Final Friday: June 24, 2016

20 06 2016

Final Fridays began in August of 2010 through the cooperation of the Lawrence Arts Center, Downtown Lawrence Inc., The Lawrence Cultural Arts Commission and a wealth of artists, gallerists, art collectives and local businesses—as all saw the value of the arts in our city and an opportunity to bring them to a wider public through this monthly free arts festival.

Lawrence has one of the highest  percentages of working artists in the country per capita, and has long stood out in the Kansas landscape as a mecca for creative thought and energy. From 5 until 9 pm on the last Friday of the month from February through November, the streets of Downtown Lawrence erupt, storefronts convert into flash spaces, and performances and exhibits spill in and out of galleries and businesses.  Activities for kids, exhibitions designed to challenge adults, music, dance and theater for all ages are all within walking distance of each other.

Events for June 24, 2016

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
  • EAGLES’ REST NATURAL HOME (815 Massachusetts)
  • THE ENCLAVE (624 N 2nd Street) North Lawrence
  • ESSENTIAL GOODS (825 Massachusetts St.)
  • EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL & BALSAMIC VINEGAR TASTING SHOP (937 Mass. St.)
  • HENRY’S COFFEE SHOP + BAR (11 East 8th St.)
  • HOBBS (720 Massachusetts St.)
  • LAWRENCE ARTS CENTER (940 New Hampshire St.)
  • MANA BAR (1111 Massachusetts St.)
  • PHOENIX GALLERY (825 Massachusetts St.)
  • PHOENIX UNDERGROUND (825 Massachusetts St.)
  • THE ROOST (920 Massachusetts St.)
  • RURAL PEARL STUDIO (720 E. 9th St., #1D)
  • SEEDCO STUDIOS (720 E 9th St.)
  • TEN THOUSAND VILLAGES (835 Massachusetts St.)
  • TOOTER AND TILLAYE’S HOME GOODS (644 Locust Street, North Lawrence)
  • WATKINS MUSEUM OF HISTORY (1047 Massachusetts Street)
  • VENUES

    THE BOURGEOIS PIG (6 E. 9th St.) 5:00 to 9:00 P.M.

    http://www.facebook.com/TheBourgeoisPig

    “The Long Now” Jesse Gray

    THE BREWHAUS (624 N 2nd Street) 6:00 to 9:00 P.M.

    https://www.facebook.com/The-Brewhaus-133909969995262/

    Paintings by Dakota Driscoll – A debut show

    Artist Bio: I caught the artistic bug early from growing up in Lawrence with my creative family, and for as long as I can remember I have been fascinated by the interaction of colors. I was always getting in trouble in art class for making huge sloppy messes mixing too much paint and too many colors together, thus began my love for color theory. I initially went to college with the hopes of becoming an art teacher, but as I progressed through my courses, I realized my passion for creativity was not limited to academics and traditional art fields, and I wanted to share it with people everyday. This idea was on the back burner for a few years, but finally I enrolled in cosmetology school and completed my licensing with a focus in haircolor theory and nail design. I absolutely love creating a work of art on someone’s hair, and from seeing him or her walk down the street with newfound confidence springs an unparalleled sense of satisfaction. However, I quickly learned that working with the general public bring about its own set of anxieties and I needed to find a way to let my other creative juices flow again outside of the workplace. The technique and process I have designed for my painting allows me to de-stress and leave those worries behind each day. I feel incredibly lucky to have the unusual opportunity of utilizing my artistic skills and creativity in two very different fields and I would not have it any other way.

    “The Aftermath”
    Artist Statement: In my work I explore the concept of relinquishing control through manipulation of color theory, viscosity, and gravity. In the grand scheme of things, there is very little that we have complete power over. We may have a slight hand in the direction our individual paths take, but ultimately it is more painless to look back and appreciate that which led us to where we are today. I stress over the most insignificant events and constantly have to remind myself to simply let things happen and embrace the journey. I play with this idea of fate as most of my work is done off the canvas where I decide color combinations, mixing ratios of color and consistency, and the directionality of the solutions. As soon as the paint hits the surface, my work is done, and the piece takes shape as the mixtures interact. This non-traditional process reminds me to know when to stop focusing on the what-ifs of the past and find happiness and positives in the outcome, or as I like to think of it, &ld quo;The Aftermath.” For this collection, I took inspiration from the four classical elements of western culture to create color combinations that loosely resemble Earthly phenomena.

