February 24th Final Friday Offers Music, Exhibitions and Performance for a Night of Free Family Fun

FINAL FRIDAY February 24th, 2012 exhibitions and performances all events are from 5 until 9 pm unless otherwise noted


Hong Chun Zhang ( 张 春 红 ) HAY WIRE: Solo Exhibition January 20 – March 8 “Hay Wire” is a site specific project made for the Lawrence Arts Center. This body of new work includes one large charcoal drawing, two oil paintings and three Chinese ink paintings as well as one installation piece. The idea for this series comes from my life experiences both in urban China and rural Kansas. I mix my Chinese heritage, aesthetics, and identity with my new home in the mid-west and in middle kingdom.

Jennifer Crupi THE ARTICULATE BODY: Solo Exhibition

The artwork in this exhibition addresses the ways we communicate with each other visually, through body language. Hand crafted of aluminum or sterling silver, these interactive objects become instruments for gestural behavior. Studies show that 85% of our communication is non-verbal. With the increasing use of e-mail, Internet social networks, and text messaging, true one-on-one interpersonal communication is fading and our more honest and authentic feelings are being overlooked. All of my pieces point out various gestures or postures and their associated meanings in the hope viewers will realize the importance of how our bodies speak for us. An old proverb rightfully claims, “Actions speak louder than words”. Although our body movements may be mute to the ears, they are inevitably far more revealing than the spoken word which often disguises.

Directed Visions Works from 1st and 2nd Year Graduate Students from the School of Art at the University of Kansas February 3 - March 14 "Directed Visions" represents a rich variety of fresh talent, innovative artistic practices, and conceptual approaches from the University Of Kansas Department Of Visual Art Graduate Students. The graduate studio experience encourages authentic artistic exploration. Ideas, forms, and materials are explored as part of the student's creative process. The works in this exhibition are responses to directed investigations. The Department of Visual Arts Graduate Studio Arts program is a comprehensive three-year program that gives students the opportunity to experiment with media, materials, and diverse artistic practices that support the development of artistic excellence.

Dannon Art Project January 23 – March 3 This project will be housed on the north end of the second floor of the Arts Center. Rex Hausmann created a painting on the second floor at the Lawrence Arts Center January 23 – 27. This temporary studio will handed over to a series of artists who will create new works, each leaving their works on display. Hausmann invited artists to work in this space in different mediums to create a community response to his painting. Audiences are encouraged to visit the space.

DOWNTOWN UPSTAIRS (824-1/2 Massachusetts) *6:30-10:30

Eclectic artwork mixed with the eclectic Downtown Upstairs Studio is eye candy for the soul and promises to please. Trip the light fantastic upstairs to view the artwork by Traci Bunkers, Mike Wallace, and Uncle Andy. This venue is open late to give everyone a chance to visit.

Traci Bunkers, mixed-media artist and published author, has a little something for everyone, including quirky pin-back buttons & pocket mirrors, ponytail dreadlocks, mixed-media paintings, photographs, and handmade books. She will also have both of her books "The Art Journal Workshop" and "Print & Stamp Lab" available. See her website at http://www.TraciBunkers.com for more information.

Mike Wallace is a Lawrence area artist who is showing again after many years. He is currently producing portraits and animal portraits in oil, as well as mixed-media pieces. For more information, contact Mike at mwdesign@sunflower.com.

Andy, fondly known as Uncle Andy, is a prolific artist who specializes in squished acrylics on found objects.

THE LAWRENCE PERCOLATOR (in the alley behind Lawrence Arts Center, look for the green awnings)

This Green Space (in process) 5-9 pm at the Percolator

Visitors are welcome to see "This Green Space" installation in process. Check out the scale model of the field and hear about how you can participate.

more info at http://thisgreenspace.wordpress.com/


From the artist: Rehearsing the amorphous forms A river and a cloud My relatives I call them And think of them often They come to me in recovery rooms They come without handles or angles A true badge of the Real Indefinitely they are in the church of this-or-that The carpooled Saint and the chauffeured Prophet An experience here A nuance there Flirting the line Absorbed in the form A hardly found blur, the newest prescription Like a system of ethics Exposed to the air

