5:00 until 9:00 pm (unless otherwise noted)
Final Fridays are made possible by support from the City of Lawrence
Here’s a quick list of participating venues in alphabetical order with further details below:
- THE BOURGEOIS PIG (6 E. 9th St.)
- THE BREWHAUS (624 N 2nd Street) North Lawrence
- CIDER GALLERY (810 Pennsylvania St.) Warehouse Arts District
- THE ENCLAVE (624 N 2nd Street) North Lawrence
- ESSENTIAL GOODS (825 Massachusetts St.)
- EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL & BALSAMIC VINEGAR TASTING SHOP (937 Mass. St.)
- HANK CHARCUTERIE (1900 Massachusetts)
- HENRY’S COFFEE SHOP + BAR (11 East 8th St.)
- LAWRENCE ARTS CENTER (940 New Hampshire St.)
- THE PERCOLATOR (913 Rhode Island St.-yellow building in the alley)
- PHOENIX GALLERY (825 Massachusetts St.)
- PHOENIX UNDERGROUND (825 Massachusetts St.)
- THE PLEIADES PROJECT AT STUDIO 3D (1019 Delaware Street)
- RUFF HOUSE ART (729 Massachusetts Street)
- SEEDCO STUDIOS (720 E 9th St.)
- SEVEN EAST 7TH (7 East 7th St.)
- SIGNS OF LIFE GALLERY (722 Massachusetts St.)
- TEN THOUSAND VILLAGES (835 Massachusetts St.)
- THEATRE LAWRENCE (4660 Bauer Farm Dr.)
- WATKINS MUSEUM OF HISTORY (1047 Massachusetts Street)
- YANTRA FINANCIAL TECHNOLOGIES (840 Massachusetts Street)
Sue Ashline “The Statement is in the Show”
Sue lives and works in Lawrence, KS.
Blacklight Artist Debut – Jason Sinsley (aka – Goghtea)
Jason Sinsley is coming to Lawrence from Independence, MO to present his blacklight creations to the public for the first time.
The Brewhaus was very, very excited when Jason contacted us about a collaboration because his medium is a great fit for the diversity in artistic expression that the coffee bar wants to foster.
We hope that this “one of a kind” event will be of interest to Lawrence’s artistic community. The Final Friday flyer shows just a snippet of the work and of course it is displayed in a traditional format.
Jason will convert one of the rooms in the coffee bar into a blacklit display space, in order to get the desired lighting effect.
Jason will also have UV reactive wristlets for visitors, and he is considering setting up a creation station for items as well.
Soundshapes & Silos – Public Art Events (Three locations, see below)
6-9 p.m. “Soundshapes” Respect, Teamwork and Change – Art Exhibit & Reception at The Brewhaus (624 N 2nd Street, next to Iwig Dairy)
8-9 p.m. “Soundshapes” Artwork Projected onto the Ottawa Coop Silos with Light (301 Locust Street)
5-9 p.m. Johnny’s Tavern (401 N. 2nd Street) fundraiser for Ballard Center, 20% of food and drink sales benefit the center. Please mention the “Ballard Center” when you order!
The Brewhaus is hosting an Artist Reception and Ballard Center Fundraiser with Public Artists, Shannon & Darin White / White Art Studio, and Early Education students, giving them a voice in our community. Come greet students, Ballard staff & the public at the Brewhaus and view three “Soundshapes” artwork panels that the students created with the Artists for auction from 6-9 p.m. Light refreshments provided. The presented artwork is a culmination of three weeks of student exploration of the art, science and technology of sound with Teaching Artists, Shannon and Darin. Students practiced Respect, Teamwork and Change while they created individual and group projects, including panels, semipermanent public art at Ballard Center.
The temporary color-changing and projected artwork will be displayed on the grain silos on Locust Street next to the Train Depot and Visitors Center from 8-9 p.m.
This project is funded in part by a Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission “Integrated Arts Education Grant” and by the National Endowment of the Arts, and also made possible by the Ottawa Coop and other generous donors.
This exhibition is happening in conjunction with the Johnny’s Tavern fundraiser from 5-9 p.m. to benefit the Ballard Center and their service to the local community.
