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November 7, 2013

Duncan Art Guild Fall Art Show boasts 119 entries

DUNCAN — There will be 32 artists with 119 works of art featured at this year’s Duncan Art Guild Fall Art Show.

Kicking off the event will be a reception open to the public from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Stephens County Fair & Expo Center. Art will be available for viewing from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. Entry to all three days is free.

“(The number of artists and entries) is up a little bit from last year, but those numbers are about normal,” said Janis Kirksey, with the Art Guild. “I’m always surprised of art in this area and I’m looking forward to the artists being able to display their work to the public.”

There are three categories for the show, which are people and portraits, animals and pets, and landscape and still life. First through third place will be given within each category and Best of Show will be chosen overall.

“People’s Choice will be voted on by the people who come view the art the night of the reception,” Kirksey said.

Judging the works this year will be Hollis Howard. He is a graduate of the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma and is now a professor emeritus there while also painting full time in his studio in Sterling. He also has a master’s of fine arts degree from the Institute de Allende, San Miguel de Allende, Gto., Mexico.

Howard studied at the MacDowell Colony in New Hampshire, a secluded prestigious estate for fine art and worked two years for the Bureau of Indian Affairs building art departments in the Indian schools of western Oklahoma. His watercolors of animal life landscapes, as well as portrait work, have won him much praise.

“He has been a judge for this show but it’s been many years since then,” said Kirksey.

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