Visual Arts

Behind the Lens: Why iPhones are better than cameras
July 6, 2014
As the quality of smartphone camera images improves, there are more reasons to reach for an iPhone instead of a DSLR to take photos.
Movie filmed in Lawrence is big winner at Free State Festival
June 29, 2014
Los Angeles-based filmmaker Blake Robbins took home top honors Sunday morning at the Free State Festival awards brunch for his drama “The Sublime and the Beautiful.” Robbins directed, wrote and starred in the film, which screened Saturday night at the Lawrence Arts Center.
Ceramist makes a beeline in Arts Center exhibition
June 29, 2014
Kyla Strid’s exhibition entitled “Waggle Dance” is an analogy for her unconventional journey to becoming a potter, incorporating aspects of her hometown of Anchorage, Alaska, with the new home she has made for herself in Lawrence. The exhibition has been open at the Arts Center since last Friday and will run through July 25.
Waggle Dance exhibit opens Friday at Arts Center
June 25, 2014
“Waggle Dance” by Lawrence Arts Center’s ceramist artist-in-residence Kyla Strid will open to the public with an artist reception this Friday, and run through July 25.
Navigating this weekend’s jam-packed festivities
June 25, 2014
With the Free State Festival, Tour of Lawrence, Final Fridays and Lawrence Field Day Festival all going on, trying to decide what to do this weekend is an overwhelming task. To make things easier for you, we’ve come up with a schedule of suggestions of what’s going on at a given time, along with some alternative ideas.
The films of the Free State Festival
June 22, 2014
Because of all the other media and art-related events and activities, it may be easy to forget that the Free State Festival started as the Free State Film Festival. Here’s a preview at some of the movies showing this year.
Arts and Ideas at the Free State Festival
June 22, 2014
Enjoy innovative outdoor art installations and presentations by some of the most talented local and visiting artists in the world.
Kickstarter campaign to support documentary about son of Fred Phelps
June 15, 2014
Some Lawrence filmmakers have begun a Kickstarter fundraising campaign in the hopes of making a documentary about Nate Phelps, a former member of the anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church who is now a supporter of LGBT rights.
Teacher helps disabled artist create works 25 years after tragic accident
10:11 p.m., June 14, 2014 Updated 10:53 p.m.
25 years ago, artist Ron Light and his family suffered an incredible loss when he and his two children were run over by a car driven by mentally ill woman, killing Ron’s daughter, injuring his son, and severely injuring Ron. Today, with the help of Lawrence Arts Center instructor Robbin Loomas, Ron is producing original digital artwork each week in his assisted-living care facility despite having limited motor skills.
KU professor spotlights pair of influential filmmakers in new books
June 7, 2014
Douglas Fairbanks and Peter Weir are two filmmakers who have fascinated Kansas University film studies associate professor John Tibbetts for a long time.
Puppet show finds handhold in community after eight years
June 4, 2014
Director Paul Santos speaks on the journey from disorganized solo act to a forthcoming college tour for Lawrence-based puppet show The Felt Zone. Santos, Cody Kiser and Jon Miller will be performing at The Bottleneck, 737 New Hampshire St., on June 10. Starting at 8:30, band Electric Needle Room will open the show, as well as contribute as a backing band
Good as new: At CosMod Inc Studios, Lisa Purdon turns vintage items into art installations
June 1, 2014
Lisa Purdon recently opened a new business CosMod Inc. Studios in Lawrence that functions as an art studio, installation art gallery, and antique shop.
Behind the Lens: How to avoid photography overload
June 1, 2014
I’m pretty sure there will come a time when we will wear devices that capture a visual record of our every waking moment.
Outdoor sculpture exhibition inspires public discourse on art
May 28, 2014
Standing tall in front of Merchants on Eighth and Massachusetts streets and made entirely from stacked wooden disks is a visual puzzle for the community to solve created by local artist Kelsey Stertz. As if popping up from the ground overnight, Stertz’s piece and seven others now adorn the downtown Lawrence area as part of this year’s Outdoor Downtown Sculpture Exhibition.
Lawrence artists among winners of 2014 Rocket Grants
May 25, 2014
A handful of local artists have been awarded Rocket Grants and will be honored at an awards ceremony early next month.