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Longview ArtWalk offers photo contest, cemetery fundraiser

By Christina Lane
Sept. 28, 2014 at 11 p.m.


Works from an international photo competition and a fundraiser for a historic cemetery are among events planned for the annual fall ArtWalk in downtown Longview.

Downtown galleries and businesses open their doors quarterly for an evening of free art and music for the community. The next event will be 5-8 p.m. Thursday.

For ArtWalk, photographer and gallery owner Tammy Cromer-Campbell is hosting the fourth annual Holga Out of the Box Photo Competition, which received entries from throughout the U.S. and world.

Cromer-Campbell will display 31 photos in her gallery, TCC Photo Gallery, during ArtWalk; all 61 entries can be viewed online.

"The Holga camera is a plastic, medium-format, point-and-shoot camera. Some people consider it to be a toy because it's plastic, and it only costs $25. But it has a cult following of people all over the world," Cromer-Campbell said. "People like it because it has a plastic lens, so the images appear soft and somewhat out of focus. You never know what you're going to get when you shoot with a Holga."

Holga cameras, created in 1982 by T.M. Lee, are manufactured in Hong Kong, Cromer-Campbell said. Lee's vision was to inspire people in China to create lasting memories by using the affordable camera; at the time cameras were considered to be a luxury in China that few people could afford. The Holga is now considered to be a classic among photographers.

Longview Museum of Fine Arts will feature the work of Pamela Summers, a potter from Fort Worth, during ArtWalk.

"Words cannot describe the color, texture and beauty of her works," said Renee Hawkins, director of Longview Museum of Fine Arts. "She is a perfectionist who is currently installing and donating mosaic designs in the cement overpasses along the highways of Grand Prairie and Arlington."

Arc The Coffee Shop will play host to art created by students at Tatum High School, and Citizen's National Bank of Texas will feature works by Katherine Mays, Jeannie Davis, Orlando Rodriguez and Nathan Gardner.

Other participants include George Preston Antiques, The Artist's Gallery & Shannon's Beading Basket, the Judge T Smith Sculpture Garden and the Gregg County Historical Museum.

The historical museum plans to have a benefit for Greenwood Cemetery and to feature artifacts from the historic Judge Campbell House that have been found while the house is being restored.

Museum Director Raina Howerton said the museum has partnered with Lynette Goodson of Preservation Longview to show the artifacts from the Campbell House and to allow the group to have a fundraiser for Fisher Cemetery, which is on Silver Falls Road in Longview.

Meanwhile, the museum also is providing a fundraiser for Greenwood Cemetery simply by asking people to provide donations during ArtWalk. The Greenwood Cemetery board is looking to raise money to repair headstones that were broken in a vandalism case this past spring.

The historical museum has previously conducted its annual cemetery tour at Greenwood Cemetery. This year's tour will be Oct. 25 at Danville Cemetery in Kilgore, Howerton said.

"This is a way for us to say thank you to them for letting us have a cemetery tour there last year. It was so devastating," Howerton said of the vandalism at Greenwood Cemetery. "Some of the headstones were so beautiful. There is so much history there."

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