First Friday Gallery Walk joins in celebration

Some of the venues participating in the next First Friday Gallery Walk are gearing their events toward the Langston Hughes centennial celebration.

The Lawrence Arts Center, 200 W. Ninth St., will have an opening reception for its "Dream Variations: Art Inspired by the work of Langston Hughes" exhibit from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday.

At 7 p.m. the winners of the Langston Hughes Creative Writing Awards � Alice White and Thomas Yeahpau � will be honored. The awards are sponsored by The Raven Bookstore and the arts center to encourage achievement and recognize excellence of new and emerging writers living in Douglas County.

The Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vt., will display a mural inspired by the poetry of Langston Hughes in its gallery. The mural was created by Lawrence High School students, under the direction of Lawrence artists David Loewenstein and Laura Yost.

In addition, the Lawrence Art Guild will display works inspired by Hughes in the library's entrance.

Other venues participating in the First Friday Gallery Walk:

� Downtown Upstairs Art Group, 824 1/2 Mass., abstract paintings by Patrick T. Alsop, nonabstract paintings by Michael E. Wallace and photography by Robert Hickerson.

� Fields Gallery, 712 Mass., stoneware sculpture by Ryan Paget; paintings by Paula Hauser Leffel, Lauretta Hendricks-Backus, Kim Kern, Tom Russell and Mark Mohr; prints by Ken Grizzell and Jan Gaumnitz; mixed media on paper by Colette Bangert; and photographs by Bob Lindholm, James Nedreskey and Gary Mark Smith.

� The J Gladman Gallery, 1401 Mass., photography by John Gladman.

� Phoenix Gallery, 919 Mass., acrylics, oils and intaglio prints by Amanda Garber; pastels and photography by Kelly Jones; and industrial designs by Lyla Ahvarhoush.

� Roy's Gallery, 15th Street and Kasold Drive, paintings by Louis Copt, Robert Sudlow and other regional artists and sculptures by Jim Brothers.

� Silver Works, 715 Mass., a majolica ceramic show featuring the works of Posey Bacopoulos, Gina Bobrowski, Triesch Voelker, Bill Brouillard, Erin Furimsky, Steve Howell, Liz Quackenbush, Wynne Wilbur and Rosalie Wynkoop.

� Southwest and More, 727 Mass., western pencil drawings and watercolors by Don Dane and oil paintings by Luther Narcomey.

� Vormehr & Youngquist Gallery, 914 Mass., a moving sale featuring original works, jewelry and frames.


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