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Fatheree exhibit opens Thursday

DUNCAN  Jim Fatheree figures it's like this: There are so many strokes that an artist might as well use all of them, and do so as quickly as possible.

Chisholm Trail Arts Council continues its 2017 season of exhibitions at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, when it unveils "An Evening With Jim Fatheree" at the council's gallery at 810 W. Walnut.

While Fatheree is the featured artist, there will also be displays of the works of two area artists, Duncan resident Clay Cole and Lawton's Charles Owens.

A fourth-generation Texan, and proud of it, "Fritz" Fatheree's style has been called a blend of contemporary realism and abstract.

"Jim is a believer that every stroke counts some way, some how," CTAC Executive Director Darcy Reeves said. "Jim is a fast painter; he's not meticulous and he's not afraid of color."

There are 50 original art works in Fatheree's exhibit, many of which gravitate toward native cultures and Southwest themes. He currently has works in two Texas art galleries and a piece on display in the Paseo District in Oklahoma City. Many of his paintings hang in private homes.

"He uses a tremendous amount of mixed media to create his art, and he includes the frame itself as part of the completed piece," Reeves noted.

"Jim believes art is for everyone if they are willing to use their imagination."

For the exhibition opening, Fatheree has donated 10 signed and numbered prints of his feature piece, "Serengeti," which are available to the first 10 CTAC members requesting the painting.

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