CIDER GALLERY (810 Pennsylvania St.) 5:00 to 9:00 P.M.
Redirect: Paintings by Aaron Brown
Statement: My paintings are pictorial orchestrations — views of an alternate interior universe that are sewn together from daily observations, memories, impressions of the world at large, and my imagination. They are both a prismatic lens through which I can re-view the world, and a transcription of what I encounter there.
“Redirect” refers to a symptom of internet protocol: the process of being shunted like a virtual box car to some temporary destination point. It also signifies a shift of consciousness, perhaps due to an unforeseen event. This resonates with my practice of digital intervention. Images carry associative baggage, they are timetravelers in the liminal spaces of the collective subconscious. I like to imagine that images have lives of their own. If they happen to become part of a painting, they are not reified, permanent fixtures…they are free agents. They can migrate, learn new languages, transpose themselves. They also experience the same kind of uncertainties we do, amid the tidal forces of change.
Bio: Aaron M. Brown was born in Wichita, KS. He received a BFA from the University of Kansas, MFA from Syracuse University. Awards include grants from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation and the Franz and Virginia
Bader Fund. He has participated in group and solo exhibitions internationally, in galleries and museums, including the National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC. His work has been featured in publications such as New American Paintings and Harper’s magazine, and is included in numerous private and public collections.
The Enclave is a creative incubator/factory/laboratory, with each of the resident artists at its forefront. The studio encourages a multi-disciplinary approach, that provides visitors with an introduction to the vibrant, eclectic and ever evolving cultural and art experiences that Lawrence has to offer.
Gabriel Tuxhorn, Blanca Herrada, Joel Ramirez and Marylin Hinojosa are the collaborating artists that make up The Enclave at the moment, and they open up their space, in N. Lawrence, for the Final Fridays in Lawrence enthusiasts every month.
Gabriel Tuxhorn – Artist’s Statement
Gabriel’s current work focuses on capturing the organic patterns of nature through the use of marbling techniques. Being inspired by the endless variations of paint in water, Gabriel has taken the process of marbling paper and applied the same techniques to large scale canvas paintings.
Blanca Herrada – Artist’s Biography
Blanca Herrada is a native of Emporia, Kansas. As a child she spent much of her time reading, writing, and spending time with her family. At the age of 12 she traveled and lived overseas where she was inspired to pursue art. While in high school Blanca was encouraged by her Metals teacher to pursue a career in art despite the disapproval from her parents. Blanca went on to earn her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Emporia State University with an emphasis in Painting and a minor in Art History. Blanca currently resides in Lawrence, Kansas where she continues to create work at the collaborative art studio The Enclave.
Artist’s Statement: “Ni de aquí, ni de allá,” translated into English means, “From neither here, nor there.” This is the basis of my work.
Growing up as a Chicana in Kansas lead to a profound amount of conflict to my social and cultural identity. As a child, teen, and even as an adult, I was told by Mexicans that I wasn’t Mexican enough while being simultaneously told by Americans that I was too foreign despite the fact I was born and raised in Kansas. Comments like, “You sound white,” “Your name means white….but you’re brown..?” not only impacted how I viewed myself, but how I viewed my family and my place within Mexican and American culture. I was ashamed of what I was, a Chicana. While I was in college I decided that I would no longer allow the fear of being judged by Mexicans and Americans alike contribute to who I was and how I represented myself. Artwork by Frida Kahlo and Kehinde Wiley encouraged me to embrace both my cultural backgrounds and to break down the barriers I had put up surrounding my cultural identity.
My new work focuses on how I view Chicano culture while living in Kansas. My friends, family, and self are the subjects because they are not only the subjects I know best, but because they are the subjects I love and revere. They are who I am and who I want to present to the world.
Marylin Hinojosa – Artist’s Biography
Marylin Esther Hinojosa is a multi-disciplinary artist. She was born in California but soon moved to Dodge City, a small western town in Kansas. She earned an Associate’s degree at Dodge City Community College where her focus was primarily in drawing and painting.
