Arts notes

Artist creates mural for Topeka banking office

Topeka � The work of a Lawrence painter is making appearances in Topeka.

Artist Debra Clemente was recently commissioned to paint a three-panel mural in the boardroom of the Kansas Banker's Assn. The 15-foot mural, above, is set in the Flint Hills and shows a bed of sunflowers, native grasses and an approaching rain shower.

Clemente's paintings also are being shown through May 31 at the Phoenix Gallery Topeka, 2900-F Oakley Ave. Her pastels and paintings join watercolors by Susan Lynn in an exhibit titled "The Colorists."

Baldwin coffee shop to mark first anniversary with music

Baldwin � Espress Yourself, 713 High St., is celebrating its first anniversary with a day of live music and food.

The event will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Performers include Patricia Dillard, pedal harp, 9 a.m.; Galileo, rock, country and blues, 11 a.m.; Mike Tatro, eclectic, 1 p.m.; and Natalie Cox, folk-rock and blues, 2:30 p.m. Face painting will be from 9 a.m. to noon.

The coffee shop also will introduce a line of summer wraps and smoothie drinks.

Film traces the journey of explorers Lewis and Clark

Kansas City, Mo. � "Lewis and Clark: Great Journey West," a National Geographic film, opens Friday at the Extreme Screen at Union Station, Pershing and Main.

The 42-minute film tells the story of explorers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark's 8,000-mile river expedition from St. Louis to the Pacific Ocean and back. The journey took two years, from May 1804 to September 1806. The film is narrated by actor Jeff Bridges.

Tickets are $6 for adults, $5 for senior citizens and $4 for children ages 4-12. Admission is half-price on Sunday.

Storytellers to gather for Downs event

Downs � The annual Kansas Storytelling Festival will be Friday and Saturday in Downs.

Friday's events include "The Troubadour Comes to Town," featuring storyteller Pat Mendoza, 1:30 p.m., Memorial Hall; "The Bull City Story," by storytellers Von Rothenberger and Joyce Koops, 3 p.m., Memorial Hall; historic cemetery walk, 4 p.m., Downs Cemetery; organ concert by Steve Richardson, 4 p.m., Richardson Organs; Tall Tale Contest, 7 p.m., Memorial Hall; and "The Caboose: Talks of Intrigue," by Joyce Koops, Downs Depot.

Saturday's events include a variety of storytelling events from 10 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., various locations; an organ concert by Richardson, 4:45 p.m., Richardson Organs; and "Concert of Stories," featuring Mendoza, 7 p.m., Memorial Hall.

Admission is a festival button, which costs $15 for adults and $7.50 for students and is good for the entire weekend.

Downs is in north-central Kansas.

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