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New art exhibit in Longview to showcase life in the American West

Published: Jul. 13, 2021 at 2:45 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 13, 2021 at 5:52 PM CDT
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LONGVIEW, Texas (KLTV) - The Longview Museum of Fine Arts is going west, figuratively and literally. The new exhibit isn’t even entirely hung on the walls, but it’s called The American West. It gives a look at renderings of their new building, which, ironically, is located just west of their present space.

LMFA Executive Director Tiffany Jehorek eyes five paintings about to hang on the museum’s walls.

“So you’ve got the surrender from Santa Anna on the Alamo, you have the capital of Texas, You’ve got the pioneers coming in; truly the American West,” Jehorek said.

She says they were painted in the thirties by Dallas Artist Reveau Bassett for the Rice Hotel in Houston. She says there are over fifty paintings in the exhibit.

“It’s two private collections out of the Dallas Fort Worth Area,” Jehorek said.

Some of the art approaches photo realism.

“You know, a lot of times people are not into abstract art. Well, this is not abstract art,” Jehorek said.

And there are other artists as well.

“Then we have Xiang Zhang, and he is internationally known artist from China originally but lives here in the Dallas Fort Worth Area. If you don’t even like western art you’re going to love this,” Jehorek said.

And, just west of LMFA is the future LMFA, which will soon change from old bank to new museum.

“First floor will be a gallery space and museum office, and the basement will be the Artworks Creative Learning Center,” Jehorek said.

Tiffany says the present renderings may change a bit by the end of summer, and the well known drive through will be utilized.

“We want to turn that into a landscaped breezeway and use the teller windows for art displays,” Jehorek said.

There are more future plans like a gathering area on the rooftop. And speaking of future, there was one character in one of those paintings who looked a lot like he was using a cell phone during the surrender of Santa Anna. I wonder who he called?

Jehorek says they plan on being in the new building in January of 2023, and The American West display opens to the public a little sooner than that on Saturday, July 17.

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