Noted Winfield Muralist and Art Educator Maggie Bicker will offer a drawing class this fall designed especially for adults. The class is sponsored in a cooperative venture between Winfield Arts and Humanities Council and Gallery 1001 in downtown Winfield.
“It makes me sad to hear adults say, regretfully or a bit defensively, ‘Oh I can’t draw!’” Bicker said. Though most folks will never be DaVinci, she insists everyone with vision can learn to express a simple idea visually. If you can write and print your name, you can learn to express ideas on paper and take pleasure from the skill. She explained that there are drawing opportunities in almost any profession, to share ideas, processes, or issues with others.
Bicker will provide instruction and coaching in the art of seeing—really seeing—the world around you. “People learn to write by seeing and recognizing the letters in the alphabet. If you can write, you can draw,” she said.
“Part of the problem is cultural,” Bicker continued. “We are taught to think in symbols. Hence, lollipop trees, and those little ‘tulip type’ flowers are taught to little kids and many never grow beyond. Learning to really see doesn’t typically happen. Culturally, we value that skill less than others. As a result, too many folks miss the wonder and the beauty in the world around us. So this class is about the skill of really SEEING that wonder, which allows learning to represent a bit of that wonder through drawing.”
The drawing classes will be held Tuesday evenings from 6:00 until 8:00 in the newly created adult classroom at WAHC in Baden Square. Classes start September 5 and run through October 24. Participants can sign up through the Winfield Arts and Humanities Office. The fee for eight classes is $50, plus a nominal fee for supplies which Bicker will select and provide at the first class. Supplies will be less than $10 and will include a sketch book, pencils, pens and appropriate erasers.
If you have an interest in polishing your skills in the art of drawing, or gleaning tips from a master instructor, this class is for you. Space is limited, so don’t wait too long. Call Winfield Arts and Humanities today 620-221-2161, or drop by their office in Baden Square to register.
Gallery 1001 in Winfield is pleased to host two talented artists in the area for the months of July and August. Sandy Stucky and Rebecca Ward will be honored in a welcome reception during the July Art Walk, July 7 from 5 pm until 7 pm. A regular feature of the Winfield Arts and Humanities Council, this Art Walk is one you won’t want to miss.
Sandy Stucky of Belle Plaine will showcase her favorite photographs. An experienced photographer, she has had scenes selected and shown in a juried exhibit at the Derby Public Library.
Rebecca Ward of Udall will display her talent in drawing and painting. A self-taught artist, she has lived most of her life in Cowley County except for four years in New York where she worked with the US Coast Guard. During her years in New York, she discovered her passion for art and worked every spare minute on perfecting her style. “Art is my one true calling,” Ward says with no hesitation.
Though she has no official training, Ward credits her enthusiasm and her style to her admiration for artists Lena Danya, Tanya Shateva, Audra Aclair, Christing Ward, Wendy Ortiz, and Brandon Seafer. True to her youth, she displays her products and her process online with time-lapse entries of several works-in-progress. For a sample see: https://youtu.be/7FjtHhiLV6U
Stop by Gallery 1001 July 7 from 5 pm to 7 pm to meet these talented artists. The Gallery at 10th and Main will also celebrate the season with an ice cream social on the sidewalk outside the gallery. A selection of artistic dessert bowls handcrafted by Gallery 1001 member artists will be on display. 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 welcome Stucky and Ward.
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.