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June 2017

Lola Jenkins. Thread Art

June 30 @ 9:00 am - August 27 @ 9:00 pm

Final Friday Reception June 30 | 5-9pm Lola Jenkins has brought a unique vision through her incredible art quilts. Her quilts display the joy and freedom of pursuing her passion. Without any background in sewing, art, perspective, or drawing, she developed her passion. Through her courage and fearless approach in creating art quilts she has evolved to master-quilter status. Lola states, "I don't know the rules, so I couldn't break the rules of quilting." Lola has won numerous awards, best of show,…

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July 2017

National African American Quilt Convention

July 12 @ 9:00 am - July 15 @ 5:00 pm

African American Quilt Museum and Textile Academy will host the first ever National African American Quilt Conference, a citywide event in celebration of the history and legacy of African Americans in Lawrence, the African American quilting tradition, and contemporary art in various mediums by African American artists. Plans for the Conference include Keynote Speaker Faith Ringgold, exhibitions, and demonstrations of various art forms in the Cultural District, including the Lawrence Public Library, Watkins Museum, and the Spencer Museum of Art,…

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Boldly Stitched: Contemporary Art Quilts

July 12 @ 9:00 am - August 27 @ 9:00 pm

Final Friday Reception July 28 | 5-9pm With work by: Alice Beasley Hollis Chatelain Lola Jenkins Valerie Goodwin Carole Harris Valerie White Six of the best art quilters working in the field today will display their quilts at the Lawrence Arts Center. A range of styles and approaches will be represented in celebration of the long-standing tradition of quilt making. This exhibition is a must see during the National African American Quilt Conference.

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Ivan Fortushniak: Aftermath: A Play on History

July 28 @ 9:00 am - August 26 @ 9:00 pm

Mix-media works by Ivan Fortushniak Final Friday Reception July 28 | 5-9pm Ivan Fortushniak is a nationally known artist who works as an Associate Professor of Painting and Drawing at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He was an Assistant Professor at the University of Kansas and an Artist in Residence at the Des Moines Art Center. He has artworks in public and private collections including the Spencer Art Museum and the Dayton Art Center. He has won several awards including the Director's Award…

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Anson the Ornery. Deluge. Solo Exhibition.

July 28 @ 5:00 pm - September 2 @ 9:00 pm

Anson the Ornery’s artwork combines his artistic disciplines to create interactive installations that make the viewer a part of his creative process. These interactive artworks are a satirical comment that parodies controversial issues to give a more nuanced and alternative view. Anson constructs full sensory environments with his backgrounds in music, visual arts, writing and acting to immerse the viewer in his artwork strengthening the connection between the viewer and the content. To build these elaborate installations he uses the…

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Final Friday Exhibitions Reception

July 28 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

On the final Friday of each month, hundreds of people stream in and out of Lawrence’s galleries, restaurants, bars, and coffee shops in pursuit of art and music. This month features Boldly Stitched, a group quilt exhibition, an installation by Anson the Ornery, and an exhibit of works by Ivan Fortushniak.

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August 2017

Final Friday Exhibitions Reception

August 25 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

On the final Friday of each month, hundreds of people stream in and out of Lawrence’s galleries, restaurants, bars, and coffee shops in pursuit of art and music. This month features the installation Deluge, by Anson the Ornery, and a last chance to view a solo exhibit of works by Ivan Fortushniak.

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Naturally Bold: Annual exhibition by Cottonwood Inc.

August 25 @ 5:00 pm - September 23 @ 9:00 pm

Cottonwood, Inc. has been serving adults with intellectual disabilities for over 40 years, and provides Retirement Enrichment Day Services in downtown Lawrence. Retirees pursue their own leisure interests, and many have the good fortune to participate in printmaking classes at the Lawrence Arts Center. This exciting, annual exhibition is not to be missed!

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September 2017

Final Friday Street pARTy and exhibition opening receptions

September 29 @ 5:00 pm

On the final Friday of each month, hundreds of people stream in and out of Lawrence’s galleries, restaurants, bars, and shops in pursuit of art and music. This month includes our annual fall street party with music, food and libations, plus fun activities for the whole family. Get warmed up for Junior Brown with Twang Daddies, Young Manchego, Sop Choppy! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DaEzT5MusFs With his unique voice, more unique song writing, and even more unique double necked “Guit-Steel” guitar, there has absolutely never…

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