Final Friday Events for March 25

22 03 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.

5:00 until 9:00 pm (unless otherwise noted)

Final Fridays are made possible by support from the City of Lawrence

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

http://www.facebook.com/TheBourgeoisPig

Wayne Propst

Recent Sledge Hammer Paintings…

Prop Will Demonstrate Technique @Opening…

Free Hot Dogs.

The Brewhaus (624 N 2nd Street) 6:00 to 9:00 P.M.

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

Jennifer Gabriele

Jennifer’s work is unique and eclectic, and The Brewhaus is happy to be hosting an opening for her as part of the Final Fridays program.

Jen grew up in Ohio, where she was an avid athlete until she graduated from high school.

She has a BA in Spanish and Studio Art, with an emphasis in sculpture and drawing, from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin. She also earned her MA in Hispanic Literature and Culture from The University of Kansas.

She has taught in Spain as well as the States and has traveled around Europe, including recently completing the Camino de Santiago, a 500 mile trek across Spain.

She works with anything ranging from digital to ducting metal and enjoys experimenting with new styles and techniques. She has been living and making art in Lawrence for the past five years.

ECCENTRICITY (716 Massachusetts St)

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Eccentricity-A-Unique-Boutique

Artist and Poet Karl Dean

Artist’s Statement: As an artist and a writer, I strive for balance. It is essential not only in the aesthetics, but in life itself. As a poet foremost, I elect to intertwine color and emotion with my words. To bring those elements together in a certain symmetry allows the viewer to observe with an appreciation at any angle, which affords a more powerful and spoken piece. To reach the viewer’s emotions is of importance to me. Knowing I conveyed a message and touched someone’s heart in an uplifting manner is of the utmost fulfillment; so what better perspective than balance…

ESSENTIAL GOODS (825 Massachusetts St.)

www.facebook.com/essentialgoodslawrence

Johanna Wright

We look forward to welcoming illustrator and author Johanna Wright for our March Final Friday Art Walk! Please join us at her opening reception from 5 to 9 pm, where we will have a selection of her original works on display, as well as prints of originals available. Her work will show through April 27th.

About the Artist…I was born in Eugene, Oregon in the shadow of some very big and beautiful trees. I studied puppetry and children’s book illustration at Evergreen State College and moved to Brooklyn, NY shortly thereafter.

Most of my 20’s were spent in New York, working as a Christmas elf, a cupcake froster, a batik shirt maker, a painting assistant for a large scale painted backdrop company, and a postcard painter on the streets of Manhattan. All while trying to break into the world of children’s book publishing (and eating lots of questionable street cart food). I landed my first children’s book deal in 2007. It really did feel like the music swelling movie scene I’d always imagined it to be, complete with slow motion high fiving and general chicken-dance freaking out.

Luckily enough, I’m now a full-time author and illustrator. It’s the best job in the world and one that I’ve dreamed of since I was a kid. Not only do I get paid to make a mess and make up stories but I now have a perfectly reasonable excuse for staring off into space for long minutes.

These days I live in Portland, Oregon with one super husband, two young kiddos, and two shockingly soft and fuzzy kitties.

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

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

“Art of Spring”, artwork by Kathleen Anderson, Laurie Culling, Leta Strom, Peggy Mohr, Madeline Tollefson.

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 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

HANK CHARCUTERIE (1900 Massachusetts Street) 6:00 to 9:00 P.M.

http://hankmeats.com

Boxing Show-paintings by Michael Schliefke

‘The Boxing Show’ features work from the latest series of paintings from Kansas City painter Michael Schliefke. Combining his love of thick, expressive strokes with figurative imagery, ‘The Boxing Show’ features oil paintings and charcoal drawings of boxers, reflecting on themes of conflict, introspection, and dynamic compositions.

Michael Schliefke paints in his studio in downtown Kansas City, Missouri. He also curates a number of large group shows throughout the year, with ‘The Game Show’ opening in July, 2016 in the River Market Neighborhood. Featuring game show themed art from over 30 KC and national artists, the art event will also feature a live game show comprised of games built by participating artists. Michael lives with his girlfriend Elizabeth, a graduate student in Geography and Urban Planning at KU along with their two cats, Vincent and Theo. More information about Michael, his work and upcoming shows can be found at schliefkevision.com

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

https://www.facebook.com/henryscoffeeshop

Now I am become Death || Works by Dennis Cook

Henry’s is delighted to present this March Final Fridays-

‘Now I am become Death’, new works by Dennis Cook

Opening: Friday, March 25th 6-9 pm

Statement from the Artist:

We knew the world would not be the same. A few people laughed, a few people cried, most were silent. I remembered the line from Hindu scripture, the Bhagavad-Gita…’Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.’”

-J. Robert Oppenheimer

The first pictures that we know of were painted on the walls of caves forty thousand years ago. A lot has happened between then and now, for better or worse. We have learned a lot, applied that knowledge to build a lot, and then worked very hard to weaponize that collective knowledge in an effort to destroy our accomplishments, as well as our only home. But why must our achievements be exploited for profit or weaponry? Could it be that we are connected to all things in the universe and not at the center of it? Is the operating model for the success of our species and our planet to act out of fear of the other or to act out of love and understanding of all things? God…what god? What color is that damn dress, really? These are big questions, the answers to which will probably not be found hanging on the walls of a coffee shop. Time is a flat circle, and here we are again back at the beginning…looking at pictures on walls. Come look at the pretty colors.

LAWRENCE PERCOLATOR (913 Rhode Island) 5:00 to 9:00 P.M.

www.lcava.com

“Heating up: Artists Respond to Climate Change” opens on Final Friday, March 25, 2016, 5 – 10pm, at the Lawrence Percolator! The Percolator is located in the alley east of New Hampshire St. between 9th St. and 10th St., behind the Lawrence Arts Center. The opening will feature three brief performances. At 7 and 9 pm, Robert Baker will read poetry by Langston Hughes and the band Ovaries-eez will perform. At 8 pm, local poets Dennis Etzel, Sandy Hazlett, Denise Low, Topher Enneking, and Mary Wharff will read from their poetry, and Doug Hitt will share about his coauthored book A Kansas Bestiary. The exhibit runs March 25 – April 23 and is open Saturdays and Sundays, noon – 5pm. http://bit.ly/1ngBiuv

Exhibiting artists include: Marin Abell, Angie Babbit, Rena Detrixhe, Jill Ensley, Neil Goss, Lisa Grossman, Eleanor Heimbaugh, Nancy Hubble, Lora Jost, Dave Loewenstein, Justin Marable, Nancy Marshall, Molly Murphy, Laura Ramberg, Hirsuta Pilosa, Michelle Rogne, Kent Smith, Damia Smith, Sara Taliaferro, Garret Tufte, David Titterington, Nicholas Ward, Ethan Candyfire, Georgia Kennidee Rikie Boyer, Kyuss Hala, Kayla Kent, Cleta LaBrie, Lori Hasselman, Alyx Stephenson, Geraldine Emily Walsey, Katie Manuelito, and KT Walsh. Three teams of the following artists have created collaborative works: Samuel Balbuena, Matthew Burke, Cameron Pratte, Vi Stenzel, and Cortney Wise; Amanda Monaghan and Pablo Cerca; and Amanda Maciuba, Tim O’brien and Mary Wharff.

This exhibit is part of a month-long series of cultural and educational events on climate change sponsored by the USDAC-Lawrence Field Office and Lawrence Ecology Teams United in Sustainability (LETUS) with Haskell Indian Nations University and the Lawrence Percolator.

Additional events throughout the month include:

Art exhibit by teens “Effecting Change” art from recycled materials, coordinated by Hang12, Final Friday opening Mar 25, 5-8pm, Watkins Museum of History, 1047 Massachusetts St. Runs for a month during regular hours. http://on.fb.me/1T6XHsn

Writing workshop “A Change in the Weather: Writing From Climate Change Art” with Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg and Ken Lassman, Sat. Mar. 26, 2-4pm, Lawrence Percolator, no sign-up, all ages with parent/guardian. http://on.fb.me/1Qr1led

Panel Discussion “How Can We Work Together on Climate Change?” with Dan Wildcat, Jay T. Johnson, Saralyn Reece Hardy, Thad Holcombe, Eileen Horn, on Sun. Apr. 10, 3-5pm, Parker Hall Rm. 110, Haskell Indian Nations University. http://on.fb.me/1L6z6l8

Dance/Poetry Performance “Mrs. Noah in Poetry and Dance” by Beth Schultz and Joan Stone, Fri. Apr. 15, Lawrence Percolator. Performances at 7pm and 9pm. http://on.fb.me/1njVj3i

Eco Ambassadors “Haskell Wetlands Restoration Day,” a community workday to restore the Haskell Wetlands, seeding and planting (bring tools), Sat. Apr. 16, 2016, 10am-2pm. Directions: Come straight on Massachusetts St. heading S., continue S. past Indian Health Service. Massachusetts St. turns into W. Perimeter Rd. so keep going and follow road around campus until you get to the intersection of W. Perimeter Rd. and Barker Ave. Dr. Then turn right onto Barker Ave. Dr. (you are going south), go straight and you will run right into the wetlands access gate. Eco Ambassador Facebook page: http://on.fb.me/1WXzRNT

MANA BAR (1111 Massachusetts Street)

http://www.manabarlawrence.com/

Amanda Schneider

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

http://www.phoenixgalleryart.com

March Final Friday at Phoenix Gallery

This March, Phoenix Gallery is pleased to feature the work of local artists Jackie Evens of Pebbles and Gold and Jody Thurman, ceramics, for our Final Friday Art Walk. Get ready for spring by experiencing the many tastes of the season with a sampling of the upcoming Downtown Lawrence Farmers’ Market. Enjoy the music performance of local singer/songwriter Darrell Lea and Megan Hurt. We will also have the paintings of Maria Martin in the Vermont Street Gallery.

Jackie Evans of Pebbles and Gold:

My grandmother always said “you dream about jewels or you don’t its genetics.” I was a dreamer; a dreamer of beautiful places, spaces, healthy family and friends, and incredible jewelry… of course! My BA and MA of Interior Design have given me an amazing opportunity to express my love for creating the unexpected, the simple, and most importantly the serene. Creating healing environments was a passion. Making jewelry has always been a perfect extra facet of design, until I became a mother. In a magical instant my life and priorities became my sweet baby. I began wearing the largest and most protective agates to client’s homes (dangling just above my growing belly)… and the divine happened! Clients began asking if I’d make jewelry for them too! And soon if it wasn’t around a neck it was framed on a wall or placed on a table. You see, natural stones are like magic… the agate is one of the oldest gemstones in recorded hist ory used for its physical and emotional healing properties. The agate’s ability to protect and cure is unlike any other stone. Each agate is one of a kind, created through natural formations beneath the earth’s surface. Each agate species represents specific healing properties pertaining to the body, mind, and spirit. The same goes for many other naturally formed gemstones. My love for design continues to grow as I learn more about the incredible healing qualities of the world’s most beautiful treasures!

Jody Thurman, ceramic artist:

Jody, a Lawrence ceramic artist, uses elements from nature as inspiration for her pieces. Using flowers and foliage from her garden at home, she impresses shapes into a flattened ceramic sheet and forms her pieces using the slab construction technique.

We are proud to present the Lawrence Farmers’ Market in the gallery during Final Friday. They will be offering samples that will be featured at the market opening in April.

As always we are excited to have music by Darrell Lea and Megan Hurt.

PHOENIX UNDERGROUND (825 Massachusetts St.)

http://phoenixgalleryart.com

This month for the Final Friday Artwalk, Phoenix Underground is excited to exhibit new artwork by painter Barbara Solberg. Come meet the artist and enjoy her new pieces on March 25th for the opening reception.

Barbara Solberg:

The initial creative influence for my art is place, whether familiar or new to me. Travel has always inspired me and informed my art. An ongoing fascination with ancient cultures began in Great Britain where I lived for several years as a young woman. In addition to historic places in Europe, I have visited many important Native American sites in the Southwest and Midwest. These places provide the inspiration for many of my pastels and mixed-media works. Natural objects from these travels find their way into my art either as source of color, texture or shape. By stitching objects such as stones, shells, petals or leaves to layers of handmade paper, I create a deep texture that adds visual strength to the collages. Kansas, too, provides unending inspiration and I have been painting subjects related to the landscape here for over 35 years. I was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania but I have lived in Kansas for most of my life. Salina and Lawrence were my homes respectively for ma ny years. Currently I live with my husband, Tom Schmiedeler, and our two cats; and work in my home studio in the country atop a bluff on the Kansas River. In addition, I teach drawing classes at The Osher Institute (KU Continuing Education), pastel and mixed-media classes and workshops in my studio and across the state at local art centers.

SEVEN EAST 7TH (7 East 7th St.) 5:00 TO 8:00 P.M.

http://www.7e7th.com

Stan Herd

Stan Herd is from Protection, Kansas and resides in Lawrence. Stan is an American crop artist and painter who creates images, or earthworks, on large areas of land, especially in Kansas. His work is sometimes called living sculpture. He plots his designs and then executes them by planting, mowing, and sometimes burning, or plowing the land.

Two of Herd’s first Kansas installations were the 160-acre portraits of Kiowa War Chief Satanta (1981) and Will Rogers (1983). These artworks can be seen in Herd’s 1994 book on crop art.

He is associated with the Prairie Renaissance Movement.

Herd’s website includes photos of his work and a list of some of the media coverage of his various projects, including an article in Smithsonian magazine and National Geographic’s World magazine (1988).

Herd made several trips to Havana to create Rosa Blanca in 2001, an image of a white rose in honor of the 19th-century Cuban poet José Martí.

Herd’s work has been seen on CBS Sunday Morning; Fox Television’s Breakfast Time; Dateline NBC; CNN News; ABC’s Good Morning America; and National Public Radio’s All Things Considered.

SIGNS OF LIFE GALLERY (722 Massachusetts) 5:00 to 10:00 P.M.

http://www.sigsnoflifegallery.com

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, or come by anytime the gallery is open to enjoy this work and the work of other regional, national and international artists.

Hours are Monday through Saturday 10AM to 11PM.

TEN THOUSAND VILLAGES (835 Massachusetts St.)

http://facebook.com/tenthousandvillageslawrence

Tami Clark Found Treasures

Mixed Media Artist

Tami Clark is a self-taught artist that began researching and exploring art mediums in 1995 and has built an arsenal of techniques that she now uses in her assemblage and mixed media art. She is a full-time Director of Youth Ministries and teaches seminars on mixed media with the focus of empowering students. Her inspiration comes from watching students of all ages discover that their natural talents fit perfectly in the world of mixed media.

