Final Fridays Art Walks Introduction

Lawrence has a long tradition as the Kansas haven for artists, arts collectives, writers,musicians and performers. The National Endowment for the Arts once ranked Lawrence 12th among cities with the largest percentage of professionally working artists. I have had my studio and home in Lawrence for many years because of the creative culture and chance to live among other working artists. My involvement has grown from solo studio work to co-founding an artist-run art space, volunteering on the Lawrence Arts Center Board of Directors, The Percolator Board of Directors, coordinating shows for the Bourgeois Pig and helping Teller's coordinate their third floor art showings... all because we have something really cool here that, as an artist, I can't resist the energy of.

Beginning this month, I will be coordinating the new Final Fridays Art Walks and writing this blog to preview shows, highlight arts events downtown and let you know what not to pass by on your walks around downtown. Most of the shows run throughout the month, and I have had to go back to many of them for a second look. Not to mention, many of my favorite artists have work up deserving of a more intimate viewing. If you missed this last art walk - or just want a second look like I always do – here are some of the shows still up for another couple of weeks:

Wonder Fair! Michael Krueger's delicately colorful drawings at first glance seem whimsical, but on closer viewing have an isolation and sense of loneliness in their Utopian images that is both alluring and disconcerting. Krueger teaches printmaking at KU, and has shown his work all over the world. This show will be up until April 24th, and should not be missed!

The Invisible Hand Gallery features large scale, though intricately executed, colored pencil drawings by Andrew Jilka. Jilka's work often features repeated portraits of popular culture icons and B-characters in unnerving moments of ecstasy... or is it anguish... right, right, right on the edge.

In the spring of 2008, Josh Adams stunned the crowds at The Lawrence Arts Center's “Unsung: Artists 30 and Under” with his portrait paintings that combined a contemporary realism with nods to the masters. At the Bourgeois Pig, Adams again shows off his classical painting abilities while putting a notably contemporary and compellingly personal twist on realism. These small paintings in black white (oil and graphite on panels) carefully overlay two or more images of the same person to examine the spatial and emotional relationships of their expressions.

COMING SOON: Stay tuned for highlights from the Lawrence Arts Auction featuring 150 artists, Eric Farnsworth and Juniper Tangpuz “build a cardboard thing” and Dave Loewenstein reimagines what gallery walls should look like.


David Ryan 11 years, 10 months ago

Excellent to see Molly Murphy a'blogging.

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