Arts notes

State fair seeking art exhibit entries

Hutchinson -- The Kansas State Fair-Professional Art Exhibit will be Sept. 8-18 at the Kansas State Fairgrounds. The entry fee is $20.

Only professional Kansas artists, ages 18 years and older, are eligible. Professionals are those who are teachers of art or who make a practice of selling their work.

Juror is Bert Seabourn, an American expressionist painter whose works are in the permanent collections at the Vatican, the National Palace in Taiwan, the Smithsonian Institution, the presidential libraries of Gerald Ford and George Bush.

For more information, call Pat Starr, (316) 663-5172, or the Kansas State Fair Office, (316) 669-3600.

Grassroots festival slated in Lucas

Lucas -- The Adam's Apple Festival will be Sept. 2 at the Grassroots Art Center.

Herman Divers, Topeka, and Bob Mix, Great Bend are the featured artists. Divers has made an automobile, suit of clothes and other objects from pull-tabs from beverage cans. Mix uses scrap metal to make model motorcycles, human skeletons and dinosaurs.

No admission will be charged. For more information, call (785) 525-6118, or e-mail

Photos of Lawrence on display at library

"Architectural Details of Lawrence," black-and-white photographs by Lawrence photographer James Nedresky, will be displayed Sept. 1-30 at Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vt.

An opening reception will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sept. 1.

UMKC press seeking poetry manuscripts

Kansas City, Mo. -- Bookmark Press at the University of Missouri-Kansas City is accepting submissions for its second biennial John Ciardi Prize for Poetry. The prize includes a $1,000 cash award and publication of the winning manuscript by Bookmark Press.

The postmark deadline for submissions in Oct. 16. The contest fee is $20.

To be eligible manuscripts must be written in English by an author who is living. Manuscripts should be book-length collections of poetry, preferably between 48 to 96 pages.

For guidelines, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to John Ciardi Poetry Prize, Bookmark Press, University of Missouri-Kansas City, 5101 Rockhill Road, Kansas City, Mo. 64110; call (816) 235-2558; fax (816) 235-2611; or e-mail

Circus setting up Big Top at fairgrounds

The Culpepper and Merriweather Circus will present shows at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Sept. 2 at the Douglas County 4-H Fairgrounds, 21st and Harper.

The circus, which is being sponsored by Lawrence Masonic Lodge No. 6, will feature elephants, clowns and aerialists underneath a Big Top.

Elephants will erect the Big Top at 9 a.m. The public is invited to watch the tent raising and to stay for the free endangered species show at 10 a.m.

Advance tickets, which are $5 for children 12 and younger and $7 for adults, are available at area businesses.

Workshop geared toward novice writers

Mission -- "Explore the Writer Within You," a workshop for new writers who want to explore fiction, nonfiction and poetry, will be offered Sept. 14 through Nov. 2 at 6000 Lamar.

The workshop, sponsored by the Kansas City Writers Group, will meet for eight weeks from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Thursdays. The class will address creativity, writing techniques and marketing skills.

The fee is $50. Registration must be made by Sept. 12.

For more information or to register, call Lawrence or Suella Walsh, (816) 630-7063.

Train excursions planned in Abilene

Abilene -- The Abilene and Smoky Valley Railroad Assn., a nonprofit organization dedicated to restoring and operating historic railroad locomotives and equipment, is offering dinner train rides and stone house tours this fall.

The dinner trains depart at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 16, 23 and 30 and Oct. 14, 21 and 28. Fares are $30 per person. Passengers will be served dinner aboard a restored 100-year-old wooden dining car on the 10-mile round-trip from Abilene to Enterprise on former Rock Island Line tracks. The trip lasts between 1 1/2 to two hours.

The Silver Flyer Stone House Tours are on Sept. 9 and 23 and Oct. 14 and 28. Passengers board the train at 10 a.m. for a 35-minute ride from Abilene to Enterprise. At Enterprise, passengers transfer to the Silver Flyer railbus for a short tour of Enterprise. The railbus gets back on the track for the 12-mile trip to Woodbine for dinner. After dinner the tour continues on the roads of southeast Dickinson County to view stone houses and churches built by settlers in the 1800s. Fares are $30 for adults and $20 for children under 12.

The Abilene and Smoky Valley Railroad depot is at 417 S. Buckeye. For reservations, call (888) 426-6687.

Party to benefit KC art museum

Kansas City, Mo. -- The Young Friends of Art is holding "Party 'Arty '00: SPIN," its annual benefit for the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, from 8:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. Sept. 8 at the Hobbs Building, 1427 W. Ninth St.

Tickets are $20 per person and are available in advance or at the door. For more information, contact Brenda McCurry, 816) 751-1305, or e-mail

Music on tap at Santa-Cali-Gon Days

Independence, Mo. -- The 28th annual Santa-Cali-Gon Days Festival is set for Sept. 1-4.

The schedule of events include:

  • Friday: ThunderHeart, 5 p.m.; Wade Hayes, 7 p.m., Wild Kountry, 9:30 p.m., main stage; square dancing and line dancing, 8 p.m., community stage; Journey of Faith, 6 p.m.; Don Cline, 6:30 p.m.; Gospel Echo's, 7 p.m.; Doug and Steve, 7:50 p.m.; Dan Wilson, 8:30 p.m.; Gentlehearts, 9 p.m.; Clark Byron, 9:40 p.m.; Seeker of His Grace, 10:10 p.m., gospel stage.
  • Saturday: Yankee Grey, 7 p.m., Rukus, 9:30 p.m., main stage; square dancing and line dancing, 8 p.m., community stage; God's Country, 7:10 p.m.; Connie Farris, 8 p.m.; Living Water, 8:30 p.m.; On Heaven's Road, 9:20 p.m.; The Smith Family, 10 p.m., gospel stage.
  • Sunday: Moe Bandy, 7 p.m., Steel Horse, 9:30 p.m., main stage; square dancing and line dancing, 8 p.m., community stage; Country Praise, 7:10 p.m.; Light of the Word, 8 p.m.; Abraham's Descendants, 8:30 p.m.; Lighthouse Ministries, 9:10 p.m.; White Dove, 10 p.m., gospel stage.
  • Monday: Bluestem, 11 a.m.; Bluegrass Brigade, 12:30 p.m.; Rhonda Vincent, 4 p.m., main stage; Hannah Kay E., 3 p.m., community stage; On Heaven's Road, 3 p.m.; Abraham's Descendants, 3:30 p.m.; Gentlehearts, 4 p.m.; Country Praise, 4:30 p.m., gospel stage;

Other activities include bingo, pioneer re-enactments, arts and crafts fair, a beer garden, shuttle service and carnival.

Phoenix Award nominations sought

Nominations are being taken for the 2000 Phoenix Awards, the annual awards given by the Lawrence Arts Commission to recognize outstanding achievements in the arts in the Lawrence community.

Categories are: musical arts, visual arts, performing arts, arts education, literary arts, arts volunteer and the Phoenix Award for Exceptional Artistic Achievement.

The awards will be presented at 2 p.m. Oct. 22 at the Lawrence Visitor Center/Union Pacific Depot in North Lawrence.

Nominations forms are available at the Lawrence Arts Center, 200 W. Ninth. Nominations must be received by 5 p.m. Oct. 6.

Artists, craftsmen needed for festival

Lawrence Parks and Recreation has issued a call for artists and craftsmen for the 21st annual Fall Arts and Crafts Festival on Sept. 10 in South Park.

The festival presents handmade crafts and original artwork by artists and craftsmen.

To make reservations or for more information, call Duane Peterson, 832-7940, or e-mail


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