Champion Building Fish Mural Restoration

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Historic Champion Building’s Fish Mural Undergoes Restoration

Port Isabel, Texas

In 1906, just seven years after the 1899 construction of the Champion building, local fisherman and artist, Jose Morales was commissioned to paint a fish mural on the front of the 2-story structure. It was meant to promote sport fishing in the area. Over 200 images represent the species that can be found in the Laguna Madre Bay and the Gulf of Mexico off the beaches of South Padre Island.

Over the decades, the mural has been restored several times. Weather and other factors create conditions that require periodic restoration, so it was early in the spring of 2017 that plans were made to undergo this latest restoration. The Museums of Port Isabel has commissioned local artist, Angel Hernandez, to restore the 212 images that grace the building.

Restoration of the Champion Building Fish Mural

 

Other improvements also being made on the grounds of the Champion building includes the reconstruction of the walkway that leads to the Port Isabel Historical Museum entrance. Designed using the architectural details on the front of the Champion building, the walkway will feature the same millwork, proportions and colors that make up the gallery on the south side of the structure.

 

The Museums of Port Isabel will be fundraising for the historical fish mural. Those interested in participating can select the fish they would like to sponsor and contact Museum staff for payment processing. Selections are first come, first served. The project is estimated to be completed in the next couple of months.

The Fish Mural was celebrated on October 27th at 7 p.m. Festivities will include recognition of the donors and a presentation of the history of the fish mural. Details to follow. For more information on the fish sponsorship, please visit: http://bit.ly/champbldg, email info@portisabel-texas.com or call 956/943-7602.

See what’s sold and what’s available: http://bit.ly/mopi-sold

Donors:

