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Posted: Wednesday, September 17, 2014 5:07 pm

The Ellen Noël Art museum will hold its largest Community Art Day, a tradition that began nearly 10 years ago, on Saturday.

The September Community Art Day began as a celebration of the museum’s 20th anniversary, Annie Stanley, Ellen Noël Art Museum education and outreach coordinator, said.

“Everyone involved had so much fun that it became a yearly event. It’s one of the biggest community art days we host,” Stanley said.

The event will take place at the museum, located on 4909 E University Blvd, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Live artist demonstrations, art activities and visits from the University of Texas of the Permian Basin Pots and Prints, the Ector County Library and Books in the Basin will take place at the event.

Amanda Lopez with the Ellen Noël Art Museum said visitors can bring a blank, light-colored shirt to have custom printed at the event.

There will also be a raffle to win an annual affiliate membership with the Smithsonian Institution courtesy of SouthWest Bank, Lopez said.

"SouthWest Bank is excited to once again support the Smithsonian Affiliation with the Ellen Noel Art Museum of the Permian Basin,” Dewey Bryant, CEO of SouthWest Bank said in an emailed statement. “We appreciate the Ellen Noel Art Museum as well as their constant efforts to educate the Permian Basin in the Arts with the exhibits that they provide for the benefit of the Permian Basin including the Smithsonian exhibits.  We are proud to support this community organization in our great city."

The event is free and open to all ages, museum officials said. 

The morning activities from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. are designed to be come and go, Stanley said, “so people can swing by in between soccer games or birthday parties.”

Collector Carla Hanson will be giving a gallery walk at 1 p.m. of the Spirit of the Mask exhibition.

“Besides sharing our love of art, it is also an opportunity to kick off all of our new programs and events for the school year,” Stanley said. Parents will be provided information and be able to register their children in pre-school programs.

Families can also visit the new “Little Free Library,” which focuses on children’s and young adult literature, in the sensory and sculpture garden.

“This whimsical piece was especially designed for our museum by Kansas City Artist Dave Eames of Fossil Forge Design Studio,” Stanley said. Funding was provided by the Junior League of Odessa. Stanley said the museum is currently accepting donations of children’s and young adult books.

“We feel the art community in Odessa is very healthy and growing,” Stanley said, noting there has been an increase of families visiting the museum.

Several local artists volunteer their time to the museum, Stanley said, including Saturday’s event.

This fall, there are over 4,000 third and fourth grade Ector County Independent School District students who will visit the museum as part of the Fine Arts Connection tours.

“Many of those kids will bring their families back to give them a tour of what they’ve experienced on their school trip,” Stanley said.

The next Community Art Day will take place in November.

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