Pop culture show to open in Main Gallery this Friday
Three new exhibits are opening at CityArts this Final Friday, June 27. The public is invited to attend this free event from 6-9 p.m. CityArts, located at 334 N. Mead in Old Town Square, is one of many venues downtown to participate in Final Friday to celebrate the work of regional and local artists. Final Fridays at CityArts are presented by the Arts Council, which is housed at CityArts.
Main Gallery: “Un Recuerdito,” multimedia exhibit by Armando Minjarez
The issues of Hispanic pop culture, immigration and Mexico’s relationship with the United States are explored in this first solo exhibition by Armando Minjarez. Originally from Hidalgo del Parral, Chihuahua Mexico, Minjarez uses his art as a way to communicate and celebrate culture and diversity. Much of his art is created with the goal of inspiring social change. He uses everything from clay, paint and photography to found objects and paper confetti to convey his messages. Minjarez currently lives in Wichita. He is involved with the Army of Artists collaborative artist’s group and was a founding member of the Seed House.
Main Hall Gallery: “Personal Relations,” color pencil drawings by Kristen Phipps
Phipps’ color pencil drawings are so realistic they trick viewers into thinking they’re looking at actual photographs. She uses a combination of still lifes and models as her subject matter. Phipps is currently a student at Cowley County Community College.
Boardroom and Balcony Galleries: “The Art of Travel,” photography by Mickey Shannon
Shannon’s exhibit is intended to take viewers on a journey around the world. The photographs document the Wichitan’s own travels, capturing the beauty of the Flint Hills during a Kansas thunderstorm, a deserted Hawaiian beach and Moraine Lake in Alberta, Canada at sunrise, just to name a few.
All exhibits will be on display through July 19. Visitors are invited to discuss the exhibits on Facebook and Twitter using #CityArtsSummer. Admission is free to CityArts’ exhibition galleries that are open 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Monday-Thursday; 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday; 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Final Friday; and 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday. For more information, call (316) 350-3245. To learn more about the Arts Council, go to WichitaArts.com.