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August 6, 1998


A performance piece by a Lawrence-based artist will be presented in conjunction with a touring art exhibition.

The Helen Foresman Spencer Museum of Art, 1301 Miss., will be holding a traveling invitational exhibit that includes the work of 31 women artists between the ages of 70 and 105, most of whom are actively producing artwork.

``Crossing the Threshold,'' Aug. 22 through Oct. 18, was conceived by Bernice Steinbaum of the Steinbaum Krauss Gallery in New York City and will open with a reception and party for Friends of the Spencer and their guests on Aug. 22.

At the opening, Lawrence-based artist Janet Davidson-Hues will present ``To Be Continued,'' a performance piece she was asked to create to honor the women artists of the show. The piece was originally performed in December at the exhibit's opening in New York.

Joining Davidson-Hues in the piece will be Keiko Kira, Teneille Haggard, Ana Lois-Borzi and Fran Bull.

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

One of the criteria for each venue of the exhibit is that women artists over 70 from the host state be included. The Spencer Museum has selected Marjorie Whitney of Kansas University, Mary Kretsinger, a metalsmith at Emporia State University, and Betty Dickerson, a painter-printmaker from the Wichita Art Assn., to be shown with the other widely recognized artists, such as Louise Bourgeois, Helen Frankenthaler, Grace Hardigan, Agnes Martin, Miriam Shapiro and Beatrice Wood.

Bernice Steinbaum will lecture Oct. 8. After its stay in Lawrence, the exhibit will continue touring the country through December 2000.

The Spencer Museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays.

John Gary Brown is one of four artisans whose new works are featured at The Source Fine Arts, 4137 Pa., Kansas City, Mo.

Brown's contemporary landscape-influenced oil paintings are being shown with artworks by Barbara Cleary, Diane Arenberg and Terry Gieber. The exhibit will run through Aug. 29.

Penny Plotsky, of the gallery, describes Brown's paintings as having ``a fantasy-like romantic quality that is mystical in feeling.'' They remind her of work inspired by C.W. Turner.

The Source is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays.

The Topeka Art Guild Gallery, 4131 S.W. Gage Center Dr., Topeka, is holding the juried ``Kansans Paint Kansas'' exhibit through Aug. 27.

Approximately 30 pieces were chosen by the selection committee, out of 60 entrants, for the show. Alex Boyle, a Lawrence resident and former instructor in the Kansas University design department, has a Kansas landscape in watercolor included in the exhibit.

Juror Fred Meek, a painter and longtime TAG member, chose three award winners based on `` ... which paintings best illustrated the look and feel of Kansas as a region.'' Award winners are Mary Ann Gravino Askew, first place for an oil landscape; second place to Barbara Petro for an acrylic landscape; and third place to Kathleen Cobb, also for an acrylic landscape.

Askew is also an active participant in the 500 Locust Gallery Sketch Group here in Lawrence. TAG gallery hours are from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays.

John Wysocki, a Lawrence-based wedding, portrait and fine art photographer, received the first-place cash award in photography at the 19th annual Kansas River Valley Art Fair, held July 25-26 in Gage Park in Topeka.

Wysocki was chosen for the award out of eight photographers and more than 100 participating artists. The award was presented for overall work, which included Wysocki's nationally acclaimed Polaroid image and emulsion transfers.

See Entries, page 13

Topeka Competition 22, the annual and prestigious juried fine crafts exhibition sponsored by the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library Gallery of Fine Arts, will be held this year at Mulvane Art Museum at Washburn University.

Entries are due Aug. 14.

The juror will be ``cutting edge'' glass artist John Kuhn, a graduate of Washburn University who now maintains a studio in Winston-Salem, N.C.

The exhibition will run Nov. 20 through Jan. 3. For a prospectus, contact Topeka Competition 22, c/o Larry Peters, Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library Gallery on Fine Arts, 1515 S.W. 10th Ave., Topeka, Kan. 66604-1374, or call (785) 231-1527.

It's time for the art columnist to go out and make some art. ``Gallery Talk'' will not appear in the Aug. 20 issue of The Mag, but will return on Sept. 3. What a vibrant visual arts community we have here in Douglas County -- hope to see you out there creating!

-- 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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