Nicholas Ward received his BFA in 2007 from the University of South Dakota and his MFA in 2010 from the university of Kansas. In 2008, Nicholas was invited to study at the KID Puppet For Film Animation School in Prague CZ. There he studied under master puppet-makers and animators, many of whom worked directly under the father of Czech puppet animation, Jiri Trnka. Since 2010 Nicholas has been involved with Mid America Arts Alliances Mural Project, A six-state series of three-month community engaging residency projects designed to empower and ignite art in mid-western communities. He is also co-director, and cinematographer for the documentary film Called to Walls (currently in production). In 2011 Nicholas was an artist in residence at the Bemis Center for contemporary Art in Omaha, Nebraska. He currently resides in North Lawrence. http://www.invisiblehandgallery.com/?ha_exhibit=nicholas-ward-%e2%89%a1-river-and-cloud

THE BOURGEOIS PIG (6 E. 9TH ST.) *6 until 9 pm

“Trash Lion” new works by Natale Collar

Natale Collar was born on the Kansas plains. Raised on gunpowder and game bird, she spent her childhood summers selling fireworks and her winters going on hunting trips with her father. This exposure to nature and culture helped shape her methods in creative expression.

She studied at the University of Kansas, getting her BFA in Sculpture with a minor in Psychology. She works mainly in metal, wood and living materials but is constantly searching for challenging and innovative mediums. She has shown in several University related exhibits but Trash Lion marks her first solo show.

About "Trash Lion"

This series explores nature, create-ure, and culture and the labored union of the aforementioned items. The works aim to expose the usefully discarded and overlooked without putting anything on a pedestal. It is as much influenced by trenching oddities as it is regular forest dwellers. While it's perhaps more about gathering acorns than getting lost in a monstrous city, both parts have relevance.


Rachel Scribner ~ Settle Down Opens Tuesday, February 21st 6-8pm Runs through Monday, March 26th

From the Artist:

Once, when I was twelve, my grandma pulled out a century old braid of hair from a shoebox in her closet. It was my great-great aunt's, and it was perfectly preserved, as if had been cut from my own head. In that moment, I became obsessed with the tie that every person has to the past, through the people who lived before us, and the stories that they left behind. This deep interest in the wealth of history that lies around me, whether in the evidence of buildings, objects or memory continues to inspire me to create works of art that are tied to the past, and also compels me to explore current life experiences. As I've grown older, I have come to use art as a way to explore these themes of dimension, time, narrative, legacy and cycling of human life. I start with contour drawings from my imagination and then work back in with paint and more drawing in order to nurture the space with no specific ideas of an outcome. I like to let the acts of drawing and painting inform the space through discovery and dialogue of the mediums. The most important element of art making for me now is the allowance of discovery and intuitive response without limitations of reference, reality or logic so I can see deeper relationships between my imagery, materials and ideas.

Artist Statement: My work contains drawn and painted imagery of forms made by the earth and forms made by man. Natural forms speak of the unending cycle of life and shifting of situation and circumstances. Manmade structures echo the need for order and logic along with the very human attempt at control of our lives as we deal with life changes. Death, loss, pain, relief, and joy alter our emotional conditions similar to the effects of the elements like wind, rain, erosion, etc. The skeleton-like structures and architecture reference human life and its fragile state. Nature shifts, buries and allows growth within space even during trauma. Emotions, dreams, fears and expectations settle in the process. This work is a meditation on the shifting of life and how we move through those periods over and over, constantly adjusting and finding new ways to settle into our circumstances.


The Eldridge presents an evening of live music with Irish trio, DORIAN'S WHEEL, featuring Kelly Bohling

In the Lobby for Final Friday, February 24th


Knowledge Grows: Student Experiences in the Smart Choices Garden with Americana Music Academy students and teachers

On Friday, February 24, the Watkins Museum will open the exhibition Knowledge Grows: Student Experiences in the Smart Choices Garden, celebrating the Liberty Memorial Central Middle School's garden project. The family-friendly event will run from 6:00-8:00 PM. Students and teachers from the Americana Music Academy will present musical selections throughout the evening. Hands-on activities and refreshments will be provided. The event is free and open to the public.

