Welcome to Art a la Carte. I'm Journal-World arts editor Mindie Paget.
Lawrence artist and hair stylist Marty Olson opened a new exhibition this week at Pachamama's. In his semi-abstract paintings, Olson gives visual expression to his experience as a gay adult living in a liberal city during a time when conservative politics rule the country. And explores the issues, cultures, heroes and vistas of the state he's called home since childhood. The show remains on view through September 9.
At the Spencer Museum of Art, a new exhibition opened recently in the North Balcony. "Haitian Art from the Hughes Collection" covers the range of Haiti's leading painters and sculptors and includes a variety of styles, depicting historical and religious subjects, and scenes of nature and everyday life. It draws from the collection of Mary Lou and Harry Hughes, who worked in the country during the 70s for the United States International Communications Agency. The show remains on view through September 16.
Lawrence resident Ryan Ellett is editor of "The Old Radio Times," the official publication of old-time radio researchers. In addition to his collection of antique radio sets, he has amassed approximately 45,000 programs from all over the world. He'll play some of these classic selections during his presentation "Return with Us Now: An Interactive Walk Through the History of Radio's Golden Age, 1929-1962," at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Lawrence Public Library.
I'm Mindie Paget with Art a la Carte.