Image # Species Donor
1 Background The Sherwin-Williams Company
1750 State Highway 100, Ste C
Port Isabel, Texas
2 Striped Mullet
3 Florida Pompano
4 Antlantic Spadefish
5 Spanish Mackeral
6 Gray Angelfish
7 Gag Grouper
8 Blacksaddled Coral Grouper?
9
10 Blacksaddled Coral Grouper?
11 Gray (Mangrove) Snapper?
12 Red Snapper Gary, Ellen & Monica Snider 85
13 Striped Bass
14 Spotted Sea Trout
15 Gray (Mangrove) Snapper?
16 White Pelican Mary Ann & Roger Brown 200
17 Crevalle Jack
18 Wahoo
19 Blacktip Shark In Memory of
Bobby Marchan
85
20 Southern Stingray
21 Longnose Gar
22 Green Sea Turtle? Possible Loggerhead Sea Turtle, Inc.
In Honor of Ila Fox Loetscher
and Our Volunteers
85
23 Sheepshead
24 Rock Hind
25 Atlantic Spadefish
26 Clearnose Skate
27 Ocean Sunfish
28 Striped Bass
29 Tiger Shark?
30 Black Grouper? (may be a Gag)
31 Snook
32 Red Grouper
33 Gray (Mangrove) Snapper?
34
35 Greater Amberjack
36
37 Gag Grouper
38 Ocean Sunfish
39 Green Sea Turtle? Possible Loggerhead Sea Turtle, Inc.
Established 1977
South Padre Island, TX
85
40 Southern Kingfish
41 Snook Jasper’s Casino
Port Isabel, Texas
85
42 Rock Beauty
43 Green Sea Turtle? Possible Loggerhead The Collier Family
Kevin, Kristi & Kirby
200
44
45 Striped Mullet
46 Atlantic Croaker
47 Gray (Mangrove) Snapper? Robert & Linda Cutter 85
48 Atlantic (?) Flying Fish
49 Atlantic Spadefish
50
51 Spotted Sea Trout Mr. & Mrs. Cary Causey 85
52 Gag Grouper In Memory of
Mr. & Mrs. Archie Causey
85
53 Southern Flounder? Joe & Lu Human 85
54 Red Grouper
55 Cobia
56 Mutton Snapper
57
58
59 Sandbar Shark? (very large dorsal)
60 Karen Causey & Family 85
61 Kim Causey Manos & Family 85
62 Atlantic Croaker Curtis Causey & Family 85
63 Greater Amberjack Alice Mansfield 85
64 Frigatebird In Memory of Alan H. Coburn
Valerie Bates
200
65
66 Striped Mullet
67
68 Southern Kingfish
69 Gag Grouper
70 Gray Snapper
71 Spanish Mackeral
72 Robert & Linda Cutter 85
73 Spotted Sea Trout
74 Gray (Mangrove) Snapper?
75 Blacksaddled Coral Grouper?
76 Rock Beauty
77 Atlantic Torpedo?
78 Gray (Mangrove) Snapper?
79 Blue Crab Gary, Ellen & Monica Snider 85
80 Striped Bass
81 Rock Hind
82 Gag Grouper
83 Red Snapper
84 Atlantic? Flying Fish
85 Snook
86 Southern Flounder?
87 Goliath Grouper?
88 Wahoo Texas International Fishing Tournament 85
89 Caribbean Reef Squid Texas International Fishing Tournament 85
90 Spanish Mackeral Texas International Fishing Tournament 85
91 Shark Texas International Fishing Tournament 85
92 Greater Amberjack Texas International Fishing Tournament 85
93 Gray Triggerfish Texas International Fishing Tournament 85
94 Southern Hake Texas International Fishing Tournament 85
95 Blackwing Flying Fish
96 Rock Beauty
97
98 Clearnose Skate
99 Spotted Sea Trout
100 Florida Pompano
101 Shark Joshua & Elsa, Joseph, Juan, Elyssa & Jacob
Garza Family
85
102 Mutton Snapper?
103
104 Red Snapper
105 Striped Bass
106 Ocean Sunfish
107 Gag Grouper
108 Atlantic Croaker
109 Red Grouper
110
111 Snook
112 Gray (Mangrove) Snapper?
113 Red Snapper
114 Snook
115 Red Snapper Uvaldo (Val) Champion Jr. 85
116 Atlantic Spadefish Suzanne Champion 85
117 Annemarie Champion Brand 85
118 Gray Triggerfish Joseph B. Champion 85
119 Crevalle Jack
120
121
122 Bald Eagle Southwind Inn 200
123 White Marlin In Memory of my Beloved Mother
Leonor Pro Meza who Adored &
Enjoyed Port Isabel, Ed Pro Meza
85
124 Wahoo
125 Spanish Mackeral
126 Florida Pompano
127 Red Drum Joe & Lu Human 85
128 Gray Triggerfish
129 Blacksaddled Coral Grouper?
130 Gag Grouper
131 Rock Beauty
132 Atlantic Croaker
133 Greater Amberjack For my dear Port Isabellian,
Amber Shintaku-Bates
Valerie Bates
85
134 Cobia
135 Rock Hind
136 Gag Grouper In Memoriam of
