Archive for 2019

Big Ink: Sketchbooks Blown Up

By Barry Fitzgerald

Opening Reception – Final Friday
October 25, 2019 5:30 – 9:00 pm
at Tallgrass Studios

Show runs October 25November 18, 2019

Barry Fitzgerald is a multi-disciplinary artist who loves the challenge of making images that engage intellectually, emotionally, and aesthetically. He enjoys the conceptual aspects of art and design, as well as exploring the visual and methodical possibilities.

He has been in over 85 juried and invitational exhibitions including shows in New York, Los Angeles, and London. He has also received over 140 national and international awards for his work.

His clients include AARP, Ford, Houge Winery, National Public Radio, Collective Arts Brewing, IBM, New York Times, PepsiCo, Playboy Jazz Festival, Verizon Wireless, among others.

Fitzgerald is a Professor of Illustration at The University of Kansas, and resides in Lawrence, KS with his family, and two cats.

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The Proportions of Man

by Margie Kuhn

Opening Reception – Final Friday
September 27, 2019 5:30 – 9:00 pm
at Tallgrass Studios

Show runs September 27October 18, 2019

A Lawrence native, Margie Kuhn received undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Kansas. A full-time artist, she works daily in her home studio with the assistance of two Cornish Rex cats.

Margie has based this installation of drawings on the extensive studies of ideal human proportions produced by Albrecht Dürer from 1512 to 1528. She examines how those ideals translate through history and how our society represents icons, idols, and ideals in contemporary material culture. Focusing solely on drawings, Margie looks at the role of drawings as fine art, as well as being a record of the thinking process.

To see more of Margie’s work visit her website margiekuhn.com or follow her on Instagram #margiekuhnart

Image: The Proportions of Man: Kings

Graphite on paper, 22×30”

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Ceramic Sculpture by Leni Salkind

Opening Reception – Final Friday
July 26, 2019 5:00 – 9:00 pm
Music by Kind Soul
at Tallgrass Studios


Show runs July 26August 23, 2019

Leni Salkind studied ceramics at the University of Maryland, with Mike Cindric at the University of North Carolina and at the University of Kansas. She taught ceramics at Baker University Baldwin City, Kansas.

Her work has been shown at the North Carolina Museum of Art invitational show, 7 East 7th Gallery in Lawrence, Kansas; and in the juried Topeka Competition 31 at the Topeka Library.

Leni’s early work was mostly functional but in recent years she has become more interested in ceramic sculpture. Her new work reflects this change in direction.

Leni resides in Lawrence, Kansas.


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Reflections at City Center in Lenexa

We love working with Vantage Point Properties because they understand and enjoy the creative process. They develop exceptional commercial real estate environments that are amazing to look at, fun to work in and impressive to visit. Reflections at City Center is more than a typical office park and we took our inspiration for this identity from the large reflecting pools that anchor the development and create a walkable campus that includes three restaurants, modern landscape design, and patios. The logo design captures the spirit of this architectural project by incorporating elements of reflections on water and glass, transparency, a blending of the outdoor and the indoor, and modern design.

Learn about the process behind the results – Tallgrass Studiosʼ Identity Strategy to Branding Success.

Call us at (785) 842-9696 to discuss your company’s branding and logo needs



Opening Reception – Final Friday
June 28, 2019 5:30 – 9:00 pm
Music by The Beer Bellies
at Tallgrass Studios

Show runs June 28July 19, 2019

A Kansas native, Donna was born in Salina and raised in Junction City. She was first introduced to watercolors with K-State classes in that medium, and they have been her passion ever since.

Donna gets her inspiration from the Kansas landscape and this year she will introduce some of her new abstract pieces.

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to meet Donna and talk about her work.

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A View Beyond

Maria S. Martin

Opening Reception – Final Friday
May 31, 2019 5:30 – 9:00 pm
at Tallgrass Studios

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Show runs May 31June 21, 2019

Maria S. Martin is a mixed media abstract artist who works in acrylic and oil paints as well as collage. She adds a mix of her sketches, smaller paintings, photographs and found objects into her work.

Inspired by her many road trips across the country and especially the Southwest, Maria’s Subject matter is nature.

There is a story behind every painting, whether the subject is abstract or realistic. “I hope my paintings, my windows, allow the viewer to see out beyond the obvious. My ultimate goal is to create a work that is engaging and takes the viewer on their journey.”

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Photography and Digital Painting by Robbin Loomas

Opening Reception – Final Friday
April 26, 2019 5:30 – 9:00 pm
Music by Folk in the Flow
at Tallgrass Studios

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Show runs April 26May 24, 2019

“My work is a blending of photography and painting. I paint with a computer. Digital painting is an emerging art form where traditional painting techniques and styles are applied using a computer as a tube of paint and a digital tablet and stylus for a paint brush. Each brush stoke is applied individually, by hand. I consider the camera my sketchbook. When I look through the lens I see the beginning of a work of art. It is the bones on which to build.” 

Robbin Loomas, an award winning photographer and digital artist, received her BFA in photography from the Kansas City Art Institute. Working as a freelance photographer in Kansas City, then as head of photography for University Relations at KU, she now has her own studio, in Lawrence, Kansas. Robbin creates paintings from her photography, and does commissioned work from the images of others. She teaches this technique and painting style at the Lawrence Arts Center, Baker University and to professionals throughout the Midwest. You can view her work online at www.robbinloomas.com. 


Opening Reception – Final Friday
March 29, 2019 5:30 – 9:00 pm
Music by John & Myra Svoboda
at Tallgrass Studios

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Show runs March 29 – April 15, 2019

Born and raised in Prairie Village, Kansas, Nick Schmiedeler attended Rockhurst High School then went on to Kansas State University and Avila University where he received a Bachelor’s in Nursing in 1995.

Moving to Lawrence, Kansas in 1996 with his wife Cindy, they purchased a 19th century craftsman home in Old West Lawrence where a rustic, folk-art environment was being cultivated. Their art environment home was featured on HGTV’s “Home Strange Home” series in December of 2012.

Utilizing salvage and scrap metal yards often, along with city alleys, nature trails, river banks, and other locales, Nick searches out natural, discarded, and reusable materials to create indoor and outdoor sculptures.

Nick has been exhibiting and selling sculptures throughout the Midwest for about 20 years. Many of his pieces can be found on his website, nickschmiedeler.com.

Tallgrass Studios Employee Promotions

Tallgrass Studios is pleased to announce the promotion of two current employees. Megan Miller is our new Director of Financial Operations and Fulfillment after 3 1/2 years with the company. Megan will be focusing on implementing fulfillment strategies to increase efficiency. Charlie Meers was promoted to Director of Web Development after 1 year on the job and will be leading our team in programming new web applications and expanding SEO services for our clients. Please join us in congratulating these two!

Paxico Sausage (Paxico, KS) – Logo & Packaging Design

Simple design never gets old.

We first designed these labels almost 15 years ago. The logo harkens back to the post-Civil War era yet manages a clean and modern feel. The label packs an abundance of information but doesn’t feel like too much – a harmonious color scheme and well-structured typography for the win!

Learn about the process behind the results – Tallgrass Studiosʼ Identity Strategy to Branding Success.

Keep your packaging looking fresh on the shelf for years to come. Call us at (785) 842-9696 to discuss your company’s packaging needs.