Date(s) - 08/21/2023 - 10/23/2023
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Birger Sandzen Memorial Gallery
Five new exhibitions open at the Birger Sandzén Memorial Gallery on Aug. 20 and continue through Oct. 22. The shows include Artists’ Portraits from the Emprise Bank Collection; paintings by Wendy Tan of Hays; along with art by Jim Simpson of Wichita, Glen Ediger of North Newton, and Harley Elliott of Salina.
The opening reception for the exhibitions will be on Aug. 20, 2023, from 2-4 p.m., with artist talks beginning at 2:30.
- In 1997, Mike Michaelis began in earnest to collect artwork from artists that had a Kansas connection. The collection is known as The Art of Emprise and is displayed in the Emprise Bank headquarters in Wichita and the 32 branches of the bank. From pottery and sculpture to photographs and paintings, the collection includes art from 1885 to the present. It currently has over 3,500 works from over 850 different artists.
- Hays, Kansas, artist Wendy Tan was born in Malaysia. She later lived in Hong Kong for over a decade. She writes: “My art is about exploring, memory, and connection. I am fascinated with the complex and expansive space. By pouring the paint I can engage in the element of surprise through using a bright and intense palette.” (The Autumn pictured above)
- Jim Simpson is a painter whose work primarily focuses on traditional themes like landscapes, botanicals, and wildlife, but in a bold, contemporary painting style that is uniquely his own.
- Glen Ediger has developed a style he calls “environmental exposure” in which sheets of steel, copper, or wood are set outdoors with materials laying on top of them. The pieces are exposed to weather for days, weeks, months or over a year – creating abstract landscapes with the rust, dust, and patina.
- Harley Elliott will be exhibiting mixed media pieces from his Ally series. Elliott uses basic materials for creating each work: a 16 by 20 inch illustration board, acrylic paint, Conte crayon, inks, colored pencil, and every once in a while a non-traditional medium. Today he is an established Kansas visual artist and the author of 13 books.
The Birger Sandzén Memorial Gallery is located at 401 N. First Street. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is free, with donations appreciated. Docent tours for groups are available by two-week advance appointment. For more information about Birger Sandzén, the Gallery, and these exhibitions visit the website or phone 785-227-2220.