Local artist receives inauguralNewgate award named for him
By Special to the News-Journal
June 25, 2016 at 10:57 p.m.
Longview artist Anup Bhandari was honored Wednesday with the inaugural Anup Bhandari Award for Exceptional Kindness and Dedication to the Newgate Community.
"Anup embodies kindness and compassion, and anyone who has the pleasure of knowing him would say the same," said Kristi Bogle-Sherman, executive director of Newgate Mission.
"He has made a true impact on our people through his leadership of the Healing Art Project over the past several years, and he is now an integral part of the fabric of the Newgate community. We could not be happier to present this award to Anup as a small token of our sincere thanks to him."
Bhandari was given the award during Newgate's Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon.
"I feel honored. Newgate is always in my heart," Bhandari said.
Bhandari started the Healing Art Project several years ago at Newgate as a way to teach people who are homeless or struggling. Bhandari said in 2011 that he has seen firsthand how art can heal the soul, which is why he wanted to bring the class to Newgate.
The work of Newgate Mission artists has been on display during previous ArtWalk events and will be again during the upcoming ArtWalk, set 5 to 8 p.m. July 7. Their work will be available to view or purchase at Longview Museum of Fine Arts during the event. All proceeds are split between Newgate Mission and the artists.