The McPherson Public Library will host an opening reception for artist Kent Stucky from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday. The public is invited to attend.  

Stucky’s collection of landscapes, titled Kansas and Beyond, is scheduled to open in the library meeting room on Saturday, and will continue to show through April 28. 

Stucky gained an appreciation of art as a teenager and was drawn to painting, specifically to oil painting.  During that time he dabbled in it but as often happens, life got in the way.  

Fast forward 45 years: with some prodding and encouragement from his son and with the gift of some paints, brushes, and canvases, the artistic fire was rekindled and he began a new journey.  

In his younger years he had done wildlife and landscape photography for many magazines and travel companies, and that appreciation of composition and light would become very important in learning to paint.

Stucky began the journey of teaching himself to paint by visiting galleries and art museums both in Kansas and California and studying closely the scenes, style, and methods used by a wide variety of artists.  When he returned to his studio he practiced and practiced, continually trying new things and methods.  He discovered that in painting the learning never ends, and at age 65 his artistic journey is just beginning.

“I’m inspired by the natural beauty I’ve been lucky enough to see on my travels and near my home. I strive to capture that visual beauty of the landscape both near and far,” Stucky said. 

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