Archive for January, 2011


Lawrence Final Fridays January 28th, 2011

January 26, 2011

Lawrence, Kansas Final Fridays Events

Fresh Start: Works in Progress
January 28 – March 11.

Opening reception January 28, 5-9pm. In conjunction with Final Fridays

Lawrence Art Center
940 New Hampshire Street 5-9pm

From the organizer:

As the New Year begins with a fresh set of goals and we close the door on a year of triumphs
& troubles,artists are often challenged to carry this anticipation into their studio.  This exhibit
is a chance for the public to get a glimpse into “what’s coming” from Kansas artists and possibly
to learn about each artist’s creative process.It is also an opportunity for the artists to experience
their own unfinished works in a new/different environment. This exhibit speaks to the passion
and drive each artist has to create and will allow the viewer the opportunity to see what’s
informing the artist’s studio.

This exhibit will include works in progress, sketches, mock-ups, and resource materials. Some
of the artists will participate in the Lawrence Arts Center’s Art-in-the-Open project. These artists
will periodically work on their pieces during the run of the exhibit.

Participating Artists:

Molly Murphy, Stephen Johnson, Nicolette Ross, David Loewenstein, Karen Matheis, Louis Copt,
Angie Pickman, Jason Barr, Eric Dobbins, Jack Collins, Leslie Kay, Lisa Grossman, Jeremy Morris,
Shannon White, Darin White, Yuri Zupancic, Jennifer Jarnot, Steven Graber, Juniper Tangpuz,
Kenneth Kupfur, and Alicia Kelly

Oh Baby! (Work in Progress) ©2011 Shannon White

Jason Barrr: I CAN HAS JAIL

The Invisible Hand Gallery
801 1/2 Massachusetts Suite D 6-9pm

From the artist:

Jason Barr aka BARRR is a man of many words. These words are manifested into
pictures, paintings, & podcasts. His first solo show BARRR: I CAN HAS JAIL
reflects the insanity of a man in flux. BARRR shows the conviction & commitment
of the “busiest man in Lawrence!!!” I CAN HAS JAIL is the definitive look inside
the mind of BARRR. A manic collage of bravado, psychedelia, fatherhood, pop
culture, anxiety, religion, insecurity, sex, rock n’ roll, paranoia, hustling & ANGER!
Manic depression has never looked so good.

I CAN HAS JAIL flier image  ©2011 Jason Barrr

Just Like Heaven: New & Used Work by Jimmy Trotter
January 28 — February 19

Opening Reception: (Final) Friday, January 28. 6-10 pm

Wonderfair Gallery / Shop / Studio
803 1/2 Massachusetts St 6-10pm

From the organizer:

©2011 Jimmy Trotter

Exhibition Essay:

As children we hope for endless amounts of things that are less appealing once the
freedom to acquire them is ours. The crunching plunge through frosted corn to
find the prize is replaced by more deviant behavior and luxury wants.

James Trotter has turned the advertisement characters of his American childhood
into a language. His calligraphy of faded toys and pop iconography double as
documentation of his altars of collected collectible junk tucked in every corner of
his studio. Trotter’s psychedelic style showcases racism in commercialized
ethnicity,lascivious cartoons, and the general surrealism of what people choose to
push product.His landscapes are piled high with logos and useless fonts. Slogans
and imagery from his collection of rare funk 45s from the 1960-70’s weave in and
out of his drawings.

Seemingly unhindered by the burden of institutional political dialogue, James
Trotter’s landscapes are upsetting and delightful. His lines and layers are unhinged:
flowering with the fervor childhood sugar highs and flush with second hand desire.

Peregrine Honig 2011

Lawrence Art Party, January 2011

Hobbs Taylor Gallery
718 New Hampshire Street 6-9pm

From the organizer:

Don’t miss the January 28 Lawrence Art Party. We’ll have music by Mike Murphree,
25 AMAZING artists (see list below),and a very fun evening!

Artists showing at the Lawrence Art Party for the first time include two artists whose
work you have probably seen or heard about -Louis Copt and Marty Olson.

And we’ve got work from many other excellent established and emerging artists,
including some very talented KU students. Don’t miss this opportunity to see new
works by these wonderful artists!

Pat Aistrup, Bill Bowerman, Matt Burke’s sculpture students, John Clayton, Louis
Copt, Liz Dickinson, Dan Dishman, Grant Fitch, Barry Fitzgerald, Tim Forcade,
Tanner Hammond, Jim Luhning, Rosemary Marchetta, Baker Medlock, Manuela
Muñoz,Kaylyn Munro, Marty Olson, Chris Ortiz, George Paley, Wayne Propst,
Trae Rickford, Gary Scott, Gary Mark Smith, Addision Stonestreet, Ashley Warner
and Todd Zimmer

The Lawrence Art Party is a Final Friday Lawrence event, presented by the
Downtown Lawrence Arts District.The Lawrence Art party is produced and managed
by George Paley, Eric Kirkendall, and Whirled Art, with art space provided by the
Hobbs Taylor Lofts.

