John Hachmeister makes one concrete carving every day.
The Moss-Thorns Gallery of Art at Fort Hays State University in Hays is showing approximately 20 varied and massive works by John Hachmeister, artist-sculptor and assistant professor of art at Kansas University.
The one-person exhibition, which runs through Sept. 30, is made up of cast iron and bronze pieces, masterfully carved wood pieces and several carved concrete panels and free-standing sculptures, which have been created recently at Hachmeister's Jefferson County studio.
The panels, which Hachmeister thinks of as architectural, weigh about 500 pounds each and are carved by the sculptor in the span of about three hours while the concrete remains somewhat malleable.
Hachmeister, who makes one carving every day, comments, ``You have such a short work time that you don't have time to fuss around. If it works, it does. If it doesn't, you throw it in the ditch for erosion control.''
Hachmeister's subject matter -- bones and skeletons with wings and mummified catfish -- could be perceived as macabre until one sees a panel with an elegant skeleton looking out with an almost innocent, wide-eyed gaze, punctuated by a massive exclamation point.
Another piece, comprised of three free-standing concrete ships, is titled ``Dreadnaught of Good Intentions'' and, as the sculptor describes, it ``represents the progressions of good intentions to a smoky aftermath.''
If you can't get out to Hays to see this show, you might try seeing it in November when it comes a little bit closer to Lawrence, at Missouri Western State College in St. Joseph, Mo
Two Lawrence artists are featured through Sept. 26 in adjacent exhibits at the Kansas City Artists Coalition, 201 Wyandotte, Kansas City, Mo.
Constance Ehrlich is showing 30 of her narrative paintings, drawings and prints in the Mallin Gallery. Ehrlich chooses ordinary household items that are primarily associated with women, like pink rubber gloves, as subject matter for her social commentaries.
Among the new works included in the show is a series of miniature portraits of clothespins, lipstick, baby bottles and other such objects called ``Mother's Little Helpers'' and a continuation of Ehrlich's food series (preceded by the ``Eggs and Toast'' paintings) that includes a piece called ``Significant Other,'' which uses images of a pickle and a doughnut.
Ehrlich says about the impetus behind her choice of symbology, ``Women who can't cook is a popular stereotype. When comments are made like `She can't even boil water,' even though it is a teasing attitude, it is an underlying criticism.''
Next door in the Charno Gallery, 17 assemblages by Lawrence resident Karen Jacks are being show. Jacks' works are also narrative, with a fanciful, formulative bent. Ehrlich comments that the two shows complement each other nicely.
You may visit these exhibits during Kansas City Artists Coalition gallery hours, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays.
Watercolorist Clark Fulton is also showing out of town through Sept. 12 at the Aardvark Gallery, 111 Sixth St., Baldwin.
Fulton is exhibiting about a dozen abstract landscape paintings reminiscent of pocket canyons and the Southwest.
In describing his work, Fulton says, ``I don't go for reproduction of the real. I am technique-driven instead of style-driven because I let the technique define the boundaries of the work.''
Fulton is also offering a leaf garland workshop from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. Oct. 10 at the Lawrence Arts Center, 200 W. Ninth. Contact the arts center for registration information.
See Fulton's show during Aardvark Gallery hours: from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays or by appointment. To make an appointment, call (785) 594-3980.
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The Kansas/KC Camera 98 exhibit, originally scheduled at the Student Union Activities Gallery in the Kansas Union at KU, will be installed in glass cases off the main lobby of the Kansas Union until the down-scaled and relocated gallery renovation is completed.
The awards ceremony and juror's presentation also will be held in the union's main lobby, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 13. At that time, juror Kathleen Collins will present at least $1,000 in cash awards to selected winners and discuss the show and her own work.
Collins is president of the Kansas City Art Institute, a nationally acclaimed photographer and former dean of the School of Art and Design at the NYS College of Ceramics at Alfred University.
Fourteen Lawrence artists are among the 38 photographers selected for the show. They are Leslie Carson, Leo Chan, Mike Cuenca, Dick Herpich, Mark Hutchinson, Hobart Jackson, Shakura Jackson, Luke Jordan, Robert Kortlucke, Leo Lutz, Gary Taylor, Josh Williamson, John Wysocki and Carolyn Young.
Fifty-one pieces were chosen from 525 entries. Seventeen cities are represented.
Special recognition goes to Williamson, a 16-year-old student at Free State High School, who is the first high school student to be accepted into this regionally prestigious competition.
Kansas/KC Camera will run through Oct. 9, and hopefully will be installed in the SUA Gallery during its showing.
To get involved in Harvest of Arts, Lawrence's annual grassroots arts festival, contact Mary L. Gary, executive coordinator, at (785) 766-1578 or at email@example.com. The festival will be held Sept. 27 through Oct. 4.
The Art Fair event will be held from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 3 and 4 in Buford M. Watson Jr. Park (the train park) at Sixth and Kentucky.
-- Diana Dunkley is a part-time reporter for the Journal-World and a professional artist working out of her Lawrence studio.