Champion Building ADOPT A FISH!


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


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?
10 Blacksaddled Coral Grouper?
11 Gray (Mangrove) Snapper? The Gorball Girls 85
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
20 Southern Stingray First United Methodist Church
Port Isabel
21 Longnose Gar
22 Green Sea Turtle(?) Possible Loggerhead Sea Turtle, Inc.
In Honor of Ila Fox Loetscher
and Our Volunteers
23 Sheepshead
24 Rock Hind
25 Atlantic Spadefish
26 Clearnose Skate Port Isabel
Chamber of Commerce
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?
35 Greater Amberjack
37 Gag Grouper
38 Ocean Sunfish
39 Green Sea Turtle? Possible Loggerhead Sea Turtle, Inc.
Established 1977
South Padre Island, TX
40 Southern Kingfish
41 Snook Jasper’s Casino
Port Isabel, Texas
42 Rock Beauty
43 Green Sea Turtle? Possible Loggerhead The Collier Family
Kevin, Kristi & Kirby
45 Striped Mullet
46 Atlantic Croaker
47 Gray (Mangrove) Snapper? Robert & Linda Cutter 85
48 Atlantic (?) Flying Fish
49 Atlantic Spadefish  Mel & Donna Poyzer 85
51 Spotted Sea Trout Mr. & Mrs. Cary Causey 85
52 Gag Grouper In Memory of
Mr. & Mrs. Archie Causey
53 Southern Flounder? Joe & Lu Human 85
54 Red Grouper
55 Cobia
56 Mutton Snapper
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
66 Striped Mullet
68 Southern Kingfish
69 Gag Grouper
70 Gray Snapper
71 Spanish Mackeral
72 Robert & Linda Cutter 85
73 Spotted Sea Trout In Memory of
Captain Dick Dennis
of the Altered Attitude
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 Kim & Anrita Baier Family 85
82 Gag Grouper
83 Red Snapper
84 Atlantic? Flying Fish
85 Snook
86 Southern Flounder? In Memory of
Sue Randall Dennis
of the Altered Attitude
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
98 Clearnose Skate
99 Spotted Sea Trout
100 Florida Pompano
101 Shark Joshua & Elsa, Joseph, Juan, Elyssa & Jacob
Garza Family
102 Mutton Snapper?
104 Red Snapper
105 Striped Bass
106 Ocean Sunfish
107 Gag Grouper
108 Atlantic Croaker
109 Red Grouper First United Methodist Church
Port Isabel
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
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
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 First United Methodist Church
Port Isabel
132 Atlantic Croaker Wayne (Tex)
Special Friend, Bobby Wells
133 Greater Amberjack For my dear Port Isabellian,
Amber Shintaku-Bates
Valerie Bates
134 Cobia  SOLD 85
135 Rock Hind
136 Gag Grouper In Memoriam of
Richard Gorball
From his Family
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
140 Wahoo Charlotte & Edward
141 Spotted Sea Trout The Jacobs Family
Bill, Linda
Lily, James, Justine
142 Atlantic Spadefish In Memory of
John Chano & Elvira Guerra
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
149 Goosefish? Debbie Green for Grandparents
LaVerne & Phyllis Bedell and
Carmen & Emery Green Sr.
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
153 Spanish Mackeral Darlene Coates 85
154 Mutton Snapper? SOLD 85
155 Rock Beauty In Memory of
Rev. Claude & Mary Hennessee
By David & Sam Hennessee
156 Las Ventanas Condominiums
South Padre Island
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.
162 Flounder M. N. Caudill 85
163 Spotted Sea Trout In Honor of Mr. & Mrs. Sanders
Leo & Nancy
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 Our GREAT Childhood Memories
Dana Louise and Deedra Sue
168 Goosefish Emery Green III In Honor of
LaVerne & Phyllis Bedell and
Carmen & Emery Green Sr.
169 Shark Israel “Winnie” Gonzalez
Mary O. Gonzalez
170 White Shrimp Brazos Fisheries
by the Cateora Family
171 Gulf Menhaden
172 Striped Bass In Loving Memory of
Gordon & Barb Good
2002 & 2016
173 Ocean Sunfish George & Virginia Haynie Gause 85
174 Red Drum Joseph, Samantha, Ashley &
Stephanie Saenz . Descendents of
Mary Katherine Champion Saenz
175 Snook Joe & Miros Saenz
Son of
Mary Katherine Champion Saenz
176 Florida Pompano SOLD 85
177 Atlantic Spadefish Perry Jr. & Mary Aby 85
178 Dolphinfish (aka Mahi) Laguna Madre Art League 85
179 Gag Grouper  Steve Bearden – Port Isabel San Benito Navigation District 85
180 Sailfish Donated by the
Frank D. Yturria Family
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
185 Red Snapper In Memory of my Husband
Albert L. Scharen
186 SOLD 85
187 Gray (Mangrove) Snapper? Chase & Alexis Atwell
Piper Atwell, 3x GG-Daughter
of Charles A. Champion
189 Blue Angelfish St. Andrew’s by the Sea Episcopal Church 85
190 Tarpon Carlos & Jeannie Flores
Julisa, Tommy & Steve Rivera
191 Red Drum Arnulfo Aguilar Villarreal & Family 85
192 Scaled Sardine
194 Blackwing? Flying Fish Debbie Green for Grandparents
LaVerne & Phyllis Bedell and
Carmen & Emery Green Sr.
195 Black Tip Shark
197 Striped Sea Bass Anonymous 85
198 M. N. Caudill 85
199 Southern Hake
200 Gofftopsail Catfish First United Methodist Church
Port Isabel
201 Lightening Whelk
202 Ocean Sunfish Tim & Linda Sanderson
daughter of
Mary Katherine Champion Saenz
203 Blue Crab The Reed Children
in Honor of their Parents
Howard and Cecelia Reed
204 Florida Pompano
205 Crab Anonymous 85
206 Lookdown Louis & Shirley Champion
Kathy, Tom, Terry
and Freddy
207 Mako/Tiger Shark Justin & Amy Champion
Miles Champion
Mason & Mackenzie White
208 Clearnose Skate Rey & Rose Champion 85
209 Spotted Sea Trout Brett & Jenilee Champion
Augustus Champion
210 Manta Ray Charles & Katy Champion
Charlie, Louis, Joann
Mary & Fred
211 Greater Amberjack
212 Snook Calvin & Sandra Byrd 85
213 Lighthouse In Loving Memory of my
Husband Robert & Son Rex,
Gloria Bates

