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Artwork of Marlow resident will be exhibited

DUNCAN - When your job is to promote the arts in Stephens County, it's nice to stumble into an opportunity that fits your job description.

Just ask Darcy Reeves.

Three years ago, Reeves was the fledgling executive director of the Chisholm Trail Arts Council, who decided to make a short jaunt north of Duncan to check out some of the antiques, home decor and history-based items at Marlow Mercantile & Museum.

"I was just browsing around at Marlow Mercantile, when I happened upon an exhibit of the art of Janet Loveless," Reeves recalled. "There were a lot of her pictures hanging and I really liked her work.

"So, I took a picture of her business card, with the idea that having it might come in handy someday."

Well, "someday" has arrived.

On Thursday, Chisholm Trail Arts Council will host "An Evening with the Artists," which focuses on the work of Loveless, a Marlow resident whose paintings have made her one of the most respected artists in the Sooner State.

During the reception at the CTAC Art Gallery, 810 W. Walnut in Duncan, 30 of Loveless' oil paintings will be on display. The gathering, set for 5:30 to 8 p.m., is the kickoff to the council's 2017 arts season, which includes quarterly exhibits by artists in several mediums, as well as the second half of CTAC Live, the annual concert season.

Adding to the opening evening, special guest artists Neta Kelly and Jo Ann Manke will be present, Kelly displaying select works of her oil paintings and Manke unveiling several pieces of her pottery.

"We're really excited about the art season kickoff," Reeves said, "not only because Janet will be here, but we'll also have works from Neta and Jo Ann.

"In addition, we still have some of the work of Debbie Duggar hanging on the second floor. She was the last artist we featured during the 2016 season.

"And we'll also be promoting our next CTAC Live concert performance, which is the St. Louis Big Band. That's on Jan. 28 and it will feature dancing in Chisholm Hall at the Simmons Center."

A Maryland native, Loveless moved to Marlow in 1974 and continued to enhance her craft by attending classes and workshops by professional instructors like Leonard Wren, Jim Wilcox, Chris Morel, David Wade and Gay Faulkenbery.

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