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INDOOR & OUTDOOR SCULPTURES BY NICK SCHMIEDELER

INDOOR & OUTDOOR SCULPTURES BY NICK SCHMIEDELER

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 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

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.

Tallgrass Studios Holiday Schedule

Tallgrass Studios Holiday Schedule

Tallgrass Studios will observe the following 2018 holiday schedule:

Thanksgiving

Wednesday November 21
Thursday November 22
Friday November 23

Christmas

Monday December 24
Tuesday December 25

New Year’s

Monday December 31
Tuesday January 1

Happy Holidays everyone!

Kara Gardens (Lawrence, KS) – Branding Strategy & Logo Design

Kara Gardens (Lawrence, KS) – Branding Strategy & Logo Design

Tallgrass Studios worked with representatives of Kara Gardens to create a flexible branding strategy to market their flowers and crops, and promote the connection of the earth with the community. Their new identity encompasses imagery that emulates the beauty, personality, culture, and connection that a garden brings to life. The work included a new symbol, logotype, tagline, color scheme, fonts, and a graphic standards document.

Kara being a Celtic word for connection, the spirals in the icon are influenced by traditional Celtic knotwork and imagery. The soft spring color palette and stylized floral elements were influenced by the client’s embroidered wedding memento that included a flowering vine. An approachable, handwritten typeface complements the icon and reinforces the welcoming nature of Kara Gardens.

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

Simple Wellness, Fitness & MedSpa – Branding Strategy & Website Design

Simple Wellness, Fitness & MedSpa – Branding Strategy & Website Design

Tallgrass Studios worked with representatives of Simple Wellness to create a branding strategy that updated and expanded their current identity. The new identity reflects the vision, culture and unique combination of services provided by their organization. The branding work included a new name, symbol, logotype, color scheme, fonts and a graphic standards document. Promotional work included a new website, correspondence materials, signage and digital advertisements.

The logo

The Simple Wellness logo portrays characteristics that communicate the value of their expertise and service. Seven petals and colors intertwine to form a cohesive icon for the brand. This reflects the elements of their fundamental seven-part program for achieving ideal health. The identifiers highlight the three branches of service of wellness, fitness and medspa.

The website

Tallgrass Studios designed and built a new website for Simple Wellness to promote the growth of their health and aesthetics programs. The homepage features a short introductory video, programmed to autoplay only on an initial visit. The considerable array of health and aesthetic services are easily accessible, with separate menus organized by condition and service type. Copy-heavy pages make use of tabbed content panels to sustain manageable page lengths. Sections of the site are color-coded according to their seven-part program for health. The site also features a custom events calendar, promotional landing pages and a private nurses’ portal. The immersive, bright and clean feel of the site conveys feelings of healthfulness and reinforce the Simple Wellness brand promise.

One Love Story

“Art is love made public” from Sense8

Acrylic Paintings & Mixed Media Collage
by Laurie Culling

Music by Kind Soul
Opening Reception May 25, 2018 | 5:30 – 9 pm
at Tallgrass Studios

Acrylic Painting by Laurie Culling

Walnut Ranch Website Design

Walnut Ranch Website Design

Walnut Ranch Dental Spa provides modern dentistry with improved patient comfort.

Walnut Ranch tasked Tallgrass Studios with a website redesign as clean, modern and distinct as their dental spa in the Oklahoma desert. Rich desert tones and airy blues replaced the darker pallette of their former website. A custom rotating header greets visitors with photography and video, and offers clear calls-to-action. The content features valuable educational material including short dental animations, and SEO copywriting to better market their services online. Careful attention was given to website structure and navigation – patients have the most important information at their fingertips, and know exaclty where they are within the site.

The new website launched on March 21, 2018. Visit walnutranchdentalspa.com to see the full website.

Three Old Friends


Mark, Carey and David met in 7th grade art class in 1976 and have been friends ever since. They studied art and design together in junior high, high school and college.

