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Tom Lea Elementary Celebrates Namesake with Art Contest

Tom Lea is world-renown El Paso artist, novelist and historian whose work still graces the walls of federal buildings and art museums. But to students at the school that bears his name, Tom Lea can often times just be a name on marquee.

That’s why, during the local celebration of October as Tom Lea Month, the Tom Lea Elementary School PTA decided to host an art competition that honors the artist’s legacy.

“It’s important for the students to know who Tom Lea was and what his background was, so they can be proud of their school,” PTA co-vice president Lorraine Armengol said.

The competition, which was open to the whole school, focused on the theme “Lea’s Bulls at the Pumpkin Patch.”

Winners will be announced next Thursday and will receive an art kit to continue cultivating their creative endeavors.

“The bull is not only our mascot, but bulls are so indicative of Tom Lea because of the novel ‘The Brave Bulls,’ which he wrote and illustrated,” Armengol said.

Art teacher Yuvia Rodriguez had the students focus on use of color in their creations. Some students used a bull template to create their artwork, while other students made their drawings from scratch.

“I have been teaching them about warm colors since it’s fall, so they used a lot of red, orange and yellow,” Rodriguez said.

The art competition goes hand-in-hand with the annual celebration in October, which has been designated Tom Lea Month for more than 10 years. The month-long festivities included art exhibits, walking tours and other educational events.

Adair Margo, the First Lady of El Paso and a local expert on Tom Lea, wrote a column in the El Paso Times outlining the importance of the artist for our community.

“As the president and founder of the Tom Lea Institute and someone who had the pleasure of getting to know Tom, I am delighted to see our community carry on his tradition of celebrating our heritage,” she wrote. “Tom captured the many traditions that came together to form our unique border region.”

Author: Alicia Chumley | Photos by Leonel Monroy/EPISD

Tom Lea Month Lecture on Landscapes and Preservation Set for Saturday

Through his artwork and writing, El Paso’s native son, Tom Lea created a timeless vision of Texas that lives on today.

In celebration of Tom Lea Month Shannon Harris, Program Director for Texan by Nature, will present a lecture on the need to conserve these incredible landscapes for the generations to come and provide a brief overview of Texan by Nature’s program initiatives including Conservation Wrangler, Monarch Wrangler, and the Symposia Series.

Founded by former First Lady Laura Bush, Texan by Nature is on a mission to shift the mindset that conservation is something only specialized agencies and scientists do.

Via a news release, officials with Texan by Nature said, “Everyone from home gardeners, to land owners, to CEOs, must come together to practice conservation – in big ways and small – to ensure that our natural heritage and economic vitality endure.”

Shannon Harris

Shannon is a native Texan with a background in program management and research at the Center for Sustainable Development and the School of Architecture at The University of Texas at Austin. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Geography and a Master’s Degree in Sustainable Design from UT Austin.

Following the lecture Bernie Sargent, President of the Keystone Board of Directors, will lead a tour of the Botanical Gardens.  The Keystone Heritage Park consists of an archaeological site, the El Paso Desert Botanical Gardens, the Chihuahua Desert Experience and the Kevin Von Finger Wetlands, a protected sanctuary for birds and other wildlife.

This program is made possible through sponsorships and in part by grants from the Texas Commission on the Arts and Humanities Texas, the State Affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The Tom Lea Institute is located at 201 East Main Street in El Paso  For more information about Tom Lea Month and the Institute’s programs please visit the website or call 915-533-0048.

Event:              Lecture – Landscape:  Summoning the Past through Works of Art by Shannon Harris, Program Director, Texan by Nature

Date:               Saturday, October 7, 2017

Time:               11:00 AM – 12:00 noon

Place:               The Pavilion at Keystone Heritage Park, 4200 Doniphan Drive.

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