Waco painter Kermit Oliver is hardly unknown.

His deeply allegorical work was included in the inaugural exhibition of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture in 2016. There was a retrospective at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston in 2005. And curator Dave Hickey selected him for SITE Santa Fe’s fourth International Biennial in 2001.

Despite this storied history, Oliver has remained peripheral to the Texas art world and is best known as the postal worker who became the first American to design a scarf for the French fashion house Hermès.

Born into a family of ranch workers in Refugio, Texas, in 1943, Oliver would go on to study at Texas Southern University in Houston. Having decided against a career in teaching, and although exhibiting with Houston galleries, he took a job with the U.S. Postal Service. In 1984, he and his family moved to Waco. He

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EASTON — Photographer Monica Hurley-Lawson has been photographing her hometown of Easton for years. Now, for the first time, locals can keep their own collection of Hurley-Lawson’s art photos of their town.

This month, 59-year-old Hurley-Lawson published her first photography book, entitled “Through the Lens: Easton, Massachusetts.” Her photos focus on Easton’s historic architecture an ample conservation land.

Hurley-Lawson first began taking photos during her time at Coyle and Cassidy High School in Taunton, which closed down last year. She said it was when she got her first Canon camera.

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After graduation, she took a photography course at Regis College before transferring to Stonehill College in Easton and, being a sports lover, photographing sporting events, as well as nature.

“I would take shots of butterflies and flowers, the typical beginner stuff,” she said.

During that time,

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