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Planning begins for 'reimagining' of demolished downtown mural

Cinder blocks painted with segments of the demolished “Pollinators” mural are stacked on the art studio’s lawn like disjointed puzzle pieces. But inside the East Lawrence studio Sunday, local artist Dave Loewenstein and community members began the work to bring the mural back.

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Pageant contestant has unique and colorful talent

In 90 seconds, most people could probably fry an egg on a preheated pan, fill up an empty tank of gas on a compact car or peel and cut up an apple with fingers fully intact. Most people, however, could not produce a large-scale painting of anything remotely recognizable before an audience while wearing high heels.

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A stitch in time: Lawrence resident creates quilt to benefit Watkins Museum

Mary Boucher can trace her fascination with Lawrence history back to the year she settled here, 1975. It was, coincidentally, the very same year that the Watkins Museum of History — the old building at 1047 Massachusetts St. used to house a bank and mortgage company owned by the storied Watkins family — opened its renovated doors to the community. The three-story structure, constructed in the Richardsonian Romanesque style some 130 years ago, is one of Boucher’s architectural favorites in town.

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Lawrence artist's business grows out of campaign to cheer up hospitalized friend

Art has been Stacey Lamb’s refuge since childhood, but she thought two years ago her days as an artist were over.

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65 colorful characters in Lawrence artist John Sebelius' upcoming show

It would be pretty difficult to forget meeting a anyone with a name like Gizmo Joe, or Mothman or Pat the Hat from Slab City, California. A pinky-ringed cabbie from Jersey named Al? Fahgettaboudit! For Lawrence artist John Sebelius, the memories of these four and 61 others certainly haven’t faded, as he has recorded them in great, colorful detail for his upcoming show, Cupcakes, which opens at Phoenix Gallery for Final Fridays on Nov. 26.

In its 40th year, Holiday Bazaar returns to Lawrence's Community Building this weekend

JoAnn Clouse is a regular on the northeastern Kansas arts-and-crafts circuit, and on Sunday will make her fourth appearance at Lawrence’s 40th annual Holiday Bazaar. Organized and hosted by the city’s Parks and Recreation Department, the event, slated for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., will bring more than 100 exhibitors and a variety of handmade gifts to the Community Building, 115 W. 11th St.

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Rusty sculpture evokes history of Rhode Island Street site's past

It’s ironic, Nick Schmiedeler says, that the old Packard junkyard on 1106 Rhode Island Street didn’t produce enough junk for the metal sculpture he just completed at the site.

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City announces 2016 Phoenix Award winners

The Lawrence Cultural Arts Commission has announced the winners of this year’s Phoenix Awards. The awards, now in their 21st year, annually recognize outstanding artistic achievement in the Lawrence community.

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'Pinnacle of Nuttiness' — Political state of affairs a dominating theme this Final Friday

If going downtown to unwind and unplug yourself from the presidential election, the talking heads and hot-button political issues is on your agenda for the upcoming Final Fridays, let this serve as a warning to steer clear of several works of art.

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KU’s Spencer Museum of Art reopens Saturday after long hiatus

Been missing the Spencer Museum of Art? Miss no longer. After being closed a year and a half for an $8 million renovation, the museum reopens to the public on Saturday.

Several counties planning to sue state over improper distribution of funds

Periods of clouds are expected for your Monday. No precipitation is expected, however. Depsite just a bit of sunshine, temperatures will still be close to normal; around 71°F. Winds will turn to the south, but stay just light enough that ...

2015 Fall Arts and Crafts Festival

Sights and sounds from the 2015 Fall Arts and Crafts Festival, held Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015 at South Park in downtown Lawrence. Music is by Billy Ebeling and The Late for Dinner Band.

Intergalactic Jedi Academy at the Lawrence Arts Center

Campers at the Lawrence Arts Center are introduced to all things "Star Wars" during the weeklong Intergalactic Jedi Academy. Campers created costumes, drew popular Star Wars characters, learned Jedi moves from dance instructors and built their own lightsabers made from pool noodles.

Sculpture workshop with Lincoln Fox

Lawrence resident Denise Detommaso talks about learning from professional sculptor Lincoln Fox, who came to Lawrence for a sculpture workshop at Art Emergency.

The Chair Show

Matt Jones, co-owner of Struct/Restruct talks about the concept behind The Chair Show, which he helped organize at Decade coffee shop in East Lawrence.

Young guerilla artists leave their marks downtown

First and second-graders participating in the Lawrence Arts Center's guerilla art camp displayed some of their temporary art along with a positive message Friday, March 20, 2015, in downtown Lawrence.

Youths learn how to make short films for Free State Festival

A group of young filmmakers are creating short films with the help of Lawrence Arts Center Digital Media Director Marlo Angell. The films will be shown during at the Youth Outreach Showcase during the Free State Festival on June 26.

Van Go students create short film

Van Go student filmmakers create a short film for the Free State Festival along the banks of the Kansas River with the help of Lawrence Arts Center digital media director Marlo Angell.

At 93, sculptor Elden Tefft prepares for a show

Lawrence sculptor Elden Tefft works in preparation for his upcoming show at the Lawrence Arts Center, “Gossamer: Before and After the Sculpture Moses.”

Visiting Artist Creates Balloon Installation

Chicago artist Willy Chyr talks about an installation he is creating at the Lawrence Arts Center from an estimated 1,200 balloons.

Visiting Artist Creates Balloon Installation

Chicago artist, Willy Chyr talks about an installation he is creating at the Lawrence Arts Center from an estimated 1,200 balloons