Archive for Thursday, March 4, 2010

Murphy to make history with Lumberyard exhibit

Well-known Baldwin City artist Rosemary Murphy was in the Lumberyard Arts Center’s gallery Wednesday morning in  preparation for her historic exhibit there Sunday. Murphy’s exhibit is the first at the refurbished LAC. There will be a reception from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. to open the exhibit.

Well-known Baldwin City artist Rosemary Murphy was in the Lumberyard Arts Center’s gallery Wednesday morning in preparation for her historic exhibit there Sunday. Murphy’s exhibit is the first at the refurbished LAC. There will be a reception from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. to open the exhibit.

March 4, 2010

History will be made at the Lumberyard Arts Center Sunday when local artist Rosemary Murphy has the first-ever exhibit in the recently completed art gallery.

“Boy, is it historic,” said Diane Niehoff, who has been at the forefront of efforts to refurbish the historic downtown building into a home for the arts. “Our inaugural exhibit and I’m extremely excited. I’m excited that it’s someone like Rosemary, who has done so much work for it.”

A reception for the exhibit will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. with Murphy’s original watercolors entitled “Close to Home” on display. She’s well-known in the art world, especially locally, and is pleased to be the first to exhibit in the LAC.

“I’m really looking forward to exhibiting in Baldwin City because so much of my subject matter is taken from Baldwin and Douglas County,” said Murphy. “It has been over 10 years since I’ve had an exhibit in Baldwin and I can’t think of a better place than the Lumberyard.”

Sandy Cardens, who is in charge of art exhibits at the LAC and has also been active with efforts to establish it from the beginning, thinks Murphy is the perfect choice to be the first artist on exhibit.

“Rosemary Murphy is one of the most talented and respected artists and teachers of art in our area,” said Cardens. “She taught classes in the Lumberyard Arts Center while it was still the old lumberyard building and so it seems entirely appropriate that she would be the first to have an exhibit in the nearly completed first phase of the project.

“We certainly hope the community will come to see the beautiful work of Rosemary Murphy,” she said. “We also hope the community members will attend to see the work being done by so many volunteers to bring this vision for the arts to fruition.”

Such exhibits are one of the many reasons the project was started back in 2003. Classes are also being conducted at the LAC, as well as community events such as the recent Chocolate Auction and this week’s performance by the Baldwin City Community Theatre.

While Murphy’s exhibit may be the first, it won’t be the last.

“We are so excited that artists are lining up to have an exhibit,” said Niehoff. “We want to have an ongoing exhibit. We are also lining up volunteers to work the exhibit hours.”

Murphy’s exhibit will be on display through March 20. The gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. for the duration of the show. The reception will also have music from the local band “Forecast.”

Comments

kermit 4 years, 5 months ago

Everyone in Baldwin should try to attend this event--particularly if you haven't been inside the new arts center. What a tribute to the spirit of the community that an old historic building can be renovated into something very special and usable for everyone. Rosemary Murphy is the perfect local artist to be the opening act. I also think its great that 3 nights prior to this event the community theatre is having a production. Whoever says there is nothing happening in Baldwin is simply not paying attention.

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straightforward 4 years, 5 months ago

I'm excited! She's such an amazing painter and genuinely one of he nicest people you'll ever meet. I was recently in the LAC for the first time (since its restoration) and it is awesome what they have done to it. I can't count how many times I drove by there in the evenings and saw the Niehoffs and others working. Their finished product is a real treasure. I agree Kermit, there are so many great things going on if we open our eyes.

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