FINAL FRIDAY @ The Pig – ODD SACCADE by Andrew Huffman
The Bourgeois Pig
6 E. 9th St. 5:30-9pm

From the organizer:

©2011 Andrew Huffman

The current work involves an exploratory process reliant on the investigation
of the multiple-confrontation of line, volume, color, space,movement, proximity,
intensity,geometry, pattern, architecture, mirroring, and positive space in balance
with the negative. Although the work coincides with these many formal
relationships, it transcends these surface concepts through a meditative and
intuitive act that at times is a serendi…pitous and meandering process reliant on
investigating, inventing,experimenting, experiencing, hunting material, and
mentally proceeding into another world from the soul (consciously or
subconsciously), free from one’s physical limitation. Color implements provoke a
resonating, exploding, imploding, buzzing, humming, ambient, or distant noise.
The visual orchestrations utilize geometric patterns that induce an impending
and seemingly infinite constellation. Color married with architectural and
mechanical linework plays in a perpetually fluxing environment. Some proximity
relationships of the picture plane may induce a saccade (Ophthalmology. The
series of small,jerky movements of the eyes when changing focus from one point
to another) ; meanwhile, other areas of the picture plane provoke a seemingly airy
and tranquil atmosphere. This notion of pace fluctuation parallels with music,
as when an instrument’s articulation speeds up or slows down. It is my hope that
these subtle visual relationships perpetuate a visual playground free from the
obligation of what is known and concrete; rather these relationships ask if
meanings may come and go as they please, always shifting slightly and evolving.

Italy with Christy Veer
Photography from Italy
Justin Marable “Noco”
Paintings from his book about a little prairie dog named Noco
Heather Smith Jones
Conference Room Show

Signs of Life Gallery
722 Massachusetts Street (Upstairs) Open till 11pm

QuintEssential Art Show
January 28 — February 19

Quintessential Gallery (Q5)
Upper Level of Quinton’s
615 Massachusetts Street
Lawrence, Kansas

From the organizer:

Five works of art from artists including: Trina Baker, Dan Dishman, Ben Dory, Paul
Flinders, Leo Hayden, Matt Farley, Rachel Herring, Erok Johanssen, Phil Martinez,
Bobbie Powell, Matt Ridgway and many more

Final Friday art walk: January 28, 4-10 p.m., with “Drink-n-Draw,” food,
and music; an atmosphere of collaboration and relaxation before, during, after
Final Friday gallery crawl

Celebrate People’s History! Posters of Resistance and Revolution
January 15 — February 6

Lawrence Percolator
913 Rhode Island Street
(Under the green awnings in the alley behind Lawrence Arts Center)
Lawrence, Kansas
Saturday-Sunday, noon-6 p.m. and by appointment, and Final Friday hours 5-8pm

From the organizer:
Percolator Gallery Celebrate Peoples History
©2011 Images Lawrence Percolator and Authors/Artists

An exhibition of more than 50 posters from Celebrate People’s History! a new book
by the Just Seeds Artists’ Cooperative that pays tribute to revolution, racial justice,
women’s rights, queer liberation, labor struggles,and creative activism and

Final Friday book release party: January 28, 5-8 p.m.

Art From the Heart and the Robert Ault Retrospective

1109 Gallery
1109 Massachusetts 5-9pm

From the organizer:

Robert Ault received his MFA in art from Wichita State University in 1960, then
joined the staff at Menningers in Topeka where he practiced art therapy for 32
years. A talented artist, he opened Ault’s Academy of Art in 1973, and also
helped start the Art Therapy Association of America. This retrospective
features work by the art therapy pioneer.

Lawrence Kansas Final Fridays

These are a few of the locations that we are aware of, various other
exhibitions will be taking place at other venues. Just look for the yellow
flags or via the web go to for soon to be posted
listing of many events and a map and also you can view
Final Fridays Lawrence on Facebook
or FFLawrence on Twitter.
Our website will also
to continue to have listings.

The Final Friday events continue to grow as the word spreads. We hope
that this will continue to be a fun and educational way for Lawrence to
see and interact with art and artists. We also hope that Lawrence will
help sustain this event by supporting the artists, the venues and the
organizations involved.

In addition to sustaining art in Lawrence please contact your local
representative with your support of continued funding for the arts in
Kansas. Go to to read a very important
announcement about proposed loss of major funding of the arts
in Kansas. We need your help to save the Arts from the proposed

Loss of funding for the arts doesn’t just effect artists, it effects culture at
large, creative thinking and living in far reaching ways that may never be
fully understood.

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New (Year) New (Vision) New 2011

January 11, 2011

Happy New Year!

2010 was a fabulous year, we’ve had gatherings, a slew of wonderful exhibitions
in various locations, and connected with so many amazing people!
Thank you for encouraging artists and art.
None of this could be done without you!

We have great things in store for 2011 and can’t wait to share them all with you.
Let us know how we can help you be more creative and encouraged to share your
art (that only you can create) this next year!

Oceanfront Nights at Art Basel Miami Beach 2010 - Photo ©2010 Darin M. White



balm is a non profit organization working on 501-3C Status.
If you or an organization or business would like to donate funds, time or other resources
to further art and artists in Lawrence, KS and throughout the country please
send any correspondence to the addresses in the signature or donate by
clicking the link below.

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