The Sandzén Gallery opens Sunday with guest artists Elizabeth Yarosz-Ash and John Thorns, Jr., and the annual Holiday Gift Show with art by selected artists which will continue through Dec. 29. Paintings and sculpture by artists represented in Gallery collections as well as a special exhibition of 16th and 17th Century mezzotint and engraved portraits originally collected by Birger Sandzén's son-in-law Charles Pelham Greenough will be on exhibition.
A reception for the November and December artists will be from 2 o 4 p.m. Nov. 17. Everyone is invited to meet the artists and enjoy refreshments.
Guest artist Elizabeth A. Yarosz-Ash is a nationally recognized and award-winning artist, teacher and juror. Elizabeth has taught at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas since 1981. She has shown her watercolors in over 350 exhibitions and has received over 85 exhibition awards, of which 19 are Best of Show awards. Yarosz-Ash's work has been reproduced in Splash I and II, American Artist, Watercolor, Artist's Magazine, ArtLies and Dialogue. In 1991 she was selected for the University's Hardin Professor Award and has been a full professor since 1992.
Her Gallery selection of watercolors begins in the 1980s and concludes with her most current paintings. These story-telling pieces use metaphor to depict themes of domestic drama, gender issues, scientific marvel, religion, the divine, secular concerns and the nature of obsession. This is the way she chooses to observe and perceive the physical and the spiritual world, what is tangible as well as what is outside our realm of factual understanding.
Guest artist John Thorns, Jr. is a former professor at Fort Hays State University, Hays, Kansas. His paintings have been exhibited in more than 35 one-man shows in Kansas, Nebraska, Colorado, Missouri and Wisconsin. He has also exhibited in more than 27 juried shows in Kansas, Missouri, and New York. His work has been part of seven of the Kansas Postcard Art Series. He has won numerous awards, including Outstanding Educator Award in 1975, the Governor's Artists' Award in 1985, and the Alumni Achievement Award from Fort Hays in 1993. He feels that his greatest honor came when the University named their college art gallery the Moss-Thorns Gallery.
Thorns received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Fort Hays in 1930, and a Master of Arts degree from the University of Indiana. In 1954 he returned to Fort Hays to join the art faculty. Concentrating on the collage medium, by 1971 he experimented with the negative space and utilizing the white of the paper more and more.
Later he evolved away from concentrating on negative space and again filled his canvas with paint. His bold use of color and gradual move to a subjective style in the 1980s is part of his current creative vision. In 1990 when he retired from his teaching, Thorns did not retire to his rocking chair, but rather to his studio. For his Gallery show he has selected fine representative works in mixed media and collage. His creative vision abounds in the work in his Sandzén exhibition.
Page 2 of 2 - The annual Holiday Gift Show has become a holiday favorite of many shoppers.
Thirty-four selected artists are represented in the show. Art includes paintings, prints, hand-made cards, small quilts, ceramics, jewelry, sculpture, blown glass, Swedish inspired folk art, and woodcarvings. Works will be of medium to lower prices, which is perfect for holiday gift giving. The show will begin with a special one week sale with art 10% off through Sunday, November 10th.
Artists in the show this year are John Bashor, Lee Becker, David Brock, Dale Cole, Wayne Conyers, Maleta Forsberg, Ralph Fontenot, Rick Frisbie, Helen Gragert, David J. Hamby, Bruce Harding, Betty Jo Houchen, Michael Florian Jilg, Peter Johnson, Sally Johnson, Stan Lauer, Elizabeth Liljegren, Loren Lukens, Virginia McKinney, Ron Michael, Jeanette Mull, David Olson, Stephen M. Perry, Phyllis Liljegren-Newson, Lori Price, Sunny Shultz, Debbie Wagner, Rose Marie Wallen, Carla Wilson, and Jan Van Meter.
The special exhibition of mezzotint portrait engravings on exhibition represents works by many leading principal French and English engravers: Robert Nanteuil (1623-1678), Antoine Masson (1636-1700), John Smith (1652-1742), Richard Houston (1721-1775), John Jones (1745-1797) and others. The diversity of the printmaking techniques of mezzotint and engraving is well represented by this exhibition.
Regular Sandzén Gallery hours are from 1 to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday. The Gallery will be closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The Gallery is admission free, contributions welcomed. Group tours by docents are available by advance appointment with the Gallery (785) 227-2220. The Gallery is located at 401 North First Street in Lindsborg.