Arts notes

Sunday, July 14, 2002

Large, close-up portraits carry out artist's theme

Kansas City, Mo. � Artist Till Freiwald is known for creating large-scale paintings of anonymous subjects. Some are 7 feet high and 5 feet wide. All are emotionless, tightly cropped portraits.

The theme: to stress the sameness of people while underlining the vast differences among us.

An exhibit of his works will be shown through Oct. 6 at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, 4420 Warwick Blvd. Included in the exhibit is the untitled watercolor on paper above, which measures 90 inches by 60 inches.

Couple to give historical portrayal at museum

A Topeka couple known for their Kansas history portrayals will perform in Lawrence as a fund-raiser for Watkins Community Museum of History, 1047 Mass.

Tom Goodrich and Deb Heibert will present "The Wild Side: Kansas History, 1854-1880" at 1:30 p.m. July 21 at the museum. They blend the dates and places of history with the personalities, actions and idiosyncracies of the people involved.

Goodrich was born in Lawrence and raised in Lecompton. He graduated from Washburn University in Topeka with a bachelor's degree in history and traveled extensively painting watercolors for a living. He has written several historical books.

Heibert is a native Virginian with a background in journalism. She graduated from Washburn with a bachelor's degree in history. She is a free-lance writer and has written a Kansas history book, "Stories in Stone."

Admission is $15 a person or $25 a couple. Refreshments will be served.