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Think Outside the Box with “Beauty & The Box”

Keep Tyler Beautiful started the Beauty in the Box program in 2015 as a way to support local artists and bring artwork to all corners of Tyler. The Beauty and the Box program connects sponsors with local artists and transforms traffic signal boxes in Tyler into pieces of art. The artwork, submitted by local artists, is transformed into a vinyl wrap that covers the traffic signal box. If you are interested in sponsoring a box or submitting artwork for the program, please fill out the contact form or call (903)531-1335.

To add more boxes or additional info on any boxes, please email eguidemagazine@gmail.com.   #KeepTylerBeautiful  #BeautyandtheBox

Located at Broadway Avenue and Old Troup Highway: Sponsored by Henry & Peters, P.C. Artwork by David Di Paolo.


Located at Troup Highway and Golden Road: Sponsored by Linda Davidson. Artwork by Linda Davidson.


Located at Old Bullard Road and Rieck Road: Sponsored by Pamela Walters. Artwork by Sam Brown.


The traffic signal box at Old Jacksonville Highway and WSW Loop 323 has been sponsored by the Mildred Floyd Garden Club in memory of Marsha Harrison and other late members of the garden club.

Before her passing, Marsha presented the idea of sponsoring a box to her club and brought her original photograph to be considered as the image. The photograph is of the American flag flying over Marsha’s family lake house on Lake Tyler. “The box is intended to serve as a loving memorial to Marsha and the other lovely ladies we have lost in the past years,” a club spokesperson said.

Marsha Harrison had a strong presence in the Tyler community and is remembered for her involvement in many organizations. She participated in the Tyler Rose Festival, Tyler Chamber of Commerce, the Parks Board, the Transportation Board, the Tyler Symphony League and the Cattle Barons. She was also a member of the Tyler Literary Club, the Mildred Floyd Garden Club and was one of the original co-founders of the Discovery Science Place.

“The Beauty and the Box program has had a very positive impact on the community and has reached so many people,” says Keep Tyler Beautiful Coordinator Angela Bennis. “We feel very privileged that the Mildred Floyd Garden Club has chosen to honor Marsha and others through this program.”


Located at Front Street and Glenwood Boulevard; Sponsored by Linebarger Attorneys at Law. Artwork, photograph of the American Flag, is by Dorothy Hersey.


Located at South Broadway Avenue and East Heritage Drive: Sponsored by East Texas Fasteners. Artwork by Valeria Barnhill.


Located at East Front Street and Old Henderson Highway: Artwork and sponsored by Linda Davidson.


Located at South Beckham Avenue and East Houston Street: Sponsored by Tyler Museum of Art. Artwork by Courtney Wrenn.


 

Located at East Fifth Street and South Fleishel Avenue: Sponsored by Tyler Junior College. Artwork by Tom Hooten.


Located at University Boulevard and Lazy Creek Drive: Sponsored by Ogle Constructions. Artwork by John York.


Located at Loop 323 and Paluxy Drive: Sponsored by Champions for Children. Artwork by Susan Sellars.


Located near Bergfeld Park on South Broadway in Tyler.


 

Located at 5th and Beckham St: ‘Daisy”is sponsored by Ogle Construction. Artist unknown.


Located on Broadway and Old Grande: Sponsored by Ogle Construction. Artwork by Joel Joel Nichols.


Location unknown. Sponsored by Linda Davidson. Artist is unknown.


Located at Broadway and Amherst St. Sponsored by Alzheimer Alliance of Smith County. Artist is unknown.


Location unknown. Sponsored by City of Tyler Call to Serve. Artist is unknown.


Location unknown. Sponsored by Goosehead Insurance – Phaup Agency. Artist unknown.


Located at Elm St. and Broadway, downtown Tyler in front of the FREE parking garage.


Located at the intersection of Grande and Old Jacksonville: Sponsored by Latta Family Dentistry.

Location is unknown: Sponsored by CMC Neptune. Artist is unknown.