She was president of the Art Club at the Dodge City Community College. With her as president the Art Club took on a lot of new and exciting projects. Two community mural projects were completed to help combat graffiti in the small town. They stared a bi-annual ceramic bowl sale to help the club fund club trips to Denver, Kansas City, Santa Fe, and Albuquerque. She immersed herself in anything that involved art in her small town. She was a large part of the day of the dead community ofrenda, which is a collection of items placed on an alter for the traditional Mexican holiday of Dia de los Muertos.
Soon after she received her Associate of Arts in 2011, she moved to Lawrence, Kansas. She got into the art program at the University of Kansas. This time her focus was on sculpture and the third dimension. Through the university she went on a study abroad trip to Japan. In Japan she learned Japanese paper making in the Awagami Paper Factory. She also learned Japanese woodblock printing techniques in the MI-LAB residency. After her study abroad Marylin was a part of a large collaborate commission sculpture project for the Federal Reserve of Kansas City.
My body of work is currently in between worlds so to speak. I am bouncing back and forth between materials and subjects. To me this is a direct translation of my commuter lifestyle between Lawrence and Kansas City.
My paintings are set in an unpredictable narrative. The doors in my paintings lead to fantastical and outlandish places. I am fascinated with the idea that a door can take you into a new and unexpected place. The door is a portal to the wonderful unknown. I want to convey a sense of mystical danger with each painting and each scene. I see my paintings as a snapshot in a science fiction novel that hasn’t been written yet.
I am also a sculptor. With sculpture I like to focus on what the materials are and how they can be formed into something relative to the substance of it. The human body has a strong presences in my work. The human body is a familiar form that leads itself to be used in many ways. I like taking human figures to represent ideas about duality and identity, and letting a physical object represent a non-physical concept. I make small figurative works that deal with sex and the body.
I am interested in duality of self and how this can be manifested in a physical form. Traveling form one place to another has affected my own plane of existence.
Rosie O’Brien | Money Fabric Collage
We look forward to welcoming artist Rosie O’Brien as our Final Fridays artist at Essential Goods! Please join us at her opening reception Friday, May 27th from 5 to 9 pm to meet the artist and check out her new work.
The objects I create with fabric and paper collage are members of the same family: the consumable & easy commodities of the modern art market. My two-dimensional creations do not transgress the rules of commodity exchange because they are easily produced and sold within the parameters of the market (regardless of whether I stole the material). Still, these objects challenge the dominant economic interests of today by questioning the color, shape and size of non-art commodities like bandages or underwear. Why, for instance, does the color “nude” only seem applicable to white people? Does the market really provide for everyone?
Through collage media and mixed forms, I focus on the source of the materials as a site of reversal; Artists’ materials are simply commodities until the author takes, makes or collaborates.
Amidst a consumer culture run by the erudite onlookers who appreciate—and pay for—easy, two-dimensional pleasure objects housed in white rooms in the big city, I challenge the origin of art materials and the morality of the artist’s and viewer’s relationships with them. Through my work, I pose the question: In what ways can artists and culture-makers reverse the dominant discourse of taking, paying, and displaying art that will fit neatly into markets who neglect those without access to it?
Rosie O’Brien (b. 1994) is an organizer and culture-maker based in the American Midwest with experience in food justice activism, multimedia art, and sustainable living practices from growing up in and around Lawrence, Kansas. She recently graduated from Grinnell College (Grinnell, Iowa) with degrees in Studio Art and Political Science. Alongside various explorations in oil painting, video art and multimedia collage, Rosie is also a researcher with the Global Center for Advanced Studies, and will be moving to Slovenia until October to work on a book about political economy and love. Her other interests include Renaissance and baroque vocal music, journalism, Mandarin Chinese and jewelry design.
