Arts notes

Sunday, January 5, 2003

Facets of Japan revealed in Spencer photo show

An exhibition of 85 mostly black-and-white photographs will open Saturday in the South Balcony Gallery of the Spencer Museum of Art.

"Hidden Japan" contains the work of Kijuro Yahagi, who was born in 1952 in Yamagata, Japan. He traveled nearly 20,000 kilometers throughout the country during all seasons to capture the images in the exhibition.

The photographs range from geological features to architecture, both ancient and modern, to crowded cityscapes. They show both natural wonders, technological marvels and the human imprint.

Comments from the photographer alongside each shot give context or historical background on the image.

The photography display is organized and circulated by the Japan Foundation.

Youmi Efurd, the museum's intern in Asian art, will give the lunchtime Tour du Jour of the show at 12:15 p.m. Feb. 6. The photography will remain on display through Feb. 16.

Arts Commission awards Arts in Education Grants

The Lawrence Arts Center and the Ottawa Community Arts Council are among seven organizations in Kansas that have received a grant from the state's Arts in Early Education Program.

The $7,500 grants are administered by the Kansas Arts Commission and funded by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Each of the organizations had to provide a dollar-for-dollar value match to the grant and was expected to hire at least one artist to work directly with children, teachers, staff and parents of enrolled children.

The goal of the Kansas AEEP statewide is to use the arts as a primary learning medium to achieve optimum child development.

Other grants went to early arts education programs in Dodge City, McPherson, Wichita, Hugoton and Overland Park.

Lawrence artist's photos hang in Lincoln exhibition

Lincoln - The work of Lawrence landscape photographer Edward Robison III is hanging in a group exhibition called "Prints and Patches" at the Lincoln Art Center, 126 E. Lincoln Ave., Lincoln.

The exhibit is free and open to the public.

Robison's work has been featured in Kansas Magazine, and he has been employed, most recently, as assistant museum photographer at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. He has received a first-place award at Lawrence's Art in the Park and an honorable mention in the Hays Five-State Photography Exhibition. He also has exhibited work in numerous regional galleries. His is owner/operator of Divine Earth Photography.

Also featured in the exhibition, which opened Saturday, are mini quilts by Elaine Boese, Osborne; weavings by Elizabeth Walker, Lindsborg; and the work of Lincoln quilters Bev Hartzell, Ann Meili, Joan Meili, Shari Pittenger, Dot Wicks, and Lu Willingham of Sylvan Grove.

Art center hours are noon-4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call (785) 524-3241.

Hays Arts Council calls for photography entries

Hays -- The Hays Arts Council is calling for entries to its 19th annual Five-State Photography Exhibition.

Entry forms are due by Jan. 24.

Cash awards totaling $1,500 will be given in three categories: nature, people and open.

A $15 fee will allow the entry of two works. For more information, call (785) 625-7622.