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November 8, 2013

Holiday Fine Art show opens today

DUNCAN — Oil paintings of landscapes, abstract acrylics and watercolor portraits were among the entries being checked in Thursday for the annual Duncan Art Guild’s Holiday Show, which opens today with an artist reception.

At least 119 pieces were pre-registered for the fine art show which is on display at the Stephens County Fair & Expo Center. As artists arrived with their entries, members of the Duncan Art Guild, under direction of show chairman Janice Kirksey, began hanging the pieces on the metal screens.

As art was hung, it was also rehung as more was brought in by the artists. It was all about the art of arrangement. Kirksey has plenty of experience in that. Owner of Celebration Frames and Art Gallery, she has been show chairman for years.

Guild President Flora “Flossie” Diffee greeted the artists at the registration table, making sure each piece was properly tagged. Ribbons sat in a box near Diffee that will be placed on the winning pieces before the reception opens. Art will be judged by Hollis Howard, professor emeritus with University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma in Chickasha.

All art is available for sale and the show is the Guild’s fundraiser. A portion of the sales go to the organization. Artists are allowed to set their own prices, which ranged from under $100 for some smaller pieces to even $10,000 for larger pieces.

A 30 by 24 inch oil painting of a Native American, titled “Two Hatchet” was at the higher cost end and one of the larger pieces, while other pieces, all suitable for holiday gift giving, ranged in the $225 to $400 bracket, like “Waiting for the Master’s Touch” of a violin and music still life painted by B. Joyce Hampton, or “Mountain Home” of a cowboy on a horse near a log cabin and winding river, with a grand mountain in the background. It was painted by Gloria Massey and is 14 by 18 inches.

All the artists look forward to reception night, when they get a chance to meet each other and mingle with anyone who attends the show.

Several photographs were brought for display also and as Kirksey and fellow artist Jolene Loyd-Forbes worked, they decided to give the photographs a space on the east wall of the show room. In recent years, the Guild has created separate shows for fine art and photography. It’s possible the two shows will be recombined again after this year.

The show is free and open 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday and 1-4 p.m. Sunday. Kirksey and Diffee encourage everyone to attend today’s reception and vote for the People’s Choice entry.

See Sunday’s paper for a complete list of the artists and their entries, along with the winners named.

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