Archive for Sunday, April 7, 2002

Arts notes

April 7, 2002


Red is an integral part of KU artist's creations

Kansas University graduate student Elizabeth Keppel will show her "Red Grid Manipulations" series, right, through Friday in the Art and Design Gallery in the Art and Design Building at Kansas University. Keppel is studying textile design.

"My work roughly revolves around making art in a formal context. I work with new techniques in a unifying format. The format is that each 'soft panel' incorporates the color red, has a grid base design and is of a certain scale," she said.

"The techniques that I employ, like sewing, cutting and dyeing, are applied to materials ranging from sheer and opaque fabrics to masking tape and toothpicks."

Keppel, who grew up in Chesterfield, Mo., studied painting at Truman State University in Kirksville, Mo., where she received a bachelor's degree in studio art with a minor in chemistry. She exhibits her work frequently in the St. Louis area.

Erin Brockovich to talk about learning disability

Lenexa Former Lawrence resident Erin Brockovich, right, will talk about her experiences with dyslexia at the annual conference of the Kansas/Western Missouri branch of the International Dyslexia Assn. Saturday at the Holiday Inn, 12601 W. 95th St.

Brockovich is a nationally known activist who gained fame when Julia Roberts portrayed her in the movie "Erin Brockovich." In her book, "Take It From Me," she discusses her learning problems in school.

The conference is open to those interested in dyslexia and other learning disabilities.

Registration is required, and attendance is limited. For more information about registration and fees, e-mail or

KC exhibit explores relationships to home

Kansas City, Mo. "Todd Hido: Open House," an exhibit of photographs that examine our relationships to homes at night, will run Friday-July 7 at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, 4420 Warwick Blvd.

The show features eight of Hido's large-format photographs of suburban and urban houses, including the untitled work at right. He is an artist in residence at the Kemper Museum.

A reception will be from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Friday. Hido will talk about his nighttime photography at 6:30 p.m.

A guided tour of the exhibit will be offered at 2 p.m. May 11. Reservations are not required, but space is limited.

Art Tougeau's on track; entry deadline nears

The deadline for entries in the 2002 Art Tougeau is April 25.

The wheeled-art parade will be at noon May 4 and will roll down Massachusetts Street, from South Park to the Kansas River bridge.

Entries can include roller blades, skateboards, bicycles, shopping carts, lawnmowers, wheelchairs anything that can be pedaled, motor-driven, pushed or dragged and can maintain the parade's 5 mph pace.

A $15 entry fee is requested; however, children can enter free. Participants meet at 10:30 a.m. behind Trinity Lutheran Church, 13th and New Hampshire streets.

For entry forms, call Charles Jones at 841-4598.

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