The Artist of the Month tradition at El Progreso Memorial Library has been long standing. And while there is never a shortage of artists in the area, finding someone that will direct the monthly program is difficult.
Library director Mendell Morgan said he doesn’t know if the program started in the present library location, or if it started elsewhere. Either way, he said, the program is one of a kind.
Each month, an artist’s mediums are on display. These mediums range from paintings to ceramics, and the library is able to showcase any medium. During the artist’s month, Morgan tries to encourage others to look at the artwork and to appreciate it just as much as he does.
“I’m not a member of the arts community, but I appreciate it,” Morgan said. “Uvalde has a lot of talent. The skill of the community just blows me away. The amateurs that we have featured, I couldn’t even believe that they were amateur.”
Last month’s featured artist was 17-year-old Autumn Wooten of Barksdale. She is the daughter of Marsha and Dudley Wooten.
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