As you prepare for the next portion of the holiday season, we wanted to remind you on ways your can support your etx

creative community. Now more than ever, it is important to support small and local businesses. We are going to start with our gift to you:

Apply to the Stephen Morrison Creative Fund. As you know, we raised money in the Spring to pay for our summer workshops. Because COVID took our Summer from us, we are putting those funds back into the community. We decided to name this year’s fund in Stephen Morrison’s honor.

This is an opportunity to apply for funds for creative endeavors. Stephen Morrison was a brilliant and creative mind. He was a film maker, artist, and dear friend. He cared about his community more than most, investing himself in his friends over anything else. After his passing in June of 2020, many of us found it hard to cope. We have decided to use this year’s proceeds to honor him and allow you to give back to the community.

Click here to apply and for more details.

DEADLINE: Submit by 11:59 on November 30th.

These are just a few of the hard working creatives in the area that might have the perfect gift for your loved ones:

Megan Lissner, florist and creative mind has the most incredible shop, Moss - where flowers are fair. Not only is the shop focused on bringing fair trade to East Texas, but their shop is full of local creative makers and beautiful things to bring home to your loved ones.

Justin West, owner of Brands and Threads has been a long time supporter of etx creatives (he made our logo, y'all). They have this awesome collaboration going on right now with local artists and all of their printing is done in house. Creatives employing creatives! We love it! They also have the softest t-shirts around.

Lisa Horlander is an incredible painter who also makes amazing ornaments

Fran Cooper is best known for light-hearted mixed media collages is offering one of a kind ornaments.

Maggie Leysath owns Mudlady Pottery out

of Nacogdoches. Snag your handmade ceramics before they’re gone.

The Longview Museum of Fine Arts is having a Holiday Market December 8 through 11, shopping from 11AM-3PM. Where many artists including Mandi Loomis Black

ford, also known as Jetset Barbie Art, will be selling everything you might need for your holiday gifts.

Our friends at Among the Pines have prepared a huge list of East Texas makers. Be sure to check them out.

Did you know, artists are a lot of the time super friendly. If you're wanting something custom, within your budget, or need a payment plan we are on your side. Many of us will work with you so you can get the artwork that will make your home shine. Also, we would love to issue gift cards for all of your stockings, just feel free to DM us.

If we missed someone(and we know we did), please reach out! We'd love to add you to the list.

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I woke up today and realized that the end of the school year has passed. It’s June, the official beginning of my Summer break as an art teacher. Usually, the end of the year is full of hugs, tears, and trying desperately to get my students to take home their things. I typically am consumed with cleaning messes, trying to decide if I should throw away unclaimed and unnamed art, and organizing my classroom for the next year. Today I woke up and was shocked by the idea that my students wouldn’t be back, my seniors are graduating next weekend and we have ended their high school experience uneventfully.

Teaching online was challenging. Not because it was more work, it was actually strangely relaxed and hands-off for the most part. What was challenging was knowing my kids (I’m speaking about my students here, as I always am when I refer to my kids) were missing prom, their friends, and yes, even some of their teachers. I did my best to make them feel loved, feel like they have a purpose, and make them feel connected. Even still, I saw a lot of sadness in their work.

I want to commemorate our missed months. We did not release a May event calendar because, well there were no physical events. I want to take time in this post to congratulate our friends who graduated from Graduate School, Undergraduate programs, and high school. If I miss anyone, please send me an email and I’ll do my best to share their stories.

If you are not an artist, you may not understand the significance of missing an exhibition. These students have worked for years towards theses final exhibitions. They have spent countless hours honing their craft, problem-solving, and developing their work to their highest level of skill. Missing a physical exhibition is a true loss of their moment to shine and a focused moment to verbalize their ideas which are usually left to the viewer’s interpretation of a didactic on a wall or their imagination.

Our friends at the University of Texas at Tyler graduated with their final MFA thesis exhibitions but were unable to have physical shows. Each one of these artists is incredibly talented and are some of the most skilled visual storytellers I’ve seen. UT Tyler has created an online exhibition available, links below. Please take the time to read their exhibition thesis statements to get a sense of their intentions with their work.

