the professional

Cen-Tex African American Chamber of Commerce members Rachel Pate (left), Laveda Brown and Traivohn Jefferson welcome Nathan Trampe's "The Professional" to the chamber's office at 1020 Elm Avenue.

It's a case of art on Elm, but not in the sense of the street fest that takes place each spring on Elm Street.

This week the Cen-Tex African American Chamber of Commerce received Nathan Trampe's painting "The Professional" at its office at 1020 Elm Street.

Trampe's large, colorful painting captures a young black man in a suit in mid-sprint and was a hit where many in Waco first saw it, in the "Waco 52" exhibit organized last May by Creative Waco.

The 6' by 7' painting was shown as part of Waco 52 in Austin at the State Capitol and at Waco's Cultivate 7twelve artspace. Then, in October, Creative Waco sponsored a GoFundMe campaign to raise $2,000 to buy the painting for the Cen-Tex African American Chamber of Commerce. Waco contributors hit that goal in less than two months.

After a time in Creative Waco's office on the second floor of Cultivate 7twelve, "The Professional" moved to its new home on Elm Avenue, an early Christmas present for the chamber.

Tribune-Herald entertainment editor