The first Final Fridays Art Walk of the New Year offers a wide variety of arts and crafts, as well as a number of Valentine's Day displays perfect for the hopeless romantic in all of us. Special thanks to Alicia Kelly and the Lawrence Arts Center for event information.
Solo exhibition by Hon Chung Zhang
January 20th- March 8th
Reception: January 27th, 5-9 PM
“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 identify with my new home in the mid-west and in middle kingdom.
“The Articulate Body”
Solo exhibition by Jennifer Crupi
January 20th- March 8th
Reception: January 27th , 5-9 PM
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.
Rex Hausmann Project
January 23rd-March 3rd
This project will be housed on the north end of the second floor of the Arts Center.
Rex Hausmann will be creating a painting on the second floor at The Lawrence Arts Center January 23rd-27th. At the completion of his painting, this temporary studio will be 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.
THE WAITING ROOM: LOST AND FOUND
PANEL DISCUSSION: with general editor Sarah Smarsh, contributors Reinhild Janzen, Stephanie Mott, Inge Hansen, Natabhona Mabachi, Marguerite Perret, Stephanie Lanter, and moderated by contributor and Kansas City cultural critic Gina Kaufmann.
Nine year old artist Finn Strong will be the exhibiting his work at Aimee's Cafe for January Final Fridays. He is the first of at least two children's art shows that the South Mass Art Guild will be sponsoring.
The South Mass Art Guilds is to distinguish ourselves as a diverse, knowledge rich and socially responsible learning community to instruct, motivate and share knowledge with all who desire to learn. One of the ways we strive to achieve our key mission is by holding several children’s art events.
The Lawrence Art Guild and 1109 Gallery are proud to present "Gratitude" - new works by the many volunteers who staff 1109 Gallery, serve as officers and committee members, organize and volunteer for Art in the Park and Holiday Art Fair and serve area artists in innumerable ways. This will be an exciting show. The show begins January 24th and continues until February 19th. Join the 1109 GALLERY on Final Friday, January 27th for our opening reception from 7-9pm. Great art, food and libations!
A VALENTINE SHOW:
WORKS ON PAPER BY BERNADETTE ZACHARIAS
Please come and join Bernadette Zacharias for a Valentine's themed show at the Bourgeois Pig. Her work is three years of glitter gel pen art in the making and features: goddesses, love letters, beautiful germs, bathing beauties, genies, flowers, tassels, trophies with boobs, and all sorts of awesome valentines lovelyness!
Join us at the Signs of Life Gallery on Friday January 27th for a special evening with the Chiara String Quartet. They are in town for a performance at the Lied Center on Sunday January 29th, and will be gracing us with a sampling of their repertoire!
Enjoy the musical beauty this amazing quartet while browsing our fine gallery. We will be showing a variety of works in styles ranging from landscapes to abstract, by some of the finest regional and national artists. Included will be works in watercolor, oil, mixed media, and acrylic.
A VALENTINE'S SHOW:
Carla Aspenberg: Shattered
Opens Final Friday January 27th from 6-9pm
Runs through Monday February 20th
From the artist:
Carla Aspenberg was born in 1980 in New York City. She received an MFA in Sculpture from Brooklyn College of the City University of New York in 2006 and a BA in Studio Art from Bard College in 2002. Recent exhibitions include “Borderline” at Rush Arts Gallery and “New Prints 2011 / Winter” at the International Print Center New York. She has participated in the Studio LLC program at the Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning in New York and is the recipient of a BRIC Media Arts Fellowship. She has completed residencies at Pilchuck Glass School, Wilson College, and the Vermont Studio Center. She is currently the Printmaking Artist-in-Resident at the Lawrence Arts Center.
My works on paper convey feelings surrounding the loss of innocence. Unsettling, and at times menacing, the characters and scenes portray uncomfortable snapshots of broken and violent landscapes. My print works symbolize these feelings with the use of found objects, which I often put directly through a press. I use circular shapes in my work to reference the target as a sign of warning. In all my work, I seek to awaken the latent qualities of the objects I am working with. In 2010 I was able to explore some of the hidden qualities of glass as an Emerging Artist in Residence at Pilchuck Glass School. There, I created a series of prints of glass plates I had shattered. These prints are about both subtle beauty and the harshness our architected physical environment is capable of.
