The Two Teachers Anecdotes Art Exhibit  will be open for free viewing through May 2nd at Cabe Hall in Texarkana.

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 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.

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.

For more information and to see viewing time go to the TRAHC website.