HUGE Final Friday May 30th!
Final Fridays began in August of 2010 through the cooperation of the Lawrence Arts Center, Downtown Lawrence Inc., The Lawrence Cultural Arts Commission and a wealth of artists, gallerists, art collectives and local businesses, all of whom saw the value of the arts in our city and an opportunity to bring them to a wider public through this monthly free arts festival. Lawrence has one of the highest percentages of working artists in the country per capita, and has long stood out in the Kansas landscape as a mecca for creative thought and energy. On the last Friday of every month (all year long!) from 5 until 9 pm, the streets of Downtown Lawrence erupt, storefronts convert into flash spaces, and performances and exhibits spill in and out of galleries and businesses. Activities for kids, exhibitions designed to challenge adults, music, dance and theater for all ages are all within walking distance of each other.
LAWRENCE ARTS CENTER (940 New Hampshire) www.lawrenceartscenter.org Lawrence Arts Center Final Friday events are sponsored by Gould Evans.
2014 Art Tougeau Pre-Parade Street Party
Grab your friends & family, bring your car, bikes, skateboards or whatever & decorate it for the parade. Paint and dance to live music, and hang out on a spring night with everyone else. The Lawrence Arts Center provides cool cardboard cars for the kids to paint, come early as they run out quickly. Street pARTiers can also view other custom show vehicles from all over the United States in town for the parade. Kick off the summer celebrating creativity and honoring the human spirit with a sense of humor with Art Tougeau and the Lawrence Arts Center. Or, just hang out and have some good, clean fun on wheels. If that’s not enough, there will be steam roller printmaking. Over 25 artists have been carving sheets of plywood that will be printed with a steam roller on New Hampshire St. Last, but certainly not least, Free State Brewing Company will be on hand to add to the festivities.
On the Street Party Stage: Paper Buffalo Star Haven Rounders
GOODNESS STEAKS Original Philly cheesesteaks, complete with “Whiz” and all the grilled veggies – $5 local brats from Kroeger Meats and Frito Pie chips, soda, bottled water TORCHED GOODNESS Crème brulee – flavors for the evening will be traditional vanilla, sea salt caramel, lemon-raspberry. Two sizes – 3 ounce $3 and 6 ounce $5. Torched fresh to order!
Solo exhibition by John McCaughey
May 23 thru June 22
In 2011, James Bridle coined the term "New Aesthetic" to describe our society's fascination with blurring the line between the physical and the virtual as well as our interest in the digital aesthetic. For instance, the U.S. Army has turned to a pixel based design for their camouflage, and there is the popularity of various types of QR codes. John McCaughey's work engages this new aesthetic by exploring the intersections of the digital and the actual environment. Finding beauty in the discarded, juxtaposing old with the new, and blurring lines between organic and manmade, this exhibition spotlights the aesthetic place where physical and digital meet. John McCaughey is currently 2013-14 Artist in Residence at the Lawrence Arts Center.
M(i)(A)cro: a contemporary drawing exhibition Group exhibition
May 15 – July 5
This exhibition includes the work of five artists working in the medium of drawing and attempts to capture the unknown through abstracted natural forms. What is behind the perceived forces of the physical universe? What are the similarities and differences between the micro and macro cosmic universes? Can making marks on paper help unravel the conundrums of observed reality? Through drawing, these artists address the mysteries of the universe.
The collaboration, curated by David Mazure, is particularly interesting as the artists come from all over the country: Sara Schneckloth, Columbia, SC; Greg Fuqua, Ames, IA; Basil el Halwagy, Boston, MA; David Mazure, New York, NY; Doug Russell, Laramie, WY; and Barbara Blacharczyk from Chicago, IL.
26th Annual Outdoor Downtown Sculpture Exhibition opening reception and walking tour- beginning in the lobby of the Lawrence Arts Center. Wear comfortable walking shoes. Rain or shine. 5:30 pm
The Lawrence Arts Center will for the first time host a steamroller printmaking event. Organized by John McCaughey, Printmaker-in-Residence at the LAC, and visiting artist Jesus De La Rosa. 25 artists from all over the state will participate by printing large woodblocks they carved. This event is in conjunction with the Art Tougeau block party and will be fun for the whole family.
