Memory Of Art Instructor Lives On In Gallery Naming, Art Show

Special to the Laredo Sun

Martha Fenstermaker

In memory of her outstanding influence on the students and community of Laredo, Martha F. Fenstermaker will be honored in a reception to officially name the Visual Arts Gallery in her honor and to unveil an art exhibit offering a retrospective of her art work on Wednesday, April 1 from 4:30-6:30 p.m.

The former art instructor and head of the Visual Arts Department, who taught various forms of visual arts for more than 30 years, incorporated her passion into humanitarian work by becoming involved  in the city’s and state’s historical and nature preservation endeavors.

Along with her two sisters, Fenstermaker devoted time and effort into showcasing the beauty of native Texas while combating those whose projects posed environmental threats.

She also joined forces with state and national entities, including the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Native Plant Society, to preserve and promote the growth of wildlife species vitally tied to Texas’ history. This includes the Texas Longhorn and juniper trees that sustain much of the bird species that make Laredo exclusive for avian aficionados.

Fenstermaker is survived by her sisters, Bebe and Sissy Fenstermaker, who collaborated with her in illustrating the masterpiece that is Texas, its sceneries, and its natural gifts. Their work, Enduring Women: A Photography and Oral History Exhibit, is treasured at the Bob Bullock State History Museum in Austin in thanks to the Texas Legacy Project.

The Visual Arts Gallery inside the Visual and Performing Arts Center at the Fort McIntosh Campus serves as an appropriate memorial for the cherished college instructor.

All students, faculty, and staff are invited to celebrate the life and achievements of Fenstermaker at this event.

For more information, please contact the Visual Arts Department at 721.5224.

CUTLINE: The lifetime achievements and contributions of retired Laredo Community College art instructor Martha F. Fenstermaker will be celebrated during a special reception to name the college’s Visual Arts Gallery in her name and to unveil a special retrospective art exhibit.  The community is invited to join the LCC family at this event on Wednesday, April 1 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. in the Visual and Performing Arts Center.

Author: Christine Rojas

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