Gallery 1001, 10th and Main in Winfield, is proud to feature Dave Chapman and his mixed media show “Full Circle” as guest artist in May. “I call it ‘Full Circle’ because I’m returning to my artistic roots with the pieces in this show,” Chapman explained. “I’ve got better technique and tools now, but my early love of texture and color has returned to my recent work.”
Gallery members will host a reception in honor of Chapman Friday evening May 6 during the Music Crawl prior to the Kansas Sampler Festival. In addition, the music of Winfield’s jazz quartet “The Student Loans” will entertain enthusiasts during the reception.
As a teenager in the 1960’s, Dave Chapman visited Santa Fe with his family one summer and his life was changed forever. He was captivated by the artwork there, especially the use of color by Georgia O’Keefe. Home again in El Paso, Texas he began creating artwork of his own. His family moved to Wellington, Kansas where he completed high school and met his future wife LuAnn. He had excelled in his art to the point where he was offered a scholarship to the Chicago Art Institute. However, he spent his first years out of high school with the US Navy in Vietnam instead.
After Vietnam, he studied electronics and built a career with Xerox. But he has always created art in his spare time. The Xerox company moved Dave and his family to Winfield in the early 1970’s where he has lived ever since. With assistance and advice from Bob Kitch in stonework, he built a hexagonal limestone art studio in his Winfield back yard. “Our house, the little stone hogan and our location in Winfield have definitely contributed to who I am today,” Chapman said. The limestone studio is constructed with recycled stone, posts, and beams. Its inside walls resemble a crazy quilt with no strict layering, exhibiting a mixture of stone shapes and sizes. It is a work of art in itself.
Chapman considers himself a self-taught artist. He has devoted much of his life to sculptures, in both wood and stone. His deep admiration for the work of Henry Moore and Georgia O’Keefe has influenced his fascination with combinations of texture and color in his own art. He credits Bob Kitch and Raymond Muret with his introduction into stonework, for which he has gained recognition in the region.
In the 1970’s and 80’s, Chapman taught sculpture in continuing education classes, first through KU and then through Cowley College.
After retiring from Xerox, in recent years he has worked as a para with eleventh grade students in Arkansas City. He enjoys working with kids, especially those challenged with dyslexia, a condition he struggled with as a youngster. His creative talents allow him to build rapport with at-risk kids. After several years in this second career, however, he is looking forward to a second retirement this May, and more time to devote to his art. “Art keeps me sane,” Chapman said. “It is my therapy.”
The Chapmans have two sons and now enjoy spending time with three granddaughters. “Granddaughters,” Chapman said, “are God’s reward for raising two sons.” Dave and LuAnn celebrated their golden wedding anniversary in April of this year.
The Chapman reception at Gallery 1001 will coincide with the Music Crawl on May 6 to welcome Kansas Sampler visitors to Winfield. The Gallery will also host Winfield’s jazz quartet “The Student Loans” (booktheloans.com) with their highly acclaimed music that evening as well.
Formed in 2010, The Student Loans are a quartet that features a repertoire of jazz standards and custom arrangements by composer Scott Williams. Their Sinatra-ish vocal jazz is one of the area’s most popular attractions. The group features Anthony Gropper on vocals and flute, Nick Hofmeister on drums, Nathan Johnson on bass, and Scott Williams on piano. The Student Loans are featured artists on KWCH Listen Up! news and special guests at the Cole Summer Music Festival at Southwestern College.