    FINAL FRIDAY EVENTS IN THE WAREHOUSE ARTS DISTRICT

    CIDER GALLERY (810 Pennsylvania St.) 5:00 to 9:00 P.M.

    www.cidergallery.com

    Relation: Recent Works by Molly Murphy
    Molly Murphy solo exhibition: Relation
    Opening Reception: Final Fridays, June 24th 5-9pm
    *show runs through July*

    From the artist:
    Drawing from elements of the natural world and the mind-body connection, Murphy creates richly textured canvases that immediately strike viewers with their physical depth, the surfaces eluding to the many layers that lie beneath.

    “My work is meditative in both subject and technique, beginning with broad brushed under-painting on which lavish layers of palette knife strokes are applied, deliberately carved into and layered multiple times. My current work stems from an earlier series based on the neurology of memory as it relates to abstract works of art, but now relies almost entirely on intuition and the meditative process in painting to reveal the direction of each work, rather than a rigid set of rules. Each work addresses aspects of the human experience and persistence of the ego as it exists in a world much larger than ourselves, and the finished work embraces this duality.”

    www.mollyfrancesmurphy.com

    EAGLES’ REST NATURAL HOME (815 Massachusetts) 6:00 to 9:00 P.M.

    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Eagles-Rest-Natural-Home/106487106038911

    Cat Rooney, White Wind Creations

    Cat Rooney’s is a nature photographer. Her exhibit places night and Milky Way lite skies onto 24″ x 36″ canvas which enhances the artistic feel—almost like the photos were painted on the canvas. Accented are the many many stars in the Milky Way that the digital camera recorded but our eyes cannot perceive. Local and historical landmarks such as the KCMO’s Union Station with the Royals World Series Champion banners and Strong Hall Jayhawk along with sunflowers, trees, windmills, and barns are also on canvas or gallery wraps. Another one-of-a-kind photo print includes several of the starry night photos on 9″ x 14″ canvas called a tri-stand. All of the photography makes for unique pieces.

    THE ENCLAVE, NORTH LAWRENCE ARTISTS COLLABORATIVE STUDIO (628 N 2nd St ) 6:00 to 9:00 P.M.

    https://www.facebook.com/EnclaveKS/?fref=ts

    The Enclave – Open Art Studios – Over the Bridge, North Lawrence

    The resident artists of The Enclave invite you to venture Over the Bridge, due North on 2nd St, to take a tour and socialize with them at their collaborative studio space.

    Suites 622-628 in the building that The Enclave is found, are beginning to coalesce into “the” Artisans focal point in N. Lawrence.

    The Enclave (Suite 628) is the artists’ collaborative space, but you will also find that the tenants of the property include a coffee bar, as well as; stained glass, horticultural, culinary, and graphics design artists.

    ESSENTIAL GOODS (825 Massachusetts St.)

    www.facebook.com/essentialgoodslawrence

    Nate Rightmeyer | A Little Bit of This and That

    We are excited to welcome Nate Rightmeyer as our Final Friday artist this month! Please join us at his opening reception on Friday, June 24th from 5 pm to 9 pm to meet the artist and check out his work. Nate’s show will run through July.

    ARTIST BIOGRAPHY
    n8 is 37 and was born and fed on Kansas beef, corn and the like. Currently a resident of Topeka, he grew up in a small town nearby. n8 is married to a beautiful Estonian designer and has two daughters. n8 graduated high school in 1997 and headed to Lawrence with a scholarship to study art. He graduated from KU in 2001 with a BFA in design, majoring in illustration. n8 has done some illustration work for local and regional publications as well as for a national bestselling author. Every now and then he’ll exhibit in galleries, bars, coffee shops, alleyways, and so on. He also trades his artwork for other services like haircuts, tattoos, and food. See more of n8’s work at http://www.n-eight.com & http://www.facebook.com/2peoples.

    EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL & BALSAMIC VINEGAR TASTING SHOP (937 Mass. St.)

    Welcome to Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar Tasting Shop!!

    Adventures of Summer

    VICKI VORMEHR Vicki Vormehr is a highly sought after artist from the Midwest. Her dedication to photo-realistic quality, and mastering the subtle change of light in her work, set her apart from all other artists in her field. Vicki graduated from the University of Kansas with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. Vicki’s paintings have achieved international attention and award winning acclaim. Vicki’s subjects include paintings of scenes on college campuses, Western art, motorcycle themes, landscapes, pet portraits and artwork to decorate children’s rooms. Vicki uses the finest professional quality paints and canvases for her paintings. Vicki has done Watercolor paintings her whole life but has enjoyed trying other mediums including oils. She has taken oil painting classes at the Kansas City Art Institute and has enjoyed painting many canvases in a variety of subject matter. One of the most popular paintings are the custom p et portraits. With warmth and a sense of humor matching her artistic ability, Vicki’s painting capture the spirit of the American experience. www.vyartgallery.com

