Home » Exhibit, News » Champion Building Fish Mural Restoration

Champion Building Fish Mural Restoration

317 E. Railroad Ave. ~ 956/943/-7602 for info

2017-07-24_1332

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 will be 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 Amount
1 Background Sherwin-Williams
2 Mullet
3 Shad
4 Angel Fish
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16 Pelican Mary Ann Brown 200
17 Yellowtail Pompano
18 Amberjack
19 Tiger Shark
20 Sting Ray
21 Needle Gar
22 Sea Turtle Mary Laddis 85
23 Sargent Major
24 Rock Grouper
25 Angle Fish
26 Ray
27 Sunfish
28
29 Mako Shark
30
31 Snook
32 Yellow Grouper
33 Mangrove Snapper
34 Shad
35
36
37
38 Sunfish
39 Sea Turtle Mary Laddis 85
40
41
42
43 Sea Turtle Kristi Collier 200
44
45 Mullet
46 Croaker
47 Yellow Tail Snapper
48 Flying Fish
49 Angel Fish
50
51 Sea Trout
52 Grouper
53 Flounder
54
55
56 Snapper
57
58
59
60
61
62
63
64 Sea Bird Valerie Bates 200
65 Lady Fish
66
67
68
69
70
71 Spanish Mackeral
72
73
74
75
76
77
78 Piggy Perch
79
80 Stripped Sea Bass
81
82 Lane Snapper
83 Red Snapper
84 Flying Fish
85 Snook
86 Flounder
87 Grouper/June Fish
88 Barracuda Texas International Fishing Tournament  85
89 Squid Texas International Fishing Tournament  85
90 Spanish Mackeral Texas International Fishing Tournament  85
91 Shark Texas International Fishing Tournament  85
92 Trigger Fish Texas International Fishing Tournament  85
93 Hake Fish Texas International Fishing Tournament  85
94 Texas International Fishing Tournament  85
95
96
97
98 Skate Fish
99
100 Blue Fish
101 Mako Shark
102
103
104 Red Snapper
105 Sunfish
106
107
108 Whiting
109 Rock Grouper
110 Shark
111 Snook
112 Mangrove Snapper
113
114 Snook
115
116
117
118 Trigger Fish
119 Jack
120
121 Red Snapper
122 Eagle Southwind Inn 200
123 White Marlin Edward Meza 85
124 Barracuda
125 Spanish Mackeral
126 Pompano
127 Redfish
128 File Fish
129 Yellowtail Grouper
130
131 Angel Fish
132 Whiting
133
134
135 Rock Grouper
136 Mangrove Snapper Mary Gorball 85
137
138 Skate Fish Manuel Hinojosa 85
139
140 Wahoo Charlotte & Edward Champion 85
141 Lily, James & Justine Jacobs 85
142 Christopher Champion 85
143 Tuna Sarah & Jake Champion 85
144 Carlos & Patricia Champion 85
145 Triple Tail Fred & Benita L. Champion 85
146 Jason & Cristina C. Sims 85
147
148 Black Tip Shark Mary Bertha Mallet & Family 200
149 Angler Fish Debbie Green 85
150 Sea Bass
151 Tiger Shark
152 Snook
153
154
155 Angel Fish
156
157 Jack Crevalle
158 Jack Fish
159 Guitar Fish Duane A. Rasmussen 85
160 Tarpon Bobbie Wells 500
161 Sheephead
162 Flounder
163
164 Black Drum
165 Sting Ray Edith R. Rasmussen 85
166 Redfish
167
168 Angler Fish Emery Green 85
169 Shark Mary O. Gonzalez 200
170 White Shrimp
171 Spot Shad
172
173 Sunfish
174 Redfish
175 Snook
176 Jackfish
177 Angel Fish Perry Jr. & Mary Aby 85
178 Dolphin Laguna Madre Art League 85
179
180 Sailfish Frank Yturria Family 700
181 Hardhead Catfish
182
183 Flounder
184 Sheephead
185
186 Grouper
187
188 Whiting
189
190 Skip Jack Carlos & Jeannie Flores ~ Julisa, Tommy & Steve Rivera 85
191
192 Spot Shad
193
194 Flying Fish Debbie Green 85
195 Black Tip Shark
196
197
198
199 Hake Fish
200
201 Lightening Whelk
202
203 Blue Crab
204 Menhaden
205 Crab
206 Look Down Fish Louis & Shirley Champion ~ Kathy, Tom, Terry & Freddy 85
207 Mako/Tiger Shark Justin & Any Champion ~ Miles Champion ~ Mason & Mackenzie White 85
208 Skate Fish Rey & Rose Champion 85
209 Spotted Sea Trout Brett & Jenilee Champion ~ Augustus Champion 85
210 Manta Ray Charles A. Champion Family 600
211
212 Snook
213 Lighthouse Gloria Bates 200

Contact Information:

Valerie Bates
City of Port Isabel Marketing Director
info@portisabel-texas.com
(956) 867-7002

Exhibit, News , , ,