Archive for Friday, January 3, 2014

Call for little art draws big response

Sharron Spence of Ottawa works on a watercolor at an open studio at Thursday at the Lumberyard Arts Center. Spence will enter two of her small watercolors in the Itty Bitty Picture Show, which opens Jan. 10 at the Lumberyard.

Sharron Spence of Ottawa works on a watercolor at an open studio at Thursday at the Lumberyard Arts Center. Spence will enter two of her small watercolors in the Itty Bitty Picture Show, which opens Jan. 10 at the Lumberyard.

January 3, 2014

Wall space won’t be a concern for the year’s first exhibit in the Lumberyard Arts Center’s gallery.

“Maybe table space, but wall space won’t be a problem,” said Lumberyard gallery director Sandy Cardens. “Some of the works are so tiny, I think we’ll have to set them up on a table with small easels.”

Itty Bitty Art Show

When: Opening from 6 to 8 p.m., Friday, Jan. 10. Show runs through Feb. 1 during normal Lumberyard hours of 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday.

What: Works of 2-D art no larger than 4-by-6 inches

Who: Open to artists from Douglas, Franklin and Johnson counties

Where: Lumberyard Arts Center, 718 High St.

Contact: 594-3186

The show will be the “Itty Bitty Picture Show.” Open to artists from Douglas, Franklin and Johnson counties, the juried show will feature two-dimensional works of pencil, watercolor, oil, pen and ink and mixed media no larger than 4-by-6 inches. The show will open with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Jan. 10 and run through Feb. 1. A prize of $50 will be awarded to the first-place entry, and second- and third-place works will earn as yet undetermined cash prizes.

Cardens said her inspiration for the show from a postcard exhibit the Baldwin Arts Council, sponsored before the Lumberyard became the arts center. The works in that show were those of artists the Association of Community Arts Agencies of Kansas selected to print in annual postcard collections from 1978 to 2002.

“I thought it might be a cute little thing to do because they are so tiny,” Cardens said. “I though it might appeal to people. It seems like it did. So far, we’ve had 14 or 15 artists enter.”

Cardens said among those who would be submitting art for the show would be Christie Carlisle, Kathy Bourgeois, Roma Earles, Sharron Spence and Rosemary Murphy, whose work was once chosen to be in an annual postcard collection.

Spence traveled Thursday from Ottawa to Baldwin City for the weekly open studio at the Lumberyard, bringing a number of small watercolors to enter in the show.

A retired science teacher, Spence said she was excited to be able to be part of a show in a place that was special to her.

“I started painting four years ago when I retired,” she said. “That was my dream. The Lumberyard has given me an opportunity I couldn't find anywhere else, and that was people and teachers I could share ideas with.”

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