Albany to remember late Granbury artist
A retrospective exhibition of the work of
the late Granbury artist Cynthia Brants, titled
“Beyond the Circle,” will be held Sept. 29
through Dec. 30 at the Old Jail Art Center in
was associated with the
Fort Worth Circle, a group
of artists who were active
in the mid-20th century.
As the title of this
exhibition hints, she moved
“beyond the Circle” as she
continued to work for 50
Brants was a strong painter and an innovative
printmaker who also experimented in smallscale
cast-bronze sculpture and model-making.
This exhibition will feature her painting from
the last half of the 20th century, into the 21st.
The works range from a 1946 still life, done the
year she set up her fi rst studio in her hometown
of Fort Worth after graduating from Sarah
Lawrence College, to a 2003 winter landscape
depicting her fi nal home in Granbury.
Margaret Blagg, executive director of the
museum and curator of the exhibition, said,
“Brants’ fertile intellect
produced subject matter
that runs the gamut from
mythological subjects, to
fl oral still life and landscape
represented in refracted
form, to bucolic and genre
scenes depicted in evolving
“Above all, she was
dedicated to the tenets of Cubism, a style created
by Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque a full
40 years before she began her career. Brants’
paintings give a nod to Cubism but are fully her
The Old Jail Art Center collection includes
over 2,000 works that span important periods in
Asian, European, American and pre-Columbian
The Old Jail Art Center is one of the few
accredited fi ne art museums in Texas. With
a focus on education, exhibitions and art
programs are scheduled year-round to serve an
audience of children, youth, adults and visitors
from around the globe.
The Old Jail Art Center is located on
Highway 6, two blocks east of Highway 180.
The museum is open to the public Tuesday-
Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 2 p.m. to
5 p.m. Admission is free.