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


Brants (1924-2006)

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

years more.

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.

Granbury artist

Cynthia Brants


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