KATHLEEN ANDERSON is a Lawrence resident who has been painting in watercolor and oil for the past 14 years. She loves color in all its brilliance and subtleties with subject matter that includes landscapes, city scenes, seascapes, flowers and animals. She is a member of the Lawrence Art Guild, the Greater Kansas City Art Association, and the Missouri Valley Impressionist Society. Her work hangs in private and corporate collections and has been displayed in 1109 Gallery in Lawrence, SouthWind Gallery in Topeka, and Images Gallery, Buttonwood Gallery, and ARTichokes Gallery in the Kansas City area. www.kathleenhelenanderson.com, www.artkc.com/anderson_k.htm
LAURIE CULLING is a visual artist and active visual artists’ advocate, living in Lawrence. Ranging in style from realistic to abstract, her art explorations feature a variety of mediums including acrylic on canvas, mixed media on gypsum, monotypes, watercolor, pastels, hand-made paper collage, fabric and beads. Her artwork has been exhibited locally, regionally and nationally and she has received numerous awards including Lawrence’s prestigious Phoenix Award in Visual Arts (2002). Her works are in many private, public and corporate collections. Laurie is a former Lawrence Art Guild co-president and vice-president, the co-founder of the Phoenix Gallery (1982), a founding member of the F.A.N. Club (1987) and Artist for the Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center (1988). Laurie volunteered as art exhibit coordinator on behalf of the Lawrence Art Guild for the Lawrence Public Library for 20 years. She was the volunteer Assistant Director of the Lawrence Art Guild ‘s 1109 GALLERY in Downtown Lawrence. www.laurieculling.com, www.convergenceart.com, www.lawrenceartguild.org
LETA STROM BACKDOOR PHOTOS During her travels with her husband Steve, Leta Strom utilized traditional and modern photographic techniques to create canvas pieces that capture the charm and distinctiveness of various locales in Italy, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Czech Republic, and Slovakia. Her photo company, “Backdoor Photo,” takes its name from the approach that Steve and Leta chose in planning their European adventure. Rather than visiting a great many large cities, they chose to enter the countries through the ‘backdoor,’ wandering along winding cobblestone streets, becoming lost in the centuries-old charm of the villages and falling in step with the daily lives of locals. It is Leta’s hope that as you view her photos, you may become lost in the enchanting appeal of these European spots. Leta Strom has been involved in the Arts and working with young people for over twenty-five years. She taught high school drama and students with spec ial needs. Leta resides in Lawrence, Kansas with her husband, Steve, and enjoys spending time with her daughters, Lauren and Kristin.
PEGGY MOHR Though fairly new to acrylic painting, Peggy has expressed her creativity in many ways since young. Music, dance and sewing were a major part of her growing up years, yet she always wanted to paint. She transferred to KU in 1975, graduated, married and raised her children in Lawrence, KS., where she currently resides with her husband, Larry. She worked for a local water color artist for many years yet never tried painting for herself. In 2008 she divinely came across a sketch she had done of her “brother’s mind” when she was in junior high, in Southern California. This was the kick she needed to pursue art for herself. After taking various classes at the art center she made the decision to focus on painting. For her, this had been a growing process, releasing a renewed love of the arts and gratefulness to God for His faithful “nudging”. http://peggymohr.com
MADELINE TOLLEFSON began painting in watercolor in 1990, to fill the void when 4 children and 3 foster children began college or married life, and to renew an interest pursued before her marriage. She has studied continuously with Ellen Duncan (KWS, CWS, AWS) of Lecompton, Kansas. She paints weekly with the ‘Tuesday Artists”, also at Lecompton. She maintains a private home studio. Additionally, she has studied in workshops presented by Doug Walton, Tony Couch, Eric Wiegardt and Karlyn Holman, and numerous others. Goals are to glorify God and give joy with her watercolors, and to encourage others to pursue art at any age. Dreams include being a credit to her great-aunt, Fern Coppedge, who before her death in 1955 was a charter member of the ‘Philadelphia Ten’ women impressionists group. Madeline’s paintings hang in several private homes and in area businesses. www.bymadeline.com, www.artprintexpress.com/artist-Madeline-Tollefson-33.html
Artist Roy Lopez’s latest show will feature work from all the nerdy parts of his mind. Oil paintings, ink drawings, and watercolor are some of the mediums portraying characters such as Iron Man, Spiderman, TMNT, Super Mario and more. “I am constantly immersing myself in books, comics, video games, and movies, As a result most of my artwork is a reflection of those ideas and images that stick in my mind until I put them to paper.”
