CityArts is hosting the opening of four new exhibits
from 5-8 p.m. on Final Friday, March 27 that celebrate the work of artists in
the Wichita area. Admission is free to CityArts’ exhibition galleries that are
open 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Monday-Friday, and 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday. CityArts is
located at 334 N. Mead in Old Town Square.
Main Gallery: “25 Years of Teaching with Charles Baughman & Co.,” works by Charles Baughman, Barbara Amstutz, Conan Fugit, Susan
Levine, Dustin Parker, Jordan Tull, Melissa Slates and Jaclyn Turner
The artists will be on hand to speak with visitors and discuss their work
during an Artists’ Talk at 7 p.m. that is free and open to the public.
Charles Baughman is a nationally known
artist and arts educator who isn’t out to prove anything to anyone. He’s just
enjoying his art – and the inspiration he receives from his students. “25 Years
of Teaching” showcases some of Baughman’s best drawings, many of which were
brought to life by color drips and splatters. Six of Baughman’s former students
are also part of the exhibit. It’s fitting, since Baughman credits his students
for teaching him as much as he taught them.
Main Hall Gallery:“To the Walls: Matthew
Thonen,” oil paintings by Matthew Thonen
Thonen is obsessed with originality and enjoys the unusual. Influenced by a love of comics, he admires landscapes,
portraits, life art, etc. That being said, he doesn’t associate his work with
any one category.
Boardroom Gallery: “Ideas in Clay with Antonio
Featuring works by CityArts Instructor
Antonio Martinez. It also includes ceramics by his fellow instructors Charlotte
Martin, Barbara Behrend, Mary Drouin and CityArts Ceramics students.
Balcony Gallery: “Luxe,” ceramics by Joseph
By creating objects that function in our everyday lives, Joseph Rincones brings humanity, and culture into others domestic environments. For this Wichita artist and instructor at CityArts, plush surfaces and polished forms act as vehicle in creating an idea of luxury.
CityArts is a focal point for the arts in Wichita. Its
mission is to provide education, information and artistic opportunities to the
community through art
exhibitions and cultural
entertainment. CityArts is home to the Arts
Council, a group that works in partnership with the City of Wichita to
advance and promote arts and culture in the Wichita community through advocacy,
leadership, education and collaboration.