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Local Artists 'Bridge' Past, Future in Latest Show

Local Artists 'Bridge' Past, Future in Latest Show

March 30, 2012 – In the early parts of the 20th century, a group of German art students challenged traditional ideas of art and looked for new ways to express themselves.

They named themselves “Die Brücke” or “The Bridge,” as a nod to connecting the past with the art of the future.

More than 30 local artists/professors will channel that spirit in THE ARTS gallery’s latest show “Die Brücke: Common Bond” Saturday, April 14-Thursday, May 10.

The exhibition will connect the work of famed Texas sculptor John Brough Miller and his mentor, Maija Grotell.

“A teacher’s impact is infinite,” said Rebecca Boatman, curator of the show and professor of art at Collin College. “This exhibition pays honor to John Brough Miller, who contributed so much to our success as artists. Fostered by his mentor Maija Grotell, Miller’s philosophy helped us find our own artistic voices, which we, as artists and professors, now share with another generation.”

Participating artists include Rebecca Reagan Boatman, Steven Benezue, Jackie Berry, Ken Boatman, Ariel Bowman, Karmien Bowman, Carolyn Brown, Dee Buck, Chris Cunningham, Patsy Eldridge, Mark Epstein, Maria Teresa Garcia-Pedroche, Mike Haley, Daphne Roehr Hatcher, David Hendley, Rachel Hoehn, Melodee Martin Ramirez, Susan Mollett, Mary Obodzinski, Pavlina Panova, Marty Ray, Richard Ray, Catherine Schaefer, Rebecca Schaefer, Susie Siegle, Kathie Walker-Millar, Sharon Warwick and June Whitacre.

The gallery is located at the Spring Creek Campus, 2800 E. Spring Creek Parkway, in Plano. A reception is set from 2:30-4:30 p.m., Saturday, April 14 at the gallery.

Admission to the gallery is free.

Miller spent nearly 30 years as professor of ceramics and sculpture at Texas Woman’s University. He was chair of Visual Arts and a member of the graduate school faculty. Miller died in Plano in 2010.

Gallery hours are: Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; and Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Visit or call 972.881.5873 for information about future shows.

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