Arts notes

Nominations open for Phoenix Awards

The Lawrence Arts Commission is accepting nominations for the 2004 Phoenix Awards.

Categories are: musical arts, visual arts, performing arts, arts education, literary arts, arts volunteer and exceptional artistic achievement. Awards may not be presented in every category each year.

Nomination forms are available at City Hall, 6 E. Sixth St.; the Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vt.; and the Lawrence Arts Center, 940 N.H. Nominations must be received no later than 5 p.m. Oct. 4 at the city manager's office in City Hall.

The awards presentation ceremony will be at 2 p.m. Nov. 7 at the arts center. Lawrence artist Grace Carmody is creating the awards for this year's presentations.

Artist uses hope, redemption in work

A difficult decade propelled Lawrence artist Toni Brou toward the mantra, "The sun always rises."

She'll show her mixed media assemblages in an exhibition of the same name during August at the Douglas County Law Library Art Gallery, 111 E. 11th St.

Brou (pronounced "Brew") creates celestial assemblages, incorporating discarded objects -- a metaphor for hope and redemption -- into embellished wall hangings. Her work is represented locally at The Phoenix Gallery.

All works in the Law Library Art Gallery show are for sale through the artist.

Gallery hours are noon-3 p.m. Monday and Wednesday and 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday. For more information, contact the gallery at 838-2477.

Collection bolsters library's research tools

A new microfilm collection of 19th and early 20th century Douglas County newspapers is now available for perusal at the Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vt.

The collection, which comprises 39 microfilm reels, includes the Baldwin Criterion (1883), the Lecompton Union (1856) and the Grasshopper and New Era (1874) of Grasshopper Falls (now Valley Falls). Also included are the Lane University newspapers College Echoes (1888) and College Oracle (1892).

The collection is a gift of the Friends of the Lawrence Public Library, the Douglas County Genealogical Society and the Lawrence Journal-World.

It can be accessed in the microfilm section of the Helen Osma Room on the library's lower level.

KPR comedy series wins national award

"Right Between the Ears," produced by Kansas Public Radio at Kansas University, was recently named National Best of Show at the 2004 Silver Microphone Awards.

The sketch comedy series also won top prize for Best Audio Program-Entertainment.

In announcing the Best of Show award, which is typically won by advertising agencies and production studios, the judges said, "This particular program was so entertaining and compelling that it overcame the normal tendency to choose a commercial or commercial campaign. Congratulations to the very talented staff and crew at Kansas Public Radio."

"Right Between the Ears" is produced by KPR program director Darrell Brogdon, also the principal writer. The show is set to open the 2004-2005 season with performances Oct. 9 at Liberty Hall.

Applique artist to lead Lawrence workshop

Nationally known applique artist and quilter Jane Townswick, of Breiningsville, Pa., will be the featured speaker at the August meeting of the Kaw Valley Quilters Guild.

She will speak at 7 p.m. Monday and 9:30 a.m. Tuesday in the meeting room at Plymouth Congregational Church, 925 Vt. Her lectures, called "Color-Blend Applique," are free and open to the public.

Townswick also will conduct a one-day workshop on blended applique from 12:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday. Register by contacting Georgann Eglinski at 842-8625.

Monarch migration inspires painting workshop

The beauty of the monarch butterfly will be the focus of a one-day painting workshop, offered through the Kansas City Art Institute's continuing education department, in association with the Kansas City Zoo.

From 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 11, participants will visit the Baker Wetlands to view monarch butterflies. The goal is for participants to paint and sketch the natural surroundings in the tradition of plein aire. Students also will be able to display their work Sept. 16 and 18 at the Kansas City Zoo, where monarch butterflies will be tagged and released.

Cost is $65. Early registration is recommended; class size is limited to 20 people. To register, call (816) 802-3505 or e-mail

Art show set for Old Jefferson Town

Oskaloosa -- Members of the Gem of the Plains Art Assn. will display their artwork from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Jefferson County Historical Society's Old Jefferson Town in Oskaloosa.

Artists include: Kay Barnett, oil paintings, and Max King, pottery and mixed media, both of Atchison; Mark Pantle, wood carving, leather art, pencil and pastels, T.C. Schrick, oil painting and Jackie Trainer, oils and water colors, all of Nortonville; and Jennie Schmalstieg, oils and pastels, of Effingham.

The artists will be in Oskaloosa to talk about their work.

For more information, call (785) 863-2635.


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