really proud of it and I think it removed an eye sore from Highway 290 in Giddings.”

Historical scenes are reflected in some of the other “windows” in the mural, and “shoppers” have been artfully added to the painting.

Johnny said, “The public response has been so great. Everyone has something nice to say and seems very proud to have an additional mural for themselves and to share with the visitors and travelers through their city.”

Denice Harlan, Executive Director of the Giddings Chamber said, “This is not the first mural Johnny has painted in and around Giddings. He has a way of taking the past and bringing it to life!”

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