Art a la carte

Art a la carte with Mindie Paget.

Welcome to Art a la Carte. I'm Journal-World arts editor Mindie Paget.

Two exhibitions open tonight at the Lawrence Arts Center.

One features the photography of Bill Snead, a Lawrence native who started his career at age 17 in 1954 as a part-time photographer at the Lawrence Journal-World. He went on to shoot for United Press International, National Geographic and The Washington Post, where he was named White House Photographer of the Year in 1992.

The other show highlights new paintings by Aaron Marable, whose works draw on his Midwestern upbringing. His paintings, he says, originate in "simple settings that are complicated by characters." He hopes viewers will find their own stories in those of his characters. Both shows open with a public reception from 7 to 9 tonight at the arts center.

Also on view now at the Spencer Museum of Art is a new exhibition that provides a starting point for reflecting about Vietnam. Works about the U.S. involvement in Vietnam make up most of the show, but it also includes ceramic pieces from around 1600 and work made since the conflict. "Views of Vietnam" is on display in the museum's South Balcony Gallery and will remain on display through Dec. 30.

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