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Texas artist Ron Cheek will be the guest artist for the Weatherford Art Association meeting at 7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 28, at the Firehouse Gallery. Ron A. Cheek is the founder and director of the Texas Academy of Figurative Art. Cheek is a contemporary realist painter whose work reflects an academic, Old Master quality combined with contemporary subject matter and content. Cheek is from Texas and began his career in architecture and holds a Bachelor of Environmental Design from Texas A&M University. Cheek also holds a Master of Arts in Biblical Counseling from Colorado Christian University. In 1997 Cheek went to Florence, Italy, to study full time at the prestigious Florence Academy of Art. In 2001 Cheek returned to Texas to paint full time. In 2007 Cheek founded the Texas Academy of Figurative Art with a handful of students who were seeking a true realist based art education.