Brunching on art

The Sunday Brunch honoring photographer Dick Wilberforce attracted a large crowd of art lovers to the Canadian River Art Center’s fundraiser. Fans of Dick’s work could view a whole wall of his nature photography. Dick has more than a few decades of experience in capturing wildlife, cattle, dogs, cowboys and landscapes with his camera. He is known as an expert on the lesser prairie-chicken and the six breeds of North American quail species. If it has to do with wildlife, he’s your man.

Dallas Meyer of Hooker, Oklahoma, exhibited her western oil paintings. She has a gallery in Sunset Center in Amarillo and has become part of the art scene there. Her husband, Jim, models for her, as well as for other artists. He is the archetypal western figure and has been painted by his wife as Billy Dixon.

Illustrator Gerald Holmes of Perryton was like a kid magnet when he began drawing images of Hank the Cowdog characters on the spot. The youngsters (and young-at-heart) all gathered around to watch Gerald work his magic.

The event was a fundraiser for the Canadian River Art Center and its educational programs and gallery exhibits. Opened in 2010, the Center has become a fixture in downtown Canadian and has been a vital part of opening up opportunities for art instruction for area children, as well as adults, and showcasing the work of local and area artists.