Gallery 1001, 10th and Main in Winfield, invites you to drop by during the Art Walk, July 7. A selection of handcrafted, artistic dessert bowls will be displayed outside the gallery. For a supporting contribution, guests can select their favorite bowl and add a scoop of ice cream, complete with toppings. Chill with the artists as you enjoy the summer evening and take your bowl home when you’re ready.
While there, take a few moments to greet this summer’s guest artists. Featured through July and August will be paintings and drawings by Rebecca Ward of rural Cowley County, and photography by Sandy Stucky of Belle Plaine.
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.