Friday, March 30, 2012

Getting Ready at the Percolator

Artists have been getting their shows ready for tonight's Final Friday.  You can view my top five Final Friday picks here:

Last night, we visited the Percolator Gallery to drop off artwork.  We took pics of Amber Hansen getting ready for her show The Story of Chickens.

More about the Percolator Gallery
The Percolator runs on a small budget by volunteers with funding from art sales and donations.
 Located behind the alley of the Lawrence Arts Center, the Percolator is a gallery and project space that not only has art, but poetry readings and other public events. 

The history of the Percolator is grass roots, started by members of the community.  Original Percolator meetings were held in Dave Loewenstein's art studio.  In 2007, the group obtained non-profit status and, with the help of a generous owner, a more established building for the gallery. 

Unique to the Percolator is that it is not afraid to tackle political issues.  Just recently, the gallery explored the topic of diminishing green space downtown through an art show and lectures.  The Percolator held discussions and show for Save our Schools.  In another show, the gallery presented historical political posters from the Lawrence area.  Last winter, the Percolator offered a sign making event for a demonstration for state budget cuts for the arts in Topeka.

The future of the present Percolator space is unknown.  Members of the Percolator board fear that if a proposed hotel is built in the present lot in front of the gallery, the gallery will be forced to move. The gallery is keeping a watchful eye on the development of the hotel.

above pic: members of the percolator present a small scale model of Downtown to Mayor Cromwell with the proposed Marriott Hotel included

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