On view May 25-June 23, 2018
"Not to be Seen" by Johnny Sutton | Main Gallery
Johnny Sutton uses photography to bring to the canvas images that haven’t existed in front of the camera lens. His new exhibition at CityArts includes artwork from three different series, the most recent consisting of abstractions based on architecture. Although these were printed in Wichita, most the work was done in Bassano del Grappa, Italy, where Johnny has been living off and on over the past eight years.
Johnny studied sculpture and painting at Wichita State University. After that, he spent his time traveling extensively, with extended stays in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico; Marrakech, Morocco; Athens, Stockholm and Paris. He exhibited paintings through the 1970s and 80s, focusing on fantasy landscapes that often incorporated figures from ancient cultures. He began exhibiting photography in 2000 but still maintained his “painter’s eye.” Rather than documenting objects, he uses subjects as source material to create images of a personal nature and often detaches the original subject matter from the final picture.
"Undiscovered Countries" by Laura Nugent | Boardroom Gallery
Working with a loose idea of pattern and limited color palette, Laura Nugent creates works with insistent rhythm and restrained hues. Her method of layering paint creates depth and allows for accident. Her hand is apparent in each imperfect line that is painted, and her newest works show the tolerance for letting materials speak without correction.
Originally from Rhode Island, Laura graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art and has pursued a career as a full-time artist for more than 15 years. Her work can be found in various private and corporate collections, including The Four Seasons Hotel (Chicago), Pinnacle Bank (Nashville) and Black and Veatch (Kansas City). Laura maintains her studio in Merriam, Kansas and travels extensively to exhibit in juried shows and galleries.
"Cosmic X-Rays" by Trisha Thompson Adams | Balcony Gallery
"Cosmic X-Rays" is a look at ourselves within the universe - to see beyond our own bodies and what roles we play on a larger scale. It is more a reflection and meditative outlook not just on the beauty and intricacies of our genetic makeup, but a look at how similar our anatomy mimics space phenomena.
Trisha Thompson Adams is an artist from Oklahoma who enjoys tiny paintings, anatomy and folklore. In 2011, she graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art from Oklahoma State University. She currently creates oil paintings inspired by the natural world, anatomy and mythology. When not painting, Trisha is recording strange dreams, playing with her cats, stargazing and being barefoot.
“A Mixed Bag” by Curt Hutchens | Main Hall Gallery
Curt Hutchens is a Wichita-native who has worked in drawing and cartooning most of his life. His current exhibition, “A Mixed Bag,” is a glimpse into his eclectic array of work, including drawings, paintings, sculptures and mixed media pieces. He has spent the last five years working under artists Jim Gross, Brian Hinkle, Levente Sulyok and Babs Mellor.