The Morning Sun

Franklin Kansas —Art and history go hand in hand, especially for artists Holly Boyd-Martinez and her husband, Antonio Martinez, Phoenix, Ariz. When the couple returned to visit her family in Afton, Okla., her brother, Jordan Boyd, Miners Hall Museum intern, couldn’t resist driving them to Franklin to show off the museum.

Inspired by what they saw, the couple created works of art that they donated to the museum. The paintings were unveiled during a reception Friday evening for the museum’s supporters and donators. “My brother brought me by in August, and we came back in November,” Boyd-Martinez said. “We met with Linda Knoll, who talked about how it would be a great thing to share stories. She shared her play about the Amazon Army, union leader Alexander Howat and how things evolved and changed.”

Her husband said that, in the beginning, they weren’t sure what they were doing or where it would go.

“Then we did some research and started doing some sketches,” he said. “We had a good collaboration with Linda.”

Their paintings were inspired by images from the area’s coal mining heritage.

“Linda kind of shaped the idea behind this, and certain pictures in the museum stood out to us,” Boyd-Martinez said.

She created “Outspoken Persistence,” a set of six paintings inspired by the courageous acts of individuals such as Marie Merciez, who volunteered to supply red pepper from her independent grocery store for the women of the Amazon Army to carry during their 1921 protest march; Mary Skubitz, march organizer; and Alexander Howat, president of United Mine Workers of America District 14. She also included scenes depicting the collective lives of the miners and their families.

  • Patrick's People:
  • Couple creates art for Miners Hall Museum
  • By:
  • Nikki Patrick
  • May 12, 2013
The Morning Sun
OPSU Campus Communications

Goodwell, Okla. -- Holly Boyd and Antonio Martinez will be having their Senior Art Show on April 3 and 4 from 12:30-3 p.m. and Saturday the 5th from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Noble Center with the reception at 5pm on the campus of Oklahoma Panhandle State University. The Art Show is a collaboration of both artists displaying their past and current original work while attending OPSU. Artwork will include computer graphics, paintings, drawings, jewelry, ceramics, and sculpture.

Boyd is from Afton, Oklahoma, and is the daughter of Susan and Stephen Boyd. She will be graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts with an emphasis on Graphics and Traditional Art; along with two minors in Photography and Art History.

Martinez is from Guymon, Oklahoma, and is the son of Mayela and Silverio Martinez. He will be graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts with an emphasis on Graphics and Traditional Art.

The show will be open to the public everyone is welcome.
  • Boyd and Martinez Team Up for Senior Art Show:
  • By:
  • Holly Boyd and Antonio Martinez
  • April 2, 2008
OPSU Campus Communications
OPSU Campus Communications

Goodwell, Okla. — Oklahoma Panhandle State University will be hosting a memorial unveiling on Memorial Day, May 28, 2007, at noon. Veterans, family, and friends are cordially invited to attend the ceremony as the Mural Painting Class reveals their mural, “Sacrifice at Home and Abroad,” that will be mounted and displayed on the north face east of the main entrance of the Marvin E. McKee Library on the campus of OPSU.

The mural depicts the losses that are suffered not only by those men and women that laid their lives on the line for America, but also the losses of those that were left behind to keep up the line of duty on the home front during World War II. The mural will be dedicated as a memorial to all of those who attended OPSU that gave up so much either on the battlefield or at home. It will stand as a long-term reminder that we, as Americans, have given up so much to enjoy the right of freedom.

“Sacrifice at Home and Abroad” culminates the work of OPSU students Hector Cobos, Emanuel DeHerrera, Marcus Mallard, and Antonio Martinez along with their instructor Brent Shoulders. The class began working on the project during the spring semester of 2006, and the class has kept at the project for over a year and a half.

The Mural Painting Class would like to thank the following for their support during this long and arduous process: Dr. David Bryant, OPSU President; the Panhandle Association of Alumni and Friends; the Panhandle State Foundation; Guymon Chapter of the American Legion; OPSU Student Senate, OPSU Physical Plant; and Bob Scott.

The Mural Painting Class and OPSU invite the public to help celebrate and commemorate this memorial unveiling at noon on Memorial Day, May 28, 2007, at McKee Library.
  • Memorial to be Unveiled
    at OPSU
  • By:
  • Marcus Mallard
  • May 22, 2007
OPSU Campus Communications
OPSU Campus Communications

Goodwell, Okla. — Students enrolled in Oklahoma Panhandle State University’s “Problems in Mural Painting” course have planned a new World War II memorial project to accentuate the existing memorial located on the northeast corner of the Marvin E. McKee Library. Entitled “Sacrifices at Home and Abroad,” the mural will detail the story of a farming family suffering through the travesty of war. The class introduces a new experience to OPSU because it is the first time students have collaborated to establish a permanent monument on campus.

The class began last spring, and the students and instructor planned to complete the mural in one semester, but due to the complexity of the project, the class was extended into the fall semester. Instructor Brent Shoulders and classmates Hector Cobos, Emanuel DeHerrera, Marcus Mallard, and Antonio Martinez will create the mural on three aluminum panels, each over ten feet high. Two of the panels are five feet wide and the middle panel is over ten feet wide. The panels will be riveted to an iron frame that will be secured to the northeast corner of the library.

The mural has been made possible through generous donations from the Guymon American Legion, the OPSU Alumni Association, the OPSU Student Senate, and President David Bryant.
  • World War II Memorial Planned
  • By:
  • Marcus Mallard
  • September 7, 2006