The Mineola League of the Arts became a regional hub last week for artists from across East Texas. Young and old, novices and professionals brought their creations to the spacious MLOTA building as a steady stream of visitors strolled the hallways and galleries to take in MLOTA’s annual Fine Art Show.
The show displayed the work of 95 artists who combined to submit 305 entries, the most in recent memory, according to Sherry Spencer, art show co-chair and coordinator of the Painters Guild. Some show patrons left with one-of-a-kind treasures and a number of the artists left with ribbons and prizes. This year’s fine arts show judge was accomplished Texas artist Lee Meriwether.
The show was a way for artists to put their work before an audience as well as a vehicle to raise funds for MLOTA and its Painters Guild. MLOTA will keep 20% of proceeds from the sale of art, according to Spencer.
MLOTA was established in 1988 and is housed at the former Central Elementary School at 200 W. Blair St. in Mineola. Along with the Painters Guild, MLOTA is home to guilds representing fiber arts, quilting, sculpting, line dance and photography. MLOTA boasts a membership of 230 people.