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Final Friday at CityArts

Contact: Angela Cato |

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 Martinez”
    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 Rincones
    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 education, gallery 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.

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