Celebrate Tom Lea Month at The Plaza

At The Plaza Hotel Pioneer Park, we take immense pride in celebrating the rich tapestry of Texan and Mexican artistry here in the heart of El Paso. This October, we invite you to join us in honoring the esteemed artist Tom Lea during Tom Lea Month. As we delve into the life and work of this remarkable artist, you’ll have the opportunity to explore his profound influence on the Southwest’s vibrant spirit and the community we call home. 

Tom Lea Trail Mobile Website Launch

In collaboration with the Texas Historical Commission, we are thrilled to introduce the Tom Lea Trail mobile website. The site offers a comprehensive collection of events along the trail. This initiative provides a unique chance to discover the captivating world of Tom Lea. Gain a deeper understanding of the stories woven into his masterpieces. Mark your calendars and explore the events that intrigue you as we come together to celebrate Tom Lea’s enduring legacy.

Exploring Tom Lea’s Presence at The Plaza

At The Plaza, we proudly showcase Tom Lea’s artistic brilliance by incorporating his pieces throughout the property. Tom Lea’s 1946 publication,  “Calendar of Twelve Travelers through the Pass of the North,” serves as a testament to significant figures in Southwest history. This print offers a unique perspective on the region’s evolution through Tom Lea’s artistry.

A Glimpse into Tom Lea’s Life

Born on July 11, 1907, in El Paso, Texas, Tom Lea’s early years were steeped in the city’s vibrant culture. His childhood memories are filled with the sounds of trotting horses and the lively music of local bands. Tom’s journey into the world of art began under the tutelage of his art teacher, Gertrude Evans, and continued at the Art Institute of Chicago.

During his time in Chicago, Tom Lea honed his skills as a mural painter and commercial artist, gradually perfecting his craft. His experiences in Europe, where he saw the works of renowned masters, further enriched his artistic vision.

A Journey Through War and Art

The outbreak of World War II saw Tom Lea’s transition from an artist to an eye-witness reporter. As a War Artist correspondent for LIFE magazine, he traveled extensively, capturing the realities of the war through his drawings and paintings. His dedication to providing a genuine portrayal of the events he witnessed remains a testament to his commitment to art and truth.

A Multifaceted Artist and Author

After the war, Tom Lea embarked on a literary journey, penning novels like “The Brave Bulls” and “The Wonderful Country,”. Both of these titles found success in the literary world and on the big screen. In addition to his fiction, he authored and illustrated the two-volume history of The King Ranch, showcasing his versatility as an artist and storyteller.

Tom Lea’s Legacy Lives On

Tom Lea’s contributions to art, literature, and history continue to inspire and captivate audiences. His dedication to portraying the world’s beauty through his work serves as a reminder of the privilege of living in this majestic and mysterious world. And of course, his influence on El Paso, both his home and ours, cannot be overstated.

Plan Your Visit to The Plaza

As we celebrate Tom Lea Month, we invite you to plan ahead and explore the Tom Lea Trail. It is a journey that promises to enrich your understanding of this remarkable artist and the region he loved. Take advantage of our Advance Purchase special offer. Save up to 15% off when you pay in full at the time of booking.

At The Plaza, we look forward to welcoming you as we celebrate Tom Lea and the spirit of the Southwest. Join us in this exploration of art, history, and the limitless beauty of Texas and Mexico.