Arts notes

Sculptor re-creates nature's curves in her works

Kansas City, Mo. � Sculptor Bean Finneran creates installation-based sculptures from thousands of handmade ceramic forms she calls curves. Finneran stacks the colorful pencillike curves, above, into rings, cones and other shapes inspired by the natural environment surrounding her California studio.

An exhibition of her works, titled "Bean Finneran: Recurrence," is on display through April 7 at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, 4420 Warwick Blvd.

Programs planned in conjunction with the exhibit include a family day with hands-on activities from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 17 and a guided tour of the exhibit from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. March 16. All events are free and open to the public.

Your Valentine stories could win a night out

Valentine's Day is just around the corner, and we want to make the occasion even more special for a couple of couples.

The Journal-World is sponsoring a Valentine write-in contest, and we are looking for the best real-life stories in two categories: "Funniest Valentine" and "Most Unique Presentation of Valentine Day's Gift."

Each entry should be no more than 500 words, and include your name, address, phone number and the category in which it is entered. Send your entries to Jan Biles, arts-features editor, Lawrence Journal-World, 645 N.H., Lawrence 66044, or e-mail jbiles@ljworld.com. If you have a photograph of you and your valentine, send it along, too.

Each winning couple will receive two movie tickets from Southwind Twelve Theaters and a gift certificate for dinner at the BleuJacket. They also will be featured in the Feb. 10 issue of the Journal-World.

Deadline for submissions is 5 p.m. Feb. 1.

Arts commission seeks downtown sculptures

The Lawrence Arts Commission has issued a call for entries for the 15th annual Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition.

Eight sculptures will be selected for installation at sites in downtown Lawrence. Each selected work will receive an honorarium of $750 and publication in the exhibition brochure and Web site. The sculptures will be displayed for a year.

Deadline for entries is March 7.

For more information or a prospectus, contact the Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition, City Manager's Office, City Hall, P.O. Box 708, Lawrence 66044; call 832-7813; or send e-mail to arts@ci.lawrence.ks.us.

KU art professor profiled in Fiberarts

Carol Ann Carter, Kansas University art professor, is featured in the January-February issue of Fiberarts.

The article, "Life, Memory and Carol Ann Carter," includes an interview by Rhonda Sonnenberg, a journalist from St. Petersburg, Fla., and several photographs of Carter's works.

The article discusses Carter's "bundle paintings," which incorporate items from her daily life, bound under acrylic on canvas in assemblages that can measure as much as 4 feet wide and 3 inches deep. The article also discusses the use of textiles and the exploration of video and installations.

Lawrence sculptor creating monument to Eisenhower

Lawrence artist Jim Brothers is completing a sculpture on the monument of Gen. Dwight Eisenhower for the Capitol building in Washington, D.C.

Brothers has been working on the monument for six months, and will soon be ready to make the mold for bronze casting.

The bronze, when finished, will stand 7 feet, 6 inches, and will be dedicated in early 2003. The sculpture shows Eisenhower addressing troops prior to the Normandy invasion during World War II.

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