Roy works from his home in Lawrence, KS where he lives with his wife, Ann, son Parker, and their dog Pippen.
When not working on art he can be seen walking dogs as he is an avid animal lover and owner of his own dog walking service “Happy Paws”.
Forever Skies | New works by Geoff Benzing
This May Final Fridays, Henry’s is always delighted to present the magical work of Geoff Benzing! Geoff’s work amazes and delights us, always with a touch of the fantastical.
Please stop by the shop-meet the artist and grab a taste of our new iced chai or a whiskey cocktail!
Forever Skies | New works by Geoff Benzing
Opening: Friday, May 27th, 6-9pm
Showing all of lovely month of June 2016
Statement from the artist:
Forever Skies is a series of oil and acrylic paintings of various subjects, that are unified by the theme of a cloudy sky background. From common Kansas landscape features, to fantastical shapes suspended in air; Forever Skies demonstrates the universal mood of the great overcast sky. These paintings were done in 2015 and 2016 as an exploration into painting clouds in oil, in the end I had a collection of paintings that varied in subject with a stylistic consistency, I hope you enjoy.
Geoff Benzing was born is 1975 and resides in Lawrence Kansas where he has his home studio and gallery. Geoff studied art at Wichita State University and his major influences are Gustav Klimt, Pablo Picasso, Chuck Close, and Steven Quiller. Geoff has created multiple styles using watercolor, acrylic, and oil. Geoff’s work can be described as comical, fantastical, and clever and covers a wide range of subjects.
To see Geoff’s work visit his website at www.benzingart.com
The Lawrence Arts Center School of Dance Showcase Performances at 5:30 and 7:30PM on May 27th and 10AM, 12PM, 2PM, and 7PM on May 28th. Held each year in May, the End of Year Showcases are a crucial component of the dance curriculum and demonstrate the artistic growth of every student and class. Join the School of Dance in celebrating a successful year! Tickets are $6.
Opening reception (5-9PM) for the Lawrence Arts Center’s new exhibit, Amanda Maciuba. Impermanent Lines. This exhibit is concerned with how purposeful human actions, alongside uncontrollable factors of time and nature, alter both the current landscape and human agency within that landscape. Impermanent Lines is inspired by the landscapes, communities, development practices and environmental concerns prevalent throughout the Midwest, specifically those of Northeast Kansas. Amanda Maciuba graduated from the University at Buffalo in 2009 with a degree in Visual Studies and a concentration in Print Media. She completed an MFA in Printmaking from the University of Iowa in 2015.
Opening reception (5-9PM) for the Lawrence Arts Center’s new exhibit, Maggy Rozycki Hiltner. Vantage Point. Current events, historical disasters, idealized landscapes, and a sly sense of humor can all be found in Maggy Rozycki Hiltner’s Vantage Point. The 278 square-foot hand-stitched installation was created for Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum’s Dr. Ruth Tan Lim Project Room, and incorporates Hiltner’s cast of Dick and Jane-style characters as well as found and artist-created imagery.
Art Tougeau: In celebration of America’s fascination with all things wheeled, Lawrence holds the Art Tougeau Parade on New Hampshire Street outside the Lawrence Arts Center to honor mankind’s large creative cerebral cortex, bipedal locomotion, and opposable thumbs. The result is an all-inclusive event symbolic of humanity’s need for self-expression in the medium of all things wheeled. Art Tougeau joins forces with Lawrence Buskerfest to make an incredible event for the community. Visit Art Tougeau on Facebook for full details.
- pARTy: May 27, 5-9pm
- 5:00PM Adorkable Derek – Acrobatic Nerd 6:00PM Pogo Fred – Extreme Pogo Stunts!
- 7:00PM The Cowtown Playboys (BAND)
- 8:00PM Cate Great – Acrobatic Juggler
- 9:00PM Heavy Petty(BAND)
- Activities for children!
- Live printing!
- Food trucks and Free State Beer!
