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Feb 3, 2014 1:37 PM by Rachel Cole - rcole@kristv.com

Local Artist Dedicates Dozens of Hours to Painting a Mural

CORPUS CHRISTI - A local artist has dedicated nearly 100 hours and counting to painting a mural to inspire young children in the community. The whole painting is inside a new church gearing up to open it's doors.

John Olvey is an artist in town and has been working on a mural at the Bay Area Fellowship, Roddfield campus for about 2 weeks.

"I started a week ago Thursday and it's been long loving hours and so we're rolling into our 2nd week," Olvey said.

He has an art gallery in Hawaii as well as pieces in California. He says most of his work though is in the coastal bend and that this latest mural is a great gift to share with others.

"I get inspired by just going to church and realizing that God gave me this talent, this is a wonderful opportunity to give and serve back to the church," Olvey said.

The large images of fish and hot air balloons along with the vivid replica of the beach all represent passages from the bible. Executive Pastor Dave Cotham, says it's meant to draw youth to the church.

"We really want to make sure that the kids enjoy their time here and that it's a special place for them and that makes it a special place for parents," Pastor Cotham said.

The creation is similar to the broadcast campus located on Weber Road, in order to help children transition from one location to the next.

"There's a lot of images that exist at the broadcast campus, that we wanted to bring back here and replicate so that the children that have been attending the broadcast campus for so long, when they come over here they see the same familiar images," Olvey said.

He hopes that the painting will bring joy to the children that see it, in the church. The Roddfield campus is the 9th location, Bay Area Fellowship has opened in the community. It will be open to the public in two weeks.


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