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Common threads: Exhibition charts textiles' social role in local history

Brittany Keegan is standing opposite a massive quilt that hangs from the wall of a sun-drenched room on the second floor of the Watkins Museum of History.

Baker University Community Choir to launch new season

The Baker University Community Choir will begin rehearsals for its spring season Thursday.

Public invited to talk about issues at 'People's State of the Union'

Following President Obama’s State of the Union address last week, organizers with the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture will host events across the country through the end of the month that they’re collectively calling the “People’s State of the Union.”

Future of Lawrence Arts: Local arts leaders weigh in

In many ways, 2015 is a crossroads in the Lawrence arts community. This year will see a new arts and culture director for the city and the development of an arts corridor along East Ninth Street, among other big changes. How do leaders of the arts scene see all this unfolding?

Newly acquired Bloch painting offers warmth with hint of mystery

A newly acquired painting by one of Lawrence’s more famous past residents — at least in the art world — is warming up the contemporary gallery at the Spencer Museum of Art. “Summer” by Albert Bloch is now on display in the 20/21 Gallery. By Sara Shepherd

Artist's widow to share stories of husband's 'Magic Boxes' at Arts Center talk

“Here it is,” says Luella Vaccaro, making her way down a dark, narrow staircase to the basement of her Lawrence home. She flips a switch, casting light over the workbench where her late husband, artist and former Kansas University professor Nick Vaccaro, produced some-130 mixed-media dioramas from the late '60s to the mid-'90s.

Lawrence accepting submissions for annual arts grants

The Lawrence Cultural Arts Commission is accepting submissions for its Annual Community Arts Grant Program.

Percolator accepting submissions for annual love-themed show

The Lawrence Percolator is now accepting entries for its annual love-themed art show.

15 events for 2015: How to kick off the new year in Lawrence

Experiencing a bit of a post-holiday letdown? Cheer up — with an exciting mix of concerts, plays and perhaps a ghost sighting or two on the horizon, there’s plenty to do in Lawrence this winter. Here are few ideas to kick off 2015 with a bang. Now, get out there and embrace the New Year. It could be your best yet.

New arts and culture director leaving Lawrence after three months on job

Lawrence’s first director of arts and culture is leaving after just three months on the job. The city announced Tuesday that Christina McClelland submitted her resignation and would leave the position in mid-January.

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 ...

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

Life in the ring: An inside look at local pro wrestling

Several professional wrestlers share their stories about life in the ring. Every month the wrestlers compete at the Turner Recreation Center for Metro Pro Wrestling.

"The Jawbreaker" preview of pro wrestling feature

Trevor Murdoch, former WWE star, reflects on why he's still wrestling after 12 years and many bumps and bruises. Murdoch wrestles at the monthly Metro Pro Wrestling events held at the Turner Recreation Center in Kansas City, Kan.

Lawrence artist paints the Flint Hills

Randall Bennett, a Lawrence artist, is finishing up work on a 60-foot mural of the Flint Hills for the soon-to-be opened Flint Hills Discovery Center in Manhattan. Bennett said he hopes the mural will inspire people to see the Flint Hills in person.

Lawrence muralist talks about efforts to rework his first community mural

Lawrence muralist Dave Loewenstein talks about his first community mural, "Guardians of the Arts," which formerly existed on the north wall of the building at 722 Massachusetts, and the efforts being made to possibly remake it, as it was recently painted over because of repairs to the building.

Gov. Brownback comments on attempts to stop national arts funding for Kansas

Gov. Sam Brownback answers a question about a group's request to have the National Endowment for the Arts pull its funding for Kansas after the state cut its own funding for the Kansas Arts Commission. The president of Americans for the Arts said that allowing Kansas to receive federal arts funding while not providing any of its own would be unfair to other states.

Arts supporters plan future funding strategies

Arts supporters talk about moving forward despite the recent elimination of state funding for the Kansas Arts Commission.

Lawrence artist Elden Tefft creates sandrat sculpture to honor North Lawrence residents

Lawrence artist Elden Tefft is creating the "Sandy the Sandrat" sculpture in honor of North Lawrence residents, who consider themselves sandrats, and are in need of a mascot. The annual North Lawrence Sandrat reunion is Saturday, June 4, and attendees will have a chance to get an early look at the sculpture in progress.