Encaustic Painting

The Found Treasures show includes works that feature encaustic painting. In some of her pieces, she layers encaustic paint over a layer of plaster. She often uses found objects to finish the piece.

Encaustic painting, also known as hot wax painting, involves using heated beeswax melted with damar resin and colored pigments. It can take hours to get the beeswax and damar resin to melt to the correct consistency as they have very different melting points. The molten liquid is then applied to a surface—usually prepared wood, though canvas and other materials can also be used.

Metal tools and special brushes can be used to shape the paint before it cools, or heated metal tools can be used to manipulate the wax once it has cooled onto the surface. Tools such as heat guns, propane torches and other methods of applying heat allow artists to extend the amount of time they have to work with the material. Because wax is used as the pigment binder, encaustics can be sculpted as well as painted.

THEATRE LAWRENCE (4660 Bauer Farm Dr.)

http://www.theatrelawrence.com/

Live in the Lobby! Improv

2 Shows: Family Friendly: 7pm

Adult: 9pm (Mature content possible)

Enjoy an evening of improvisation and laughter with the Theatre Lawrence Improv group. The Cove will be open for refreshments. Cabaret seating.

WATKINS MUSEUM OF HISTORY (1047 Massachusetts Street) 5:00 TO 8:00 P.M.

http://www.watkinsmuseum.org

Effecting Change: Student Art Show at the Watkins

Join us for the official opening of Effecting Change, a month-long art show by Hang-12. This dynamic group of local high school artists will display works of their own creation–made of repurposed materials–on the theme of climate change. Visit the Community Room during Final Friday and until April 22 to experience local art about a worldwide issue that affects us right here in Douglas County.

FINAL FRIDAY EVENTS IN THE WAREHOUSE ARTS DISTRICT

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

www.cidergallery.com

RATIO

An exhibition of 2:1 ratio size works from 4X8 foot to 4×8 inch, by artists working in the Warehouse Arts District. The scope of this show will go beyond Cider Gallery and onto the walls of SeedCo Studios and Art Emergency.

Featuring Artists:

Dani Ramirez, Erok Johanssen, Jeremy Rockwell, John Sebelius, Elizabeth Rowley, Jeromy Morris, Jesse Gray, Jennifer Letner, Justin Marable, Travis Andregg, Austin Meyers and more!

SEEDCO STUDIOS (720 E 9th St.)

www.seedcostudios.com

OPEN STUDIOS /// 2:1 RATIO GROUP EXHIBITION

Featuring Resident Artists:

Felt Show, Lori Andersen, Barrie Arachtingi, 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, Lindsey Yankee, Aaron Youngstrom, Lesa Weller, Ian White and Dana Wiseman.

/// SEEDCO STUDIOS \\\

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.

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Final Friday Events for February 26, 2016

22 02 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 February 26, 2016

5:00 until 9:00 pm (unless otherwise noted)

Final Fridays are made possible by support from the City of Lawrence

THE BOURGEOIS PIG (6 E. 9th St.) 6:00 to 9:00 P.M.
http://www.facebook.com/TheBourgeoisPig

Billy Beeson (show runs through March)

Billy Beeson was raised in Lawrence, KS. Skateboarding and art took up all of his free time from a young age. After high school he packed up and headed to NYC where he attended art school, worked as a bartender and made art, showing his work at galleries during his time in the city. At the age of 25 he returned to Lawrence and started a family. While he’s experimented with sculpting, woodwork and mixed media, his true passion is in painting.

Artist’s Statement: Growing up I lived to paint. It’s all I thought about when I wasn’t skateboarding. Moving to New York and studying art was a dream come true. My experiences there helped me hone my skills and taught me to trust myself with my canvas. Upon returning to Kansas, fatherhood and family life took a front seat and for nearly 10 years art became an occasional hobby. That changed in 2012 when I was diagnosed with a rare neurologic disorder that causes stroke-like episodes. Faced with reinventing myself, I began painting again.

DO’S DELUXE (416 East 9th Street) 5:00 to8:00 P.M.
https://www.facebook.com/MartyOlsonArtwork

Recent Work – Marty Olson

An exhibition of acrylic paintings from the past 12 months.

ECUMENICAL CAMPUS MINISTRIES (ECM) (1204 Oread)
http://ecmku.org

Peace of Art

Retta Baccus, Kim Brook, Jenny Doores, and Leni Salkind will present new ceramic work reflecting on the connection between Art and Peace.

Black Excellence: Local Women

The Show is called “Black Excellence: Local Women” by Anna Balmilero, Barbara Wolf, and Connie Fitzpatrick. The show will celebrate and promote literature created by black women by displaying their photos, names, and short biographies around Lawrence.

Crystal Bradshaw, a local young black writer and author of the new book: “Eliza, A generational journey”; will be doing a book signing and sale during the Final Friday event at the ECM.

ESSENTIAL GOODS (825 Massachusetts St.)
www.facebook.com/essentialgoodslawrence

Der Lee | Exodus

We look forward to welcoming artist Der Lee for our February Final Friday Artwalk. Please join us at her opening reception, Exodus, on Friday, February 26th from 5 to 9 pm to meet the artist and check out her new work.

Born and raised in Hutchinson, Kansas, Der Lee is the third youngest of eight children. Being born a Hmong-American she encountered the influence that paper materials had in the Asian cultures as well as the American culture.

After years of research of her own roots she discovered the Hmong had no written language until the 1950’s due to the suppression of other neighboring countries. Every written form of language was destroyed and the last scripture was swallowed by Sonom, the Last Hmong Emperor, therefore the Hmong created their own language through ornamentation and textile designs sewn into clothing. This highly influenced Der’s interest in exploring the relationship between paper materials in society and its role in documentation, multi-cultural ritual practices and language.

In 2014 Der attended three artist residencies in Japan which included the Awagami Paper Factory to learn how to make traditional Japanese washi paper in the Tokushima Province and at the Mokuhanga Printmaking Artist Residency at the foot of Mount Fuji in Kawaguchi. She currently lives in Lawrence, Kansas and graduated with a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Visual Art with a Minor in Art History from the University of Kansas.

EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL & BALSAMIC VINEGAR TASTING SHOP (937 Mass. St.)
http://www.extravirginoilsvinegars.com

Love Songs & Art, Artwork by Kathleen Anderson, Laurie Culling, Leta Strom, Peggy Mohr

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 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

HENRY’S ON EIGHTH STREET (11 East 8th St.) 6:00 to 9:00 P.M.

https://www.facebook.com/henryscoffeeshop

Distortion | New Works by Sarah Kunen

Statement from the Artist: The idea of art as a constantly evolving project, as something where failure is positive because it equals growth, to learn how to capture moments in time really resonates with me, because it also reflects life. My relationship with art is intertwined with my experience of Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis. From a very young age, artist expression was a sanctuary from sporadic pain and repetitive medical regiments; it provided the tools that affirmed my autonomy, an identity independent of impairment.

A life drawing instructor, Prof. Swindell, described art as moments of beauty and innovation that evolve from failure and growth. His instruction as well as instruction from other professors has framed the perspective that guides me as an artist. The risk of failure implicit in art mimics the vulnerabilities that underscore the human experience. The viewer is invited to consider the many facets of the human condition. One piece may focus on pain and illness but the beauty and strength. Others focus on memory and the passage of time. Yet others explore sexuality and a woman owning her own sexuality. I seek to challenge the distinctions between private and public, a peek inside my artist process so that it may stand as an allegory of the human experience. Paper and canvas host unique moments in time that can evolve and expand as maintaining my enthusiasm for the exploration of concepts advance.

LAWRENCE ARTS CENTER (940 New Hampshire St.)

http://lawrenceartscenter.org

EXHIBITIONS: The Lawrence Arts Center has three shows in its gallery this Friday. “Naturally: A Group Exhibition” brings together four artists—Susan Beiner (AZ), John Byrd (FL), Patsy Cox (CA), and Jason Walker (WA)—whose work explores the ever-changing relationship Americans have with the natural world; “Kris Kuksi. New Works” showcases Kuksi’s ability to assemble, collect, manipulate, cut, and re-shape thousands of individual parts, finally uniting them into an orchestral-like seamless cohesion that defines the historical rise and fall of civilization and envisions the possible future(s) of humanity; and “Lindsay Pichaske. Kingdom” uses ceramic animal forms to blur boundaries between species, challenging the perceived order and comfortable classifications of life. All are free and open to the public.

PERFORMANCE:

In truly scrumptious fashion, the Lawrence Arts Center is putting on the award winning musical, loosely based on Ian Fleming’s novel Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang: The Magical Car. A clever script influenced by Roald Dahl follows an unsuccessful, but endearing inventor who builds a magical flying car for his children that takes them on a fantastic adventure. Featuring beguiling music, witty lyrics, lovable heroes and dastardly villains, this musical charms at any age. Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors, and $10 for students/children. Show time is: February 26th at 7:30 pm.

FINAL FRIDAY EXHIBITION at TURNHALLE, 900 RHODE ISLAND:

“Christy Wittmer: Beneath, Beyond, Parallel To” lights up the windows of the Turnhalle Building at 900 Rhode Island for the first time this Friday. Walk by and peek inside! Christy Wittmer is the Lawrence Arts Center’s 2016 ceramics artist-in-residence. Christy received her BFA in painting and sculpture from Miami University. She studied ceramics at San Diego City College and The Ohio State University and earned her MFA in ceramics from the University of Cincinnati in 2014. Since then she has been working as a glaze chemist at Rookwood Pottery in Cincinnati, OH. She has participated in artist residencies in Berlin, Germany, Jingdezhen, China and most recently at the Banff Centre in Alberta, Canada.

FINALY FRIDAY EXHIBITION at CIDER GALLERY, 810 Pennsylvania :

“701 Louisiana: A Group Exhibition” features the work of artists who have stayed at the home of Lawrence couple Bird and Michel Loomis while in Lawrence for the Arts Center’s biennial Ceramics Symposium. At some point, each invited artist has enjoyed spirited discussions and cup of coffee while perched around the Loomis’ kitchen island. Bonds and unexpected connections arise from the warmth and energy in the Loomis’ Victorian home filled with contemporary art. This exhibition is a ledger, a record, and a signal of paths that have crossed (despite any separation of time or distance). The common thread, in a sense, is that “we were here.”

LAWRENCE PERCOLATOR (913 Rhode Island) 5:00 to 9:00 P.M.

www.lcava.com

A prelude to Azreal’s Fall

Christian Ballard is collaborating with Matt Krawcheck, Trevor Eagleman, and Damien Patton on a kinetic art project that offers a unique participatory experience with a narrative scroll. This show invites visitors to manually wind transparent scrolls through a handmade light-box to generate animated shadows and projections on a screen. Additionally the artists will deliver a narrated performance that explores the origins of mankind and envisions a future where spiritual growth keeps pace with advances in science and technology. Opening reception on February 26th from 5:00 to 9:00 pm.

On display at the the Percolator from Feb. 26 through March 20.

The Percolator is located at 913 Rhode Island Center (in the alley-look for the yellow building with green awnings) and is open on Saturdays and Sundays from 12-5 pm.

PHOENIX GALLERY (825 Massachusetts St.) 5:00 to 9:00 P.M.
http://phoenixgalleryart.com

February Final Friday at Phoenix Gallery

This month’s Final Friday festivities at the Phoenix Gallery will include featured artwork by well-known artists Danny Meisinger, Bob Gent, Maria Martin, and a musical performance by local favorite Tyler Gregory. Great Harvest Bread Company will be offering delicious samples of their locally made bread and pastries.

Danny Meisinger was born in Topeka, Kansas and grew up not far from Kansas City in the small town of Gardner. It is there that he began his work as a potter. A scheduling conflict in high school landed him in a ceramics class where a knack for form, a belief he could do anything and a willingness to fail repeatedly was all he needed to excel with clay. Several years after graduating high school in 1984, he came to a point where he had no idea what to do his future; he decided to take a ceramics class at the local community college. Danny then went to the University of Kansas to study ceramics. Those first years were tough, but in those years he found his greatest teachers: the clay itself and the process. Danny has now been making pots professionally for over twenty-five years. His current focus placed on the sculptural vessel and exhibiting in galleries and teaching workshops.

Bob Gent, glassblower, creates one of a kind pieces of art from his home based studio in Lawrence, Kansas. He spent most of his life making things of one sort or another and made his first series of lamps as a teenager, figuring out how to drill holes in glass insulators in order to put a wire through the top. Upon earning a degree from the University of Tulsa, he moved to Kansas to start a family and establish his own glass studio. For several years, he exhibited his work on the craft show circuit mainly throughout the Midwest but occasionally on both coasts. Currently, his work can be found in fine galleries and artisan shops. Originally trained as an offhand glassblower, he became interested in fusing and built an impressive fusing studio in order to explore this new means of creation. Glass offers a chance for a myriad of juxtapositions of color, form and shape within the rigid confines of the material’s technical limitations. There’s always something new to t ry, a different and surprising effect to discover or a new piece of equipment to build. Gent continues to be captivated by glass and finds gratification in discovering new ways to mold and shape his art.

Maria Martin was born in Philadelphia and now resides in Lawrence, KS. Martin works predominantly in the medium of painting using acrylic and oil paints as well as collage adding a mix of her sketches, smaller paintings, photographs and found objects. Having studied art in Philadelphia and at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Martin’s greatest instructor and mentor was her artist father, who remains her inspiration. Martin’s work tends to focus on and is inspired by nature, its colors and textures. She works to develop paintings that speak about the beauty that exists in the world around us. Color is very important to her and uses it to create drama and tension. No painting is totally planned, Martin explores the canvas space with her creativity ongoing throughout the entire painting process. Her goal is to have the viewer stop and think about the moment, the setting, the movement, the happening, their own memories and journeys. Each person takes something a little different from the same picture and Martin is happy with that.

Tyler Gregory’s mix of blues and roots music howls with a sense of passion and freedom. Singing songs portraying stories of travel, land, and the meaning of simplicity, Gregory goes full force on his guitar/banjo/stomp-box live performance arrangements.