    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 Guil d’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 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

    HENRY’S COFFEE SHOP + BAR (11 East 8th St.) 6:00 to 9:00 P.M.

    https://www.facebook.com/henryscoffeeshop

    Works by Hannah Archer

    This June Final Fridays, Henry’s is honored to showcase Works by Hannah Archer! Hannah’s colorful, refreshingly creative pieces range from surrealist paintings to gorgeous Native American inspired jewelry. Stop by to meet the lovely artist and sip on our delicious special summery drinks!

    Artist Statement: My name is Hannah Archer. I graduated from the University of Kansas with a psychology degree in 2014, and making art things has always been a meditative past-time as I’ve navigated my way through the world. This is my first art show and will feature pieces I’ve accumulated throughout the years–mostly paintings, drawings, mixed media, film photos, and handmade beaded jewelry.

    HOBBS (700 Massachusetts St.) 5:00 to 8:30 P.M.

    http://hostofcool.com/

    JAndrews Trunk Show

    LAWRENCE ARTS CENTER (940 New Hampshire St.)

    https://lawrenceartscenter.org/

    FREE STATE FESTIVAL!

    June 20 through 25

    http://freestatefestival.org/

    MANA BAR (1111 New Hampshire St.) 6:00 to 8:00

    http://www.manabarlawrence.com/

    Recent Works by Michael W. Thompson and Friends

    Please join us for the opening exhibition of Recent Works by Michael W. Thompson and Friends. Michael is a local painter and illustrator who composes work that’s inspired by the process of music composition.

    “I enjoy manipulating colors and shapes around to give off a certain feel or connotation. It’s up to the viewer to interpret color, shape, and line to react emotionally. Most of these pieces were made under different settings while listening to completely different music or no music. Thrown into this show are two collaborations one being with 70 people at a music festival and another with a bit over 120 people here in Lawrence. The Lawrence collaboration has owners of my favorite shops on mass, renown professors and people in Lawrence I found enjoying their day.

    This last season I was on the West coast for seasonal work and between jobs I needed to pick up a hobby. I began using colored pencils and filled up a few sketchbooks with ideas. These are the first pieces of art I’ve done since High School. A huge thanks to Mana Bar for allowing me to display what I’ve been working on for the past several months at my favorite shop in Kansas. The orchestration of this body of work was an extremely pleasant experience.”

    -Michael W. Thompson

    The event begins at 6:00 p.m. with a musical performance by Tommy Strauser at 6:30 p.m. https://soundcloud.com/tslk/the-way/s-Fkk5j

    PHOENIX GALLERY (825 Massachusetts St.) 5:00 to 9:00 P.M.

    http://phoenixgalleryart.com

    June’s Final Friday at Phoenix Gallery

    Phoenix Gallery is excited to host a backstrap weaving demonstration by Neil Goss, the stunning work of jewelry artist Louise Carroll, and painter Aaron Brown. We will also have local and well-known singer, guitarist, and song-writer Darrell Lea providing music. Visitors to the gallery will get the chance to indulge in summertime treats. Come in and enjoy a night of art, music and food at the Phoenix Gallery.

    Neil Goss:

    On this one night only, Neil Goss will create one of his woven totems in a backstrap weaving demonstration. Goss will be weaving out front of Phoenix Gallery from 5-9 PM, starting and finishing the totem in that time frame. The art that is created will be for sale at the Gallery following the demonstration.

    Neil Goss lives in Eudora, KS where he focuses his art on Earth processes while responding to human impacts upon those processes. In 2012 he received two BFA’s in Design (Textiles and Ceramics) from the University of Kansas SOTA. He has been dedicated to researching sustainable arts processes such as natural dyeing, weaving, utilizing hand dug clay, and foraging art materials. Goss has taught workshops, installed public art and done artist talks from coast to coast in the United States. He currently is a practicing professional artist, artist-in-residence at the Charlotte Street Foundation and teaches at the Lawrence Arts Center.

    Louise Carroll of Delicate Hammer Studio:

    I moved to Lawrence, KS in 2003 from Tulsa, OK to go to college. In 2009 I graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in Metalsmithing and Jewelry Design. Since then I’ve been building my business by travelling to art shows in the Midwest and showing work in galleries. I’m happy to call Lawrence home when not traveling for art fairs! My design aesthetic is centered on the texture produced when delicate lace is roller printed onto silver and copper. I’m always amazed by the strength of the lace against the metal. At the end of the process the lace crumbles but becomes permanent within the metal. The appealing textures created make no two pieces the same.