There will be live music and alcohol for sale (Free State and Boulevard). So come watch the steamroller doing what it does best... making big prints!
OUTDOOR FILM SCREENING Join us for a screening of Harrod Blank’s 1992 film Wild Wheels immediately following the Final Friday Street pARTy on the south wall of the Lawrence Arts Center.
THE SUMMIT (9th and New Hamsphire) www.thesummitlawrence.com
Monthly exhibitions on the Climbing Wall Gallery
THE ELDRIDGE HOTEL (801 Massachusetts St.)
PLAINS GALLERY (619 Massachusetts St.)
FD BROWN F.D. Brown is a self-taught artist from Lawrence, Kansas who began his professional painting career in 1997. He paints southwestern, Native American, western art and recently began a series called “High Contrast” that brings to life iconic images. Mr. Brown is inspired by the rustic lifestyles of the cowboy, the proud heritage of the Native American and the beautiful colors of the southwest and now, the images of cinema and sport in dramatic color.
TERESA TREANOR Colored Ink, Photography and Acrylics Artist in Ink Scaping is a new medium I have recently been using. The Photography I have done for a few years, and the Acrylics are something totally new and fun for me. “I am 57 years old and just now finding I have a talent for art! My children kept me too busy in the past to try new things on my own. Middle age isn’t all that bad. It’s fun and exciting to try new and different things.”
BILL KUTILEK Showing kiln cast, glass sculptures. They are all abstract and range from painterly to minimalist. Each piece spends about a week in the kiln followed by many steps of grinding and polishing. The largest stands 29" tall. “I graduated from KU with a degree in Design and an emphasis on ceramics and glass. I continued my glass studies with 6 sessions at Pilchuck Glass School in Washington. I have been working in my studio in rural Douglas Co. for the last 14 years.”
BE MOVED STUDIO (2 E. 7th St.)
"Stitching Old Wounds" 5:30-8 pm Acoustic live music from: The Passionflowers, Youngest Children, and No Magic. Music starts around 6.
LAWRENCE HITS & PAINTED KANVAS (7 E. 8th St.)
Painting on the Street! Watch one of our talented artists create spontaneous art in front of Lawrence Hits’ office (lawrencehits.com, thevoiceoflawrence.com and lawrencetv.tv), located at 7 East 8th Street, just east of 8th & Mass Streets!
May 30th Final Friday Artist Bio: Eric Darmstaedter comes from an artistic family. His grandmother was a doll-maker, and his father has been a professional painter for most of his life. Eric began painting when he was 20 years old. He attended art school at the University of Central Arkansas with an emphasis in painting. During his time at school, he fell in love with the post-impressionists’ use of color. He has a fascination with all things fantasy or surreal. His art is usually very detail-oriented and some take him months to finish. Eric has worked as a preparator at the Baum Gallery of Fine Arts in Conway, Arkansas and was previously an instructor at a studio similar to Painted Kanvas in North Little Rock. Eric’s portfolio website can be found at: www.bluecanvas.com/xed and he can be found on Facebook as well.
SIGNS OF LIFE GALLERY (722 Massachusetts St.)
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.
THE BOTTLENECK (737 New Hampshire St.) www.thebottlenecklive.com
PACHAMAMAS (800 New Hampshire St.) www.pachamamas.com
John Stephen Howard Works in Oil Final Weekend for this Exhibition
Works can be viewed throughout the restaurant and Star Bar
HENRY'S COFFEE SHOP (11 E. 8th St.)
Opening: May 30th 6-9 pm. Handmade Collages by Mitch Meseke
Mitch Meseke is a psychedelic American folk artist and native Kansan. His work has been show in Colorado, New York, California and Kansas City. With a unique and strange approach to handmade collage, he captures an alternate universe.
