NACOGDOCHES, Texas -The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House, Stephen F. Austin State University's art gallery located in downtown Nacogdoches, will be open most days during the Christmas and New Year's break, according to John Handley, director of galleries for SFA.

Cole Art Center will be closed Wednesday through Friday, Dec. 24 through 26, and Thursday, Jan. 1. The center may close early on Wednesday, Dec. 31, if there is no traffic. Otherwise the center will be open during regular hours, which are 12:30 to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

Exhibitions now on display in Cole Art Center include "Vision & Substance: The Art of John Cobb" showing in Ledbetter Gallery and "To Spin A Yarn, Distaffs: Folk Art and Material Culture" showing in Reavley Gallery. An exhibition of student photography that also includes tintypes is displayed in the Reception Hall Gallery. Each of these exhibitions can be viewed through Jan. 10.

The exhibitions are sponsored in part by the SFA Friends of the Visual Arts and Nacogdoches Junior Forum. Admission is free. The Cole Art Center is located at 329 E. Main St.

Griffith Gallery in the Griffith Fine Arts Building on the SFA campus will be closed during the semester break and will reopen with an exhibition featuring the photographs of Billie Mandle showing Jan. 20 through March 14.

For additional information, call (936) 468-1131.