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Rosenberg Arts Alliance: Enticing Public Art Benches Downtown

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Art Bench in Rosenberg, Texas

Art Bench in Rosenberg, Texas

Art can take many forms. Some of it is wearable; some pieces are for viewing only; and in other cases, it is more utilitarian.

In the historic downtown of Rosenberg, we can thank the Rosenberg Arts Alliance for the idea of having artistically painted benches installed throughout a six-block area. People can not only admire them but also use them as resting spots from their daily activities, whether shopping, dining, or doing business.

Sponsor: Vincent Regina Morales. Title: Historic Rosenberg. Artist: Suzanne Syvertson

Sponsor: Vincent Regina Morales. Title: Historic Rosenberg. Artist: Suzanne Syvertson

Rosenberg, Texas

The community of Rosenberg began in the year 1883. Named after Henry von Rosenberg, who was the first president of the Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railway, the town was booming by the early 1900s. Shipping on the Brazos River also added to the booming economy at that time.

Be sure to visit the Rosenberg Railroad Museum to learn more about the history of this area and the importance of the railroads in bringing people and jobs to this locale.

Sponsors: Rosenberg Historians. Title: To Everyone Who Ever Set Foot In Downtown Rosenberg And Kept Memories Alive! Artist: Paul Sanchez

Sponsors: Rosenberg Historians. Title: To Everyone Who Ever Set Foot In Downtown Rosenberg And Kept Memories Alive! Artist: Paul Sanchez

Sponsor: Thomas & Lewin. Title: Texas Boots & Lariat. Artist: Suzanne Syvertson

Sponsor: Thomas & Lewin. Title: Texas Boots & Lariat. Artist: Suzanne Syvertson

Sponsor: RAA Art Bench. Title: Project 2016. Artist: Sue Zelko

Sponsor: RAA Art Bench. Title: Project 2016. Artist: Sue Zelko

Cultural Arts District

The folks in Rosenberg relish the arts. It would be nearly impossible not to notice it if visiting the downtown area, which has the designation of being a Cultural Arts District by the State of Texas.

Sculptures, murals, potted plants, and these artistic benches highlight the historic buildings of the charming downtown locale.

Sponsor: Renee Butler Title: To Daddy My Inspiration! Artist: Katie Barcak

Sponsor: Renee Butler Title: To Daddy My Inspiration! Artist: Katie Barcak

Art Bench in Rosenberg, Texas

Art Bench in Rosenberg, Texas

Sponsor: RAA Art Bench. Title: Project 2016. Artist: Diane Miller

Sponsor: RAA Art Bench. Title: Project 2016. Artist: Diane Miller

Funding of the Art Benches

The Rosenberg Arts Alliance received a grant for $2,250 from the Anice Read Fund, which helped facilitate some of the painting of these eye-catching benches.

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In other cases, people from the community helped to pay for the seats and support the artists who created the images and embellishments upon them. The dedications varied in intent.

In Memory of Vernon E. Campbell – Husband, Father, Grandfather, and Friend. Artist: Kathy Golden

In Memory of Vernon E. Campbell – Husband, Father, Grandfather, and Friend. Artist: Kathy Golden

Sponsor: William C. Butler Title: In Memory of Mayde Waddell Butler. Artist: Paul Sanchez

Sponsor: William C. Butler Title: In Memory of Mayde Waddell Butler. Artist: Paul Sanchez

Sponsors: Barbara Roane Bleil and G. Grant Roane. Title: In Honor of Their Father Judge George G. Roane. Artist: Paul Sanchez

Sponsors: Barbara Roane Bleil and G. Grant Roane. Title: In Honor of Their Father Judge George G. Roane. Artist: Paul Sanchez

Varied Intentions

Several of the art benches are dedicated to loved ones. Promotional material for businesses is apparent in some of these seats. Others merely serve as items of beauty as well as function. Of course, they all serve to accentuate the historic downtown Rosenberg streets.

Sponsor: Calla Lilies. Title: Snake Oil. Artist: Suzanne Syvertson

Sponsor: Calla Lilies. Title: Snake Oil. Artist: Suzanne Syvertson

Sponsor: Old Main Street Bakery. Title: Jak Se Mas? (How Are You?). Artist: Karen Sabrsula

Sponsor: Old Main Street Bakery. Title: Jak Se Mas? (How Are You?). Artist: Karen Sabrsula

Sponsors: Mike and Laurie Mercado. Title: To Friends & Family, Salud! Artist: Orlando Reyna

Sponsors: Mike and Laurie Mercado. Title: To Friends & Family, Salud! Artist: Orlando Reyna

Missing in Action

We did not spot some of the benches dedicated to this public art project by the Rosenberg Arts Alliance. Perhaps they were being repainted? We saw one such instance first-hand at the Fort Bend Art Center.

The one featured below was on the patio of one of the artist studios. It was going to be refreshed before being reinstalled on a sidewalk outside.

If I spot more of these art benches in the future, I may add the pictures.

Sponsor: Rosenberg Arts Alliance. Title: Love Rosenberg Project 2016. Artist: Suzanne Syvertson

Sponsor: Rosenberg Arts Alliance. Title: Love Rosenberg Project 2016. Artist: Suzanne Syvertson

Longest Art Bench

This final photo is the largest bench, and it did not have a dedication plaque attached to it. Therefore it may not have been a part of this Rosenberg Arts Alliance 2016 project. But it is a beauty!

Located near a parking lot on 3rd Street across from the Another Time Soda Fountain & Cafe, as well as adjacent to the Rosenberg Railroad Museum, it would seat several people.

Beautifully Painted Art Bench in Rosenberg, Texas

Beautifully Painted Art Bench in Rosenberg, Texas

Are You Inspired?

If you are inspired and wish to paint a bench of your own, find a good quality wooden bench, some outdoor-rated paint, and let your creativity shine!

To learn more about the historic downtown cultural district of Rosenberg and the arts, watch the video below.

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© 2020 Peggy Woods

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