PHOENIX UNDERGROUND (825 Massachusetts St.)
http://phoenixgalleryart.com

Earth>Water>Fire: The Art of the Mug

Phoenix Underground is pleased to present, “Earth>Water>Fire: The Art of the Mug.” We invited artists from all over the country to submit original, handmade mugs for sale. The opening reception will be Friday, February 26th, 2016, from 5:00-9:00 pm and will be on display through March 23rd, 2016. Please join us for the opening reception to meet the artists, see an array of original, well-conceived mugs and enjoy good food and music!

Coinciding with NCECA (National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts) pre-conference, we are pleased to feature local, regional and national artists in a display of ceramic mugs. NCECA’s annual conference features dozens of presenters, demonstrations, networking opportunities and exhibitions over three and a half days each spring. This year the 50th Anniversary Conference will be held in Kansas City, MO.

Participating artists:

Tom Edwards (Evergreen, Colorado)
Jacob Burmood (Kansas City, Missouri)
Jackie Sundell (Lawrence, Kansas)
Neil Goss (Lawrence, Kansas)
Melissa Mencini (Austin, Texas)
Michelle Rogne (Lawrence, Kansas)
Justin Fairchild (Lawrence, Kansas)
Ben Brown (Lawrence, Kansas)
Didem Mert (Edinboro, Pennsylvania)
McKenna Brandenburger (Lawrence, Kansas)
Susan Speck (Mission, Kansas)
Meredith Host (Kansas City, Missouri)
Alan Brummell (Lawrence, Kansas)
Eric Botbyl (Humboldt, Tennessee)
Christy Wittmer (Lawrence, Kansas)
Jim Gottuso (Louisville, Kentucky)
Brian Horsch (Lawrence, Kansas)
Chanda Zea (New Albany, Indiana)
Myra Douglass (Kyle, Texas)
Kyla Toomey (Boston, Massachusetts)
Alexander Thierry (Lawrence, Kansas)
Dan McCabe (Chicago, Illinois)
Renee LoPresti (San Marcos, Texas)
Ashley Bevington (Edinboro, Pennsylvania)
Christopher Chaney (Naperville, Illinois)
Daniel Gegen (Wichita, Kansas)
Justin Rothshank (Goshen, Indiana)
Anne Egitto (Lawrence, Kansas)
Danny Meisinger (Spring Hill, Kansas)
Michael Crouch (Lawrence, Kansas)
Steve Coburn (Salina, Kansas)
Micheal Smith (Kansas City, Missouri)
Ryan Paget (Lawrence, Kansas)
Kim Brook (Lawrence, Kansas)
Todd Pletcher (Goshen, Indiana)
Alex Watson (Kansas City, Missouri)
Machiko Erhard (Kansas City, Missouri)
Marshall Maude (Lawrence, Kansas)
Eric Stearns (Lincoln, Nebraska)
Natalie Thomas (Peculiar, Missouri)
Benjamin Lambert (Edinboro, Pennsylvania)
Ciera Jackson (Lawrence, Kansas)
Dave Van Hee (Lawrence, Kansas)
Leni Salkind (Lawrence, Kansas)

TEN THOUSAND VILLAGES (835 Massachusetts St.)
http://facebook.com/tenthousandvillageslawrence

Candice Davis TRADITIONS IN OIL

Artist statement: My name is Candice Davis, also known as Candy. I live in the Oread Neighborhood in the first historic house saved by the Lawrence Preservation Alliance. When I am not working as a clinical social worker or advocating for my neighborhood, I give tours at KU’s Spencer Museum of Art. I have always had an interest in art and in recent years began painting in Lewis Copt’s open studio class. This exhibit is a culmination of those years. I am inspired by beautiful places and interesting people. I hope that you enjoy the exhibit and perhaps find inspiration to explore your own form of artistic expression.

THEATRE LAWRENCE (4660 Bauer Farm Dr.)
http://www.theatrelawrence.com/

Live in the Lobby! Improv

2 Shows: Family Friendly: 7pm

Adult: 9pm (Mature content possible)

Enjoy an evening of improvisation and laughter with the Theatre Lawrence Improv group. The Cove will be open for refreshments. Cabaret seating.

WATKINS MUSEUM OF HISTORY (1047 Massachusetts Street) 5:00 TO 8:00 P.M.
http://www.watkinsmuseum.org

Landmark History: A Final Friday Program on Historic Preservation

Come to the Watkins for an evening of free and fascinating talks by local experts in historic preservation, explore our new exhibit on the famous Wilder and Palm Windmill, and enjoy refreshments!

Schedule of talks:

  • 6 & 7 PM, Allen Weichart: The Wilder & Palm Windmill
  • 6:20 & 7:20, Dennis Brown & Mike Goans: Lawrence Preservation Alliance
  • 6:40 & 7:40, Cromwell Solar: Solar Energy and Historic Properties
WONDER FAIR GALLERY (841 Massachusetts St) 6:00 to 10:00 P.M.
http://www.wonderfair.com/

Visit Wonder Fair Gallery this Final Friday to support KU Printmakers studying abroad in Japan this summer, in a course led by professors Shawn Bitters and Yoonmi Nam.

Free Moku Hanga (traditional Japanese woodcut) demonstrations will take place in the gallery from 6-10pm, led by students Nick Strange, Cameron Pratte, Brandon Keenan, Fuko Ito, and Jake Kaufmann.

Interested in expanding both your print knowledge and your art collection? Original prints by KU graduates, undergraduates, and select faculty will be available for sale throughout the evening–a great opportunity for new collectors and seasoned treasure hunters alike to discover young artists and exciting new work. All sales directly benefit the KU print club.

FINAL FRIDAY EVENTS IN THE WAREHOUSE ARTS DISTRICT

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

701 LOUISIANA: An exhibition featured as part of NCECA Ceramics Symposium

All of the artists invited to this exhibition have stayed (or will stay) with Bird and Michel Loomis while in town as visiting artists working at the Lawrence Arts Center. At some point each invited artist has enjoyed (or will) a spirited conversation and cup of coffee while perched around the Loomis’ kitchen island. Bonds and unexpected connections arise from the warmth and energy in the Loomis’ Victorian home filled with contemporary art.

The common thread in a sense is that “we were here”.

This exhibition is a ledger, a record, and a signal of paths that have crossed (despite any separation of time or distance).

Artists: Dan Anderson, John Balistreri, Matt Long, Tom Bartel, Christa Assad, Josh DeWeese, Pattie Chalmers, Charity Davis Woodard, Chris Gustin, Stan Welsh, Sunshine Cobb, Auymi Horie, Liz Quackenbush, Roberto Lugo, Sergei Isupov, Steve Lee, Lisa Clague, Amber Ginsburg and Kyla Strid.

Exhibition Dates: February 26th, 2015 to March 19th, 2016

Final Friday Reception: 5-9pm, Friday, February 26th

Pre-NCECA Conference Reception: 7-9pm, Friday, March 11th

SEEDCO STUDIOS (720 E 9th St.)
www.seedcostudios.com

RECENT WORKS / OPEN STUDIOS

Featuring resident artists:

Felt Show
Lori Andersen
Barrie Arachtingi
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
Lindsey Yankee
Aaron Youngstrom
Lesa Weller
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.





Final Fridays on hiatus until February

8 12 2015

Final Fridays will go on hiatus during December 2015 and January 2016.

We’ll start back up on February 26, 2016.

The deadline for submissions is February 15, 2016.





Final Fridays Events for November

23 11 2015

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 November 27th, 2015

 

5:00 until 9:00 pm (unless otherwise noted)

Final Fridays are made possible by support from the City of Lawrence

THE BOURGEOIS PIG (6 E. 9th St.) 6:00 to 9:00 P.M.
http://www.facebook.com/TheBourgeoisPig

The Past is a Foreign Country, Cut Paper Works by Alicia Kelly

A discovery of the past integrated with the present. ‘The Past is a Foreign Country’ is a series of works reflecting on the ephemerality of materials with emphasis on ideas from generations past. Free-handed cut rugs, stenciled paper and the rawness of hand dyed materials all hint at a playful yet structured manner behind each piece.

Bio: Alicia Kelly’s current works explore the paper medium and its connection to the third dimension. Playful in nature, along with loose mental plans of each mark and cut, Alicia recognizes paper has its own breathing personality-twisting, falling and bunching in the way that is natural to itself. Recently, she have been working with site specific paper installations that develop into a conversational collision of textures between the natural and unnatural worlds.

ESSENTIAL GOODS (825 Massachusetts St.)
www.facebook.com/essentialgoodslawrence

November Final Fridays at Essential Goods

EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL & BALSAMIC VINEGAR TASTING SHOP (937 Mass. St.)
http://www.extravirginoilsvinegars.com

Holiday Magic, Artwork by Kathleen Anderson, Laurie Culling, Leta Strom, Peggy Mohr and Madeline Tollefson

November 27, Final Friday, Reception 5-9pm. Show runs through January 26, 2016. We are not hosting a December Final Friday because that day is Christmas.

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. http://www.kathleenhelenanderson.com, http://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 special 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

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

HENRY’S ON EIGHTH STREET (11 East 8th St.) 6:00 to 9:00 P.M.

https://www.facebook.com/henryscoffeeshop

Have a Drink (It’ll cost ya. . .) || Prints by Charley Forsyth

Statement from the Artist:

In 2015, it seems like we spend a lot of time thinking about what we are drinking. Coffees, cocktails, even water are consumed after much thoughtful consideration. Each piece in this show has a title with the 2015 cost of that drink in parentheses. (Except for one. I couldn’t help it.)

Bio: Charley Forsyth is a 7th grade teacher and printmaker living in Lawrence, KS with his wife, new son, and two dogs. He started making linocut and woodcut prints in the spring of 2014. A lot of his work has regional influences.

LAWRENCE PERCOLATOR (913 Rhode Island) 6:30 to 10:00 P.M.

www.lcava.com

Print Show 2: Black Friday Print Sale at the Percolator!

We know you are out shopping on Black Friday—instead hitting the big box stores and filling your cart cheap plastic flotsam, why not come down to the Percolator and purchase some original art from local artists. Prints make the perfect gift for your loved ones! Get a jumpstart on the holiday season and enjoy a warm drink to take the edge off of the autumn chill.

Interested in selling your art on at our Black Friday Print Sale? Contact Paul at Paulpunzo8@gmail.com

MINSKY’S PIZZA (934 Massachusetts) 5:00 to 10:00 P.M.

http://minskys.com/lawrenceks/

Cynthia O’Kelly

Her Final Friday art show illustrates her progression from her time in college to now. She would like to think of my current work as “recycled art.” She takes things that would otherwise be thrown away, and turns them into something visually appealing. This art includes old CD’s, wire, broken jewelry, material, beads, yarn, rubber bands, and also things from nature. She likes to experiment with textures, shape and color. Cynthia’s goal is to create pieces that are interesting to look at, and that people have never seen before.

PHOENIX GALLERY (825 Massachusetts St.)
http://phoenixgalleryart.com

October Final Friday at Phoenix Gallery

Join us at the Phoenix Gallery from 5-9 PM this Final Friday to view paintings throughout the gallery by local artist Janey Greene, jewelry by Heather Duris and rockabilly/blues sensation Marvin and Cathy Hunt. Food and refreshments will be provided.

Janey Greene is a self-taught artist who discovered her love of art as a child. She began by making pencil drawings with her grandfather. She has since dabbled in charcoal drawing, batik, and jewelry making before settling on acrylic painting as her true passion.

Ms. Greene began teaching for Lawrence Public Schools as a first grade teacher in 1990. She introduced her young students to many talented artists through children’s literature. The vibrant, colorful work of illustrators such as Eric Carle and James Marshall influenced her work.

Since retiring from teaching in 2010, Ms. Greene devotes her time and energy to developing her modern, abstract style. Her work is characterized by clean lines, bold colors and a touch of whimsy.

Ms. Greene lives with her husband in Baldwin City, Kansas and works from her home studio. Her work is often on display at local business and galleries. She also participates in regional art shows.

Heather Duris is a painter and jewelry artist. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting from the University of Kansas with a Minor in Art History. Heather has participated in local art shows with her abstract oil paintings, and also works on commission.

Heather finds inspiration in the beauty of the prairie and in the stories that take place here. One of her favorite quotes is from Parra-Wa-Samen (Ten Bears), Yamparika Comanche: “I was born upon the prairie, where the wind blew free and there was nothing to break the light of the sun”.

In 2014, Heather purchased a jewelry business and began making hand-stamped personalized jewelry and some bead work. She incorporates a touch of whimsy in her stamped jewelry with fun quotes and playful imagery. She enjoys doing custom work as well as repairing jewelry. Most of her jewelry work is done in sterling silver, copper, pewter, and stainless steel. She lives in Lawrence with her husband, two daughters and her lovable English Setter.

Marvin and Cathy Hunt will be providing our music for the evening. This Lawrence duo plays jump blues and rockabilly music, with great vocals, a guitar and fun lyrics!

PHOENIX UNDERGROUND (825 Massachusetts St.)
http://phoenixgalleryart.com

‘Tis the season for hot chocolate and warm drinks! Enjoy your favorite hot beverage in a new, handmade ceramic mug at our annual mug and cup show. Featuring an array of colors and glazes, from small espresso to large tankards, for at home or on the go with lids, these one of a kind mugs offer a little something for everyone.

From 5-9 PM, with a warm beverage in hand, enjoy a few holiday favorites performed by local singer/songwriter Darrell Lea. Be sure to check out our featured artist Mary Brooks exhibiting new paintings in the Vermont Street Gallery.

For Lawrence resident Mary Brooks, art is a calming, intuitive process. She works primarily in acrylic, finding inspiration from her many miles of travel through southwestern Kansas and into Texas and New Mexico. Drawn to the enormous skies and powerful landscapes of the southern Plains and the stunning geography of the southern Rockies, she seeks to capture the light, color, texture, and culture of a magical space.

The City and the Country by Mark A. Mohr

Phoenix Underground is pleased to present Mark A. Mohr for our upcoming November Final Friday Art Walk and through the month of December. Please join us for the opening reception to meet the artist Mark, see his new paintings and enjoy seasonal beverages and music!

Mark A. Mohr graduated with a B.F.A. in Design from Wichita State University. Shortly after graduating he moved to Kansas City where he worked in the advertising field while continuing to study and paint with watercolors and oils.

Mark’s paintings exhibit a broad expanse of cityscapes, landscapes, and still life’s. His artwork has honored him with signature memberships in The Watercolor USA Honor Society, Watercolor West, and Kansas Watercolor Society and recently was highlighted in the December 2013 Watercolor Artist Magazine.

