Schreiner University student paints ornament to hang on Texas Legislature's tree

Zoey Cooper paints a Schreiner-themed ornament for Rep. Andy Murr's office.

Schreiner University senior Zoey Cooper was given an unexpectedly challenging task — a Christmas ornament. Now, that doesn't seem so hard, but painting on glass and for a statewide audience isn't always easy.

Cooper's task came from the top — Rep. Andrew Murr, representing the 53rd district, including Kerr County. Cooper's work will ultimately head to Austin for the Texas House of Representatives Christmas Tree. Every ornament is uniform, but each reflects unique elements from the respective districts.

Schreiner University Professor Deb Connor, Schreiner student Zoey Cooper and Rep. Andrew Murr.


For Cooper, a senior design major from San Antonio, incorporating Schreiner University's centennial year and mountain lion into the glass bulb was hard work.

"It was an honor to do," said Cooper, adding that the project was supposed to be a two-person project, but her partner couldn't commit because of their schedule. So, the task fell to Cooper, with the aid of Professor Deb Connor, who teaches art and photography.

"I really wanted to bring in the festive spirit for Schreiner," Cooper said.

Murr, for one, thought she did it beautifully.

"My experience from previous artists is that it is very difficult to paint on a curved glass surface," Murr said. "Many folks decline to do it for that very reason."

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