In keeping with the adage “a picture is worth a thousand words,” the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services together with the Lamar State College-Orange Ron E. Lewis Library are hosting the South East Texas Heart Gallery 2008.
The Heart Gallery is an exhibit of creative portraits of older children and sibling groups living in foster care who deeply desire and need permanent adoptive homes. Using the power of photography, the Heart Gallery raises awareness of children in foster care who are waiting to be adopted.  The Heart Gallery is created by professional photographers, local businesses and volunteers who work together to create artistic portraits of displaced children for this traveling photojournalistic style art exhibit.
Heart Gallery photographs will be displayed throughout the second floor of the library during the month of February. Library hours are Monday-Thursday, 7:30 a.m.-8 p.m. and Friday, 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Created in early 2001 in Santa Fe, the Heart Gallery was a way to unite art and heart to raise awareness about these special children. Since its inception, the Heart Gallery has grown and there are now 90 galleries nationwide. 
A reception will be held Tuesday, February 12, from 5-7 p.m. on the second floor of the library. Special guests at this year’s reception include some of the Heart Gallery children along with photographers and printers who made some of the pictures possible.

For more information, contact Interim Library Director Mary McCoy at 409-882-3083.