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

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Final Friday, February 27th, 2015

23 02 2015

 

Artist Name or Exhibition Title * Neal Barbour and Kim Brook
Starting Time 5:00:00 PM
Ending Time 9:00:00 PM
Business Name Phoenix Underground
Business Website http://www.phoenixgalleryart.com
Business Location 825 Massachusetts St.
Lawrence, KS 66044
United States

Neal Barbour presents Destructure. Destructure is a series of sculptures that all relate to landscapes and human intervention upon them. The clay was made using recycled porcelain mixed with paper pulp, churned into a slurry, poured onto plaster, dried, flipped, dried, rolled thin, sculpted onto armatures (or not) and then high fired to Cone 10. The mix of natural processes and materials with more manufactured processes and materials strives to emulate the subtle coercion humans put onto the land around us. Throughout the sculpting process, the clay would have its own limits and motions, sinking, cracking, dimpling, moving to where it wanted to go—a gentle reminder that what we do to the land around us is impermanent and nature will take itself back left to its own devices. The process of working with clay provides a constant reminder of our link to the natural world. Much like our own selves and surroundings, clay has memory. Each touch is a recorded moment and the clay doesn’t forget no matter how you try to manipulate it. Each one of these structures was pushed to its breaking point whether by forces of hand, pressure, or heat. The strength of the ceramics reflects the greater strength of the earth and its ability to heal from what we enact upon it.

Kim Brook is a Ceramics Artist and Arts Educator at the Lawrence Arts Center. She was born in South Korea, but was raised in New Jersey. Lawrence, Kansas has been Kim’s primary home for the past ten years. Kim discovered clay after a long career in the food industry and now creates her functional work consistently considering how the look and feel of the piece can enhance food presentation and taste. The interiors of her pieces are often a simple glossy white or a matte black as if to frame the meal. The outside and bottom of the pieces, however, highlight Kim’s attention to small details with water etched designs and small hints of color. Cups, plates, and bowls are designed to fit in the human hand with gentle slopes and curving lines.

 

Artist Name or Exhibition Title * Angie Pickman, David Carter, and Kerry Thonen and music by Darrell Lea
Starting Time 5:00:00 PM
Ending Time 9:00:00 PM
Business Name Phoenix Gallery
Business Website http://www.phoenixgalleryart.com
Business Location 825 Massachusetts
Lawrence, KS 66044
United States

Angie Pickman lives and works as a full-time cut paper artist in Lawrence, Kansas, often operating under the moniker, ‘Rural Pearl.’ Her life philosophy revolves around achieving simplicity, winnowing away at all the things that are not needed so that the individual can be reduced to the rawest, purest being possible. At this level, one is more readily able to truly observe and take in the natural beauty that exists around us. Cutting paper is metaphorical for this—the cutting away of all that is unnecessary to reveal the subject in a simple, bold form. Angie’s tools of trade are a rubber gripped x-acto knife, acid-free paper, mechanical pencils, a self-healing cutting mat, and coffee—for consumption and for a few stains here and there.

Each of David Carter’s pieces are sculpted in multi-media using ceramics, epoxy, fabric, and other materials. Incorporating actual objects with the anthropomorphic characters helps to give them life. They are hand painted with acrylic paints making each one unique. From David: “Even though I am creating animals in clothing, I am attempting to impart true character to them. The last thing I want to do is to make any more sculptures that are simply cute. I have had enough of that to last a lifetime. Most of my little people are not exactly nice, and many are out-and-out criminals. If anything, I would call them anti-cute. Basically most of them are up to no good. They exist in an imaginary world combining Beatrix Potter and Dickens—my own version of Victorian Britain. I try to make each one as a stolen moment in their nefarious lives.”

Kerry Thonen will be in the Vermont St. gallery. She is a prolific digital artist, painter, and printmaker living in Lawrence, Kansas. Kerry’s work is drawn from many different sources. One of these sources is the history of his family. Photographs are a major material used in the creation of his paintings. Kerry’s playful use of images and technique creates a rich texture that inspires the imagination.

Be sure to come out and see Darrell Lea, a well-known singer, guitarist, and song-writer from Lawrence, KS.

 

Artist Name or Exhibition Title * “Yellow” works by Jen Unekis
Starting Time 5:00:00 PM
Ending Time 9:00:00 PM
Business Name The Bourgeois Pig
Business Website https://www.facebook.com/TheBourgeoisPig
Business Location 6 E. 9th St.
Lawrence, KS 66044
United States

Jen Unekis was born in Los Angeles, California in 1964. She lived in a classic Southern California home with a pool, play house, citrus trees and a built in trampoline in the back yard. At the age of 4 her father decided quit his job at IBM to return to his roots in Kansas. The family moved to a 100 year-old farm house that had sat vacant for 5 years. Since the farm was in extreme need of repair, for the next 10 years of her life her home was a constantly changing environment. Sledgehammer in hand, life had changed from one of comfort to that of a struggling farm family. But the lack of life’s creature comforts is probably what sparked Jen’s creative spirit. Her world was 40 acres of land to explore. A graveyard of old farm machinery was one of her favorite spots.
After leaving the farm and moving to many locations, living from time to time on her family’s abandoned copper mine in the summers (and attending three different high schools in three years) she landed back in Kansas, moved to Lawrence and enrolled in KU. After studying Art and Design with an emphasis in ceramics she began creating primarily works in clay. That changed to multi-media work in 1988. Today she lives in a little yellow bungalow near the river with her daughter Adeline and husband David, where she has a painting studio. Her recent work has become a study of color with clay like texture. Using line and form to make the subtle suggestions of human form or floral elements. Her work is primarily in venetian plaster and acrylic paints. Jen was the Grand Prize winner at the 2013 Art Westport and was awarded 1st place in 2D at the 2012 Lawrence’s Art in the Park. Jen’s work has also won placement awards in the Kansas Visions show, and the LOYO show.

 

Artist Name or Exhibition Title * NICOLE CAWLFIELD
Starting Time 4:00:00 PM
Ending Time 8:00:00 PM
Business Name Hank Charcuterie
Business Website http://www.hankmeats.com
Business Location 1900 Mass Street
Lawrence , Ks 66046
United States

Nicole Cawlfield
Dark Farms Series

http://www.nicolecawlfield.com/

 

Artist Name or Exhibition Title * KANbucha Alchemy Factory
Starting Time 5:00:00 PM
Ending Time 9:00:00 PM
Business Name KANbucha
Business Website http://www.kanbucha.com
Business Location 111 Riverfront Road, Suite A
KS Lawrence
United States

KANbucha and Alchemy, two Lawrence born business will hold an open house Friday, February 27th to feature the new shared facility space. The evening will feature the artwork of David Titterington (www.davidtitterington.com) and the live music of Josh Winter. Art, music, food and a viewing of the facility will be open to the public this Final Friday from 5-9 PM.

 

Artist Name or Exhibition Title * Kansas Paraguay Partners Art Exchange
Starting Time 5:00:00 PM
Ending Time 9:00:00 AM
Business Name Lawrence Percolator
Business Website http://facebook.com/lawrence.percolator
Business Location 913 Rhode Island St (in alley)
Lawrence, KS 66044
United States

Kansas artists, Judith McCrea, Amber Hansen, Eric Conrad and Marguerite Perret will be participating in a group show to garner interest and educate Lawrence about Kansas Paraguay Partners (KPP). The KPP promotes cultural understanding and fosters international economic and social connections between Kansas and Paraguay. These locales are connected by strong agricultural base, similar size, a landlocked location in the center of their continents, and strong Mennonite communities. This Kansas contingent of artists-all who have been or are planning to travel to Paraguay soon-will launch a creative exchange through KPP that will bring Paraguayan artists to our state and encourage a deeper understanding of how the arts can affect the citizens of the earth.

 

Artist Name or Exhibition Title * || Avery Fowles: Adventures in Form ||
Starting Time 6:00:00 PM
Ending Time 9:00:00 PM
Business Name Henry’s Coffee Shop + Bar
Business Website
Business Location 11 E. 8th
Lawrence, KS 66044
United States

Avery Fowles: Adventures in Form

Avery Fowles is an artist living in Kansas City where she spends her time working, street performing as a living statue, drawing portraits of friends, and painting her apartment walls.

The paintings she creates are big and warm and are set in the spaces she finds most comfortable. Conversely her graphite and pen drawings are intimate and inspired by organic design. Both bodies of work focus mainly on the figure and contrasting patterns and textures.

Henry’s Upstairs also has a treat for you this Frosty February!

Our own talented bar back Kevin Scott will be showcasing his magical, unforgettable travel photography.

|| Kevin Scott : See America ||

Words from Kevin: I am full time student that enjoys spending my free time traveling. I particularly enjoy solo road trips to the national parks in the west and photography is a good reason to be in interesting places at the times when they look their best.

 

Artist Name or Exhibition Title * Cynthia O’Kelly
Starting Time 5:00:00 PM
Ending Time 9:00:00 PM
Business Name Minsky’s Pizza
Business Website http://www.minskys.com/lawrence
Business Location 934 Massachusetts St
Lawrence, KS 66044
United States

Art has been a passion of Cynthia’s since she was a little girl. She took as many art classes as she possibly could in school. She really started to find her “style” while working at Van Go. She got to paint murals, benches and wall art as well as create pieces using glass. She graduated from JCCC in 2013 and took some art classes there as well. Her art show for Final Friday shows her progression from her time in college to now.
When asked about her art Cynthia says, “I like to think of my current work as ‘recycled art.’ I take things that would otherwise be thrown away, and turn them into something visually appealing. My art includes old CD’s, wire, broken jewelry, material, beads, yarn, rubber bands, and also things from nature. I like to experiment with textures, shape and color. My goal is to create pieces that are interesting to look at, and that people have never seen before. ”

Come out and see Cynthia’s work premiering for Final Friday!!

 

Artist Name or Exhibition Title * SEEDCO STUDIOS: OPEN STUDIOS
Starting Time 6:00:00 PM
Ending Time 9:00:00 PM
Business Name SEEDCO STUDIOS
Business Website http://www.seedcostudios.com/
Business Location 720 E 9th St #7
Lawrence, Kansas 66044
United States

SeedCo Studios February Final Fridays
:::Open Studios and Resident Exhibition:::
February 27th, 6-9pm, 720 E 9th St. #7

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

Located within the Warehouse Arts District at 720 E 9th Street #7 in Lawrence, KS, SeedCo Studios is ideal for making, showing and engaging in all aspects of art. With 18 artist studios, a music rehearsal/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.

 

Artist Name or Exhibition Title * CURRENT WORKS
Starting Time 6:00:00 PM
Ending Time 9:00:00 PM
Business Name Cider Gallery Fine Art
Business Website http://cidergallery.com/
Business Location 810 Pennsylvania Street
Lawrence, Kansas 66044
United States

CURRENT WORKS: GROUP EXHIBITION

Featuring artists:
Janice Nabors Raiteri
Kyla Strid
Jeromy Morris
Eric Conrad
John Sebelius
Jeremy Rockwell
Kyle Goddard
Sally Piller
Elizabeth Rowley
Yoonmi Nam
Lee Chapman
Cheryl Toh
Wayne Propst
and more.

Image by Janice Nabors Raiteri, “Watery Jewels.”

 

Artist Name or Exhibition Title * Ann Dean Photography
Starting Time 5:00:00 PM
Ending Time 9:00:00 PM
Business Name Culinaria Food and Wine
Business Website http://culinariafoodandwine.com
Business Location 512 East 9th Street
Lawrence, KS 66046
United States

Specializing in event, portraiture and travel photography, Ann is currently working in Lawrence, Kansas as a freelance photographer. She uses a photo-journalistic approach, allowing for a wider range of interpretation and capturing the essence of the occasion. She also teaches photography classes at the Lawrence Arts Center and the Spencer Museum of Art. Her work will be available for purchase throughout the month of March.

 

Artist Name or Exhibition Title * Kris Kuksi
Starting Time 5:00:00 PM
Ending Time 9:00:00 PM
Business Name Tooter and Tillaye’s Home Goods
Business Website http://www.tooterandtillayes.com
Business Location 644 locust street north Lawrence, 5 blocks east of Johnny’s tavern
Lawrence, Kansas 66044
United States

Sculptor / painter, does large commission pieces for corporations across the nation.

 

Artist Name or Exhibition Title * “Winter into Spring”, Artwork by Kathleen Anderson, Laurie Culling, Dian Hauser, Leta Strom, Peggy Mohr.
Starting Time 5:00:00 PM
Ending Time 9:00:00 PM
Business Name EXTRA VIRGIN
Business Website http://www.extravirginoilsvinegars.com
Business Location 937 Massachusetts St.
Lawrence, KS 66044
United States

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, www.lawrenceartguild.org

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. www.dianhauser.com

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

 

Artist Name or Exhibition Title * Open House & Gypsy Market
Starting Time 5:00:00 PM
Ending Time 9:00:00 PM
Business Name JJ’s Glass
Business Website http://www.jjsglass.com
Business Location 313 studios 313 e 8th st
lawrence, ks 66044
United States

JJ’s Glass is hosting an open house & Gypsy Market. Multiple local glass artists will be on site for live glass blowing demonstrations during the event. The gypsy market will focus on handcrafted Art & goods made by local artists from a variety of disciplines.

 

Artist Name or Exhibition Title * LCM Art Party with Roger Shimomura Prints and The Blues, Reggae & Country Music (BRC) Band
Starting Time 5:30:00 PM
Ending Time 9:00:00 PM
Business Name Lawrence Creates Makerspace Final Friday Art Party
Business Website http://www.lawrencecreates.info
Business Location 512 East 9th Street, Lawrence, KS 66044
Lawrence, KS 66044
United States

The Lawrence Creates February Final Friday Art Party is proud to present world-renown artist Roger Shimomura giving a short talk (6:30PM) and offering his wonderful art prints. We are also joined by Joe Bickford and the BRC Band (7:00PM). John and Chala Larocca will offer up a brisket sandwich and there will be wine and beer available (5:30PM). Hope you can join us!

 

Artist Name or Exhibition Title * Clare Doveton – New Works
Starting Time 5:00:00 PM
Ending Time 9:00:00 PM
Business Name Lawrence Arts Center
Business Website http://www.lawrenceartscenter.org
Business Location 940 New Hampshire Street
Lawrence, KS 66044
United States

Clare Doveton draws inspiration from the natural world by simply being a quiet witness to the circle of life in rural Kansas.

 

Artist Name or Exhibition Title * Tony Peterson
Starting Time 6:00:00 PM
Ending Time 9:00:00 PM
Business Name The Brewhaus Coffee Shop
Business Website https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Brewhaus/133909969995262
Business Location 624 North Second Street
Lawrence, Kansas 66044
United States

I use my camera as a tool to capture the subtle beauty found in the world around me as I see it. I’m particularly drawn to the interaction of light, pattern, color, and texture. My work doesn’t fit neatly into any particular category or style.

“Peterson covers a wide range of subjects with his work, but the nature of structures and the structures of nature are common threads … He focuses not so much on the objects themselves, but on focal points and resonant visual elements, so that each is as much a study in shape and symbol as a record of the thing being photographed.”

– Steve Brisendine, ArtKC365, June 26, 2011

Peterson is a graduate of the University of Kansas with a degree in Journalism. After more than 30 years working in human services and nonprofit administration
he is currently pursuing his original passions for art and photography.

 

Artist Name or Exhibition Title * Soft Opening of Turkey Red Exhibition-black tie, ticketed event
Starting Time 6:00:00 PM
Ending Time 9:00:00 PM
Business Name Independence Inc.
Business Website http://www.marlasquiltsinc.com
Business Location 2001 Haskell Ave.
Lawrence, KS 66046
United States

Attire: Black Tie
Suggested Donation to attend: $100
Purchase Tickets:
https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=Y7A9C9P6Y69JW

 





January 30th, 2015 Final Friday

22 01 2015

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

 

 

 

 

 

LAWRENCE ARTS CENTER (940 New Hampshire)

www.lawrenceartscenter.org

Lawrence Arts Center Final Friday events are sponsored by Gould Evans.

 

Pies from the porn kitchen

By Natalie Liccardello

 

Directed by Ric Averill

 

January 22, 23 24, 29, 30 31

8pm

$15 adults, $12.50 seniors, $10 students

 

 

A fresh, ribald urban comedy of pie porn enacted, featuring Kansas City actress Amy Kelly, and Lawrence native, actor Chris Roady. Written by Kansas City actress Natalie Liccardello, Pies from the Porn Kitchen is jam-packed with unexpected twists and turns. Featured in LAC’s New Play Development Workshop in 2011, the full production promises more than a few laughs. Play contains nudity.

 

*All galleries are closed on Final Friday

 

 

 

 

 

BE MOVED (2 E. 7th St.)

 

Kansas Plein Air Paintings by Gregory Thomas

7:15pm-9pm

Light refreshments will be served.