Richard Gorball
From his Family
85
137 Red Grouper? The Benito Longoria Family 85
138 Clearnose Skate Norma & Manuel Hinojosa 85
139 Gray (Mangrove) Snapper? In Memory of
Martha Longoria Champion
85
140 Wahoo Charlotte & Edward
Champion
85
141 Spotted Sea Trout The Jacobs Family
Bill, Linda
Lily, James, Justine
85
142 Atlantic Spadefish
143 Blackfin or Yellowfin Tuna Christopher Champion 85
144 Red Grouper? Sarah & Jake Champion 85
145 Tripletail Carlos & Patricia Champion 85
146 Fred & Benita Longoria Champion 85
147 Jason & Cristina Champion Sims 85
148 Black Tip Shark From Mary Bertha
Granddaughter & Daughter of
Charles & Bertha Champion
200
149 Goosefish? Debbie Green for Grandparents
LaVerne & Phyllis Bedell and
Carmen & Emery Green Sr.
85
150 Striped Sea Bass
151 Blacktip Shark Richard Champion 85
152 Snook In Memory of Jesus R. Zurita
Juan V. Zurita & Adan O. Zurita
From Inocente Zurita & Family
85
153 Spanish Mackeral  Darlene Coates  85
154 Mutton Snapper?
155 Rock Beauty
156 Las Ventanas Condominiums
HOA
South Padre Island
85
157 Crevalle Jack  Darlene Coates  85
158 Florida Pompano  Darlene Coates  85
159 Atlantic Torpedo? Duane A. Rasmussen 85
160 Tarpon Barbara “Bobby” Wells 500
161 Sheepshead In Memory of
Uvaldo & Bertha Champion
From Mr. & Mrs. Ed. L. Ayers Jr.
85
162 Flounder M. N. Caudill 85
163 Spotted Sea Trout In Honor of Mr. & Mrs. Sanders
Leo & Nancy
85
164 Black Drum Our lovely daughter, April Lee Champion Ayers 85
165 Roundel Skate Edith R. Rasmussen 85
166 Red Drum  Darlene Coates  85
167 Striped Mullet
168 Goosefish Emery Green III In Honor of
LaVerne & Phyllis Bedell and
Carmen & Emery Green Sr.
85
169 Shark Israel “Winnie” Gonzalez
Mary O. Gonzalez
200
170 White Shrimp Brazos Fisheries
by the Cateora Family
85
171 Gulf Menhaden
172 Striped Bass
173 Ocean Sunfish George & Virginia Haynie Gause 85
174 Red Drum Joseph, Samantha, Ashley &
Stephanie Saenz . Descendents of
Mary Katherine Champion Saenz
 85
175 Snook Joe & Miros Saenz
Son of
Mary Katherine Champion Saenz
 85
176 Florida Pompano
177 Atlantic Spadefish Perry Jr. & Mary Aby 85
178 Dolphinfish (aka Mahi) Laguna Madre Art League 85
179 Gag Grouper
180 Sailfish Donated by the
Frank D. Yturria Family
700
181 Hardhead Catfish
182 Crevalle Jack
183 Gulf Flounder Laguna Madre Museum Foundation 85
184 Sheepshead Greg & Shari Atwell
Chase and Travis, Descendants of
Joanne Champion Van Cleave
85
185 Red Snapper In Memory of my Husband
Albert L. Scharen
85
186
187 Gray (Mangrove) Snapper? Chase & Alexis Atwell
Piper Atwell, 3x GG-Daughter
of Charles A. Champion
85
188
189 Blue Angelfish
190 Tarpon Carlos & Jeannie Flores
Julisa, Tommy & Steve Rivera
85
191 Red Drum Arnulfo Aguilar Villarreal & Family 85
192 Scaled Sardine
193
194 Blackwing? Flying Fish Debbie Green for Grandparents
LaVerne & Phyllis Bedell and
Carmen & Emery Green Sr.
85
195 Black Tip Shark
196
197 Striped Sea Bass Anonymous 85
198 M. N. Caudill 85
199 Southern Hake
200 Gofftopsail Catfish
201 Lightening Whelk
202 Ocean Sunfish Tim & Linda Sanderson
daughter of
Mary Katherine Champion Saenz
85
203 Blue Crab The Reed Children
in Honor of their Parents
Howard and Cecelia Reed
85
204 Florida Pompano
205 Crab Anonymous 85
206 Lookdown Louis & Shirley Champion
Kathy, Tom, Terry
and Freddy
85
207 Mako/Tiger Shark Justin & Amy Champion
Miles Champion
Mason & Mackenzie White
85
208 Clearnose Skate Rey & Rose Champion 85
209 Spotted Sea Trout Brett & Jenilee Champion
Augustus Champion
85
210 Manta Ray Charles & Katy Champion
Charlie, Louis, Joann
Mary & Fred
600
211 Greater Amberjack
212 Snook Calvin & Sandra Byrd 85
213 Lighthouse In Loving Memory of my
Husband Robert & Son Rex,
Gloria Bates
200

