When a local delegation travels in June to visit Lawrence's sister city of Eutin, West Germany, the arts community will be well represented.
Not only will Ann Evans, director of the Lawrence Arts Center, be among the 25 Lawrence residents in the official delegation to Eutin, but works from 12 local artists will be making the trip overseas as well.
Lawrence, which has had a sister city relationship with Eutin only since October, is a relative newcomer to proper sister city protocol. But arts and cultural exchanges are among the areas of emphasis between sister cities, Evans said.
"That's a real natural with Lawrence, because of the incredible number of artists and art activities that we have here," she said.
To showcase some of those Lawrence talents to the people of Eutin, Evans has helped arrange a small exhibit of local artwork to be shown during the trip, June 18-22. The show includes watercolors, blown glass, lithographs, ceramics and paintings from artists ranging from Elizabeth "Grandma" Layton to Jan Gaumnitz to Stan Herd.
THE EXHIBIT will be displayed at one of Eutin's banks during the delegation's visit to Germany. At the end of the trip, the works will be given to Eutin families who hosted some of the individual members of the delegation.
"We knew it wouldn't be a lot of pieces, but we would be able to show off Lawrence artists and have real wonderful gifts to give to our hosts and our sponsors in Eutin," she said.
Evans said the artwork going to the Eutin exhibit is not meant to be a comprehensive show of Lawrence artists.
"I wanted representative work of Lawrence, an array of work," she said. "It's just a small sampling; in no way does it include all of the artists here."
THE FRIENDS of Eutin, a local group that helped Lawrence kindle its sibling relationship with the West German city, has pushed to keep the arts in the fore of the Lawrence-Eutin tie.
"The committee, from very early on, felt the arts were very, very important. They asked me to be involved, so I'm really thrilled," Evans said.
Although the local delegation won't be in Eutin for an extended stay, Evans said she has some work to do while in Germany. She wants to set in motion more arts exchanges and also wants to see if she can arrange an artist-in-residence exchange.
The arts center already is booking exhibits for its 1991-92 season, and although nothing has been finalized Evans said there are two times being reserved for an Eutin exhibit.
"I THINK we're just going to see all kinds of spinoffs," she said, "and not necessarily organized by any one person; just kind of natural ones."
Already, she said, the Lawrence Photo Alliance and a similar Eutin group have begun talking about an exchange of exhibits. Evans said she will be hand-carrying a written proposal, in German, to Eutin that could set up the exchange.
"That could happen fairly soon, like next year," she said.