 

 

 

 

 

THE SUMMIT (9th and New Hampshire)

www.thesummitlawrence.com

 

Open on Final Fridays

 

 

 

 

 

SIGNS OF LIFE GALLERY (722 Massachusetts St.)

 

Signs of Life Gallery is located at 722 Massachusetts St. in the heart of historic Lawrence, Kansas. We feature work by dozens of artists to suit a variety of tastes. Many are local, but we also represent artists of national and even international reputation.

Our beautiful gallery overlooks picturesque downtown Lawrence and we are convinced you will find it a satisfying place to experience art and cultivate your own creativity. Come in and let us help you find artwork that is a perfect fit for your life and space.

 

 

 

 

 

 

KRISTIN MORLAND (737 Connecticut St.)

www.kristinmorland.com

 

Kansas Day Celebration

 

Kristin Morland will open her home studio and be showing her most recent work including the Kansas State Flag in honor of Kansas Day.

 

Bio:  Kristin Morland is an artist whose primary work is handsewn sequins and beads.  But, beyond the medium, Morland’s work centers on light and color to tell a story, to connect patterns of behavior, or reflect on nature, sound and experience.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PACHAMAMAS (800 New Hampshire St.)

www.pachamamas.com

 

Pachamamas Artists, a Farewell Show

Curator, Molly Murphy, has selected a group of local artists who have exhibited or been a large part of Pachamamas over the years. This show will also feature the work of Pachamamas dear friend and employee, Gabe Todd Van Boven, who recently lost his battle with cancer at the age of 36.

Participating artists:

Gabriel Todd Van Boven
Clare Doveton
Wayne Propst
Louis Copt
Zak Barnes
Billy Beeson
Tim Forcade
Betsy Forcade
Marty Olson
Sue Ashline
Jeromy Morris
Jeremy Rockwell
Brian Goodman
Lorraine Hilleary
Marie McKenzie
Molly Murphy

 

 

 

 

 

 

HENRY’S COFFEE SHOP (11 E. 8th St.)

 

|| Just A Taste ||

An exhibition showcasing eclectic styles of the creative minds in Lawrence, KS

 

Participating Artists:

Geoffrey Benzing     Andrew Burkitt   Grace Chin   Ann Dean   Alycia Futrelle

Bar Geyer     Jesse Gray    Erok Johanssen   Leslie Kay    Kelly Kearns

Alicia Kelly    Christian Kennedy    Mitch Meseke    Jeromy Morris

Solace Naeymi Yoonmi Nam

 

|| To cure your winter blue, Henry’s is delighted to have Chelsi Reed from Mass Relaxation giving sample massages during the Final Friday opening! ||

 

More about Mass Relaxation:

Your relaxation destination! Providing therapeutic massage for the masses for the past ten years! My goal is for you to feel restored with an expanded knowledge about your personal health. Located in the wonderful historic House building at 729 ½ Mass St. suite 210. Online scheduling and additional information available at massrelaxation.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

GRIFFITH PAYMENTS + HARBORTOUCH (801 ½ Massachusetts St, Suite 2)

www.griffithpayments.com

www.harbortouchworld.com

 

Robert Lambert NYC Artist

“I work every day all day, this is my passion. The statement I make you will see on the wall.”

 

Robert Lambert has been painting since nineteen ninety when he left the world of fine art
photography to devote himself full time to his calling. During the last fifteen years he followed
his desire to seek out new expressions by working in New York, Paris and Amsterdam.
He preferred collectors who bought his work without having it explained. His work currently
resides in many significant international collections. In this manner, he has fully supported
himself and his pursuit of new expressions. In two thousand and three after a prolonged period
in Paris, a new series of oils, constructions and encaustics mixed media, evolved. Lambert
returned to New York City where he moved into his studio at the Chelsea Hotel. He continues
working on oils and mixed media paintings

“There is nothing that focuses you better than feeling isolated and being a stranger.”

 

Robert has been featured in numerous magazine publications including Rolling Stone, Harper’s Bazaar, and Art Price.

A limited edition of Robert’s Fine Art Digital Prints will be available for sale.

 

 

 

 

 

 

WONDER FAIR (803 1/2 Massachusetts St.)

www.wonderfair.com

(above the Burger Stand)

 

January 30 through March 22, Wonder Fair celebrates the Fine Art of Illustration with “In Between,” a new series of original drawings by KU professor and industry veteran Barry Fitzgerald.

“In Between,” texture and tone form a soft background to a series of vivid black ink drawings: lines curvaceous and sharp, vividly suggesting parables grown from the artist’s imagination…but left tantalizingly open to our interpretation.

Before In Between:

Students of our history will recall that Wonder Fair was built with the visual language of Illustration as its cornerstone, under the guidance of 2008 KU Illustration graduate and Wonder Founder Eric Dobbins.

Seven years later, Wonder Fair still champions all forms of art that are accessible but still demonstrate creative and conceptual rigor; promotes artists who possess a certain refreshing optimism that Art and Capital could fairly coexist (but who cannily recognize that they often do not).

And so, it is with great excitement that we exhibit “In Between”, a return, of sorts, to our earliest roots.

About the Artist:

Barry Fitzgerald is a multi-disciplinary illustrator, artist and visual communicator who loves the challenge of making images that engage intellectually, emotionally, and aesthetically. He enjoys problem solving and collaborating with others, and is available for commissions.

After a previous career as a graphic designer in Washington, DC, Fitzgerald earned an MFA in illustration at SUNY Buffalo where he studied under Hall of Fame illustrator Alan E. Cober. Upon graduation, he was hired by the Detroit New to work as a staff artist, where he was able to combine his love of graphic design, illustration, and visual communication. Currently, Fitzgerald is a Professor of Illustration at the University of Kansas. He has been teaching illustration, drawing, painting, and conceptual problem solving since 1993.

Barry has received over 100 national and international awards for his work, including American Illustration, the Society of Illustrators of NY, Society of Illustrators of LA, 3X3 Magazine, Creative Quarterly, and Print Magazine. He has also been included in ‘200 Best Illustrators Worldwide’ published by Lürzer’s Archive.

 

 

 

 

 

 

PHOENIX GALLERY (825 Massachusetts St.)

www.phoenixgalleryks.com

The theme for Phoenix Gallery’s January Final Friday Art Walk is “It’s Sweet to be Local.” Phoenix Gallery is partnering with Raven Book Store, Mass St. Sweet Shop, and Z’s Divine Espresso to make this a great evening. The Raven will bring great books and other wonderful items to help celebrate the season. Mass St. Sweet Shop and Z’s Divine Espresso will have Valentine treats, coffee, and other tasty samples to enjoy.

 

We are highlighting nine local artists this month with several of them creating pieces for the Valentine season. Phoenix Gallery is proud have Liza MacKinnon, Bob Gent, Rachael Sudlow, Jody Thurman, Kerry Thonen, Zee Galliano, Kim Brook, and Dirty Saylor Soap here for the evening.

 

To round out a great night, Tyler Gregory will be here to perform music in his amazing signature style. For all of you who know his music, you know it will be a special night!

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PHOENIX GALLERY UNDERGROUND (825 Massachusetts St.)

www.phoenixgalleryks.com

 

For January’s Final Friday Art Walk, we will feature artists Lisa Doffing and Elizabeth Rowley.

 

The images expressed in Lisa Doffing’s paintings emerge naturally from the process. She begins by turning up the music, moving to the rhythm, and applies alternating layers to several canvases at once. As the random and rhythmic marks are made, slowly but surely, sometimes over the course of several months, the beginnings of images catch her eye, and she builds on them. The process lends itself to the concept of experiencing complete freedom from expectations while listening to the layers and the process itself. The goals to experience the fluid nature of life, emotion, elements of the natural world—like water, notes, rhythm, beauty, freedom, love, and expression itself—are always fully met. The goal is relaxation and freedom from want. The goal of the paintings is to liberate the mind of the viewer as well on some level.

 

 

The landscape for Elizabeth Rowley is both focus and conduit for emotional expression. Working from small to large formats and from realism to abstraction, she creates spaces that are as much about “feeling” the landscape as they are about seeing it. Her landscapes are a collaboration between real landscape and her own emotional response to that landscape. She looks into the natural world, its outer surface and its inner light, its violence and its calm.

 

 

 

 

ESSENTIAL GOODS (825 Massachusetts St.)

www.facebook.com/essentialgoodslawrence

 

 

 

 

 

 

TEN THOUSAND VILLAGES (835 Massachusetts St.)

 

Lorel Ranney Hoffmann

In 2014, a dear friend had to euthanize her horse.  As she described what that entailed, my heart broke for her.  I decided I needed to do something to help ease her pain, but what?  Though I had not painted in years, I bought a canvas and got to work.  Studying the images of this sweet and gentle animal, my painting process became like a meditation on him, on all the work he did, on what her meant to her.  When I presented her the portrait of her beloved horse, Buddy, we were both very moved.  Art can say what words can’t.

I earned my degree in visual art education at the University of Kansas, in 1995, and my master’s degree in liberal arts from Baker University in 2006.  I have been fortunate to teach art in a public school setting for 18 years.  While I enjoyed any opportunity to be creative, often my own art making was postponed by the demands of my teaching and family.    However, since painting Buddy, my art has become more of a priority.  I continue to paint with acrylics in a realistic illustrative style, often favoring bold colorful images.  I am inspired by a wide variety of subject matter, from still life, to animal portraits, to landscapes.  My art doesn’t have one specific message to communicate.  I simply enjoy creating colorful, honest images for their own beautiful sake.

 

 

 

 

 

 

YANTRA (840 Massachusetts St.)

 

Selected works by SeedCo Studios resident artists and Fresh Produce Art Collective

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE BOURGEOIS PIG (6 E. 9th St.)

 

Life in the Urban Jungle

-Erok Johannsen-

 

Erok Johanssen is a Mixed Media artist working from SeedCo Studios. His work combines the color and energy of graffiti and street art with the more representational imagery
produced through photography.

 

Multiple mediums mix to engage photo, paint, and print.

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SOCIAL SERVICE LEAGUE (905 Rhode Island St.)

 

“Social Service League Open House
Friday, January 30th 4:00-8:00pm

The Social Service League is proud to announce its long-awaited grand opening. The League has finally returned to its home at 905 Rhode Island. The League’s employees, board members and volunteers are proud to unveil a newly renovated building, complete with a donation sorting area, a changing room, a kid’s play area and a boutique, not to mention heating, lights and hot water. Please join us for food, drinks, music and celebration. Everyone is welcome.”

 

 

 

 

LAWRENCE PERCOLATOR (in the alley behind Lawrence Arts Center on 9th St.)

*look for the green awnings

www.lawrence-percolator.blogspot.com

 

The Love Show: Our annual themed exhibition relating to all matters of the heart! The Percolator is proud to offer Lawrencians a space to explore and expand their emotional lives through the arts. Join us for an intimate display of artworks based of variations on the theme of love. Opening reception is January Final Friday, show runs through February 22.

 

 

 

 

REPLAY LOUNGE (946 Massachusetts St.)

www.replaylounge.com

 

10 pm Late Show: CS Luxem / No Cave / Redder Moon (KC)

 

 

 

 

FIVE BAR / INGREDIENT (947 Massachusetts St.)

 

“Yonder” Photography by Doug Stremel

 

Drop by Five Bar & Tables for the opening reception of Doug Stremel’s Photography Show. The event is part of the February Final Friday Art Walk in Downtown Lawrence.

The show titled “Yonder” features Doug’s recent work from the Kansas Flint HIlls, Ireland, and Iceland.

Framed large prints and a collection of smaller prints will be for sale. Hope to see you and your friends there.

www.dougstremel.com

 

 

 

 

 

THE GRANADA (1020 Massachusetts St.)

 

WILD WEST FILM FLIX is television program hosted by Mike Anderson that showcases some of the best works from local filmmakers over the last few years. These films had to have been made in 48 hours and with specific criteria. Jan 30th at THE GRANADA THEATER, this is a FREE SCREENING for All Ages.

Doors open at 6:30pm, show begins at 7pm. Episode runtimes are 22 minutes each with breaks. Come out, buy a drink, and watch an episode or two with us. Come and go as you please. Future episodes are also set to air on Lawrence Television Network and WOW Channel 6 in Lawrence.

 

 

 

 

 

AIMEE’S CAFE’ & COFFEE SHOP (1025 Massachusetts St.)

www.aimeescoffeehouse.com

 

South Mass Art Guild’s

5th Annual Droppers Ball

All Member Art Show

 

 

 

 

 

 

WATKINS MUSEUM of HISTORY (1047 Massachusetts St.)

www.watkinsmuseum.org

 

Lawrence Inside Out is a community photography project focusing on Lawrence residents and their connection to creating and supporting the arts.  Using black and white portraits, local artist Rachael Perry invites Lawrencians of all ages to share their stories in celebration of our creative community. Participants’ images will be printed large-scale, popping up in April throughout Lawrence, including the Percolator!  With four hundred portraits and counting, Lawrence Inside Out is gearing up for one more month of portrait sessions.  If you would like to join the project, here are three opportunities during the month of January.  Portrait sessions are also set up on an individual basis at the Lawrence Creates Makerspace.

 

Lawrence Inside Out is part of the global Inside Out Project, a participatory art project transforming messages of personal identity into works of art.

 

6 until 8 pm at the Watkins Museum of History

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FINAL FRIDAY EVENTS IN THE WAREHOUSE ARTS DISTRICT

 

 

 

 

CIDER GALLERY (810 Pennsylvania St.)

www.cidergallery.com

 

 

Group Show Featuring Regional Artists

We are pleased to present the works of Sally Piller, Jeromy Morris, Wayne Probst, Jeremy Rockwell, John Sebelius, Molly Murphy, Yoonmi Nam, Kyla Strid, Marie McKenzie, Eric Conrad, Cheryl Toh, Janice Nabors Raiteri and Lee Chapman.

 

Beverages will be served.

 

 

 

 

 

SeedCo STUDIOS (720 E 9th St.)

www.seedcostudios.com

 

 

SeedCo Studios Final Fridays

Open Studios and Resident Group Exhibition

January 30th 6-9pm, 720 E 9th street #7.

Come enjoy food and drinks at SeedCo Studios! 18 Artist studios and a fresh resident group show in the front gallery!

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

Jessica Rold

Elizabeth Rowley

Ryan Storck​

Kyla Strid

Aaron Youngstrom

​Dana Wiseman

Whatever Forever Tapes

 

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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 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 the 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE LAWRENCE ART PARTY (Lawrence Creates Makerspace 9th and New Jersey)

 

Lawrence Creates Final Friday Art Party with Cindy Novelo

Friday, January 31, 2015

5:30-9:00 PM

 

 

 

 

 

 

ART EMERGENCY (721 E. 9th St.)

 

Art Gallery in the heart of the East Lawrence Art District. This is a big warehouse undergoing an awesome transformation to become one of the next great galleries in town. Come visit us to see the tremendous talents of many local artisans displaying their fine art, street art and sculptures. We are the giant green warehouse on the corner of 9th and Delaware, next to Star Signs. Free entry, live music, adult beverages, and no dress code, see you on Friday!

 

 

 

 

FINAL FRIDAY EVENTS IN NORTH LAWRENCE

 

THE BREWHAUS (624 N. 2nd Street)

 

The Brewhaus, located at 624 N 2nd St in Lawrence, will be presenting the works of Seanna Hunter Ben between the hours of 6-9PM on Friday, 30 January 2015.

Statement:

Ya’ateeh Shi ei Seanna Hunter Ben Yinishye. Naanashtezhi Taachiinii nishli , Nakaii Dinee bashinishchiin. Tohstonii ei dashinalii do Todichiinii ei dashicheii. Akoteego Dine asdzaan nishli.

Hello everyone my name is Seanna Hunter Ben. I am the Red Running Into Water clan born for the Wondering People clan.  My maternal Grandmother’s clan is Big Water clan and my paternal Grandfather’s clan is Big Water. In that way I am a Navajo Woman.

Born in Chinle, Arizona on the Navajo Reservation, Seanna Hunter Ben graduated from the University of Kansas with her Bachelors of Fine Arts.

Through the abstract spray paint poster work she creates an environment that is influenced by graffiti gestural marks and a feel of the environment of her reservation. She created environments that feed to the general notion of growing up on a reservation and finding a sense of beauty still evolving out of such an environment and harsh reality through art, culture and a traditional upbringing.

She works with a very colorful saturated palate of spray paint, paint and art pens to create the environment.  Her work has been exhibited at the scholarship shows for the University of Kansas. She currently lives in Lawrence, Kansas.

 

 

 

 





July 25th Final Friday Events

22 07 2014

FINAL FRIDAY, July 25th, 2014

5 until 9 pm unless otherwise noted

http://www.finalfridayslawrence.wordpress.com

 

 

Final Fridays are made possible by support from the Lawrence Arts Center, Downtown Lawrence Inc., and The City of Lawrence

 

 

 

 

 

LAWRENCE ARTS CENTER (940 New Hampshire)

www.lawrenceartscenter.org

Lawrence Arts Center Final Friday events are sponsored by Gould Evans.

