Final Friday at CityArts: Two Artists’s Talks part of evening activities
CityArts is hosting the opening of four new exhibits from 5-8 p.m. on Final Friday, Aug. 28 that celebrate the work of artists in the Wichita area. 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 Sept. 19. CityArts is located at 334 N. Mead in Old Town Square.
Main Gallery: “Perspective: Objects and Elements,” works by Robert Schmidt
Robert Schmidt will be on hand to speak with visitors and discuss his work during a Final Friday Artist’s Talk at 6:30 p.m. in the Main Gallery that is free and open to the public.
Schmidt is a Wichita graphic designer and mixed-media sculptor who takes a visual outlook on life. Over the years, Schmidt has been influenced by many forms and aspects of design, from layout and typography to interior design and industrial design. He uses various objects – metal, glass, vintage pieces and instruments – to create visual design and intrigue.
Boardroom Gallery: “Bite,” photography by Andrea Fuhrman
Andrea Fuhrman will be on hand to speak with visitors and discuss her work during a Final Friday Artist’s Talk at 7:30 p.m. in the Boardroom Gallery that is free and open to the public.
The inspiration for this exhibit comes from world of graffiti art. The word “bite” is used when less experienced graffiti writers steal ideas, lettering or color schemes from seasoned graffiti artists. It’s considered “toys that bite their work.” With her camera, Fuhrman finds small segments of graffiti that are compelling and carefully composes her shot. Her work is driven by a curiosity of magnification, abstraction and color. Fuhrman lives in Abilene, Kan., where she is constructing a gallery and studio.
Main Hall Gallery: “Landscapes in Abstraction,” works by Diane Curtis
Diane Curtis considers herself a colorist. To this Wichita artist, the term ‘landscape’ simply means a respect and love for a specific place and time. The paintings in her exhibit reflect that thought process as she shares her feelings and memories of specific places on canvas. With each painting, Curtis balances color, form, shapes, rhythms and values to produce proper abstract paintings.
Balcony Gallery: artwork by individuals from Envision’s Art Education Program
Envision is a local organization that provides support and programming to individuals with vision loss. By using their imaginations and creativity, the Envision artists create works of art that share their stories and show their feelings and ideas in a variety of ways.
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.