On view on the second floor of the Watkins Museum, Knowledge Grows features photos and recollections by students and volunteers that participated in the Central Smart Choices Garden. The exhibition explores the growth of the project and its role as an educational experience. Historic artifacts and photographs reveal how agricultural activities shaped the lives of young people in Douglas County in the past.

For more information on the exhibition, contact the Watkins Museum at 785-841-4109.


A Final Friday staple, The Lawrence Art Party continues this month with a group show of local and regional artists as well as Van Go! Mobile Arts


Chop Chop with Lee Piechocki and Matt Jacobs

Chop chop, get to work. Chop chop, make some art. For many talented artists “chop chop” is both an internal mantra and an incessant external fact. Moreover it describes the way in which art is often made, in chops: a second stolen during a commute, an inspiration set in motion at an inopportune moment captured as note to self in one’s sketchbook. Beginning Final Friday, February 24th, Wonder Fair presents Chop Chop, an exhibition of momentary pauses in modern man’s hectic schedule. The show pairs former Wonder-Fairian Lee Piechocki with Kansas City Art Institute grad Matt Jacobs. Art brothers from different art mothers, their work is united by an obvious delight in materials and pop- toned banality. As if they shopped for art imagery from the same neon-colored aisle at the dollar store, Jacobs’ sculptures juxtapose bright pool floats and rainbow-hued household cleaning supplies, while Piechocki’s imaginary interiors are filled with beach balls, kitsch dolphin posters, and stray fluorescent marks. Chop Chop promises to be a bright spot in the deep of winter-- so Chop chop, go to the Wonder Fair! Chop Chop opens Final Friday, with a special opening event from 6-10pm. During this time, the Wonder Fair will host a live printing demonstration and fundraiser for the KU Printmaking Club. Ten specially designed t-shirt and poster screenprints will be available, priced $10--$20, featuring such crowd-pleasing images as Pizza, Storm Troopers on Bikes, and (for the minimalist) bold geometric patterns. Help a printmaker, and help yourself to a hand-made tee! The Wonder Fair is open Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Sunday 12-6, and Saturday 10-7, with completely random extended hours when we happen to be there. Please visit www.wonderfair.com frequently for news, information, and to skew our Google analytics data.


The South Mass Art Guild (SMAG) a Kansas Arts Not for Profit will be celebrating it's fourth anniversary! Join us for drinks and Hors d' oeuvers. Visual art will be for sale.


Featured Artist: Marty Olson

Final Friday, February 24th, the 1109 Gallery presents "Contemporaries" with more than 50 pieces of artwork from area artists. Our featured artist in the large gallery is Marty Olson whose pieces range from inspirations of the Southwest, personal symbolic lexicons and the spirit of the Flint Hills. Each painting and piece represent the dance of creative process as he experiences it. Our opening reception will be held on Final Friday from 7:00-9:00pm with great art, great food and libations! 1109 Gallery is located at 1109 Massachusetts in beautiful downtown Lawrence, Kansas. The show runs from February 21, 2012 - April 22, 2012. Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 11am-5pm and Sunday 1-5pm.


New Works by Justin Marable

Justin Marable was raised in Robinson, a northeastern Kansas farm town. Throughout his life, Justin has learned and wandered within the boundaries of his Midwestern homeland, observing the landscape and landmarks of the surrounding region. Printmaking, drawing, and music have become his main methods of artistic expression. Justin graduated from the University of Kansas in May 2005 with a B.F.A. in printmaking. He currently resides in the Kenwood neighborhood of Topeka with his wife and daughters. He works full time at his home as an artist, husband, and father.

TRAILRIDGE AND GRAYSTONE APARTMENTS (2512 W. 6th St.) *5:30 until 8 pm

Works by Kevin Kinkaid and live music by Kaelum Hasler

Trailridge and Graystone Apartments and Townhomes will be hosting our monthly final Friday show above our office located at 2512 W. 6th St. This Month's artist will be Graystone resident Kevin Kinkaid with live music performed by Kaelum Hasler on the cello. There will be free food and champagne 5:30-8


Backroads, Images of Rural Kansas

Photography by Kansascapes Photo Alliance


Entrances, Media Room and Gallery

Native Kansans Brad Neff, Scott Bean and Roger Spohn have banded together to form the Kansascapes Photo Alliance. Their collective and individual goals are to capture and share the subtle beauty of Kansas through their photography. Each member has had work published in Kansas Magazine and other regional publications, and the group strives to inspire others with their images as well as to document, preserve and protect the fragile and vanishing lands.

