This Final Friday in Wichita, be sure to stop by the Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum to catch the special visual arts exhibits. Admission is free and all four floors of the museum will also be open.
First, celebrate our local built environment with the paintings of Wichita Artist Bill Goffrier, who uses the old world (old school?) technique of plein air – painting in the open air using direct observation. The art work to be featured is from his ongoing series of oil paintings entitled “Authenti-City” which seek out and capture fresh perspectives of Downtown Wichita. This work, large and small, will be displayed together for the first time. Artist Bill Goffrier says he “will on hand to provide the backstory”. These works will be available for sale in the Museum’s gift shop; a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Museum.
Next, see the special visual arts exhibit, Wichita’s Modern Art Galleries of Mid-Century, which will be closing in March. Wichita, Kansas emerged as an American art center during the 1920’s when citizens organized to make visual art part of our local culture. By the 1950s, Wichita’s avant-garde abstract artists set-up galleries of their own downtown; first the “indeX Gallery”, then the “Bottega Gallery”. Learn about the art and artists who forded new territory and brought their art out to the general public in the heart of the city.
Time: 05:00 am – 08:00 pm
Location: Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum, 204 S. Main, Wichita, KS 67202
For more information: http://wichitahistory.org