Category Archives: Art

Hue Wichita to open on Commerce Street

WICHITA — Artists Sean Ward and Lindy Wiese are opening a new gallery on Commerce Street next spring.

“Pretty much we’ve been in the process of opening this for a few months now,” Ward says of Hue Wichita.

He says they’re about to get their city construction permit and then will spend a few months “pretty much renovating the entire space” at 430 S. Commerce.

The almost 1,000 square feet is bare now.

The gallery will be home to work by Ward and Wiese along with other local and national artists.

“That’s one of the big things we want to do to help promote art in Wichita,” Ward says.

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“Support living artists. The dead ones don’t need it.”

– Sculptor Chris Gulick, speaking at the Wichita Art Museum Friday about works in his collection that were done by local artists

MOXI Junction coffeehouse to open in Maize

WICHITA — About a dozen years ago, three Maize-area mothers with special needs kids started getting together to “laugh about and cry about” their problems, says Joanna Kilgore – one of those moms.

She says they got “used to having awesome support and awesome jobs” for their kids through the Maize school district.

Now that their children are grown, though, they’re having a harder time finding work. So the moms, Scarlett Tully and Pat Leon, along with a fourth friend, Kate Scheer, are opening a coffeehouse as a place for their kids to work.

“We started off thinking we were just going to have a simple coffee shop,” Kilgore says.

The concept has grown to include a bakery and an art gallery at the northwest corner of Park and Central in Maize.

LewJene Schneider of J.P. Weigand & Sons handled the deal.

Each mother is bringing a different talent to the business, which they’re calling MOXI Junction. MOXI stands for Mothers of Exceptional Individuals.

“It was a coming together of ideas and hopes and dreams, so that’s how we got ‘Junction,’” Kilgore says.

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JoAn McGregor finds new Delano home for her Blue Swallowtail Studio

WICHITA — What JoAn McGregor thought would be impossible has turned out to be not only possible, but an actuality.

The owner of Blue Swallowtail Studio in Delano is losing her lease at 1712 W. Douglas and feared she wouldn’t be able to immediately find new, affordable space.

“I’m really in a pickle,” she told Have You Heard? last month.

McGregor, a fused glass artist, a potter and a minister, has found new space, though, at 1526 and 1528 W. Douglas.

“It was just two blocks from me,” she says.

The 2,500 square feet at the two addresses is comparable to what McGregor has now. There’s also a kitchen.

“I do parties, so that works perfect.”

There’s a moving sale Tuesday through Saturday with 25 percent off of gallery items.

McGregor says she expects to open in the new space on Sept. 2.

In addition to moving everything in the studio, she’s also transplanting her landscaping to the new studio to “pretty it up.”

Blue Swallowtail Studio needs new home

WICHITA — JoAn McGregor isn’t exactly surprised she has to find a new home for her Blue Swallowtail Studio, but she’s not prepared, either.

“It’s not a good thing,” says McGregor, a fused glass artist, a potter and a minister.

She’s had her studio in 2,500 square feet, part of which is a garage, at 1712 W. Douglas in Delano for more than four years. Her landlord has informed her that her lease isn’t being renewed at the end of August.

“We’ve had an ongoing struggle,” McGregor says of issues related to parking. “It’s been horrible.”

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Art Market at Bluebird Arthouse to open Oct. 20 in Delano

WICHITA — Since opening her Bluebird Arthouse in Delano a year ago, Emily Brookover hasn’t used the extra 6,000 square feet on the shop’s second floor.

“We just didn’t know what to do with it,” she says.

A visit to the Art and Book Fair at Century II earlier this year gave her an idea, though.

“I was like, I could do this on a miniature scale.”

Starting Oct. 20, Brookover plans to devote the second floor of 924 W. Douglas to the Art Market at Bluebird Arthouse every third Saturday of the month.

Brookover already has about a dozen booths rented to sell art, handbags, pottery and skincare products.

“We have all sorts of people,” she says. “I’m looking to do really a wide variety of artists and artisans.”

If the concept is successful, Brookover says she’ll expand it to other days.

“That’s sort of the idea if it goes well.”

She notes that the upstairs is not handicap accessible.

Interested vendors can contact Brookover at Bluebird Arthouse. Spaces will rent for $30 or $45 for a larger area.

Brookover thinks the idea will work, especially for artists who may not have venues to show their work.

As she says in a press release about it, “It’s like a Farmer’s Market, only better.”

You don’t say

“So instead of hanging out with a 20-foot-long bronze insect, I’ll get to hang out with a really tall bronze babe wielding a giant sickle. Hope she’s as friendly as the bug.”

Patricia McDonnell on leaving WSU’s Ulrich Museum of Art (home to Tom Otterness’ “Millipede“) to be director of the Wichita Art Museum (home to Otterness’ “Dreamers Awake”)

Gallery XII temporarily closed

WICHITA — Gallery XII is temporarily closed due to a pipe that burst over the weekend.

“We just couldn’t believe it,” says Joanna Ramondetta, an artist who handles publicity for the gallery.

She says the gallery, which is at 412 E. Douglas, has had small leaks in the past.

This one was large enough to damage a wall, the floor and some art.

“That’s what we’re really worried about,” Ramondetta says.

She says she’s hopeful that conservation work can be done on the art.

Ramondetta says she isn’t sure of the extent of the damage or how long it will take to reopen, but she hopes it’s by the end of this week.

Delano Gallery of Fine Arts opens in June

WICHITA — Brent Miller is planning the new Delano Gallery of Fine Arts at the Delano Bed & Breakfast he and his wife, Becky, opened last year.

Miller previously owned Evo Gallery in Old Town in the 1990s and has the distinction of naming Final Friday years ago. He plans to use the gallery crawl for public openings. In fact, the gallery will open on Final Friday in June. Otherwise, it’s by appointment only except for an occasional special event.

“I’m really kind of narrowing it down to focusing in on buyers, and the way you do that is limit access,” Miller says. “Really in a town of this size if you restrict the access, you actually increase the interest.”

On the ground floor, Miller will showcase more traditional landscape art. Upstairs, he’ll feature more contemporary art.

Miller says he wants visitors to see the art with furniture so they can visualize what it would look like in their own homes.

He says he’s doing the gallery “to represent artists locally and sell the work.” He’ll feature some regional artists as well.

Showcasing the bed and breakfast is a nice side benefit, too, Miller says.

“That is definitely a component of it.”

Paul Bowen Photography to sell fine art

WICHITA — Renowned aviation photographer Paul Bowen has long been known for his corporate work, but few would argue that his pictures aren’t also works of art.

Now, at the urging of his wife, Gail, they’re going to market them as such through a new fine art business within their Paul Bowen Photography.

“It’s something I’ve wanted to do for many years,” Gail Bowen says. “I’ve been begging Paul to do this.”

The main division of their company is aviation photography, mostly for aircraft manufacturers and some individuals who might have air-to-air shots of their planes on their bucket lists.

The company also has a publishing division, with books, posters, note cards and calendars, and a stock photography division.

They’ve always sold what Gail Bowen calls wall decor photos, but she says now customers can have much more.

“The mediums have changed,” she says. “There’s more options of fun things to do.”

That could be textured layers or photos on metal and canvas.

“Just the different mediums really got him excited,” Bowen says of her husband.

“It’s not just a 16-by-20 on photo paper,” Bowen says. “It’s more fine art than that.”

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