Celebrate Paint

Faith Smith, 8, and her mom, Amy, paint rabbits together at Celebrate Paint Day Saturday at the Museum of East Texas. For another photo from the event, see Page 7A.

Eight-year-old Faith Smith painted a bunny rabbit during the annual Celebrate Paint Day Saturday at the Museum of East Texas.

“I wanted to paint a bunny because I got grand champion at my Trinity County Fair in the market rabbit competition,” Smith said. “I just love rabbits.”

Smith painted rabbits with her mother, Amy.

“She loves art,” Amy said. “So we thought we’d give it a try. It’s been so much fun painting together. In fact, I thing we will go to art camp here this summer.”

The pair said they have enjoyed learning how to paint animals from artist Barbara Richert.

Richert taught children how to first use shapes to create the body of animals and then draw in the details.

Four-year-old-old Sierra Rike carefully looked at the colors in her watercolor pallet.

“I’m going to use beautiful colors to make a beautiful butterfly,” Rike said. “I’m going to use, brown, and blue, and green, and purple and hmm ... yellow, red and orange too. They are all beautiful!”

The museum had about 200 free watercolor sets to give away.

“So many children don’t have art supplies at home and may not be doing art in school,” Emily Payne, curator of education, said. “So if we can contribute in any way, we want to.”

Today from 2-4 p.m., Lilba Rakoczy will speak about her exhibit: No Man’s Land: East Texas African Americans in WWI. McDonald encouraged all to come hear about stories about African Americans from East Texas who fought in World War 1.

She will be available for questions and answers after her lecture.

“We are pleased to be able to bring this exhibit to our community and to showcase the important role the African Americans from Angelina County played in WWI,” McDonald said. “Many people from all over have come and found family members’ names on the exhibit. It’s amazing to see.”

The event is free and open to the public.

The exhibit runs through May at the museum, 503 N. Second St. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 1-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

For more information, call the museum at 639-4434.

Stephanie Stevens’ email address is stephanie.stevens@lufkindailynews.com.