Archive for Sunday, March 11, 2001

Arts notes

March 11, 2001


Smoky Hill exhibit seeking entries

Hays The Hays Arts Council is seeking entries for its 32nd Annual Smoky Hill Art Exhibition April 27-May 25.

The exhibition is open to artists living in Kansas. Two- and three-dimensional original works are eligible.

Slides of the works and entry forms are due Thursday. Up to $2,000 in cash and a $250 landscape painting award will be given at the juror's discretion.

For more information or a prospectus, call (785) 625-7522.

Kansas writers sought for contest

Winfield Kansas Voices, a state-wide writing contest, is accepting entries in its 2001 competition. Entries must be postmarked by March 15.

The contest has two divisions poetry and prose fiction and each division has youth and adult categories.

Writers must live in Kansas. There is no requirement for subject matter, and all entries are judged based on literary merit. First-prize winners in the adult categories receive $250, while first-place youth winners will receive $75. At least $200 will be given as honorable mentions.

Winners will be honored and be invited to read their work at the Kanza Days celebration May 5 at Southwestern College's Downtown Center in Winfield.

Entries must be unpublished and be accompanied by an official entry form and a $3 entry fee for each submission. Guidelines and entry forms are available by calling (316) 221-2161, Ext. 0.

Rockhurst workshop seeking new plays

Kansas City, Mo. Rockhurst University's Plays-in-Progress Workshop is seeking plays for its spring workshop on April 19.

The winning play will be read by student actors before an audience at the workshop and the author will receive $250. The play should not have been performed before or given a public reading.

To submit a play, mail the manuscript to Charles Kovich, English department, Rockhurst University, 1100 Rockhurst Road, Kansas City, Mo. 64110. Entries must include name, address and phone number.

Entries must be received by March 12.

For more information, call Kovich at (816) 501-4034.

Entries sought for Hutchinson art fair

Hutchinson Participants are being sought for the Hutchinson Art Assn.'s 39th Annual Outdoor Art Fair from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May. 5.

All artwork must be original, and no work from molds or kits will be accepted. Paintings, drawings, sculpture, mixed media works, glass, pottery, weaving, jewelry, photography, printmaking and crafts are acceptable.

A space measuring 10 feet by 10 feet cost $30 for one artist or $40 for two artists. Deadline for reservations is March 15.

Last year, about $10,000 in purchase awards and $2,000 in cash awards were given.

For more information about applying, call Julie Chalfant, (316) 633-2461.

Johnson to show illustrated books

"Generating Children's Books," an exhibit of books by Stephen T. Johnson, is being displayed through March 11 at the Kansas University Art and Design Building.

This exhibition shows the process of building children's books, beginning with concepts, preliminary sketches and photographs and page layouts and then proceeding to the creation of artwork in watercolor and pastels that eventually are transformed into page proofs and the finished book.

The first two cases, with "Alphabet City," "City by Numbers" and "My Little Red Toolbox," are the sole work of the artist, from generation of the original idea to the finished product. The third case with "Hoops" and "Goal" shows how the artist designs a book to accommodate the author's text and the 32-page format of a children's book with illustrations.

Johnson received bachelor's degrees in painting and illustration from KU In 1987. He has pursued a career as a free-lance artist and illustrator in New York City, and has completed 14 books.

Johnson's Web site is

Postcard art being shown at Columbian

Wamego The Kansas Postcard Artists project will be displayed Monday through March 17 at The Columbian Theater, 521 Lincoln.

The exhibition showcases the 26 winning pieces of the Series XXIII competition that was juried last summer. All are two-dimensional works the size of a postcard.

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