John Miranda

Pan Dulce in the Sauce

View the exhibition here:

Laminda Miller


View the exhibition here:

Nora Schreiber


View the exhibition here:

See videos of the installations here:

Jessica Sanders

Attach | Manipulate | Respond

View the exhibition here:


UT Tyler also had a group of excellent BFA students graduate this semester as well, were also unable to exhibit physically.

Artists exhibited: Lidia Alvidrez, Willow Lanchester, Katherine Emmel, Maggie Pierce, Grace Richardson, Payton Poole, Justin Witherspoon, Teresa Young

View full exhibition:

Some incredible artists from our high schools have graduated as well. Some of our own (Mrs. Taylor and I's) from Chapel Hill High School are featured below.

*If you are an art teacher, high school or otherwise, and you feel like your graduating students need a shout out, please feel free to share your students' work with me via email and I will update this post.

Now that Texas is lessening restrictions on gatherings and public spaces, a few places are now open with some restrictions.

Tyler Museum of Art

Now open with free admission until further notice.

Currently, they are featuring

  • 16th Annual High School Art Exhibition until June 7th

  • Lone Star Impressions II, Prints by Flatbed Press until July 5th

Please be sure to follow health protocol, available here:

Longview Museum of Fine Arts

  • East Texas Artists until June 27th

  • Sign up for their summer classes:

Longview String Quartet

Longview Arboretum and Nature center “The Roots Concert Series” is doing socially distanced outdoor concerts for your healthful enjoyment.

etx creatives

We are still planning on hosting our summer workshop series, but we have decided to follow suit and have them online. This year, the workshops will be FREE to the public, however, will have limited seating in the online class. If you are interested in teaching a workshop, the link is below. And yes, it is a paid gig! Please let us pay you to teach our community something awesome. Sign up here and stay tuned to sign up:

We are continuing our Podcast series with the help of Toginet Radio, but while we record new episodes, please check out the podcast here:

How can you give back?

Help us bridge tough times by supporting your local creatives, the actual creatives that make up our community. There has never been a better time to have a new logo designed, order a print, or even have a poet draft you a sonnet. Many of us work either in creative fields or in industries affected by this pandemic (think about how many servers also act, write, or paint). We love you and now is the time to show you love us. I've compiled a list of locals (and growing) who are in our network. Feel free to contact them. Share your love and if you're fortunate enough to be employed through this, give back to those who make our area beautiful.

Support local artists:

Buy print or commission an original work of art. Artists need your help right now more than ever.

Local creative businesses to support:

This is a running list, I've missed so many amazing people. If you have someone you'd like me to add to these lists, please send me an email. Those featured here are members of our etx creatives online community. If you haven't joined our community yet, you can find it here.

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April is here! As the weather warms up and spring flowers bloom, many East Texans are at home due to COVID-19 mandates. While not all of our fellow East Texans are ordered to “shelter in place,” etx creatives is aware of the likelihood that most will not be able to visit their favorite cultural destinations in person. Cultural hubs from art museums to theaters and concert venues have temporarily shut their doors to the public. Leaving countless creatives in East Texas without work or an opportunity to reach the public. However, some creatives have moved to a virtual presence and etx creatives encourages you to seek them out!

Do you have a favorite local band, museum or dance instructor? Seek them out online! Several local art museums and solo musicians have made their presence known virtually. Please share your findings with etx creatives on our Facebook, Instagram , or our Website so others may benefit.

Also please consider visiting Creative Capitol’s website ‘s list of national online arts events. Etx creatives hopes that resources like this will inspire you to contemplate similar opportunities in your community. What events are listed that you would like offered in East Texas? What steps do we take to ensure our local art and cultural district's presence traditionally or virtually?

Continue to check back with us each month. As we grow so will the list of events. Together we can make East Texas a fine arts district to rival any metropolitan area!

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