    My latest work is inspired by port holes. I use cold connections to layer metals with different patinas and textures. I’ve been experimenting with green patinaed copper and prisma colors to create scenes for each pendant. When applying a patina to lace pieces I either raise the fine silver or oxidize the piece, sand back the top layer to show the texture, and then seal each piece with a wax or lacquer.

    Aaron Brown:

    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 time travelers 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, and transpose themselves. They also experience the same kind of uncert ainties we do, amid the tidal forces of change.

    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.

    PHOENIX UNDERGROUND (825 Massachusetts St.)

    http://phoenixgalleryart.com

    Phoenix Underground presents: Death After Life by Dani Ramirez

    Phoenix Underground is pleased to present an exhibition of artworks by Dani Ramirez. Join us opening night for a great display of new works, and a chance to meet the artist! The opening reception will be Friday, June 24th, from 5:00-9:00 PM and will be on display through the month of July.

    “I am a multidisciplinary artist and curator. I often like to take an avant-garde approach to the way I create and present my work. Within each piece I attempt to create an environment where the viewer can get lost in feelings, emotions, and thoughts. I want my work to create questions for the viewer, and to hopefully be able to engage the viewer in a unique intellectual dialogue. I don’t attempt to be too specific in telling people what I want them to think about my work, because I don’t want the experience to be all about me. If my work is able to move you in any sort of way, only then the things I create can become more than objects.”

    Dani Ramirez has been a part of the creative hub at Seedco Studios; where artists from multiple artistic disciplines and backgrounds collaborate to create work, as well as working to seek and find independent opportunities to exhibit their work by creating Flash Gallery spaces in Lawrence and KC. Dani Ramirez has exhibited his work at the Cider Gallery, Spencer Museum of Art, the Lied Center, Kansas Union Gallery, Seedco KC Gallery, as well as many other flash exhibitions in interesting and unusual spaces.

    THE ROOST (920 Massachusetts St.)

    http://www.920mass.com

    Larissa Wilson: New Works

    Larissa Wilson is a native Kansan, a BFA graduate from Fort Hays State University, and a longtime resident of Lawrence.

    Her new series of assemblages seeks to elevate everyday household objects to sacred status. Cheese graters become religious icons. Tea strainer become alters. Button mandalas are made for meditation. They currently bless the walls of The Roost and after may find permanent places for devotion on the walls of your own home.

    Larissa may also be recognized for her hard working role as pastry chef at The Roost, the popular local breakfast spot, or as “Butternutsquash”, the name she uses at local art fairs and LOLA events.

    THE ROOST (920 Massachusetts St.)

    http://www.920mass.com

    Larissa Wilson: New Works

    Larissa Wilson is a native Kansan, a BFA graduate from Fort Hays State University, and a longtime resident of Lawrence.

    Her new series of assemblages seeks to elevate everyday household objects to sacred status. Cheese graters become religious icons. Tea strainer become alters. Button mandalas are made for meditation. They currently bless the walls of The Roost and after may find permanent places for devotion on the walls of your own home.

    Larissa may also be recognized for her hard working role as pastry chef at The Roost, the popular local breakfast spot, or as “Butternutsquash”, the name she uses at local art fairs and LOLA events.

    THE RURAL PEARL (720 E. 9th St., #1D)

    https://www.facebook.com/Pleiades-Project-1101692016527535/

    Rural Pearl Studio, located in the East Lawrence Arts District, is where cut paper artist Angie Pickman displays her work on an ongoing basis. This Final Friday, she will display many new cut paper collages and wood sculptures incorporating her paper cuttings. More about the artist:

    Angie Pickman, Lawrence, KS, is a nationally recognized cut paper artist that combines the art of traditional paper cutting with collage to create intricately detailed works of art and animations. She received her master’s degree in 2004 from Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, which is where she first learned of the art of silhouette animation artist Lotte Reiniger (1899 – 1981). Her love of nature and the tranquility of the rural terrain, as well as Reiniger’s style and technique, inspired Pickman to set off on the artistic path that she continues today. She exhibits at galleries and art fairs nationally, does illustration, animation and design work, conducts public presentations on her art, and teaches various art classes and workshops. Most recently, her work has been featured in Midwest Living and Martha Stewart Living magazines, and her animation work will appear in a documentary premiering on PBS in 2016.