He has illustrated several children’s books. The Storm, by Marc Harshman, published by Cobblehill Books, an imprint of Penguin USA, captured the “PARENTS CHOICE AWARD” and was nominated to Smithsonian Magazine’s Books of 1995.

SEVEN EAST 7TH (7 East 7th St.) 5:00 TO 8:00 P.M.
http://www.7e7th.com

Topher Enneking (early-American Conceptual Tonalist)

“Get INTO the Black Friday” the PoetTarry inDustREAL complex explores the Power of Words to shape Relationship, Community, and Tradition.

This “Sun of Lawrence, KS” uses his words and voice to shape the community he shares. Topher’s interactive installation art has been featured in the Spencer Museum of Art. His poetry can currently be found in the Lawrence Public Library’s Health Spot and emblazoned on the walls of KU’s Visitors center (where along with his daughter Francesca, he rounds out the “Mount Rushmore” of featured faces, beside James Naismith and Phog Allen) as well as online at TreeCurrency.org

TEN THOUSAND VILLAGES (835 Massachusetts St.)
http://facebook.com/tenthousandvillageslawrence

The Willow Domestic Violence Center – Phoenix Project – Megan Peters

Megan Peters is a photographer and writer based in Kansas City. A graduate from the William Allen White School of Journalism at the University of Kansas, Megan served as a Women and Children’s Advocate at The Willow Domestic Violence Center while living in Lawrence.

In 2012, she created “The Motherhood Project,” a collection of photographs of women, which capture the strength, joy and melancholy of motherhood and all of its challenges. The Motherhood Project was selected by the beauty brand Olay in 2013 as a grant recipient.

In 2015, Megan collaborated with The Willow on “The Phoenix Project,” a collection of art pieces that tell stories of domestic violence survivors. Her photos of survivors were showcased in the Phoenix Project’s opening show and Megan was named South Mass Street Art Guild’s Artist of the Month in June 2015.

She is the founder of Crazy Bananas Creative Studio, which focuses on portrait an d lifestyle photography and is based in the Kansas City metro. Megan, who has been blogging at http://www.crazybananas.com since 2004, is also a noted writer and contributor for several online outlets, including the Kansas City Moms Blog, Pixelkin.org, BlogHer, BlogHer Tech, Design for MiniKind and Addiction.com.

Follow Megan’s journey at www.crazybananas.com or via social media!

Instagram – @crazy_bananas | www.instagram.com/crazy_bananas

Facebook – Crazy Bananas Creative Studio | www.facebook.com/crazybananasdotcom

Twitter – @crazybananas | www.twitter.com/crazybananas

FINAL FRIDAY EVENTS IN THE WAREHOUSE ARTS DISTRICT

CIDER GALLERY (810 Pennsylvania St.)
www.cidergallery.com

///ROTATION: A Group Exhibition\\\

Opening reception: November 27th, Final Fridays 5:00-9:00pm

Featuring new works by: Kyle Batson, Louis Copt, Alicia Kelly, Michael McCaffrey, Jeromy Morris, Molly Murphy, Wayne Propst, Matt Ridgway, Dani Ramirez, Clint Ricketts, Jeremy Rockwell, Elizabeth Rowley, John Sebelius, Nick Stahl, and Yuri Zupancic

SEEDCO STUDIOS (720 E 9th St.)
www.seedcostudios.com

SeedCo Resident Artists: SALON STYLES // HANG12: RAW

Opening reception: November 27th, Final Fridays 5:00-9:00pm

SALON STYLE EXHIBITION

Featuring SeedCo Studios Resident Artist:

Felt Show, Lori Andersen, Barrie Arachtingi, Jesse Gray, Erok Johanssen, Kate Larson, Brandon Mateer, Landon Merrill, Jeromy Morris, Dani Ramirez, Janice Raiteri, Catherine Reed, Jeremy Rockwell, Elizabeth Rowley, John Sebelius,Ryan Storck, Kyla Strid, Lindsey Yankee, Aaron Youngstrom, Lesa Weller, and Dana Wiseman

SEEDCO STUDIOS

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.

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Is a youth art collective that creates, produces, and curates a Final Friday show each month of the year. This month’s show, Raw, showcases a collaboration between local artists and international artist Christy Wittmer. Artists created porcelain sculptures that emphasize experimental forms and then balanced these on sculptural pedestals. Emulating the style of Christy Wittmer, their sculptures juxtapose the natural with the industrial and emphasize the beauty of raw materials. HANG12’s Raw will open at the Seedco Studios on Friday Nov. 27 from 5-9 pm and will be up for the month of December.

FINAL FRIDAY EVENTS IN NORTH LAWRENCE

THE BREWHAUS (624 N. 2nd Street) 6:00-9:00 p.m.

The Brewhaus presents – Holiday Gift Giving Creations

The Brewhaus is going use the Months of November and December to bring a group of previous Final Fridays artists’ works in to the shop, in an effort to bring some new & different holiday gift ideas in to North Lawrence.

Seanna Ben, Beth Pine, Lesa Weller, Tony Peterson, Sarah Kunen, Deborah Bettinger, Jerry Ann Dowdle, Valkyrie Schmidt, Der Lee and the ‘Haus staple…, Holiday Orbs from Illuminated Glass…, are always hanging around of course.





Final Friday Events for September

21 09 2015

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. On the last Friday of every month (all year long!) from 5 until 9 pm, 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 September 25th, 2015

5:00 until 9:00 pm (unless otherwise noted)

CULINARIA FOOD AND WINE (512 East 9th Street)
http://www.culinariafoodandwine.com

Paintings by Emily Fernando, Food and Drinks by Culinaria

“Emily’s paintings of figures and objects are bold and emotional, with a hint of mystery in the atmosphere.”

Art will be shown throughout the month of October and can be purchased at Final Friday, September 25th, Wine Club on October 21st (with reservation), by appointment most Tues/Thurs from 12-4 pm, and at our Supper Club Specialty Dinner, October 23rd.

ESSENTIAL GOODS (825 Massachusetts St.)
www.facebook.com/essentialgoodslawrence

For our September Final Friday Artwalk, Essential Goods is excited to welcome artist Lawrence artist Susan McCarthy. Please join us at her opening reception on Friday, September 25th from 5 to 9 pm to meet the artist and view her new work!

Susan McCarthy is a long time resident of Lawrence. She received two Bachelor degrees from KU—one in Philosophy and one in Printmaking. In her fifties, she went back to school and obtained a Masters degree in Art History from Boston University. In addition to making art, an occupation for over thirty years, she now teaches as an adjunct at Washburn University and does research and writing about art history.

Artist Statement: I have worked in oil pastels for a long time. Some of the pieces in this show are night scenes but also included are a number of pieces based on quilting. I start with small sections cut from drawings I was ready to throw away. However in each “failed” work there were always small areas which were worth saving, just like small scraps of fabric which are salvageable although the garment itself is worn out. I looked at quilt patterns or famous quilters, like Harriet Powers, for inspiration. Susan’s work will be up through October 28th, 2015.

EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL & BALSAMIC VINEGAR TASTING SHOP (937 Mass. St.)
http://www.extravirginoilsvinegars.com

“Harvest Songs”, Artwork by Kathleen Anderson, Laurie Culling, Leta Strom, Peggy Mohr. September 25, Final Friday, Reception 5-9pm. Show runs through October 27, 2015.

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. http://www.kathleenhelenanderson.com, http://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. http://www.laurieculling.com, http://www.convergenceart.com, http://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

FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH (946 Vermont St.) 6:00 to 9:00 P.M.
http://www.fumclawrence.org/ArtProgram

The Art Cafe is a free after school arts program for teenagers. This is the first time these young artists will show their work. Come celebrate their creativity and courage.

HENRY’S ON EIGHTH STREET (11 East 8th St.) 6:00 to 9:00 P.M.

Propagate || Works by Jerod Barker

Come join Henry’s this beautiful September to welcome the new works of local artist, Jerod Barker.
Opening: September 25th: 6-9 pm

Artist Bio: I am an illustrator and designer interested in mythology, forces of nature and the human perspective. Inspired by music and traditional printing methods, I try to grab attention and convey emotion with color and graphic detail. When I’m not making posters or patterns, I’m enjoying the outdoors, attending local events and traveling.

MANA BAR (1111 Massachusetts St.) 6:00 TO 9:00 P.M.

STONES AND PRINTS | environmental works by Samantha Otte and Paul Punzo

Paul Punzo has been making linoleum block prints for almost six years. Paul creates colorful prints of special objects in his everyday life: sacred hearts, hamsas, wrestlers and his cats. Through the use of hand printing and layering, he creates images of visual and emotional depth. All prints are hand pressed using inks, watercolors, acrylics and spray paint. Paul has shown at Essential Goods, Seed co, The Percolator and the Social Service League and various locations in Wichita and Kansas City. Samantha Otte is an artist and craftsperson living and working in Lawrence KS. Divinding her time between working at the co-op and her studio, Sam creates beautiful jewelry inspired by kind ethics and nature. Some of Sam’s favorite materials include metal, crystals, sari silk, suede, deerskin, and stones. https://www.etsy.com/shop/MaroonedMoonJewels

PERCOLATOR ART SPACE (913 Rhode Island) 6:30 to 10:00 P.M.
www.lcava.com

The Percolator Art Space is proud to present, “Contested Territories” by Norman Akers. This exhibition will be on display at the Percolator Art Space from September 25-October 24, 2015. Norman will give a gallery talk at 6:30 pm at the exhibit opening on September 25th.

This exhibition consists of 20 monoprints that explore issues related to an ever-changing political and cultural landscape in the Americas. The prints make use of layered imagery, including early European prints and altered maps to create an alternate landscape. Prof. Akers’ work addresses the impact of colonialism in the Americas exploring issues related to identity and place. The vocabulary of our time with words such as indigenous, native, outsider, illegal alien, and immigrant are used to define people’s relationship to place. The complexity of defining home, with the notion of belonging to or claiming a place in a shifting historic and political landscape has deeply influenced this body of work.

Prof. Akers is an Associate Professor in the Visual Arts Department at the University of Kansas. As an Osage artist, Prof. Akers reinvents what it means to be a cartographer through paintings and prints whose nonlinear map images range from names of states, roadway lines, tribal oral histories, and flora and fauna. These qualities converge to express both a personal and cultural exploration in reclaiming a sense of place and home.

“A few years ago, I began to explore other approaches to image making. The computer became a sketchbook where I developed digital images and collages. I began to use a variety of printing techniques including paper lithography and reduction printing. The use of gum arabic transfers from digital sketches and hand cut stencils allowed me to advance the layering process to achieve a new spatial and conceptual depth to the prints. The act of placing images on the printing paper echoes my desire to orient myself in the physical world. While painting allows images into my vocabulary at a contemplative pace, printmaking allows me to develop ideas quickly and to explore variations on new ideas,” Prof. Akers said.

Prof. Akers will give a gallery talk entitled, “Experiences of a Native Artist in the Mainstream” at the Percolator Art Space at 1 pm on Saturday October 17th. This talk focuses on issues related to identity, stereotyping, and expectations in the art market.

Prof. Akers has had solo exhibitions at institutions including the Institute of American Indian Arts Museum, the Lawrence Arts Center, and the Carl Gorman Museum. He has been included in group exhibitions at the Katonah Museum of Art, Albuquerque Museum of Art and History, and the National Museum of the American Indian, among others. His works are a part of permanent collections at the New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe, NM; National Museum of the American Indian, Washington DC; University of New Mexico Art Museum, Albuquerque, NM; Rockwell Museum, Corning, NY; Eiteljorg Museum, Indianapolis, IN; Heard Museum, Phoenix, AZ; Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa, OK; Museum of Contemporary Native American Art, Santa Fe, NM; Art in the Embassies Program, US Department of State, Yerevan, Armenia; Gardiner Art Gallery, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK; Fine Arts Center, Eastern Wyoming College, Torrington, WY; and Southern Plains Indian Museum, Anadarko, OK.

The Lawrence Percolator is the project space of the Lawrence Corporation for the Advancement of the Visual Arts. LCAVA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing new art and cultural events to audiences in Lawrence and Douglas County Kansas. The Percolator is a community-based exhibition and performance space accessible to all members of the community. The Percolator is located at 913 Rhode Island, in the alley north of the Lawrence Arts Center (south of East Ninth Street, between New Hampshire and Rhode Island). Look for the green awnings. The gallery space is open Saturdays and Sundays from 12-5 pm.

PHOENIX GALLERY (825 Massachusetts St.)
http://phoenixgalleryart.com

This month’s Final Friday festivities at the Phoenix Gallery will include artist Dave Van Hee, artwork from the Lawrence Art Walk artists, music by Sean Mawhirter and food from Wheatfield’s Bakery.

It is always an exciting night when Dave Van Hee is in the Phoenix Gallery!! Here are his thoughts on the evening……

Agridelic! Don’t miss what got made recently in a shack out on East 15th Street. One night only. Agridelic antique tractor paintings. . .superstition on big rubber! Food by Wheatfields Bakery. One and only drawings and watercolors pinned to the wall! Also see paintings with paint as thick as zombies on a tiny screen! Say it again: food by Wheatfields Bakery. Don’t let the flying monkeys dressed as bell boys keep you away! Leave home! Join the rodeo before somebody outlaws handmade once and for all! All pervading good vibe masks for sale, Fill the house with mask joy peace!

From 5-9 PM this Final Friday, select works from each artist that will be participating in next month’s Lawrence Art Walk will be featured throughout both the Phoenix Gallery and the Phoenix Underground.

Soothing classical and South American instrumentals can be heard by Sean Mawhirter.
It is time again for the return of Breads and Spreads from Wheatfields Bakery. Their wonderful homemade spreads that accompany fresh baked breads are always a Lawrence favorite!

PHOENIX UNDERGROUND (825 Massachusetts St.)
http://phoenixgalleryart.com

This month for Final Friday, Phoenix Underground will be featuring selected artwork from artists participating in the Lawrence ArtWalk 20th Anniversary showing in October. For this exhibition, the Lawrence ArtWalk is excited to highlight Jane Flanders’ artwork, as she will be the featured artist. Artwork will be displayed throughout both the Phoenix Gallery and the Phoenix Underground. Join us in celebration Friday, September 25, 2015 from 5-9 pm for the opening reception. The exhibition will be on display through October 28, 2015.