WONDER FAIR (803 1/2 Massachusetts St.) www.wonderfair.com (above the Burger Stand)
Semi-Annual Print Sale Throughout Final Friday weekend, May 30–June 1, Wonder Fair will host pop-up portfolio exhibitions by Shawn Bitters, the KU Printmaking Club, and Lawrence Arts Center printmaking students. Our weekend-long print party will be accompanied by a 20% discount on all art prints (including prints currently on view in Justin Marable's Waste Not Mystics exhibition, extended through June 22nd).
To cap the weekend, join us Sunday, June 1st, 1-4pm for our first annual Prints and Paupers Salon. This festive gathering of print-lovers and printmakers will feature gallery talks and printmaking tips by Justin Marable and Shawn Bitters, a performance by local print bards À la Poupée & the Chine-Collés, and a special art talk by KC-based art historian Paula Nagy Rose on the frequent and fanciful representations of unicorns throughout art history. Drinks and refreshments will be provided.
Find us: Wonder Fair (Print Palace of the Great Plains!) 803 1/2 Massachusetts St. Lawrence, KS 66044 phone: 785-856-3247 www.wonderfair.com Hours: Weekdays (all of them!) 12-6 Saturdays 10-7
Sundays 11-5 Final Fridays 6-10pm
PHOENIX GALLERY (825 Massachusetts St.) www.phoenixgalleryks.com
Phoenix Gallery is presenting a very special Final Friday Art Walk on May 30th. On display throughout the gallery that evening will be lovely vintage dresses by Snootie Seconds of Lawrence. The dresses range from 1910 through each decade to up to the 1970s. Alanna, owner of Snootie Seconds, will also be at the gallery with other vintage pieces to see or buy. To make the evening even more special, we selected some of the top jewelry artists from the area to design pieces for the dresses. Each dress will have a specific artist working with the style and design of the era. Our featured artists are Rachael Sudlow, Andrea Ring, Nichole Collins, Elle Binder, Melanie Werts, Bill Collins, Louise Carroll, Ann Anderssen, and Britta McKee. Local artist Rachael Sudlow is our featured Final Friday artist and will have additional pieces on display also. We are happy to have the work of all of these well-known and amazing jewelry designers with us on this night and as artists in Phoenix Gallery. We are also excited to announce that we are partnering with the Ballard Center's "Wear it for Women" for this Final Friday Art Walk. "Wear it for Women" is a scholarship for mothers in crisis. These funds will be accessed by the Ballard Center in the mother’s interest to provide essential assistance for finite needs such as a car repair, gas for job interviews, or rent assistance in times where one payment would make a difference. Many times there is a relatively small amount of money standing between a mother and self-sufficiency. This fund would facilitate some of those situations. A portion of the sales of the featured jewelry, as well as a percentage of any art sold that night at Phoenix Gallery, will go toward this scholarship. But the special night doesn't end there! Merchants Pub and Plate will have desserts to sample. If you have ever tried their decadent desserts, you know you are in for a treat. We will have live music by Ardys Ramberg. She is a well-known singer from Lawrence, and will be performing songs from different eras to add to the evening's theme. In our Vermont Street gallery, we will feature Liza MacKinnon. She will be showing her one of a kind work including full size dresses handmade with paper and other embellishments. Her work combines many different styles and each piece is intricate and beautiful.
PHOENIX GALLERY UNDERGROUND (825 Massachusetts St.) www.phoenixgalleryks.com Originally from Wichita, Kansas, Douglas W. Trowbridge has experienced many years in the professional world of the fine arts, publishing, and advertising. His travels have taken him from the Trowbridge Gallery he had established in Newton, Kansas, around the world to places such as the Philippines, to the New Mexican desert, and eventually, to southern California. It was there where he worked as a graphic designer, Director of Arts, and Publishing Manager, learning the commercial world of the arts. After earning many prestigious awards, he took a sabbatical to study the works of the old masters at the Norton Simon Museum of Art. His career in the fine arts has flourished since.
“I prefer my painting style to be that of a well written short story rather than that of an epic novel,” Doug explains, “and great art is meant to be a moment of sensational emotional content, experienced in a moment. If it catches one just right, it can hold one at a glance, and be remembered for a lifetime.” His works include landscapes as well as figurative painting, with and inclination towards Impressionistic style. “This form had proved the best for me, as it is neither boring nor long-winded. I enjoy having a simple style, a quickly-executed message, and room for the viewer’s interpretation.”
