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Paintings, photographs of Steve and Donna Miller on exhibit through Sept. 30

Paintings, photographs of Steve and Donna Miller on exhibit through Sept. 30
September 24
15:42 2023

Donna and Steve Miller of Grand Prairie have always spent a lot of time outdoors together, and the couple’s love of nature shows up in the artwork on display in their joint exhibit, “Shutters & Strokes” at the Breckenridge Fine Arts Center through Saturday, Sept. 30.

A combined 126 pieces of art — Donna’s photos and Steve’s paintings — line the walls of the BFAC in their first double exhibit since the one they had on display in 2020. No one saw that show because the COVID-19 pandemic shut down the gallery.

“A lot of what we do is just out in the outdoors, driving around, looking and exploring and adventuring and taking pictures,” Donna said, explaining what inspires both of them.

“We just enjoy driving out on the back roads across Texas,” Steve said in agreement with his wife. “You see a lot of interesting things when you just get away.”

Steve does some plein air painting (painting out in the open air), but he also takes some photos to use later when he’s painting in his studio. That sometimes leads to the two of them shooting the exact same scene — Steve for later inspiration, Donna for a photograph that might be printed and framed. “We both always have a camera,” Donna said.

The “Shutters & Strokes” exhibit will be on display in both galleries at the BFAC through Saturday, Sept. 30.

The Breckenridge Fine Arts Center is located at 207 N. Breckenridge Ave. The BFAC is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays.

For more information, call the BFAC at 254-559-6602 or visit the BFAC’s Facebook page.

Steve and Donna Miller, left, chat with Bob and Elizabeth Swindle during a reception for the “Shutters & Strokes” exhibit, which features the paintings and photographs of the Millers. (Photo by Tony Pilkington/Breckenridge Texan)

Marvin Moore, son of Abby and Vince Moore, takes a closer look at one of Steve Miller’s paintings during the artists’ reception earlier this month. (Photo by Tony Pilkington/Breckenridge Texan)

Cutline, top photo: Steve and Donna Miller’s exhibit, “Shutters and Strokes,” will be on display at the Breckenridge Fine Arts Center through Sept. 30. The artistic couple were in Breckenridge on Sept. 9 for a reception at the BFAC. (Photo by Tony Pilkington/Breckenridge Texan)



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