Arts notes

Metalsmith to open Hallmark Symposium

Metalsmith Pat Flynn will open the Hallmark Symposium lecture series at 6 p.m. Monday at the Helen Foresman Spencer Museum of Art at Kansas University.

Flynn specializes in small gold pieces and emphasizes the human connection to jewelry. His pieces are in collections at the Smithsonian Institution, the Art Institute of Chicago and the Rhode Island School of Design.

The presentation is free and open to the public.

Rossetti to present French compositions

Overland Park � The Rossetti String Quartet will perform "The French Connection, Part I" at 8 p.m. Saturday in the Carlsen Center at Johnson County Community College, 12345 College Blvd.

The quartet will be joined by pianist Sara Davis Buechner. Paul Laird, a Kansas University musicologist, will give a preconcert talk at 7 p.m.

The rest of the program will include Claude Debussey's "Quartet," Darious Milhaud's "Quartet No. 12" and Cesar Franck's "Piano Quintet."

Tickets, which cost $20 and $25, are available at (913) 469-4445.

Photography class being offered at Pelathe

Street photographer Gary Smith will share his in-depth approach to basic photography in October and November at the Pelathe Community Resource Center, 15th Street and Haskell Avenue.

The series of workshops will help students see and create through the camera's lens. A public exhibition of student work will be held after graduation.

The introductory class is from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays and from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays. Mature high school and junior high students, as well as adults, can find out more by calling Jason at 749-3227 during evening hours.

Holiday Art Fair deadline is nearing

Applications are being taken for the 2001 Holiday Art Fair from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Dec. 1 at the Lawrence Arts Center, 200 W. Ninth St.

The event is presented by the Lawrence Arts Guild, which retains a 10 percent commission on all sales. The fair is open to any artist 18 or older. All media are eligible.

Entries must include a completed entry form and four color slides or prints of the entrant's work. Entry fees range from $20 to $30.

Entries should be sent to Lawrence Art Guild Holiday Art Fair Entry, P.O. Box 1357, Lawrence, 66044-8357. Deadline is Oct. 21.

For more information about how to submit entries, call Patty Boyer, 843-9431.

Small towns examined in Ottawa exhibit

Ottawa � "Vanishing Towns/Vanishing Values," a traveling exhibit about small towns in Kansas, will be displayed through Oct. 3 at the Old Depot Museum, 135 Tecumseh.

The exhibit contains black-and-white photographs of small towns in decline with provocative commentary by American writers on the advantages and drawbacks of rural life.

Hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays. Admission is $3 for adults and $1 for school-age children.

For more information, call (785) 242-1250.

Book club for youths to start at library

Bookworms Unite!, a book club for 8- to 12-year-olds, will meet from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays, beginning Tuesday, at the Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vt.

Registration is required. The group will share what members are reading, do book-related arts and crafts, write reviews for a newsletter and have snacks.

For more information or to register, drop by the children's desk at the library or call 843-3833, Ext. 117.

Lied Center, KU center awarded NEA grant

Washington, D.C. � Two Kansas groups have received National Endowment for the Arts Challenge America: Community Arts Development Grants.

The Kansas University Center for Research Inc. and the Lied Center received a $10,000 grant for cultural assessment and planning.

The purpose of the program is to organize a partnership with Haskell Indian Nations University, Lawrence public schools, KU Continuing Education, Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center and the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce for its Civic Dialogue Project using American Indian arts to bridge the gap between native and non-native communities within Lawrence. The program is the first of a three-year initiative to create a civic dialogue through the arts.

The Manhattan Arts Center received a $5,000 grant for a cultural tourism district project. The project will support an ongoing partnership with Kansas State University, Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce, Manhattan Mercury and Riley County Historical Society to develop and install an 11-panel display promoting the arts and other cultural activities of the region.

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