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K Space Contemporary Unveils Selfie Mural

A stunning mural engulfs K Space Contemporary’s outdoor facade, which before was only white. Designed by Tony Armadillo, the mural was painted by teens at the gallery’s summer camp under the auspices of Sandra Gonzales. Photo by Roland Chiapoco

There’s a new mural in town. K Space Contemporary unveiled “Connections,” a 77-foot-by-22-foot mural on its building at 415 Starr St. in downtown Corpus Christi. The colorful, whimsical design takes a look back at the building’s history as a Kress Five and Dime as well as innovative movements in art.

K Space Contemporary is a nonprofit gallery promoting contemporary art. The gallery goes beyond display to programs that educate and build awareness of innovative South Texas art. It’s beehive of events and activities include summer camps for kids, mural painting, art workshops, film screenings, gallery lectures, opening receptions, and the annual Dia de los Muertos Street Festival, which parades the gallery’s colorful, creative spirit along the streets of downtown Corpus Christi.

The latest K Space mural project involved 45 Coastal Bend students who participated in the gallery’s Summer Mural Arts Program. Along with muralist and instructor Sandra Gonzalez, the group spent 25 days painting the mural indoors on fabric. Primary designer was Tony Armadillo.

The summer camp for ages 13-17 has created a mural every summer since 2016. Last year’s mural was for La Playa by the Bay, a Tex-Mex restaurant on Water Street. Students learn the techniques of creating a mural from start to finish while developing leadership skills and learning to collaborate and problem solve.

Downtown Corpus Christi is becoming known for its murals, which grow in number and popularity each year.

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