ESSENTIAL GOODS (825 Massachusetts St.) www.facebook.com/essentialgoodslawrence
Opening Reception for Jennifer Gabriele :: Kansas | Bedazzled Please join us Friday, May 30th at the opening reception for Lawrence artist, Jennifer Gabriele. It will be a fantastic evening and we look forward to seeing you there! Jennifer’s show will be up at Essential Goods through June 25th, 2014. Kansas: Bedazzled I love the process of making art. It's tedious, time consuming, nerve-racking, and sublime. I often find that my art comes more from a place of process rather than from the final product. I love that from a distance it looks like each piece was silkscreened, but as you get closer you can see the careful strokes of a paintbrush or the slight uneven crease of a book page or map. You are looking at the most interesting timeline of the past three years I spent living in Lawrence. These paintings are a tribute to graduate school, the wonderful people that I have met here, and to the good, the bad, and the ugly that has occurred in this place that I currently call home.
Artist Biography Jen grew up in Wooster, Ohio, where she was an avid athlete until she graduated from high school. She has a BA in Spanish and Studio Art, with an emphasis in sculpture and drawing, from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin. She also earned her MA in Hispanic Literature and Culture from The University of Kansas. She has taught in Spain as well as the States and has traveled around Europe. Jen works in media ranging from digital to ducting metal. She moved to Lawrence three years ago for graduate school and has since fallen in love with the town and the people that live here. Art keeps her calm and happy.
TEN THOUSAND VILLAGES (835 Massachusetts St.)
David B. Quinn
When asked to describe my works, I often fall back to describing them as colorful figurative abstractions. While this is accurate, this is also a simplification. Yes, my work contains some recurrent motifs. These include figure, architecture, landscape, paths, plants and masks.
I am excited by some in changes my most recent work. The architectural elements have become diminished and what remains of this is entirely fragmented. Landscapes have become the space that the figures inhabit. Frequently these landscapes overlap where the figures exist in or between multiple spaces. My palette has also become more diverse, at times bringing forth explosive, almost fiery, colors. I begin with a simple process. I take my blank canvases and panels to work directly from models. I layer poses and portraits on top of one another. I do not know where the painting will take me. I take the painting back to my studio and begin to develop the space that the figures occupy. I begin to push and pull the figures in and out of space. Some disappear; others come to levels of distinct clarity.
As life changes and focus alters, people and places shift in clarity. And so reflecting this, I hope my work is not only autobiographical but allows others to reflect on and appreciate the movements in their own lives. It is important that my figures are not simply abstractions but portraits of individuals. With this, I invite you share this place. I began my studies at the Columbus College of Art and Design. I continued my studies at the University of Kansas, being influenced by the amazing and diverse culture that surrounded me. I graduated with a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts. Since that time, I continue to be inspired by the culture and seasons that is around me. I enjoy exhibiting my work both locally and regionally.
FREEDOM’S FRONTIER in the CARNEGIE BUILDING (9th and Vermont St.)
Preservation is the backbone of sustainable communities. It enhances the sense of community, energizes local economies, and renews existing resources.— National Trust for Historic Preservation Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area celebrates Final Fridays and National Preservation Month Join the staff of Freedom’s Frontier to celebrate Final Friday and National Preservation Month from 5-9 p.m., Friday, May 30, at the historic Carnegie Building at 9th and Vermont, in Lawrence. Visitors on Final Friday will have a chance to see the preservation renovations to the building that were completed by Treanor Architects, and enjoy both the permanent exhibits in the city-owned building, and displays from the Douglas County Heritage Conservation Council. These displays will provide an overview of work done with grants from the council. Sharing the story of Freedom’s Frontier requires the preservation of not only the region’s buildings and historic sites, but also the region’s communities and culture. Together, the region’s cultural and historic resources frame the story of Freedom’s Frontier and contribute to its “sense of place.” When these cultural and historic features are lost, a part of the past disappears forever and, as a consequence, our ability to connect to our heritage is diminished. Preservation Month was designed to raise awareness about the power historic preservation has to protect and enhance our homes, neighborhoods, and communities—the places that really matter to us. It provides us an opportunity to celebrate the diverse and unique heritage of Freedom’s Frontier and enables all of us to become involved in the growing preservation movement. We invite you to explore historic neighborhoods, embark on new learning, and engage with historic preservation throughout the month of May and beyond.
