Meet the Artists

Artists – Erik Klusendorf

by Brian Bohannon

Anyone interested in seeing more of Klusendorf’s other work may find it all around the Bay Area.  He has painted many murals including work at the Evelyn Meador Library (where his 1997 book “GT’s Hide-away is on display) and his “Bridge to Knowledge” at Stuart Elementary in Kemah.  He is also currently working on a number of turtle sculptures, carved from tree trunks fallen during Hurricane Ike.  These impressive sculptures may be seen in...

Artists – Bejat McCracken

by Brian Bohannon

Both an artist and environmentalist, Bejat McCracken’s work can be seen in galleries and restaurants throughout Austin and Houston.  Some well known works can be found at Landry’s, GAP, and Texas PTA Grand Cafe in Austin.  She and her husband founded the TADPOLE organization which studies amphibian distribution and populations for the rain forests of Ecuador.  McCracken designed the Pelican In Bloom, Flight Over Seabrook, Migratory Birds, Predator, and Hooty pelicans.

Artists – Paul Urbanek

by Brian Bohannon

Paul Urbanek has been creating visual delights since 1953.  For 34 years, he built and designed the floats for the Foley’s Thanksgiving Day parade as well as doing designs which he received awards for at the nationally known Offshore Technology Conference.  His designs currently can be seen on display at the Galleria as well as other malls.  Urbanek designed the Uncle Sam, Wally and Commodore pelicans.

Artists – Faith Shallis

by Brian Bohannon

Faith Shallis primarily works with oils but has expanded her creativity to include computer presentations.  She studied under Frank Gray in California and was commissioned by Franklin Insurance Agency to do a portrait of Benjamin Franklin in 1999.  Shallis designed the Lone Star, Cowboy, Texan and Mac pelicans.

Artist – Violet Navarro

by Brian Bohannon

A young aspiring artist who studies at the Community Artists’ Collective in Houston and enrolled in art at the Gregory Lincoln Magnet school, Violet Navarro has interests from animation, sculpting, to crafts of all kings.  She has won awards for her art throughout the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo as well as the 1998 Houston Art Car Parade.  Violet designed the Tattoo Pelican and assisted with Posey the Potted Pelican.

Artist – Deborah Walsh

by Brian Bohannon

Deborah Walsh is originally from Galveston and has pursued her art career focusing on oils using color and the bravado of the paint to describe her subject. She has enjoyed exhibits commercially throughout Houston and surrounding areas.  She has also received numerous awards for her expressive talent.  Walsh designed the Mardi Gras, Seabrook Coastline, Easy Flier, Parrot and Blackjack Pelicans.