                       

betsy timmer. hitting home

 

Over the last couple of years, births, deaths, shifting relationships, and changing responsibilities have made me keenly aware of passing time. In response, I find myself questioning my priorities, my roles, my relationships, and my motivations. What truly matters to me?  What has real and lasting value? What am I working toward? I emerge from my usual blur of daily routines and to-do lists both in alarm and in awe of the precious and fleeting nature of even my most mundane moments. Again and again, I find myself considering and evaluating how I, and those around me, use this most finite resource – time.

 

chris wolf edmonds + pam sullivan

tall grass. deep water.

 

July 11 – August 23

 

Edmonds and Sullivan share a love of nature and creative visual poetry through color, texture, fabric, stitching, paint, and print.  This exhibition features the newest fiber works from both artists and  a variety of techniques and mediums.

 

jan gaumnitz. horse sense

July 5 thru August 16

 

Jan Gaumnitz’s newest work comprises her passions for photography and horses.  The exhibit is located on the main floor atrium on both north & south ends.

 

kyla strid. waggle dance

2013-14 ceramics artist in residence

 

June 27 – July 25

 

buzz cup line up

 

Borrowed from the bees and inspired by daily experiences in a life of travel, Strid’s work features the places, people, plants, books, conversations, foods, or insects encountered in her changing environments. Translating quiet moments and backyard treasures into the forms and surfaces of pots, her work parallels the waggle dance of bees, translating and communicating sources found along a wandering path of life.

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE SUMMIT (9th and New Hamsphire)

www.thesummitlawrence.com

 

Monthly exhibitions on the Climbing Wall Gallery

 

 

 

 

THE ELDRIDGE HOTEL (801 Massachusetts St.)

 

 

 

 

HOBBS (700 Massachusetts St.)

 

Featured Artist: John Geery

A cascade of vivid, retro-radioactive non-stop modern art excitement!

 

John Geery was born in Stull, Kansas and has been a resident of Lawrence for 25 years.
He received a BFA in painting from the University of Kansas and has been creating his unique brand of artwork for 30 years. His work has been featured nationwide.
Artist website: http://www.johngeery.com

 

 

 

 

LAWRENCE HITS & PAINTED KANVAS (7 E. 8th St.)

 

Painting on the Street!

Watch one of our talented artists create spontaneous art in front of Lawrence Hits’ office (lawrencehits.com, thevoiceoflawrence.com and lawrencetv.tv), located at 7 East 8th Street, just east of 8th & Mass Streets!

 

 

 

 

 

SIGNS OF LIFE GALLERY (722 Massachusetts St.)

 

Signs of Life Gallery is located at 722 Massachusetts St. in the heart of historic Lawrence, Kansas. We feature work by dozens of artists to suit a variety of tastes. Many are local, but we also represent artists of national and even international reputation.

Our beautiful gallery overlooks picturesque downtown Lawrence and we are convinced you will find it a satisfying place to experience art and cultivate your own creativity. Come in and let us help you find artwork that is a perfect fit for your life and space.

 

 

 

 

 

THE BOTTLENECK (737 New Hampshire St.)

www.thebottlenecklive.com

 

El Dopa Versus Naomi Welch & Landon Merrill

 

Naomi Welch

A resident tattooer at Ichiban Tattoo Studio, (1912 Massachusetts St.) Naomi Welch calls Lawrence, KS home, for now. An internationally shown artist, she owes her strong desire to pursue personal truth on a universal scale to her time at Willem de Kooning Art Academy (Rotterdam, Netherlands). Mediums utilized are as diverse as her interests and style. Current works however, feature predominately ink and watercolor.

 

Landon Merill

Landon Merrill is a graphic designer and artist currently living in Lawrence, Kansas. Drawing influences from surrealists, printmakers, comic illustrators, tattoos, and graffiti, Landon has crafted a unique style consisting of organic line work, intensely detailed illustrations, and condensed compositions. Visit The Bottleneck for Final Friday, July 25th to see more of his work.

 

 

 

 

 

SANDBAR SUBS & PEOPLE’S BANK (745 New Hampshire St.)

 

Sandbar Subs and Peoples Bank will be hosting a Final Fridays on July 25th at the 745 New Hampshire Street location. On exhibit will be artwork from Holly Green. Holly Green is a Lawrence native, acrylic on canvas artist. Exhibits will be seascapes, mountains and lake scenes inspired by the Gulf of Mexico to Ecuador. Her artwork is hanging in private collections.

Please stop by and enjoy wonderful Sandbar Subs appetizers provided by Peoples Bank from 5 to 9pm! Hope to see you there!

 

 

 

 

 

PACHAMAMAS (800 New Hampshire St.)

www.pachamamas.com

 

 

ZAK BARNES & BILLY BEESON, RECENT WORKS

 

ZAK BARNES
Known for his large Kansas-based figurative paintings, dubbed “surregionalism,” as well as his plein air works, Zak Barnes brings a special blend of influences and imagery from different periods. Barnes painted with the late Robert Sudlow for many years.

“My strongest influences are my immediate environment, life experience, and the way my mind interprets this information. I live and work alternatively within remote and more cosmopolitan settings. In this way I am able to explore a wide range of physical and emotional experience. I find fulfillment in the rhythm of my days out in the open, loading and unloading the truck with equipment, paints and dogs, setting up, and working with the elements. There is physical as well as mental work in the process – it becomes a meditation and a practice.”

BILLY BEESON

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, showing his work at several galleries during his time in the city. At the age of 25 he returned to Lawrence. While he’s experimented with sculpting, woodwork and mixed media, his true passion is in painting. His work can best be described as process driven experimental.

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. The collective perspectives of getting older and facing mortality opened new doors into my own creativity. Rather than insisting that I find ‘my’ style, I’m open and willing to explore various mediums, take risks with colors and forms and challenge myself to embrace my pieces as they progress.

 

 

 

 

 

HENRY’S COFFEE SHOP (11 E. 8th St.)

 

“Had to Do It”

|| New Works by Addison Stonestreet ||

 

Opening: July 25th, 6-9 pm.

 

From the Artist:

The work I create is about embracing my Tourette’s syndrome. I view my Tourette’s as an advantage not a disability. It’s a unique quality that I bring to my art, my thinking and how I express myself. It’s all I’ve ever known. It is who I am. It’s not treated with medication and it’s not treated as a disability. I don’t use at as an excuse. It’s something I deal with everyday. Every new day brings a new path in life. Much like cyclic weather changes, my Tourette’s syndrome can be characterized by moving or recurring cycles. I incorporate weather patterns to express a feeling of chaos or harmony that evokes some kind of emotion. Air is equilibrium. Air represents movement. It can be light and breezy as the breath of spring or carry the power of gale force winds. Even the atmosphere needs rest, so in creating art, I seek ways to give my tics temporary respite from my never-ending movement of Tourette’s.

The intentions that drive my work are to be seen as thoughts that are the manifestations of what we experience. The idea of multidirectional movements are the result of freedom. Can’t freedom evolve into the notion of creativity? With creativity comes limitless possibilities. To limit the creative is to limit the progress of civilization and progressive action.

The ideas and influences that inform my work come from the fringe culture lifestyle I live. Because i am a skateboarder I am influenced by pop culture, a varied non-mainstream fashion sensibility, and individualism that comes with the sport. It’s a melting pot of style, taste, and behavior.

My process is to trust my instincts as I develop the piece. Combined with a chaotic layering process consisting of drips and intentional mistakes. While incorporating my tics into my work. Whether that be representational symbolism or physical mark making. In my work I use mediums that blends the unique style of street art, traditional, and contemporary materials.

 

 

 

 

 

 

WONDER FAIR (803 1/2 Massachusetts St.)

www.wonderfair.com

(above the Burger Stand)

 

Young Woman Authors  |  A YWAs: Young Woman Artists Special Event

Exhibition runs June 27–August 24, 2014

Final Friday YWAs readings, July 25, 7:00-9:00pm

 

 

Final Friday July 25th, Wonder Fair’s ongoing YWAs: Young Woman Artists exhibition will be the backdrop for a special evening event highlighting the talents of another group of talented YWAs: Young Woman Authors.

 

In preparing for YWAs, Wonder Fair curators observed and measured the gap that persists between the perception of equality in the art world, and its statistical reality: men, it turned out, were twice as likely to be represented locally in galleries as women. A familiar gap exists in the world of literature, where women’s literary organization VIDA has for four years tracked the gender distribution of magazine bylines, finding that stories by male authors appear in leading publications at an alarmingly high rate compared to stories by “the rarer sex.” In 2014, after three years of sustained attention and criticism of this gender trend, the numbers have begun to balance out in progressive magazines like The Paris Review.

 

To acknowledge and applaud these strides in supporting the cause of female creatives, Wonder Fair has invited local woman authors to present readings of their work at our July Final Friday event. Readers include (but aren’t limited to) Amber Brejcha-Fraley, author of From Kansas, Not Dorothy, and Megan Kaminski, KU Assistant Professor of Poetry and author of Desiring Map. Readings will take place intermittently between 7pm and 9pm in the Gallery, while our visually-rich exhibition YWAs: Young Woman Artists will be open and on view Final Friday from Noon to 10pm.

 

Artists in the ongoing YWAs exhibition include Shenequa Brooks, Grace D. Chin, Mariah Gillespie, Alison Moyna Greene, Rachel Gregor, Shelby Keierleber, Alicia Kelly, Kristin Morland, Yoonmi Nam, Daiana Oneto, Danielle Peters, Jaime Rovenstine, Jessica Simorte, Kasey Stertz, Katie Weatherly, and Anna Youngyeun. YWAs was curated by Meredith Moore, of Wonder Fair, and Paula Rose, of the Kansas City Art Institute.

 

 

 

 

 

 

PHOENIX GALLERY (825 Massachusetts St.)

www.phoenixgalleryks.com

 

Phoenix Gallery will feature artists Zee Galliano and Jay Alexander. We have music by Cucharada, and Richard Bean will be here with his honey and honey products. We will also have honey themed food as well as beverages from Z’s Divine Espresso.

 

Zee Galliano, a local artist, has always been drawn to texture, pattern, and geometric shapes. Inspiration for her newest work is drawn from the most beautiful place she has ever seen—Zion National Park. Her love affair with metal began in 2005. Her pieces are all hand-fabricated out of mixed metals using traditional metalsmithing techniques such as sawing, riveting, soldering, and forging. Sometimes she begins with a specific idea in mind, but most often, design “happens” when playing around with raw materials (silver, copper, gold) in the form of sheet, wire, and tubing.

 

Jay Alexander has been working on three-dimensional materials since he was very young, starting with alabaster and wood then continuing with limestone and marble. In the last few years, he has experimented with other minerals and semiprecious stones. Jay explores human and natural elements around him, searching for beauty and the unusual in everything. A smooth finish that invites touch and a second look characterizes his work.

 

Founded in December of 2011, Cucharada had bound a trio of artists together looking to bring Tango music and its various subtypes to the area. They ventured to pursue the canon that is synonymous with Argentina in hopes of being true to the aesthetic while carving out their own interpretations. Some of it is time tested material, while other selections are culled from more recent “Nuevo-Tango.”

 

In the spring of 1971, a young man decided to pursue the notion of maintaining a beehive. That same inquisitive spirit manifests itself in the practice of beekeeping at Blossom Trail bee ranch. Honey production has made, and continues to make, Richard Bean’s reputation. His diverse expansion within the craft includes queen rearing and pollen collecting. Much like any knowledgeable student would have a rewarding hobby, his own is a bee keeping curriculum called BEES4US that he created. Join Richard at the July Final Friday Art Walk to witness what Mother Nature has allowed our honeybees to exploit in 2014.

 

 

 

PHOENIX GALLERY UNDERGROUND (825 Massachusetts St.)

www.phoenixgalleryks.com

Phoenix Underground will feature artists Tom Mersmann and Walt Hull for July’s Final Friday Art Walk.

 

Tom Mersmann is a painter of landscapes and, also, of intricate scenes of human and other natural life in northeast Kansas. A life-long Kansan, Mersmann studied drawing and painting at the University of Kansas. He was a large machine mechanic at ICL Corporation, and while working there was commissioned by the company to paint two pieces. One of these pieces is a wall-sized mural of the Kansas (Kaw) River located in the site’s conference room. Mersmann is retired and now paints full-time. His work was selected for the Douglas County Courthouse Exhibition in 2014. He has also shown his work at the Lawrence Arts Center, Hays Art Center, Deines Cultural Center, and other locations in northeast Kansas.

 

Walt Hull became involved with blacksmithing in the early eighties, roughly in the middle of a 20 year stint as a steel fabricator, and in 1994 was able to go full time as a blacksmith specializing in architectural work. Architectural work, it turns out, does not exhaust the aesthetic possibilities of the medium, and he began doing sculpture as well. From Walt: “It doesn’t matter where an idea comes from. It may be that I see something in nature which, for some reason, fascinates me, and I start visualizing shapes and movements in iron which seem to me to capture the cause of that fascination (e.g., “Dead Tree”). It may be that I see something happening in a piece I’m working on that seems to me to mean something, and I play with it until I find out what it is ( “(Un)folding”). Maybe it is a word or phrase that seems to need visual expression (“Pick/put”). What I always like to see is a little whimsy, a little ambiguity (as opposed to vagueness), a clean line, a finished look. I have no grand statement; I’m more into interesting questions.”

 

 

 

ESSENTIAL GOODS (825 Massachusetts St.)

www.facebook.com/essentialgoodslawrence

 

Please join us Friday, July 25th at the opening reception for artist Beth King for July Final Friday Art Walk. It will be a great evening and we hope to see you! Beth’s work will be up through August 28th.

 

ARTIST STATEMENT

My artist statement is a simple on: I love people. Yes, I will not deny for a second that they are difficult, sometimes needlessly mean, and often irrational, but the simple fact of the matter is they’re interesting. With all their flaws, they’re wonderful and engaging. The way people interact and influence each other has always been something I could not learn enough about, ever since I was a kid and drove my parents crazy with the non stop questions of “what’s your favorite______?”. All of my work is influenced by the expressiveness of the world around me and how I cope with it. Most of the work displayed here is my own, but I have included many collaborations because I think sharing the artistic experience with others is what ultimately makes us better, and an artist can always get better.

 

 

ARTIST BIO

I’m Beth King. I am a 2D and ceramic artist who loves working with anything that can get my hands dirty. I graduated from Emporia State University with a concentration in ceramics and a minor in art history. While I do not hold a job in art full-time, I have illustrated children’s books for Humanity Reads, a non-profit literacy group, and I hope to one day break into the exciting world of education. Art is how I navigate through the world and process emotions. Feelings and interpersonal relationships fascinate me, and I love to try my best to capture the expressive nature of the people and creatures around me and in my head. Color only adds to that. The symbolism and meaning you can achieve with colors is amazing and can make people understand without words, which is nice because I’ve never been great with those.

 

 

 

 

TEN THOUSAND VILLAGES (835 Massachusetts St.)

 

Tami Clark

Mixed Media Artist

Lawrence, KS

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.

 

 

 

 

 

FREEDOM’S FRONTIER in the CARNEGIE BUILDING (9th and Vermont St.)

 

 

 

 

 

THE BOURGEOIS PIG (6 E. 9th St.)

 

JESSICA WISNESKI, Works in Graphite

 

Largely self-taught, Jess began drawing portraits two years ago when a friend commissioned her for album artwork.  She became obsessed with capturing light on skin and fabric, and began learning portraiture by creating studies of her favorite musicians. These works encompass the last two years of her exploration in graphite.

 

 

 

 

LAWRENCE PERCOLATOR (in the alley behind Lawrence Arts Center on 9th St.)

*look for the green awnings

www.lawrence-percolator.blogspot.com

 

Dime Bag Show, closing reception

 

 

 

 

THE ROOST (920 Massachusetts St.)

www.920mass.com

 

Open on Final Friday Evenings

 

 

 

EXTRA VIRGIN (937 Massachusetts St.)

 

“Summer in the City”, Artwork by Kathleen Anderson, Laurie Culling, Dian Hauser, Leta Strom
Opens July 25, 2014 Final Friday, Reception 5-9pm.  Show runs through September 23, 2014.  There will be NO August Final Friday reception at Extra Virgin. You are invited to stop by the store any time during business hours for a cool break during the summer.  We look forward to seeing you at our September Final Friday reception.
 
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

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.  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.

 

 

 

REPLAY LOUNGE (946 Massachusetts St.)

www.replaylounge.com

 

MATINEE SHOW 6-9 pm: Paper Buffalo / Westerners

 

NIGHT SHOW 10 pm: High Magic (AR) / Heidi Lynn Gluck

 

 

 

 

FIVE BAR / INGREDIENT (947 Massachusetts St.)

