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Marti Christman, director of The Art Center in Dumas hangs an oil painting by Dallas Mayer in preparation for a joint exhibition by Mayer and fellow southwest artist Virgie Long that kicks off Sunday at The Art Center.  The show is being called “Home on the Range” and will feature a variety of “ranch-themed” paintings.

Painters Dallas Mayer and Virgie Long have spent their lives connected to ranches — Mayer in Oklahoma and Long in both Colorado and Texas.  The two southwestern artists have been depicting the animals, people, and landscapes of the ranching world in their art for decades.  Beginning Sunday, they will be exhibiting 80 paintings in The Art Center in Dumas in a joint exhibition entitled “Home on the Range.”

According to Long, the artists hatched the idea for a joint exhibition in Dumas a while back as they both were exhibiting works in a group show for an event celebrating the western heritage of Clarendon.  The two are no strangers to Dumas, having taken part in numerous exhibitions in The Art Center over the years.  Since they both love to paint similar subjects, the idea of a joint exhibition seemed natural.  “We both paint animals and that sort of ranching landscape.”  The title of the show seemed the obvious choice.

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