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Produce’ celebrates one year of art

February 11, 2008

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It's been a year, and the art still is fresh.

The Fresh Produce Art Collective is celebrating its one-year anniversary tonight with a new show featuring 37 artists.

Whit Bones, one of the group's organizers, says the collective is picking up steam as it enters its second year.

"We constantly have new people wanting to show with us," Bones says. "We're looking for new ways to get people involved, because we're running out of room up there."

"There" is the upstairs at Teller's restaurant, 746 Mass., where the group held five shows last year. The idea is each artist produces new works - often around a theme - that are hung for a one-night show and sale.

"It's a good way to show art," Bones says. "They're fun parties. People talk about them."

But it's also a way to create a community for young Lawrence artists. The group also meets weekly to talk about their art and share ideas.

The artists formed Fresh Produce in response to gallery closings in downtown Lawrence. They wanted a place to show their works.

Now, in addition to the new 6 Gallery, 716 1/2 Mass., two new galleries that involve Fresh Produce artists are in the works. One is the Wonderfair Art Gallery that is scheduled to open this spring in the space beneath the new Casbah Market, 803 Mass. The other is a yet-to-be-named gallery in the strip mall at 19th Street and Haskell Avenue, which will show works by a collection of 10 Fresh Produce artists.

Tonight's show is "Tender Loins: Art of Sex, Love and Relationships," loosely tied to Valentine's Day. It runs from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Teller's.

"It's great to see the excitement we have for our art," Bones says. "We're lucky there's excitement from other people in the community for our art, too."

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