Born in Arizona, Lynn Felts has called Winfield home for the last forty years. She traces her passion for painting to a watercolor class as a sixth grade student in Santa Maria, California. An admirer of the impressionists, Felts credits the work of Georgia O’Keefe, Wolf Kahn, Chuck Close, and Bill Boulware as especially influential to her projects. She credits Warren Brown, instructor at Winfield’s Southwestern College, for opening the door to her rewarding career.
Felts has been an art educator for thirty-seven years, having taught art at all levels. She has been active in state and national Art Educator Associations, receiving honors and recognition for her dedication to her students. Though her gallery work is painting in various media such as oil, acrylic or pastel, “My best work is my students,” Felts said.
“Art goes to the soul and spirit of who we are. The process of creating requires a different mindset. We all will need the skills to be creative problem solvers as we navigate life’s journey.”
Watching those skills bloom in her students is Felts’ greatest joy.
Lynn Felts and her husband live in Winfield where together they raised their two sons.For information on gallery membership, guest artist exhibits, or to purchase artwork, please fill out the contact form below.
A resident of south central Kansas for twenty-five years, Martha Brohammer grew up in Baldwin City, Kansas. She has had a gift for making beautiful things since she was a very young girl. She credits her high school art teacher. Wayne Conyers, and her sister Marji Brohammer, artist and designer, for influencing her decision to become an art educator.
Brohammer enjoys working with all kinds of media to develop her artwork. “I feel my most successful pieces are two-dimensional, but I dream of sculpting,” she said. The work of Georgia O’Keefe and Salvador Dali has inspired her own efforts.
“Creating keeps me sane,” Brohammer said. “If I cannot create, I become grumpy and depressed.” Fortunately, she almost always has a project or idea to explore, so she is rarely moody.
“I am an artist who needs to explore possibilities in a multitude of media and processes. I always strive for a visually pleasing result. The first reaction I want from a viewer is, ‘What is that made of?’ Or ‘How did she do that?’ I like it when someone asks, ‘What does it mean?’ I love working across media so that one technique translates into another media. For example, I am working on a felted piece now that is a backlit sunset. I also work with trash and treat it as a tool or media. This is one step farther than just using found objects.”
Brohammer lives and teaches in Haysville, Kansas. Though single, she is pleased that two youngsters have adopted her and call her “Nana.”
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After finishing school in Arkansas City, Sharon Olmstead spent many years in various locations across the United States. Three decades ago, she and her husband returned to Cowley County and settled on the Bar CO ranch, on the banks of the Walnut River between Arkansas City and Winfield.
Though Olmstead balks at defining herself as an artist, she has lived a creative life. “I like to play,” she said. “Art is in everything. All you have to do is look and really see. When you do, you’ll expand your mind, your heart, and your soul.”
Olmstead’s Gallery 1001 exhibits reflect her vision. She specializes in mixed media art, using acrylic and fabric combinations. Her jewelry creations often re-purpose found objects such as buttons into delightful pins, bracelets, necklaces and earrings.
“Besides keeping me off the street and out of trouble, making my pieces brings me joy and a feeling of success when a project really turns out well.”
Now retired to their ranch, Olmstead fills her days with art, tends her garden, and stays active with her family. She and her husband Kent raised two children and enjoy spending time with their five grandchildren.For information on gallery membership, guest artist exhibits, or to purchase artwork, please fill out the contact form below.
Born to be an artist, Deanna Johnson can’t remember a time when she was not drawn to the beauty of creation. She considers art to be a learning opportunity in expressing the vitality of life.
Specializing in photo art at Gallery 1001, Johnson is eclectic in her work and enjoys art activities of many kinds. For Johnson, “Art provides opportunity for social experiences, story-telling, building relationships, personal growth and rejoicing in spirit.”
“It is important to me that anything I make, create, or photograph has a foundation known at least to me. My art expresses glimpses of what God must see in His creation.”
Johnson has lived in the Winfield area for twenty-five years. She, her husband and their son reside in Oxford, a few miles west of Winfield where she is employed as a speech-language pathologist.
“A community that values art is a good place to live,” she says.For information on gallery membership, guest artist exhibits, or to purchase artwork, please fill out the contact form below.
Brought up in Maine, Callie Allen Seaton has divided her time between studios in Winfield, Kansas and Sullivan, Maine. With encouragement from her mother, Helen Marie Allen, Seaton has pursued a love of art since she was a child in first grade. Professional study in her adult years has led to her colorful, contemporary style.
Painting allows Seaton to express her visual ideas through color and composition. “To resolve a piece of work is rewarding,” Seaton says, “but the process of painting, itself, is the most satisfying.”
She likes to use unusual tools. “I delight in the process of applying oil paint to surfaces, using putty knives, printmaking rollers and shower squeegees, to create color relationships and space. The work is sometimes reminiscent of an object or a place, but more often not.”
Seaton credits her approach to an admiration for the work of Paul Reed (her instructor in the 1970’s), Gerhardt Richter, Hans Hoffman and Richard Diebenkorn.
She and her husband David have three grown children and six grandchildren. They live in Winfield and have a summer home in Maine.For information on gallery membership, guest artist exhibits, or to purchase artwork, fill out the contact form below.
A native of Winfield, Kansas, Denny Herlocker can’t recall a time when he didn’t like to draw. An attorney who is now semi-retired, Herlocker has enjoyed exploring art through various classes offered by the Winfield Arts and Humanities Council.
He enjoys trying various media and styles in his pursuit of two-dimensional art. He finds art to be a relaxing outlet for him as he nears retirement. An admirer of the impressionist style, Herlocker credits J. Singer Sargent as an artist whose work influenced his own.
“Winfield is known for its art culture–visual art, music, theatrical art. Gallery 1001 keeps the tradition alive,” Herlocker said.
Herlocker lives in Winfield with his wife. They have three grown children.
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