 

Five Bar (just to the north of Ingredient) on Final Friday for live music all night

 

 

 

 

GREENHOUSE CULTURE (1001 Massachusetts St.)

www.thegreenhouseculture.com

 

6:00-9:00pm July 25th
Featuring Artwork by Kevin Spykerman 

 

Live Jazz Music by Lester Estelle, Lynn Elliott and friends Refreshments provided.

Kevin Spykerman paints vivid wilderness images, specifically capturing the rugged beauty of Northern Minnesota shorelines, with the hope that the images he creates will help viewers escape the complications of contemporary life in order to rediscover the sense of wonder found only by surrounding yourself with primitive, unbroken nature.

 

Spykerman was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota and went on to study printmaking and painting at the University of New Mexico.  The artist currently resides in Lenexa, Kansas with his wife and two sons.

 

You can preview his work at www.kevinspykerman.com

 

 

 

 

 

AIMEE’S CAFE’ & COFFEE SHOP (1025 Massachusetts St.)

www.aimeescoffeehouse.com

 

Open every Final Friday

 

 

 

WATKINS MUSEUM of HISTORY (1047 Massachusetts St.)

www.watkinsmuseum.org

 

Help support student history project at Watkins Museum during July Final Friday

 

In 2010, students from Royal Valley Middle School began a project that combined Kansas history, fine art and the state legislature. Today, four years later, their project needs your help to regain the attention of legislators in Topeka.

The First Kansas Colored Volunteer Infantry was the first Union regiment of black soldiers to be organized during the Civil War. When the Kansas Legislature put out a call for submissions of artwork to be permanently displayed in the state Capitol, Royal Valley teacher Nathan McAlister and his students researched, designed and created a mural commemorating the First Kansas Colored to present to their local representatives. Though lots of hard work was put into the project and many letters were sent, the students have not yet been given the opportunity to share their project with committee members. The statehouse project has stalled, but students are determined to share the story of the First Kansas Colored with Kansans across the state and students of the Civil War across the country.

The mural, on display at the Watkins Museum, will be featured during Final Friday on July 25, from 6-8 PM. The public is invited to view the mural and sign a letter supporting its mission.

 

For more information on this and other upcoming events at the Watkins Museum, visit the museum website at www.watkinsmuseum.org or call 785-841-4109.

 

 

 

 

 

 

RENOVATED CHURCH AT 12th and CONNECTICUT

 

Passages, new work by Rena Detrixhe

Over the past year, many hands have helped transform the 147 year-old church located at the corner of 12th and Connecticut into a unique home to lease. In order to celebrate the completion of the renovation, an open house and art exhibition will be held on Final Friday, July 25th at the church. Local artist Rena Detrixhe has created a site-specific installation entitled Passages inspired by the space, its history and its future as a home.

Youngest of three children, Rena Detrixhe was born and raised in western Kansas where she spent her childhood exploring the world surrounding her family’s limestone home outside of Russell. Currently living and working in Lawrence, KS, she creates drawings sculptures, and installations combining found materials with repetitive processes. Her work is strongly influenced by the act of gathering, collecting, and observing. Working in and with nature has become a recurring theme in her practice. Detrixhe received her BFA in Expanded Media with honors and distinction from the University of Kansas in 2013. She has received numerous fine art scholarships and awards including a scholarship to attend the prestigious art school at Hongik University in Seoul, South Korea.

 

 

 

 

 

 

FINAL FRIDAY EVENTS IN THE WAREHOUSE ARTS DISTRICT

 

 

CIDER GALLERY (810 Pennsylvania St.)

www.cidergallery.com

 

LACES: An exhibition of work by Lawrence Arts Center Educational Staff

 

Featuring the artwork of over 45 staff and faculty of the Lawrence Arts Center. A multiplicity of work that includes ceramics, drawing and painting, handmade books, jewelry, photos, prints, sculpture, and film & digital media. The impressive collection embodies the diversity of experience, perspective and aesthetics present in the faculty and staff at the Lawrence Arts Center.

 

Reception July 25th from 5 until 9 pm

Show runs through August 26th

 

Cider Gallery is open Tuesday through Friday, 1-5 pm or by appointment:

art@cidergallery.com

 

 

 

 

SeedCo STUDIOS (826 Pennsylvania St.)

www.seedcostudios.com

 

 

Look for us next month at our new location in the Warehouse Arts District!

 

 

 

THE LAWRENCE ART PARTY (Lawrence Creates Makerspace 9th and New Jersey)

 

This month’s Final Friday Lawrence Art Party features music by the Lawrence band The Argyle Sky, grilled sausages from Fritz’s in KC, sculpture, paintings, and more! Artists include Donna DennisKobie KoblerUrsula Barnes MinorNick Schmiedeler,, Morgan SeamanSusan Peters AshleyFrank ShopenGarret Tufte, and Valerie Ford. The Final Friday Lawrence Art Party is held at the Lawrence Creates Makerspace at 9th and New Jersey from 5:30-9:30.

 

The Lawrence Art Party, a production of Lawrence Creates, is held every Final Friday at the Lawrence Creates Makerspace at 512 E. 9th Street (9th and NJ), Lawrence KS.  We welcome new artists. To apply for a Lawrence Art Party event, simply email a few images of the work you would like to show to lawrenceksart@gmail.com.

 

For information on our modest fees, set up times, and much more, check out the Lawrence Art Party Artist Information Guide.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ART EMERGENCY (721 E. 9th St.)

 

Art Gallery in the heart of the East Lawrence Art District. This is a big warehouse undergoing an awesome transformation to become one of the next great galleries in town. Come visit us to see the tremendous talents of many local artisans displaying their fine art, street art and sculptures. We are the giant green warehouse on the corner of 9th and Delaware, next to Star Signs. Free entry, live music, adult beverages, and no dress code, see you on Friday!

 

 

 

 

DECADE (920 Delaware St.)

 

Monthly Final Friday Exhibitions

 

 

 

FINAL FRIDAY EVENTS IN NORTH LAWRENCE

 

 

 

GASLIGHT GARDENS (317 N. 2nd St.)

 

 

CHARLIE FORSYTH

 

Bio:

Charley Forsyth is a seventh grade teacher at West Middle School in Lawrence. He has recently started creating handmade linocut prints from his home. He has no formal art training, apart from doodling during meetings. 

He was born and raised in Kansas, and much of his art draws inspiration from this and his other interests. This is his first art show. Some of his work is also available at Wonder Fair on Massachusetts Street. 

For more information, feel free to email him at seeforceart@gmail.com or find him on Instagram: @seeforce. 

 

 

 

IWIG DAIRY LOCAL FOODS GROCERY (622 N. 2nd St.)

 

Join us next month for a new Final Friday exhibition

 

 

 

THE BREWHAUS (624 N. 2nd St.)

 

The Brewhaus coffee shop is pleased to welcome Mary Braun as its featured artist for August 2014.  Please join us on Final Friday, July 25, 2014, 6:00pm – 9:00pm to meet the artist and celebrate her work.

Mary has been studying painting formally since 2011 and she received her BFA in painting from the Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, Missouri in 2014.  She has exhibited her work at several locations, including several solo exhibits:
Wallace Engineering  First Friday’s Art Exhibit in Kansas City (2014)
Alley of the Altars: Street Installation, Crossroads District, Kansas City, MO (2012)
Go to Bed Hungry: Installation, courtyard of the Blue River Community College, Independence, MO (2010)
Mary Braun: B-Vogue Salon, Independence, MO (2007)

The Brewhaus coffee shop located at 624 N 2nd Street, Lawrence is delighted to be able to share her work here in Lawrence, Kansas.
Artist Statement
I find it necessary to turn the ideas of landscape inside-out, a bit, and perhaps
upside down. My reasons are ethical, practical and experiential, and all of that feeds into
my studio practice and into the work. I continue to build a body of work in watercolor,
oil paint, collage, graphite, charcoal and India ink. These landscapes are sometimes
anchored by thick organic forms are accented with calligraphic and lyrical line and color,
and sometimes, they find a way to narrate the generous, the bright or dark, and the
organic.





May 30th Final Friday Event Listings

25 05 2014

Final Fridays are made possible by support from the Lawrence Arts Center, Downtown Lawrence Inc., and The City of Lawrence

 

 

 

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, all of whom 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.

 

 

 

LAWRENCE ARTS CENTER (940 New Hampshire)

www.lawrenceartscenter.org

Lawrence Arts Center Final Friday events are sponsored by Gould Evans.

                       

2014 Art Tougeau Pre-Parade Street Party

 

Grab your friends & family, bring your car, bikes, skateboards or whatever & decorate it for the parade. Paint and dance to live music, and hang out on a spring night with everyone else. The Lawrence Arts Center provides cool cardboard cars for the kids to paint, come early as they run out quickly. Street pARTiers can also view other custom show vehicles from all over the United States in town for the parade. Kick off the summer celebrating creativity and honoring the human spirit with a sense of humor with Art Tougeau and the Lawrence Arts Center. Or, just hang out and have some good, clean fun on wheels. If that’s not enough, there will be steam roller printmaking. Over 25 artists have been carving sheets of plywood that will be printed with a steam roller on New Hampshire St. Last, but certainly not least, Free State Brewing Company will be on hand to add to the festivities.

 

On the Street Party Stage:

Paper Buffalo

Star Haven Rounders

 

GOODNESS STEAKS

Original Philly cheesesteaks, complete with “Whiz” and all the grilled veggies – $5
local brats from Kroeger Meats and Frito Pie
chips, soda, bottled water

TORCHED GOODNESS
Crème brulee – flavors for the evening will be traditional vanilla, sea salt caramel, lemon-raspberry.  Two sizes – 3 ounce $3 and 6 ounce $5.  Torched fresh to order!

 

 

Not Compatible

Solo exhibition by John McCaughey

May 23 thru June 22

In 2011, James Bridle coined the term “New Aesthetic” to describe our society’s fascination with blurring the line between the physical and the virtual as well as our interest in the digital aesthetic. For instance, the U.S. Army has turned to a pixel based design for their camouflage, and there is the popularity of various types of QR codes. John McCaughey’s work engages this new aesthetic by exploring the intersections of the digital and the actual environment. Finding beauty in the discarded, juxtaposing old with the new, and blurring lines between organic and manmade, this exhibition spotlights the aesthetic place where physical and digital meet.  John McCaughey is currently 2013-14 Artist in Residence at the Lawrence Arts Center.

 

M(i)(A)cro: a contemporary drawing exhibition Group exhibition

May 15 – July 5

This exhibition includes the work of five artists working in the medium of drawing and attempts to capture the unknown through abstracted natural forms.  What is behind the perceived forces of the physical universe? What are the similarities and differences between the micro and macro cosmic universes?  Can making marks on paper help unravel the conundrums of observed reality?  Through drawing, these artists address the mysteries of the universe.

The collaboration, curated by David Mazure, is particularly interesting as the artists come from all over the country:  Sara Schneckloth, Columbia, SC; Greg Fuqua, Ames, IA; Basil el Halwagy, Boston, MA; David Mazure, New York, NY; Doug Russell, Laramie, WY; and Barbara Blacharczyk from Chicago, IL.

 

26th Annual Outdoor Downtown Sculpture Exhibition opening reception and walking tour- beginning in the lobby of the Lawrence Arts Center.  Wear comfortable walking shoes.  Rain or shine.

5:30 pm

 

The Lawrence Arts Center will for the first time host a steamroller printmaking event. Organized by John McCaughey, Printmaker-in-Residence at the LAC, and visiting artist Jesus De La Rosa. 25 artists from all over the state will participate by printing large woodblocks they carved. This event is in conjunction with the Art Tougeau block party and will be fun for the whole family.

There will be live music and alcohol for sale (Free State and Boulevard). So come watch the steamroller doing what it does best… making big prints!

 

 

 

 

OUTDOOR FILM SCREENING

Join us for a screening of Harrod Blank’s 1992 film Wild Wheels immediately following the Final Friday Street pARTy on the south wall of the Lawrence Arts Center.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE SUMMIT (9th and New Hamsphire)

www.thesummitlawrence.com

 

Monthly exhibitions on the Climbing Wall Gallery

 

 

 

 

 

THE ELDRIDGE HOTEL (801 Massachusetts St.)

 

 

 

 

 

PLAINS GALLERY (619 Massachusetts St.)

 

 

FD BROWN

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 and recently began a series called “High Contrast” that brings to life iconic images. Mr. Brown is inspired by the rustic lifestyles of the cowboy, the proud heritage of the Native American and the beautiful colors of the southwest and now, the images of cinema and sport in dramatic color.

 

TERESA TREANOR

Colored Ink, Photography and Acrylics

Artist in Ink Scaping is a new medium I have recently been using.  The Photography I have done for a few years, and the Acrylics are something totally new and fun for me.

“I am 57 years old and just now finding I have a talent for art!  My children kept me too busy in the past to try new things on my own.  Middle age isn’t all that bad.  It’s fun and exciting to try new and different things.”

 

BILL KUTILEK

Showing kiln cast, glass sculptures. They are all abstract and range from painterly to minimalist. Each piece spends about a week in the kiln followed by many steps of grinding and polishing. The largest stands 29″ tall. “I graduated from KU with a degree in Design and an emphasis on ceramics and glass. I continued my glass studies with 6 sessions at Pilchuck Glass School in Washington. I have been working in my studio in rural Douglas Co. for the last 14 years.”

 

 

 

 

BE MOVED STUDIO (2 E. 7th St.)

 

“Stitching Old Wounds”

5:30-8 pm

Acoustic live music from: The Passionflowers, Youngest Children, and No Magic. Music starts around 6.

 

 

 

 

LAWRENCE HITS & PAINTED KANVAS (7 E. 8th St.)

 

Painting on the Street!

Watch one of our talented artists create spontaneous art in front of Lawrence Hits’ office (lawrencehits.com, thevoiceoflawrence.com and lawrencetv.tv), located at 7 East 8th Street, just east of 8th & Mass Streets!

 

May 30th Final Friday Artist Bio:

Eric Darmstaedter comes from an artistic family. His grandmother was a doll-maker, and his father has been a professional painter for most of his life. Eric began painting when he was 20 years old.

He attended art school at the University of Central Arkansas with an emphasis in painting. During his time at school, he fell in love with the post-impressionists’ use of color. He has a fascination with all things fantasy or surreal. His art is usually very detail-oriented and some take him months to finish.

Eric has worked as a preparator at the Baum Gallery of Fine Arts in Conway, Arkansas and was previously an instructor at a studio similar to Painted Kanvas in North Little Rock.

Eric’s portfolio website can be found at: www.bluecanvas.com/xedand he can be found on Facebook as well.

 

 

 

 

 

SIGNS OF LIFE GALLERY (722 Massachusetts St.)

 

Signs of Life Gallery is located at 722 Massachusetts St. in the heart of historic Lawrence, Kansas. We feature work by dozens of artists to suit a variety of tastes. Many are local, but we also represent artists of national and even international reputation.

Our beautiful gallery overlooks picturesque downtown Lawrence and we are convinced you will find it a satisfying place to experience art and cultivate your own creativity. Come in and let us help you find artwork that is a perfect fit for your life and space.

 

 

 

 

 

THE BOTTLENECK (737 New Hampshire St.)

www.thebottlenecklive.com

 

 

 

 

 

PACHAMAMAS (800 New Hampshire St.)

www.pachamamas.com

 

John Stephen Howard

Works in Oil

**Final Weekend for this Exhibition**

 

Works can be viewed throughout the restaurant and Star Bar

 

 

 

HENRY’S COFFEE SHOP (11 E. 8th St.)

 

Opening: May 30th 6-9 pm.

Handmade Collages by Mitch Meseke

 

Mitch Meseke is a psychedelic American folk artist and native Kansan. His work has been show in Colorado, New York, California and Kansas City. With a unique and strange approach to handmade collage, he captures an alternate universe.

 

 

 

 

 

WONDER FAIR (803 1/2 Massachusetts St.)

www.wonderfair.com

(above the Burger Stand)

 

Semi-Annual Print Sale

Throughout Final Friday weekend, May 30–June 1, Wonder Fair will host pop-up portfolio exhibitions by Shawn Bitters, the KU Printmaking Club, and Lawrence Arts Center printmaking students. Our weekend-long print party will be accompanied by a 20% discount on all art prints (including prints currently on view in Justin Marable’s Waste Not Mystics exhibition, extended through June 22nd).

 

To cap the weekend, join us Sunday, June 1st, 1-4pm for our first annual Prints and Paupers Salon. This festive gathering of print-lovers and printmakers will feature gallery talks and printmaking tips by Justin Marable and Shawn Bitters, a performance by local print bards

À la Poupée & the Chine-Collés, and a special art talk by KC-based art historian Paula Nagy Rose on the frequent and fanciful representations of unicorns throughout art history. Drinks and refreshments will be provided.

 

Find us:

Wonder Fair (Print Palace of the Great Plains!)

