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Color commentary

Artists in exhibit share fearless use of bold hues

Texas Woman’s University art faculty member Corky Stuckenbruck joins painter Mark Smith in a two-artist exhibit, “A Brief History of Color,” in the Gough Gallery at the Center for the Visual Arts, 400 E. Hickory St. The exhibit runs through Feb. 25.

The exhibit is the annual gala show for the Denton-based Visual Arts Society of Texas. The exhibit opened late last month, and a reception will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the arts center. Classical guitarist Polly Maynard will perform at the reception.

Both artists include work that makes subtle use of bold color. Smith’s paintings use autumnal colors in a field of abstract, graphic composition. Stuckenbruck applies flashes of deep and intense color on her fiber pieces, which are at once delicate and fierce. Her fiber vessels are shaped to suggest the shapes of boats, coffins and cradles.

Stuckenbruck’s art is an ongoing meditation on life’s impermanence, as evidenced in pieces such as Fire, a dyed piece of parchment that looks very much like an old document burning.

Gallery hours are 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Exhibits are free, and docent tours can be arranged by calling 940-382-2787.

— Staff report