Oct. 28, 2011
This week I finally got around to picking up the book I ordered from Southwind Gallery in Topeka’s Kansa 150 show. It’s called “State of the Art Kansas, The Artistic Perspective” and contains photos of all 150 Kansas paintings in the show as well as photos of the artists and a little about them. If you think Kansas isn’t very scenic just look at how these 80 artists see their state.
I especially like the cover painting, the first place winner in the show, Cally Krallman’s “Westward Glory” which pictures a vast orange, yellow, brown and gray sunset sky with reflections in a creek meandering across a flat prairie. I took a workshop from her once. Other paintings are the work of people I’ve known in conection with the Topeka Art Guild Gallery. Lawrence is also represented by a painting, “Buffalo Soldiers,” by Kathleen Anderson, whom I sometimes do plein air painting with. I’m proud to be in this book too with photos of two of my paintings, “Flint Hills Morning” and “Bowersock Dam.”
Most of the paintings are of rural Kansas. The Flint Hills and sunflowers are well represented. I’d like to see artists take a closer look at the small towns of Kansas, its college campuses, the beautiful flower gardens to be seen in parks and surrounding private home, the urban cafes with seating on the sidewalks, street scenes, the faces of Kansans, etc.
Tourists take note. Kansas is not just a place to drive through to get to Colorado. There is a lot to see here. This book would make a great Christmas gift both for Kansans and for those who once lived here and remember it fondly. There is still a place to order it on Southwind Gallery’s website.