Creatives often find themselves working between two jobs: One is the inspired, passion-driven kind. The other is having enough heart for the daily grind – This is the one that pays the bills. Join our panelists who haven’t quit their day job and will discuss their world of Duality.
FEB 5th @ the 2nd floor of Roots & Bloom (stairs only) – Doors open at 6:45p
FEATURED PANELISTS INCLUDE:
Mr. Hinkle lives and paints in Wichita, Kansas. He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate from Grinnell College, Grinnell, Iowa with a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics. He received his M.F.A. degree in painting from Wichita State University in 1992. Mr. Hinkle has exhibited artwork across the United States in Kansas, Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois, Iowa, Florida and New Mexico, and Florence, Italy at the Bienalle Internazionale Dell’Arte Contemporanea 2003. His artwork is included in numerous collections regionally, as well as in New York, California, Florida, Texas, and Germany.
Mr. Hinkle has been active on the Wichita Art Scene for many years, as one of the founding members of Acme Gallery, and showing regularly in exhibitions at the Big Sky Gallery Hall, City Arts and The Wichita Center for the Arts. He teaches classes in painting, drawing & enameling at The Wichita Center for the Arts, and serves as gallery director at Bob Schwan Studios, LLC. His artwork is represented by Leopold Gallery in Kansas City, Missouri, Strecker-Nelson Gallery in Manhattan, Kansas, and Artworks, Inc. in Wichita, Kansas.
Rebecca Hoyer was born in Chicago but has moved about, living in Philadelphia, St. Louis, Boston, New York and now Wichita. She studied Graphic Design at Washington University in St. Louis (BFA 1980), then painting at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and with Knox Martin at the Art Students League in New York.
Since arriving in Wichita, she has been working with the Kansas land- scape, trying to identify what makes it both distinctive and beautiful. She paints familiar things – trees and houses – in a style that is both pastoral and radical.
A College Hill resident for the past 17 years, she was one of the founding members of Wichita’s Acme Gallery. Her community projects include the KMUW mug and tee shirt for the Spring pledge drive, a painted violin for the Wichita Symphony, a portrait painting for the Komen Foundation “Art for the Cure” – a pairing of artists and patients telling their stories of breast cancer. She is working on shows in Wichita at Artworks and in Manhattan for the Strecker-Nelson Gallery.
- Originally from eastern Pennsylvania
- Studied painting (BFA) from East Carolina University in NC
- MFA from WSU
- Group shows in NC, KS & NY – Solo Shows in KS (Wichita) & CA (San Fran, Berkeley, Palo Alto)
- Owner/Operator @ Walnut St Gallery in Wichita
I have been working in low-fire ceramics for thirty years. During that time I have dealt with a multitude of issues. Whether on the surface in terms of surface or color, or in the form of the piece in reference to both historical and contemporary issues. I often draw inspiration from nature or man made artifacts. There is often a juxtaposition between these issues that culminates in the push and pull, the balance or imbalance, both compositionally and formally. I have used these references in a variety of decorative forms such as the vase, bowl, covered jar, and large platter. I believe a ceramic artist has to take in account the vast history that has gone before us but yet also deal with the present.
One of the most important aspects for me as a ceramic artist is the ability of the clay to be formed and molded into what ever creative avenue I pursue. Once I have achieved and created the particular form I am after I then balance the use of color with the characteristic of the piece. For me ceramics is balancing act for all the components I produce and manipulate in the process of creating a clay composition.
Growing up in a small family business, I have been exposed to a broad range of materials and modes of fabrication with a problem solving goal. Evolving and translating these same aspects to art was familiar. Consistently exploring the different intrinsic qualities in a variety of materials and combining them with other materials of a somewhat opposing nature is ever present in my work. At the same time I look at the history or the common usage of a material and the responsive feelings one may have to it due to their own personal background. Although I use a lot of materials traditional to sculpture, I usually like to incorporate non-traditional or alternative materials. Sometimes changing ones perception of an object through the use of a variety of materials can lead the viewer to further investigate the idea of the art work thus creating more of a dialogue between artist and viewer.
Most of my work deals with socio-political issues such as consumption, loss, and the human condition. Responding to the process in which society deals with such issues is commonly represented in the work. In an ever mass consuming society we are sometimes blinded by the barge of images, events, ideas and objects that distract us from experiencing the here and now. In a society where we are ever-connected to the next person via technology, and constantly inundated with activities or events leaves little time for contemplation, reflection and personal social interaction. When society discards something in exchange for another or nothing at all how do we determine its value? Is it determined after the loss? Loss of social values and skills, loss of self through gender expectations, loss of innocence, and the most personal of all, loss of loved ones are key elements in the content of my work. All these issues can cause us to question what we ourselves value.
David Murano (moderator)
David Murano has over 20 years experience in the arts with a BFA in sculpture from Alfred University. As a practicing artist, throughout his career David has participated in group & solo exhibits as well as an artist in residency. His work is maintained in private and public collections locally and throughout the US. Prior to his Directorship of the Hutchinson Art Center, David was the Gallery Director at the Wichita Center for the Arts for ten years. His formal art museum experience involves curatorial and proprietorial work for the Ulrich Museum of Art at WSU and the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT. Over the years David has acquired art education experience as well. Some more recent projects include working with his wife, Tina Murano and Murano Studios in partnering with the City of Wichita to create large scale public sculptures and mosaics that can be found throughout Sedgwick County. Whether curating art exhibits, organizing art classes, working art auctions, managing an art far, collaborating with fellow artists, assisting local art organizations or creating his own studio art work, David is truly committed and engaged in the visual arts of Kansas.