Three event highlights

1. The work of Salina-based artist Rick Frisbie is featured this month at the Visual Arts Alliance of McPherson Gallery. The gallery is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. The vivid colored canvases exhibited have a variety of subjects, including landscapes, still life, figures and portraits.

2. “Calliope of Color” is the title he has given to a broad selection of his paintings from the last several years. A calliope is a musical instrument that produces sound by sending steam through large whistles. They are loud, hard to tune and the pitch of each whistling pipe is affected by the temperature of the steam producing the sound. Frisbie said when he looks at his paintings, he sometimes has a “calliopic experience.”

3. A reception for the artist will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Visual Arts Alliance of McPherson Gallery.

Why you should attend

“The paintings in this show are whistling a variety of subject matters, styles and techniques. I think that they also whistle with emotional steam-the steam of both the painter and the viewer. Whether fun or serious, one artist said my paintings are united by a strong palette. I like color and contrast. And yes, there is something of an intentional lack of perfect pitch and wackiness that my paintings share with the calliope.”

— Rick Frisbie, artist

About the event

When:  Art exhibit through April 27; Reception from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday

Where: Visual Arts Alliance of McPherson Gallery, 223 S. Main St.

Tickets: Free admission

Info: 620-241-5774

Submit your event to Jenae Pauls at or PO Box 926, McPherson, KS 67460.