Kerbey's "I ♡ Queso" Mural by Local Street Artist, Mike Johnston

If you've visited the Kerbey Lane on Guadalupe St. near the University of Texas campus recently, you may have noticed a new mural proclaiming Austinites' love for the melted cheese dip known as queso. Back in April we commissioned local artist, Mike Johnston ("TRUTH"), to add a pop of color to the side of our building to give patrons the opportunity to snap a photo in order to publicly display their affection for our famous queso.

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Featured Artist: Heidi Gutierrez

The daughter of a single mother growing up in Juarez, Mexico, Gutierrez was raised in a traditional household, where art was considered more of a hobby than a viable career choice.

Gutierrez obtained a Master's degree in math from the University of Texas at El Paso and after graduation, she landed a stable job teaching high school math. Her love of art never left her, and she would come home from work and think to herself, "I wish I could paint." Eventually, she got ahold of some Bob Ross videos and began recreating his paintings, but always adding her own twist. She found painting to be relaxing; a kind of meditation. People responded well to her paintings and Gutierrez began giving them away as gifts.

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Featured Artists: Sue Zola & Evād

Zola is originally from New Haven, CT where she became a prominent local musician. Growing progressively more tired of the cold weather in the Northeast, Zola packed up her pick up truck and her two cats and headed toward Austin one day in October of 1999. Having a music teacher for a mother and being a musician herself, it's easy to understand why Zola was drawn toward the Music Capital of the World.

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Featured Artist: Emily Morris

Morris is originally from Houston, but she has called Austin home ever since graduating from Texas State University in 2007, where she obtained a degree in Mass Communication and Art & Design.

Since Morris can remember she has been drawing and as a little girl, she was obsessed with drawing mermaids. Her mother was very encouraging of her art projects growing up, which led Morris to feel supported in choosing a creative path.

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Featured Artist: Justine Beech

An East Coast native, Beech grew up in Long Island, NY, and Glastonbury, CT. She attended art school at the well-known Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY, where she obtained her BFA in Illustration and Communications Design. After graduating in 2003, Beech found work as a mural artist before she began a career in merchandising, working for retailers Urban Outfitters, J. Crew, and later, Patagonia.

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Featured Artist: Lawrence Jolly

Lawrence Jolly grew up in San Antonio and attended the University of Texas at Austin, where he obtained his BFA in Graphic Design. After working in both agency and corporate environments as a designer he founded Jolly Design, an award-winning graphic design and branding company that served the Austin area for 25 years.

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Featured Artist: Kelley Ramirez

Originally from Miami, Kelley Ramirez has been an artist from the time she was in high school and went on to graduate with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Graphic Design from the University of Miami. After working for a year as a graphic designer, Ramirez came to the conclusion that she was the type of artist who likes to work with her hands. Designing artwork for others, she found, meant that her original design would get completely lost in the editing process. She desired an outlet that allowed for more creative freedom.

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Featured Artist: Angela Navarro

Before moving to Texas, Navarro managed an IT call center in England, where she met her husband. Although a far departure from painting, Navarro enjoyed her work and discovered creativity in problem-solving. She believes that people who take a creative approach in their endeavors, whatever those may be, are more successful. She told us, "It makes you less scared of change in general when you approach challenges creatively." She compared her former job at the call center to painting, explaining that, "Even with painting there is constant decision-making and in the end, the feeling of accomplishment is the same."

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