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Teen artists sought for city mural

By Angela Ward award@news-journal.com
Dec. 26, 2013 at 11 p.m.


Local teens who received art supplies for Christmas are encouraged to create paintings to enter into the youth competition for the Longview Community Mural Project.

The Community Mural Project is sponsored by Moving the Lives of Kids, said Lisa Hawkins, mural coordinator. The group will choose 10 14- to 20-year-old aspiring artists to work alongside six professional artists to create a mural at Amberwood Place on Hawkins Parkway.

"It's a way to bring more art to the community and to inspire young artists," Hawkins said.

The deadline for the youth competition is 4 p.m. Jan. 7. Entries may be turned in at Barron's on Loop 281, Create Art on Gilmer Road and the Longview Museum of Fine Arts on Tyler Street.

Youth artists who want to be part of the mural project should turn in an 11-by-14-inch painting of anything they think might win. The painting must be done in watercolor or acrylic. Entrants must put their full name, mailing address, email address and phone number on the back and turn it in at the front desk of one of the three locations before the deadline.

The winners will be notified by telephone and email.

Winners must be available to work on the mural Feb. 14, Feb. 22 and March 1, with March 8 as a possible wrap up date if all sections are not completed on March 1. All of the dates are tentative based on weather conditions, she said.

"The mural will focus on the history of Longview, so the young artists will be learning more about their community at the same time that they're contributing to its beautification," Hawkins said.

The six adult artists who have committed to working on the project are: Jon Bonzor, Lynnda Mabry, Celi Bothwell-Hester, Danny Guire, Kevin Morris and Lucas Stock. Morris is from Florida, and Stock is from Pennsylvania; the other four are East Texans.

"I think it's going to be great fun and a chance for young artists to learn how to paint murals," Henderson said.

Because of the size of murals, young artists don't often have a chance to experience working on them, she said.

Lindsey Wolfson, one of the developmental associates for Amberwood Place, said she is excited about having the mural at the property.

"I think this will help the residents feel they are part of the community," Wolfson said.

For information, call Hawkins at (903) 931-2245.

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