TEN THOUSAND VILLAGES (835 Massachusetts St.)
http://facebook.com/tenthousandvillageslawrence

Toni Brou (“Brew”) grew up in Dodge City, KS. She learned to love the creative process while watching her father tinker at his work bench, making what he modestly called “junk art” from found objects. Toni went on to earn a BFA in Graphic Design/Illustration at KU. When a series of personal tragedies struck, Toni adopted the mantra “the sun always rises” and her current tongue-in-cheek fine folk art style. Toni’s smiling hubcap sun assemblages are broadcast on CBS Sunday Morning on a regular basis as the show fades to commercial. The artist lives in Lawrence with her Three Most Important Pieces of Work–her three tall sons. Memories of them as little boys are the inspiration for the sense of whimsy so evident in Toni’s pieces. Her work has been sold in galleries around the U.S. and is in private collections in many countries around the world. Toni will have original wall art as well as always affordable cards, prints and ornaments at this show.

THE BOURGEOIS PIG (6 E. 9th St.) 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
http://www.facebook.com/TheBourgeoisPig

Leslie Kuluva is an artist and printmaker living and working in East Lawrence. A graduate of the University of Kansas, she has studied many areas of art, and has been booking bands locally for over a decade as well. She is also the creator of the now beloved expression, “LFK”. Leslie owns and operates LFK Press, a print and design studio in East Lawrence, serving the local community and beyond.

Artist Statement: I enjoy working in various media, but when I found printmaking years ago, it quickly captured my attention. It inspired me with endless possibility, and it’s balance of planning and process, mathematics and art.

I revel in the ability to create work that is handmade, while being reproduceable, and that it has the potential to reach more people as a result. Not only can printmaking yield multiple works, lending itself to more accessible price tags than single pieces, but the printing process is a profound and integral part the journey. The changes that occur through printmaking, between the original image and the final result, can transform a drawing beyond the imagination, and could most certainly never be simulated. I love to think of it as an outside force, a collaborator, another hand at work. Some things are gained in translation.

My work is a balance of detail and suggestion, a blend of line, texture, levity, and the quest to cherish moments. I hope to bring a bit of buoyancy and sentiment to others through small statements.

This series is a look at some things I treasure about Lawrence.

WATKINS MUSEUM (1047 Massachusetts Street) 5:00 to 8:00 P.M.
http://www.watkinsmuseum.org/

The Watkins Museum of History will host a free Final Friday event on September 25, 2015, from 5 to 8 p.m., introducing a new exhibition titled Under Protest: Emigrant Tribes in Franklin County, Kansas. This exhibition relates the stories of eleven tribes—where they came from, how they arrived in Franklin County, and their fates after relocation to Kansas. Developed in partnership with the Franklin County Historical Society, the exhibition includes historic photographs, maps, and artifacts drawn from the collections of both the Douglas County and Franklin Count Historical Societies. The exhibition will run from September 25, 2015 through January 9, 2016.

In the 1830s and ‘40s many tribes were relocated to land in what are now the states of Kansas, Nebraska, and Oklahoma. Tribes native to Kansas were restricted to land on defined reservations. During the Civil War, pro-Union tribes escaping from Confederate forces in Indian Territory (present-day Oklahoma) often sought refuge in Kansas. “As a result,” DCHS Executive Director, Steve Nowak indicated, “the area that is now Franklin County became home to a greater diversity of Emigrant Tribes than any other place in Kansas. The history and fate of those tribes reflects that of tribes relocated to reservations that were spread across what would become the state of Kansas.”

The exhibition’s opening will be celebrated with a talk by Prof. Eric Anderson of Haskell Indian Nations University, as well as Native foods, music, and dancing by Haskell students. Fittingly, this year September 25 is also Native American Day. Join us for an exciting evening of Indian history and culture marking our new exhibition and a unique partnership of three local institutions.

ECCENTRICITY (716 Massachusetts St)

Artist and Poet Karl Dean:

As an artist and a writer, I strive for balance. It is essential not only in the aesthetics, but in life itself. As a poet foremost, I elect to intertwine color and emotion with my words. To bring those elements together in a certain symmetry allows the viewer to observe with an appreciation at any angle, which affords a more powerful and spoken piece. To reach the viewer’s emotions is of importance to me. Knowing I conveyed a message and touched someone’s heart in an uplifting manner is of the utmost fulfillment; so what better perspective than balance…

FINAL FRIDAY EVENTS IN THE WAREHOUSE ARTS DISTRICT

CIDER GALLERY (810 Pennsylvania St.)
www.cidergallery.com

Opening reception: Final Fridays, September 25th, 5:00-9:00pm

Wayne Propst : Recent Sledge Hammer Paintings

“Sledge hammer painting is or appears to be random and chaotic. It is actually quite directed by several tools that I have evolved. But it is sledge hammer painting thus head speed remains the most impacting component of this work. Really it’s about energy. Industrial coatings at 400 feet per second.” WP

*Show runs through October*

SEEDCO STUDIOS (720 E 9th St.)
www.seedcostudios.com

  • Lori Anderson
  • Barrie Arachtingi
  • Jesse Gray
  • Erok Johanssen
  • Kate Larson
  • Brandon Mateer
  • Landon Merrill
  • Jeromy Morris
  • Dani Ramirez
  • Janice Raiteri
  • Catherine Reed
  • Jeremy Rockwell
  • Elizabeth Rowley
  • John Sebelius
  • Karl Soukup
  • Ryan Storck
  • Kyla Strid
  • Aaron Youngstrom
  • Lesa Weller
  • Dana Wiseman
  • Felt Show
  • Whatever Forever

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.

FINAL FRIDAY EVENTS IN NORTH LAWRENCE

THE BREWHAUS (624 N. 2nd Street) 6:00-9:00 p.m.

In Search of Imagination – A Wonderful Caricature of Intimacy by Valkyrie Schmidt

Artist Statement: I started drawing with pencil and paper when I was 4, and I remember thinking how much easier it was to draw in black and white; because expressing the colors I saw in the images in my head were so difficult. Now I have grown into the vibrant and bold colors I use when I paint, because these colors shock the system and they themselves evoke emotions on their own and with the imagery itself.





Final Friday Events for August 2015

24 08 2015

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. On the last Friday of every month (all year long!) from 5 until 9 pm, 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.

Summer In The Psalms
Vintage Church
1501 New Hampshire St.

5pm to 9pm

http://vintagelawrence.com

Summer in the Psalms is an exhibit of spiritually inspired artwork created by 12 selected artist. Each artist creatively executed a Psalm from a sermon series presented at Vintage Church.

Exhibit Opening: Four Days In Cornville: The 1939 National Cornhusking Contest
Watkins Museum of History
1047 Massachusetts St.

5pm to 8pm

http://www.watkinsmuseum.org/

Join us at the Watkins Museum of History for a free Final Friday event celebrating the opening of our new exhibit. We will have refreshments, games, and a presentation by the National Agricultural Center and Hall of Fame at 7 PM.

August Final Friday at Phoenix Gallery
Phoenix Gallery and Pheonix Underground
825 Massachusetts St

5pm to 9pm

http://www.phoenixgalleryart.com

The Phoenix Gallery is proud to welcome local artists Robbin Loomas, Wendy Droge-Malm, HANG12 and local singer/songwriter Darrell Lea, in a sensational evening of art, entertainment and flavorful fare from Merchant’s Pub and Plate. Phoenix Gallery is pleased to display the work of HANG12, a curatorial board of high school students sponsored by the Lawrence Arts Center. This collective creates a Final Friday show each month that highlight viewpoints and ideas important to Lawrence. Not only do HANG12 members curate artwork by other high school students to fit the month’s theme or medium, they also create and display their own artwork at the Final Friday show. Each month, members work with a local artist or organization to collaborate on the final product, gaining skills from professionals in the process of constructing and maintaining a gallery show. This month’s show is titled “Masonite”, as artists were limited to an 18” x 24” piece of masonite to compose their artwork on. Robbin Loomas’ artistic expressions blend photography and painting. Digital painting is an emerging art form where traditional painting techniques and styles are applied using a computer, with each brushstroke applied individually by hand. “I consider the camera my sketchbook. When I look through the lens I see the beginning of a work of art. It is the bones on which to build,” says the award winning photographer and digital artist Robbin Loomas about her process. Loomas has her own photo studio in Lawrence and teaches this painting technique at the Lawrence Arts Center, Baker University and to professionals throughout the Midwest. Wendy Droge-Malm will be demonstrating a technique called polymer clay embroidery/applique that she uses to make jewelry, pens, and many other items. She is a polymer clay artist and a stay-at-home mom from Lawrence. She uses a technique where every tiny (miniscule) piece of clay is shaped by hand and then applied to a polymer clay cabochon with a needle, toothpick or other shaping tool. She will be demonstrating how to create peacocks, flowers, trees, etc. All of her creations are a labor of love. This Final Friday is sure to be a feast for your senses. In addition to viewing vivid art and hearing splendid music, Chef TK Peterson of Merchants Pub and Plate will feature a tantalizing treat from their special Downtown Lawrence Restaurant week menu. Merchants is a gastropub in Downtown Lawrence sourcing locally and serving 30 craft beers on draft.

The Phoenix Underground is excited to exhibit new artwork by local painter Brian Timmer and local sculptor Cathy Broski. Come hang out with the artists and enjoy their new pieces August 28th from5-9pm for the opening reception. Exhibition is up through September 23, 2015. BRIAN TIMMER BIO Brian Timmer has lived in Lawrence for ten years with fellow artist and wife, Betsy Timmer. Brian received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting from Western Michigan University in 2003. Currently, Brian works as freelance artist, non-profit community leader for Prodigal Collective and is the father of two young boys. As a painter, Brian gravitates toward an abstract expressionistic style while many of his recent commissions have challenged him to paint natural and representational subjects. The combination of spontaneous brush strokes and natural elements reflect a controlled chaos where mess and beauty collide. CATHY BROSKI BIO Figures, houses, boats and pottery are all vessels to contain things we hold dear, and sometimes those things we would cast off. I chose these forms to work with because they have several levels of meaning I find intriguing to explore. Every time I see these objects in a different environment, with a different story, they are thus reborn. “Each piece begins on the potter’s wheel or with slabs; they grow with the application of coils or additional slabs. After the overall form is created, I carve the surface and let it dry. Once the base color is applied and fired, I apply and wipe off a combination of terra sigillatas, slips, stains, and glazes, then fire again. This process is repeated until I achieve the desired effect. Since receiving my BFA from Kansas City Art Institute in 1990, I have worked in the ceramics field in many capacities”

Holding Up the Sky (Paintings by Janice Nabors Raiteri)
Merchant’s Pub
8th and Mass

5pm to 7pm

Holding Up the Sky Paintings by Janice Nabors Raiteri (Exhibition covering all three floors) Merchant’s Pub (8th and Mass) Final Friday Reception, August 28th 5 to 7pm

Katsutoshi Yuasa and Jon Swindler
Lawrence Arts Center
940 New Hampshire Street

5pm to 9pm

http://lawrenceartscenter.org/upcoming-exhibitions/

Katsutoshi Yuasa Printmaking connects the past and the future. Yuasa says, “Once we have lost something, we sometimes can’t remember what we have lost. It is easy to lose something vital in a moment. Last year, I visited a small town in the northeast of Japan which had suffered from the earthquake and tsunami in 2011. In this long sweep of razed, flat land, I couldn’t imagine there had even been a town in which people had lived. Also, it is very difficult to keep a feeling we have after a catastrophe. We have the gift of forgetting pain when it ends. We can’t keep everything in our minds, but we have things we have to remember. I make woodcut prints to hold memory, and it is my way of understanding and immortalizing everyday events as well as cataclysmic events. The memory and the materials are both present in a stratum of a print. A fragment of memory is very fragile, but in each woodblock print there is a clue for the future.”

Jon Swindler is an Associate Professor in the Lamar Dodd School of Art at the University of Georgia in Athens. Jon holds a B.F.A. from Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas an M.F.A. at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. Over the last several years, Jon has exhibited his work in numerous solo, competitive and invitational exhibitions both nationally and internationally.

Larissa Wilson | Domestic Bliss
Essential Goods
825 Massachusetts St

5pm to 9pm

http://www.facebook.com/essentialgoodslawrence

For our August Final Friday Artwalk, Essential Goods is excited to welcome artist Larissa Wilson. Please join us at her opening reception for her show, Domestic Bliss, on Friday, August 28th from 5 to 9 pm to meet the artist and check out her new work! ::Artist Biography:: Larissa Wilson is a native Kansan, a BFA graduate from Fort Hays State University, and a long time resident of Lawrence. Her new series of assemblages seeks to elevate everyday household objects to sacred status. Salt and pepper shakers become religious icons. Tea strainer become alters. Button mandalas are made for meditation. They will bless the walls of Essential Goods until Wednesday, September 23rd, 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, a popular local breakfast spot, or as “Butternutsquash”, the name she uses at local art fairs and LOLA events. Larissa’s work will be up through September 23rd, 2015.

Joel Ramirez
Mana Bar
1111 Massachusetts St.

