Friends, family gather at art studio to remember late Beaumont muralist Kimberly Brown, creator of the ‘Be kind’ logo.

Art Studio Inc. Many people came out on a gloomy, summer Sunday afternoon to see a one-woman show at the, which could never be duplicated. Artist, Kimberly Brown, died on August 17, her sudden departure shocking friends and loved ones.

“Be kind” was Brown’s enduring logo, even if his complicated relationship with the world prevented him from being kind.

Stephen Malik, an academic at Lamar University, remembers his undergraduate days at Lamar with Brown when he edited university press articles in the old Cardinal nest — “drinking beer, eating pizza, smoking cigarettes.”

He said on Sunday, ‘We became friends. “It’s great to see everyone together, but for a terrible reason. He meant so much to so many people for so many different things.”

The art studio, 720 Franklin St., was still in its infancy when Brown arrived as a teenager, said Greg Busceme, founder of the art studio.

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“It shows all the love she had — how many people cared about her and all the people she touched,” he said, referring to the turnout in the mostly air-conditioned space at the gallery where dozens of people admired her work. And spoke in a low voice so unlike other art openings.

Artist Ines Alvidres wrote a message for people on a large “be kind” poster in Brown’s memory.

“I admired his work ethic,” Alvidres said, noting the kind of dedication it takes for a muralist to work outdoors, especially in Southeast Texas.

“I would go get her a Mexican soda or a Topo Chico so I could check on what she was doing,” Alvidres said. “Look at the size of his mural! I have so much respect for him. We need more like him for Beaumont to be great.”

Architect Rob Clarke praised the scope of Brown’s work.

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“And he influenced a lot of people in Beaumont,” he said, commenting on the crowd gathered to honor his memory.

Karen Whisenhunt Saar, a speech-language pathologist, said she enjoyed every conversation she had with Brown on a variety of topics.

“She loves this turnout,” Saar said.

Brown’s son Cameron called it an “outpouring of love.”

Jacob Willis, a banker-financier, may have had the last mural produced by Brown in his home.

“When I travel, I always take a day to paint murals, and we go through all of them and come up with a design. I’ve known her for years through art and music. I’m amazed at the creativity, the amount of love. And she has a little There was acceptance in the body,” he said.

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Barbara Wilson, who lives at 1096 Calder Ave. Ma owns and operates BAW Resale, she has a brown wall to call her own.

Styled “Believe in Beaumont” with the “409” inside the Texas outline, Wilson said the world still needs Brown’s “Be kind” logo.

“She tried to practice on her own,” Wilson said.

Writer Marilyn Tennysen recalled her friendship with Brown at the former Carlo’s restaurant on Calder Avenue. As Brown sat at the bar talking to another woman, the other woman stepped back and punched Brown—not a slap, but an actual punch that sent her Tina Fey-style glasses flying. Comedian Fey was once all the rage on Saturday Night Live and Brown loved her.

“I picked up her glasses,” said Tennyson, and they became friends.

“She was also very intelligent and had a great mind. She had a strong work ethic and took her work and assignments very seriously,” Tennysen said.

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In the days leading up to his death, both Donna Rae Kreinwelz-Wisser and Maribeth Jones commented on the frustration of trying to get along with him. They just disappeared.

On her Facebook account, Krenwelz-Wisser wrote this after her friend’s death:

“Remember to play it

in my yard

Axel with the guitar?

Your voice was touching.

We danced in the rain

around the fire.

Danced in the rain around the fire.

Danced in the rain around the fire.

Danced in the rain around the fire.”

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