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Gallery Hosts Published Photo Exhibit

Texas Outback Cover - June Redford Van Cleef's book, "The Texas Outback: Ranching on the Last Frontier," shares the name of her newest exhibition at Collin County Community College District's THE ARTS gallery in February.

January 6, 2006 - The founder of the Collin County Community College District (Collin) photography department will showcase her work at THE ARTS gallery.

June Redford Van Cleef taught at the college for 17 years and some of her work will return Wednesday, Feb. 1-Friday, Feb. 10. The show is titled "The Texas Outback: Ranching on the Last Frontier." A reception is set for Thursday, Feb. 2 at 6 p.m.

The photographs are from Van Cleef's book of the same name. The work captures Van Cleef's West Texas roots and the mix of Anglo and Hispanic cultures.

Van Cleef lived in West Texas in 1995 and 2001 taking photos and documenting the ranchers and people involved in the ranching business - from the cooks to the children. Van Cleef was raised on a 96,000-acre ranch in Kent, Texas. She has been documenting Texas' rural culture since 1978.

"The work is about a way of life definitely on the wane," Van Cleef said of the exhibition. "It is about capturing the exciting way of life I lived growing up - my Texas rural roots".

June Redford Van Cleef's photography captures the dying breed of West Texas ranchers in her new gallery, "The Texas Outback: Ranching on the Last Frontier."

The exhibition totals 41 environmental portraits, landscape shots and interior photographs.

Gallery hours are Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; and Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. For more information about this exhibition and any future exhibitions, visit the gallery's website at www.collin.edu/THEARTSgallery or call 972.881.5873.

Collin County Community College District (Collin) serves more than 40,000 credit and continuing education students annually and offers more than 100 degree and certificate programs. The only public college in the county, Collin is a partner to business, government and industry, providing customized training and work force development.