Gallery 1001 announces a special exhibit of paintings by the late Dorothy Hinkley, a beloved artist and art instructor in Winfield.
A limited number of her oil paintings are offered for sale through July and August, with a featured Heritage Exhibit during the first two weeks of August. Gallery members will host an open house Friday evening, August 5 from 5:00 until 7:00 pm to celebrate Hinkley’s contributions to art in the Winfield community.
Special guests at the August 5 Hinkley open house will be the music trio “Wind, Wood and Wire.” The trio of local musicians includes Sarah Emrick on guitar, autoharp, and mountain dulcimer. Karen Deal plays hammer dulcimer and mountain dulcimer. Rae Lynne Baker specializes in flute and autoharp. All three women contribute to the vocal parts in their unique music selections.
Born on a farm near Burden, Dorothy Hinkley lived almost her entire life in Cowley County. In 1957 she and her husband Bill opened Hinkley Auto Repair at 200 West 10th where they worked together for 27 years. Dorothy Hinkley also operated an art studio at that location where she offered art instruction. She studied with Emily Williams, Lewis Caton, and Sue Jean Covacevich-Boys as well as offering classes for local art enthusiasts herself.
Gallery 1001 member Dorothy Fisher recalled her experience in Hinkley’s classes. “She was an excellent instructor,” Fisher said. “I learned a lot from Dorothy Hinkley.”
Hinkley remained an art enthusiast throughout her life. She devoted her time to sharing art with the community. In 1962, she was one of eleven charter members of the Winfield Art Center, now known as Winfield Arts and Humanities Council. She served WAHC on the board of directors for twelve years in various offices including president, vice president, secretary and honorary president.
Hinkley helped organize the first Art in the Park event in 1974 and served as the committee chairperson for Winfield’s Art in the Park three years. She loved all varieties of art, as well as flower gardening and travel.
On display throughout July and August are six oil paintings by Dorothy Hinkley which are offered to the public for sale. Additional work on loan from Winfield Arts and Humanities Council will be on display during the first two weeks of August. Regular hours at the gallery are Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays 10:00 am until 4:00 pm, with the reception Friday August 5 from 5 – 7 pm.