803 1/2 Massachusetts St.

Lawrence, KS 66044

phone: 785-856-3247

www.wonderfair.com

Hours:

Weekdays (all of them!) 12-6

Saturdays 10-7

 

 

Sundays 11-5

Final Fridays 6-10pm

 

 

 

 

PHOENIX GALLERY (825 Massachusetts St.)

www.phoenixgalleryks.com

 

Phoenix Gallery is presenting a very special Final Friday Art Walk on May 30th. On display throughout the gallery that evening will be lovely vintage dresses by Snootie Seconds of Lawrence. The dresses range from 1910 through each decade to up to the 1970s. Alanna, owner of Snootie Seconds, will also be at the gallery with other vintage pieces to see or buy. To make the evening even more special, we selected some of the top jewelry artists from the area to design pieces for the dresses. Each dress will have a specific artist working with the style and design of the era. Our featured artists are Rachael Sudlow, Andrea Ring, Nichole Collins, Elle Binder, Melanie Werts, Bill Collins, Louise Carroll, Ann Anderssen, and Britta McKee. Local artist Rachael Sudlow is our featured Final Friday artist and will have additional pieces on display also. We are happy to have the work of all of these well-known and amazing jewelry designers with us on this night and as artists in Phoenix Gallery.

We are also excited to announce that we are partnering with the Ballard Center’s “Wear it for Women” for this Final Friday Art Walk. “Wear it for Women” is a scholarship for mothers in crisis. These funds will be accessed by the Ballard Center in the mother’s interest to provide essential assistance for finite needs such as a car repair, gas for job interviews, or rent assistance in times where one payment would make a difference. Many times there is a relatively small amount of money standing between a mother and self-sufficiency. This fund would facilitate some of those situations. A portion of the sales of the featured jewelry, as well as a percentage of any art sold that night at Phoenix Gallery, will go toward this scholarship.

But the special night doesn’t end there! Merchants Pub and Plate will have desserts to sample. If you have ever tried their decadent desserts, you know you are in for a treat. We will have live music by Ardys Ramberg. She is a well-known singer from Lawrence, and will be performing songs from different eras to add to the evening’s theme. In our Vermont Street gallery, we will feature Liza MacKinnon. She will be showing her one of a kind work including full size dresses handmade with paper and other embellishments. Her work combines many different styles and each piece is intricate and beautiful.

 

 

 

PHOENIX GALLERY UNDERGROUND (825 Massachusetts St.)

www.phoenixgalleryks.com

Originally from Wichita, Kansas, Douglas W. Trowbridge has experienced many years in the professional world of the fine arts, publishing, and advertising. His travels have taken him from the Trowbridge Gallery he had established in Newton, Kansas, around the world to places such as the Philippines, to the New Mexican desert, and eventually, to southern California. It was there where he worked as a graphic designer, Director of Arts, and Publishing Manager, learning the commercial world of the arts. After earning many prestigious awards, he took a sabbatical to study the works of the old masters at the Norton Simon Museum of Art. His career in the fine arts has flourished since.

 

“I prefer my painting style to be that of a well written short story rather than that of an epic novel,” Doug explains, “and great art is meant to be a moment of sensational emotional content, experienced in a moment. If it catches one just right, it can hold one at a glance, and be remembered for a lifetime.” His works include landscapes as well as figurative painting, with and inclination towards Impressionistic style. “This form had proved the best for me, as it is neither boring nor long-winded. I enjoy having a simple style, a quickly-executed message, and room for the viewer’s interpretation.”

 

 

 

ESSENTIAL GOODS (825 Massachusetts St.)

www.facebook.com/essentialgoodslawrence

 

Opening Reception for Jennifer Gabriele :: Kansas | Bedazzled

Please join us Friday, May 30th at the opening reception for Lawrence artist, Jennifer Gabriele. It will be a fantastic evening and we look forward to seeing you there! Jennifer’s show will be up at Essential Goods through June 25th, 2014.

Kansas: Bedazzled
I love the process of making art. It’s tedious, time consuming, nerve-racking, and sublime. I often find that my art comes more from a place of process rather than from the final product. I love that from a distance it looks like each piece was silkscreened, but as you get closer you can see the careful strokes of a paintbrush or the slight uneven crease of a book page or map. You are looking at the most interesting timeline of the past three years I spent living in Lawrence. These paintings are a tribute to graduate school, the wonderful people that I have met here, and to the good, the bad, and the ugly that has occurred in this place that I currently call home.

Artist Biography
Jen grew up in Wooster, 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. Jen works in media ranging from digital to ducting metal. She moved to Lawrence three years ago for graduate school and has since fallen in love with the town and the people that live here. Art keeps her calm and happy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

TEN THOUSAND VILLAGES (835 Massachusetts St.)

 

David B. Quinn

When asked to describe my works, I often fall back to describing them as colorful figurative abstractions.  While this is accurate, this is also a simplification.  Yes, my work contains some recurrent motifs.  These include figure, architecture, landscape, paths, plants and masks.

I am excited by some in changes my most recent work.  The architectural elements have become diminished and what remains of this is entirely fragmented.  Landscapes have become the space that the figures inhabit.  Frequently these landscapes overlap where the figures exist in or between multiple spaces.  My palette has also become more diverse, at times bringing forth explosive, almost fiery, colors.

I begin with a simple process.  I take my blank canvases and panels to work directly from models.  I layer poses and portraits on top of one another.  I do not know where the painting will take me.  I take the painting back to my studio and begin to develop the space that the figures occupy. I begin to push and pull the figures in and out of space.  Some disappear; others come to levels of distinct clarity.

As life changes and focus alters, people and places shift in clarity.  And so reflecting this, I hope my work is not only autobiographical but allows others to reflect on and appreciate the movements in their own lives.  It is important that my figures are not simply abstractions but portraits of individuals.  With this, I invite you share this place.

I began my studies at the Columbus College of Art and Design.  I continued my studies at the University of Kansas, being influenced by the amazing and diverse culture that surrounded me.  I graduated with a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts.  Since that time, I continue to be inspired by the culture and seasons that is around me.  I enjoy exhibiting my work both locally and regionally.

 

 

 

 

 

 

FREEDOM’S FRONTIER in the CARNEGIE BUILDING (9th and Vermont St.)

 

Preservation is the backbone of sustainable communities. It enhances the sense of community,

energizes local economies, and renews existing resources.— National Trust for

Historic Preservation

Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area celebrates

Final Fridays and National Preservation Month

Join the staff of Freedom’s Frontier to celebrate Final Friday and National Preservation Month from 5-9 p.m., Friday, May 30, at the historic Carnegie Building at 9th and Vermont, in Lawrence. Visitors on Final Friday will have a chance to see the preservation renovations to the building that were completed by Treanor Architects, and enjoy both the permanent exhibits in the city-owned building, and displays from the Douglas County Heritage Conservation Council. These displays will provide an overview of work done with grants from the council.

Sharing the story of Freedom’s Frontier requires the preservation of not only the region’s buildings and historic sites, but also the region’s communities and culture. Together, the region’s cultural and historic resources frame the story of Freedom’s Frontier and contribute to its “sense of place.” When these cultural and historic features are lost, a part of the past disappears forever and, as a consequence, our ability to connect to our heritage is diminished.

Preservation Month was designed to raise awareness about the power historic preservation has to protect and enhance our homes, neighborhoods, and communities—the places that really matter to us. It provides us an opportunity to celebrate the diverse and unique heritage of Freedom’s Frontier and enables all of us to become involved in the growing preservation movement. We invite you to explore historic neighborhoods, embark on new learning, and engage with historic preservation throughout the month of May and beyond.

 

 

 

 

 

THE BOURGEOIS PIG (6 E. 9th St.)

 

SELFIE DESTROY: MATTHEW J ASBURY

Matthew J Asbury has been an artist since he could hold a pen. His been living in Lawrence Kansas now for about 4 years. A very active man working two jobs at Third Planet and drawing chalkboards for The Bottleneck, Matthew still finds time to work his passions in art with lowercase KANSAS and expressing his spoken word Red Tail Reading. With a strong base in art he studied in Kansas City but drives his work from his experience on the street as a graffiti artist under the name DEDKIDD. With these tools and life experiences his work has developed into a very antagonist format to the traditional idea of portraits. working on his next collection “selfie destroyer” Matthew is pulling from all his outlets and a graffiti, spoken word, and fine arts to bring his thoughts of social media, individual emotion, and how inner reflections are expressed to other.

Come out to The Bourgeois Pig and enjoy the night with him and take some selfies that could end up as a part of his artwork.

 

 

 

LAWRENCE PERCOLATOR (in the alley behind Lawrence Arts Center on 9th St.)

*look for the green awnings

www.lawrence-percolator.blogspot.com

 

Honeypot

Walt Ohnesorge

 

The Lawrence Percolator will be hosting Honeypot, a solo show from Walt Ohnesorge about currency, flow, and exchange.  Learn about the Bitcoin technology, and expect to see some sexy, 24K Gold (plastic) bullion laden with Mapplethorpe imagery, contributions from local artists, and the United States Military. And a serious video montage of the most “money” videos the internet has to offer.  Over two thousand people have been invited to this monstrosity; don’t be the only one who doesn’t show up.

 

Viewer discretion is advised.

 

 

 

 

 

THE ROOST (920 Massachusetts St.)

www.920mass.com

 

Open on Final Friday Evenings

 

 

 

 

 

 

EXTRA VIRGIN (937 Massachusetts St.)

 

“SUMMER BREEZE”, Artwork by Kathleen Anderson, Laurie Culling, Dian Hauser, Leta Strom
Opens May 30, 2014 Final Friday, Reception 5-9pm.  Show runs through June 24, 2014

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
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.  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.

 

 

 

REPLAY LOUNGE (946 Massachusetts St.)

www.replaylounge.com

 

6PM: Lawrence songwriter L. A. Fahy brings his variety rock band The Argyle Sky back to the Replay for another fun musical adventure. Opening the show is a rare Lawrence bar appearance by Billy Ebeling and the Late for Dinner Band. Rock n’ blues, covers and originals, family friendly and Replay friendly too.

 

 

 

FIVE BAR / INGREDIENT (947 Massachusetts St.)

 

Five Bar (just to the north of Ingredient) on Final Friday for live music all night

 

 

 

 

 

FIRST CHRISTIAN CHURCH (1000 Kentucky St.)

 

“A Celebration of the 20’s!” a Final Fridays Event

6:00 – 8:00 PM

Featuring Dr. Tandy Reussner on organ, accompanying “The Count” a Charlie Chaplain silent film. Also featuring artwork by Katlyn Conroy

 

First Christian Church is a beautiful historic building in downtown Lawrence, KS. The 100-plus year old sanctuary features a majestic organ. Dr. Reussner will perform on the organ, accompanying a 1920’s silent film along with a variety of sound effects from the stage. Once a common practice for entertainment, this kind of performance is rarely seen today. The evening will also feature popular music from the 1920’s and local artist Katlyn Conroy. Admission is free, so please come and join us!

Open 6:00 to 8:00. Doors will open at 6:00. Music will begin at 6:30.

 

 

 

 

GREENHOUSE CULTURE (1001 Massachusetts St.)

www.thegreenhouseculture.com

 

The Greenhouse Culture Final Friday Art Show
6:00-9:00pm May 30th
Featuring Artwork by Samantha Sipp
Live Jazz music by Lynn Elliott and friends during Final Friday.

Refreshments provided.

 

Artist Biography of Samantha Sipp:

I have been taking photos since I was young. I guess for me I have always seen photographs as a way of revealing something so much deeper than what we see at first glance. My favorite kinds of pictures are the ones that make you wonder.  I especially love portraits. People are beautiful and every single person has so much hidden beauty that I think we often tend to not see.

I love being able to capture and expose that raw beauty inside people and make us wonder what they were thinking or feeling or to even make us feel what they were feeling.

Anyone can take a picture, but can we choose to see beyond the first glance and look again to see something so beautiful and creatively made inside the people we see and through the things God has created around us.

 

 

 

 

 

 

AIMEE’S CAFE’ & COFFEE SHOP (1025 Massachusetts St.)

www.aimeescoffeehouse.com

 

 

 

 

 

WATKINS MUSEUM of HISTORY (1047 Massachusetts St.)

www.watkinsmuseum.org

 

Final Friday: Railroad Exhibit Opening
6-8 p.m., Free.

 

For more information on this and other upcoming events at the Watkins Museum, visit the museum website at www.watkinsmuseum.org or call 785-841-4109.

 

 

 

 

 

 

ECOBOUTIQUO (1101 1/2 Masschusetts St.)

 

ECOBOUTIQUO
earth friendly fashion gallery

1101 1/2 massachusetts st. upstairs
OPEN SATURDAYS: 10:00-6:00
and by appointment- 785.979.6929
offering: ecocouture, recycled, upcycled,
handmade, art. jewelry, accessories,
some vintage, some thrift,
and some things unexpected.

 

 

 

 

 

FINAL FRIDAY EVENTS IN THE WAREHOUSE ARTS DISTRICT

 

 

CIDER GALLERY (810 Pennsylvania St.)

www.cidergallery.com

 

SUE ASHLINE, COLETTE BANGERT

KEVIN WILLMOTT

Cider Gallery is proud to present the work of two local visual artists, Colette Bangert and Sue Ashline, as well as the official DVD release party for Kevin Willmott’s independent feature film Jayhawkers. Both Bangert and Ashline have been in Eastern Kansas since the early 60’s, creating works and developing impressive creative careers locally and internationally. Willmott is an award-winning filmmaker living and working in Lawrence, Kansas and has drawn national acclaim for his thought-provoking and challenging works.

Colette Bangert will exhibit several of her large works on paper that reflect seasons and fields through color and abstracted movement, as well as several “thread pieces” which are more slowly created, intricately stitched and vibrant tapestries, using thread as line and form. Bangert’s work has been widely exhibited and is in public collections across the world including the Museum of Modern Art, New York City; Kunsthalle Bremen, Germany; Victoria and Albert Museum of Art, London, England; Block Museum of Art, Evanston, Illinois; and the Spencer Museum of Art, Lawrence, Kansas.

Sue Ashline will exhibit a number of colorful works on paper, using acrylic in broad strokes and washes with delicately painted forms from line work in ink that suggest a humor and an abstraction of the still life process.   Ashline works at the Spencer Museum of Art amidst a collection of work which continues to inspire her. She has exhibited at many regional galleries including Wonder Fair, Landmark Bank Gallery, 6 Gallery, the home of William S. Burroughs, Pachamamas and The Bourgeois Pig.

 

 

 

 

 

SeedCo STUDIOS (826 Pennsylvania St.)

www.seedcostudios.com

 

Open Studios 5:00-9:00pm

 

Resident Artists:

Barrie Arachtingi

Jason Barr

Edward Francisco

Jesse Gray

Erok Johanssen

Alicia Kelly

Kate Larson

Brandon Mateer

Marie McKenzie

Landon Merrill

Jeromy Morris

Dani Ramirez

Catherine Reed

Jeremy Rockwell

Jessica Rold

Ryan Storck

Kyla Strid

Naomi Welch

Ben Welch

Aaron Youngstrom

Felt Show

Foxy by Proxy

Fart Lyfe

 

Located within the Warehouse Arts District at 826 Pennsylvania in a monolithic brick warehouse, this space is ideal for making, showing and engaging in all aspects of art. With art studios on the lower level and a music recording operation and event space in the main hall, the potential for creating and collaborating on projects 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.

 

 

 

 

THE LAWRENCE ART PARTY (Lawrence Creates Makerspace 9th and New Jersey)

 

Don’t miss this month’s very special Final Friday Lawrence Art Party! You’ll enjoy music by Sam Billen, grilled artisan sausage sandwiches, art glass by the world renowned Vernon Brejcha, a special retrospective of the art of Bill Remmers, brain hacking, and much much more.

 

 

 

 

ART EMERGENCY (721 E. 9th St.)

 

Art Gallery in the heart of the East Lawrence Art District. This is a big warehouse undergoing an awesome transformation to become one of the next great galleries in town. Come visit us to see the tremendous talents of many local artisans displaying their fine art, street art and sculptures. We are the giant green warehouse on the corner of 9th and Delaware, next to Star Signs. Free entry, live music, adult beverages, and no dress code, see you on Friday!

 

 

 

 

DECADE (920 Delaware St.)

 

Tell Your Mother I Said Hello

Presented by the Dinner Party Project

 

 

 

FINAL FRIDAY EVENTS IN NORTH LAWRENCE

 

 

 

GASLIGHT GARDENS (317 N. 2nd St.)

 

“Quarry to Clarity”

New Works by Marie McKenzie

 

 

 

 

 

IWIG DAIRY LOCAL FOODS GROCERY (622 N. 2nd St.)

