The art of Arkansas City artist Joeni Rogers will be featured in a special exhibit at Gallery 1001, 10th and Main in Winfield, through April and May. Gallery members will host a reception for her Friday, April 14th from 5 pm to 7 pm.
Born in Alberta, Canada, Rogers moved as an infant to Winfield where she spent her childhood. She recalls her first art project just before she turned three when she sketched a waterfall on a freshly painted wall in her house. “I was very fortunate to have a mother with such a gentle soul. She saw accomplishment where others might see inconvenience.”
Rogers recalls hours spent drawing in solitude during her school years. She started practicing by recreating the work of other artists, but eventually began to create her own images. She credits her studies at Cowley College, under the instruction of Mike Fell and Mark Flickinger, with opening her awareness of self-expression and helping her complete satisfying works of art. “To this day,” Rogers said, “everything they taught and helped me understand comes to mind as I sit down to create a piece.”
Rogers has always been fascinated with the human face and facial animation, “the life force of a person,” she explained. Finding the life force of a subject is how she puts soul into her work. She particularly recalls an assignment given by her instructor Fell. “He asked us to make an external or internal self-portrait. It was impossible for me to choose so I melded the two into one.” In this exercise, her artistic style took a leap forward. Her unique portraits are her portrayal of complex human emotions.
Rogers’ recent series of drawings and paintings featuring mechanical birds is included in her exhibit at Gallery 1001. She calls the series “Time Flies.” Her images are available in the original artwork, as well as prints and coloring books, giving art enthusiasts a full range of choice in her available “Enlightened Portraits.”
“The addition of bird features provide a sense of character and purpose to a face. Inspiration for these works emanates from the need to understand and empathize, to perceive people from the inside out.”
In addition to her creative set of Enlightened Portraits, Rogers accepts commissions to create portraits for clients.
Joeni Rogers lives in Arkansas City with her husband and two young children. Her work will be on display at Gallery 1001 through April and May. Stop by to meet this talented young artist April 14, enter the raffle to win a custom portrait by her and see what else she has to offer.
We can look forward to many more years of her unique portraits. “As long as people are beautifully different I will continue to be inspired,” she said.
Jane McFarlen of Wichita will be the first featured guest artist at Gallery 1001 in 2017. An active member of Decorative Artist and the Kansas Wheatheart chapter, McFarlen started painting with landscapes in the style of Dorothy Dent, in 1981. Her baby daughter had a bad accident that year and needed therapy. McFarlen found Sherry Clark to work with the child, who also encouraged Jane to pick up a paintbrush while she was waiting through the therapy sessions. McFarlen was hooked.
After several instructional seminars, she fell in love with birds and wildlife and has even taught decorative painting in Texas and Oklahoma, as well as Kansas.
Gallery 1001 members will host a welcome reception for Jane McFarlen Friday evening, January 13 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. Stop by to meet this talented artist and see her work.
Gallery 1001, 10th and Main in Winfield, is pleased to display paintings by Jan Klassen of Wichita through the months of September and October. Klassen is a member of Gallery XII, 412 E. Douglas in Wichita.
Her oil and acrylic paintings feature the beauty of natural landscapes. “My imaginary landscapes have the feeling of a moment in time, without interference from mankind. I love earth tones, rocks, sunsets and trees,” she explained. “The American Southwest is what most often inspires me.”
After a 20-year career in apparel retail as a buyer, department head, and fashion display, Jan discovered the artist in her soul as an antidote to empty nest syndrome. She enrolled in classes at a local community college and art appreciation was one of them. “The instructor for this class believed that the only way to appreciate art was to try it. She therefore incorporated hands-on projects of painting, drawing, clay work, collage, etc. into the curriculum.”
Jan found that she really enjoyed painting, and a passion was born.
In the twenty years since, she has continued to grow in knowledge and inspiration. She thrives in classes at the Wichita Center for the Arts. The energy and support of her fellow classmates are a vital link to inspiration and creativity. She frequently supplements her favorite media of oil and acrylic with added paper or other texturizing mediums for unique artwork.
“My paintings are more abstract than realistic because I am playing with my imagination,” she said. “I paint spontaneously, waiting for the paint to speak to me, allowing me to find new frontiers as I create.”
Jan and her pilot husband make frequent trips to visit their son who lives in Taos. These trips are definitely food for her artist soul, providing inspiration for her favorite subject, landscapes with no sign of habitation.
Gallery 1001 will host a reception in honor of the artistic visions of Jan Klassen, Friday, October 7 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. Stop by to meet the artist and view her extraordinary paintings.
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.
As a bead artist, Marji’s designs were published several times in Beadwork magazine. Twice her work was featured on the front cover. She was also included in several additional publications and was working on a compilation of her designs using square stitch for Lark Books, which remains incomplete. Marji was gaining national recognition in the world of beading when she discovered she had breast cancer. She passed away in 2009 at the age of 55.
In addition to her beadwork, Marji designed knitted garments. She worked as a free-lance designer for Universal Yarns, a division of Santex, for several years.
Marji held multiple college degrees. She earned a degree in linguistics from KU in 1975, followed by two graduate degrees in Linguistics and Religion as a Fulbright Scholar from the University of Mainz in Germany in 1978. She spoke several languages fluently. Another Bachelor of Science degree from KU followed, with a new degree in pre-med and a graduate degree from the Cleveland Chiropractic College in Kansas City in 1986.
Professionally, she worked as a medical transcriptionist. Though Marji held no official credentials related to art or design, she clearly transferred her passion for excellence to the pursuits of her heart in beads and textiles.
The beadwork of Marji Brohammer will be on display at Gallery 1001 June 1 – 10, 2016. There will be several of her knitting designs on display as well. The show will culminate in a celebratory reception to honor Marji and her life’s work in art on June 10, 5:00 to 7:00 pm.
At her family’s request, Tom Hoeffgen, Winfield guitarist, will perform classical guitar selections during the reception.
Marji’s sister, Martha Brohammer, is a member artist at Gallery 1001 and an art instructor in the Haysville, Kansas schools. Stop by the gallery to meet family members and view the beadwork of this talented artist in the final public display of her work.