Final Fridays

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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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.

An Army of Women

Sculptures by Retta H. Backus

Opening Reception October 26, 2018 5:30 – 9 pm
at Tallgrass Studios

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Music Lineup

5:30 – 7:00 pm
“Lila”, Deborah Pine, Janette Michaels & Clark Jamison reunion

7:00 – 8:00 pm
Robert Baker (word slinger & saxophone) Roger Holden (electric guitar) & Clark Jamison

Lauretta Hendricks Backus sculpts from her studio in the country outside of Lawrence, KS. Retta, an artist and retired art teacher known for her drawings and paintings, has only recently strayed from working in two dimensions. Meeting and working with other ceramicists, she discovered a passion for sculpting the human form. Retta’s obsession in particular is with “traditionally built women”.

This show’s focus is political in that Retta’s images of human female beauty do not subscribe to the marketed, mass produced or commercialized ideal of women. Retta’s women are strong, natural and comfortable in their skin. These porcelain sculptures show skin, muscle, flesh and gravity, celebrating the beauty of real women.

Sculpture by Retta H. Backus