Finding Serendipity in a Resales Shop
Fulshear resident Susan Webb dropped off her kids at school and went to a dentist appointment Thursday morning. She then decided to stop by some thrift and antique shops in Rosenberg.
Browsing various paintings and knick-knacks, she came by the Funky Monkey Resale shop. On one wall, she spotted a painting of various instruments: a violin, two guitars, a white flute, music sheets, a green book and a rose laid on the top of a piano.
Susan peered closer. She gasped. “I recognize that!” she thought to her herself. It was none other than the work of her late mom, Marinella Haygood.
“It’s her!” Susan exclaimed. “I saw her name and was like, ‘It is!’”
She checked the back of the painting. “Take Five,” it read.
“It’s actually a famous jazz song,” Susan said of the title. The song is a ‘50s jazz piece composed by Paul Desmond and originally recorded by the Dave Brubeck Quartet.
Music and art runs in her family, explained Susan. “She has a lot of paintings, she was a prolific artist,” she said of her mom. “She taught art at Lamar Consolidated High School.
“She had four sisters and five brothers. All her sisters were actually artists. Her sisters and one of her brothers got together and put on a show in Arkansas one time.
“She was part of the Visual Arts Council in Rosenberg and she entered pieces in the [Fort Bend County] fair.”
Susan’s dad, J.R. Haygood, had taught Texas history at Lamar Junior High and her three older brothers are musicians.
“[My mom] always wanted to play [an instrument], that’s why we all had to take piano or something,” she recalled.
“My brothers and I split up the paintings we wanted. They’re musicians and she had done some still life of instruments so they wanted those.”
Susan said that while she has many of her mom’s paintings, — “That’s what I’m going through a lot at my house.” — she didn’t own any musical still-lifes before Thursday.
“She did a lot of landscapes and wildlife,” Susan noted. “She was a farm girl so [there were] some of the farm where she grew up in Kentucky. Later, she moved down to Arkansas.”
After graduating with a teaching degree at Arkansas State University, her mother then moved to Rosenberg to teach art and met Susan’s father at the First Baptist Church of Rosenberg.
“They sang duets together at the church,” Susan recalled. “We’re very musical. They were both born in the late ‘20s. So ‘30s, ‘40s and ‘50s music, which I love too, were their favorites. My dad loved ‘Moon River.’”
The family grew up in a house near Sunset Park in Rosenberg and the children attended Lamar Junior High and Lamar Consolidated High School. Susan had even won the Fort Bend County Fair pageant queen title in 1978, when she was 15 years old.
Although Susan didn’t partake in music as a profession like her brothers, her parent’s love for singing stayed with her.
“We go Christmas caroling every year but that’s about it,” Susan said of her family tradition. “We take a trailer with the neighborhood kids and go stand out in front of doors. [Residents will] hear us and come out.”
Susan recalled memories of her mom “always painting. She stayed up in the middle of the night painting. She had a studio that used to be a garage. She’d sell them, she’d give them away, she’d donate them for auctions.”
Susan’s favorite pieces she described, are “one with big, pretty trees, and one of bluebonnets and a stream that has a horse going through it.”
“She had over 80 [paintings] at the house,” Susan noted. “Art teachers keep everything.”