El Paso’s Tom Lea Institute Launches New Website and a Gourmet Dinner

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The Tom Lea Institute launched a stunning redesign of its website, www.tomlea.com, to provide visitors, art lovers, and history buffs with enhanced access to the story and work of El Paso’s renowned artist Tom Lea. The new website is also the best place to learn about exciting events, like this month’s “Made in El Paso! A Culinary Experience.”

As founder and president of the Tom Lea Institute, Adair Margo (who is married to El Paso Mayor Dee Margo) says the institute exists, “not to make Tom famous, but to have people nourished by his work.”

And nourishment of the body and soul is precisely the goal of “Made in El Paso! A Culinary Experience,” where celebrity chefs Roland Mesnier, Armando Pomales, and Sonny Torres will serve guests an artful gourmet dinner.

The glamourous evening will include an auction benefitting both the El Paso Community College Scholarship Fund and the Tom Lea Institute.

The dinner and auction will be held on the evening of Friday, Oct. 20, at El Paso Community College, Viscount Campus, Bldg. B. Tickets are $125 ($1,000 for a table of ten). To RSVP, please call (915) 533-0048 today or email TLI@tomlea.net.

Even if you can’t attend the dinner, the redesigned website allows Lea’s work to nourish people from the comfort of their own homes, with easy-to-navigate access to his biography and art, and early notice of educational and cultural events like the “Made in El Paso” dinner event.

The website also has a store where visitors can support the Tom Lea Institute by purchasing Lea’s lithographs, published works, and gifts.

The new website has already drawn appreciation from the institute’s patrons and sponsors as an artful, accessible representation of Lea’s diverse talents and cultural impact.

8 Signal, an El Paso-based marketing organization, designed the website hand-in-hand with some of the people most passionate about Tom Lea’s work, including Adair Margo, who knew Lea personally, and the executive director of the institute, Lisa Pugh.

“We chose 8 Signal because of their concern with getting the website just right, their attention to detail. The service is the single biggest reason we would recommend them,” says Pugh.

About The Tom Lea Institute: The Tom Lea Institute provides the public with opportunities to appreciate and learn from the captivating work of the renowned muralist, conflict painter, and writer, Tom Lea. Lea, an El Paso native, created many iconic images, including WWII paintings for LIFE magazine that forever changed the way Americans think of war.