Exhibit of Paintings by Renowned Artist Opens Sept. 9

Sept. 5, 1997

The works of the internationally renowned artist Everett Spruce will be exhibited at the Martin Museum of Art in the Hooper-Schaefer Fine Arts Center on the Baylor University campus. The exhibit opens Tuesday, Sept. 9, and runs through Oct. 11.

The elderly Spruce, who lives in Austin, was a professor of fine arts for 38 years at the University of Texas at Austin and has achieved much renown from the international art community, said Dr. Heidi Hornik, director of the Martin Museum and assistant professor of art.

"By the 1940s, Spruce had already gained national recognition," said Hornik, "but in 1993, he realized incredible international prestige."

The works at the Baylor show will feature 29 early paintings and drawings that Spruce composed between 1930-1960. Working with oil on canvas or panel, Spruce chose subject matters that range from figures of animals and humans to abstracts. Many are of Texas scenes. All the paintings in the show are owned by private collectors in Austin.

"The paintings are very strong on expressionistic color," said Hornik. "This show is very appealing, and people can relate to and understand these paintings."

Recently, Spruce's paintings were exhibited at the McNay Museum in San Antonio and Laguna Gloria in Austin.

An opening reception for the exhibit is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 9, in the Martin Museum. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tues.-Fri., and from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday. There is no admission charge.

For more information, contact Hornik at 710-1867.

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