Contact Information:

Jeannie Flores, Museum Director
956/943-7602
museumdirector@copitx.com

Summer 2018 MOVIES at the Lighthouse!

Movies projected on the historic Port Isabel Lighthouse during June & July!
LIGHTHOUSE ESTABLISHMENT CINEMA: Summer 2018!

1st MOVIE OF THE SUMMER! FRIDAY, JUNE 1 @ 9:30p“DESPICABLE ME 3″!

EVERY Friday night in JUNE & JULY @ 9:30 p.m. movies will be projected on the side of the Lighthouse! You are invited to bring your family and enjoy a true Port Isabel tradition!

June 8: Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
June 15: A Wrinkle in Time
June 22: Black Panther
June 29: Moana
July 6: Lion King
July 13: Cars 3
July 20: Beauty & the Beast
July 27: Coco

LIGHTHOUSE SUMMER HOURS: June 1 – August 11
Sunday-Thursday 9a-6p
Fridays 9a-5p
Saturday 9a-7p

Sponsored in part by: City of Port Isabel, Museums of Port Isabel, Port Isabel EDC & Quik Stop!

BACKGROUND: The LHEC is a unique program which utilizes the historic Port Isabel Lighthouse as the backdrop for the projections of movies. Since 2004, during the summer months, family friendly movies are projected onto the side of the lighthouse. The public is invited to bring their lawn chairs, blankets and picnics for a memorable evening under the stars. Mentioned in Texas Monthly“ as one of three reasons to get in your car and GO!“ We invite you to get in your car and go to the Port Isabel Lighthouse and grab a memory of your own! Admission: Free. Public invited. Pets allowed, but must be kept on a leash and mindful of their well trained owners who are prepared to clean up after them. Concessions offered. No alcohol allowed.

For more information: info@portisabel-texas.com.

Art Show & Reception during April

The Museums of Port Isabel is proud to present a new art show for the month of April titled ARTISTIC VISIONS: A Collective of Visual Art. The art on display at this artist collective showcase is provided by ten of the talented artists from Port Isabel’s Laguna Madre Art League. Artwork is being displayed at the Treasures of the Gulf Museum. The show runs from March 30, 2018 to April 28, 2018.

Please join us on the evening of April 5, 2018 at 5:30 p.m. for an Artist Reception to meet and greet these talented artists and learn about their art. The reception is open to the public. It is a free event and complimentary drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be provided. You are more than welcome to visit the Treasures of the Gulf Museum, Tuesday – Saturday, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., through the month of April to view the art and read a small bio of each artist showcasing their art.

For more information on The Art Reception or Art, contact Jeannie Marie A. Flores or Coty Monique Camacho at (956) 943-7602 or visit www.portisabelmuseums.com or you may also send an email to jrivera@copitx.com.

Telling Our Stories: Hurricane Beulah by Leo “Speck” Sanders

The Museums of Port Isabel and the Laguna Madre Museum Foundation are proud to present its “Telling Our Stories” Series of 2018 on Thursday, March 22, at 7 p.m. at the Port Isabel Event & Cultural Center, 309 E. Railroad Ave.

Leo “Speck” Sanders married into the prominent shrimping family of his wife, Nancy Sanders. Together, the couple have a family of four children — three beautiful girls and one handsome son. Speck Sanders became a Port Isabel resident in 1950 and served as mayor in the mid-1960s. Sanders was also in the insurance and real estate business for many years.

During the Hurricane Beulah, Sanders made sure to help residents rebuild Port Isabel again in every way he could. He would go out of his way to make sure that residents had what was needed.

Please join the Museums of Port Isabel for an entertaining evening with Mr. Sanders, who will be giving a presentation on “Hurricane Beulah.” All locals and visitors are welcome to attend this free presentation. Complimentary drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be provided.

‘Telling Our Stories” is an educational program aimed at preserving the heritage of the City of Port Isabel and the Laguna Madre area. Our goals are to preserve and educate the local and natural history through presentations and exhibits. The program is co-sponsored by the Museums of Port Isabel and the Laguna Madre Museum Foundation.

“Telling Our Stories” is presented on the fourth Thursday of each month from January through September at the Treasures of the Gulf Museum. Admission is free.

This edition of Telling Our Stories is proudly sponsored by Ron and Cecilia Bliss, who own the Southwind Inn.

For more information on Telling Our Stories or to help sponsor an event, contact Jeannie Marie A. Flores at (956) 943-7602 or visit www.portisabelmuseums.com. You may also email museumdirector@copitx.com.

RESCHEDULED: Queen Isabella Market Day ~ Saturday 4/21 at the LIGHTHOUSE! 9a-49p

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The Museums of Port Isabel and the City of Port Isabel invite you to enjoy a day filled with music, vendors, food, family fun on the grounds of the Historic Port Isabel Lighthouse! Queen Isabella Market Day is scheduled for Saturday, April 21st from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Special admission price to the Port Isabel Lighthouse and Port Isabel Historical Museum & Treasures of the Gulf Museum, $1.00 each site, all day, Saturday, April 21.

There is no admission charge to the event. Vendors selling collectibles, antiques, local art, jewelry and more will be lining the sidewalks around the lighthouse.

A tent with tables and chairs will offer the opportunity to sit down and relax while enjoying some tasty tamales, baked goods or other dishes local vendors and restaurants will be offering. Or just roll down the grassy hill of the lighthouse! Relax and let us entertain you during a family fun day in Port Isabel!

See VENDOR INFO & SPONSORSHIP INFO.