 

“Spring Inspired”

“Spring inspires me in many different ways. Everything is coming back to life, emerging year after year or maybe for the first time. Things are growing and beauty is everywhere…”

Meet one of Lawrence’s talented upcoming photographers, Caitlin Reed, and see some of her inspiring photographs. Caitlin moved to Lawrence six years ago, and soon discovered she loved shooting pictures.

“I love going on adventures and exploring new places. I take my camera wherever I go because I know I’ll find something cool to photograph. I really love taking pictures of people. I think sometimes that my mind sees things differently than others. I can see how small things can be so beautiful, so I love to capture them for others to see.”

Come see these captured beautiful small things and celebrate spring with Caitlin at the Iwig Dairy Local Foods Market. Enjoy the best ice cream in town in the sweetest most beautiful garden in town, complete with a gorgeous waterfall, all behind the store! Kids will have a chance to paint and eat ice cream cones. The store will be open until 9:00pm, featuring the best dairy products available and other healthy local foods from local farmers.

 

 

 

 

 

THE BREWHAUS (624 N. 2nd St.)

 

Artwork by local artists

 

 

FINAL FRIDAYS IN OTHER AREAS

 

 

CosMod (717 E. 22nd St.)

 

Excerpts: Pre/Post 9/11 Works & Artifacts 

Special showing:  In honor of the opening of the 9/11 Memorial Museum, Lisa Purdon, owner of CosMod Inc Studios, will be presenting images, objects, artifacts, artwork that preceded 9/11, to works inspired by events, in a post-9/11 world.  Two art pieces, both works on fabric made for the September 11 Quilt Project, will be represented that night in photos and prose. These two works are now in the permanent collection of the 9/11 Memorial Museum, open to the public, May 21, 2014.

In 1996, my work was moving away from traditional painting, increasingly focused on answering questions, armed with a magnifying glass, aimed at the culture. From constructs of the self in the digital world, to examining the hot new commodity in the new “attention economy”, things were changing very rapidly. Much like a documentary filmmaker, archivist, completest, the work moved into the realm of surrounding the viewer inside environments, working in many mediums as an installation artist.   In the days before 9/11, I was looking at identity in the context of the the internet, mass media. Was fascinated with the cultural hysteria regarding subjects like OJ’s trial to Princess Diana’s death, reality TV and celebrity worship.  In New York City, there was a cultural debate at hand, fears that we were on a destructive path, that all this technology was leading us away from ourselves and down a dark road: there were many fears including fear of identity theft and terrorism, a certain level of anxiety was ever-present. One day we woke up in Brooklyn, and overnight, it looked like we had collectively decided to start shredding everything, all personal information: fat, clear recycling bags were filled with shredded information, piling up on the pavement like giant marshmallows.  There was something there, there. I was responding to the hysteria and often with a sense of humor.

On 9/11, everything stopped: no trains, no planes, no delivery trucks, a great collective pause.  The artwork in my studio stopped, too.  This is a story about one artist’s attempt to make sense out of an utterly senseless series of events, and get back to something lost, to put the pieces back together again, in a post-911 landscape.   I hope you’ll join me on Friday, May 30th 5 – 9 pm

Information on the quilt project:

http://www.911memorial.org/tribute/the-september-11-quilt-project

http://www.nytimes.com/2004/01/02/arts/art-in-review-home-sewn-three-centuries-of-stitching-history.html

911 Memorial Museum:  http://www.september11uilts.org/911MemSep2012.html

 





February 28th Final Friday Events

25 02 2014

FINAL FRIDAY, February 28th, 2014

5 until 9 pm unless otherwise noted

http://www.finalfridayslawrence.wordpress.com

 

 

Final Fridays are made possible by support from the Lawrence Arts Center, Downtown Lawrence Inc., and The City of Lawrence

 

 

 

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, all of whom 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. 

 

 

 

LAWRENCE ARTS CENTER (940 New Hampshire)

http://www.lawrenceartscenter.org

Lawrence Arts Center Final Friday events are sponsored by Gould Evans.

 

Creative Observer

William S. Burroughs

The Lawrence Arts Center will present an exhibition of William Burroughs’ art and collections titled “Creative Observer” from January 17 thru March 2. The exhibition will include works from many periods of his life. This multimedia experience will provide insight into Burroughs’ prolific creative energy as well as revealing his ideas on observing art and people. Included in this exhibit will be collaborative works with such artists as Brion Gysin, Robert Rauschenberg, Kurt Cobain, Keith Haring, and George Condo, among others.  February 5 marked the 100th birthday of Burroughs.  There are a variety of programs that surround this exhibit.  Check website for details.  http://www.lawrenceartscenter.org

 

Tom Moore

Solo Exhibition

January 31 – March 30

Tom Moore’s life has been filled with both the compulsion to create and obstacles that have forced him to devise alternative ways to fulfill that urge. He always wanted to become an artist (or, possibly a superhero, as his early inspiration was cartoons and comic books). Moore trained formally at the University of Kansas School of Fine Arts, where he honed his skills in painting and learned to silkscreen. In 1994, at the age of 50, Moore developed Parkinson’s disease and other serious health issues, and by 2003 he was forced to give up painting. Tom is still compelled to create, and his casual sketches on the backs of envelopes and scrap paper have continued to flow. Ironically, episodes in the hospital and rehabilitation settings have offered him uninterrupted blocks of time to focus on making these sketches.

This exhibition will include a large variety of drawings and sketches in the Lawrence Arts Center’s Antecedent Gallery curated by Roger Shimomura.

 

 

 

 

THE SUMMIT (9th and New Hamsphire)

http://www.thesummitlawrence.com

 

Monthly exhibitions on the Climbing Wall Gallery

 

 

 

 

THE ELDRIDGE HOTEL (801 Massachusetts St.)

 

No Final Friday listing this month

 

 

 

 

 

DYNAMITE SALOON (719 Massachusetts St.)

 

No Final Friday listing this month

 

 

 

 

 

 

BLUE DOT SALON (15 E. 7th)

 

We are presenting Matt Gatewood photography: peoples, places of Europe and Asia; Mary Brady black and white photography, and original drawings. Also, Alec Joller with mixed media collages.

 

 

 

 

 

SIGNS OF LIFE GALLERY (722 Massachusetts St.)

 

Signs of Life Gallery is located at 722 Massachusetts St. in the heart of historic Lawrence, Kansas. We feature work by dozens of artists to suit a variety of tastes. Many are local, but we also represent artists of national and even international reputation.

Our beautiful gallery overlooks picturesque downtown Lawrence and we are convinced you will find it a satisfying place to experience art and cultivate your own creativity. Come in and let us help you find artwork that is a perfect fit for your life and space.

 

 

 

 

 

THE BOTTLENECK (737 New Hampshire St.)

http://www.thebottlenecklive.com

 

No Final Friday listing this month

 

 

 

 

PACHAMAMAS (800 New Hampshire St.)

http://www.pachamamas.com

 

Present Tense

Works on Paper 2011-2013

Marty Olson

 

The autumn of 2011 presented a change in vision and process for me. The previous years, my focus had been to develop a painting style involving acrylic paint and various water-soluble media applied to canvas and wood panel surfaces. All this was combined with abstraction of familiar images and textures. At one point, I produced a series of image-based pieces from photographs of a historic site in New Mexico. Following that series with more “sense of place” pieces, I chose to retire the acrylic paint for the time being.

 

My sight was now set on returning to works on paper with watercolor, ink, collage and colored pencils.  I thought it was a great time for me to revisit spiritual themes. I took a broader approach by investigating various belief systems and culling personal visual impressions. I touched bases with New Age, Pantheism/Paganism, Catholicism, Buddhism, Voodoo, Jewish Mysticism (Kabbalah),as well as Roman Mythology and abstracted perceptions of these beliefs. The central theme was the Mandala. There seems to be a sacred circle in any ritualistic theory.

 

I have since expanded my scope into my own search for a rewarding spiritual place in my artwork. Subsequently, I have added the images of roots and wings as a homage to my parents, both of whom encouraged and nurtured my artistic path.

 

February 2014

 

Marty Olson was born in Albuquerque, NM, and lived his earliest years in Wichita, KS.

His family moved to Lawrence, KS in 1957, where Marty has resided ever since, apart from two years at Northwest Missouri University, where he majored in Fine Arts.

 

Since his years in college, Marty has pursued his passion for visual art through painting, drawing, and printmaking. He definitely had his thirst for learning tweaked by his art professors at NWMSU.

 

Marty has had solo exhibits more recently in venues around Kansas, such as Lincoln Arts Center; Stone House Gallery in Fredonia; Kansas Wesleyan University Gallery in Salina; Salina Country Club Gallery; Carnegie arts Center in Ottawa; 1109 Gallery in Lawrence; and the Lumberyard Arts Center in Baldwin City. The Fall of 2013 saw an exhibit at the Lawrence Arts Center.

 

Previous exhibits have been in Washington, DC; Pasadena, CA; Taos, NM; Kansas City, MO; and two exhibits at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center in Tulsa, OK.

 

 

 

 

 

 

HENRY’S COFFEE SHOP (11 E. 8th St.)

 

En Plein Air Drawings – Vans and Trucks of the Later 20th Century’

Drawings by Angela Wright

 

Opening: February 28th, 6-9 p.m.

 

 

Statement:

 

Through finding inspiration and meaning between the realms of the abstract to the impressionist understandings of context and color, Angela creates pieces to display and provoke a kind of interpretation, while also attempting to describe the intrinsic beauty of the world.

 

The works presented in the show, En Plein Air Drawings – Vans and Trucks of the Later 19th Century, demonstrate various trucks and vans seen around Lawrence, Kansas. These drawings were created in ink pen and drawn on site of the vehicles, as to gain a feeling of the automobile amidst the environment.

 

 

 

 

 

WONDER FAIR (803 1/2 Massachusetts St.)

http://www.wonderfair.com

(above the Burger Stand)

 

S.O.B.D.H.Q. 

 

The Secret Order of the Black Diamond has returned to Wonder Fair, drifting out of obscurity to fulfill long-awaited rewards prophesied in their founding charter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/858272521/the-secret-order-of-the-black-diamond-orientation

 

Visit S.O.B.D.’s pop-up headquarters at Wonder Fair on Final Friday, February 28th, for a special one-night-only scavenger hunt, letterpress demonstration (where you may print your own SOBD membership card), and to become a part of the complex and continuously unfolding SOBD adventure. 

 

Find us:

Wonder Fair (Print Palace of the Great Plains!)

803 1/2 Massachusetts St.

Lawrence, KS 66044

phone: 785-856-3247

http://www.wonderfair.com

Hours:

Weekdays (all of them!) 12-6

Saturdays 10-7

Sundays 11-5

 

 

 

 

LOVE GARDEN SOUNDS (822 Massachusetts St.)

 

http://www.lovegardensounds.com

 

“Taco ‘Bout It”

a show inspired by the taco

*catered by Taco Zone and The Replay Lounge

Free Tacos!

 

Artists: Clint Ricketts, Jason Barr, Valueshock, Jeff Eaton, Leslie Kuluva, Emily Parker, Adam Lott, Grace D. Chin, Solace Naeymi, Cameron Lamontagne, Meredith Moore, Wonder Fair, Aaron Marable, Amanda Graham, Patrick Giroux, Becky Harpstrite, Sarah Swyers, Jeff McKee and Eric Dobbins

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DOWNTOWN UPSTAIRS (824 1/2 Massachusetts St.)

 

No Final Friday listing this month

 

 

 

PHOENIX GALLERY (825 Massachusetts St.)

http://www.phoenixgalleryks.com

 

 

Join us at Phoenix Gallery on Friday, February 28th for the Final Friday Art Walk. This month we will be featuring artists Jane Flanders and Katie Meuser. We will have music by Darrell Lea, and food will be furnished by TCBY of Lawrence. There will also be hors d’oeuvres in Phoenix Underground/Essential Goods.

 

Jane Flanders’ functional ceramics are porcelain midfire from an electric kiln, and are fired to 2,165 degrees. Midfire ceramics are often colorful. Jane enjoys mixing glazes and exploring color variations, and she has learned chemistry as well as ceramics. Jane produces ware by throwing on a wheel, then often alters the thrown ware. She then pursues form and design so that the ceramics provide a blend of technology and artistic expression. Along with her ceramics, Jane will also be showing several of her paintings. These pieces are just as unique as her ceramics and show the wide range of this artist’s talent. Jane received a B.F.A. in design from the University of Kansas, and works in her studio/home in East Lawrence. 

 

 

Katie Meuser will be in the Vermont St. entrance. Katie completed a B.A. at the University of Nebraska at Kearney in 2009. She works predominantly with watercolor, acrylic, and ink to make large scale non-objective abstracts on canvas, as well as smaller scale watercolor flowers using a free flowing technique she developed while attending the University. Katie is the creator of KT Cards and Co-creator of ME CAAARDS. They are lighthearted greeting cards that show Katie’s “punny” insight. They are sold in select stores in Nebraska and Kansas, including Essential Goods, here in Lawrence.

 

Be sure to come out and see Darrell Lea, a well-known singer, guitarist, and song-writer from Lawrence, KS.

 

 

 

 

PHOENIX GALLERY UNDERGROUND (825 Massachusetts St.)

www.phoenixgalleryks.com

 

Phoenix Underground and Phoenix Gallery are proud to present our very first KU Visual Arts Juried Student Exhibition. “Sublime” is the theme of the show, and students were invited to create a work of art based upon their own interpretation of the word. Sculpture, drawing, painting, printmaking, textiles, and ceramics were all acceptable mediums for the competition. The jurors are local artists Kate Dinneen, Roger Shimomura, and Tim Forcade. As well as student work, we will also be featuring work from selected KU Visual Art Faculty. The opening reception is February 28th, from 5 to 9 pm. Winners will be announced at 7 pm during a short presentation. Please come support the students and faculty for this exciting evening and throughout the month of March. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ESSENTIAL GOODS (825 Massachusetts St.)

 

 

Please join us Friday, February 28th at the opening reception for Lawrence artist Rebecca Ryan. It will be a fantastic evening and we look forward to seeing you there!

 

Artist Statement

I try to capture instantaneous expressions of energy and emotion through the use of vivid color and vaguely abstract forms. Inspirations are many and varied and range from music, literature and poetry, scents, and sights, to the unique quality or feel of relationships and experiences encountered on my journey through Life. Each image has its basis in my own personal experiences, but I have delighted in learning what others see and experience when viewing them. Art, whatever it is, seems to me to involve a strange dance of reflection and interaction between the artist, the creation, and the viewer. 

 

Artist Biography

A Kansas native, Rebecca Ryan has lived in Lawrence since 1970. Her formal education includes a B.A. in French Language and Literature, and an M.S. in Computer Science.  She has been painting for 20 years, guided and encouraged by several friends with formal training and degrees in Fine Art. Rebecca recently retired from a 30-year career in technology. She is enjoying the opportunity to take formal art classes where she is exploring new perspectives and opportunities. She is currently working with Digital Imaging through classes at Johnson County Community College. This is her first showing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TEN THOUSAND VILLAGES (835 Massachusetts St.)

 

No Final Friday listing this month

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE BOURGEOIS PIG (6 E. 9th St.)

 

Little Itchings

Andrew Burkitt

Andrew Burkitt was born in Kansas City, Missouri in 1977 and grew up in the surrounding suburbs. The rolling landscape of Kansas made a deep impression on Burkitt and continues to inspire his artwork.  In 2012 he received his MFA in printmaking from the Lamar Dodd School of Art at The University of Georgia.  His current studio practice includes the ongoing development of his drawing skill and the ever-challenging practice of printmaking. He currently resides in the beautiful city of Lawrence, Ks.

 

 

 

LAWRENCE PERCOLATOR (in the alley behind Lawrence Arts Center on 9th St.)

*look for the green awnings

http://www.lawrence-percolator.blogspot.com

 

February Final Friday

February 28, 5-9 pm

Make More Love closing party

The Percolator is proud to offer Lawrencians a space to explore and expand their emotional lives through the arts.  Join us for an intimate evening of variations on the theme of love.  Featuring visual art from an array of Lawrence artists with music by Adam of the Universe, Plains, and Invisible Public Library.

 

 

 

 

 

 

CORE:FORM (512 E. 9th St.)

“Random Expressions”

Photography by Marciana Derrico Vequist

 

 

 

 

AU MARCHE (931 Massachusetts St.)

 

No Final Friday listing this month

 

 

 

 

EXTRA VIRGIN (937 Massachusetts St.)

 

“Art Makes Winter Warmer”, Artwork by Kathleen Anderson, Laurie Culling, Dian Hauser, Leta Strom
Opens February 28 Final Friday, Reception 5-9pm.  Show runs through March 25, 2014
 

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

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.  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.

 

 

 

 

REPLAY LOUNGE (945 Massachusetts St.)

http://www.replaylounge.com

 

6 pm: Fox & The Bird (TX)/Sunflower Colonels

10 pm: Video Ranger (NE)/Lazy (KC)/CS Luxem

 

 

 

 

FIVE BAR / INGREDIENT (947 Massachusetts St.)