- Art Tougeau Parade: May 28, Noon
- Line up at 10am
Yarn Jungle at The Percolator
May Final Friday opens this show by Catherine Reed
Final Friday for May at Phoenix Gallery
Phoenix Gallery is excited to present renowned comic book writer Jason Aaron, mosaic artist Kelly Aaron and photographer and performer Kirk Marsh. We will also have local musician Alonzo providing music. Jazz, an authentic Cajun/Creole restaurant will be offering the tastes of New Orleans throughout the evening. Come in and enjoy an evening at the Phoenix Gallery as well as the Buskerfest in downtown Lawrence.
Jason Aaron Book Signing:
Jason Aaron was born in Alabama but currently resides in Kansas City. He has written New York Times bestselling crime series Scalped for DC/Vertigo and popular books such as Ghost Rider, Wolverine, Incredible Hulk, Punisher Max, Avengers Vs. X-MEN, Original Sin, Amazing X-MEN, Wolverine and the X-MEN and Thor God of Thunder for Marvel. Jason’s current projects include Thor and Star Wars for Marvel, Southern Bastards for Image Comics and Men of Wrath for Icon. His book, Southern Bastards has been picked up by FX and a pilot is in production at this time. His books can be found at Astro Kitty in Lawrence and the artist will have copies with him as well.
Kelly Aaron Mosaic Artist:
Kelly Aaron became interested in mosaics several years ago after meeting another artist who created art from broken dishes. After taking a class from this artist, Kelly realized mosaic was the medium for her; this is medium with no rules and endless possibilities. This, coupled with Kelly’s love of antiques, resulted in the creation of truly one-of-a-kind pieces incorporating broken dishes, buttons, beads, vintage jewelry, old tins, figurines, and anything else she could get her hands on. As her work has evolved, Kelly has explored 3D mosaic work and pushes the limits of 2D work by cutting out her own shapes. She enjoys collaborating with clients to create custom pieces of art for their homes or as gifts for friends and loved ones. Kelly’s tongue-in-cheek style adds another unique element to her work – rarely serious, and always fun. Kelly resides in Prairie Village with her husband, writer Jason Aaron, and her sons, Brendan and Dashiell.
Photographer and performer Kirk Marsh:
Kirk Marsh is an environmental portrait photographer/digital artist. His work uses a strong sense of post-production to enhance a cinematic transportive narrative. His subjects are engaged in their environment and action. Kirk’s love for humor is certainly seen in his images. His work can be seen in advertising campaigns, editorial stories and fine art galleries. The images seen on display here are part of a self-portrait series created around the character he portrays in his live performance art pieces around the world. See him at the Lawrence Busker Festival May 27-29.
Alonzo, one of those musicians who can play about any instrument, is well-known in the Lawrence area as both a musician and a soundman. His original music is a mix of many different styles – blues, folk, rock, country and world. He is also an excellent singer/songwriter, and the combination of these talents makes for an outstanding concert.
Sideshow Serenade by Thomas Sciacca
This Final Friday, Phoenix Underground is featuring the work of Thomas Sciacca. The exhibition, Sideshow Serenade, is a series of work inspired by Circus or Sideshow themes. The opening reception will include live painting by Thomas himself as well as circus themed baked goodies.
This series, Sideshow Serenade, first begun in the fall of 2012. The idea was suggested and supported by Rock Candy Boutique owners Shannon Wolf, and Mark Wright, along with Whispering Danny of Exile Tattoo, and artist Thomas Sciacca.
The initial concept was to apply classic Circus and Sideshow imagery to furniture, home accessories, jewelry and wall art. The content was derived from historical sources, faithful to the names and characteristics of well- known performers. The additional intentions were to recreate these vintage forms of advertising, and keep them accessible, and accessibly priced, as the original imagery and performers were. The techniques and materials used throughout are relatively consistent with those used in earlier periods of the 20th century. Along with American Sideshow banners, the series bears influences of European poster advertising and design, and Magic posters from the Vaudeville era.
As the series has continued, it now includes a number of working performers within and outside of the U.S. Whether it’s with historical characters or active ones, the series additionally serves to help promote and document the careers of an exceptionally creative, and resourceful breed of performers.