VENDORS:

#9- Margarita Walton

#10- Manny’s Collectables

#14 & 15- August Traders

#17- Origami Owl Custom Jewelry

#18- Pieces of Padre

#19- MOPI Gift Shop

#21- Mavelia Calvillo

#22- Cricket Wireless

#23- Iy Cuffs

#25- Aloe Re-Leaf

#26- Foxy’s Boutique

#29- Brushed Up Dreams Booth Space

#30- Junk in my Trunk / Shabby Chic

#31- Susie Gee’s Arts & Crafts Booth Space

#34- Mary’s Jewels & Things Booth Space

#35- Moda Frida Artesanias Booth Space

#47- MOPI Concession Booth Space

#48- JulieAnn Moore “Moore’s Ride & Concession”, Funnel Cakes & Turkey Legs

#56- Pat Avery

#57- Maria Luisa Perez

BACKGROUND:

Queen Isabella Market Day dates from the 75th Anniversary of Port Isabel. Celebrated in 2003, the 75th Anniversary of Port Isabel included a street parade, open house at the Museums and the Lighthouse and the first ever Queen Isabella Market Day. The City of Port Isabel also minted a limited edition coin to commemorate the historic event. Queen Isabella Market Day continues as an outreach of the Museums of Port Isabel.

THE QUEEN ISABELLA CONNECTION:

In 1492, Queen Isabella financed Christopher Columbus’ exploratory expedition to this part of the New World. Community leaders in the Laguna Madre area recognized the importance of this partnership and named not just one causeway in her honor in 1954, but again in 1974, when the second causeway was constructed it too was named in her honor. On July 4, 1954, the grand opening of the first causeway was graced by the Consulate of Spain who was among the dignitaries on hand to cut the ribbon. Queen Isabella is further honored at our annual Market day each April.

EVENT INFORMATION:

Jeannie Flores, Museum Director
956/943-7602
museumdirector@copitx.com

Telling Our Stories: “The Forgotten Texas Patriot” by Manuel Hinojosa 2/22 7p

 “The Forgotten Texas Patriot – Juan Davis Bradburn”

The Museums of Port Isabel and the Laguna Madre Museum Foundation are proud to present its “Telling Our Stories” Series of 2018 on Thursday, February 22nd, at 7pm @ the Port Isabel Event & Cultural Center, 309 East Railroad Ave.

Manuel Hinojosa has spent the last 25 years documenting the Ancient Camino Real, starting in Guanajuato, Mexico and crossing into Texas at Eagle Pass to the battle grounds of San Jacinto.  At San Jacinto, he was part of the 2002, 2003, 2004, and 2008 archaeological teams funded by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department grants to dig up battlefield artifacts that helped interpret the last battle for Texas Independence.

At the 2009 Battle San Jacinto Symposium, he was a feature speaker, presenting findings of the latest archaeological investigation of the battle site.  He also participated in 2001 in the archeology investigation at the Fannin Battlefield State Historic Park and various archaeological surveys at the Palo Alto Battlefield National Historic Park.  Mr. Hinojosa appeared in the Discovery Channel’s hour long documentary “Unsolved History, The Alamo.”

Mr. Hinojosa FAIA currently resides in Port Isabel, Texas.  He earned his B.A. in Art at Pam American University and degree in Architecture at the University of Southwestern Louisiana.  Manuel recently advanced to Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and is currently a partner with ROFA Architects in McAllen.

Mr. Hinojosa will be giving and sharing a presentation on Juan Davis Bradburn a Kentuckian slave trader that entered Texas in the conflict between Spain and Mexico’s War of Independence.  His actions as commandant of the garrison at Anahuac in Mexican Texas in 1832 led to the events known as Anahuac Disturbances.  As a Result of his actions, Bradburn was “one of the most maligned men in historical accounts of Texas in the 19th century.

Please join us for an entertaining evening with. Mr, Hinojosa who will be presenting “The Invincible Juan Davis Bradburn”.   All locals and visitors are welcomed to attend this free presentation. Complimentary drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be provided.

‘Telling Our Stories” is an educational program aimed to preserving the heritage of the City of Port Isabel and the Laguna Madre area. Our goals are to preserve and educate our local and natural history through presentations and exhibits. The program is co-sponsored by the Museums of Port Isabel and the Laguna Museum Foundation. “Telling Our Stories” is presented on the fourth (4Th) Thursday of each month from January through September at the Treasures of the Gulf Museum. Admission is FREE.

Sponsored By: Doubledays Bar of Champions 

For more information on Telling Our Stories or to help sponsor an event, contact Jeannie Marie A. Flores at (956) 943-7602 or visit www.portisabelmuseums.com or you may also send an email to museumdirector@copitx.com.

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