A Community for Art and Art for the Community
Gallery 1001 Celebrates Fifth Anniversary
Gallery 1001, 10th and Main in Winfield, celebrates its 5th anniversary of art and activities this fall. A reception to celebrate this momentous occasion will be held in conjunction with the Winfield Arts and Humanities Friday art walk, October 13, 5:00 to 7:00 pm. Music by The Student Loans will accompany the festivities.
In 2010, the artist cooperative at 114 East 8th found itself homeless when that building changed hands. The artists determined they would find a new location. Mike Fell, a member of the original cooperative, decided the corner building at 10th and Main would remodel into a nice gallery area. He and his wife Ann purchased the building in March 2011.
Guided by Fell’s vision for the 1880 building, the process of gutting and re-creating the corner storefront began. Vernon Goertz was contracted to oversee the remodeling. Many people put in countless hours of work to make the vision a reality.
The project became more extensive than originally planned due to unseen inadequacies in the nineteenth century structure. After eighteen months of work, the artist cooperative opened its doors for business in the twenty-first century, October 2012. Gallery 1001 has provided “A Community for Art and Art for the Community” ever since.
The current cooperative members include Sharon Olmstead, Mike Fell, John Laurance, Callie Seaton, Della Becker, Annie Edwards, Marilyn McNeish, Dorothy Fisher, Ann Fell, Martha Brohammer, and Mike Ciskowski. Of these, Sharon Olmstead, Mike Fell, Callie Seaton, and Dorothy Fisher are charter members of Gallery 1001.
Receptions and events have drawn loyal crowds to the gallery on a regular basis. A series of featured guest artists have showcased not only local talent, but also artists from Wichita, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Illinois, and Tennessee.
Shoppers have come from many different locations, mixing those who call Winfield home with others from around the state, including western Kansas, as well as Oklahoma, Wisconsin, Illinois, Texas, Colorado, New Mexico and Missouri.
Guest artists, as well as member artists, have offered classes in various skills.
From painting, to photo tinting, print-making, drawing, dulcimer lessons and raku pottery, the range of talent covers a broad spectrum.
Receptions have featured a variety of local musicians.
One series of Heritage exhibits showcased art of local artists who are no longer living. Featured musicians for the Heritage exhibits included guitarist Tom Hoeffgen, a flute combo featuring RaeLynn Baker and Dari Trout, “Wind, Wood, and Wire”, jazz pianist Scott Williams, and the jazz combo “The Student Loans.”
Additional music events include participation in the downtown Music Crawls, with music by Clayton Crawford, the Great Plains Dulcimer Alliance, and hammer dulcimer selections by Ann Fell and Madison Friesen.
Another popular feature is the revolving mural on the exterior wall facing 10th Street. Muralists for the gallery have included Maggie Bicker, Elizabeth Vaughn, and Della Becker.
The latest mural, celebrating the gallery’s fifth anniversary, was created especially for Gallery 1001 by a featured guest artist, Joeni Rogers.
Gallery members extend an invitation to stop by and peruse their new work through the month of October. See if you can discover each artist’s rendition of the theme “Five!” A special treat will be the inclusion of new work by previous artists affiliated with Gallery 1001, either as members or as guests. Stop by during the celebration on October 13 to enjoy live music by “The Student Loans” and visit individual artists.
The last five years have provided a venue for Gallery 1001 artists to offer their creativity to art lovers in the area. They hope to continue sharing their passion for the best humanity has to offer for many years to come.
The 5th anniversary mural