Shakura Jackson has invented a new art medium called Fifo, which combines photographs and fabric.
The Aardvark Gallery, now settled into its new location at 111 Sixth St. in Baldwin, will be featuring the works of two multi-talented Lawrence artists July 17 through Aug. 15.
Hobart Jackson and Shakura Jackson, who both work in photography, will be exhibiting examples of their artistic diversity, starting with a reception that is open to the public and held in conjunction with the monthly Baldwin Art Walk, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. July 17.
Shakura Jackson also creates mosaics and quilts. She will be showing examples of this work as well as her new endeavor, which she humorously refers to as ``the new art medium, Fifo.'' These pieces combine fiber with photography. The artist sews metallic threads on black-and-white photographs, and also sews color photographs of fiber onto colorful fabric.
When asked to describe the common thread that runs through all of her mediums, she said, ``I take an element and combine it with other elements to create a new whole or a new image. Creating something fills me with an enthusiasm that is the best of life.''
Hobart Jackson will be represented by a mix of early black-and-white photography, some of which he created around 1961 when he won the Princeton University Amateur Black and White Photography Contest. He also will display some more recent color photography and some figurative and landscape drawings and paintings.
He began working from the model while at Carnegie-Mellon, and has been an active participant for almost 20 years in what is now known as the 500 Locust sketch group that meets at the 500 Locust Gallery.
If you are unable to attend the Friday opening, you can see the show during Aardvark Photographic's business hours from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays and by appointment. To make an appointment, call (913) 594-3980.
An inaugural exhibit of work by Lawrence artist Jackie Morris is being shown through Aug. 29 at Do's Deluxe and the Velvet Chair, 416 E. Ninth.
Morris combines richly colored and textured handmade papers, printing, painting and bits and pieces of ribbons, grasses and fringe into elegant abstract collages.
Morris notes in an artist statement that ``these collages combine the depth and rhythm from weaving and the textures and color layers from printmaking.''
Although the exhibit only shows six of Morris' works, it is definitely worth the trip to East Lawrence to see. Holding to the self-stated standard of ``digging up artists who haven't shown around here before or are shy,'' co-owner Marty Olson has introduced an exciting new artist to the contemporary art scene.
Olson says of the work, ``They appear fresh and spontaneous, but are very thoughtfully composed.''
You can see the works at Do's Deluxe and the Velvet Chair from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays.
The Lawrence Art Guild is opening the annual All-Member Show from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. today at the Riverfront Gallery, suite 206, Lawrence Riverfront Plaza Factory Outlets.
All Art Guild members were invited to bring in one piece of work to be included in this non-juried exhibition. Because of the format of the show, it usually provides a unique opportunity to see some fresh new art by artists who may have never exhibited before, as well as some unusual work by more familiar artists who might not be included in other shows.
The All-Member Show, which will hold an opening reception from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. July 18, will run through Aug. 31.
Roy's Gallery, in Orchards Corners at 15th Street and Kasold Drive, will hold a demonstration of painting on silk with artist Diane Lawrence from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 18.
Lawrence is the next artist to demonstrate techniques at the weekly arts events Roy's is holding throughout the summer. Gallery owner Mehrzad Alison, who paints in oils and acrylics, may also join in.
John Wysocki, an award-winning Lawrence-area artist and photographer, is offering an opportunity to anyone interested in how he works his magic with Polaroid image and emulsion transfer.
Through two workshops, you can learn how to create them yourself. The first workshop will be held July 18; registration deadline is Saturday. The next workshop will be held on Aug. 1, with a registration deadline of July 18.
For information about fees and materials, call Wysocki at 865-4254.
Most recently, Wysocki was awarded a cash Honorable Mention prize in the 33rd Annual Riverbend Art Festival in Atchison.
-- Diana Dunkley is a part-time reporter for the Journal-World and a professional artist working out of her Lawrence studio.