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Professor's paintings re-create historical photos

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If a picture is worth a thousand words, David Crismon's paintings say it all. Each one tells a story about Oklahoma's past that would have gone untold, had Crismon not brought the characters back to life and put them on display for all to see.

In his exhibit "The Light of Day," Crismon's paintings are re-created from historical photographs that have become marred and transformed with the erosion of time. The exhibit is on display until Nov. 2 in the Governor's Gallery on the second floor of the Oklahoma state Capitol, 2101 N. Lincoln.

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Crismon selected the photos to re-create while searching through archives at the Oklahoma Historical Society. In a press release, he said he wasn't sure what made him choose the photographs he did.

"Perhaps it's as simple as saying there was something intriguing about them that I was drawn to, something I wanted to recognize or remember," he said. "Something I wanted to appreciate and once again bring back to the light of day."

Crismon mirrors his appreciation for art in his professional life. He teaches art history, design history, painting and drawing at Oklahoma Christian University and the University of Central Oklahoma. His works have been displayed at 20 solo and 30 group exhibitions nationally.

The Governor's Gallery is curated by the Oklahoma Arts Council and is open to the public from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Admission is free.

For more information, call 521-2931.

"?Lauren Parajon

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