THE BOURGEOIS PIG (6 E. 9th St.)
SELFIE DESTROY: MATTHEW J ASBURY Matthew J Asbury has been an artist since he could hold a pen. His been living in Lawrence Kansas now for about 4 years. A very active man working two jobs at Third Planet and drawing chalkboards for The Bottleneck, Matthew still finds time to work his passions in art with lowercase KANSAS and expressing his spoken word Red Tail Reading. With a strong base in art he studied in Kansas City but drives his work from his experience on the street as a graffiti artist under the name DEDKIDD. With these tools and life experiences his work has developed into a very antagonist format to the traditional idea of portraits. working on his next collection "selfie destroyer" Matthew is pulling from all his outlets and a graffiti, spoken word, and fine arts to bring his thoughts of social media, individual emotion, and how inner reflections are expressed to other.
Come out to The Bourgeois Pig and enjoy the night with him and take some selfies that could end up as a part of his artwork.
LAWRENCE PERCOLATOR (in the alley behind Lawrence Arts Center on 9th St.) *look for the green awnings www.lawrence-percolator.blogspot.com
Honeypot Walt Ohnesorge
The Lawrence Percolator will be hosting Honeypot, a solo show from Walt Ohnesorge about currency, flow, and exchange. Learn about the Bitcoin technology, and expect to see some sexy, 24K Gold (plastic) bullion laden with Mapplethorpe imagery, contributions from local artists, and the United States Military. And a serious video montage of the most "money" videos the internet has to offer. Over two thousand people have been invited to this monstrosity; don't be the only one who doesn't show up.
Viewer discretion is advised.
THE ROOST (920 Massachusetts St.) www.920mass.com
Open on Final Friday Evenings
EXTRA VIRGIN (937 Massachusetts St.)
"SUMMER BREEZE", Artwork by Kathleen Anderson, Laurie Culling, Dian Hauser, Leta Strom Opens May 30, 2014 Final Friday, Reception 5-9pm. Show runs through June 24, 2014
Kathleen Anderson is a Lawrence resident who has been painting in watercolor and oil for the past 14 years. She loves color in all its brilliance and subtleties with subject matter that includes landscapes, city scenes, seascapes, flowers and animals. She is a member of the Lawrence Art Guild, the Greater Kansas City Art Association, and the Missouri Valley Impressionist Society. Her work hangs in private and corporate collections and has been displayed in 1109 Gallery in Lawrence, SouthWind Gallery in Topeka, and Images Gallery, Buttonwood Gallery, and ARTichokes Gallery in the Kansas City area. www.kathleenhelenanderson.com, www.artkc.com/anderson_k.htm Laurie Culling is a visual artist and active visual artists' advocate, living in Lawrence. Ranging in style from realistic to abstract, her art explorations feature a variety of mediums including acrylic on canvas, mixed media on gypsum, monotypes, watercolor, pastels, hand-made paper collage, fabric and beads. Her artwork has been exhibited locally, regionally and nationally and she has received numerous awards including Lawrence's prestigious Phoenix Award in Visual Arts (2002). Her works are in many private, public and corporate collections. Laurie is a former Lawrence Art Guild co-president and vice-president, the co-founder of the Phoenix Gallery (1982), a founding member of the F.A.N. Club (1987) and Artist for the Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center (1988). Laurie volunteered as art exhibit coordinator on behalf of the Lawrence Art Guild for the Lawrence Public Library for 20 years. She was the volunteer Assistant Director of the Lawrence Art Guild's 1109 Gallery in Downtown Lawrence. www.laurieculling.com, www.convergenceart.com, www.lawrenceartguild.org Dian Hauser is a mixed media artist living in Oskaloosa, Kansas with her husband and 14 turkeys (among other animals). She received her MFA from the University of Kansas in 2000 and has been happily making art ever since. Her artwork references stories, verbal and written, that have a metaphysical basis. Dian uses metal and wood as a ground