    “I began cutting paper in 2003 after seeing “The Adventures of Prince Achmed” – a cut paper stop-motion silhouette animation from 1926 by Lotte Reiniger. I had always wanted to be “an artist” – I knew from a very young age that it was my life calling, but it took me a long time to figure out in which medium this would manifest itself. The traditional forms taught in school never felt quite right, but when I saw Lotte’s work, something clicked. My tools of trade are a rubber gripped x-acto knife, acid-free paper, mechanical pencils, and a self-healing cutting mat.”

    SEEDCO STUDIOS (720 E 9th St.)

    www.seedcostudios.com

    • Group Exhibition \\\ Open Studios
    • Featuring Artists:
    • Felt Show (Puppeteer)
    • Lori Andersen (Stained Glass)
    • Jesse Gray (Mixed)
    • Erok Johanssen (Street Techniques)
    • Maria Martin (Painter)
    • Brandon Mateer (Mixed)
    • Jeromy Morris (Mixed)
    • Javy Ortiz (Mixed)
    • Dani Ramirez (Mixed)
    • Janice Raiteri (Ink)
    • Catherine Reed (Fiber)
    • Jeremy Rockwell (Mixed)
    • Elizabeth Rowley (Painter)
    • John Sebelius (Mixed)
    • Ryan Storck (Painter)
    • Kyla Strid (Ceramics)
    • Brian Timmer (Painter)
    • Aaron Youngstrom (Painter)
    • Dana Wiseman (Jewelry)

    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. SeedCo Studios is a catalyst for creative growth, not only in Lawrence proper, but radiating outward into the surrounding regional area and beyond.

    TEN THOUSAND VILLAGES (835 Massachusetts St.) 5:30 to 9:00 P.M.

    http://facebook.com/tenthousandvillageslawrence

    Katie Carroll and Mary Elizabeth Atwood Paintings, Masks and Felting

    Katie Carroll and Mary Elizabeth Atwood are a sister act!

    They hope you will enjoy their fabulous fiber art, watercolor and acrylic paintings and archetypal clay masks although their styles are different from each other,the sense of open-ended creativity is a constant and energic realization.

    Mary elizabeth and katie hope you will see a part of your story in their art.

    Thank you for stopping by!

    And thanks, also, to ten thousand villages for presenting the work of area artists.

    Mario Fernando campo, Ecuadorian pan flutist, will play his music in front of ten thousand villages. He will sell his cd’s and flutes.

    TOOTER AND TILLAYE’S HOME GOODS (644 Locust St., North Lawrnece) 5:00 TO 8:00 P.M.

    http://www.tooterandtillayes.com

    Jenn Wilson , Lawrence Artist

    Hi, I’m Jenn Wilson. I studied art in college that opened my mind to all the beautiful, creative ways and how others saw the world and it inspired me to look and see color, shape, and expression in a flower, landscape or the curve of a womans belly. I create in ink, colored pencils, oil, watercolor and acrylic paints. I tend to work from a stylized expressionist view point. I adore bright, happy, vibrant color that conveys my feelings. I am in love with curves, be they on a woman’s torso, a vine, an arched neck, or how the wind blows through a field. Some of my inspiration comes from Michael Parkes soft nudes of strong women in dream like states, how Georgia O’Keeffe would see a tiny flower in a painting and think it worthy of a whole canvas to display it’s true beauty, and Van Gogh’s expressive bold strokes and imperfect way which gives you so much more freedom to express and flow rather than focus on perfection.

    When I’m on a road trip I stare out at all the loverly wheat fields of my beautiful home state of Kansas. The Flint Hills sing to me with their flowing, soft, round mounds of so many greens that make me rush home to my prismacolor pencils…the world is a giant canvas that I can’t wait to paint and draw my very own bright renditions of. I love conveying different ways of seeing things. I have certain shapes and colors floating around waiting for me to get them out and expand upon them. I see artistic possibilities in everything.

    My website is artbyjennwilson.com which has links to my Facebook page Art by Jenn Wilson and my Fine Art America account where you can get pillows, totes, blankets, and Prints of my work.

    WATKINS MUSEUM OF HISTORY (1047 Massachusetts Street) 5:00 TO 9:00 P.M., Presentation at 7:00 PM

    http://www.watkinsmuseum.org

    Kansas People’s History Project

    Join us for a free program on our popular Kansas People’s History Project exhibition. This event will feature a presentation by graphic artist Emi Gennis and some of her students from Pittsburg State University on the creative process behind their work on Kate Riggs. Refreshments will be on hand and KPHP artwork available for purchase. 5-9 PM. Presentation at 7:00 PM.