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Archive for Thursday, November 13, 1997

TWO EXHIBITS SHARE SPACE IN LAG GALLERY

November 13, 1997

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And a few Lawrence artists show their works out of town.

An opening reception for the Douglas County AIDS Project's fifth annual Red Ribbon Art Auction will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Lawrence Riverfront Gallery, 1 Riverfront Plaza, Suite 206.

The Lawrence Art Guild graciously offered its gallery to exhibit the more than 50 artworks donated by local and regional artists, such as Colette Bangert, Jon Blumb, Stan Herd, Matt Kirby, Lucille Mulroney, Leni Salkind, Davida Sears and Allen Wilkerson.

The work will be auctioned to raise money for DCAP and range in price from $15 into the hundreds of dollars. Items such as Christie Brandt's copper and tin switchplates, Cathy Mowery's afghan-size quilt, sculptures, lithographs, oil and watercolor paintings, fine jewelry and even a soothing ceramic fountain created by Cathy Tisdale will be sold to the highest bidders.

The actual auction takes place Nov. 30 at Fifi's Banquet Connection, 1350 N. Third St. The event will begin with dessert, wine and time to preview the art at 7 p.m., with the auction beginning at 8 p.m.

The DCAP Red Ribbon Auction exhibit can be seen at the Lawrence Art Guild's Riverfront Gallery from Saturday through Nov. 30. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays and noon-6 p.m. Sundays.

Concurrently showing at the Riverfront Gallery and continuing throughout December is LAG's juried show, "Caffe Latte."

This exhibit includes about 100 pieces by more than 20 artists, as well as jewelry and small hand-made gift items in the Petite Gallery section.

A new artist to Riverfront Gallery is Zack Barnes, whose very large figurative oil paintings are attracting a lot of attention.

Mike Lucero is exhibiting six black-and-white genre photographs of inhabitants of New York City throughout November at the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce office, 734 Vt.

Some of Lucero's narrative photos focus on exchanges between New York City street people and the white-collar and blue-collar residents of Manhattan.

Lucero says they "capture the hypocritical situation, especially in light of the stated new-found compassion for the homeless" by the New York City media and administration.

Although small -- about five inches by eight inches -- the photos capture a wide range of tonal values and pack an emotional wallop.

The Eva Reynolds Gallery in the Sheridan Suites Hotel on the Country Club Plaza, 770 W. 47th St., Kansas City, Mo., is showing Polaroid transfers by Lawrence artist Louis Copt and watercolor florals by Barbara Waterman through Dec. 25.

These dozen or so transfers represent a new medium for Copt and a departure from his familiar subject of Kansas landscapes. These one-of-a-kind "live" Polaroid transfers are still life studies of pears, corn, baskets and other artful subjects, as well as some self-portraits that have an iconic quality emphasized through Copt's application of gold leaf.

Copt describes the work as "looking like old frescoes; old and faded, chipped and peeled."

Each transfer is a unique piece because the Polaroid is made directly from the subject rather than from a slide of the subject. Copt takes a picture and makes a transfer. Sometimes he must take several shots to get a good one. "It is as time consuming as painting," Copt says.

The exhibit can be visited from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. For more information, contact the gallery at (913) 681-8002.

Another Lawrence artist showing out of town over the holidays is sculptor Ron Hinton.

Hinton's contemporary etched metal sculptures, sculptural container forms and wall pieces are being exhibited with prints and drawings by James Munce through Jan. 4 in the Swogger Gallery at Columbian Theatre, Museum and Art Center, 521 Lincoln, Wamego.

Hinton is showing about 14 bronze and mixed metal pieces, including a free-standing light/sculpture an wall sconces which incorporate fused glass.

The exhibit, called "Markings," appears to refer to Hinton's and Munce's manipulations of the surfaces of their pieces.

The Columbian itself is a masterpiece of restoration. Hinton says, "I really respect what the community has done with the Columbian and want to show support for that."

The exhibits at the Columbian consistently have been high-caliber work, and gallery director Margaret Buie is to be commended, as are the supporters of art and artists from this small community and its surrounding area.

Take a drive west over the holidays and experience a real treat in Wamego. For more information, call (800) 899-1893.

-- 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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