artworkExecutive Director Longview Museum of Fine Arts Renee Hawkins

Renee Hawkins, executive director, Longview Museum of Fine Arts (LMFA) was elated when she received two pieces of artwork from AT&T.

LMFA is not only home to many fine collections but also an education hub in Longview. Both young and not so young students participate in arts education at LMFA.

For example on the very day East Texas Review was interviewing Ms. Hawkins, a home school group was touring the Museum, checking out information and the opportunities that LMFA offer students.

“This is like an investigation tour and a field trip,” said Melissa Wagner spokesperson of the Christian Home Education Coop. “We are considering doing our art classes in the Museum.”

According to Hawkins, Candice Gast, AT&T northeast external affairs director has been a delight to work with.

“We appreciate AT&T and Candice for thinking of Longview Museum of Fine Arts,” said Hawkins. “We hope that they will remember us whenever they make such donations.”

“The Longview Museum of Art is a fabulous community attribute and an enduring asset to everyone in Longview,” said Gast. “Thanks to the community leadership including State Representative Simpson and others, this gift will positively impact many for now and sometime to come.”

State Representative District 7 David Simpson said patrons fund the arts and he is happy to see AT&T contribute to LMFA collection. “I thank AT&T for investing in the city and the Longview community through the Longview Museum of Fine Arts,” said Simpson.

The artwork is untitled acrylic and collage by Robin Utterback and a mixed media on paper by Jesse Amado. Amado and Utterback are Texas artists from San Antonio and Houston respectively.

By Joycelyne Fadojutimi