‘Bear in the Bathtub’ is newest mural in Dayton

A new mural on a building in downtown Dayton is turning heads for its unique mural that was painted by the artist Cherry Meekins of Houston.

Downtown Dayton, specifically the Bear Plumbing business located at 106 Cook St., is the site of the city’s newest mural. 

Business owners Jimmie and Samantha Cullars wanted to do their part to enhance the town while also advertising their business. Jimmie approached Richard Smith, owner of the building, where they rent their office, and asked his thoughts about having a mural painted on the side of the building. 

Rich quickly agreed and Jimmie began searching for the muralist who would be enthusiastic about the project. He found the ideal artist in Miss Cherry Meekins of Houston.  They “met” through Facebook and he said he knew immediately she was the one for the job. 

Inspired by her artistic mother, Dorothea Simon, Cherry began her art in elementary school.  By middle school, her work was displayed in the rotunda of our state capital.  She doesn’t label herself as specializing in a certain type of art – as long as she can see it, she can paint it – abstracts, portraits, landscapes, etc. 

Cherry worked collaboratively on the impressive Juneteenth mural that is painted in the Strand area of Galveston and also painted in downtown Minneapolis on a multi-cultural mural. She decided to really focus on her art in 2020 during the pandemic and we are the lucky recipients of her considerable talent and will enjoy her painting for years to come. 

The Bear Plumbing business opened its doors on Sept. 4, 2019, but Jimmie has been in the business since 1994. 

“We do everything – from propane work, water, gas, sewer, remodeling, new building, commercial, agricultural, residential – and we stay very busy,” said Cullars. 

When he’s not working, he loves to go fishing and has his commercial fishing license.  On the mural, the bear in the bathtub is wearing a necklace with a hook pendant that represents his hobby.  This bear-in-the-bathtub mural scene is one that will make you smile, and as Jimmie says, “That’s what it’s all about!”   

For more information on the artist, go online to https://www.meekcherryartistry.com/

Cherry Meekins of Houston (right) was recently commissioned to paint a mural on the Bear Plumbing business at 106 Cook St., Dayton. Pictured with her are the owners of the business – Jimmie and Samantha Cullars.
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Before creating Bluebonnet News in 2018, Vanesa Brashier was a community editor for the Houston Chronicle/Houston Community Newspapers. During part of her 12 years at the newspapers, she was assigned as the digital editor and managing editor for the Humble Observer, Kingwood Observer, East Montgomery County Observer and the Lake Houston Observer, and the editor of the Dayton News, Cleveland Advocate and Eastex Advocate. Over the years, she has earned more than two dozen writing awards, including Journalist of the Year.

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