Island arts community to honor artist’s life

A painting by artist Marne Law is shown. A celebration of the artist's life will take place at 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 24 at the Laguna Madre Art Gallery in Port Isabel. (Courtesy)

A celebration of artist Marne Law’s life of creativity will take place at 4 p.m. Oct. 24 at the Laguna Madre Art Gallery.

The gallery is at 405 E. Maxan St. in Port Isabel.

Marne Law had a lifelong passion for creating and teaching students.

Before relocating to Laguna Vista, Marne lived in Minnesota where she was an art teacher and an administrator.   Once in Laguna Vista, Marne continued her pursuit as an artist and educator.

Marne’s art quickly made her a well-known artist in the Rio Grande Valley. She used the opportunity to establish the Laguna Madre Art Gallery. The gallery was to not only display some of Marne’s work, but more importantly, provide gallery space to other local artists. The gallery also gave Marne a place to give painting instruction and workshops. This allowed her to continue her love of learning and instructing, while being able to expose the community to the arts.

Upon Marne’s passing, she donated many pieces of original art and prints of original art to the Laguna Madre Art Gallery. While the gallery displays Marne’s work, the vastness of her donation was large enough to be shared with the community. To honor Marne and her legacy of artistic community outreach, the Laguna Madre Art Gallery and Director Kathy Rinearson reached out to a local fine arts academy.

Ed Downs Fine Art Academy has a mission to encourage, empower and engage students to reach their highest potential while becoming lifelong learners. Marne’s love of arts and lifelong learning reflects the same mission as EDFAA.

Together, the Laguna Madre Art Gallery and Ed Downs Fine Art Academy provided over 300 of Marne’s prints the students. Each student received a work of fine art, and a brief biography of Marne. Marne’s legacy will continue to live on through her work and her impact on the local arts community.