Contact Information:

Jeannie Flores, Museum Director

Gabriel Trevino to Exhibit “Defining a Culture” during March & April (Reception 3/5 5-8p)

201403-04_trevino-exhibitDefining a Culture

Mexican-American painter Gabriel Trevino will open a one man show at the Treasures of the Gulf Museum on Saturday, March 1, 2014. Trevino will present a collection of paintings for a show he titled “Defining a Culture”. ” Defining a Culture” consist of his most recent artwork produced by combining pre-Columbian style imagery with a contemporary method approach.

Reception: There will be a reception for Gabriel Trevino on Wednesday, March 5, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Treasures of the Gulf Museum (317 E. Queen Isabella Blvd.). The public is invited to attend and meet the artist. Refreshments will be served.

Artist Bio

  • 1976 – Born in Brownsville Texas
  • 1997 – Fine Arts Program – University of Texas at Brownsville,
  •  Richardson Art Gallery First Solo Exhibit
  • 2006 -”Emerging Artists” : Gabriel Trevino, Mauricio Saenz, Jesus de la Rosa, Luis Valderas – Richardson Art Gallery (University of Texas at Brownsville)
  • 2007 -Invitational  “As Of Now” South Texas Artists – Ben Bailey Art Gallery – Texas A&M University – Kingsville, Texas
  • 2009 – “Tres” – Art Exhibition: Gabriel Trevino, Carlos G. Gomez, Antonio Antinori at Historic Brownsville Museum (Brownsville, Texas).
  • 2012 – “LIBERTY AND HOPE” Solo art exhibit – Rusteberg Art Gallery – University of Texas at Brownsville


NewsTaco – Austin Texas 2011  http://www.newstaco.com/

Beyond Arts Magazine  Aug. 2012 www.beyondartsmagazine.com

Voices of Mexico  UNAM  no.95 http://www.revistascisan.unam.mx/Voices/no95.php

Virginia R. Eggert Exhibit & Reception Announced 4/12 4-7p

“South Texas Images”

The Museums of Port Isabel is hosting an exhibition of local art by Port Isabel artist Virginia R. Eggert, from Sunday, April 1 thru Monday, April 30, 2012.  An opening reception will take place in the Treasures of the Gulf Museum on Thursday, April 12, 2012 from 4pm-7pm. The public is invited to attend.  Refreshments will be served. Free admission.

Local artist, Virginia R. Eggert, paints with acrylics on is a watercolor paper, watercolor board and canvas.  She has selected “Watermedia on Paper” for her latest exhibit, which uses ARCYLICS in a transparent, watercolor technique.

WATERMEDIA is a fairly recent term. Until the 1970s, watercolor painting was mostly representational, transparently painted works on paper done with traditional watercolors.  Now, watermedia includes all water soluble painting mediums (acrylics, watercolor, gouache, casein, mixed media).

With the development of acrylic paint,Virginiabegan to experiment with new applications of acrylic paint on paper.  She began to use acrylics from totally transparent (watercolor techniques) to totally opaque (gouache, casein, mixed media) type applications.  When painting with acrylics on watercolor paper, she uses a transparent process – mixing the acrylics with water and brushing them on the paper with a watercolor technique.  When painting with acrylics on canvas, she uses them thick (opaquely) as they come out of the tube, mixing them in a manner similar to using oil paints.

Today, in most watercolor exhibits, the viewer can expect to see a combination of acrylic techniques grouped under the title of “Watermedia on Paper”.  An exciting thing about acrylics is that it can do everything the other watermedia (watercolors, gouache, casein) can do.  Today, acrylics paint is used by more artists than any other painting medium.  Acrylic paint is now the only painting medium that Virginia R. Eggert uses in her art work.

