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Coastal Bend students showcase Hurricane Harvey art

Posted: 5:49 AM, Aug 31, 2018
Updated: 2018-08-31 09:30:50-04

Have you noticed some new and interesting artwork when visiting La Retama Central Library recently? If you were wondering where it came from, it was created by Coastal Bend students personally affected by Hurricane Harvey.

The art has been on display since August 11th.

The art exhibit titled, “A Day of Remembrance, Hurricane Harvey” showcases the imagination and emotion of more than 150 students from Rockport, Port Aransas, Gregory-Portland, Flour Bluff, and Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.

“It tells the experience of the students, either during the evacuation, during the hurricane or the aftermath. It is their emotions being depicted in their artwork,” said La Retama Central Library Director Laura Garcia.

Many of the students either focused their artwork on the community or on their personal lives.

“It was part of an art therapy so they could express themselves on how they felt during the storm,” said Garcia.

The featured artwork includes glass, paints, sketches, photography, debris, personal testimonies and poetry.

“These are unique because it is their own personal experience on how they interpreted what they went through,” said Garcia.

Once the art exhibit comes down, it does not mean the students’ work will be forgotten.

“We will be taking all the artwork. They will become a part of our local history archives. The intent is to develop a book that will be published with all the art pieces that will be sold so that Dr. Laurie Turner, who is the one who put the exhibit together, will sell them for scholarships,” said Garcia.

The exhibit is free and will remain on display at La Retama Central Library, located at 805 Comanche Street, until Saturday, September 1. From 9:00am-6:00pm.