 

Five Bar (just to the north of Ingredient) on Final Friday for live music all night

 

 

 

 

 

GREENHOUSE CULTURE (1001 Massachusetts St.)

 

The Greenhouse Culture Final Friday Art Show
6:00-9:00pm February 28th
Featuring Artwork from several local artists.
Live music during Final Friday.
Refreshments provided.

 

 

 

 

 

 

AIMEE’S CAFE’ & COFFEE SHOP (1025 Massachusetts St.)

http://www.aimeescoffeehouse.com

 

No Final Friday listing this month

 

 

 

 

 

WATKINS MUSEUM of HISTORY (1047 Massachusetts St.)

http://www.watkinsmuseum.org

 

Courage, Confidence, and Character: Girl Scouting in Lawrence

Final Friday Reception: 6 until 8 pm

Free

 

 

 

 

 

ECOBOUTIQUO (1101 1/2 Masschusetts St.)

 

ECOBOUTIQUO
earth friendly fashion gallery
NOW OPEN!!
1101 1/2 massachusetts st. upstairs
OPEN SATURDAYS: 10:00-6:00
and by appointment- 785.979.6929
offering: ecocouture, recycled, upcycled,
handmade, art. jewelry, accessories,
some vintage, some thrift,
and some things unexpected.

 

 

 

 

 

FINAL FRIDAY EVENTS IN THE WAREHOUSE ARTS DISTRICT

 

 

CIDER GALLERY (810 Pennsylvania St.)

 

Cider Gallery Fine Arts is proud to present:

Recent Works by Eliza Bullock and Molly Murphy

Opening reception from 5 until 9 pm

 

Eliza Bullock Statement and Bio:

Bio 

I received a BFA from Ohio University in Graphic Design in 1995. After graduating I moved to San Francisco and worked as a designer in the publishing industry. It was the dawn of streamlined, computer-generated design and production. I was, however, missing my connection with fine art and with creating things that had a more tactile, textural quality. I began making monotypes in 2000 through a series of classes and workshops in San Francisco. In 2002 I moved to Florence, Italy where I participated in an intensive monotype workshop where I further developed my skills and passion for printmaking. After returning to the United States, I further pursued that passion while continuing to work as a designer. It wasn’t until moving to Lawrence, KS in 2009, where I became aware of the Lawrence Arts Center and its John Talleur Print Studio, that I was finally able to turn my art making into a more primary focus. Now I work in printmaking, mixed media and photography. I find that each discipline enhances the other. I live and work at my home in Lawrence, KS.

 

Artist Statement

I am an artist based in Lawrence, KS. Born and raised in New York City, I grew up surrounded by the noisy texture and richly layered dichotomy of the city and its inhabitants. There is an alluring tension of extremes there which has become an essential part of the work I make. 

I create abstract works on paper utilizing techniques of monotype, chine collé, collage, assemblage, drawing, painting, pastels and stitching. Monotype, unlike other printmaking methods, is a process through which only one unique print can be made. Each print is one-of-a-kind. I begin by creating monotype prints and layer into them with additional techniques and materials to complete each piece. 

My process is very fluid. I never know what I am going to create until I begin. It is then that my conversation with the piece begins. It is a dynamic, evolving exchange between myself and the work until it reaches resolution. I believe each piece should offer the viewer an ever-changing experience that presents something new with each view. It is my hope that my work speaks to the viewer on a very personal level and that it connects with their deepest emotions, as it does for me.

 

Molly Murphy Statement and Bio:

 

“My work embraces the inextricable links between art and science, and investigates memory as it relates to the lines between the two. Something of an autodidact, my studies – or life for that matter – has never taken on a conventional order. My work tends to incorporate the studies of neuroscientists and researchers in the fields of computational cognitive psychology, neural processing and memory, along with sometimes nearly parallel pursuits by Buddhists, transcendental meditation and intuitive healers. I find myself unable to separate the knowable from the unknowable in my work, and accept that the mere act of creating a piece is an act of memory.

I have completed series around these themes, all with a focus on memory – be it physical, neurological, collective, intuitive, projected – for Baker University, BNIM Architects, as Visual Artist in Residence in Seaside, Florida and numerous group and solo shows. At this moment, I see all of this as a scratch on the surface of a subject that has such fluidity that I may follow it for the rest of my life with every moment offering new intrigue.”

 

Molly Murphy serves on the Board of Directors of the Lawrence Arts Center, serves as Coordinator for Final Fridays, Art Coordinator for The Bourgeois Pig and Pachamamas Restaurant and Star Bar.  She previously served on the Board of the Percolator Lawrence, created and designed the Project-based Residency program at the Lawrence Arts Center, and was a co-founder of dotdotdot artspace and member of Fresh Produce Art Collective and SeedCo Studios resident artist. She works out of an old warehouse studio in the Crossroads Kansas City, Missouri where she can often be found pacing around the city sidewalks with a cup of YJ’s coffee.

 

 

 

 

 

 

SeedCo STUDIOS (826 Pennsylvania St.)

http://www.seedcostudios.com

 

6 until 9 pm

 

Open studios by resident artists:

Michaela Carmen
Jessica Rold
Jesse Gray
Erok Johanssen
Alicia Kelly
Kate Larson
Brandon Mateer
Marie McKenzie

Landon Merrill
Jeromy Morris
Dana Olson
Dani Ramirez

Catherine Reed
Jeremy Rockwell
Ryan Storck
David Titterington

Naomi Welch
Angela Wright
Aaron Youngstrom
Felt Show
Foxy by Proxy
Whatever Forever Tapes

 

 

Located within the Warehouse Arts District at 826 Pennsylvania in a monolithic brick warehouse, this space is ideal for making, showing and engaging in all aspects of contemporary fine art. With studios on the lower level and event space in the main hall, the potential for creating and collaborating on projects 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, 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, directly behind the monumental Poehler building, 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.

www.seedcostudios.com
www.freshproduceartcollective.com
whatevertapes.bandcamp.com

 

 

 

 

 

MARLA’S QUILTS (720 E. 9th St. #2)

 

Marla Jackson
Quilter Textile Historian

Opens Studio and Gallery in New Lawrence Arts District

Get ready to take a journey into the creative mind of nationally renowned Lawrence artist Marla Jackson.  Her artistic medium is not paint, acrylic, or pen and ink; not glass, stone or plaster but the vibrant and soul touching colors and textures of cloth.  With one of her art creations already accepted at the Smithsonian, and many others featured in books, displayed at the Spencer Museum at the University of Kansas and in private collections, quilter textile historian and creative artistic story teller Marla Jackson is a new anchor in the Warehouse Arts District in East Lawrence at 720 # 2 East 9th Street. www.marlaquilts.com

 

Not your typical on-the-prairie quilter, Ms. Jackson brings her African American heritage and historical creative poignancy to her quilts.  Her primary goal with her work is to echo the untold stories of heroes that history has overlooked, forgotten, or hidden.

But it is not until you know the raw emotion of Ms. Jackson’s personal story, that you see the joy and pain of her own life intertwined with her African American culture playing out in the brilliant color and texture in her “story” quilts.

 

Many of her quilts will be on display, along with her amazing dolls some of which are created with rare African cloths from Ghana and Mali. For more information and to sign up for Ms. Jackson’s future creative classes email marlaquilts@sbcglobal.net or call 785-371-6682 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE LAWRENCE ART PARTY (Lawrence Creates Makerspace 9th and New Jersey)

 

 

 

 

ART EMERGENCY (721 E. 9th St.)

 

 

Brand new Art Gallery in the heart of the East Lawrence Art District. This is a big warehouse undergoing an awesome transformation to become one of the next great galleries in town. Come visit us to see the tremendous talents of many local artisans displaying their fine art, street art and sculptures. We are the giant green warehouse on the corner of 9th and Delaware, next to Star Signs.  Free entry, live music, adult beverages, and no dress code, see you on Friday!

 

 

 

 

FINAL FRIDAY EVENTS IN NORTH LAWRENCE

 

 

 

GASLIGHT GARDENS (317 N. 2nd St.)

 

No Final Friday listing this month

 

 

 

 

IWIG DAIRY LOCAL FOODS GROCERY (622 N. 2nd St.)

 

 

“Ink on Paper” by Wyatt Rogers, a printer by trade, an artist by birth

“I have always loved art in every form. I see art as a form of expressing one’s view of themselves and their perception of reality. Everyone sees life differently, but can relate to others thru similar experiences. My hope is that my art will connect with others and allow you to see what I see.

Art is made to express an emotion that is shared by all. A piece can say something so powerful to someone that they want to possess it. Connecting thru art on an emotional level is what inspires me.”

                                                                                                                              Wyatt Rogers

The art form Wyatt Rogers uses is an ink blot style on paper, canvass or glass. His work truly incorporates his fine talent for color combinations. Each piece of work is unique, beautiful and enticing.

Wyatt is the father of four sons and Iwig Dairy produces milk. So we have decided to inspire kids by engaging them in artwork. We will have non-toxic, water soluble paints available for kids to try their own talents at ink blot art. Art pieces may remain at the store on exhibit for others to see.

So come see the inspirations Wyatt speaks of while you sample the healthiest local milks from the Iwig Family Dairy. Bring the kids and treat them (and yourself) to an ice cream cone! The store will be open until 9:00pm and features all healthy local foods from local farmers.

 

 

 

 

 





Final Friday Events for January 31st, 2014

27 01 2014

LAWRENCE ARTS CENTER (940 New Hampshire)

http://www.lawrenceartscenter.org

Lawrence Arts Center Final Friday events are sponsored by CornerBank

Matt Pryor

With Ghosty, Obi

940 LIVE concert series

Doors at 7, show at 8

$10 + service fee

Sometimes Matt Pryor makes very loud music with The Get Up Kids. Sometimes he makes very quiet music by himself. This special hometown event is like nothing he’s ever attempted before. Backed by a rogue orchestra of horns and strings (and many other things), this one time only event is his most ambitious. “it’s looking like we’re going to have about 20 performers on Friday,” says Pryor, “This is something that I’ve always wanted to do.” Kansas City’s own Ghosty will not only be playing their own set but also joining Pryor as part of his show. Starting the evening will be local up and comers Obi who are definitely worth coming early for. This performance is sponsored by Free State Brewing Company, Love Garden Sounds, O’Connor Company, Inc., Piller Family Foundation.

Creative Observer

William S. Burroughs

The Lawrence Arts Center will present an exhibition of William Burroughs’ art and collections titled “Creative Observer” from January 17 thru March 2. The exhibition will include works from many periods of his life. This multimedia experience will provide insight into Burroughs’ prolific creative energy as well as revealing his ideas on observing art and people. Included in this exhibit will be collaborative works with such artists as Brion Gysin, Robert Rauschenberg, Kurt Cobain, Keith Haring, and George Condo, among others. February 5 will mark the 100th birthday of Burroughs. There are a variety of programs that surround this exhibit. Check website for details.

Tom Moore

Solo Exhibition

January 31 – March 30

Tom Moore’s life has been filled with both the compulsion to create and obstacles that have forced him to devise alternative ways to fulfill that urge. He always wanted to become an artist (or, possibly a superhero, as his early inspiration was cartoons and comic books). Moore trained formally at the University of Kansas School of Fine Arts, where he honed his skills in painting and learned to silkscreen. In 1994, at the age of 50, Moore developed Parkinson’s disease and other serious health issues, and by 2003 he was forced to give up painting. Tom is still compelled to create, and his casual sketches on the backs of envelopes and scrap paper have continued to flow. Ironically, episodes in the hospital and rehabilitation settings have offered him uninterrupted blocks of time to focus on making these sketches.

This exhibition will include a large variety of drawings and sketches in the Lawrence Arts Center’s Antecedent Gallery curated by Roger Shimomura.

THE SUMMIT (9th and New Hamsphire)

http://www.thesummitlawrence.com

Monthly exhibitions on the Climbing Wall Gallery

THE ELDRIDGE HOTEL (801 Massachusetts St.)

Drifters by the Moonlight

9 pm until midnight

$2 wells on special and a $2 cover

DYNAMITE SALOON (719 Massachusetts St.)

Works by Joanne Renfro

LUCKY PAWS BAKERY & UNIQUE BARKTIQUE (4 E. 7th)

BLUE DOT SALON (15 E. 7th)

SIGNS OF LIFE GALLERY (722 Massachusetts St.)

THE BOTTLENECK (737 New Hampshire St.)

http://www.thebottlenecklive.com

This month’s Final Friday at The Bottleneck, Lawrence’s Rock and Roll historical music venue will feature local artists Thomas Richmond and Trenton Lee Tiemeyer.

Richmond is a young artist influenced by both pop art and street art. He studied fine art printmaking at KU, where he created a 35-foot stencil mural in Hashinger Hall’s on the KU campus. Richmond has also completed two additional full-scale wall murals and owns his own clothing company named Omen & Arrow.

Trenton Lee Tiemeyer is a Lawrence-based poet, artist, and photographer, who finds his subjects while traveling for a living. Obsessed with all things abandoned and dilapidated, he scours the backroads of America in search of yesterday.

Along with the artwork of Thomas Richmond and Trenton Lee Tiemeyer, The Bottleneck will provide appetizers. It is located in the heart of the Lawrence Cultural District at 737 New Hampshire St. (www.thebottlenecklive.com)

PACHAMAMAS (800 New Hampshire St.)

http://www.pachamamas.com

MARK FEIDEN

“This is a good country –much better in many respects than the Fatherland. The vine-clad hills of the old country are not so rich as the rocky hills of Wabaunsee County.” –Sebastian Nehring, Feiden ancestor, Kansas pioneer.

Mark Feiden is a sixth-generation Kansan with pioneer roots in Wabaunsee and Reno counties. Originally from Wichita, Mark began exploring the back roads of Kansas as an alternative to the Turnpike while attending the University of Kansas during the early 1980’s. What began as a diversion soon became a dedication–to the sharing of “this… good country” through photography and other works. In 1997, Mark cofounded The Konza Press with the express mission of promoting the people, places and rich history of Kansas through the work of native artists and photographers.

Mark, whose images have appeared in numerous publications, has coauthored four books on Kansas. His most recent title, “The Flint Hills,” combines his photographs with an essay by well-known Kansas writer, cowboy and Flint Hills historian Jim Hoy.

Mark holds two degrees from the University of Kansas where he as also taught as a Guest Lecturer. In addition to photography and publishing, Mark consults as a Graphic, Interaction and Information Designer. For the last three years, Mark has been partnered with Louis Copt in operation of the Copt/Feiden Gallery—a “pop-up” space in downtown Lawrence, Kansas.

ARTIST STATEMENT

I suppose that my images are “art” insofar as they succeed in communicating my deep and abiding affection for the plains landscape–one that is subtle yet complex, forever changing and inextricably linked to the weather. My work, however, was born and continues to be centered not so much on a desire to express, but rather to document and share.

There also exists in my work a certain genealogical motivation. The Kansas landscape, timeless in a way, is the common thread that laces together 152 years and four sides of my family. As I drive a rolling Flint Hills road or stand overlooking a hay meadow, I imagine that I am enjoying very much the same view as my grandfather and his grandfather before him. My sense of self is somehow interwoven with the landscape, and photography has provided not only the means for sharing, but also the excuse for continued exploration–both inward and outward.

HENRY’S COFFEE SHOP (11 E. 8th St.)

Works by Carolyn Whitaker-Collins

Opening: January 31st, 6-9 p.m

Coffeeshop:

“Only A Mother Would Love”

Ceramic Mug Series

From Carolyn:

40 Cups out of a series of 100, part conceptual exercise, part creative therapeutic outlet. High fire white stoneware and the fame favored four glazes used in various combinations, including a salt glaze, which provides some of the more spectacular surface detail.

The handles of the mugs in the series of gestural shapes, simple, emblematic. Part figurative, part abstract,championing the ugly-beautiful, the un-heroic side of visual freedom- a flower, a question mark, a clef.

I try to create deliberately rough-hewn hand-made, witty and accessible imagery as well as Utilitarian objects – a vessel one can introduce into ones’ actual living space.

Tactile, playful, undermining conventional expectation, I hope you enjoy irreverent approach.

Bar:

“Evoke”

My artwork takes a critical view of womens’ issues – social, political and cultural. In my work I also deconstruct the idea of self through fairy tails, specific poetry and the subconscious. My work reproduces familiar visual signs, arranging them into new conceptually layered pieces.

While I use a variety of materials and processes in each work my methodology is consistent. Although there may not always be material similarities between all of the images they are linked by recurring formal concerns and through subject matter. The subject matter of each piece determines the materials and the layers of the work.

WONDER FAIR (803 1/2 Massachusetts St.)

http://www.wonderfair.com

(above the Burger Stand)

LOVE GARDEN SOUNDS (822 Massachusetts St.)

http://www.lovegardensounds.com

DOWNTOWN UPSTAIRS (824 1/2 Massachusetts St.)

