There is a wide variety of art events going on in the area this weekend. Everything kicks off with First Friday here in Topeka on Friday night – I am particularly interested in checking out Topeka’s newest gallery, Westboro Fine Art, owned by Rod Seel.
Brandon and I will spend Saturday in Emporia checking out all of the artwork on display at Toad Hallow. It’s is smaller art fair, but I hear the intimate garden setting really sets the mood. I am hoping to purchase a Terry Maxwell piece!
On Sunday, I plan on visiting the Mulvane Mountain/Plains Art Fair at Washburn’s campus.
Last Friday I took a couple of hours off of work to speak with the Art Forum students at Washburn University. It was a fun experience being on the other side of the room, telling about the experiences I’ve had showing and selling my artwork as a recent WU grad. I was very honored when Glenda Taylor, Dean of the Art Department asked me to speak to the students. It has been a goal of mine ever since I was an Art Forum student and the twins, Amy and Amber (I don’t know their last name), spoke to my class. They were so inspiring to me. I always wanted to have the opportunity to share my knowledge and inspire they way they did.
Carla Tilghman was the other speaker that day. She is a textile artist from Lawrence that creates custom weavings.
There are two talented student artists holding their Senior Shows in the gallery at Washburn University in the upcoming weeks.
Danelle Groth on Friday, March 30 from 7 – 9 pm.
Phill Hall on Friday, April 6 from 7 – 9 pm.
I plan on attending both openings – I’m very excited about the work of both artists. Danelle’s black and white photograph is stunning – I’m captivated by her subject matter. Although I haven’t saw much of Phill’s recent work, I remember his plexiglass piece from Washburn’s student show a couple of year back. And his postcard invite had a fabulous self-portait that I’ve got to see in person.