About Thomas Sciacca:
Thomas Sciacca is a 1985 graduate of the School of Visual Arts, in NYC. He began his illustration career in 1984, contributing regular images to the New Times Book Review Section. Over years Sciacca has produced artwork for numerous publications and publishers such as Vogue, GQ, New York Magazine, Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, The New York Times Magazine Section, Esquire, Harpers, Playboy, The Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Bantam Books, Vintage Press, St. Martin’s Press, and many others. In 1997, Sciacca designed and painted the visitors map for Fermilab, the most extensive physics laboratory in the United States.
As an educator, Sciacca has taught in the design/illustration programs of the Ringling School of Art and Design in Sarasota, the Kansas City Art Institute, and Penn Valley Community College.
Theatrically, Sciacca debuted as a scenic designer in 2004 at the historic Folly Theater, in a production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado. The show was a collaboration between Paul Mesner Puppets, and members of the Civic Opera and Kansas City Chamber Orchestra. The collaboration was repeated in 2007, with Sciacca designing sets for Hansel and Gretel, likewise, performed at the Folly Theater. In 2006, Sciacca designed sets for Diary of Anne Frank, as produced by the Lawrence Art Center. Along with designing, Sciacca has painted sets with New Theatre Restaurant, The Lyric Opera, the Unicorn Theater, KC Rep., and American Heartland Theater.
The Pleiades Project is an exciting international collaboration of seven artists creating multidisciplinary artwork based on the Pleiades Star Cluster. The original collaborating artists are Diana Dunkley, Charlotte Pessoni, Nan Renbarger and Margaret Rose of Kansas, USA and Estelle Anderson, Mardi Henley and Peta Milne of NSW and ACT, Australia.
During the May 27 Final Friday art event, the group will be exhibiting seven Round Robin artworks at Studio 3D, 1019 Delaware Street, Lawrence, KS – 1 1/2 blocks South of Seed Co and the Cider Gallery, from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM.
To create the Round Robin pieces, each artist started an artwork which was then passed around so that every member of the group had a hand in the finished piece.
Along with the finished artworks, the group will show stop action video of the evolution of the pieces, and read collaborative poems by some of the group members written in the Pleiades format.
The Pleiades Project began in August of 2014 and has no ending date as yet. The seven artists are also collaboratively and individually working on several other art pieces within the collaboration, including an interpretation by each of the artists as one of the stars in the cluster.
In 2016 Mardi Henley was replaced by Lois Denham, another Australian artist who practices in Victoria, AU. Denham joins the six remaining artists in their artistic expression inspired by the M45 Open Star Cluster.
Julie Mead is a professional portrait photographer who also has a love for all types of art. Her passion for art is evident in her photography work. She is a proud Kansas native and gleans much of her inspiration from the beautiful landscapes, people and nature that are a part of this great state. Julie also has begun a personal mission to help others to not only learn how to take better photos with their devices but to actually do something with those photos! Stop by Ruff House Art to not only view Julie’s photo art but to also meet her and talk about her passion of preserving our photos for our future.
OPEN STUDIOS /// GROUP EXHIBITION
- Felt Show
- Lori Andersen
- Jesse Gray
- Erok Johanssen
- Kate Larson
- Brandon Mateer
- Jeromy Morris
- Dani Ramirez
- Janice Raiteri
- Catherine Reed
- Jeremy Rockwell
- Elizabeth Rowley
- John Sebelius
- Ryan Storck
- Kyla Strid
- Aaron Youngstrom
- Dana Wiseman
Located within the Warehouse Arts District at 720 E 9th Street #7 in Lawrence, KS, this space is ideal for making, showing and engaging in all aspects of art. With 18 artist studios, a music recording operation and collaborative space/gallery, the potential for creating at all scales is practically limitless. SeedCo is envisioned as a creative factory/laboratory with each of the resident artists bringing their singular artistic identity and prowess to expand and delve deeper into conception and production. At the heart of this project is a conscious intent to transform post-industrial space into a fluent medium all its own, specifically designed to transcend temporal and spatial values and condense them to create a heightened sensory experience. A multi-disciplinary approach emphasizing cooperation, collaboration, and community involvement and encompassing elements from fine art, sculpture, graphic design and production, music and recording, fashion, construction, digital med ia, and street art, the scope of this endeavor is far-reaching, but the flavor is distinctly home-grown. With its placement in the center of historic redevelopment, SeedCo Studios has the chance to act as a catalyst for creative growth, not only in Lawrence proper, but radiating outward into the surrounding regional area and beyond.