All three are true multidisciplinary designers who work across traditional boundaries to include graphic design, illustration and photography. This show features current work from all three.

The Course of the Empire by Margie Kuhn

Watercolor & Acrylic Paintings by Margie Kuhn

Opening Reception
March 30, 2018 | 5:30 – 9 pm at Tallgrass Studios
720 E. 9th Street, #2, Lawrence, KS 66044

Show runs March 16 – April 16, 2018

A Lawrence native, Margie Kuhn received undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Kansas. A full-time artist, she has exhibited her paintings and drawings in galleries and museums across the country.

The paintings in this exhibition reflect Margie’s interest in material culture as a collection of artifacts that suggest ideas about the values, behaviors, and beliefs of contemporary society.

To see more of Margie’s work, visit her website margiekuhn.com.

Fresh and Modern Website Developed for Mainline Printing

Fresh and Modern Website Developed for Mainline Printing

Mainline Printing Website

Tallgrass Studios worked with representatives of Mainline Printing to create a new, fresh and modern website. Developing content for the new site was essential for this project. Tallgrass Studios worked with Jason Daley to capture photos and videos and worked with Bill Woodard to write the content to achieve high quality assets. The new website includes a dynamic homepage with animated header, staff images with short bios, featured product section, 8 pages of services, a contact us form with Google map pointing to a Google account, history timeline, capabilities, and an interactive footer.

The new website launched on October 29, 2017. Visit mainlineprinting.com to see the full website.

Rocks In My Head (and other things of value) by Cathy Ledeker

January 26, 2018 | 5:30-9 pm at Tallgrass Studios
720 E. 9th Street, #2, Lawrence, KS 66044

Watercolors by Cathy Ledeker
Music by BongoTini

Cathy is a painter, calligrapher, and illuminator. Retired as Art Director from Van Go, she now divides her time between her studios in Lawrence, Kansas and Creede, Colorado.

The contemplative watercolors in this exhibition are from her “Meditations” series.

To see more of Cathy’s work visit her website ledeker.com.

Holiday Observance Schedule

We encourage everyone to spend time with family and friends this holiday season. Tallgrass Studios will be closed according to the listed holiday schedule.

Branding Strategy and Website for Rachel Treanor

Branding Strategy and Website for Rachel Treanor

Rachel Treanor worked with Tallgrass Studios to develop an identity that best represents her business philosophy. Rachel Treanor’s business offers strategic marketing and business development; the new logo, tagline and brand identity reflects her unique service offerings. Much thought and consideration went into the company name, colors, and brand marks. Tallgrass Studios selected the letters R and T from the founder’s initials to best represent the personal nature of mentorship offered by the company. The T also serves to reference the Teach, Track, Transform platform that is central to Rachel Treanor’s marketing strategy.

Tallgrass Studios designed and applied the new identity to collateral pieces, business cards, and, on May 30, 2017 launched a fully functional website that features customizable page information, news feed blog, and contact form. Visit the website at racheltreanor.com to see the logo and brand in action!

Mostly Naked Women by Jenny Doores

October 13, 2017 | 5-9 pm
at Tallgrass Studios
720 E. 9th Street, #2, Lawrence, KS 66044

Jenny uses bodies to carry the obvious message, but also to convey contradiction: the classic and cartoony, iconic and companionable, sublime and ridiculous. They often become messengers of the moods, myths, and memes between men and women, and yes the women are largely bad-ass.

Jenny Doores teaches ceramic sculpture at Lawrence Art Center.

Jennifer.doores67@gmail.com

Book Illustration and Design

Book Illustration and Design

Tallgrass Studios’s Director of Art, Shelly Albrecht, designed and illustrated the book cover for Arlene Graber’s newest novel, The “Casting” of Wendy Holcomb. The illustration includes a digital montage created with a landscape of Cape Elizabeth, Maine flowing into New York, NY and Wendy in a spotlight. This is the fourth book in the series and Tallgrass Studios has had the privilege of working with Arlene to create each of the covers.

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