"Yard Work, Part 2" by Charlotte Martin
While working in her yard in 2014, Charlotte Martin was inspired by some small twigs that had fallen out of an old abandoned bird nest. She took to her creative tools - a paintbrush, paint and a canvas - and created a series of works based on her observations in her yard. This is the second installment of a series she displayed at CityArts in 2015.
"Inspirations" by Karen Scroggins
For artist Karen Scroggins, inspiration is not only about the people that make her heart sing, but also the tragic events. Because of that, she concludes that inspiration occurs in many forms. Her work explores herself finding positive inspirations in people, events, objects and music. Karen has spent the last 16 years teaching at Friends University and currently serves as the Director of Visual Arts and Assistant Professor of Graphic Design. She earned her BFA from Phillips University in Enid, Oklahoma and her MS in adult education from Newman University.
"PERSONA" by Megan Ewert
"Persona" is a series that explores the creation of false narratives when an individual, time or place is removed from the context of reality. The series surveys self-representation through nostalgia, fantasy and idolization and explores how self-image differs from private to public spaces. Megan received her BFA at the Kansas City Art Institute and MFA from the New York Academy of Art. She has exhibited her work nationally and internationally, including China and Germany.
"Dichotomies" by Sasha Chapek
Using oil paint on panels, Sasha Chapek explores the cyclical nature of life, using symbols from the human and natural worlds. Themes of stagnation and change, loss and gain and beginnings are often displayed in her work. Sasha earned her BFA in painting from the University of Kansas and her Masters of Social Work from Wichita State University. She studied printmaking at the Santa Reparata International School of Art in Florence, Italy.
"Movements of Thread" by Chiyoko Myose
Chiyoko Myose's installation pieces serve to search different aspects of a sojourner's relationships. Her collection of work is inspired by different threads and has been made in the last several years. Daniel Racer, composer and professor at Friends University, has composed a chamber work inspired by Chiyoko's installations. Cindy Thompson (oboe), Kay Buskirk (viola) and Daniel Racer (double base) will perform the work throughout the exhibition. Chiyoko is originally from Japan where she earned her BA in English Literature from Doshisha Women's College in Kyoto. She also holds a BFA in painting from Wichita State University.
"Fauna Fabrications" by Ande Hall
It's not surprising a veterinarian-turned-artist would paint animals. After teaching ballroom dance at night and starting her own ball gown design business, Ande Hall managed to accumulate lots (and lots) of fabric pieces, which she incorporates into her work. Her main focus has been on elephants and rhinos. "It is beyond tragic that African elephants, as well as more than one species of rhino, are facing imminent extinction," Ande said. Since she began selling her art in 2013, she has donated a portion of her income to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the world's largest and oldest wildlife conservation organization.
"UNTITLED" by Emily Chamberlain
Through process, play and construction, Emily Chamberlain composes environments of imagination and whimsy while blurring the line of the real and imagined to question our experience with nature. Different environments Emily explores offer complex and varied experiences of exploration which she then visualizes in her work. She romanticizes the dynamic, yet ambiguous, qualities of nature and the landscape in order to celebrate nature as an object of our fascination. Emily received her BS in ceramics and art education from Buffalo State College in Buffalo, New York. She is currently working towards her MFA in ceramics at Wichita State University.
"Trail Head Visions: Recollections, Collections and Reflections" by Meredith Radke-Gannon
The trails we travel leave lasting visions in our heads. Meredith Radke-Gannon has revisited these moments and recreated them with colors, images and a mixture of land, travel collection compartments and the native saints that have gone before her. Thanks to a grant from the City of Wichita, the pieces int his exhibition were created at the Mesa Art Center in the printmaking studio with a monoprint silkscreen technique.