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Visual Arts

Lawrence High School students receive film festival awards
April 14, 2014
Four Lawrence High School students recently received awards for their short films presented in the student-run Lawrence High School Focus Film Festival.
Jewish Community Center to show documentary on Holocaust refugees
April 13, 2014
The Lawrence Jewish Community Congregation will host a screening of an internationally recognized documentary about Jewish Holocaust survivors and refugees with an introduction by the film’s director April 26.
Documentary film festival to portray African culture realistically
April 10, 2014
The Kansas African Studies Center is hosting Kansas University’s third annual Africa World Documentary film festival this weekend, Kansas being the fifth stop on the world traveling tour.
Show of hands
Before he became a master puppeteer, Joseph Cashore could handle a basketball like few others
April 6, 2014
Sports heroes entered my life early from my seat on the floor of our crowded den in Rochester, N.Y., where with my father and five brothers I watched Roberto Clemente, Wilt Chamberlain and Arnold Palmer performing on television.
Behind the Lens: Bringing a constructive approach to photos
April 6, 2014
I often tell people about my reliance on visual devices and creative techniques in constructing my photographs. And, yes, for me, creating a photograph is like a construction site.
Mosaic brings Kansas nature to Free State Brewing Co.
April 1, 2014
When Chuck Magerl thinks of the natural beauty surrounding Lawrence, he thinks of the Baker Wetlands, the Kaw River and the many farmlands that make up the Kansas landscape. These elements became inspiration for Magerl, proprietor of Free State Brewing Co. who went in search of an artist who could bring these elements together in one 7-foot-by-7-foot piece of art at the brewery and restaurant. “We have a lot of original art incorporated into our company,” Magerl said. “I wanted to continue that idea with a mosaic or mural that featured all the things I love about our region.” By Ashleigh Tidwell
Lawrence quilter, area students hope to follow Mandela quilt to international exhibit in South Africa
March 29, 2014
The result of two months of work, in which nearly a dozen students and a longtime Lawrence quilter had a hand, will soon be boxed up and shipped across the Atlantic. Now, those who produced the quilt hope to find a way to follow it to South Africa. By Stephen Montemayor
Bringing awareness of a secret war to the Lawrence community, 40 years later
March 27, 2014
From 1964 to 1973, the U.S. dropped a planeload of bombs every 8 minutes, 24 hours a day, for nine years in Laos, totaling 2 million tons of ordnance, according to Legacies of War. The first-ever “Hard Rain-Living with Bombs in Laos” exhibit at the Percolator features artifacts, photos and other materials that show the beautiful, yet devastating, terrain in Southeast Asia, and how we can help make it safer.
Exhibit features sketches by former painter made after Parkinson’s diagnosis
March 23, 2014
Lined up neatly in eight rows on one wall, 176 envelops with pencil sketches, watercolor images and pen scratchings compile the portrait of a man with a compulsiveness to create. If those who visit the gallery skip past Moore’s artist statement, they wouldn’t know that these particular works were inspired by the obstacles he’s faced since his Parkinson’s diagnosis.
2014 Spring Arts Guide
March 16, 2014
Mark your calendars for some hot events of the spring season including touring musicians, community productions and exhibitions.
Spring film releases have summer feel
March 16, 2014
As the summer movie season becomes more and more crowded, Hollywood’s tentpole movies have started crowding into the spring.
Behind the Lens: The history of the selfie
March 16, 2014
Last year was the year of the selfie. Oxford Dictionaries even selected it as their word of the year for 2013. It’s so new that my computer tells me I’m spelling it wrong.
Exhibitions celebrate anniversaries of civil rights milestones
March 9, 2014
Mulvane Art Museum at Washburn University has opened three new exhibitions in honor of the 60th anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision and the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.
Arts Center annual benefit to auction highly valued Burroughs artwork
March 8, 2014
Featuring 150 art works, this is one of its largest visual arts events and the primary funding source for the Arts Center’s exhibitions program. If that isn’t already enough to put one on edge, a piece by this year’s featured artist, William S. Burroughs, is valued higher than anything they have ever tried to auction in the past.
Marble Crazy back this weekend for 15th year of madness
March 6, 2014
Two purple jellyfish swim over a field of pink jewel anemone, blue tube sponges, a cluster of East Pacific pink coral and a stand of purple-tipped anemone. This is not the description of a National Geographic video of a coral reef; rather, it’s an intricate glass sculpture by artist Cathy Richardson, the featured artist at this weekend’s Marble Crazy in Bonner Springs. By Caroline Boyer