The Hobby Area District is excited to welcome Mini Murals tours, a project that uses public traffic signal boxes as mural backdrops to showcase local Houston artists. Maps and information for self-guided tours are available online. Bus tours are not yet available in our area, but are coming in the near future. We encourage residents and visitors to the Hobby area to check out the twenty unique art installations throughout the District.
Art doesn’t just belong in a museum gallery. In 2016, more than 40 Houston artists were chosen to use blank traffic signal boxes as their canvas, turning them into colorful works of art as part of the Mini Murals program.
The project was created by Noah Quiles and his wife, Elia Quiles of UP Art Studio in 2015. They partnered with The City of Houston Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs, the Department of Public Works & Engineering, city council members, management districts, corporations, local artists and others to make this program possible.
“Mini-murals are a fun and creative method the City is using to add more art to Houston’s many thriving communities,” Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner provided in a press statement announcing the project. “This program showcases our artists, reflects our history and creates opportunities to enjoy creative expression in places people pass by every day.”
The Hobby area is a vibrant, diverse part of Houston and boasts 20 mini murals of our own. Ranging from aviation themes to bayou wildlife, the Hobby District’s murals reflect the area’s character and defining features. Even better than the art itself, the citywide mini murals feature local Houston artists from a range of backgrounds and artistic styles, shining a spotlight on the wealth of talent from our area. We’ve highlighted one of the local artists whose work is featured in Hobby area mini murals below:
Shelbi Nicole At age 18, Shelbi Nicole spent time in France where she drew artistic inspiration from work she studied in museums. Later she moved to Miami where she developed a love for bright colors and vivid shapes, a key part of her signature style. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from The University of Houston and made Houston Press’ list of “Houston’s Top 10 Painters” in 2014. Since her works have been seen in public shows, private art collections, and in numerous exhibitions. She currently has an exhibit open called The Whimsy World.