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May 20, 2016

Contact: Jennie Buchanan
Museum of the Western Prairie, Oklahoma Historical Society
Office: 580-482-1044

Altus Museum to Host Art Exhibition

ALTUS, Okla. — On Thursday, June 16, at 7 p.m., the Western Trail Historical Society will host the opening of “The Stories They Could Tell: The Landscapes and Vernacular Architecture of Southwest Oklahoma” at the Museum of the Western Prairie in Altus. This interpretive art exhibition explores the landscapes of southwest Oklahoma and the vernacular structures nestled into them that have inspired the work of Altus artist Brian Nichols.

The program is free, open to the public and will inform visitors about early day life in southwest Oklahoma through history, geography, art and architecture. The program and art exhibition will connect visitors to the places that residents of southwest Oklahoma call home. An informational catalog will help visitors focus on the landscapes that trademark southwest Oklahoma as well as the unique personalities of the common, ordinary structures that dot the rural countryside as captured in the paintings.

“The Stories They Could Tell” will be on exhibit in the First Gallery of the Museum of the Western Prairie from June 16 through August 15. Please call 580-482-1044 or email muswestpr@okhistory.org for more information. The Museum of the Western Prairie is located at 1100 Memorial Drive in Altus.

The Museum of the Western Prairie is a division of the Oklahoma Historical Society. The mission of the Oklahoma Historical Society is to collect, preserve and share the history and culture of the state of Oklahoma and its people. Founded in 1893 by members of the Territorial Press Association, the OHS maintains 30 museums, historic sites and affiliates across the state. Through its research archives, exhibits, educational programs and publications the OHS chronicles the rich history of Oklahoma. For more information about the OHS, please visit www.okhistory.org.

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