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On The Cover features Lauren Spaulding
Our cover this month features a painting by Lauren Spaulding, who is a “temporary resident” of Galveston, spending holidays and summers in the city with her mother, sister and step-dad who live here year round. Lauren works on the Strand at Yaga’s Cafe, spending
the whole summer and parts of the spring in employment there. She loves the city, and takes advantage of any excuse to visit that she can.
An eighteen year-old senior in a Dallas high school, Lauren is currently enrolled in her fourth year of an advanced placement art class. She is working on a 26 piece portfolio for college, and plans to attend the University of North Texas in the fall of 2014 to study graphic design in their art department. She has always had an avid love for art, and has won first place district awards twice, and one of those pieces went on to compete at the state level.
This painting took about two weeks, and was recreated using acrylic paint and then foil on top to create the tinsel on the tree. The main goal of the artist was to capture the time frame of the original piece, displaying children on the 1947 Galveston Isle Magazine cover. The image has a Dicken’s like appearance with Sam and Edna Maceo’s three children featured. Inside the description of the cover reads, Jay R., Eddie and Sedgie Maceo, with style, infusing it with her future their hearts set on Christmas, make sure that the tree is just as Old St. Nick would want it.
Lauren was inspired by this piece and hopes to continue this art.
Special thanks to Wanda Laborde for providing the idea to share with our readers. She has a large collection of Galveston memorabilia she frequently shares with The Islander Magazine.
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