November, 2007

I’ll get some photos up and come back and blog later…maybe. If I’m not able to blog the next day, it gets really hard to write. This time, I had a seminar in Wichita on Sat. Here’s photos. As I said in the Oct. note, if you’d like to blog, post a comment and we’ll get back to you.

It must have been after 6 before we started out from our house with Leroy and two of his teen-age nieces, Holly and Heather. Taking a different tack, we headed for Zoomdweebie’s tea bar, a place I had never heard of, for a potter and a tea tasting.

Kyle Engoian, visiting artist at the Wichita Center for the Arts, had the exhibit.

These two forms are wood-fired, with soda thrown in that then bonds to the surface and becomes part of the glaze.

The sketches (in the background of the photo) came first; at a time when he wasn’t actively making pots, he kept thinking about and conceptualized pots.

Regarding this series of gracefully bowing “vases”, Kyle said, “it’s about the line”.

The tea-tasting was great with different kinds of chai (our favorite of course, because of time in India). Some of us made sure we had some of each. Kyle’s work was displayed on the tables as well as along the window.

Before leaving, I had to stop and read what a zoomdweebie was…

The Mid-America All Indian Center was hosting live music and demonstrations. We got there in time for the food, traditional Kansas plains Indian fare: fry bread and corn soup. Since we had started out a bit on the empty side, this was great. As Leroy says, you need to “honor the food” … and we did.

Dennis Crossland demonstrated how not to flint-knap this time, though he seldom cuts himself when making obsidian arrowheads and knives by traditional methods.

He had also brought a couple of painted horses.

The beaded moccasins are part of the museum exhibit.

Isabel Gyongyossy (Gramma Bell) adds fringe to a shawl with traditional tying techniques. Her Indian name, given on the fourth of July, means “woman who cares”. As part of the ceremony, her family gave away horses after the parade.

This lizard-pot in the gift shop reminded Dave of MC Escher.

Varying our usual route, we headed for the Delano District where on of the nieces thought the Walnut Street Gallery stairs themselves looked a bit interesting. They also noticed the writing on the wall…way up on the wall. The exhibit had not changed since our last visit. The best part about taking new folks on Final Friday is seeing the art through new eyes.

Walking down West Douglas, live models at the House of Hair Salon caught our eye.

This was also the best spread for food! Complete with recipe cards. And an new use for the hairdresser’s sinks.

Down the street, we ducked into familiar territory – minus Shawn. Sigh. But, the good thing is, the art remains on the edge.

Ryan Windham had the gig.

Given our group, Dave did a little “editing” of a graphic work when Heather and Holly walked by. When Dave wasn’t on the spot, another woman graciously did the honors. We’re not into censorship in the normal course of events, but…

The old Art Syndicate is now Blank Page. We’ll be back.

Down the street at Savage Threads, Dave greeted the dog and I talked to the Crystal Price, the artist. Because of glare on the glass, it was hard to do her work justice in photos (not that we necessarily ever do anyone’s work justice…), especially the three over the dressing rooms. Really nice. Hard to photograph.

Crystal says she likes eyes a lot, they tell things about people. Dave had commented on her faces. At some point she realized she only does (art) things that are alive, people, animals, plants, trees…

Hatman Jack’s is not a gallery, just fun to window shop.

The Laundry Room Gallery was a new stop for us. The polaroid photos, “Two Weeks” are by Katie Hinsey. The ceramic dresses, ribbons and light are “Empy Preservation” are by Michelle Jeffries.

Her pots were lined up on a dividing wall, I was fascinated with the line-up and took so many pictures Michelle came up and asked if I was with a newspaper.

Her students’ work waits behind the wall.

This mural greets you when you walk in the door.

Down the street is Bungalow 26.

The DJ noticed a little drawstring bag on my back from the “transplant games”. I found mine at the thrift store, he’s preparing for the next transplant games, he qualifies with a donated kidney. A dedicated cyclist, he keeps trying to talk his woman into riding. I suggested a tandem is the only way to go! (See for the journal of our 2000-plus mile ride last summer.) I think she remained unconvinced.

Larry Goodwin and Leroy can talk welding technique.

Of course, no Final Friday is complete without checking in with Kay Ferris at Mead Street Gallery. Our daughter and son-in-law are getting a Dustin Parker for this Christmas, but I’ve got my eye on a couple of Kay’s fantasy art farm critters. Leroy’s nieces liked her “Puffer”. We all went looking for the shrimp…

I don’t know what these guys are up to, but Fiber Studio is always good, so in we go.

Anita Knox exhibited this dyed and painted silk poncho and scarf while Michaela Groeblacher created a standing display of garden totems.

Scott Gamble, knowingly or not, added a dimension to his display of handblown ornaments.

Marilyn’s thread array/disarray delights in and of itself.

“She colored the meaning” uses fabric layers and machine stitching, Marilyn Grishom’s trademark technique.

Not sure who all lives here, but this gang was hanging around the Diver’s Studio down the street.

Seth Depiesse was working in pastel on oil. Someone commented that he produces more work than anybody in Wichita – works all day long – has piles and piles of sketch books,”all awesome drawings”.

Speaking of body parts, the only thing I could stand the noise long enough to see at Commerce Gallery (aka Go Away
Garage) was this lady with strict instructions “don’t touch me”. The music may have been great, but it was just too loud. Not willing to risk my ears.

Just as I walked into Fisch Haus, this couple was pouring wine and preparing to enjoy the gallery with their own refreshments. Couldn’t resist taking this shot.

Did I hear this guy say something about buying the place?

We started out seeing this guy at Zoomdweebies and kept meeting up.

Tangent Labs, the place to end the crawl had a digital art show, though included non-digital works as well.

Brad Ruder’s machinations #41 (Icarus Leaves Home), #42 (Spiritual Offering) & #43 (Currency Irony) are compelling portraits of his two sons and wife.

Wade Hampton exhibited “Rabbitta (family)” and “Home Sweet Home”.

In the corner behind the sign, two guys were adding light.

Were these on display – or just leaning against the wall?

¬†With his camera, he welds a unique view of Kansas’ most common edifice.

Dave used two shots to better capture this lovely work.

We’ll give Dustin Parker the final word.