Lexi Haag is a 22-year-old Texas student who is currently making her way into college. It seems to me that she is doing a very good job.
Born in Sweetwater and raised in Colorado City, Texas, Haag has always said that she has always loved to draw. She even made a wonderful mural for a small town.
When driving through Aspermont, Texas, there’s not much that catches your eye. Few restaurants and motels. on Allsup’s. Dairy Queen. The usual basic elements of a city of less than 1,000 inhabitants. Now, residents, travelers and passersby have something new and exciting to check out.
When the general headquarters store opened in February in a smaller space a block away from where the business is currently located, it quickly became clear that more space was needed. With early success, owners Prairie Flowers-Bradley and Lisa Flowers acquired a larger property around the corner in a building on Broadway, the main street that runs through town.
Over the past year, I’ve been spending more time in the small town of Aspermont because, well, that’s where my boyfriend lives. During early August, I noticed a small group of people gathered on the east side of a building across the street from the town square. As the morning sun rose and necked, onlookers stared at the beginning of what would become a huge mural.
The 25-foot-by-30-foot brick section was hard to miss. I’d watch the mural take shape first and then pop into something cool over a period of two or three weeks before it was finished. Haag added her signature to it in early September.
Incredible new mural in Aspermont, Texas
In the background of the mural is a light blue sky over an even darker silhouette of the Double Mountains, which lie a flick southwest of Aspermont and are instantly recognizable by locals and residents from neighboring counties.
The foot of the mountains gives way to dark green vegetation that transforms into an open area of light-colored sand or dirt. In the foreground, the piece focuses on a bronze rider wearing brown boots, chaps, a hat, a white long-sleeved shirt with blue jeans, and a red handkerchief tied around his neck. He does his best to hold a cup of coffee on top of a coin. All four hooves are off the ground as they raise dust.
The image is centered between two large patches of prickly pear cactus blossoms, green with red blossoms emerging from the pear. It is located in the center above the name of the business located inside the brick building: General Headquarters for Warehousing. The letters are in black and white “Salon” script. The background of the store address is yellow, in contrast to the light blue sky. There is a black and white arrow behind the title pane, with the arrow pointing from the left and the arrow pointing from the right.
When asked what gave the store owners the idea to add a mural to the side of the new building, Lisa and Prairie said, “We thought it was a great idea and thought the city could use one.” As an art lover, I totally agree.
Over the past few years, the city of Aspermont has been working on a facelift of sorts, and Haag’s work for HEADQUARTERS GENERAL STORE is a great start.
When discussing the idea of the mural, Lexi’s grandmother, Mrs. Jerry Hagg, mentioned her granddaughter’s name, and the rest was history. Having worked on projects around Colorado City and won a first place award at the West Texas Fair and Rodeo Show, she definitely has the chops.
I am interested to see what this young woman does next with her skills. We’ll be sure to keep our eyes peeled for more art from Lexi Haag.
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