Virginia R. Eggert’s subject matter includes landscapes and seascapes with boats, buildings, birds, palm trees, water views and people.  She enjoys paintings what she sees – especially the early morning and late afternoon colors and shadows on the environment.

Virginiahas been involved in art all her life.  After graduating from high school, she earned a Bachelors degree in Visual Art from theUniversityofMontanainMissoula.  She also earned a Masters degree in Art Education and a Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Arizona in Tucson.  She took art classes at the University of Alaska in Fairbanks and Juneau.

Virginia R. Eggert moved to Port Isabel in 2001 and was intrigued by the unique and colorful scenery of this area.  She joined the Laguna Madre Art League and was active as an officer for a number of years.  Now, she spends her time painting commissions and doing artwork for local shows such as the Laguna Madre Art League Annual Show and the Beachcombers Fine Arts Show.  Her work is in art collections worldwide.

She lives in Port Isabel and has a gallery-studio in her home.  Her artwork is on display and for sale in Port Isabel at the Fly Shop 318 Queen Isabella.  To arrange a studio visit, e-mail her at virginakeylargo@aol.com or call 956-943-1153.  Her website is www.virginiaeggert.com.

If you have any other questions or concerns, please contact Jeannie Flores at (956) 943-7602 or visit www.portisabelmuseums.com or you may also send an email to jrivera@copitx.com.

Carol A. Plumb Exhibit & Reception Announced 1/11 5p

Treasures of the Gulf Museum Displays Local Art – Carol A. Plumb

The Museums of Port Isabel is hosting an exhibit of local art by Port Isabel Artist Carol A. Plumb from Sunday, January 1st thru Tuesday, Tuesday, January 31st 2012.  An opening reception will take place in the Treasures of the Gulf Museum on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 5 p.m. -7 p.m. The public is invited to attend.  Refreshments will be served.

Artist Carol Plumb’s love of the landscape in the Rio Grande valley and its scenic essence provides her with the inspiration she needs.  Carol has always drawn and painted as a child.  She attended the University of Wisconsin-River Falls and the Minneapolis College of Art and Design as an art student.  However, her early career path led her on a more commercial art direction.  Now she has returned to her love of painting.

Carol’s recent work includes large scale, slightly abstract scenes of South Padre Island, Boca Chica Beach, Mesquital Mexico, Laguna Atascosa and the Bahia Grande area near Brownsville, Texas.

Recent exhibitions of her art have included a solo at Galleria 409, Brownsville, Texas and participation in the 2009 and 2010 International Art Shows at the Brownsville Museum of Fine Art.  Her work has recently been exhibited at the Port Isabel Museum Community Gallery, the Purple Parrot gallery in Port Isabel and Zeste Gourmet on South Padre Island.

To arrange a studio visit, e-mail her at carolplumb98@yahoo.com. Her website is www.CarolaArt.com.

If you have any other questions or concerns, please 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.

Garza “Climate Change” Exhibit through 6/4

“Climate Change”

The Museums of Port Isabel and the Consulate de Mexico are proud to present “Climate Change”, featuring renowned Mexican artist Javier de la Garza on May 4, 2011 @ 6:30pm in the Treasures of the Gulf Museum located at 317 E. Railroad Ave., Port Isabel, TX. This temporary exhibit will be on display from May 4, 2011 through June 4, 2011.

Javier de la Garza is one of the most premier artists of the current plastic arts or `Neo-Mexicanism’, which has arisen in Mexico in the middle of the Eighties. This new artistic manifestation has great influence of the symbolism that represents the Mexican nationalism of that time.

In these new plastic arts, artist Javier de la Garza, offers an exhibition of 13 oil paintings on fabric, through which he invites us to view the reflection about the necessity of incorporating values that can influence climatic changes, evoking animal images which are in danger of extinction.

Born in Tampico, in the state of Tamaulipas Mexico; Javier de la Garza began his studies of Architecture in the University of Nuevo Leon. Later he studied engraving in the National School of Plastic Arts in Mexico before studying at ‘Studio 17′ with S.W. Hayter, in Paris.

As a teacher, Javier de la Garza counts on multiple individual exhibitions to showcase his work which have collectively been displayed in Mexico, New York, Phoenix, Houston, Paris, Brazil and Jamaica.

Join us for this free open house reception hosted by the Museums of Port Isabel and the Consulate de Mexico on May 4th at 6:30 pm. The Museums of Port Isabel and the Consulate de Mexico would like to invite all locals and art enthusiast to view this temporary exhibit.

Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be available compliments of the Museums of Port Isabel and the Consulate de Mexico.


The Museums of Port Isabel goals are to help educate our youths while preserving our local and natural history through presentations, art exhibitions and educational exhibits. With the support from the City of Port Isabel the Port Isabel Chamber of Commerce and the general public, we can achieve our goals for future generations to enjoy.

For more information call (956-943-7602) or Visit us online at www.portisabelmuseums.com.

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