WBCA Unveils Commemorative Poster for 123rd Celebration

WBCA Unveils Commemorative Poster for 123rd Celebration

LAREDO, TX – The Washington’s Birthday Celebration Association (WBCA) unveiled “Tradition’s Glow” by Danny Medellin as the official 123rd Celebration’s Commemorative Poster for the upcoming 2020 festivities.  The unveiling was held at the Laredo Center for the Arts, located at 500 San Agustin Avenue, on Friday, September 20, 2019.

The WBCA Poster Unveiling has become one of the most colorful events leading up to the start of the Celebration. Since 1982, WBCA Presidents have selected local and regional artists to create original pieces to be used as the official commemorative poster.

“As someone who was born and raised in the great city of Laredo, being selected as the official poster artist of the WBCA, a celebration that has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember, is truly an honor, and I am forever grateful,” said Danny Medellin. “My goal was to invite the viewer into a night at the WBCA carnival, staring up at the sky only to witness the spectacular lights of the fireworks show, and in between it all, the portrayal of George and Martha by our fellow Laredoans is glowing amongst the stars,” he added.

José Daniel Medellin (Danny) is a local artist and educator who was born and raised in the city of Laredo. He is an AP English, Creative Writing, and art teacher at Alexander High School and currently owns Thirsty Picassos, a local art business, with his wife Paola Gómez. Danny earned a bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M International University with a major in art and a minor in English. The latter subsequently led to the beginning of his eleven year teaching career.  Medellin has taught an array of high school and middle school English and reading classes, and this current school year he was able to add high school art to his repertoire.

During his first seven years as an educator, Danny coached a variety of sports including baseball, softball, and cross-country. He credits the discipline and rigor of coaching competitive sports to his success as a teacher by incorporating similar values. Though Danny had a passion for teaching and coaching athletics, he knew there was still a void in his life.  After college, art took a back seat in his career, but it never left his heart.  Through all those years, Danny continued to practice what he loved by entering and winning art competitions, selling commissioned work, assisting with advertising designs for businesses, and creating personal pieces of artwork. And even then, something was still missing.  It wasn’t until he met his wife, Paola Gomez, with the encouragement of his parents Joe and Teresa Medellin, and with the assistance of friends Jose and Amanda Montoya that he decided to take the next step in his profession. He utilized the services of TAMIU’s Small Business Development Center and together with Paola opened what is now Thirsty Picassos, Laredo’s own paint and sip company.

Located inside Bolillo’s Cafe, Thirsty Picassos is a painting class designed to let participants relax and have fun with friends or family while creating their own personal unique artwork.  Individuals can sign up for classes on the website where different paintings are available each month, or they can plan a private event at a location of their choosing.  Danny and Paola’s business has flourished over the last four years, garnering over six thousand followers on social media, and it continues to grow.

Danny is exceptionally grateful for the opportunity given to him by the WBCA committee to be this year’s poster artist.  His passion for art is expressed in the painting, and at the same time it is a reflection of the community, which has inspired and created the artist and entrepreneur he is today.

The Official Artwork will be used to promote our city and the celebration. Postcards with the 123rd Official Poster will be available for purchase at the WBCA Office.

This event is made possible with the support of Dos Marias Kitchen, Titey’s Cake Boutique, Abner Miranda Lighting, L&F Distributors, Southern Distributing, Happy Kernels Kettle Korn and McDonald’s of Laredo.

The 123rd Celebration Commemorative Poster, “Tradition’s Glow,” as well as any other WBCA souvenirs may be purchased at the WBCA office at 1819 E. Hillside Road. The commemorative poster will also be used for the cover of the official 2020 WBCA Program Book and invitations.

Throughout the years, the Celebration has grown to be over a month long and consists of parades, dazzling pageants, fireworks, a carnival, an air show, a sizzling Jalapeño Festival and much more.  Combined, WBCA events attract nearly 500,000 residents and visitors, and contribute an estimated $14 million every year to the local economy.

The 123rd Washington’s Birthday Celebration takes place January 23 – February 29, 2020. Tickets for events may be purchased in early February at the WBCA Kiosk inside Mall Del Norte (at Macy’s Center Court).

For additional information, click on wbcalaredo.org, e-mail wbca@wbcalaredo.org, contact the WBCA office at (956) 722-0589, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, or visit 1819 E. Hillside Road in Laredo, TX.