for her collage/ drawing/ painting explorations. She has exhibited her work locally and regionally. Dian’s art hangs in corporate and private collections. Dian was the Lawrence Public Library Art Liaison until 2013 and has had the pleasure of working with many Lawrence artists. www.dianhauser.com LETA STROM BACKDOOR PHOTOS During her travels with her husband Steve, Leta Strom utilized traditional and modern photographic techniques to create canvas pieces that capture the charm and distinctiveness of various locales in Italy, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Czech Republic, and Slovakia. Her photo company, “Backdoor Photo,” takes its name from the approach that Steve and Leta chose in planning their European adventure. Rather than visiting a great many large cities, they chose to enter the countries through the ‘backdoor,’ wandering along winding cobblestone streets, becoming lost in the centuries-old charm of the villages and falling in step with the daily lives of locals. It is Leta’s hope that as you view her photos, you may become lost in the enchanting appeal of these European spots. Leta Strom has been involved in the Arts and working with young people for over twenty-five years. She taught high school drama and students with special needs. Leta resides in Lawrence, Kansas with her husband, Steve, and enjoys spending time with her daughters, Lauren and Kristin.
REPLAY LOUNGE (946 Massachusetts St.) www.replaylounge.com
6PM: Lawrence songwriter L. A. Fahy brings his variety rock band The Argyle Sky back to the Replay for another fun musical adventure. Opening the show is a rare Lawrence bar appearance by Billy Ebeling and the Late for Dinner Band. Rock n' blues, covers and originals, family friendly and Replay friendly too.
FIVE BAR / INGREDIENT (947 Massachusetts St.)
Five Bar (just to the north of Ingredient) on Final Friday for live music all night
FIRST CHRISTIAN CHURCH (1000 Kentucky St.)
“A Celebration of the 20’s!” a Final Fridays Event 6:00 – 8:00 PM Featuring Dr. Tandy Reussner on organ, accompanying “The Count” a Charlie Chaplain silent film. Also featuring artwork by Katlyn Conroy
First Christian Church is a beautiful historic building in downtown Lawrence, KS. The 100-plus year old sanctuary features a majestic organ. Dr. Reussner will perform on the organ, accompanying a 1920’s silent film along with a variety of sound effects from the stage. Once a common practice for entertainment, this kind of performance is rarely seen today. The evening will also feature popular music from the 1920’s and local artist Katlyn Conroy. Admission is free, so please come and join us! Open 6:00 to 8:00. Doors will open at 6:00. Music will begin at 6:30.
GREENHOUSE CULTURE (1001 Massachusetts St.) www.thegreenhouseculture.com
The Greenhouse Culture Final Friday Art Show 6:00-9:00pm May 30th Featuring Artwork by Samantha Sipp Live Jazz music by Lynn Elliott and friends during Final Friday. Refreshments provided.
Artist Biography of Samantha Sipp:
I have been taking photos since I was young. I guess for me I have always seen photographs as a way of revealing something so much deeper than what we see at first glance. My favorite kinds of pictures are the ones that make you wonder. I especially love portraits. People are beautiful and every single person has so much hidden beauty that I think we often tend to not see.
I love being able to capture and expose that raw beauty inside people and make us wonder what they were thinking or feeling or to even make us feel what they were feeling.
Anyone can take a picture, but can we choose to see beyond the first glance and look again to see something so beautiful and creatively made inside the people we see and through the things God has created around us.
AIMEE'S CAFE' & COFFEE SHOP (1025 Massachusetts St.) www.aimeescoffeehouse.com
WATKINS MUSEUM of HISTORY (1047 Massachusetts St.) www.watkinsmuseum.org
Final Friday: Railroad Exhibit Opening 6-8 p.m., Free.
For more information on this and other upcoming events at the Watkins Museum, visit the museum website at www.watkinsmuseum.org or call 785-841-4109.