Scanography with Bill Bowerman
North Gallery – Ceramic Curves: Line Drawings and Scanography by Bill Bowerman
Come by and experience ceramics from a different point of view with scans and drawings by scanographer, Bill Bowerman. Mr. Bowerman is a leading innovator in the artistic field of digital scanography. In this collection of works he explores everyday objects and his perspective is evocative and oftentimes whimsical.
“Ceramic objects are deeply embedded in my life and my art. Many of my line drawings and scanographs use ceramic shapes and curves, sometimes directly and sometimes as they relate to human forms. This exhibition of “ceramic curves” celebrates ceramics and my ties to ceramics. My artistic purpose is to create simple, surprising works that are beautiful, evocative, and/or whimsical. I do line drawings and scanography (photography using a flat-bed scanner for input instead of a digital camera). My images explore ordinary events or objects, often involving people. Moods, metaphors, and ambiguities abound, so personal interpretations and conversations are encouraged.”
Stop by this Final Friday and visit with the artist
South Gallery – showing a variety of work from abstract to landscape by regional, national and international artists, including Kim Casebear, Deb Shroer, and Salome’ Penn. These artists are known for their use of color and light. The abstracts are filled with energy and motions, the landscapes are captivating representations of our much beloved Kansas.
Stop by between 5-10 on Friday or anytime during the week.
Hours are Monday through Saturday 10AM to 11PM.
“This exhibition represents a few samples of more than 20 years of work and exploration on several themes. While living in Michigan, I was influenced by and deeply involved with the landscape in our area—the orchards, rolling hills, lakes, and the autumn color. I was searching for the essence, the underlying spirit of the landscape. After moving to Lawrence the themes of my work have varied greatly, from road signs to ancient symbols, from politics to commercialism” JO
Jack Ozegovic, a native of Saginaw, Michigan, began his formal education at Boston Museum School and Tufts University. He then received two degrees, including an MFA, from Michigan State University. Advanced study was done at the Tamarind Institute of Lithography at the University of New Mexico. Jack taught as a grad assistant at MSU, then full-time at Gettysburg College and Northwestern Michigan College in Traverse City. At NMC he was responsible for creating the printmaking shop and directing the Visiting Artist program.
Jack’s work has been exhibited in many area and regional shows around the Midwest. He has had several one-man shows including at the University of Pittsburgh, North Park College in Chicago, Bethany College in Lindsborg, and at the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan. Locally, he has shown at the former 6 Gallery and at the Percolator. He works in several media including oils, watercolor, mixed media and woodcut prints.
Live in the Lobby: Improv!
Doors open at 6:00. Enjoy an evening of improvisation and laughter with the Theatre Lawrence Improv group. True Performance art! 2 shows: 7 & 9pm.
Come for one – stay for both!
Cost $10 adults, $5 kids 14 and under (first show only)
The Cove is open for refreshments. Cabaret seating.
Kansas People’s History Project
Join us for the official opening of the exhibit Hidden Forces: The Kansas People’s History Project and listen to talks about this unique collaborative endeavor bringing to life fascinating people and events from the history of the Sunflower State.
– See more at: http://www.watkinsmuseum.org/#sthash.whkAiyYI.dpuf
Hang12 presents: Collaborative Canvases
Hang 12 Collective has asked six other groups in Lawrence, Kansas to create abstract collaborative pieces. These groups range from High School Art clubs to students attending JDC. We believe that everyone should have access to art and the sense of community and power it can instill. HANG12 brings together a wide variety of high school students interested in how art intersects with public engagement and relevant social issues. The group acts as a curatorial board that chooses a theme, medium, or artist, and installs a gallery show or public art happening for the community to interact with on the Final Friday art openings each month.