Weatherford Democrat

November 5, 2012

Doss Center’s latest exhibit offers variety of artwork

Brian Smith

WEATHERFORD — An annual exhibit at the Doss Heritage and Culture Center gives Texas artists a chance to express themselves in a variety of ways.

Expressions from the Soul, which runs through Feb. 3, is one of the most anticipated shows of the season, according to Curator Amanda Rush, because of the wide variety of pieces on display.

“It’s the one time of year, we kind of let everything go into an exhibit,” Rush said. “We had more than 300 pieces be submitted for this juried art show and we wound up choosing 100. It’s good publicity for the artists and a great way for many of them to get exposure. We have glass, acrylic, water color, textiles, all sorts of ideas.”

Several of the pieces are for sale with 30 percent of the sale going toward the center and its programs each year.

Many of the 28 Texas artists are from the area or North Texas, including members of the Weatherford Art Association. Rush said the art is broken up into two separate forums. In the main gallery is much of the Western art. Rush said there are several forms displayed, including abstract and sculpture. Much of the frontier art focuses on Native Americans and what the area must have resembled more than 150 years ago.

Vonnie Kuhn’s oil painting “Portrait of a Cowboy” is a simple rendition of the American cowboy but shows tremendous detail and is a fine representation of the area even today.

A display of how wild animals coexisted can be found in John Yeatts’ “All Alone” which depicts an adult elk leaping between three wolves eager for his hide. The piercing eyes of the wolves and desperation of the elk are brought to life in the acrylic painting.

In the smaller Cartwright Gallery, the more eclectic pieces are shown, including bronze and sculpture work. One of the more poignant pieces is a bronze art from Sharon McConnell titled “Freedom.” Rush said McConnell, who studied under local renowned artist Chuck DeHaan, used just her thumbs and toothpicks when creating the piece before casting it in bronze.

Yeatts also displayed his creative side with a woodworking piece titled “Indian Blanket” which looks like pottery at first glance. Rush said she was told the piece came from wood in Yeatts’ front yard and the piece almost didn’t make the show.

“He was here to submit his painting and began talking about this woodworking piece so I encouraged him to submit that as well,” Rush said. “It’s great to allow artists to show their range artistically.”

Yeatts’ son, John Jr., is also part of the show with his piece of woodworking “Diamond with Lid.”

The exhibit will give people a chance to see the museum and all it has to offer.

“The different types of art is what appeals to many people,” Rush said. “There is literally something here for everyone.”

For more information on the exhibit, contact Rush at 817-599-6168 or visit