Artist live paints rainforest-themed murals each day of the East Texas State Fair

When you walk onto the grounds of the East Texas State Fair this year, you’re bound to notice something a little different and a lot more colorful near the entrance – 10 murals of rainforest animals by Ryan ‘ARCY’ Christenson, to be exact. In fact, you may just see the artist working on them himself, as he’s set a goal to live paint a…

Caldwell Elementary Open House introduces parents to integrated arts learning during Tyler ISD open house night

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Bible Verse for 9-26

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