Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Karen's Final Friday Picks: February

This Friday, February 24, is another Final Friday in Lawrence.  Here are my top five Final Friday picks for this month:

1. Lawrence Arts Center: 940 New Hampshire
Directed Visions
Works from 1st and 2nd year Graduate Students

Fresh works from Graduate students at the University of Kansas are exhibited on the first floor of the Arts Center. High on my list is a performance "Out of  My Hands" given by Eli Gold.  Gold will pour tea from a tea pot he has created, then destroy the tea pot. The performance and tea pouring starts at 7:00.   I will post more on Gold and his work in my blog later this week, but here is a picture of one of his works from his website:

2.  Invisible Hand: 801 1/2 Massachusetts (Upstairs) 6-9 pm
Nicholas Ward
River and Cloud: Rehearsing the Amorphous Forms

 Nicholas' Graphite drawings look subtle and intriguing. Here is a sample from The Invisible Hand's Facebook page:

3. Wonderfair: 803 1/2 Massachusetts ( upststairs) 
Chop Chop with Lee Piechocki and Matt Jacobs: from 6-10 p.m. 

KU's printmaking department will also be selling t-shirts.  Here is the information listed by Wonderfair on their page: 
Hello Wonder Fairs! Please join us this Final Friday, when Wonder Fair hosts the KU Printmaking Club for a very special evening of screenprinting! Yessir, we will have young, live printmakers sweating away in the shoppe to print you your very own t-shirt, poster, tote bag, or (insert flat, smooth, inanimate object here). Here's what you need to know:

Ten original designs!
Print up to three designs on one item for one money (mix n' match)!
Bring your own item, printing is $10!
Buy an American Apparel shirt from us for just $10 more! (NICE!)
Choose from a limited selection of prints-on-demand for just $10
Marvel at our complex production system FOR FREE!
Marvel at the industriousness of today's youth for $1 donations!!?!

All proceeds benefit the KU print club, supporting their travel to and accommodation at the annual SGC conference in New Orleans, LA. Help yourself to a t-shirt, help a printmaker! See you Friday!!

For more of Lee Piechocki's work, go to

4. Lawrence Arts Center 940 New Hampshire
Dannon Art Project: The Living Studio: 
Located upstairs by the ceramics studio: 

Rex Hausmann created a painting on the second floor at the Lawrence Arts Center January 23 – 27. This temporary studio will be handed over to a series of artists who will create new works, each leaving their works on display. Hausmann invited artists to work in this space in different mediums to create a community response to his painting. 

I have a piece in this show, so be sure to check it out!

5. 1109 Massachusette
1109 Gallery with featured artist Marty Olsen

Marty has been a long time Lawrence printmaker.  I can't wait to see his new work. 

Here is the description from the 1109 Gallery of Marty's work: 
“Contemporaries” with more than 50 pieces of artwork from area artists. Our featured artist in the large gallery is Marty Olson whose pieces range from inspirations of the Southwest, personal symbolic lexicons and the spirit of the Flint Hills. Each painting and piece represent the dance of creative process as he experiences it.

Of course, we always stop by the Lost Art Space (The former Penny Annie's) as well as starting out at the Pig. 

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