Arts Notes

Sunday, April 6, 2003

Scottish musician to play at Arts Center

Singer-songwriter Dougie MacLean, billed as one of Scotland's musical treasures, will play at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Lawrence Arts Center, 940 N.H.

MacLean's work combines a modern sensibility with fundamental values rooted in Scottish tradition.

His songs have been recorded by the likes of Kathy Mattea and Delores Keane, and his music has appeared in such films as "The Last of the Mohicans" and "Angel Eyes."

Admission is $20. Tickets can be bought at the Arts Center, 843-ARTS, or Mass Street Music, 1347 Mass.

Lawrence artist's work chosen for Kentucky Derby

Lawrence artist Nancy Christy-Moore's painting, "Race'" has been selected by the Hyatt Regency in Louisville, Ky., as the commemorative poster for the 2003 Kentucky Derby.

It will be printed in an exclusive limited edition of 500 posters.

Guests staying at the hotel for the Kentucky Derby, to be held May 3, will receive the posters, signed by the artist. Many owners, trainers and racing personnel stay at the hotel each Derby season. Each year a different artist is commissioned to paint the poster they are given.

Christy-Moore and her husband, Jack, have lived in Lawrence since 1999. She has taught classes at Johnson County Community College and the Lawrence Arts Center. Her painting "Defenders'" part of the Horse Series that includes "Race," will be sold Saturday at this year's Lawrence Art Auction.

Astronomy, art merge in Russell Crotty show

Kansas City, Mo. -- California-based artist Russell Crotty combines his passion for astronomy with his art.

The results are intricate drawings of the nighttime sky -- complete with star clusters, constellations and planets -- which he mounts on spheres. An exhibition of his work, "Russell Crotty: Globe Drawings," will be on view Friday through July 6 at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, 4420 Warwick Blvd., Kansas City, Mo., where Crotty is an artist in residence.

A free public reception will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Friday at the museum. Crotty will speak at 6:30 that evening.

UCLA professor to give Murphy Lectures in Art

Donald McCallum, professor of art history at the University of California, Los Angeles, will present the 23rd annual Murphy Lectures in Art on Saturday and April 11.

McCallum will lecture on "Building a Capital in Seventh-Century Japan: The Emergence of Fujiwarakyo and Its Art," at 2 p.m. Saturday at Atkins Auditorium in the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Mo. He then will present "The Producers of Japanese Hakuho Period Sculpture: Artists or Artisans?" at 7 p.m. Friday at the Spencer Museum of Art auditorium.

Admission is free.

The Murphy Lecture series was established in 1979 through the Kansas University Endowment Association by Franklin Murphy, chancellor of KU from 1951 to 1959.

Ron Hinton to give gallery talk

Topeka -- Lawrence artist Ron Hinton will give a gallery talk at 5 p.m. Tuesday at the Mulvane Art Museum in Topeka.

The talk is in conjunction with the Kansas Artists' Gallery Exhibition of his metal works, which runs through April 27 at the Museum. Hinton will be speaking about his work, experiences and influences in his 30 years as a metal artist.

Auditions set for 'Kiss Me Kate'

Auditions for the Cole Porter musical "Kiss Me Kate" will be 7 p.m. April 14 and 15 at Lawrence Community Theatre, 1501 N.H.

The play is set in the 1940s as an acting company prepares a production of "The Taming of the Shrew." Songs include numbers "Another Op'nin, Another Show," "Too Darn Hot," "Brush Up Your Shakespeare" and "Wunderbar."

Auditioners are asked to prepare a brief song. An accompanist will be provided. The show is under the direction of Mary Doveton with music direction by Judy Heller and choreography by Barbara Wasson. All actors play double roles as both members of the Baltimore Players and characters in "Taming of the Shrew." Dancers are needed. Roles are available for 11 principals and an ensemble.

Rehearsals will begin April 21. Performances are scheduled to begin June 6.