Demonstrating Artist: Liza MacKinnon, MacKomics Studio
Reception : 5-9 PM
Liza is a local artist, mother, and Boston terrier wrangler. A “skimmer” (vs. a “diver”), she dabbles in a multitude of mediums. From fabric and accessories to assemblage, illustration, and printmaking – all are equally fascinating. She is known locally for her greeting cards and annual Valentine-making open house weekend. Liza teaches and creates out of her home-studio on Tennessee Street as well as the Lawrence Arts Center.
Opens Tuesday January 24th 6-8pm
Runs through Monday February 20th
From the Artist:
Jori Louise Cheville moved to Kansas City in 2000 and graduated from the Kansas City Art Institute in 2004 with a BFA emphasis in Ceramics. After graduating, she maintained a studio and created works on commission. Later, Jori opened a business in Kansas City, KS called J. Bird Studios. J. Bird Studios was open from July of 2007 to June of 2009 and consisted of six artist studios and an art gallery. Currently, she is a second year graduate student in Fine Art at the University of Kansas.
From the artist:
My most recent collection of work is the result of creating a visual record of relationships and experiences and the feelings they evoke. The unease of not knowing what the future holds forces me to search my past for answers and as time passes it reveals bits of knowledge that I could not see before. I use the process of creating my work as an opportunity for gaining self-realization but also to communicate thoughts on how we process things like identity, memories, and emotions. Merging personal narratives with the use of symbolism, my goal is for viewers to call to mind their own memory, dream, or thoughts of something new.
Direct link to the event from The Invisible Hand Gallery website:http://www.invisiblehandgallery.com/?ha_exhibit=jori-cheville-%e2%89%a1-a-search-for-self
Wonder Fair in Paris:
Just in time for Valentine's Day Wonder Fair presents the works of four local painters paired off in two person teams.
On Final Friday, January 27th, Wonder Fair unveils Togethers, an exhibition exploring the intrinsic influence and inspiration between two artists who choose to share time, space and life experiences. Husband and wife, Misha & Amy Kligman, both create paintings exploring their personal histories, relics and pangs of nostalgia. Nick Ward & Amber Hansen, a long-time collaborative team, create paintings and video that deal in whimsy and the wonder of childhood and magic. Independently each artist creates unique and deeply personal work, when viewed as the efforts of two collaborative teams, however, a narrative unfolds of artists who create work very much “Togethers”.
An opening soiree for Togethers will be held Final Friday from 6-10 pm. During these hours the Wonder Fair bar will return with its own special pairings of beer and chocolate. Togethers will remain on view through February 19th 2012.
Join Margo Holland of Smiling Mad Designs, Jess Hull of 3 Giggling Girls, and Christy Schneider of Inkello Letterpress for Final Fridays on January 27, 2012. Located above Esquina in a playful studio space, the three women create a variety of handmade items. Come visit and find something sweet for your Valentine!
Margo, an arts-inspired mother of three, creates colorful, eclectic jewelry, textiles and home decor objects.
Jess, a mother and self-taught children’s clothing designer, makes whimsical, one-of-a-kind, boutique clothing for kids of all ages. 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.
For additional information contact: Margo Holland at 785.363.5092.
The Watkins Museum will feature photographer Bob Buchanan with a new installation of prints. The Watkins will also celebrate the 151st birthday of Elizabeth Watkins with a family activity. The Douglas County Genealogical Society will be available to answer family history research questions.
"Winter Celebration and Annual Sale"
Reception: January 27th, 5- 9 pm
A Winter Celebration and Sale of American Fine Craft.
The Copt/Feiden Gallery is located at 815 Massachusetts. They will be open this Final Friday from 5-8 pm with live music and refreshments. This will be the night of the gallery closing as it was a temporary space just for the holidays. Our gallery features original Kansas paintings and photography, specializing in the Flint Hills.
January Final Fridays at the Lost Art Space will feature a group show that is themed “sweet/sweat shop”.
Live music by ONE MILLION LIGHT YEARS & DJ BARRR
6-10pm, music at 9pm.
Jesse Gray will be exhibiting a new batch of work that includes paintings and assemblages. The night will also include life music by Animism, which is a thrown together band that will be ambient noir. Music starts at 7:30ish.