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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.

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Opening up: Spencer Museum renovation brings outside in, enlarges spaces for student-art interaction

Following a nearly $8 million renovation, the Spencer Museum of Art at the University of Kansas is a much more open place — physically and conceptually. The museum will reopen to the public on Oct. 15 after being closed for renovations for the past year and a half.

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Art between friends: Lawrence artists collaborate despite 1,000-mile separation

Two Lawrence friends, Adam Smith and Adam Lott have collaborated on a Final Fridays show despite having more than a thousand miles between them.

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Lawrence Arts Center welcomes new CEO after retirement of Susan Tate

Dozens of Lawrence Arts Center staffers, students and community members streamed in and out of the Arts Center’s main gallery Wednesday evening to send off departing CEO Susan Tate in style. But the event was just as much a welcoming party as it was a farewell. That evening, Joan Golden, chair of the Arts Center’s board of directors, introduced Kimberly Williams, the Lawrence native and former Chicagoan who as of this week replaced Tate as CEO.

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Organizer, vendors expecting good weather, attendance at Sunday's Fall Arts and Crafts Festival

Patrick and Kris Manning will be part of a Sunday “weekend warriors” invasion of South Park. The Lawrence couple will have on one of the more than 150 booths at the 37th annual Fall Arts and Crafts Festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at South Park, 1141 Massachusetts St.

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Baldwin City artist shares whimsical vision

Standing in her yard at the base of Baldwin Hill near the crains of limestone rocks mixed with odd bits of rusty metal she has sculpted along the driveway, Meg Cundiff confesses she always finds energy in art.

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Lawrence jeweler and metalsmith gets national recognition

The chance of hearing a jeweler talk about the beauty of cement, coal or industrial latex within a conversation about engagement rings is just about as likely as hearing a construction foreman asking for more diamonds, gold or silver in the concrete mix. That being said, Lawrence jeweler and metalsmith Cate Richards, who was recently named to American Craft Week’s list of “30 Exceptional Craftspeople Under the Age of 30,” is garnering some attention for melding what many believe are seemingly incongruous materials into her own fine art.

Nomination deadline for Phoenix Awards is next week

The deadline to submit nominations for the city’s 21st annual Phoenix Awards is next week.

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