Currently celebrating its 28th year of providing arts education and enrichment to Somervell, Bosque, Comanche, Eastland, Hamilton, Hood, Palo Pinto and Erath Counties, The Cross Timbers Fine Arts Council recently received a generous gift from sculptor Danny Parker of Graham.

CTFAC Executive Director Stacy Smith said the fine arts council’s board of directors decided it was time to renovate the image of the local gallery at 204 River North Boulevard, and a few board members suggested starting with the lobby.

Always mindful of the arts, Smith and the board agreed a sculpture of CTFAC’s logo would be a lovely addition to the lobby. A quick call to Director Janice Horak of Tarleton State University’s Dora Lee Langdon Center in Granbury, led the council to the perfect artisan. When asked who would be the best choice to create a metal sculpture of the council logo, Horak immediately recommended Parker.

“James Kimbel, who serves as vice president of the (CTFAC) board, made a call to Mr. Parker,” Smith said. “Danny immediately agreed and offered to create the piece and he did it for free. He is the sweetest man and a very talented sculptor. It was a pleasure to be able to work with him. We cannot say enough how much we appreciate his generosity.”

According to the artist’s Web site, www.dannyparkersculpture.com, Parker is a self-taught artist who uses welding skills taught to him by his brother-in-law to create metal sculptures of a variety of subjects from the realistic to the abstract.

Parker has displayed his talents at many venues and events including Brownwood’s “Stars of Texas,” Graham’s national and local art shows at “Art Splash on the Square,” and at the Shanley House in Granbury. He is a member of the Lake Granbury Art Association and is the president of the Graham Art Guild.

This year Parker, who has won numerous awards for his work, had a one-man show in February at Tarleton State University’s Dora Lee Langdon Cultural & Educational Center in Granbury.

Danny says above all, he gives credit to God for his talents and success.

Smith said the new logo is just the first step in the renovation process. Other improvements to the lobby will include a fresh coat of paint and new lighting. He also said for a non-profit organization that relies heavily on the generosity of its members, artists, and communities it serves, future donations will continue to help update the council’s image.

While the renovation is a long-term project, Smith said gallery goers can look to see continued improvements in the near future and beyond and invite everyone to stop by the gallery to get a peak at the sculpture.

While you’re in, don’t forget to get your tickets for the CTFAC Christmas Tour of Homes and Holiday Open House which will be held Dec. 7. Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 on the day of the tour. Tickets can be purchased at the gallery, Town and Country Bank, First Financial Bank or Scott’s Flowers on the Square. For other local events, visit the CTFAC Web site at crosstimbersarts.org or call the gallery at 965-6190.