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Lora Jost

Adult Visual Arts

Lora Jost has lived and worked as a studio artist in Lawrence, Kansas since 1996. Her exhibits are often theme-based, including a recent traveling show, Sound the Climate Alarm. Less an attempt to teach than an effort to explore the emotional states connected with climate change and animal extinction, this emotionally packed exhibit includes drawings, collages and mosaics that express alarm, despair, joy, and possibility. While she enjoys working in a variety of different media, her consistent themes, style, and quirky visual sensibility bring unity to her work as a whole. Themes she enjoys beyond the climate project include the relationships among birds, animals, and people, beauty and whimsy, war and peace. In 2014, she completed a year-long project, a mosaic mural titled Nearly Spring, at the Free State Brewery. She co-authored Kansas Murals: A Visitor’s Guide more than fifteen years ago and is delighted when people tell her they still use it. She enjoys teaching and offers drawing and creative process classes for adult learners at the Lawrence Arts Center. For fun, She enjoys walking at the Baker Wetlands with friends and family and is always thrilled when she gets to experience a coyote chorus or blackbird murmuration. She loves watching snakes, muskrats, beaver, mink, possums, raccoons, and so many birds. While she's still only seen otter tracks, maybe one day she'll see an otter there, too. 

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