Just after its 50th anniversary in 2008, the Longview Museum of Fine Arts began renovating its facade on Main St. in Longview. In 2011 it raised over$250,000 to begin work on renovations for its new ArtWorks: Creative Learning Center, an art space for creating and teaching, which opened in 2012 with artist, radio host, and committed Texas regionalist Andy Don Emmons as Director. He sends this update on the stirrings of artistic community in East Texas: “Yep, I am the adult education director, but also help hang exhibits, marketing, curating board, and whatever else I can do! We have a great HUGE facility here and a brand new education wing…we are also building a new vault, and lecture hall and have a great sculpture garden located in the middle of downtown ..our gallery prep Charles Arnold is going to be doing a performance/artwork session in the museum front window the whole month of March..he will be living in the front window and doing art. We have a great group of local artists that meet every Wednesday night at the Artworks (education wing) to discuss and critique each other’s work and now some collaboration is starting to happen between a couple of the artists.” He promises to send updates during what promises to be an exciting new year in East Texas!