Resident artist revels in Dallas library mural
Focus Daily News
CEDAR HILL—Resident Earline Green is an artist with many projects in her portfolio, but the one she is most proud of is a mural located in Oak Cliff and was created a number of years ago.
The mural was actually created in Green’s current home in Cedar Hill and is one of her most prized installations. It is now located at Dunbar Library at Lancaster Road and Kiest Blvd.
“I often refer to the Paul Laurence Dunbar at Lancaster-Kiest Branch Library Project as my ‘One Hit Wonder,’” Green says. “The title is Fulfilling the Dream Along District Line and after I completed it I rediscovered my love for teaching with no interest in pursuing a career in public art.”
Green stresses the historical significance of the mural saying “From the time the mural was installed I felt overwhelming pride and often experienced moments of disbelief that I had produced something on that scale,” she says. “Not only was this my first public art project, it was my first tile project as well. Five years later, I am extremely proud of the historical significance of the murals. I’ve given the community a visual historical record similar to the stain glass windows in the cathedrals of the Middle Ages, each square or section tells a story.”
After Green was awarded the commission in 2002 she says she decided the project should have historical significance.
She photographed the area around the proposed building site and discovered a blend of interestingly embellished homes. On Saturday afternoons for eight weeks she collected impressions of library patrons’ keepsakes. “Initially it was to be about the school namesakes, but as I visited the schools, I saw something more important. I saw the spirit of the community. Each quilt was assigned a “Quilt Patch Design” based on my interaction at the high schools, she adds.
“In addition to personal keepsakes I worked with historian, Donald Payton to identify landmarks that were important to the community. Such as the first “Colored School” that served the community in that area. I had an opportunity to make impressions of period pieces at Millermore and other homes in the Dallas Heritage Village, formerly Old City Park too,” she adds.
Green also visited community groups like the Dorie Miller VFW and she made impressions of the veteran’s war medals.
During the production phase that lasted about 18 months, Green’s Cedar Hill house where she has lived since 1987 became the studio.
“There were so many things to celebrate, I was afraid that I would leave out something important. Although enjoying the positive, it was important that I shared some of the cities darker moments as well, such as the Lynching at Elk’s Arch in 1910,” she says. These days, Green is a part of the ceramic’s program at Tarrant County College, South Campus and she also works with the Fort Worth Independent School District teachers and students. Last school year she worked with 14 teachers on a mural project for their individual schools. As for public art, she is one of four artists selected for the Guinn School Project in Fort Worth.
“At this point in my near 50ish life, I care more about my legacy as an artist and educator more than producing work to sell,” she concludes.