Gallery 1001, 10th and Main in Winfield, is pleased to welcome photographer Michael Ciskowski as a new member artist. His photographic visions will be featured in the spotlight at Gallery 1001 through March and April.
“My interest in photography began in 1969 while taking a photography course in college,” he said. “My instructor was an old-school master photographer who also had a studio in my hometown of Blackwell, Oklahoma. Upon his passing, I helped his widow with the business until she was ready to retire. She taught me how to retouch negatives, photograph weddings, hand-color portraits and many other skills that aren’t taught in college classes and photography schools.”
In his spare time over the next forty-five years, Ciskowski honed his detailing skills while working days with the U.S. Postal Service in various locations across Kansas and Oklahoma. Always available to local residents, he photographed weddings, anniversaries, reunions, portraits and all of the other events that a small-town photographer typically does.
With characteristic attention to fine detail, his skills in photography reflect each of his life pursuits. In addition to photography, he is a clock fancier, with fine mechanical clocks vying for show space among the photographs on his walls. He has also studied historical organs and keyboards and can tap out familiar melodies on his home organ and piano.
Ciskowski retired from the U.S. Postal Service in October of 2014, handing the reigns of postmaster in Udall to his successor. He still had the love of photography but decided to try something a little different. “I wanted to re-invent myself as a photographer but still benefit from the experience and knowledge that I had gained over the years.”
His photographic re-invention has revealed a remarkable talent for artistic photographs. Ciskowski enjoys the freedom of retirement to take every possible opportunity to travel with his wife Norma. The images he has captured and printed in his home studio have proven to be popular at various art shows in the area. Ciskowski’s eye for unique perspective and his thirst for detail allow him to capture artistic views of places, scenes, wildlife, and buildings that reveal his inner artist.
Both Mike and Norma enjoy the road trips, especially those that send them toward their grandchildren in the Dallas area. When they are not traveling or showing photos at art shows, they make their home in Udall with a pet bunny named Gus.
Gallery 1001 welcomes Michael Ciskowski in a public reception Friday, March 31 from 5:00 until 7:00 pm. Stop by to visit with Mike and Norma, and see the beautiful scenes he has captured with his camera.
Art is Life and Life is Art for Winfield potter Ann Edwards. Currently a full-time student at Wichita State University studying ceramics and anthropology, Edwards brings her unique creations to Gallery 1001 as a new member artist. Edwards has known she was an artist since her teen years. However, for several years she suppressed her passion for art and worked in offices while she started her family. Recently, she returned to school to study art and perfect her skills in ceramics, photography, and graphic design.
Part of her university training involved apprenticing in a retail art location, and she has served Gallery 1001 as an apprentice for several years. Now closer to completion of her college work, she is welcomed as a full member artist at the gallery.
For Ann Edwards, art is the life-blood that holds people together. Edwards blends a passion for nature and the environment with her artwork. She has long been disturbed at the increasing tendency for disposable utensils in daily life, and offers durable, functional art for use around the house, particularly in the kitchen.
“I make high-fired functional pottery and choose the type of clay body to match the functionality of the piece. I focus on form and color in my work and use soda or wood-fired salt atmospheric techniques to bring in another aspect of nature and beauty to my work. I feel a great satisfaction in being able to provide a beautiful healthier alternative of functionality to the user.”
Edwards notes her love of nature and the environment have had heavy influences on her work. To that end, she has surrounded herself with her unique creations. “I have replaced all plastics in my kitchen with pottery or glass, including storage containers.” She is delighted to offer healthy and environmentally sound alternatives for use in other Winfield homes.
Gallery 1001, 1001 Main in Winfield, will host a welcome reception for Ann Edwards Friday, December 9, 5:00 until 7:00 pm. Stop by to meet Ann, see her unique creations, chat with other talented artists at the gallery and relax in a warm and friendly place.
Gallery 1001 welcomes photographer John Laurance as a member artist. Relatively new to Winfield and Kansas, he arrived a year and a half ago from Anchorage, Alaska where he lived for 35 years. His grown children and grandchildren are still scattered along the west coast from California to Alaska.
Though interested in photography for much of his life, he became serious about photographs as art about five years ago when he acquired a quality digital camera. Inspired by the photographs of Galen Rowell’s world-wide travels, Laurance has never lacked for intriguing subject matter.
“Nature is a great creator of art. All we have to do is look,” he said.
He is fascinated with the images others have displayed. “By studying the work of others, I have learned perspective,” he explained. “Art in all kinds of media impacts me.”
“Art is a strength of Winfield. Whether we acknowledge it or not, art surrounds us. From the design of buildings we live and work in, to statues and murals in public places, or the pictures we hang on our walls, art is everywhere.”
Though Kansas offers photographic subjects quite different from Alaska, the agreeable temperatures make it easier for him to get out. “I find subjects that just aren’t available in Alaska. I have developed a different way of viewing things here. There just aren’t any mountains around. But that has offered an opportunity to broaden my skills and branch out to find shots I think are worthwhile.”
The images of John Laurance enrich the offerings at Gallery 1001. Stop by and have a look.
Winfield resident Jan Hathaway is a new member artist of Gallery 1001. A life-long photographer, she recently began to view her images as art at the urging of friends and students.
Jan admires the paintings of Georgia O’Keefe and photographs of Ansel Adams. She credits their work as influential to her own. Inspired by the infusion of art in Winfield, she said, “Art saturates Winfield. Capturing a moment in time is my photography goal. It gives me pleasure to share my pictures with others.”
A former early childhood special education teacher, she has continued her passion for teaching into retirement as instructor of photography classes for seniors through Cowley College. She takes a camera everywhere she goes and photographs events, portraits, and natural scenes.
“My husband and I travel quite a bit. I enjoy capturing the beauty and the memories with my camera.”
Widely recognized for her colorful notecards, Jan recently discovered how to put her images on wrapped artist canvas. The vividly colorful enlargements inspire many gallery viewers.
Jan lives in Winfield with her husband of forty-seven years, retired pastor Ken Hathaway. They enjoy life with their two daughters and families, including five grandchildren.
“The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious – the fundamental emotion which stands at the cradle of true art and true science.” -Albert Einstein
“What I like about photographs is that they capture a moment that’s gone forever, impossible to reproduce.”
– Karl Lagerfeld