Archive for Saturday, January 1, 2011

Last ‘Final Friday’ of year sends 2010 off artfully

Lawrence resident Douglas Underwood walks by a display of cyanotype contact prints by Kansas University senior Chris Moll, Overland Park, in the gallery space of the Hobbs Taylor Loft building in downtown Lawrence.

Lawrence resident Douglas Underwood walks by a display of cyanotype contact prints by Kansas University senior Chris Moll, Overland Park, in the gallery space of the Hobbs Taylor Loft building in downtown Lawrence.

January 1, 2011

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A robotic sculpture stretches for attention while on display during the last Final Fridays of 2010 in the gallery space of the Hobbs Taylor Lofts building in the 700 block of New Hampshire Street.

A robotic sculpture stretches for attention while on display during the last Final Fridays of 2010 in the gallery space of the Hobbs Taylor Lofts building in the 700 block of New Hampshire Street.

Thomas Pettus-Czar of Eugene, Ore., studies work by Lawrence artist Andrew Huffman during the last Final Fridays of 2010 at Invisible Hand Gallery, 801 1/2 Mass. Friday was opening night for Huffman’s work at the gallery along with artist Alicia Kelly.

Thomas Pettus-Czar of Eugene, Ore., studies work by Lawrence artist Andrew Huffman during the last Final Fridays of 2010 at Invisible Hand Gallery, 801 1/2 Mass. Friday was opening night for Huffman’s work at the gallery along with artist Alicia Kelly.

Some Lawrence residents braved the low temperatures and wind to ring in the new year in an artsy way.

The final Final Fridays event of 2010 was held on New Year’s Eve, and for some it was a fun holiday outing.

Ben Ahlvers, exhibition program director at the Lawrence Arts Center, usually works the Final Fridays event at his gallery and is on the board of the monthly event. But the arts center has been closed for a week, and Ahlvers got to bring his two sons to the showing at Hobbs Taylor Lofts and enjoy the art himself.

“I think it’s important to do,” he said. “I think there’s plenty of good art being made.”

The art show was his one stop on New Year’s Eve, and his 5-year-old son, Elliot, enjoyed the show from atop his father’s shoulders, pointing out a piece of art with a large circle as his favorite.

“We do the art scene all the time,” Ahlvers said.

Dan Dishman, of Lenexa, decided at the last minute to display his art at the December event after he realized he was coming to the show anyway. He’s participating in January’s event as well, and thinks Final Fridays is going well because it’s easier to connect with people in a smaller city like Lawrence.

“Kansas City has their event, but I think this can be just as good, if not better, at times,” Dishman said.

Comments

Kent Shrack 4 years, 4 months ago

We walked in the cold last night and searched and found ONE location. Where were all the other displays? I understand it was cold and was on New Years Eve. The headline reads, Fun Outing for some. I look forward to going when there are actually places open.

cmm889 4 years, 4 months ago

Last month had a HUGE draw and i"ve been to every one since they have had it..

I think a mixture of the cold weather and stuff really dampened the turnout unfortunately. I saw probably 80% less people than I do a normal outing.

overthemoon 4 years, 4 months ago

The Lawrence Art Guild Gallery had a party til midnight...

RKLOG 4 years, 4 months ago

No mention of the live music last night during the art show. Tsk, tsk, art is more than pictures, LJWorld.

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