Arts notes

Artist paints the Flint Hills

Ottawa � The work of artist Bryan Grove is on display throughout February at the Carnegie Cultural Center, 501 S. Main St.

The exhibit, "Prairie Evolution," features a combination of fiber techniques that are used to create a retrospective of the Flint Hills, from a limestone outcrop with American Indian petroglyphs to the annual burns of present time. He uses quilting and fiber collage techniques to create his work.

UT, EAT place at theater festival

Several Lawrence actors and theater professionals were recognized at the regional American College Theatre Festival competition Jan. 16-20 at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park.

More than 200 nominees competed in the Irene Ryan Scholarship acting competition. Representing University Theatre were John Buxton, Gina Grad and Tom Picasso and representing EAT were Tony Harris, Shonda Stevenson, Christina Schafer, Will Averill and Ginger Bartkoski. Averill, Picasso and Bartkoski were among the 32 semi-finalists. Bartkoski was among the 16 actors making it into the finals.

"Bunnies," a short play by Michael O'Brien, is being considered for national competition. The play was named best short play at the regionals and will be published by Dramatic Publishing.

Three Kansas University graduate design students received awards at the regional contest: Brian Clinnin, first place, scenic design; Casey Kearns, second place, scenic design; and Patrick Carriere, second place, costume design.

Delores Ringer, KU associate professor of theater, received the ACTF Award of Merit for her scenic design for "Call of the Wild." Del Unruh, director of University Theatre, received the ACTF Award of Merit for his lighting design for "Call of the Wild."

Children's author to appear at Raven

Author Tom Ratliff will talk and sign copies of "Matty's War" and "Blue Creek Farm" from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at The Raven Bookstore, 8 E. Seventh St.

Ratliff wrote the books with Carole Shumak. The novels are for ages 10 through 15. Both books take place during the Civil War, but "Blue Creek Farm" is set entirely in Douglas County from 1857 to 1863.

Singer-songwriters to give folk concert

Robin and Linda Williams and Their Fine Group will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday at St. Margaret's Episcopal Church, 964 U.S. Highway 40. The concert is part of the West Side Folk series.

The Williamses blend folk, country and bluegrass in their performances. They have appeared on National Public Radio's "A Prairie Home Companion" and public television's "Austin City Limits," at the Grand Old Opry and in coffeehouses throughout the country.

Their Fine Group includes Jim Watson, bass and vocals, and Eric Lewis, vocals, dobro, fiddle and mandolin.

Tickets are $15 for general public and $12 for students. To order tickets, call 865-FOLK or visit www.westsidefolk. org.

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