(Temple, TX) – A scale model of a train locomotive that has been painted by local artist Lee Evans and a team of young artists, will be unveiled on Saturday, January 5th, at 10:00 AM, at the corner of 3rd Street and Central Avenue in downtown Temple. The Art Train is entitled “Next Stop: Children’s Museum”.

Lee Evans was born and raised in Pampa, Texas. She received a Bachelor’s of Arts degree from the University of Mississippi focusing in painting and sculpture, and then later received a Master’s degree in Modern and Contemporary Art from Christie’s Auction House in London. She also holds a Master’s degree in Education from American Intercontinental University, and she has worked in several museums and galleries including: the Tate Modern in London, Wolfer’s Fine Arts in London, Dallas Auction Gallery, The Denver Art Museum, David Cook Galleries of Denver, and The Washington State History Museum.

The art train that Ms. Evans will unveil is different from the other Art Trains that were recently installed as this train was created as a collective effort. Lee Evans painted this train on behalf of, and with the assistance of volunteers and children from the Temple Children’s Museum. Ms. Evans is an avid supporter of the museum and she has been involved with the museum for over a year. She had help painting the train from Valerie Fore and Susan Chandler who are also active supporters of the museum; and the handprints and flowers on the train were all done by young artists Elizabeth and Kate Evans, Emma Fore, Lydia Huffines, and Patrick and Owen Chandler.

“The Temple community supports the inclusion of public art along downtown pedestrian walkways,” said Dan Kelleher, Temple’s Main Street Manager. “…and the Temple Art Train Project is making a significant contribution of such downtown public art.”

In December of 2017, Temple was awarded an Anice Read Grant from the Texas Downtown Association in the amount of $4,000 to help fund this new art project. The Temple Art Train Project features tiny replicas of old steam engines, measuring 4’ long by 2’ wide by 3’ tall that are now being installed throughout the downtown area.

This project was made possible by the Anice Read Fund. Anice Read was the founder of the Texas Downtown Association, and theAnice Read Fund was formed in 1999 to honor her legacy and her contributions to Texas downtowns. The grants awarded from this fund are used for a wide variety of purposes including physical projects, professional development, and/or program development.

For more information about the Temple Art Train Project or the unveiling event, please contact Dan Kelleher at 254-298-5378 or emaildkelleher@templetx.gov.

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