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Archive for Thursday, November 27, 1997

DAVIDSON-HUES TO CREATE WORK FOR NY GALLERY

November 27, 1997

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Several Lawrence artists will be exhibiting their works during the holiday season.

A reminder: The Douglas County AIDS Project's fifth annual Red Ribbon Art Auction will be held Sunday night at Fifi's Banquet Connection, 1350 N. Third.

The event will begin at 7 p.m. with dessert, wine and time to preview the artworks by more than 50 fine local and regional artists. The auction begins at 8 p.m.

The Steinbaum Krauss Gallery in New York City has asked Lawrence artist Janet Davidson-Hues to create a performance piece to honor the 31 women artists included in the invitational exhibit "Crossing the Threshold."

These artists, between ages 70 and 105, are actively producing artwork.

The performance piece, titled "To Be Continued," will be presented at the opening reception on Dec. 6 by Davidson-Hues. Joining her in the piece will be Keiko Kira of Kansas City, Teneille Haggard and Ana Lois-Borzi, both Kansas University alumnae, and Fran Bull, opera singer and artist who is represented currently by the Morgan Gallery in Kansas City, Mo.

The performance uses text, spoken word, song, tapes that include quotes from the 31 artists, water, other natural elements and healing ritual to celebrate the spirit of the 31 women artists, and others, who through their strengths and legacies have made it easier for those of us who follow in their footsteps.

Although Davidson-Hues says "To Be Continued" is "celebratory in a soft, quiet, positive way," it is also filled with tension produced through dichotomy. An example is the symbolism of one of the five performers gathering and wrapping string into a ball, which Davidson-Hues refers to as an expression of "repetitious action, futility, binding, unity and endurance" all rolled into one.

The exhibit includes the artwork of such widely recognized artists as Louise Bourgeois, Helen Frankenthaler, Grace Hardigan, Agnes Martin, Miriam Shapiro and Beatrice Wood, to name only a few, and will be shown through Jan. 2.

Following its run at the Steinbaum Krauss gallery, the exhibit will tour the country through December 2000 to about 20 different venues. We will be fortunate to have the opportunity to see it during August at the Helen Foresman Spencer Museum of Art.

Although Davidson-Hues has been contracted only to present her piece at the New York opening, it is possible she will be asked to perform it at some of the other venues as well.

Photographer John Wysocki will be exhibiting his photographs and Polaroid image transfers at the Arts and Crafts Bazaar, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Dec. 4 at the Kansas Union lobby and gallery.

This annual event, sponsored by Student Union Activities, will include the work of KU students, faculty, staff and alumni.

Hummingbird Song, 10 E. Ninth, will show a holiday exhibit, "Artwork for Under $100," Wednesday through the holidays. The works are created by members of the Downtown Tuesday Painters and The F.A.N. Club, A Women Artists Support Group.

Most of the pieces will be two-dimensional paintings offered at gift prices.

Hummingbird Song has extended its hours, from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays (and until 8 p.m. Thursdays) and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays.

Roy's Gallery, in Orchards Corners Center at 15th and Kasold Drive, will be holding its annual Holiday Artist Showcase from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Dec. 5.

Along with live entertainment and refreshments, owner Mehrzad Alison will be giving away 25 pieces of original artwork created by some of the regional artists represented by the gallery.

Many of the artists will be present and the event is open to the public.

Holiday Art Fair 1997, annually sponsored by the Lawrence Art Guild at the Lawrence Arts Center, 200 W. Ninth, will be held from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Dec. 6.

Chairperson Patty Boyer has put together quite a shindig this year, with continuous live entertainment, an "opulent" bake sale by Grant School and about 35 diverse artists and their works, most of which seem clever, whimsical and humorous while still including "the largest number of painters that have ever shown at the Holiday Art Fair," Boyer says.

Some of the new exhibitors include Stoner/Hatton Mobiles of Osage City, which creates multi-colored titanium and aluminum sculptures that range in size from ornaments to very large; Cheryl Swisher and her hand-painted gourds; Ben Wood, who makes what he calls "mixed media" found object constructions and is known to those of us who saw his work at the Harvest of Arts as the "nut man"; Stephanie Collins' iron sculpture, including a bird feeder titled "The Waiter"; and Topeka artist Bert Tyrell, whose rich paintings are rarely shown in Lawrence.

Boyer has her plate full this season, with a show of her brightly colored ceramics through December at the Lawrence Community Theatre, 1501 N.H., and pieces in the Lawrence Art Center's Christmas Fair, which immediately follows the Art Fair and continues throughout December in the Raymond Eastwood Gallery.

As Topeka artists come to Lawrence for the holidays, Lawrence artists will be showing in Topeka during the Topeka Art Gallery Walk, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 7.

At the Phoenix Gallery, 2900F in the Brookwood Center, a few of the featured artists are Louis Copt, watercolors and acrylics; Susan Jordan, pastels; and Cathy Tisdale, ceramic sculpture and fountains.

The Beauchamp Frame Shop, 3113 S.W. Huntoon, will be showing Robert Sudlow's paintings, and the Collective Gallery, 3121 S.W. Huntoon, will feature the work of its members, including a few Lawrencians.

There are eight sites included in the gallery walk. You can get more information and maps from any of the participating galleries or by calling (785) 272-3999.

A last reminder for artists submitting proposals to the Prairie Park Nature Center Percent for Art Project: The deadline for receiving application packages is Tuesday.

Mail proposals to the Lawrence Parks and Recreation Department, Prairie Park Percent for Art Project, c/o John McDonald, P.O. Box 708, Lawrence, 66044.

-- 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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