Arts notes

Artist sates memory's sweet tooth with clay cakes

These cakes are not to be eaten.

Hollie Rice's grandmother was a professional baker, and Rice grew up watching her make "paintings on cookies, turn plain cakes into skyscrapers of flowers, pour pancakes into animal forms and make balls of dough into loaves of art."

In contrast to her grandmother's ephemeral creations, Rice's cakes are permanent. She explores memory, childhood and the art of fine baking in "Sweet Tooth," an exhibition of ceramic cakes on view Saturday through Jan. 28 at Olive Gallery and Art Supply, 15 E. Eighth St.

Rice, a Kansas University graduate who teaches art at the Lawrence Arts Center, will show some of her faux cakes, above, behind glass in a pastry display case.

DJs Dan'Yall and Pauly Walnuts will play at the opening reception from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday.

Print show paints picture of Lawrence

A group of Lawrence printmakers will be displaying work at the Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vt., during January.

The show, "Prints about Lawrence," features prints on Lawrence-related themes. A variety of printmaking techniques will be featured, including intaglio, woodcuts, monoprints and screening processes.

The show will be on view beginning Saturday in the Lawrence Public Library gallery.

Spencer exhibits 18th-century nativity

This is the final week to see the 18th century Italian presepio being displayed as part of a Spencer Museum of Art annual tradition.

The nativity scene is in its original architectural setting of a ruined basilica, with Italian street figures and accessories adding period detail.

The figures are part of the original collection donated by Sallie Casey Thayer in 1917 to Kansas University.

The presepio will be on view through Jan. 1 in the Renaissance Gallery.

Auditions scheduled for 'V Henry K'

Auditions for "V Henry K," a new political drama by Lawrence-based playwright Dan Born, will be from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday at Ecumenical Christian Ministries, 1204 Oread Ave.

Males and females of all ages are encouraged to try out. Technical as well as acting roles are available. The show needs three principal roles to be filled: Penny, female, 30-40, driven district attorney; Ng, male, Cambodian-American, 30-40, intelligent and sensitive lawyer; and Henry K, Male, 55-70, a legendary ex-statesman.

Dan Born and Andy Stowers will co-direct the production, which will be performed at Kansas University's Hashinger Hall the last two weekends in February.

Illustrated books include KC artist's work

Kansas City, Mo. -- The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art will display eight newly acquired limited-edition illustrated books Tuesday through Jan. 21 in Kirkwood Hall.

The books include literature by Langston Hughes and Maya Angelou, complemented by etchings, collages, lithographs and silkscreen prints. Kansas City artist Dean Lamont Mitchell, winner of a 2003 Charlotte Street Foundation Award, provided six color etchings for Angelou's poem "Music, Deep Rivers in My Soul."

The books were published by the Limited Editions Club of New York and recently were purchased by the museum through the George H. and Elizabeth O. Davis Fund.

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