CityArts is hosting the opening of three new exhibits from 5-8 p.m. on Final Friday, Oct. 30 that celebrate the work of artists in the Wichita area. In addition to artwork, the evening will feature free wine tasting from 6-8 p.m., compliments of Smoky Hill Vineyards & Winery of Salina. Admission is free to CityArts’ galleries that are open 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday and 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday. The shows will be on display through Nov. 28. CityArts is located at 334 N. Mead in Old Town Square.
Main Gallery: Arts Council Annual Juried Art Show
The Arts Council received a record number of entries for its 2015 Annual Juried Art Show, with more than 300 pieces of artwork submitted by 129 local and regional artists. Seventy pieces from 60 artists were selected for exhibition, including oil and acrylic paintings, photography, ceramics, glass, fiber, wooden lathe, silversmithing, kinetic sculptures and more.
Recipients of the first, second and third place awards will be notified prior to the show. Winners will receive cash awards of $1,000, $750 and $250, respectively, and have ribbons placed on their pieces. The annual juried show is open to all Kansas artists over the age of 18.
This year’s juror was Brian Hinkle, who is well-known regionally as an instructor and painter of rural Kansas landscapes. He is currently represented by Reuben Saunders Gallery in Wichita, Strecker-Nelson Gallery in Manhattan, Kan. and the Leopold Gallery in Kansas City, Mo. Hinkle also teaches art classes at The Wichita Center for the Arts and the Tessera Fine Art Gallery.
Boardroom Gallery: “Fused,” works by CityArts instructor JoAn McGregor and CityArts students Sonya Schifferdecker and Vangie Truex
“Fused” is a collection that features jewelry, tiles, fuse and slump dishes, plates, wind chimes and much more. JoAn McGregor has created fused glass pieces for 10 years and owns her own studio and gallery, Blue Swallowtail Studio.
Balcony Gallery: “Off the Yellow Brick Road,” paintings by Elizabeth Daniel
Elizabeth Daniel has studied art her entire life. A graduate of Emporia State University, she has worked in different mediums, including ceramics, fiber art and acrylics. This exhibition is a continuation of a series that has been stuck inside her mind for years. In one way or another, all the pieces relate back to one theme home. Daniel recently worked as the Youth Education Director for CityArts.
Coming Soon: “Gifts in the Gallery,” a boutique-style art sale, will kick off with a grand opening celebration from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sat., Nov. 21. Ready-to-sell artwork by local and regional artists will fill the Main Gallery through the holiday shopping season.
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.