6pm to 9pm

An Exhibition of Work By Sarah Kunen
The Brewhaus
624 N 2nd St

6pm to 9pm

Artist Statement I focus primarily expressions of women’s sexuality, aggression, the expression of pain caused by disability and drug use. The goal is ultimately self-acceptance and openness, so that other people, by viewing my art, feel some relief. It is also meant to proactively express the women’s figure and emotions from the female point of view. In other words, men do not “own” female nude painting. I also investigate the divides between people and their understanding of the “other”. I explore illness, death, sex, and drugs. Most of this exploration is through distortion, expressive strokes, showing the process of creating art, (leaving in mistakes or changes in the painting), which demonstrates that mistakes and change are not bad, but part of the creative process in art and life. I explore the ideas of movement, which is a metaphor for the conflicting feelings and thoughts that occur throughout life. My paintings and drawings isolate the movements of humans and the inseparable relationship between moments in time. The work shows how the parts create the whole but the parts are also important, the steps which get people from point “a” to point “b” in their lives. I show the process and its relation to life, the mistakes made, the growth and development of both the art, artists, and life. Sarah Kunen

NEIL GOSS: “The Human RACE” / ALICIA KELLY: “Just Tell Me When”
Cider Gallery
810 Pennsylvania

5pm to 9pm

http://cidergallery.com/

NEIL GOSS: “The Human RACE” Neil Goss lives in Lawrence, KS where he concentrates his work around natural Earth processes while responding to human impacts upon those processes. In 2012 he received two BFA’s in Design with concentrations in Textiles and Ceramics from the University of Kansas School of the Arts. Goss has focused the last 5 years of his life to researching and practicing sustainable arts processes such as natural dyeing, weaving (backstrap weaving), utilizing hand dug clay, and foraging art materials. Goss has studied with Dominique Cardon, Elena Phipps, Sachio Yashioka, Nilda Callanaupa Alvarez, Inge Norgaard and Michelle Whipplinger. Goss has taught workshops, completed public art installations and done artist talks from coast to coast in the United States. He currently is a practicing professional artist and teaches pottery and natural dyeing at the Lawrence Arts Center. Artist Statement: Black, brown, red, yellow, white…the human spectrum. We, the human race are made of natural earth minerals, nutrients and elements, the exact same ones that make up the earth and every life form that lives upon it. The same goes for the materials and colors that you see in this show, all being from the Earth. We, the human race are mere extensions of the earth, all individual and diverse. However, we are all here for the same reason – life. Just like the soils, vegetation and wildlife that strives to exist around our human presence. All of these things, and most of all including us, are interconnected; each individual making grand impact upon the larger workings of life, no matter how small or large the motion is. We are matter. We all matter. Everything matters. This is why, in this modern age of living and understanding, we must accept every “other” as our brother and sister. We must stop fencing out the “other.” We must stop being fearful of the “other”. I am proposing a new concept called “bio-race-centrism.” It is the belief that all soils, vegetation, wildlife, non-humans, and humans (of all colors) have inherent value in their life on Earth. Equality among all; the Earth is our connector. In a time when we are seeing such a grand continuation/re-emergence of racial and human inequality – of separation and misunderstanding – we must look to the Earth as our connector, as it creates us, sustains us and unites us. It doesn’t matter one’s color—we all look different and we are all different. Yet we are all the same, we are all made of the same earth stuff. We are the human race. We are all living until the end, waiting just like the soils, plants and wildlife to give our borrowed minerals, nutrients and elements back to Earth: an offering of thanks. ALICIA KELLY: “Just Tell Me When” Alicia Kelly was born and raised among the red dirt and wildflowers of northeastern Oklahoma. The country landscape and fauna of the midwest left a deep impression on Kelly that continues to inspire her artwork. Her love of paper developed alongside her love screen-printing and the spontaneous which lead her to the meditative practice of paper-cutting. Since receiving her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Printmaking(2010) from the University of Kansas, she has exhibited in numerous galleries, non-profit spaces and flash spaces. Venues include Stumptown Printers (Portland), Proyecto Ace (Buenos Aires, Argentina) and Hongik University (Seoul, South Korea). Artist Statement: With each breath, we absorb, decompress, and radiate life. My current cut paper installations play on the subtlety of our everyday rituals and how quickly they can evolve by our moment to moment decisions. Using paper as a kind of nostalgic vehicle, I aim to transport the viewer back to the familiarity of childhood and crafts. Playful in nature, along with loose mental plans of each mark, cut-out and segment, I recognize paper has a breathing personality-twisting, falling and bunching- in the way that is natural to itself. Placement of natural light and shadows, with contrast of draped cut-paper and screen printed patterns, my current practice allows for a conversational collision of textures between the natural and unnatural world. Palpable vs. Fabricated. The full cycle of material is also taken into consideration-the journey from tree to pulp to sheet. Tactility is important to my process while dancing with the delicacies of movement thru rhythmic mark making. A collector of the free- traded and recycled papers conduct each work, while I learn the language of each spontaneous pattern and respond accordingly. A pattern maker-a mediator- a hand that responds to altered surfaces.

Kaylyn Munro
Culinaria Food and Wine
512 East 9th Street

5pm to 9pm

http://www.culinariafoodandwine.com

Culinaria Food and Wine – 512 East 9th Street welcomes you to our Final Friday Supper Club and Art Exhibit Event, Friday, August 28th, 2015 Happy Hour Drinks & Snacks Food by Culinaria, Paintings by Kaylyn Munro (Exerpted from Lawrence Arts Center website) Kaylyn Munro studied art at the University of Kansas and graduated with a degree in Printmaking and Painting.  After a long hiatus from making art while practicing architecture, she returned to painting in 2009 and has focused on oil painting and monotype printmaking.  Her paintings have been shown in a number of open and juried exhibitions around the region.  Teaching oil painting at the Arts Center has been especially rewarding as Kaylyn thoroughly enjoys helping beginning and more advanced students learn how to work with this wonderful medium. Kaylyn  is attracted to the process in printmaking and painting.  She explores traditional oil painting techniques while working primarily with unusual perspectives and viewpoints of still life subject matter. She pushes the fundamental rules of composition, color theory and lighting to create images that are intriguing and compelling. Happy Hour cocktails, beer, and wine, and Take-Out food will be served from 5-8 pm. Artist Reception with cash bar from 8-9 pm. Art will be shown throughout the month of September and can be purchased at Final Friday, August 28th, Wine Club on September 16th (with reservation), by appointment most Tues/Thurs from 12-4 pm, and at our Supper Club Specialty Dinner, date TBA.

Resident Exhibition ::: Open Studios
SeedCo Studios
720 E 9th St #7

5pm to 9pm

http://www.seedcostudios.com/

Featuring Resident Artists: Felt Show Barrie Arachtingi Jesse Gray Erok Johanssen Kate Larson Brittany Long Brandon Mateer Landon Merrill Jeromy Morris Dani Ramirez Janice Raiteri Catherine Reed Jeremy Rockwell Elizabeth Rowley John Sebelius Karl Soukup 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 19 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 media, 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.

Local Photographers
The Lawrence Community Photo Studio
720 E 9th st Suite 6

6pm to 10pm

http://lawrencecommunityphotostudio.weebly.com/

A display of Local Photographers work in the area. Including some beautiful works from Leo Lutz

Marge Banks
Ten Thousand Villages – Lawrence
835 Massachusetts St

5pm to 9pm

http://facebook.com/tenthousandvillageslawrence

Marge Banks is a retired art educator living in Lawrence, Kansas. Her art quilts are all based on Seminole Patchwork Patterns. Those patterns are assembled in non-traditional ways with non-traditional fabrics. Color and design play a huge role in the original dynamic designs. Marge uses a home sewing machine to piece and quilt and to occasionally incorporate machine applique.

Jenn Wilson
Tooter and Tillaye’s Home Goods
644 locust street

5pm to 9pm

http://www.tooterandtillayes.com

Artist Jenn Wilson is our final Fridays featured artist, her vibrant ink and prisma color drawings done in art nouveau style.

Shelby Keierleber at Wonder Fair
Wonder Fair Gallery
803 1/2 Massachusetts St.

6pm to 10pm
http://www.wonderfair.com

This August, Wonder Fair presents the final exhibition at their original location, 803 Massachusetts, before their imminent move to 841 Mass. This August, Wonder Fair presents a new interactive, competitive exhibition by Shelby Keierleber, a favorite emerging artist from 2013’s “Young Woman Artists” Exhibition. In the gallery, Keierleber, a 2014 KU painting graduate, will install a regulation-sized ping pong table created entirely by the artist and playable by viewers. Keierleber’s installation will “play us out” through September 2015, when Wonder Fair moves to its new, larger, street-level location at 841 Massachusetts Street. To learn more about Keierleber and her work, visit http://www.shelbykeierleber.com/

‘Ship of Fools’ || Works by Geoffrey Benzing
Henry’s Coffee Shop
11 East 8th

6pm to 9pm

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

‘Ship of Fools’ || Works by Geoffrey Benzing “Ship of Fools” is a collection of paintings that is so random that it is somewhat foolish. “Ship of Fools” includes paintings of ships as well as flying monks, owl playing cards, portraits, cats, mushrooms, and cathedrals. “Ship of Fools” is mostly watercolors with a few acrylics and some mixed media pieces that are cohesive in color and design with a wide range of subject matter. Artist Bio: Geoffrey Benzing is a local artist who has been a part of the Lawrence, Kansas community for over ten years. Geoff was born in 1975, studied Art at WSU, and by trade is a professional artist, and groundskeeper. He works in series. He has developed several styles that vary in character, and technique. Geoff has been an artist his whole life; He’s consistently encourged by his family, And accelled in Art and Design during his Academic career at WSU. He began showing his work in galleries and coffee houses in 2001. He has several upcoming shows including a show at the Hutchinson Art Center. Watercolor and acrylic paintings make up the bulk of Geoff’s work, and artists that inspire him are Gustav Klimpt, Steven Quiller, Salvador Dali, and Simon Bisely.

Gypsy Market
Illusion Glass
313 E 8th St

5pm to 9pm

http://illusionglass.com

Local artists vending handmade goods, and live glass blowing demonstrations.

Composer at work
Lawrence Arts Center
940 New Hampshire Street

5pm to 9pm

http://lawrenceartscenter.org/upcoming-exhibitions/

Artistic Director Ric Averill will be in the lobby composing music for this fall’s production of A Midnight Visit to the Grave of Poe: A Grotesque Arabesque. Watch Ric as he creates this original score. See the creative process in action and ask questions.

Tease it to Jesus: A portfolio of Dolly Parton prints
Lawrence Arts Center
940 New Hampshire Street

5pm to 9pm

http://lawrenceartscenter.org/upcoming-exhibitions/

“””Tease it to Jesus”” is a portfolio of 35 printed portraits of Dolly Parton, designed and printed by some of the nation’s finest printmakers and organized by Smokey Road Press.

The portfolio includes artists John Hitchcock, Sage Perrott, Erika Adams, Kathryn Polk, Andrew Polk, Brett Anderson, Emily Cummings, Samantha Mosby Belcher, John Hancock, Margot Ecke, Raluca Iancu, Yoonmi Nam, Lily Smith-Kirkley, Katherine Woolhouse, Jamie Karolich, Jen Scheuer,Shelly DiCello Ahern, Heather O’Hara, Jay Jarvis, John Stidham, Sean P. Morrissey, Justin Plakas, Rhonda Ratray, Linda Lucía Santana, Asuka Ohsawa, Rory Sparks, Dan Hood, Beth Schaible, Eleanor Annand, Johanna Mueller, Zoë Klosterboer, Jay Fox, Emily Arthur, Maren Munoz, Emily Adams and Jason Burnett.

This exhibit is part of Lawrence Print Week. a collaborative project with the Lawrence Arts Center, Wonder Fair Gallery, the University of Kansas Printmaking Program.”

Grace Chin – Find a place you trust and then try trusting it for a while
The Bourgeois Pig
6 E. 9th St.

5pm to 9pm

www.facebook.com/TheBourgeoisPig

“Statement:
This show takes its title from a list of rules for young artists written by Sister Corita Kent, printmaker and activist. Much of my work takes inspiration from her approach to making: intentionally accessible (while still challenging a viewer) and playful. My work is inextricably tied to my passion for intersectional feminism and fighting negative forces – both political and personal – with words. I sincerely believe in the power of internalizing & imbibing positive messages. In particular, I’m in search of pithy, compelling statements that can live with and empower a person daily.

Bio:
Born in Hollywood, CA, Grace D. Chin has lived on both coasts, but is currently happily based in Lawrence, KS. She graduated from the University of Kansas’ printmaking program in 2012.

She works in a variety of media including printmaking, drawing, and paper-sculpture. Recently, her work has taken the form of wreaths with hand-sculpted paper flowers and hand-cut paper text. Her work is feminist by design and often deals with themes of race and gender.”

Eccentricity
716 Massachusetts St

5pm to 9pm

Artist and Poet Karl Dean:
As an artist and a writer, I strive for balance. It is essential not only in the aesthetics, but in life itself. As a poet foremost, I elect to intertwine color and emotion with my words. To bring those elements together in a certain symmetry allows the viewer to observe with an appreciation at any angle, which affords a more powerful and spoken piece. To reach the viewer’s emotions is of importance to me. Knowing I conveyed a message and touched someone’s heart in an uplifting manner is of the utmost fulfillment; so what better perspective than balance…

Progressive Preview of Restaurant Week Event

Downtown Lawrence Inc., prepares for Lawrence’s’ second annual Downtown Lawrence Restaurant Week with a sneak peek progressive preview event this Friday, August 28th.

The preview event is part of the Final Fridays Art Walk that takes place on the last Friday of each month in Downtown Lawrence. Participating Downtown Lawrence Restaurant Week restaurants are pairing with select Downtown Lawrence, Inc. retail members to showcase a special item from their upcoming Lawrence Restaurant Week menu. Final Fridays shoppers can enjoy exclusive access to free samples of Downtown Lawrence Restaurant Week dishes, but there are a limited number of samples available so plan to arrive early! Select retailers are also partnering with Crown Distributors to sample new craft beers available from Lagunitas, Boulevard and Kansas Territory.

The Final Fridays Progressive Preview event will feature:

  • Merchants Pub + Plate at Phoenix Gallery – 825 Massachusetts
  • The Burger Stand at Foxtrot – 823 Massachusetts
  • TEN Restaurant at The Eldridge at J. Lynn Bridal – 731 Massachusetts
  • 715 Restaurant at Eccentricity – 716 Massachusetts
  • Fuzzy’s Taco Shop at Fortuity – 809 Massachusetts
  • Wa Japanese & Sushi at Hobbs – 700 Massachusetts
  • Ramen Bowls at Laugh Out Loud Family Zone – 1000 Massachusetts (entrance on E. 10th)
  • Ingredient at Marks Jewelers – 817 Massachusetts
  • The Mad Greek at Saffees – 911 Massachusetts
  • Genovese at Essential Goods – 825 Massachusetts (lower level under Phoenix Gallery)

 





Final Friday and Free State Festival, June 26th

22 06 2015

Final Friday Events at the Lawrence Arts Center

 

http://www.freestatefestival.org
940 New Hampshire Street
Lawrence, KS 66044
United States

New Work. Luke DuBois. Todd Bryant.

New Work. Bryant & DuBois will be creating new work in the Lawrence Arts Center atrium space. This new work will be projected on the West face of the building and will be viewable from both interior & exterior.

