There’s not a lot of green space in downtown Longview and not a lot of places that the community can gather. That was one of the things the museum wanted to do was make this a more usable space and put some time, energy and effort towards that.
Tiffany Nolan Jehorek, Executive Director & Curator of Exhibitions

The LMFA J.T. Smith Sculpture Garden in Pelaia Plaza

The Longview Museum of Fine Arts is proud to host an outdoor gallery experience with the creation of the J.T. Smith Sculpture Garden at the corner of Tyler and Fredonia streets.

The garden features pieces such as Slip-Slide, a welded steel sculpture created by David Deming in 1977 and works from Damian Priour, Art Wells and many others.

Water conservation renovations were made possible by the Texas Water Smart Foundation. What was once a crumbling stage area, can now accommodate weddings, concerts, special events, and so much more!

The plaza is named for attorney Ralph Pelaia, a Gregg County judge between 1888 and 1898 and also served as city of Longview tax assessor and as a justice of the peace.

Special thanks to Ralph Pelaia, Citizen’s National Bank, Ann & Russell Lowman Families, Charlotte & John Wrather, Texas Water Smart, Keep Longview Beautiful, Longview Main Street Program/100 Acres Of Heritage, and a number of anonymous donors for making this dream a reality.

To rent the sculpture garden for your next special event, call 903-753-8103.