PHOENIX GALLERY (825 Massachusetts St.)

http://www.phoenixgalleryks.com

Phoenix Gallery will be featuring artists Liza MacKinnon and Suzanne Perry for this month’s Final Friday Art Walk. Traditional Irish band Dorian’s Wheel will be here, and there will be snacks and beverages at Phoenix Gallery, as well as downstairs at Essential Goods.

Liza MacKinnon, of MacKomics Studio, is a local artist working in a variety of mediums, as well as teaching at the Lawrence Arts Center and Lawrence Public Library. She has been Phoenix Gallery’s January featured artist for three years in a row, launching Valentine-Making Season in Final Friday style. Liza has one splendid daughter and two crazed Boston Terriers. She will be demonstrating an audience participation activity: burnt organza (candle, pre-cut organza, and a shish-kebob skewers). She will bring a new collection of rings made with this technique, as well as other valentine-themed products.

The other well-known Lawrence artist for the evening will be Suzanne Perry. Many of you may know her by the glass block night lights throughout the Gallery. Each light is unique, and Suzanne designs each light to be functional, yet whimsical. From a beautiful lotus to regal cats, these art pieces will make your home glow with warmth. You may also have seen her Glowblock lamps on the pages of national publications including, Femail Creations, The Wireless Catalog, and After5Catalog. She will also feature new work for Valentine’s Day.

Dorian’s Wheel is a traditional Irish band from Lawrence, Kansas, made up of three multi-talented, professional musicians: Kelly Bohling (fiddle, vocals), Chris Bohling (bodhrán, vocals, mandolin), and Leslie Jabara (harp, vocals, bouzouki, tin whistle). The band performs driving instrumental jigs and reels, stirring ballads, and rollicking songs. The ensemble plays a collection of traditional instruments not usually heard in the typical pub band.

PHOENIX GALLERY UNDERGROUND (825 Massachusetts St.)

http://www.phoenixgalleryks.com

Phoenix Underground will feature artists Mary Brooks and Brett Allen for January’s Final Friday Art Walk.

Mary Brooks’ acrylic paintings, in which she utilizes nontraditional application methods and tools to capture the intensity of light, color, and pattern in the world around us, have been aptly described as “organic.” A native of East St. Louis, Illinois, Mary is a long-time Lawrence resident who gains her inspiration from her frequent travels exploring the American southwest, particularly the wide-open vistas of west Texas and the mountains, canyons, and rivers of northern New Mexico. When she is not painting, she works as a scholarly book indexer, a profession that requires intense focus and attention to detail. These are also the skills she applies in her imaginative and luminous paintings, which invite viewers to recast their frameworks of sight and memory.

Brett Allen is a Kansas City native and has been active in many fields of art and design for nearly 20 years. He is a graduate of the University of Kansas with a BFA in painting. Allen’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, and currently he has a sculpture in the Lawrence Downtown Sculpture Exhibition on display at 9th and Vermont. The current subject matter of his work is based on a series of personal events and relationships boiled down to a single image or symbol. Brett typically works in painting with a variety of mixed media, incorporating abstract imagery and found object materials as a base for the painting. Inspired by a certain form of repetition, he started using his symbols as stencils to recreate this repetition.

ESSENTIAL GOODS (825 Massachusetts St.)

Opening Reception for Maryanna Stark Adelman | Familiar/Unexpected

Artist Statement

Familiar/Unexpected

When asked, is that a painting or a drawing? I answer, I don’t know. It begins as a drawing, with water soluble pencils and crayons. Then, during the process of seeing and editing, water is added and in that instant, it becomes a painting. Is that a landscape? Well, yes. However, it’s also a portrait, of sorts. In the process of painting the public landscape, life interrupts and the once anonymous place markers of trees, birds, houses and other objects begin to tell a story.

Artist Biography

Raised in Prairie Village, Kansas, Maryanna Stark Adelman received a BA in Theatre from Baker University before earning a BFA in Painting from the Kansas City Art Institute. After teaching high school art and theatre she returned to school and earned her MA in Printmaking and Painting from University of Missouri, Kansas City. Maryanna continues her intaglio (etching) printing through the HandPrint Press at UMKC and paints from her home studio. She has exhibited in the Kansas City area at the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Late Show Gallery, Kansas City Artists Coalition, UMKC Gallery of Art and the Thornhill Art Gallery. Currently, Maryanna teaches drawing at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg and is a visiting artist for Kansas City Young Audiences. Maryanna lives with her family in Kansas City, Missouri. More of her work may be seen at maryannaadelman.com.

TEN THOUSAND VILLAGES (835 Massachusetts St.)

Jessica Jagerson is a 30ish mother of two, married for 15 years, almost college graduate. As a small business owner she lives her life on the delicate edge of fast-paced and out of control. Her greatest relief from the high-energry, high-stress life she leads is the act of creation. Sometimes it’s as simple as baking a cake, but where she truly finds peace is in front of a canvas.

Painting is her escape and as such the images she creates are full of color, romantic ideas, and relaxed thought. Her work often centers around the ideal; The utopian idea of an object rather than the naturally flawed object itself. The perfectly formed flower, or a day perfectly spent are often topics of her work. Nevertheless, her paintings should not be considered vapid. In fact, she lures the viewer in with her colorful and lively imagery only to puzzle them and engage their minds with carefully chosen titles that are meant to open the conversation between the viewer and the image.

THE BOURGEOIS PIG (6 E. 9th St.)

jesse gray :: new blue moon

high noon. down town. old black. new lows. whip lash. wrist bones. no wiggle room . blue notes. hard times. fish scales. red nosed. hats off. go team. ain’t no thing.

opening reception from 6 until 9 pm

LAWRENCE PERCOLATOR (in the alley behind Lawrence Arts Center on 9th St.)

*look for the green awnings

http://www.lawrence-percolator.blogspot.com

Make More Love:

Let’s get it on.

The Percolator is proud to offer Lawrencians a space to explore and expand their emotional lives through the arts. Join us for an intimate evening of variations on the theme of love. Featuring visual art and live performances from an array of Lawrence artists.

Opening Friday, January 31, 5-9 pm

6:30 Poetry performance by Karen Roberts

7:00 Love stories by Dan Ward

ART EMERGENCY (721 E. 9th St.)

The Saga Begins”

Brand new Art Gallery in the heart of the East Lawrence Art District will be having its grand opening on Friday, January 31st from 5-9 as part of Final Fridays. This is a big warehouse undergoing an awesome transformation to become one of the next great galleries in town. Come visit us to see the tremendous talents of many local artisans displaying their fine art, street art and sculptures. We are the giant green warehouse on the corner of 9th and Delaware, next to Star Signs. Free entry, live music, adult beverages, and no dress code, see you on Friday!

AU MARCHE (931 Massachusetts St.)

EXTRA VIRGIN (937 Massachusetts St.)

“Art & Love, Hand in Hand”, Artwork by Kathleen Anderson, LaurieCulling, Dian Hauser, Leta Strom
Opens January 29 Final Friday, Reception 5-9pm. Show runs through March 1, 2014


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

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. 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.

REPLAY LOUNGE (945 Massachusetts St.)

Early Show:

6 pm until 9 pm

Fullbloods (KC) / My Oh My! (KC)

FIVE BAR / INGREDIENT (947 Massachusetts St.)

Five Bar (just to the north of Ingredient) on Final Friday for live music all night

Photographs by Bill Snead

AIMEE’S CAFE’ & COFFEE SHOP (1025 Massachusetts St.)

http://www.aimeescoffeehouse.com

WATKINS MUSEUM of HISTORY (1047 Massachusetts St.)

http://www.watkinsmuseum.org

Exhibition on Elizabeth Miller Watkins Opens with Final Friday Celebration

Elizabeth Miller Watkins’ generous giving created and supported a number of social institutions that the city still enjoys. From scholarship halls to hospitals, the museum’s new exhibit, For the Good of All: Elizabeth Miller Watkins’ Community Philanthropy explores how Mrs. Watkins charitable gifts continue to benefit and impact the community today. The exhibit opens with a Final Friday celebration on Friday, January 31, 2014 from 6pm to 8pm.

On January 21st, Elizabeth Miller Watkins would have celebrated her 153rd birthday. In honor of her contributions to the community and her birthday, the exhibit opening will be celebrated with a birthday party. The public is invited to enjoy this important community member’s birthday with cake and punch, and explore the exhibit that honors her contributions to Lawrence.

ECOBOUTIQUO (1101 1/2 Masschusetts St.)

ECOBOUTIQUO
earth friendly fashion gallery
NOW OPEN!!
1101 1/2 massachusetts st. upstairs
OPEN SATURDAYS: 10:00-6:00
and by appointment- 785.979.6929
offering: ecocouture, recycled, upcycled,
handmade, art. jewelry, accessories,
some vintage, some thrift,
and some things unexpected.

FINAL FRIDAY EVENTS IN THE WAREHOUSE ARTS DISTRICT

CIDER GALLERY ( 810 Pennsylvania St.)

Mummies Are Sitting Ducks

Opening Reception: FINAL FRIDAY. January 31st 5 – 9PM
Artist Panel Discussion: February 4th, 7 – 9pm

Exhibition Dates: Jan. 31 – Feb. 27th, 2014

This exhibition seeks to find veins of contemporized influence in art from the great American Beat writer William S. Burroughs. If the exhibition pays homage to WSB it is not out of imitation, or reverence but rather through an extension of consciousness and a spirit of innovation, willingness to hallucinate, to think unabashedly, and perhaps cultivate an estrangement from contemporary norms.

“Artists to my mind are the real architects of change, and not the political legislators who implement change after the fact”

-William S. Burroughs

Burroughs’ words of advice become impossible to ignore, uplifting to read and devour, clanging occasionally at a decibel to loud to hear. Most artists are at the skirts, like shaman dwelling at the edge of the village, every so often one shaman comes along that can undeniable speak to every artist with telepathic clarity, Burroughs is that shaman. His influence at this point is so prophetic and wide spread that it can hardly be traced back to the source, like a dither of magic, and a spell of untethered permission.

I see painting as an evocative magic, and there must always be a random factor in magic, one, which must be constantly changed and renewed.”

-William S. Burroughs

The artists selected for this exhibition are pushing change forward, willing it with magic and images. Fifteen artists were selected for this show, coming from near and far, but leaning heavily on this region that William called home, in the end Happy 100th Birthday Mr. Burroughs, we offer not accolades and mouthy gifts but a mantel of change and a walk into the unknown.

Artists include:

Tom Reed, Aaron Storck, David Ford, Archie Scott Gobber, Craig Roper, Midwest Pressed, Jaimie Warren, Linda Lighton, Peregrine Honig, Randy Regier, Angie Christensen, Philip Heying, Miki Baird, Nina Katchadourian, Robert Dale Anderson, Michael Krueger, Wayne Propst and William S. Burroughs.

SeedCo STUDIOS (826 Pennsylvania St.)

http://www.seedcostudios.com

6 until 9 pm

Open studios by resident artists:

Michaela Carmen
Jessica Rold
Jesse Gray
Erok Johanssen
Alicia Kelly
Kate Larson
Brandon Mateer
Marie McKenzie

Landon Merrill
Jeromy Morris
Dana Olson
Dani Ramirez

Catherine Reed
Jeremy Rockwell
Ryan Storck
David Titterington

Naomi Welch
Angela Wright
Aaron Youngstrom
Felt Show
Foxy by Proxy
Whatever Forever Tapes

Located within the Warehouse Arts District at 826 Pennsylvania in a monolithic brick warehouse, this space is ideal for making, showing and engaging in all aspects of contemporary fine art. With studios on the lower level and event space in the main hall, the potential for creating and collaborating on projects 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, 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, directly behind the monumental Poehler building, 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.

www.seedcostudios.com
www.freshproduceartcollective.com
whatevertapes.bandcamp.com

MARLA’S QUILTS (720 E. 9th St. #2)

Marla Jackson
Quilter Textile Historian

Opens Studio and Gallery in New Lawrence Arts District

Get ready to take a journey into the creative mind of nationally renowned Lawrence artist Marla Jackson.  Her artistic medium is not paint, acrylic, or pen and ink; not glass, stone or plaster but the vibrant and soul touching colors and textures of cloth.  With one of her art creations already accepted at the Smithsonian, and many others featured in books, displayed at the Spencer Museum at the University of Kansas and in private collections, quilter textile historian and creative artistic story teller Marla Jackson is a new anchor in the new Warehouse Arts District in East Lawrence at 720 # 2 East 9th Street. www.marlaquilts.com

Not your typical on-the-prairie quilter, Ms. Jackson brings her African American heritage and historical creative poignancy to her quilts.  Her primary goal with her work is to echo the untold stories of heroes that history has overlooked, forgotten, or hidden.

But it is not until you know the raw emotion of Ms. Jackson’s personal story, that you see the joy and pain of her own life intertwined with her African American culture playing out in the brilliant color and texture in her “story” quilts.

Many of her quilts will be on display, along with her amazing dolls some of which are created with rare African cloths from Ghana and Mali. Her gallery will soon become a teaching laboratory where she will begin to teach the art of creative story quilting, doll making, fabric design and printing, handbags and accessory creations. For more information and to sign up for Ms. Jackson’s future creative classes email marlaquilts@sbcglobal.net or call 785-371-6682 

THE LAWRENCE ART PARTY (Lawrence Creates Makerspace 9th and New Jersey)

The January 31 Lawrence Art Party will feature the amazing Lawrence band, L A FAHY and the Argyle SKY, with as many as 20 artists and artisans showing their art for your enjoyment. We’ll have paintings, sculpture, photography, and more!

We’ll start at 5:30, with refreshments and art, Papa Kenos pizza will be delivered at 7:00, and L A FAHY and the Argyle SKY will take the stage shortly thereafter.

Come on down and have a great time!

FINAL FRIDAY EVENTS IN NORTH LAWRENCE

GASLIGHT GARDENS (317 N. 2nd St.)

IWIG DAIRY LOCAL FOODS GROCERY (622 N. 2nd St.)

Arts & Technologies of Early Peoples”

Willow and Redbud Stick Basketry, bone tools, brain-tanned buckskin and other aboriginal tools replicated by Marty Falkenstien.

Basketry is the oldest form of art, predating pottery in our evolution as Homo Sapiens Sapiens; and it belongs to women. Tap into your own DNA and familiarize yourself with women’s and men’s survival tools and everyday works of art used by early peoples. Touch the deer hide transformed into suede-like buckskin, hold the elk handle and obsidian blade tool used to scrape the hair from the deer skin, marvel at the technology that weaves and twines sticks into useful baskets. These works of art are three dimensional and real.

Marty Falkenstien has over 20 years experience and influence by California Indian co-workers and friends, as a cultural interpreter in the National Park Service and as Director of Education at the Marin Museum of the American Indian in California. She now manages the first local foods market in Lawrence operated by the healthiest best tasting dairy in this part of the world, Iwig Family Dairy from Tecumseh.

Come honor the incredible artful skills of peoples in past times while you sample the healthiest local milks and ice cream skills of today from the Iwig Family Dairy. The store will be open until 9:00pm and features all healthy local foods from local farmers.

OTHER FINAL FRIDAY EVENTS IN LAWRENCE

UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS ART & DESIGN BLDG.

The Middle: Photo-Based Works by Artists Living in Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, and Nebraska.

Public Reception for the Artists: Friday, January 31st 5-7pm

Exhibition Dates January 21 – February 7th
University of Kansas Art and Design Building.

Some of us are from other places, some of us have lived in the middle our entire lives, some of us were born in the middle and returned because it is where we feel at home or because we found work. Many of us make pictures in the middle and many of us travel the country or the world to make compelling photographs.  This eclectic exhibition features a wide variety of approaches to the medium of photography.

Jeff Rich will exhibit photographs from his recent monograph Watershed.  Larry Schwarm, best known for his iconic images of the burning Konza prairie, will exhibit new work. MaryDorsey Wanless, Adam Dienst-Scott, Emma Powell and Larry Gawel will exhibit images made using alternative and experimental photographic processes. This exhibition features recent work by notable photographers from throughout the region.

Artists:
Gloria Baker Feinstein – MO
Daniel Coburn – KS
Bryon Darby – KS
Adam Dienst-Scott – NE
Deanna Dikeman – MO
Dana Fritz – NE
Larry Gawel – NE
Phillip Heying – KS
Shreepad Joglekar – KS
Joe Johnson – MO
Luke Jordan – KS
Priya Kambli – MO
Adam Long – MO
Emma Powell – IA
Jeff Rich – IA
Travis Shaffer – MO
Mike Sinclair – MO
Lara Shipley – KS
Larry Schwarm – KS
MaryDorsey Wanless – KS

 

ALVAMAR COUNTRY CLUB DINING ROOM (1809 Crossgate Dr.)

Works by Lu Vaccaro

Reception from 5 until 9 pm