R. Luke DuBois is a composer, artist, and performer who explores the temporal, verbal, and visual structures of cultural ephemera. Stemming from his investigations of “time-lapse phonography,” his work is a sonic and encyclopedic relative to time-lapse photography. Just as a long camera exposure fuses motion into a single image, his work reveals the average sonority, visual language, and vocabulary in music, film, text, or cultural information. An active visual and musical collaborator, DuBois is the co-author of Jitter, a software suite for the real-time manipulation of matrix data. DuBois’ work is held in numerous public and private collections, including the National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C.; the Weisman Art Museum, Minneapolis, MN; the 21C Museum, Louisville, KY; Progressive Corporate Collection, and the Chrysler Museum of Art in Virginia. Past exhibitions of his work have included the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington D.C.

 

The Quiet Hour

Sci-Fi (85min)
In a rural part of post-apocalyptic England occupied by alien invaders, a teenager fights against bandits to save her family farm.

Q&A with Producer J.T. O’Neill

 

Call Me Lucky

Barry Crimmins is pissed. His hellfire brand of comedy has rained verbal lightning bolts on American audiences and politicians for decades, yet you’ve probably never heard of him. But once you’ve experienced Bobcat Goldthwait’s brilliant character portrait of him and heard Crimmins’s secret, you will never forget him.

Q&A with Director Bobcat Goldthwait & Star Barry Crimmins

 

Free State Festival Story Slam

The Free State Story Slam suspends the rules so that some of Lawrence’s finest authors, poets, songwriters and raconteurs can bring you an unforgettable evening of unconventional stories well told. Leave your expectations at the door; the rules of physics just might not apply.

7-9 pm

 

Tonja Torgeson

Momento Mori. This exhibit will feature all recent works by printmaking artist-in-resident Tonja Torgerson. These works are made during Tonja’s residency at the Lawrence Arts Center. Tonja Torgerson has her MFA in Printmaking from Syracuse University, and BFA in Studio Arts, minor in Art History, from the University of Minnesota.

 

Gunyoung Kim

Ceramic artist Gunyoung Kim’s figure sculpture captures inner psychological aspects of humanity through surreal facial expression, subtle gestures and placement. Her recent work is about the connections and disconnections that happen in a relationship because of complex and changeable emotions between two people. “Nonverbal emotional cues such as eye contact, facial expression, body posture, and interpersonal distance; these things speak broadly about the tangled thinking and feeling that occurs when we interact with other people. Gunyoung is the 2014-15 Artist-in-Residence in ceramics

 

The Bourgeois Pig

 

6 E. 9th St.
Lawrence, KS 66044
United States

Jesse Gray :: Heavy Meta

Heavy Meta

Q: how would you ddescribe your work?
A:Thermographic post-representationalism with theromorphic tendencies. Interleaved heat-exchange systems co-structured to maintain reLative temperature or cooler.
Q:Cooler than what?
Coincidence///radiation obscured by smudged dusts. Dual experiences of surface tension via inter dimensional membranesX the questionable relevance of figurative expression in modern social static. transected by the re-marginalization of abnormality.
Q: where do you see (<o> <o>) your work going in the next five years?
A: Bio-tribalism, environmental lucidity, space children. More obvious trite motifs with better branding. Product placement, bipedal plot structures. Light sculptures. Radio telescopes. More awkward silences, less tropical islandses(sic).
Q: that sounds like bullshit
a:Thank you

Bio:

Jesse Gray was born in the woods near Austin,Texas. He now lives and works in Lawrence, KS and shows regularly here and in Kansas City with other resident artists of Seedco Studios.

 

 

Molly Murphy :: Short-Term PARKing (installation)

6 E. 9th Street
Lawrence, KS 66046
United States

Short Term PARKing is a temporary tiny park, greenspace where there is little, offering disruption in a high traffic downtown area. The tiny park will exist within the parameters of a 9×23’ short term metered parking space. The project title, Short Term PARKing, is a play off the many current discussions of parking options due to the recent and future construction projects, and the project itself is located in what the City of Lawrence designates as a short term parking metered space. While many discussions of where we will all leave our vehicles (there are parking lots on every block of downtown, on both parallel streets to Massachusetts, a four-level parking garage, street side parking on every north/south and east/west street and several long-term parking lots) there is also a lively and sometimes contentious discussion of an “arts corridor” along 9th Street, what that would look like and who has a say in what it looks like.

 

Culinaria Food and Wine

512 East 9th Street
Lawrence, KS 66044
United States

PET WORLD FUNDRAISER ART SHOW – CULINARIA FOOD AND WINE SUPPER CLUB

512 East 9th Street, Lawrence, KS

Pet World Community Art Donation Show with Food and Drink by Culinaria Food and Wine.

Culinaria Food and Wine Supper Club is on for June Final Friday!! We’ll be open 5 – 9 pm, June 26th. Join us for dinner, and great local art (all donation). Each month for Final Fridays, Culinaria donates a portion of our food & drink sales to a local group or charity – this month we’ve chosen our friends at Pet World, Lawrence.

ART: We will be featuring donated art from the Lawrence community. ALL PROCEEDS FROM ART SALES WILL GO DIRECTLY TO PET WORLD. The art show will remain up throughout the month of July, and can be purchased at Final Friday June 26th, Wine Club on July 15th (with reservation), by appointment most Tuesdays/Thursdays from 12-4 pm, or during our regular Friday night Supper Club, each Friday evening after 5 pm.

Please help us help Pet World Lawrence!

We’re located in the parking lot at the NW corner of 9th and New Jersey.

 

Wonder Fair

532 Walnut St
Lawrence, KS 66044
United States

Secret Order of the Black Diamond: The Key (A new SOBD adventure featuring guest artist Shawn Bitters)

Running parallel with Free State Festival, (though carefully pacing itself so as to slip beneath your notice,) Lawrence’s best-kept secret society–the Secret Order of the Black Diamond–will resurface June 25th through 29th to unveil the 8th in its series of artful “Lost Print” treasure hunts. Members of the SOBD and interested new recruits should report to SOBDHQ at 803 1/2 Massachusetts during all operating hours of the Wonder Fair Gallery, and particularly Final Friday evening, to receive their mission and prepare themselves to seek “THE KEY”. All successful treasure hunters will receive one from an original edition of prints created by guest artist Shawn Bitters. Current SOBD members are encouraged to come prepared with their treasure hunter kits (log book and signature stamp). New recruits reporting to Wonder Fair will be given the opportunity to outfit themselves with appropriate SOBD treasure hunting instruments. Onward Fire.

 

Henry’s Coffee Shop & Bar

11 East 8th
Lawrence, KS 66044
United States

Unearthed :: Works by Nathan Hein

|| Unearthed’ || Works by Nathan Hein

Nathan Hein’s work captivates every sensational tick of a dream- like, perfectly placed world .
Henry’s is delighted to the moon and back to have Nathan Hein showcase his newest works.

Please stop by the open June 26th Final Friday from 6-9 pm, to meet the artist himself!

Statement from the Artist:
The works in “Unearthed” meld natural landscapes with precise structures. Abstract chaos encounters exacting precision. And a few people peek through, living among their towering creations.

Bio:
Nathan Hein is an artist from Kansas who has studied and found mentorship at Northeast Magnet High School, Wichita City Arts, and the University of Kansas. Though he has experimented with many methods of expression, including ceramics, metals, textiles, glass, and drawing, he has focused primarily on painting for the past decade.

 

GREEN WAVE by WHITE ART STUDIO (Shannon White & Darin M. White)

500 S Powerhouse Rd
Lawrence, KS 66044
United States

GREEN WAVE Light Installation is at Bowersock Mill for the Free State Festival & Final Friday

GREEN WAVE TM is an energy efficient LED light and soundscape installation by Shannon & Darin White (WHITE ART STUDIO artists), which asks the scientific question “Can You Hear the Color Green?” with the visual form inspired by sound waves from the Kansas River projected onto the Bowersock Power Company. The forms and color correspond to the architecture and function of the site and highlight the currency of creativity and collaboration.

The temporary installation is a part of the Lawrence Free State Festival and will be visible on Friday, June 26th (also Final Friday) and Saturday, June 27th from 9:00 p.m. to 1 a.m. on the western facade of the Bowersock Mill from the 2nd Street bridge across from Lawrence City Hall. To leave comments or for more information on the work, visit http://www.greennoteproject.com or http://freestatefestival.org/event/green-wave/126. We look forward to seeing you in downtown Lawrence for the Free State Festival this year and to further installations of our Green Note Project!

 

Ten Thousand Villages

835 Massachusetts St
Lawrence, Kansas 66044
United States

The String Doll Gang

Ten Thousand Villages will be Featuring Kambashi String Dolls.

OUR STRING DOLL ARTISTS are based in small villages in the mountains outside of Chiang Mai in northern Thailand. Crafting String Dolls is the main occupation for most of our artisans, which means a reliable income and improved living standards for their families and communities in their economically developing regions. When they are not making string dolls, many of our workers spend time taking care of their families and tending to their vegetable gardens for self-sufficiency. Some have other jobs such as sewing or working in shops and restaurants. We’d like to introduce you to 19 of our enthusiastic doll makers so that you can see the people who make what we like to call ‘ten dollar pieces of art.’

Fair Trade means that our artists receive adequate pay for their quality work.

Kamibashi has always practiced Fair Trade principles, which include working with artisans in developing countries (in our case Thailand) and paying fair prices for their amazing work. We have been a proud member of the Fair Trade Federation since April 2012.

 

SeedCo Studios

720 E 9th St. #7
Lawrence, Kansas 66044
United States

SeedCo-llabortations

:::New and Collaborative Works by SeedCo Studios Resident Artists:::

June 26th, Final Fridays, 5:00-10:00pm

Featuring new and collaborative works by:
Felt Show
Barrie Arachtingi
Jesse Gray
Erok Johanssen
Kate Larson
Brittany Long
Brandon Mateer
Landon Merrill
Jeromy Morris
Dani Ramirez
Janice Raiteri
Catherine Reed
Jeremy Rockwell
Jessica Rold
Elizabeth Rowley
Karl Soukup
Ryan Storck
Kyla Strid
Aaron Youngstrom
Dana Wiseman
Whatever Forever

SEEDCO STUDIOS
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 19 artist studios, a music recording/rehearsal 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 media, 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.

 

Mana Bar

1111 Massachusetts St.
Lawrence, KS 66044
United States

Current Works by Valkyrie Schmidt

 

 

George Paley Building

721 E. Ninth Street
Lawrence, KS 66044
United States

Immersive Environment

Luke DuBois, Nick Hallett, Brock Monroe, Zach Layton
These artists will create an immersive environment of prismatic, ephemeral light accompanied by music. This unique combination of artists presents a unique opportunity for collaborations in Lawrence. Between them, they have performed at the Lincoln Center, Guggenheim Museum, MOMA PS1, and many other notable museums and institutions. This immersive multimedia experience will explore connections between music and art.

 

Maceli’s Banquet and Dining Hall

1031 New Hampshire Street
Lawrence, KS 66044
United States

Free State Festival Beer Dinner

STELLA ARTOIS PRESENTS THE FREE STATE FESTIVAL BEER DINNER
Beertails: 5:30 p.m., Dinner: 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Announcing the first annual Free State Festival Beer Dinner! Premiering new beer-based recipes by local chefs and beer and course pairings by internationally renowned Anheuser-Busch brewmaster George Reisch, this is a five-course meal that you won’t soon forget. Learn how to perfectly pair beer with your meals, collect some new recipes to try in your kitchen, and be eligible to win exciting door prizes!

 

Free State Festival

Lawrence Arts Center 940 New Hampshire Street
Lawrence, KS 66044
United States

Card Table Theater :: Your Funniest Five

CARD TABLE THEATRE PRESENTS: YOUR FUNNIEST FIVE

Local comedians and filmmakers provide sketches, films, and stand-up sets of under five minutes a piece for your amusement.

 

Free State Festival

8th and New Hampshire
Lawrence, KS 66044
United States

Split Lip Rayfield

In partnership with the Tour of Lawrence, the Lawrence Arts Center presents Split Lip Rayfield, a band that has carved out a unique genre of music with unmatched sound and instrumentation. Often described as a mix of bluegrass and country with an accent of metal, no other band delivers the experience of the homemade gas-tank bass played by Jeff Eaton, sets the mandolin strings on fire like Wayne Gottstine, or makes the banjo sing like Eric Mardis. Together they burn up speakers and stages alike. Split Lip Rayfield will be playing under the stars on 8th and Massachusetts.

 

St. Luke AME Church

900 New York
Lawrence, KS 66044
United States

Jazz and Gospel Choir Performance

A jazz combo and the gospel choir from St. Luke’s AME will perform two shows in the sanctuary at St. Luke’s AME. This collaboration bridges jazz and gospel traditions.

There is an additional, later performance from 8:30-9:30.

 

Lawrence Percolator

913 Rhode Island St. –
Lawrence, Kansas 66044
United States

Jason Kenning: Nevermind the Weather

“Nevermind the Weather” is an exhibition of paintings illustrating the ecology of our digital lives. This series takes inspiration from the way our culture consumes technology just as the environment is consumed by it.

The show is designed to ask: How does being more connected digitally translate into our physical lives? Does it benefit or harm the environment? How do seemingly insurmountable issues like climate change affect our decisions as individuals and society as a whole? Does technology alienate us, or redefine who we are and what we become?

Jason Kenning graduated from Creighton University in 2007 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts and co-major in philosophy. He has frequently joins those academic and intellectual interests into his drawings, paintings, and sculptures beginning with his BFA show “Pluralism” and continuing to this day. His work is driven by a love of all types of media, figurative and portrait studies, and the emotional and the narrative possibilities of visual art.

 

Lawrence Community Photo Studio

720 E. 9th street Suite 6 (next to Seedco Studios)
lawrence, KANSAS (KS) 66044
United States

Grand opening of the Lawrence Community Photo Studio! And exhibition by John Clayton photography

 

Cider Gallery Fine Art

810 Pennsylvania
Lawrence, Kansas 66044
United States

NEW PAINTINGS BY KYLE GODDARD

Born in 1982, Kyle Goddard was raised in the Greater Jackson Area of Mississippi. At
the age of 17, Kyle joined the Army Guard in which he served for nine years with one
deployment in Afghanistan. Though the military is not traditionally thought of as an
artistic environment, the overt use of repetition and organization would leave an
impression. Influenced by the early Modern artists and the New York Abstract
Expressionists, Kyle became interested in the science of composition. He also gains
inspiration through architecture, the forms of casual elements of everyday life, and the persistent geometry of which we are surrounded by. After receiving his B.F.A. in
Painting from the University of Southern Mississippi, Kyle has continued to advance his artistic theories. He received a State Fellowship in Mississippi for his paintings in 2013, was recently published in Studio Visit Magazine, and prominently works on expanding his portfolio.

