The Mulvane Mountain/Plains Art Fair is presenting cash awards for the first time.
This year's Mulvane Mountain/Plains Art Fair, held east of the Mulvane Art Museum on the Washburn University campus in Topeka, will feature the work of 75 fine artists from 12 states as well as entertainment.
Seven artists from Lawrence will be showing their works from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 6 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 7.
The three-dimensional category, juried by nationally acclaimed neon artist Sherry Nickell, will include work by Lawrence residents Bob Gent, glassblower; Brian Harrison, metal sculptor; Martina Masaquisa, fiber artist; Dave Van Hee, wild mixed mediaist; and Shanna Wagner, stained glass artist.
Stan Herd, also from Lawrence and internationally known for his monumental ``landscape'' (he is a very fine painter as well), was juror for the two-dimensional work. He selected Lawrence artists Jane Fortun, painter, and John Wysocki, photographer, to be included in the show.
Nickell and Herd also will jury the exhibit for cash awards, which are being given for the first time in the Best of Show, Best 2-D and Best 3-D categories. Those attending the fair will be asked to vote by ballot to select an artist to receive the People's Choice cash award.
In addition to sales and awards, Purchase Award patrons have pledged more than $25,000 for the purchase of art.
Co-chair Jean Bertelson is very excited about the addition of food vendors, live entertainment and a ``family day'' on Sunday. Among the performers on Sunday are Sandy Brown, juggler; Joan K. Weaver, a dramatic textile storyteller; Kelly and Diana Werts, who will hold a play-along/sing-along with an Old West theme; and Newberry Jazz Group, a high school jazz band.
If you go east that weekend instead of west, you can visit the 42nd annual Prairie Village Art Show and take in the work of more than 100 artists, including six from Douglas County.
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The exhibitors, from a five-state region including Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska, were selected by a panel of anonymous jurors primarily from the Prairie Village Arts Council. The jurors also will be responsible for awarding cash awards for Best of Show in both two-dimensional and three-dimensional work.
Participating artisans from Douglas County are Dick Rector and Jim Slough, of Free State Glass; Suzanne Perry, who works in recycled glass, paper and mixed media; Patty Boyer, ceramics; Tracy Townsley Terhune, porcelain; and Wayne Terhune, wood.
This year's art show is being held in conjunction with the Prairie Village Shopping Center's 50th anniversary, so in addition to visual arts, there will be live music and entertainment throughout the show.
The art show will be open from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. June 5, with a street dance featuring the Michael Beers Band from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. The show continues from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. June 6, with music and entertainment during the afternoon and evening. On June 7, the exhibit will be up from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The art show is held at the Prairie Village Shops, 71st Street and Mission Road.
You can now peruse the ceramic tile waterfall/fountain by Steve Smith and Brad Clark of Fired Earth Designs of Lawrence, which has been chosen for installation at the Lawrence Aquatics Center through the city's Percent for Art project.
A selection committee -- Sally Piller, chairperson, Collette Bangert, C.N. Katz, John Naughtin, Ernie Shaw and Debbie Van Saun -- picked the design from 20 submissions from the region. The piece, designed specifically for the site, incorporates the colors of the Aquatics Center and the movement of water on the exterior of the building.
Piller says the piece ``has lots of waterplay in it'' and the artists ``propose that there will be some community involvement with the project, too, as the proposal includes having some of the children at the pool paint some of the tiles.''
The design is displayed at the Lawrence Aquatics Center and will be up for another week or so. Public comment is welcome, and it is not necessary to pay admission to the pool to see the work.
The selection committee's choice still must be approved by the Lawrence Arts Commission and the city commission before it is finalized.
Sounds cool so check it out.
Wheatfields, 904 Vt., will be showing an exhibit of works from the Community Living Opportunities Art Department throughout June. An opening reception will be held June 7.
Steven Fleeker and Jamie Dawson, co-directors of the department and coordinators of the show, have collaborated with the eight men and women to exhibit about 20 paintings in acrylic or tempera.
The artworks are generally contemporary in style. Some are collaborations with the teachers, and others have been created independently by the artist.
``The work I see being done by these people is incredible,'' Fleeker says.
CLO provides independent opportunities for adults who are profoundly mentally challenged.
For more information or the time of the reception, call 865-5521, ext. 132. Wheatfield's hours are from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays and 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Sundays.
Roy's Gallery, 1410 Kasold Dr. in the Orchards Corner Shopping Center, will be the site for this year's reception introducing Colleen Zacharias Gregoire's artwork ``Bridget's Bouquet,'' which was created to benefit Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center.
The event will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday.
Gregoire will be there to sign the artwork, which is available for a small contribution.
-- Diana Dunkley is a part-time reporter for the Journal-World and a professional artist working out of her Lawrence studio.