LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - The Angelina Arts Alliance is using the arts to bring the community together and celebrate its 15 years at the same time!
The cultural hub of the Pineywoods is marking this milestone artistically.
The sculptures hanging freely from the ceilings are pieces of art that symbolize a bigger picture.
"Mobiles are also a wonderful metaphor for the idea of community," said Kevin Reese, a collaborative artist.
Kevin Reese has come from Washington D.C. to "Mobilize the Community." He'll do so with the use of mobiles.
"It's a piece of art that moves. It's 3-dimensional, and it moves all by itself with its own personality," Reese said.
"I thought it was actually pretty fun because we don't really get to do stuff like that," said Carly Spencer, a participant.
Fifteen large sculptures will be brought to life by participants from all walks of life in Angelina County.
"All these different pieces of different shapes and sizes and colors moving gently changing colors and trying not to hit each other," Reese said.
They represent Angelina Arts Alliance's 15 years and relationships with supporters.
"They're going to be re-installed out in the community and out in these businesses," Reese said.
Reese said the unique project is the perfect way for communities to bond.
"Adults don't know how to make a mobile, and third graders don't know how to make a mobile. Everybody is in the same boat," Reese said.
One unique piece is drawn by one person, painted by the next, and balanced by someone else.
"They will look at them and say, Yes that's my piece someone else painted it, but I painted that piece too. I hope there's this sense of yes that's mine, but we all created this together," Reese said.
Reese said it's a celebration of Lufkin, and it's going to connect these businesses not only financially but artistically.
"The product is great, but it's the process. It's what these students learn today," Reese said.
The project will continue all week, and volunteers are needed. One and a half hour sessions will be held in the Angelina College Cafeteria.
The community is invited to the Big Reveal in the Temple Theater lobby at 6:30 p.m. on Friday.