 

“My paintings are a process of deconstruction, wherein I find satisfaction in working with concrete experiences rather than abstract ideas. In each composition there is a network of visual ingredients layered on top of one another and removed again until only the essential elements remain. My studio often becomes an architectural workspace laden with rulers, large straight edges, levels, and other various tools. I have worked hard to develop an understanding of formalism. Through studious research, experimentation, analytical processes, and sensitivity to the motives and actions of the world around us, we are able to create something honest. Honesty – not merely telling the truth, but the conscious attempt to self analyze our beliefs or actions and decide if they are both true to ourselves and their purpose.”

NEW DRAWINGS BY ROBERT MCNOWN

Richard Saba asks: I have known your work for 45 years. For most of that time the work was rigorously minimal, conceptual and committed to the idea of the image being a result of a specific and repetitious process. The past few years has seen an almost diametric reversal in your work which now appears to be the result of a spontaneous and kind of conscious free association. Could you describe for me how this change occurred and what it means to you?

At KU an an undergraduate there were two major influences running through the painting department: from the West coast there was the painterly figuration of Diebenkorn, and from the East coast the powerful presence of de Kooning. While I made a brief attempt at de Kooning-type gestural paintings I soon realized that kind of expressionism, although I loved looking at it, didn’t feel right for me. Shortly after that I became enamored by the hard edge color painters like Gene Davis. The systematic process of this kind of painting was right up my alley. I wanted a more rigorous and conceptual process. So I replaced the space with time- the time it obviously took me to execute the obsessive processes I had set up for myself. For many years I continued to work on pieces, predominantly drawings, which were driven by relentlessly logical compositional strategies along with painstakingly time consuming modes of execution. Throughout the years I worked my way through many different mediums, some rather unconventional. Whether pencil, crayons, rubber stamps, shoe polish, ink or collage among others, were all intrinsic to what the image would end up looking like. After coming across a huge pile of manila paper a local hardware store was tossing out, I started working with oil stix, which in a way brought me full circle back to the touch- critical painting of de Kooning. I slowly gravitated away from my hardcore conceptual process, and tried as I always had, to let the medium dictate the image. Back to more free form and spontaneous mark making. From there I began to add all the materials I had, at one time or another, used. In a way these drawings are an encyclopedia of the past 45 years of my art.

Richard Saba asks: I find myself consistently personifying your abstract images and seeing narratives unfold in them. Is this by design on your part?

For most of my career I have resisted interpretation of the work in any form. I limited myself to numerical images or the alphabet- systems which had no symbolic or metaphoric possibilities. While i still find it inconceivable to deliberately construct a narrative, I do find myself more interested in creating images that are ambiguous in terms of intent.

(Richard Saba is a talented painter and musician, a dear friend, and my harshest critic. He lives and works in Cherry Valley, New York.)

 

The Greenhouse Culture

1001 Massachusetts St.
Lawrence, KS 66044
United States

The Greenhouse Culture Art Show featuring Javy Ortiz

Javy Ortiz

Guided by the influences of music and vibrant artists, Javy Ortiz has put together
a series of aggressively colorful paintings. Abstract paintings that can stir your mind and emotions.
Javy Ortiz is a young artist who has been living and working in Lawrence for the past year. With a few art classes at Barton Community College under his belt, Javy is mostly self-taught. Javy is recently focusing on abstract paintings using bright and colorful acrylics, spray paint, stencils, and even holes. His paintings are filled with motion and an electric feel influenced by music, street art, and every day life. Apart from abstract works, Javy likes to create mixed media portraits of popular icons and occasional self-portraits. Influenced by the giant western-Kansas skies that he grew up watching in Macksville, Javy also likes to paint space scenes with spray. At only 21 years of age, Javy has created a wide variety of works, varying in subject and media.

 

Spring Hill Suites By Marriot

1 Riverfront Plaza (6th and New Hampshire)
Lawrence, Kansas 66044
United States

La Galleria de SpringHill Art Night

Come join us to view works by local artists, a vocal recital and FREE Hors d ‘Oeuvres and Beverages in our Naismith Ballroom, coupled with a beautiful view of the Kansas River it is sure to be a memorable evening.

Vanessa Thomas Voice Studio will present a vocal recital of local students
Rylee Clingingsmith
Natalie Myers
Sarah O’Neill
Alyssa Karacek
Kyleigh Naylor
Maddie Birdashaw
Carlyn Hartsock
Trinity Dent
Elizabeth Godinez
Jackson Berland
Kara Smith
Kayla Clark
Kara Smith

Soprano/Mezzo Soprano Vanessa Thomas is a popular vocalist in the Kansas City area, and regularly performs in concerts and in recital all over the country. Thomas, known for her seamless 4-octave range, has an unusual versatility in a variety of musical genres, including Jazz, Musical Theater, Opera, and other classical styles, such as operetta and oratorio. Recent credits include the world premiere of “John Brown” by Kirke Mechem (composer of the famed opera ‘Tartuffe’), and appearing as Doc Severinsen’s vocalist with his Big Band Tour, ‘Here’s Doc’, and holiday shows ‘Jingle Bell Doc’ and ‘Doc the Halls’. Thomas has been soloist in recent concert with Cincinnati Pops,
Utah Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony, Chatanooga Symphony, and Buffalo Symphony. She has performed with such notable players as Severinsen, Ed Shaughnessy, Mike Metheny, Ernie Watts, Chip McNeil, and Gary Foster; operatic tenor Joseph Wolverton, and operatic baritones James Maddalena and Donnie Ray Albert. She has sung under the baton of James Conlon, Julius Rudel, and Robert Spano, and has worked with arrangers Dick Lieb, Adi Yeshaya, Alan Baylock, and Jay Chattaway.

Upcoming performances this season include concerts with Doc at Hollywood Bowl opening for Pink Martini, Detroit Symphony Pops, Ft Worth, Plano, and ‘Jingle Bell Doc’ at the Kaufman Center with Kansas City Symphony and Chorus, and Minneaota Orchestra and Chorus.

Lynn Metzger:
Sixty years in Lawrence has given me a special feeling for our city. Some of the business structures have remained basically unchanged since I was young, while most have reincarnated many times. Some are new to the scene. The sameness and the change fascinate me.

 

Devil Dog’s Brewhouse

624 N 2nd St
Lawrence, KS 66044
United States

Kimbo Jackson – Watercolors and More

The Brewhaus is happy to call Kimbo Jackson a friend of the shop since we have known her long before the idea North Lawrence’s coffee bar was ever imagined.

We are extremely excited about the chance to finally have some of Kimbo’s pieces to show for a brief period of time.

Kimbo’s Artist’s Statement is as follows:

I use watercolors and other water soluble stains (like coffee or beet root) to show the energy and nature of creatures that I’ve met or had a dream about. Since childhood I have been able to visualize the energy that encompasses living beings. It is my hope to share this on paper. –Kimbo

 

Minsky’s

934 Massachusetts St
Lawrence, KS 66044
United States

Matt Schappaugh

Matt Schappaugh is a local artist who has lived in Shawnee Kansas most of his life. Despite never seeing himself become a fine artist as a child, Matt discovered his passion for painting at the University of Kansas. His main inspirations for creating paintings stem from a desire to understand our existence. He strives to answer why people cause conflict with others and how conflict has shaped our world. Matt also seeks to better understand and reflect on the pain of mental illness in an attempt to express what many cannot.

This body of work is directly reflecting the confusion, negative thoughts, and pain suffered by those with mental illness. The art making process and chaotic application of paint is used to demonstrate the raw negative energy associated with mental illness. I often manifest figures and destroy them with a variety of aggressive techniques, in an attempt to conduct my energy and emotions directly into the painting. These works draw from personal experiences with depression and the stigma of having mental illness. This is an opportunity to express the pain, guilt, and confusion of what so many others also struggle with on a daily basis. Through this series, I hope to capture and honestly depict what it is like to deal with mental illness.

 

Essential Goods

825 Massachusetts Street
Lawrence, KS 66044
United States

Jamelle Zablow-Maloney :: Bare Roots Jewelry

About The Artist
I began my work in jewelry when I was young, inspired by my parents who dabbled in gemstone hunting here in the Midwest and in jewelry making when I was in middle and high school. I began creating jewelry to my own interests and to match my wardrobe while in college when I was continuously unable to find pieces that matched my tastes and price range in retail stores.  I began making jewelry for retail when others became interested in my designs and encouraged me to do so. Jewelry making is a loved hobby of mine that I would love to have as a full time occupation, but continue to engage in between my work as a mother and teacher.

I see my jewelry as art and spend a lot of time with each piece ensuring that it is unique and hangs or sits right when it is worn. I enjoy working with raw materials like bone and stone, in order to give my pieces an organic, bohemian measure that matches my own style. I work hard to get materials from vendors and individuals that are honest about where and how they were obtained. I am adamant that the bones I use are from animals who died of natural causes and were not poached.

My favorite part about making jewelry for others is customizing it!!! I love surprising customers with my art!

 

Phoenix Gallery

825 Massachusetts St
Lawrence, KS 66044
United States

June Final Friday at the Phoenix Gallery

This June Final Fridays, Phoenix Gallery is excited to feature ceramics from the Lawrence Potters Guild and the paintings of Shala Stevenson. Former Lawrence folk group Lost and Found, who now calls Springfield home will also be joining us to perform during their summer tour. Come meet the artists and be sure to grab a bite to eat or refreshment while enjoying the art and music on Friday, June 26th from 5 pm to 9 pm.

Members of the Lawrence Potters Guild will be featuring “Ceramics for Summer: Different Perspectives.” The artists will showcase a wide variety of work in low fire, high fire, functional and sculptural ceramics. Everyone in this clay collective has a passion for form and it is interesting to see the different approaches each one takes. The members all come from different educational backgrounds, professions and occupations and their stories are manifest through their art work. Several members of the Lawrence Potters Guild are represented by Phoenix Art Gallery. Others who will have work on display will be in attendance on Friday night.
Painter, photographer, graphic designer, Mom and Lawrencian, Shala Stevenson is currently working as a Creative Director at the Lied Center of Kansas. She was born in New Jersey, raised in Florida, moved to Colorado, got a job in California and then settled in to Lawrence two decades ago to raise her daughter. She lives in East Lawrence with one child, two dogs and a very loud cat. “I’ve been creating art in secret my whole life, but never had the courage to call myself an “artist” until the sudden passing of my younger brother, Alan. Influenced by Modigliani, my newest set of figure paintings “Repose”, “Relax”, and “Recline” use bright orange and turquoise hues and incorporate images developed in my collage work,” says Shala Stevenson.

 

Phoenix Underground

825 Massachusetts St
Lawrence, KS 66044
United States

June Final Friday at the Phoenix Underground

We welcome back Allan Chow to the Phoenix Underground for June’s Final Friday! In 2013, we exhibited his vibrant still life paintings of fruit. This time around, Allan will be showing his series “Songs of the Prairie” featuring landscapes of the tallgrass prairie, rendered in his trademark bold swaths of color. We invite you to join us June 26th, 2015, from 5-9 pm, for the opening reception. We will be offering light bites and refreshments in the company of this talented painter. The exhibition will be on display through July 29th, 2015.

Songs of the Prairie

Artist Statement:
Dancing between Impressionism and Expressionism, Allan Chow’s series of prairie paintings acknowledges the world that once thrived and all efforts protecting the majestic tallgrass prairie that struggles to exist in today’s modern civilization. With his intuitively developed palette and bold, spontaneous strokes of his palette knife, he gives form to the prairie and sky. Allan received his BFA in illustration from the Kansas City Art Institute. He has established a national following with his solo exhibitions, prestigious list of collectors including the Kansas Chiefs: Arrowhead Art Collection, Kansas City Royals, the University of Kansas Medical Center, H&R Block and private collections in Seattle, California, Hong Kong and Malaysia. He has given lectures at Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, University of Kansas City – Missouri and featured in The Artist’s Magazine, International Artist Magazine, Societies of Illustrators of Los Angeles, New York and Korea.

 

Extra Virgin

937 Massachusetts St.
Lawrence, KS 66044
United States

Summmerrrrrr…

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. http://www.kathleenhelenanderson.com, http://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. http://www.laurieculling.com, http://www.convergenceart.com, http://www.lawrenceartguild.org

Dian Hauser is a mixed media artist living in Oskaloosa, Kansas with her husband and 14 turkeys (among other animals). She received her MFA from the University of Kansas in 2000 and has been happily making art ever since. Her artwork references stories, verbal and written, that have a metaphysical basis. Dian uses metal and wood as a ground for her collage/ drawing/ painting explorations. She has exhibited her work locally and regionally. Dian’s art hangs in corporate and private collections. Dian was the Lawrence Public Library Art Liaison until 2013 and has had the pleasure of working with many Lawrence artists. http://www.dianhauser.com

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 special 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

 

Be Moved

2 E. 7th St.
Lawrence , Kansas 66044
United States

“In the Spirit of Earth Medicine” Photography by Andrew Claypool

Take a closer look at the magic held deep in the hands of Mother Natures brightest and most humble teachers.
The essence of Nature as seen through Andrew’s lens.

In-joy live Pipa music by composer and extremely talented HongHong Hui.
The Pipa is a Chinese instrument, and has been played for almost two thousand years in China.

“The bold strings rattled like splatters of sudden rain,
The fine strings hummed like lovers’ whispers.
Chattering and pattering, pattering and chattering,
As pearls, large and small, on a jade plate fall.”

Liquid rejuvenation provided by KANbucha.

 

JJ Glass

313 E 8th St
Lawrence , KS 66044
United States

Gypsy Market

Glass glass blowing demonstrations and local artists vending their handmade goods.

 

Pachamamas

800 NEW HAMPSHIRE
LAWRENCE, KS 66044
United States

F.D. Brown, Cyrus Fillmore, Teresa Treanor

F.D. Brown is a self taught artist from Lawrence, Kansas who began his professional painting career in 1997.
He paints southwestern, Native American, western art as well as iconic images from the world of sports, music and cinema.
Mr. Brown is inspired by the rustic lifestyles of the cowboy, the proud heritage of the Native American, the beautiful colors of the southwest and the images of cinema, music and sport in dramatic color.

Cyrus Fillmore- Wood Sculpture

Teresa Treanor- Ink Scapes and Abstract Acrylic