Location is unknown: Sponsored by Ogle Construction. Artist is unknown.


Located at Old Troup Hwy and Donnybrook in front of the Firestation: Sponsored by Ogle Construction. Artist is unknown.


Location is unknown: Sponsored by Ogle Construction. Artist is unknown.


Located at Gentry Pkwy and MLK Jr. Blvd.: Sponsored by Linda Davidson. Artist is unknown.


Located at N. Broadway and Erwin St., Downtown Tyler: Sponsored by Tab & Bonnie Beall. Artist is unknown.


Located on the corner of S. Broadway & Chimney Rock: Sponsored by Col. & Mrs. Robert Spivey. Artist is Diane Ditzler Frossard.


Location is unknown: Sponsored by Gregory Real Estate & Property Management. Artist is unknown.


Location is unknown: Sponsored by Four Seasons Garden Club. Artist is unknown.


Location and sponsorship is in front of Marvin United Methodist Church: Artist is Artwork by Linda Davidson.


Location is unknown: Sponsored by Dunn Transmission. Artist is unknown.


Located on the corner of Broadway Avenue and Southtown Drive: Sponsored by Cooperative Teachers Credit Union. Artist is William Wright.


Keep Tyler Beautiful is always looking for more sponsors to help expand this program. Fill out the form to become a sponsor HERE!

Sponsors receive:

  • Choice of one piece of artwork submitted to the Main Street Art Gallery for installation as a traffic box wrap.
  • Choice of installation locations from those available.
  • Logo and Sponsor name on the Keep Tyler Beautiful webpage.
  • City of Tyler issued press release with the Sponsors name and location of the sponsored box.

If you are interested in sponsoring a box or submitting artwork for the program, please fill out our contact form or call (903)531-1335.

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Blooms & Booms Tour: Tour The Pineywoods of East Texas

This is provided complimentary by Visit Tyler

Tour the entire Piney Woods area on this unique tour! Click the image to check out this great tour featuring Roseland Plantation, Historic Aviation Memorial Museum, shopping, Rose Gardens, American Freedom Museum, and tons more!

Travel to the piney woods of East Texas, and you’ll find yourself in a place unlike any other in the Lone Star State.

Rolling hills, pine forests, and magnificent lakes can be found within the Texas Piney Woods region, where the warmth of Southern hospitality is alive and well. Stop and smell the roses at the largest rose garden in the nation, located in Tyler. Known as the Rose Capital of America, Tyler is a beautiful stop on this East Texas tour. Cruise the brick streets of the Historic Azalea District featuring miles of blooming azaleas and dogwoods, Then it’s full steam ahead to Palestine. Home of the Official Railroad of Texas, visit the Victorian train depot, more than 1800 historical sites, and prepare for a little sensory overload when it comes to the flavors of East Texas. Henderson, voted as one of the “prettiest little towns in Texas,” is another great stop on this East Texas road trip.

East Texas is a hidden gem and a great place for your next group tour.

And don’t forget East Texas’ boomtown, Kilgore, known as the “City of Stars,” a nickname given to it because over 60 oil derricks that dot the Kilgore skyline, all topped with lighted stars.

Join us on this self-guided tour to see for yourself what everyone is raving about!

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Looking Arty: Murals Around Downtown Tyler

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There is a lot going on in the art community around Tyler, TX. Here are some of the beautiful murals that are located in #downtowntyler. Take your photo with one (or all) of them and tag #HaveFunMakeaDifference To list other murals here, contact EGuide at eguidemagazine@gmail.com.

“Eyes of Tyler”

Located at the corner of Elm Street and Broadway Avenue just south of the Downtown Square, #tylertx alongside the Lindsey Building. Painted by Dace Lucia Kidd in 2017. Dace said, “My image, ‘Eyes of Tyler,’ is inspired by the concept of shared beauty. It is intended to communicate that there is beauty within all of us if you just look. My goal is to encourage everyone to create what is next in their life, to search for what is beautiful within everyone, while being aware of the beauty in Tyler, and particularly in the downtown area.”

