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James Surls is a Sam Houston State University graduate from a number years ago, but will soon be returning to Huntsville, to coincide with the installation of his Time and Time Again exhibit at the Wynne Home Arts Center, opening Saturday, November 5.“It’s wonderful to have an artist of the magnitude of Mr. Surls in Huntsville,” noted Linda Pease, the City of Huntsville’s Wynne Home Coordinator. “And we are very proud to have him at the opening reception of what is a magnificent exhibit of his work.”The exhibit, which will be on display in the Brown-Wynne Gallery of the Wynne, includes small sculptures, maquettes of large works, drawings, and paintings, for a total of 28 pieces. It’s an impressive collection, one created by an artist whose reputation has grown substantially in the five decades since he departed SHSU. “As a sculptor,” noted The New York Times in 1984, “Mr. Surls puts commanding craftsmanship at the service of a vigorous imagination.”Surls’ work has appeared at The Smithsonian in Washington, DC; the Guggenheim in New York City; and the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts in Dallas. At Surls’ wish, the exhibit here is dedicated to Stephanie Smither, a long-time supporter of the arts in both Huntsville and Houston, who passed away earlier this year.The public is invited to join Surls and other guests at the opening reception for Time and Time Again, from 4-6 p.m. on Saturday, November 5, with remarks at 5 p.m. The reception is sponsored by the Friends of the Wynne.