Jim Sánchez/ Conexión San Ángelo

SAN ANGELO – The San Angelo economy has benefited from the sheep industry for such a long time that it just made sense when H-E-B got ready to unveil its new art project at this afternoon’s dedication—a uniquely designed sheep statue.

Julie Bedingfield, San Antonio H-E-B, Public Affairs representative, along with other company officials, were in attendance when General Manager, Lynn Shipley, briefly spoke to its employees and other attendees.

Shipley stated that a contest to name the sheep would start today and continue through May 17th.

“The winner will win a $50 gift card,” said Shipley. 

Afterward, Conexión briefly interviewed Bedingfield, who informed us on how the sheep project came about.

 “We partnered with Angelo State University Art department which in turn asked its art students to submit a representation of what the sheep would look like,” she said.

Left-to-right: Andrea Thomas, Julie Bedingfield, H.E.B. San Antono Public Affairs and H-E-B, GM Lynn Shipley presenting a $2,500 scholarship award.

The recipient who was awarded $2,500 was Andrea Thomas, an Angelo State University student, who designed the colorful art piece. 

ASU Secondary Art Teacher major, Andrea Thomas and H.E.B. General Manager, Lynn Shipley.
The sheep is embellished with brightly colored produced grown in the Lone Star State; the art piece will be on permanent display in front of the store, located at 3301 Sherwood Way.

“Her representation was the best embodiment of what we wanted to see in the sheep,” said Bedingfield.

“The sheep project has really embodied San Angelo as you see a lot of businesses that display them.”

“San Angelo has a rich history and the sheep project embodies its history as a wool capital. As the largest retailer, we wanted to honor that history with the unveiling of this project,” she said.

Bedingfield concluded the interview, stating that the unveiling of a second sheep will coincide with the new H-E-B store opening, located at 5502 Sherwood Way. The store is expected to open later in the fall. 

H-E-B has commissioned the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts for that upcoming project. All the works of art submissions will be on display as part of the new store’s decorations.

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