“Wings of Tyler: Welcome!”

 

Wings of Tyler is a project by local artists Cassie Edmonds and Dace Kidd.

Wings of Tyler is a mural on the exterior wall of a building leased by Edward Jones Investments on the southeast corner of Broadway Avenue and Erwin Street. The art faces west, which is Broadway Ave., just a few feet south of the downtown square.

According to the artists’ rendition, there is five sets of wings painted at various heights and lengths along the wall, allowing individual or group photo opportunities. The wings are finished in Venetian mirror-glass.

The idea is to make the wall “the most photographed” spot in all of East Texas, Dace Kidd explained. “Somebody can bring their pet, their kid, somebody disabled, groups of photos; two groups of people will be able to pose in front of the wings,” said Kidd.

“Be Happy”

The “Be Happy” mural is an effort to help people ‘be happy’!  The 70 feet X 20 feet mural is located on the back brick wall of the ETX Brewing Company, 221 S. Broadway, Off the Square in downtown Tyler. It faces South College Avenue.

Tyler native Lindsay Boone led the project. She says there are at least eighteen different East Texas native wildflowers on the wall because she wanted people to “see something that looks familiar.” In addition to the flowers, “Be Happy” is inscribed in the center.

Annie Gilstrap with the ETX Brewing Company says the tag line for East Texas Brewing company is ‘Beer Happy,’ so it was an easy decision to shorten the line to ‘Be Happy.’ “You can’t look at the wildflowers and not be happy, they just bring a smile to your face because they’re just joyful and bright,” said Gilstrap.

The 13 artists involved include Lindsay Boone, Mikayla Willis, David Maldonado, Kate Googins, Tyler Shelton, Justin Fasulo, Rady Randall, Becky Martin, Maddi Travis, Jennifer Vaughn, Julianna Wynn and Chasity Erbaugh. The artists ask that if you take photos with or of the mural, that you use #ETXWildflower when sharing on social media.

“Peace Mural”

How do East Texans celebrate Peace? With art, film, poetry, conversation, joyful gatherings, worship, photography, meals, dance, shopping, community service, children’s activities, and peace pole installations….and at the Peace Mural, located at 308 N. Broadway next to Discovery Science Place in #downtowntyler. Find out more at tylerpeace.com.

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While at Discovery Science Place, check out the other unique murals located on the outside walls, located at 308 N. Broadway in #downtowntyler.

“Spread a Little Kindness…And Cake”

This cool mural is located on the east wall of Janie’s Cakes, 308 E. Front St., Tyler.

“At Janie’s Cakes, we make an old-fashioned pound cake. And the tagline that we use on a regular basis is that we want you to spread a little kindness one cake at a time. So it was a natural thing for us to paint this on a wall of our building,” said Janie Clapp, owner.

“Like all good Southern girls, Janie learned baking and meal making from her great-grandmother. ‘Papu,’ as Janie called her, made every lick of her baked goods from scratch using plenty of real cream, real butter and real cane sugar. That little slip of a girl grew up to be quite a cook in her own right. After honing her skills at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York, Janie returned to Tyler, Texas, where she opened Janie’s Cakes in 1987. Today, Janie makes every pound cake the same way she made her very first: from all-natural ingredients, farm-fresh eggs, real creamery butter and with a huge dollop of her great-grandmother’s abiding love.”

They make 26,000 pound cakes a year, in a variety of sizes with different fillings, enjoying busy seasons like the holidays and Mother’s Day. Check out their unique story HERE.

Three Music Legends”

Located 119 University Place, the mural features three local music legends: Van Cliburn of Kilgore, George Jones of Saratoga, and Freddie King of Gilmer. The mural was created and painted by Holt Creative Group of Tyler.

To list more murals here, contact EGuide at eguidemagazine@gmail.com.

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