Archive for Sunday, June 15, 2003

Arts notes

June 15, 2003


'Mad Maxilla' Rebarbs on view at arts center

Quirky -- and slightly militant -- variations on traditional Barbie dolls are on display through mid-July at the Lawrence Arts Center, 940 N.H.

They're the creations of Lawrence artist Mri Pilar, who calls them Rebarbs. She creates them by dismembering Barbie dolls she finds at second-hand stores and then reassembling them using Great Stuff and layers of colorful embellishments.

The dolls at the arts center are standing sculpture versions -- called "Mad Maxillas" -- of dolls that usually are flat on the back and wall-mounted.

Pilar has been teaching students in the Lucas-Luray school district to make the dolls as part of a Kansas Arts Commission Arts-In-Education grant. She also facilitated a Rebarb party last winter in Lawrence.

The Lawrence dolls are now on display at the Grassroots Art Center in Lucas. Other dolls will be on view at ArtSpace in Lindsborg and the Deeble House in Lucas.

Deadline for ArtWalk set for July 1

The deadline for artists who wish to participate in the ninth annual Lawrence ArtWalk is July 1.

The self-guided tour of Lawrence artists' studios, galleries and other art spaces is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 25 and noon to 6 p.m. Oct. 26.

A complete registration form for artists, art galleries and artists' collectives is available at the Lawrence Arts Center, 940 N.H., 843-2787.

Each registrant receives a listing in the annual Lawrence ArtWalk guide map, the Lawrence ArtWalk Web site, and the annual Lawrence ArtWalk T-shirt; guide maps and invitation postcards; and all proceeds from the sales of artwork.

For more information about registering for this year's event, visit the Lawrence ArtWalk Web site at or contact John Wysocki, organizer, at, 865-4254 or Lawrence ArtWalk, P.O. Box 211, Lawrence 66044.

New percussion professor joins music department

Kansas University has hired Kevin Bobo as a new assistant professor of percussion.

Bobo, who leaves a teaching position in percussion at Friends University in Wichita, received a master of music with a focus in percussion performance from Ithaca College in 1999 and a bachelor's of music degree from Wichita State University in 1997.

He also has served as marimba artist in residence at Missouri Western State College and performs frequently throughout the Midwest as a marimba artist and orchestral percussionist.

For more information on Bobo's appointment, call the music and dance department at 864-3436.

Grant winner to speak at Art Guild meeting

The Lawrence Art Guild will have its monthly meeting from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday in the auditorium at the Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vt.

The guild will introduce the recent recipient of the $500 Lawrence Art Guild Artist Career Advancement Grant, Jessica Irving (professional name: Kolokol). Irving will speak about her project and share slides of the artwork involved in her upcoming exhibition in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Following the presentation, there will be an informal "Show and Tell." Participants are invited to bring in one or two recent works of art and share their inspirations, techniques and invite critiques from others.

This is the last meeting before summer break in July and August. All Lawrence Art Guild meetings are open to the public.

'Right Between the Ears' to perform season finale

Kansas Public Radio's "Right Between the Ears" will end its season Saturday, but not before taking parting shots at the likes of "The Matrix: Reloaded," George W. Bush, Saddam Hussein and Hillary Clinton.

The season finale will be performed at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. at Liberty Hall, 642 Mass.

"Right Between" favorites such as "Buck Naked, Frontier Scout" and "The Casebook of Mobile Homes" also will be featured in the hour-long show.

Tickets -- $12 for cabaret seats and $10 for balcony seats -- are available at Liberty Hall and TicketMaster outlets.

The 8 p.m. show will be broadcast live on Kansas Public Radio, including KANU, 91.5 FM.

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