Eclectic Muses: Photography by Constance Whiston

Lower Level

Constance Whiston has a background in sculpture, painting, drawing and calligraphy. This continuously informs her photography. She began photographing with a “Brownie,” then proceeded to employ an instamatic, waterproof 35 MM Pentax, digital Pentax, 35 MM Canon FTB, Nikon SLR and Canon SLR.

Exhibits: Texas, Missouri, Nebraska and Kansas

Influences: Everyone that expresses art, whether with brush, typewriter, clay, camera, computer, voice, feet, or simply in breathing.



"A Trunk Show of Makenna Bartel Jewelry" Come by and celebrate the return of one of our most beloved artists, Makenna Bartel. Makenna will be on hand to present her latest jewelry designs with a large selection for fans of her work to choose from.


"THE GREY AREA"- The Lost Art Space studio/gallery features a show built around the processes and environments that externally shape the inner urge to construct and create. The lines between gallery and studio become blurred as the six resident artists expand into the main gallery with individual site-specific installations focused on conceptual ideas & the interplay of layers that develop into a finished work of art. This show attempts to illuminate the grey areas between thinking and making, material and artifact, creator and creation and the underlying threads between us all.

Along with the work of studio artists Paul Flinders, Jeromy Morris, Jason Barr, Erok Johanssen, Jesse Gray, and Jeremy Rockwell, multimedia projects from New Zealand and Colorado will be displayed, as well as new microchip paintings by Yuri Zupancic, jewelry from Wayne Propst and KANVAS Co., work by Matt Ridgway, Robert Gandy and other local favorites.

Opening reception 5-9, February 24th, and runs until the end of the month. Lost Art is located at 845 Massachussetts (formerly Pennie Annie's Sweet Shoppe).


Join Margo Holland of Smiling Mad Designs and Christy Schneider of Inkello Letterpress for Final Fridays on February 24, 2012. Located above Esquina in a playful studio space, the two women create a variety of handmade items. Margo, an arts-inspired mother of three, creates colorful, eclectic jewelry, textiles and home decor objects. Christy designs and prints on an antique letterpress, making a variety of paper goods, including greeting cards, journals, bookplates, and more. She is also a mother and a children’s illustrator, who owns Yellow Pencil Studio, Inc.


Join us for the Final Friday Art Walk on February 24th. Not only will there be a demonstrating artist here, but there will also be live music from Wes Samms and FREE massages from Janette and Kate of Images Salon. This is a Final Friday at Phoenix Gallery that you don't want to miss! Our demonstrating artist will be Dawn Kent of Interlace. From Dawn: “I have always searched for a creative outlet which would also inspire others. This is how Interlace was born. As a self-taught artist, my pieces began with simple stringing techniques and blossomed into the intricate pieces you see today. The design of each piece starts with selection of colorful, focus beads and unfolds as each bead is added. There is no planning of the designs, but an understanding of each component and its relation to the next. I was born and raised in the Midwest, and currently live in Lawrence, Kansas. In addition to being a jewelry artist, I am the mother of two lovely daughters, and have been happily married for 15 years.”

Come in to meet Dawn and while you are here have some of Sue's birthday cake! That's right, February 24th also happens to be Sue's birthday, so we will have cake to share with you.


Signs of Life Gallery is located at 722 Massachusetts St. in the heart of historic Lawrence, Kansas. We feature work by dozens of artists to suit a variety of tastes. Many are local, but we also represent artists of national and even international reputation. Our beautiful gallery overlooks picturesque downtown Lawrence and we are convinced you will find it a satisfying place to experience art and cultivate your own creativity. Come in and let us help you find artwork that is a perfect fit for your life and space. Open on Final Fridays.


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