Exhibition of Lawrence’s “Riverkings” opens with Final Friday reception


  • Categories: Community
  • Event posted: Jan. 20, 2013
  • Last updated: Sept. 16, 2014

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The “Riverkings”, generations of fishermen who made their livings and supported their families on the Kansas River, are the subjects of a new exhibit at the Watkins Community Museum. “Riverkings of Kansas: Life on the Kaw” pairs artifacts and stories from those whose lives depended on the daily catch. The exhibit opens with a Final Friday reception on Friday, Jan. 25 from 6-8 p.m.

Guest curator Barbara Higgins-Dover says of the exhibit, “It represents a piece of important Lawrence history when ‘living off the land’ meant providing sustenance for oneself and for the community. It is a history that reminds us of cultural difference, hard work, determination, and survival.”

The exhibit’s opening will be celebrated with a special collaboration with the University of Kansas Natural History Museum. Visitors will have the chance to try their hand at gyotaku, a Japanese printmaking method traditionally used by fishermen to record their catches. To create gyotaku prints, a fish is painted by hand, then covered with paper or fabric so the paint is transferred and an image of the fish is created. The public is invited to view the exhibit and make a gyotaku print during the event.


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