Wichita Falls area artist creates Masonic mural for local lodge

10 Aug

Murals continue to crop up in Wichita Falls, primarily in the downtown area and even Lake Wichita, with the newest artwork nearing completion on Kemp Boulevard.
 
Beginning a week and a half ago, area artist Audra Lambert began painting a mural on the west face of the Faith Masonic Lodge No. 1158 building on 3503 Kemp Blvd.
 
The new mural will be 27 feet long and 9 ½ feet tall, and the artist expects it to be completed by the end of the week.
 
Lambert said Lodge members had been looking for an artist to paint a mural, and Amber Scott of 9th Street Studios, recommended her.
 
She already has a number of murals on her resume, among them a major indoor mural for the Wichita Falls Convention and Visitor’s Bureau’s new office completed in late 2017.
 
Lambert, the past President of the Wichita Falls Art Association, has also been involved with the Arts for All Community Project in downtown Wichita Falls.
 
 
 
Overall, she’s painted 15 or so murals since 2006, when Lambert painted her first mural(s), working with area artists, Ralph Stearns and Kathy Kincaid, for the Whiteside Museum of Natural History in Seymour.
 
She credits Stearns and Kincaid for teaching her about the art form.
 
Lambert met with the members of the Faith Mason Lodge several weeks ago, and said they told her what they wanted represented in the mural.
 
“I did some designs and had them approved,” she said.
 
From there, she made a small painting to scale and then made several more additions to her “model.”
 
The members gave her a book to reference the symbols in her artwork, and she artfully imaged and arranged them. Lambert said the feedback she’s received from lodge members to date has been very positive.
 
The untitled mural is mostly black and white with grays and gold, she said.
 
“The wall on the building used to be rock, and there was probably some damage so it had been fiberglass painted white,” Lambert said.
 
In the center of the mural is the focal point, the compass, the square and the letter G. To the right, there is a winding staircase and an open Bible set on a certain page with another square and compass.
 
The mural, on opposite sides, includes representations of two important Freemasons: George Washington (nationally) and Sam Houston (Texas).
 
“I am using an exterior paint that will adhere to the fiberglass and stay there. We have talked about whether to treat it or not,” she said.
 
Lambert said the mural is “basically a blown up version of my small painting. I took a photo of it, had Office Depot make a transparency, and then used an overhead projector to paint the design. It’s all to scale and fills up the whole part of the wall.”
 
 
 
A week and a half ago, Audra Lambert began painting her newest mural on the Faith Masonic Lodge No. 1158 on 3503 Kemp Blvd. The mural will be 27 feet long and 9 ½ feet tall, and the artist expects it to be completed by the end of this week. Richard Carter/For the Times Record Newws
 
Wichita Falls artist creates Masonic mural on Kemp Boulevard
 
Because of the extreme summer heat, Lambert starts painting early in the mornings, 6:15 a.m. or so, and may return in the evenings starting at roughly 8 p.m.
 
“It’s the only time of the year, I think, to do a mural outside,” she said. “When it’s 50 degrees at night or hotter, the paint cures better.”
 
Earlier in the summer, she did murals for the city of Boyd, her hometown, and she painted a mural of Bob Dylan in her mother’s living room.
 
Later in 2018, Lambert will paint an indoor mural about the future and connectivity for the Wichita Falls Public Library.
 
In addition to painting murals, she does printmaking, paintings on canvas and small sculptures. Her degree in Fine Arts at MSU was in printmaking and metalsmithing.

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