Fourteen Lawrence students are showing their photographic images at a local gallery.
The Lawrence Photography Project Phase II will open with a reception from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday at the Lawrence Art Guild's Riverfront Gallery, suite 206, Lawrence Riverfront Plaza Factory Outlets.
The exhibit, which runs through June 30, features photographs created by 14 students of Lawrence-based photographer-artist-educator Gary Mark Smith.
The students, who range in age from 9 to 17, have just completed a course under Smith's tutelage focusing on his unique brand of ``street photography.'' The students used point-and-shoot cameras and worked mostly with color film.
The course is an ongoing project in collaboration with the Pelathe Community Resource Center and the center's administrator, David Cade. The Lawrence Photography Project is funded by the Lawrence Arts Commission, the Kansas Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as private in-kind donations.
Smith says of the work produced by the young photographers, ``I encourage them to use Lawrence as their studio, to use Lawrence and icons of Lawrence to express themselves. This is a way to facilitate communication between the generations in this community. It's a way to see inside the mind of the youth of America.''
An artist's reception will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday.
Also on display at the Riverfront Gallery at the same time as the photography exhibit is the LAG-sponsored ``Through the Eyes of a Child'' show.
According to Sharon Falkner, the new director of the gallery, the exhibit features work that conjures an ``innocent or naive look at life.'' There are oil and acrylic paintings of children at play, marble jewelry, masks and fairy prints, as well as ``Women's Wisdom Circle,'' a sculpture by Priscilla Ridgeway that depicts women teaching children.
New hours at the gallery are from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursdays-Fridays; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturdays; and 1 p.m to 5 p.m. Sundays.
``Through the Eyes of a Child'' will be displayed until July 7.
The winners of the Lawrence Preservation Alliance's Fifth Annual Architectural Photography Contest are on display throughout June at the Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vt.
The 13 images were selected from about 70 images entered and document this year's theme of architectural details of Lawrence. The jurors were Dennis Domer, associate dean of Kansas University's School of Architecture and Design; Earl
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Iversen, KU associate professor of design; Hobart Jackson, KU associate professor of architecture and urban design; and Kristin Eschelman, photographic archivist for the Kansas Collection at KU's Kenneth Spencer Research Library.
First place was awarded to James Nedresky's black-and-white photo, ``Masonic Temple.'' Second place went to Alexander Britt for a study in black and white of a structural joint of the bridge spanning the Kansas River at the north end of Massachusetts Street.
Other photographers whose works are included in the exhibit and will be added to the Preservation Alliance's photograph collection housed in the Kansas Collection are Luke Jordan, Kiyoshi Kataoka, Scott Coryell, Gary Taylor, Takuji Kamio, Georg Thomys and Fred C. Sack.
According to Jackson, ``The quality of the images entered was superb, and the jurors were pleased with the large number of submissions and the increased level of community participation this year. Many of the images were unique, but not necessarily recognizable to the jury.''
The chosen subjects ranged from the historic details of Old West Lawrence to the ultra-contemporary architecture of Dan Rockhill. There is a possibility of producing a fund-raising calendar for the Lawrence Preservation Alliance using the 13 chosen images.
Karen Jacks is exhibiting her three-dimensional, wall-mounted assemblages made of ``wood, metal, paper, fabric, etc. -- anything and everything assembled together to tell a story'' through July 12 in the main dining room at Paradise Cafe, 728 Mass.
Jacks' artworks reflect the artist's interest in time-cycle and recycle themes, as well a mathematics, physics, geometry and symbolism. She describes her artistic endeavor as ``busy in time and space, rearranging things to amuse the muses.''
Check out this exhibit from 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays and 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sundays.
Lawrence-based artist Stan Herd is exhibiting a compilation of his two-dimensional work throughout June at the Ottawa Community Arts Council, 105 E. Fifth St. An artist's reception will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.
The reception coincides with the 25th annual Skunk Run Days Arts and Humanities Festival, which is slated from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday in the city park.
Herd will show several oil paintings as well as some drawings and sketches for his larger land and crop pieces. Photographs and posters of Herd's ``earth works'' will also be available.
Gallery hours are from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays.
-- Diana Dunkley is a part-time reporter for the Journal-World and a professional artist working out of her Lawrence studio.