Archive for Thursday, June 12, 1997


June 12, 1997


The 500 Locust Gallery is seeking artworks for a show in conjunction with the Artrain's visit in July.

An exhibit of paintings by Robert Berkeley Green, Kansas University professor emeritus of art and longtime Lawrence resident, will be shown Saturday through Aug. 17 in the White Gallery at the Helen Foresman Spencer Museum of Art on the KU campus.

The exhibit will include 27 of Green's watercolors, oil and egg tempera paintings and drawings, most of which have been donated to the Spencer Museum by the artist and his wife, Miriam Stewart Green. Miriam Green is also a painter and was selected as the 1997 Bert Nash Mental Health Center's annual Mental Health Month poster artist.

Bob Green's exhibit represents a span of 66 years of artistic productivity, from 1930 to 1996. Many of the paintings were created under the auspices of the first University Faculty Grant awarded to an artist, which Green received in 1966. One of the requirements of the grant was that the recipient donate to the university; the subject of many of the paintings is the university itself.

However, in medium, style and focus, the exhibit "represents a full range of Green's activity," according to museum director Andrea Norris.

There will be several paintings which have not been exhibited to the public for some time, as well as the classic "Oracle of '76," an egg tempera painting that commemorates the Year of the Woman.

The Spencer Museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, with extended hours until 9 p.m. Thursdays, and from noon to 5 p.m. Sundays.

"New Work," by Lawrence artist Cyndy Paloma Lester, is showing at Wheat Fields, 904 Vt. Lester's paintings capture an archetypal patterning through dark, rich and sometimes brooding colors and images.

Many of the smaller series of acrylic paintings retain the presence of the larger works; Lester is comfortable translating the subjects to several sizes.

The exhibit, which will be up through July 20, can be seen from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays and 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sundays.

Baldwin's monthly Art Walk Night will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. June 20 in downtown Baldwin. The Art Walk, which is held the third Friday of each month from April through October, showcases the art of area artists in local venues.

June's Art Walk will feature the work of photographer Melinda Hipple at the Aardvark Gallery, 710 Eighth St. Hipple's exhibit, "What did you dream for me, father?," is an introspective series of black-and-white photographs incorporating the artist's adult image into slides of the artist as a child, which were taken by Hipple's father.

The Art Affair Gallery, 622 High St., will feature the oil landscapes of Rodney Troth, as well as the artwork of their stable of artists, including Evonne English and Tom Russell. Several other businesses will be open and displaying works by featured painters, quilters and other artisans.

Another new feature is the addition of live music and entertainment, weather permitting. The organizers have presented a variety of music and hope to include short melodramas in the future. For more information, call (913) 594-3980.

The 500 Locust Gallery, in conjunction with the arrival of the Artrain in Lawrence, is putting out a call for two- and three-dimensional artists to exhibit a few pieces of their artwork at the gallery during the month of July. Any artwork submitted should be of community emphasis.

An opening reception will be held on July 11 during the Artrain stopover.

The gallery, at 500 Locust St. in North Lawrence, is directly adjacent to where the train will be parked and will be open on a volunteer basis during the same hours as the Artrain and from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays in July.

The Artrain will be in town July 10-13. If you are interested in exhibiting at the gallery during this time, call 841-6138 or 842-5328 and leave your name and telephone number for coordinators Hobart Jackson and Ted Johnson.

For the second year in a row, Lawrence artist Shakura Jackson has been selected to receive the Juror's Choice Award and two Purchase Awards at the annual Art in the Woods exhibit in Overland Park.

This yearly show is sponsored by the Overland Park Arts Commission and held in the Corporate Woods complex.

Juror Rackstraw Downs selected Jackson from a field of 70 artists to receive one of the 12 Juror's Choice Awards for her photomontage, "Kansas Lawn."

The Ottawa Community Arts Council will be showing "Art by Louis Copt" through June 28 at the Ottawa Community Arts Center, 105 E. Fifth. The exhibit will feature Copt's landscapes in oils, acrylics, pastels and watercolors.

Gallery hours are 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays.

-- Diana Dunkley is a part-time reporter for the Journal-World and a professional artist working out of her Lawrence studio.

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