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American Legion building gets patriotic facelift


Artist, Matthew Bustamante worked toward the finishing touches on the new mural on the side of the Bandera American Legion Post 157 building on Sunday, Jan 8. The entire mural has been painted with spray paint. In speaking with the Courier staff, Bustamante mentioned a couple of other murals he has done and said, “It’s something I love doing. It’s not really like work.”

The Bandera American Legion Post 157 received a generous visual arts gift for Christmas from the Hunt Family Foundation — a waving flag mural for the side of our building.
The artist, Matthew Bustamante has been onsite painting the mural for the past week. This mural will not only visually shout the American Legion’s mission of “Americanism” and caring for Veterans, their families and our community, but will enhance the look and feel of the historic complex at Bandera and Main. This will be another tourist site for great photographs while visiting the Western Trail Antiques and in the near future, the Old Jail and Courthouse. With the CVB and Saturday “gunfighters”. It will also provide a welcome to those wishing to visit the display inside the Legion of military naval and aviation models and uniforms inside the hall.
“We look forward to a formal dedication of the new mural and an opportunity to publicly thank the benefactor and the entire community for the their continued support of your American Legion Post”, said Dennis Birchall, Commander.
“This is night and day! It is amazing to watch Matthew in action…an incredible talent and very fast”, said Carol Olson, Vice President, American Legion Auxiliary.
Matthew is also the artist responsible for the “Spurs Coyote” on the wall at the Pearl in San Antonio, as well as the new mural at Gabriel’s Liquors on Fredericksburg Road in San Antonio — as well as the murals on the Western Trail Antiques & Marketplace building.