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Forty different artists, from 13 different cities across Oklahoma and Texas, will have their art on display and for sale at the CTAC Art Gallery as they host their 3rd Annual Holiday Art Show and Sale.

The opening night reception for this exhibit is 5:30-7:30 p.m. Nov. 19.

Artists all across the state were invited to participate in this show with hopes of taking home prize money. Back in August, CTAC put out a call for artists with all levels of experience.

“We are really looking forward to a great show,” said Darcy Reeves, executive director. “Each year, we reach new artists across the state. It is such a rewarding experience to meet new people each year and create new friendships. This year’s artists are from Norman, Lawton, Yukon, Oklahoma City, Indiahoma and Midwest City. And of course, our local surrounding areas – Duncan, Marlow, Comanche, Walters and Waurika are represented. We even have two artists representing Wichita Falls and Austin, Texas.”

The gallery has provided many opportunities for artists to show their work over the past five years. The gallery provides a wonderful experience for many artists to highlight their talents and passions in a community like Duncan.

“It is our belief that the gallery is here to provide an experience for all artists, including many who may never have shown before in a professional setting,” Reeves said. “It helps them break the ice, build their confidence, and maybe get over a fear of having their artwork on display for the public. That belief is the backbone of our mission to ‘inspire and promote the arts.’”

The Holiday Art Show has three categories that artists could submit artwork under: fine art, photography and three dimensional. Prizes totaling $1,825 will be awarded to these categories including Best of Show.

The judge this year is B.C. Gilbert from Wichita Falls, Texas.

Gilbert received a BFA in painting in 1997 from Cameron University in Lawton, Oklahoma and an MFA in painting and sculpture in 2001 from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas. Active in the art scene, Gilbert taught Art I-IV at a secondary level for ten years for the Wichita Falls Independent School District and currently teaches welding technology.

He is also a mixed media painter and printmaker, regularly exhibiting his work in solo, juried and group exhibitions as well as putting together the occasional public art proposal or curating a show when asked.

The Holiday Art Show will take place from Nov. 19 – Dec. 17 and is free to attend and open to the public. The gallery is located at 810 W. Walnut. For more information, call the CTAC office at 580-252-4160 or visit their website at www.chisholmtrailarts.com

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