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This necklace, by Abigail Miller, is one of a few three-dimensional pieces in the Visual Arts Society of Texas’ 25th annual Members Exhibition.
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Members’ show reflects artists’ many facets

The Denton-based Visual Arts Society of Texas has filled both the East and West galleries at the Texas Woman’s University Art Building with the work of its members.

Juror Marilyn Ivy is a painter as well as the studio and family programs coordinator for the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth. She selected paintings, pencil drawings, fiber art and photographs for the society’s 25th annual Members Exhibition.

The exhibition features a membership that can reflect on preciousness without verging into sappy sentimentality in pieces such as Roxanne Musick’s Sun Spot Sweetie, a colored pencil drawing that mimics the diffuse light and softness of watercolor. The show also reflects the craftsmanship of jewelers such as Abigail Miller, whose earthy spiral necklace cradles a stone in copper.

Lest viewers think the arts society is all business, artists such as photographer Ray Sears brings levity to the exhibit with a thoroughly modern family portrait — that is, a funny color photograph of six remote controls grouped as if it were a family feigning soft-focus happiness in a church directory (before parting ways for custom-made, digital amusement).

The exhibition is free. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, and the exhibit is on display through Aug. 7.

An opening reception will be at 5:30 p.m. Friday at the galleries, located on the first floor of the TWU Art Building, at Oakland and Texas streets.

— Lucinda Breeding

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