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Adult Arts Photography with Ann Dean: Simply the Best!

Lawrence Arts Center Teaching Artist Ann Dean was honored with the Best of Lawrence: Artist Working in Photography or Digital Images title in 2018 and 2019. Recently, Ann has been announced as a returning finalist in the 2020 Best of Lawrence Awards!  At the Lawrence Arts Center, we feel lucky to have Ann as a … [more]


The outside of the Lawrence Arts Center with a banner that reads the heART of the city

Dear Lawrence: Week 3 Stories, Accentuate the Positive

Dear Lawrence, Here are your Week 3 stories. Thank you to all the writers who have sent in their work. And remember, it is never too late to share your story! We will keep adding them as they come in. See our Dear Lawrence blog for the Week 4 prompt…   My Strategies for Coping … [more]


Bunker Crafts: Embroidery Basics

Above, detail from “Catastrophe Sampler,”  Anne Luben Last week on Freesearch Friday I wrote about Woolies, or Wool Works, nautical embroideries produced by sailors beginning in the mid 1800s. As a forever-fan of employing overly dramatic metaphors, I’d describe my current state as feeling pretty lost at sea. As a forever-fan of employing overly dramatic … [more]


Freesearch Friday: The Curious History of Nautical Embroidery

Flowers, fruit baskets, doe-eyed animals, cross stitched literary verses, decorative alphabets, the British Royal Navy’s 120 gun HMS Trafalgar?  Above, a wooly depicting the convict transport ship Mermaid, from the collection of the Australian National Maritime Museum.  In the spirit of our Experimental Embroidery class, today I want to discuss a curious point in needlework … [more]


A man smiles in a screen capture of an online video.

Marty Olson and Roger Shimomura

ARTISTS AND THE ART THEY LIVE WITH Ever wonder what artwork artists live with? This series offers a glimpse into the homes of artists. From there we have a conversation about a work of art they have in their home. Tune in and gather some insights into what living with art can do.  CLICK TO SEE … [more]


A black and white sketch of two downtown Lawrence building facades.

Doodle of the Day: Favorite Place in Lawrence

  Doodle with Arts Center Preschool Alum and Graphic Designer Grace Fasani!  CLICK TO SEE THE DOODLE GALLERY Here’s how to submit your doodle: • Check out the prompt and doodle away. • Snap a picture of your doodle in bright light and from straight above with only the doodle in the frame. • Email … [more]



Doodle of the Day: Love For Our Front Line Workers

We want to thank all of the Front Line Workers keeping us all safe & the community going! We appreciate each and every one of you and we just wanted to let you know. #riselawrence Doodle with LMH Health CEO Russ Johnson!  CLICK TO SEE THE DOODLE GALLERY Here’s how to submit your doodle: • … [more]


Freesearch Friday: Livingroom Life Science with KU Natural History Museum

above: Maria Sibylla Merian, detail from Metamorphosis insectorum Surinamensium I’m going to say something that will surprise no one: I’ve always been an indoor kid. I’m pale and itchy, with a level of paleness and itchiness that no amount of SPF or hydrocortisone can combat. I hate swimming. I hate your barbecue. I hate summer. … [more]


Doodle Of The Day: In a Book

Doodle with Lawrence Public Library Director Brad Allen and his family!  CLICK TO SEE THE DOODLE GALLERY Here’s how to submit your doodle: • Check out the prompt and doodle away. • Snap a picture of your doodle in bright light and from straight above with only the doodle in the frame. • Email the … [more]