LINDSBORG — A variety of fine art techniques will be demonstrated during the Kansas Artist Craftsmen Association Conference, held Nov. 3 and 4 at Bethany College, 335 E. Swensson St. in Lindsborg.

“I’ve been going since I was in high school,” said Eleanor Heimbaugh, assistant professor of ceramics and sculpting at Bethany College, who serves as the KACA secretary and on-site host for this year’s conference. “It’s cool to be a part of it throughout my career and now to host it.”

The conference’s workshops allow attendees to learn about blacksmithing, aluminum casting, plein air painting, pottery throwing, printmaking and more.

“We are definitely offering a lot more variety in workshop choices,” Heimbaugh said

The KACA conference travels to different colleges throughout the state of Kansas.

“I’m really excited to see it at Bethany again,” Heimbaugh said. “We’re going to have a lot of students involved this year.”

Art programs from at least six Kansas colleges will be represented.

“The Fort Hays State sculpture crew will be here, pouring, melting and casting aluminum that people will create the molds for in workshops,” Eastin said.

While the workshops offer a great chance to learn about how art is made, the lunch breaks give participants a chance to converse with other artists.

“We can talk about art together. It’s a great opportunity for networking, making new friends and strengthening old friendships,” Heimbaugh said.

This is the 52nd year for the KACA conference to be held.

“It was started as a chance for artists across Kansas to get together and have fun, and then they started doing workshops,”said Hanna Eastin, KACA president and professor of ceramics, 3-D design and drawing at Hesston College.

One of the key presenters for the KACA conference is Kahlil Irving, a ceramic artist from St. Louis who is currently creating art at a residency in Hungary.

“He’s doing a lot with social justice and people’s place in wherever they are,” Eastin said. “He throws bunches of vases and then places them on these high, built platforms as individual lives and individual people. He’s dealing with multiple sides of urban culture and trying to navigate where you fit within that.”

One workshop will cover the necessary skills in communication, marketing and finance artists need to have to be successful in the business world.

“This year, we have someone coming to talk about how to make your art work,” Eastin said. “How do you get yourself out there and help people find you? For a lot of people, the art is the important part. Making that leap, even to part-time income, can be so hard.”

Membership is included in the conference fee, which is $95 for adults and $75 for students. Workshop registration fees range from free to $15 each. The deadline for registration is Oct. 27.

“Eleanor has worked extremely hard this year to keep costs low and make sure it’s accessible to as many people as possible,” Eastin said.

For more information about KACA or to register for the conference, visit https://www.kansasartistcraftsmenassociation.com.

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