Arts notes

Sunday, May 16, 2004

Local quilter curates Spencer exhibition

Lawrence quilt historian Barbara Brackman has guest curated "Quilts! Imported Fabrics, American Treasures," an exhibition that opened Saturday at the Spencer Museum of Art.

The show, which will hang in the North Balcony Gallery through Sept. 26, considers the role of imported fabric in the history of American quilt making.

The exhibition features 15 quilts from the museum's collection. Four contemporary quilts by local quilters Brackman, Georgann Eglinski and Roseanne Smith will be on view in the Study Gallery.

The exhibition also celebrates the upcoming publication of Brackman's newest book, "America's Printed Fabrics 1770-1890" (C & T Publishing).

She will give a gallery talk at 7 p.m. June 10 in the museum auditorium. Eglinski and Smith will talk at 7 p.m. June 17. A children's art appreciation class will be from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. June 5. Registration is required. Contact Karen Gerety at 864-0137 or

Art career grant deadline nearing

The Lawrence Art Guild's Artist Career Opportunity Grant deadline is approaching.

The guild will award $500 to an area artist. For more information, visit the guild's Web site at

Entries must be postmarked by May 31. The award will be given during the June monthly meeting.

Unity Gallery calls for water-based art

Unity Gallery, 900 Madeline Lane, is seeking artwork for an exhibition called "Water Media," which will hang June 26-Aug. 7.

Entries in watercolor; gouache; non-oil based inks and water; and dissolvable natural substances like coffee, tea and plant dyes will be accepted through June 9.

For more information, contact the gallery at 841-1447 or .

LHS photo student wins best in show honors

A Lawrence High School student recently won Best in Show in the annual Society for Contemporary Photography Gallery Exhibition.

Ali Dankenbring won the award, the highest offered in the show, which comes with a $250 check.

Of 880 entries, 50 were chosen for exhibit. These photos are now framed and will be in a traveling exhibition for a year.

Photographs by Dankenbring and two other LHS students -- Brooke Goodin and Rick Peñaloza -- were chosen for the exhibit.

Honorable mention contestants were Nicole Andregg, Lauren Crawford, Rhiana Huff and Jamie Oller.

Guild to offer sculpture workshop

The Lawrence Art Guild will elect officers at its 6:30 p.m. Monday meeting at the Lawrence Arts Center, 940 N.H.

A sculpture workshop will follow at 7 p.m.

"Fast and Furious Figure Modeling!" is a-one evening workshop in rapid-figure modeling in clay, led by guild member Catherine Hale Robins. The workshop is designed as an introduction to three-dimensional work and to some of the basic approaches that lead to ceramic or bronze figure sculpture. Participants may choose at registration to use water-based terra cotta clay (which can be fired) or non-hardening oil-based clay (from which a mold can be made).

The workshop is $20, which can be paid that evening or in advance by calling Robins at (785) 887-6907.

Acclaimed quilter to speak, teach

Nationally known quilt artist, designer and teacher Moneca Calvert will be the featured speaker at the May 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.

The lectures are free and open to members and guests.

Calvert also will conduct a workshop on "Cool and Curvy Clamshells" from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, and 9 a.m.-noon and 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday. Register by calling Janet Perkins at 843-0954 or

Calvert's work consists of repeated forms and random line art design on a medium to large scale. Her quilt "Glorious Lady Freedom" is in the permanent collection of the Museum of American Folk Art in New York.

Bleeding Kansas talk rescheduled at library

How the history of Lawrence, Kansas Territory and the nation intersected in the days leading up to the Civil War, in what came to be known as the Bleeding Kansas period, will be the topic of a talk by Jonathan Earle, assistant professor of History at Kansas University.

The talk was originally scheduled for early May but will be at 7 p.m. May 19 at the Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vt.

Earle received his master's and doctoral degrees in American History from Princeton University and has researched and written on the anti-slavery movement and events leading up to the Civil War. His appearance is sponsored by the Kansas Humanities Council.

Free State alum earns theater degree

Lawrence resident Jason Smith graduated on May 15 from Emporia State University with a bachelor's degree in theater. He is a 1999 alumni of Free State High School.

A participant in many local and campus productions, Smith also served for five years as photo editor of "The Bulletin," ESU's campus newspaper. During that time he won many state-wide awards for his photos and illustrations. Smith also worked as a summer photographer for the Lawrence Journal-World.

Smith has accepted a graduate assistantship for the next three years at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, with the theater department's master of fine arts program in acting/performance.

Smith is the son of Dick and Dot Smith, Lawrence.

Missouri Rep changes name to be inclusive

After 40 years, the Missouri Repertory Theatre is changing its name.

The theater will be known as the Kansas City Repertory Theatre, beginning with its 2004-2005 season.

The theater's board decided the new name was more accurate and inclusive of the entire Kansas City metropolitan area.