Several Douglas County artists have been selected for the Smoky Hill Art Competition in Hays.
The Carnegie Arts Center, Fifth and Walnut in Wamego, is holding a group exhibit of photographs created with pin-hole cameras by seven Lawrence artists.
The show is coordinated by Steven Jackson and will include his work as well as works by Todd Allison, Gottfred Beardshear, Anna Glynn, Ann Hamil, Kim Lickliter and Ken Randall.
The pin-hole camera, invented around the turn of the century, involves a box with a hole in it and no lenses or shutters per se. The photographs, which result from the relatively long exposure times, have a soft or creamy effect and require looking at a subject more like a painter than a photographer, according to Jackson.
``You create the photograph that you record -- it's a whole different way of seeing the subject,'' Jackson says.
The exhibit will include about 25 to 30 pieces in both black and white and color, ranging in size from larger 11-inch-by-14-inch works to 3 1/2-inch-by-4 1/2-inch works.
An opening reception will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. April 26; the show will run through May 23. For more information, call the Carnegie Arts Center, (913) 651-0765.
Six Douglas County artists will have their work included in the 29th annual Smoky Hill Art Competition April 24 through May 29 at the Hays Arts Center, 112 E. 11th St., Hays.
The 68-piece exhibit includes pastels by Erica Binns and Henri Doner-Hedrick, two fiber pieces by Shakura Jackson and a stoneware vessel by Ronald Michael, all of Lawrence, as well as a ceramic piece by Chris Obert and a photograph by Mary Tuven, both of Eudora.
Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vt., is exhibiting a show of artworks by the April Showers Group.
The artists, who span three different generations and very different styles, are: Ann Hamil, photography and mixed media with stained glass; Karla Nathan, watercolors and jewelry; Shanna Wagner, stained glass and jewelry; Bev Willis, an acrylic painter, known as Granny B., who says she ``paints weeds.''
The show, which is installed in the library lobby under the auspices of the Lawrence Art Guild, will run throughout April.
Karla Nathan also has been busy painting several murals around the country.
Nathan has just completed two murals for the Lawrence Ramada Inn: The Downtown Farmers' Market is the subject
See Art in the Park, page 12