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Evolution – Two Teachers’ Anecdotes

March 6 – May 2, 2015

This body of work features two artists working collaboratively and independently depicting their view of self-preservation. Christina Cook and Melissa Manning use multiple medias to make visual connections with their own unique anecdotes.


Christina Tate Cook studied studio art for three years at Southern Arkansas University and received her Bachelor’s of Nursing from A&M Texarkana in 2009. She then became a certified teacher and has worked full time for the past three years at Spring Lake Park Elementary school for Texarkana Independent School District teaching Fine Art and at Wadley in the Pediatric department as needed. She is dedicated to art advocacy and is the Texas Association Regional Director for the Texas Elementary Art Meet, an event new to the region this year.

Her paintings have been featured in numerous shows in Magnolia and Texarkana. Her artworks combine mixed media with acrylic and pastel to reflect a sort of childlike whimsy.

Artist Statement:
"This series is a tribute to my passion to connect with children on an intellectual level. My collection honors a variety of folktales and fables from cultures around the world. Each piece is a visual record representing the characters or morals that encompass these talks. The stories have been deemed so important by societies that they have been traditionally passed down orally for generations. In this collection of folk visual narratives (represented in 2D and 3D forms), a deeper meaning begins to surface. My intent is to take a literary genre based on the traditions and beliefs of people that often use animal characters to symbolize or represent human qualities and characterize these themes through illustrations and sculptures. I am inspired that the telling of these stories that appear to be culturally universal, from both simple and complex societies. The implied messages in these chronicles are presented often with mythical creatures or animals given human qualities, or human embodied with animal characteristics."

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Melissa Manning received a Bachelor of Science in Education from Henderson State University in December 2009 with an emphasis on art education. She works full time as Westlawn Elementary’s Fine Arts teacher for Texarkana Independent School District. With a strong commitment to art education and advocacy for area art teachers, Melissa holds two positions for the Texas Art Education Association, Region 8 Director for High School Visual Arts and Scholastic Event, and Region 8 Regional Representative. She is committed to providing creative opportunities for area students as well as quality professional development for teachers.

Melissa’s work is diverse showing all areas 2D and 3D art that she teaches in her classroom. She uses mixed and experimental media to add layers of meaning to her work. For the past three years her work was accepted into TRAHC’s Annual Juried Exhibit.

Artist Statement:
"The work depicts my views on the construction and deconstruction of human character by manipulating useful materials and found objects. Life’s everyday struggles imprint themselves into our beings, and leave lessons to be studied.

Throughout my work with students, I have witnessed the struggle of life in and out of the school system. This series embodies the lessons learned from these struggles and the beauty that can be found from their mistakes. Rope, fibers and knots are a continued motif in this body of work, symbolizing the constraint of challenges and the determination to undo them. While creating, it was important for me to have my hands in different media and experiment with the limitations as to which I could push them.

I challenge the viewer to identify and connect a struggle they have experienced, with a piece of this show. For the show is not for me, but the many wonderfully brave students I have seen prevail over their struggles."


Opening Reception
Friday, March 6, 2015

6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Cabe Hall, Regional Arts Center
321 4th Street, Texarkana, TX 75501


Join us for the opening reception of our newest exhibit, "Evolution: Two Teacher's Anecdotes" Friday, March 6 from 5:30 pm to 8 pm at the Regional Arts Center! Refreshments will be provided and admission is free.


Come meet local teachers and artists, Christina Cook and Melissa Manning, enjoy the exhibit, and enter the auction for a chance to win an original work created by both artists. Money raised from this auction will be used to give Arts on Main scholarships to a child from Spring Lake Park Elementary and Westlawn Elementary.



Made Possible by TRAHC membership contributions.

Past events:

Date Time Location
March 6, 2015 10:00 AM Regional Arts Center FREE
March 7, 2015 10:00 AM Regional Arts Center FREE
March 10, 2015 10:00 AM Regional Arts Center FREE
March 11, 2015 10:00 AM Regional Arts Center FREE
March 12, 2015 10:00 AM Regional Arts Center FREE
March 13, 2015 10:00 AM Regional Arts Center FREE
March 14, 2015 10:00 AM Regional Arts Center FREE
March 17, 2015 10:00 AM Regional Arts Center FREE
March 18, 2015 10:00 AM Regional Arts Center FREE
March 19, 2015 10:00 AM Regional Arts Center FREE
March 20, 2015 10:00 AM Regional Arts Center FREE
March 21, 2015 10:00 AM Regional Arts Center FREE
March 24, 2015 10:00 AM Regional Arts Center FREE
March 25, 2015 10:00 AM Regional Arts Center FREE
March 26, 2015 10:00 AM Regional Arts Center FREE
March 27, 2015 10:00 AM Regional Arts Center FREE
March 28, 2015 10:00 AM Regional Arts Center FREE
March 31, 2015 10:00 AM Regional Arts Center FREE
April 1, 2015 10:00 AM Regional Arts Center FREE
April 2, 2015 10:00 AM Regional Arts Center FREE
April 3, 2015 10:00 AM Regional Arts Center FREE
April 4, 2015 10:00 AM Regional Arts Center FREE
April 7, 2015 10:00 AM Regional Arts Center FREE
April 8, 2015 10:00 AM Regional Arts Center FREE
April 9, 2015 10:00 AM Regional Arts Center FREE
April 10, 2015 10:00 AM Regional Arts Center FREE
April 11, 2015 10:00 AM Regional Arts Center FREE
April 14, 2015 10:00 AM Regional Arts Center FREE
April 15, 2015 10:00 AM Regional Arts Center FREE
April 16, 2015 10:00 AM Regional Arts Center FREE
April 17, 2015 10:00 AM Regional Arts Center FREE
April 18, 2015 10:00 AM Regional Arts Center FREE
April 21, 2015 10:00 AM Regional Arts Center FREE
April 22, 2015 10:00 AM Regional Arts Center FREE
April 23, 2015 10:00 AM Regional Arts Center FREE
April 24, 2015 10:00 AM Regional Arts Center FREE
April 25, 2015 10:00 AM Regional Arts Center FREE
April 28, 2015 10:00 AM Regional Arts Center FREE
April 29, 2015 10:00 AM Regional Arts Center FREE
April 30, 2015 10:00 AM Regional Arts Center FREE
May 1, 2015 10:00 AM Regional Arts Center FREE
May 2, 2015 10:00 AM Regional Arts Center FREE


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