Tucked away in a quiet little “Ole Town” Beaumont neighborhood is a whimsical little piece of property all its own, an island of artistic passion loaded with an eclectic array of sculptures, paintings and stained glass pieces. Who knew that “Nationally Recognized S.E. Texas Artist-David Cargill” was endeavoring to produce such a magnificent repository of his life’s work behind the those architecturally interesting gates to the entrance of his home.
As you step inside the gates, a sudden otherworldly sense of charm begins to permeate the place and you feel as though you’ve entered a foreign land, somewhere in Europe perhaps. Meandering through the various nooks and crannies of the perfectly staged vignettes, that have been so painstakingly developed over the years, one feels truly blessed to be wandering in such a magical place. Everywhere the eye catches is a secret waiting to be discovered. There were things such as a small child peaking out from behind a bush and a Jesus statue gloriously raising His exceptionally large hands to the sky with a joyous passion that can not help but permeate the soul of its admirers. This place is filled with artistic pieces of every size, shape and caliber, with no one particular theme dominating over another.
One would expect to find mainly large pieces of Bronze statues at the home, similar to his well-known commissioned pieces, such as the Mirabeau B. Lamar head in the quadrangle at Lamar University. To the pathfinders delight there is everything from marble sculptures (like those of Michelangelo) to bronze children playing in the yard with gorgeous green patinas covering their aging bodies. There is even a clay terracotta piece stretched out lazily in a small venue near the house. Also, the artist has included everything from serious pieces like the image of Jesus dying on the cross with the details of that moment piercing through this facial expressions to a large funny camel in the side-yard with Eve standing on it’s back picking the apple. During the entire outdoor adventure the viewers eyes are continually drawn towards a massive plate glass window to catch a glimpse of towering overstuffed bookshelves, just waiting to be discovered inside the artists home.
Once inside the real joy begins as this artist studio and workshop reveals its most prized possessions. A favorite of many is the tall thick tree whose entire trunk is carved with intricate detail to tell a story and was titled “The Garden of Eden.” The artist wife was an amazing painter and artist all her own. The paintings adorn nearly every wall in the home adding a whole other dimension to the experience. One feels as though they have entered a museum. The perusing of the numerous old books, including a ancient hymnal from an old Church or monastery in Spain and an 1829 “Pilgrims Progress” was a great finish to this unexpected, yet momentous occasion.