ECOBOUTIQUO (1101 1/2 Masschusetts St.)
ECOBOUTIQUO earth friendly fashion gallery
1101 1/2 massachusetts st. upstairs OPEN SATURDAYS: 10:00-6:00 and by appointment- 785.979.6929 offering: ecocouture, recycled, upcycled, handmade, art. jewelry, accessories, some vintage, some thrift, and some things unexpected.
FINAL FRIDAY EVENTS IN THE WAREHOUSE ARTS DISTRICT
CIDER GALLERY (810 Pennsylvania St.) www.cidergallery.com
SUE ASHLINE, COLETTE BANGERT KEVIN WILLMOTT Cider Gallery is proud to present the work of two local visual artists, Colette Bangert and Sue Ashline, as well as the official DVD release party for Kevin Willmott’s independent feature film Jayhawkers. Both Bangert and Ashline have been in Eastern Kansas since the early 60’s, creating works and developing impressive creative careers locally and internationally. Willmott is an award-winning filmmaker living and working in Lawrence, Kansas and has drawn national acclaim for his thought-provoking and challenging works. Colette Bangert will exhibit several of her large works on paper that reflect seasons and fields through color and abstracted movement, as well as several “thread pieces” which are more slowly created, intricately stitched and vibrant tapestries, using thread as line and form. Bangert’s work has been widely exhibited and is in public collections across the world including the Museum of Modern Art, New York City; Kunsthalle Bremen, Germany; Victoria and Albert Museum of Art, London, England; Block Museum of Art, Evanston, Illinois; and the Spencer Museum of Art, Lawrence, Kansas. Sue Ashline will exhibit a number of colorful works on paper, using acrylic in broad strokes and washes with delicately painted forms from line work in ink that suggest a humor and an abstraction of the still life process. Ashline works at the Spencer Museum of Art amidst a collection of work which continues to inspire her. She has exhibited at many regional galleries including Wonder Fair, Landmark Bank Gallery, 6 Gallery, the home of William S. Burroughs, Pachamamas and The Bourgeois Pig.
SeedCo STUDIOS (826 Pennsylvania St.) www.seedcostudios.com
Open Studios 5:00-9:00pm
Resident Artists: Barrie Arachtingi Jason Barr Edward Francisco Jesse Gray Erok Johanssen Alicia Kelly Kate Larson Brandon Mateer Marie McKenzie Landon Merrill Jeromy Morris Dani Ramirez Catherine Reed Jeremy Rockwell Jessica Rold Ryan Storck Kyla Strid Naomi Welch Ben Welch Aaron Youngstrom Felt Show Foxy by Proxy Fart Lyfe
Located within the Warehouse Arts District at 826 Pennsylvania in a monolithic brick warehouse, this space is ideal for making, showing and engaging in all aspects of art. With art studios on the lower level and a music recording operation and event space in the main hall, the potential for creating and collaborating on projects at all scales is practically limitless. SeedCo is envisioned as a creative factory/laboratory with each of the resident artists bringing their singular artistic identity and prowess to expand and delve deeper into conception and production. At the heart of this project is a conscious intent to transform post-industrial space into a fluent medium all its own, specifically designed to transcend temporal and spatial values and condense them to create a heightened sensory experience. A multi-disciplinary approach emphasizing cooperation, collaboration, and community involvement and encompassing elements from fine art, sculpture, graphic design and production, music and recording, fashion, construction, digital media, and street art, the scope of this endeavor is far-reaching, but the flavor is distinctly home-grown. With its placement in the center of historic redevelopment, SeedCo Studios has the chance to act as a catalyst for creative growth, not only in Lawrence proper, but radiating outward into the surrounding regional area and beyond.
THE LAWRENCE ART PARTY (Lawrence Creates Makerspace 9th and New Jersey)
Don't miss this month's very special Final Friday Lawrence Art Party! You'll enjoy music by Sam Billen, grilled artisan sausage sandwiches, art glass by the world renowned Vernon Brejcha, a special retrospective of the art of Bill Remmers, brain hacking, and much much more.
ART EMERGENCY (721 E. 9th St.)
