DUNCAN — Even as the leaves turn brown and fall from the trees, local artists might want to think ahead to the holiday season.

The Chisholm Trail Arts Council is calling for art submissions for its 2019 Holiday Art Show and Sale. The deadline for entries is Nov. 8.

According to Darcy Reeves, executive director of the Chisholm Trail Arts Council, this is the second year the council has hosted the show in its gallery in downtown Duncan, 810 W. Walnut.

After the council absorbed the Duncan Art Guild, they decided to continue some of the guild’s programs, including the show and sale. The 2018 show featured 154 pieces entered by 53 artists.

“Last year was well attended and we had high remarks from our judge,” Reeves said.

This year’s judge is Jackie Knapp, a professor of art at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma in Chickasha since 1988. Knapp has served as coordinator of the school’s Art department since 2013. She is also director of the 3rd Floor Gallery and organizes on-campus art shows like the Montmartre Chalk Art Festival and Innovations High School Art Competition.

“It’s great knowing we have someone coming from the outside to judge, who will have an open mind to all of the art,” Reeves said.

Artists can submit works in three categories — photography, fine art and three-dimensional — for the chance to win some of $1,875 in total prizes. Cash prizes will also be awarded to Best of Show and Honorable Mention winners. The 2018 Best of Show award went to Judy Absher from Comanche for her carved gourd titled “Essence of Nature.”

This year’s show will also feature a People’s Choice Award. One dollar gets you one vote, and proceeds go to the CTAC Art Gallery.

“We hope that in time it will grow,” Reeves said, “which means prizes will grow.”

Following judging, the works will be available for sale in the gallery.

“It’s a great opportunity for artists to get out and sell their artwork,” Reeves said. “It’s also a great place to purchase your holiday gifts.”

Chisholm Trail Arts Council is a nonprofit with a mission of promoting and inspiring the arts in southwest Oklahoma. CTAC receives support through Oklahoma Arts Council, McCasland Foundation as well as support from businesses and memberships.

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