Lawrence Percolator to debut 'sunny' art show

As winter progresses and the days get shorter, colder and darker, the folks at the Lawrence Percolator hope to remind us of happier times with a new show celebrating — what else? — the sun.

If you go

What: "In the Key of Sunshine" art show

Where: Lawrence Percolator (look for the green awnings in the alley between the Lawrence Arts Center and Ninth Street)

When: The artwork will remain on display through at least mid-January.

Cost: Free

“In the Key of Sunshine,” slated to debut Dec. 7, features the work of about 40 visual artists from the Lawrence area. From 1 to 3 p.m., the Percolator will also host at least a half-dozen musicians as well as a few poets and dancers.


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Lawrence artist Sally Pillar delivers a piece of her artwork for the new Percolator show "In the Key of Sunshine."

“I wanted to do something that combined music with art, and also because of the time of the year,” says Lana Haas, the show’s curator. “There’s some sort of celebration of light going on around us now, whether it’s from one religion or another.”

Mediums on display include acrylic and watercolor paintings, textiles, prints, photography and ceramics.

Visitors might also see a few crayon and marker creations, Haas says.

“I emphasized that it’s a community art show, and I encouraged people of all ages and abilities to submit work,” she says. “It’s open to everyone.”

During the opening reception, Haas will perform with her six-piece ukulele orchestra. The group, playfully named the Oralele Ukestra, counts a few kids as members, she says.

“They came up with the name of the show,” Haas says of her pint-sized friends, who were assigned to snack duty for the event.

“Sunny foods” like sunflower seeds and orange slices will be on hand at the opening, she says.

Other performers include “classical Indian music” group Ras Mandala, singer-songwriter Rebecca McAnulla and Kim Lybarger, who will lead a sign-language choir through a few songs.


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Lawrence artist Jessica Phoenix holds up her 3-year-old son Noah Phoenix Farmer's artwork that he submitted to the Percolator for its "In the Key of Sunshine" show. Phoenix also contributed a piece titled "Heartbreak Landscape" pictured in background at center.

Photographer Stephen Smith and composer Paul Rudy teamed up to create a film project that combines Smith’s photographs of sunrises with original music by Rudy. The collaboration between the artists — who also happen to be neighbors — will be shown on a TV monitor.

It’s hard to pinpoint just how many people will display their work or perform "In the Key of Sunshine," Haas says.

Some might just turn up today, says Haas, adding that she hasn’t turned anyone away from participating in the show.

“We’re still getting submissions,” she said Thursday. “I’m starting to run out of space, but it’s really fun that people are excited and want to contribute.”

"In the Key of Sunshine" will remain at the Lawrence Percolator until at least mid-January.


Mike Yoder

Lawrence artist Sally Pillar delivers a piece of her artwork for the new Percolator show "In the Key of Sunshine."


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