Art Gallery in the heart of the East Lawrence Art District. This is a big warehouse undergoing an awesome transformation to become one of the next great galleries in town. Come visit us to see the tremendous talents of many local artisans displaying their fine art, street art and sculptures. We are the giant green warehouse on the corner of 9th and Delaware, next to Star Signs. Free entry, live music, adult beverages, and no dress code, see you on Friday!
DECADE (920 Delaware St.)
Tell Your Mother I Said Hello Presented by the Dinner Party Project
FINAL FRIDAY EVENTS IN NORTH LAWRENCE
GASLIGHT GARDENS (317 N. 2nd St.)
"Quarry to Clarity" New Works by Marie McKenzie
IWIG DAIRY LOCAL FOODS GROCERY (622 N. 2nd St.)
“Spring inspires me in many different ways. Everything is coming back to life, emerging year after year or maybe for the first time. Things are growing and beauty is everywhere…”
Meet one of Lawrence's talented upcoming photographers, Caitlin Reed, and see some of her inspiring photographs. Caitlin moved to Lawrence six years ago, and soon discovered she loved shooting pictures. “I love going on adventures and exploring new places. I take my camera wherever I go because I know I'll find something cool to photograph. I really love taking pictures of people. I think sometimes that my mind sees things differently than others. I can see how small things can be so beautiful, so I love to capture them for others to see.” Come see these captured beautiful small things and celebrate spring with Caitlin at the Iwig Dairy Local Foods Market. Enjoy the best ice cream in town in the sweetest most beautiful garden in town, complete with a gorgeous waterfall, all behind the store! Kids will have a chance to paint and eat ice cream cones. The store will be open until 9:00pm, featuring the best dairy products available and other healthy local foods from local farmers.
THE BREWHAUS (624 N. 2nd St.)
Artwork by local artists
FINAL FRIDAYS IN OTHER AREAS
CosMod (717 E. 22nd St.)
Excerpts: Pre/Post 9/11 Works & Artifacts
Special showing: In honor of the opening of the 9/11 Memorial Museum, Lisa Purdon, owner of CosMod Inc Studios, will be presenting images, objects, artifacts, artwork that preceded 9/11, to works inspired by events, in a post-9/11 world. Two art pieces, both works on fabric made for the September 11 Quilt Project, will be represented that night in photos and prose. These two works are now in the permanent collection of the 9/11 Memorial Museum, open to the public, May 21, 2014. In 1996, my work was moving away from traditional painting, increasingly focused on answering questions, armed with a magnifying glass, aimed at the culture. From constructs of the self in the digital world, to examining the hot new commodity in the new “attention economy”, things were changing very rapidly. Much like a documentary filmmaker, archivist, completest, the work moved into the realm of surrounding the viewer inside environments, working in many mediums as an installation artist. In the days before 9/11, I was looking at identity in the context of the the internet, mass media. Was fascinated with the cultural hysteria regarding subjects like OJ’s trial to Princess Diana’s death, reality TV and celebrity worship. In New York City, there was a cultural debate at hand, fears that we were on a destructive path, that all this technology was leading us away from ourselves and down a dark road: there were many fears including fear of identity theft and terrorism, a certain level of anxiety was ever-present. One day we woke up in Brooklyn, and overnight, it looked like we had collectively decided to start shredding everything, all personal information: fat, clear recycling bags were filled with shredded information, piling up on the pavement like giant marshmallows. There was something there, there. I was responding to the hysteria and often with a sense of humor. On 9/11, everything stopped: no trains, no planes, no delivery trucks, a great collective pause. The artwork in my studio stopped, too. This is a story about one artist’s attempt to make sense out of an utterly senseless series of events, and get back to something lost, to put the pieces back together again, in a post-911 landscape. I hope you'll join me on Friday, May 30th 5 – 9 pm Information on the quilt project: http://www.911memorial.org/tribute/the-september-11-quilt-project http://www.nytimes.com/2004/01/02/arts/art-in-review-home-sewn-three-centuries-of-stitching-history.html 911 Memorial Museum: http://www.september11uilts.org/911MemSep2012.html