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  • PATRICK'S PEOPLE: Rosa Evans-Lombe organized, produced art exchange

  • Artwork by two second grade classes at Townley Elementary School, Irving, Texas, has transformed the Pittsburg Public Library meeting room into a winter wonderland.



    The person responsible for this is Rosa Evans-Lombe, 7, who dreamed up and organized an art exchange with the school.

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  • Artwork by two second grade classes at Townley Elementary School, Irving, Texas, has transformed the Pittsburg Public Library meeting room into a winter wonderland.
    The person responsible for this is Rosa Evans-Lombe, 7, who dreamed up and organized an art exchange with the school.
    Fifteen of her drawings and illustrations  have been sent to the Texas school and the exhibit there will be set up soon.
    “My mom is an artist, and I’m a mini artist,” Rosa said. “I wanted to do a project and that was the first thing that popped into my head.”
    Her aunt, Mindi Rice, teaches at Townley Elementary School, so she coordinated arrangements for Rosa at the Texas end of the exchange.
    “I gave artwork to them, and they gave artwork to me,” Rosa said. “I don’t go to public school so I didn’t have a school to put their artwork.”
    Home-schooled by her mother, Marianne Evans-Lombe, the young artist does go to the Pittsburg Public Library.
    “I go every single week,” she said. “I go for storytime. So I took the artwork to the library.”
    Library staff  members were happy to cooperate, and the Townley art will be on display through the end of the year.
    “I’m just so proud of Rosa for carrying through with all this,” the artist’s mother said. “She did the project from start to finish.  She’s had a good response to it, too. People have said that the artwork makes them happy.”
    The youngster has her own art studio in her bedroom.
    “Other than LEGOS and sleeping and playing outside, art is 90 percent of my day,” Rosa said. “I draw whatever comes into my mind. I’ll be sitting there with a pencil and go ‘oh’ and draw it.”
    She also loves music, especially country and pop.
    “Taylor Swift is probably my favorite  artist,” Rosa said. “I  have about every single album she’s made.”
    The walls of her room are covered with drawings, many by her and others by her friends.
    “Rosa encourages her friends to be creative when they’re over here,” Evans-Lombe said.
    Rosa points out her favorite picture, which includes hearts and a check.
    “I made that when I was 5 for the Joplin tornado,” she said.
    Her mother originated “I Love Jose,” an art project in honor of Jose Olimpo Alvarez, one of those who died in the Joplin.
    Evans-Lombe has also done performance pieces at the Festival Ojo al Sancocho in Bogota, Colombia, and other sites in that country, and took her family along.
    “Rosa made friends with all the other little kids,” her mother said. “She doesn’t speak Spanish and they didn’t speak English, but by the end of two weeks they had crafted a way to communicate that was just amazing.”
    Page 2 of 2 - Rosa said she has been to Colombia four times.
    “I got to be a big part of a festival parade there,” she said.
    She has also been in Texas to visit her aunt Mindi Rice and in Colorado to visit another aunt. The family will be spending the holidays in Colorado, and the talented young artist is, like most others her age, counting the days until Christmas.
    “This is a girl with not one but two Advent calendars,” Evans-Lombe said.
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