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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Museum starts featured artist program

  • Local artists interested in having their work featured can contact Renberger at 241-1106 or contact the museum. Renberger said artists should visit the museum and look at the display to get an idea of what they could do with the space.
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  • The McPherson Museum & Arts Foundation’s recent opening brings more than just a new building.
    In a display case near the entrance of the new Hospitality Center is a collection of artwork by Estelle Renberger, a McPherson artist who has been helping get the museum set up.
    Renberger is the first of what she hopes to be many local artists who will have their work featured at the museum.
    Renberger said she has been making artwork for 35 years. She said she does a little bit of everything and enjoys paper batik, a dye and wax technique usually done on fabric, doing animal portraits and making recycled art.
    “I like taking things that would normally be discarded and making something beautiful,” Renberger said.
    Renberger said she doesn't have a studio dedicated to making art. Instead, she uses space in her home to work on projects.
    She said she enjoys the flexibility this gives her because she can do housework and other things between projects rather than having to set aside blocks of time to work.
    “One of the nice things about getting older is you discard some of the rules,” Renberger said. “It’s supposed to be fun.”
    Renberger said she dislikes critiques. While she recognizes their value, she thinks they can be discouraging.
    “They’re meant to help, but they’re just opinions,” Renberger said. “It’s you expressing yourself. That’s way it should be.”
    Renberger’s display will be up through the end of September. The case will feature a different artist every month. Renberger said several local artists have expressed interest in the case but weren’t sure how to set up a display, so she decided to go first.
    Renberger said she hopes to get to know more local artists, especially young artists. She said artists shouldn’t be afraid to show their work to others and shouldn’t get discouraged.
    “If you find something you like to do, do it,” she said. “It feeds the soul, and it’s cheaper than therapy.”
    Local artists interested in having their work featured can contact Renberger at 241-1106 or contact the museum. Renberger said artists should visit the museum and look at the display to get an idea of what they could do with the space.
    When the museum exhibits open in November, artists also can have their work displayed in the museum gallery for longer than a month. Artists will be able to arrange a solo gallery show or have their work displayed with that of other artists.
    Contact Josh Arnett by email at jarnett@mcphersonsentinel.com and follow him on Twitter @ArnettSentinel.
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