Waco: Deck of cards showcases local artists

(Photo by Ke'Sha Lopez)
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WACO, Texas (KWTX) Creative Waco is using a different kind of medium to showcase local artists.

The nonprofit has created the "Waco 52."

It's a deck of playing cards that show works of art that depict Waco and McLennan County history.

More than 200 painters and sculptors submitted pieces to be featured in the deck.

They were selected by both a United States and a United Kingdom judge.

Executive Director, Fiona Bond said the organization has been selling the cards for only a little while and they've become a popular item.

The cards display such familiar sights as The Silos, Doris Miller, RG3, the Waco Suspension Bridge, and the “praying man,” Waco resident Virgil Bell and a piece entitled "Blackfoot" by Amado Torres, whose original is acrylic on a canvas more than 5-feet tall.

He said he's excited about the wider audience being exposed to his work.

He said the cultural arts movement is really catching on in Waco and it's a great way to help support local painters, and sculptures.

"I think the goal of a lot of the artists is to eventually have people hanging the paintings in their house, loving the paintings or whatever you're doing. Loving the sculpturing or whatever it is that you do."

The cards are being sold at local shops such as Arts Center of Waco, Christi's, Interior Glow, Dr Pepper Museum, Mayborn Museum, Waco Tourist Information Center, and Texas Cheese House in Lorena.

The proceeds support new arts initiatives in the city.

The cards were on exhibition at the state capitol last month during the Texas launch of Waco's Cultural Arts District which marks its first anniversary later this summer.

The organization hopes to bring the exhibit back to Waco in a pop-up gallery later this summer.