Plymouth Art Gallery

Plymouth Art Gallery

Located in the main hallway, the Plymouth art gallery displays visual art of various media created by local artists. Exhibits run for one to two months. Generally, the artwork is for sale by the artist with a percentage donated to Plymouth Church. Gallery hours are Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Wednesday, 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The gallery is also open during regularly scheduled church events. For information, call 316-684-0221. Past artists include Ze Bernardinello, Elly Fitzig, and Bob Bayer.

Featured October/November 2017

Hallway - Quilts by Piecemakers Quilting Bee and Members of Plymouth Church

The Piecemakers Quilting Bee meets at the Christian Church in Augusta every Monday beginning at 10 a.m. It is free time to sew on a project of your own or sit and chat with friends. Recently the Bee has been working on Quilts of Valor to be given to Veterans. The quilts on display in the Plymouth Gallery were made by Abby Arthur, Freema Covey, Paula Crozier, Sue Gillam, and Jeanne Shoecraft.

    

Cabinet - Deb Thomas

This month our cabinet features Gourd Art by Deb Thomas. Deb believes everyone can be creative if given the right tools. She also believes that everyone has a talent for something even though she believes talent is overrated. "I think all you need is to have a passion and a desire for something."


Featured August/September 2017

Hallway - Stacy Sparks

Contemplation: A Sabbatical Project

Dominated by the sky, the Kansas landscape overwhelms the eye with expanse and variety. These images reflect the splendor of the world outside my door. It takes my breath away. They portray the determined strength of people working toward a common goal. 

I made these photographs during a sabbatical from Southwestern College between August and December 2015. From nearly 7,000 photographs, I selected 40 images for this exhibit, attempting to invite others to see as I do.

When we visit unfamiliar places, we look for beauty and meaning. These images were found in the Flint Hills of Kansas and Oklahoma, within a few miles of my backyard.

I photographed people and places, capturing images of a vineyard, wind turbines and acres of croplands and pastures. I attended Veteran’s Day ceremonies in Winfield and spent time at a marching band festival at Southwestern College. I devoted several weeks to making photographs of the individuals involved with setting up the Walnut Valley festival at the Winfield Fairgrounds.         

My camera is a tool to illuminate quiet beauty and unwavering spirit. I use it to concentrate on a single area of the scene.  Now, I share what I see. 

           

Cabinet - Legacy PotteryWorks

Legacy PotteryWorks is an intense job training program for at risk youth in a creative, supportive environment. It is one of four branches of Legacy Ministries which all use creativity and community to communicate the love of Christ. The youth at PotteryWorks learn structured production skills creating both hand-thrown and cast pottery. The beautiful pottery made by our youth is sold online and at regional markets. As well as learning to make and sell potttery our youth learn necessary job and relational skills. The PotteryWorks team is passionate about participating in the redemptive work of God as we mold the clay and God shapes our souls.


Featured June/July 2017

Hallway and Cabinet - Janet Fisher

Janet Fisher graduated with a degree in Art Education from Kansas University with an emphasis in ceramics. After raising her family, she started teaching in her home studio. She has been teaching in her home studio for over 30 years. She mostly teaches watercolor, but also acrylic painting, collage, ceramics, assemblage sculpture, and encaustics (melted color wax). In the summer she has taken workshops in many different mediums. She likes to try almost every art form at least once. Grace Hill Winery displays her art on many of their wine labels. Several people have her custom tile in their homes. Janet will have her art hanging in the hallway and also her jewelry will be in the display cabinet thru June and July.

 

 


Featured May 2017

Hallway - Virginia Grass Simmons


Cabinet - Katie Robu

Katie will graduate from Newton High School May 13. In the fall she will be attending Wichita State University where she will pursue a BFA in Musical Theatre, BA in Dance, and a minor in Visual Arts with a concentration in Ceramics. She has danced since she was three years old first with MGM Studio of the Dance in Wichita and the past three years with Bethel College Academy in Newton. Katie has been involved in theatre her entire life performing at the Crown Uptown Dinner Theatre, Music Theatre Wichita, Music Theatre for Youth People, Center for the Arts, and Newton High School. Highlights onstage include Thomasina in Arcadia at Center for the Arts, Jesus Christ Superstar at MTWichita, Natalie in All Shook Up at Newton High School, Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz at MTYP, and most recently Sara in A Little Princess here at Plymouth.

Katie did not discover her love for Visual Arts until her sophomore year of high school when she took an Art Basics class. Since then she has taken Ceramics, Graphic Design, Mural Production, and Advanced Art. 

Katie has been a part of the Plymouth Church community since March of 2011. She would like to thank her Plymouth family for the love and support they have shown the past six years.

                               

       

April

Cabinet - Elisabeth Owens

Elisabeth Owens is a mother of three, fine artist, and freelance graphic designer living in Wichita, Kansas. In 2006, she and her husband, Paul, discovered their shared passion for restoring historic homes in College Hill. This sparked an affinity for the Arts & Crafts period of the early 20th century which she soon began applying to the medium of ceramics. Her original motivation of filling her bungalow with time-inspired pieces soon expanded beyond the walls of her own home. Elisabeth’s artistic process includes throwing each pot, hand decorating original designs, using a unique glaze, and hand painting under-glazed details before high firing. Her greatest goal in her art is to glorify her Creator by reflecting the art and lines found within nature. She is proud to have the opportunity to share her results with you.

Featured February 2017

Stephen Perry

The art of Stephen Perry, a fourth generation Wichitan will be on
display in the hallway for the next several weeks. A graduate of North High
School and Kansas State University, Steve's career began in landscape
architecture with an early interest in pen and ink sketches. After his
retirement from his firm McCluggage Van Sickle and Perry, he began fine art
printmaking in his Riverside home.  In his Backroads Press studio he is
currently working with photo-polymer plates in relief prints highlighted
with watercolor. In 2011 he published his second book, "Wander the Kansas
Flint Hills in Words and Images, which features 12 original prints and
writings about his favorite part of Kansas.  Take a moment to read a more
detailed history of his professional accomplishments that is posted in the
hallway along with his artwork.

Lulu Designs by Jana Luetje 

The display cabinet for the month of February features jewelry from
Jana Luetje. Originally from Wichita, Jana currently resides in Leawood,
Kansas with her husband, Andrew; son's Sam, George, and Ben; and their dog
Maisey. She earned a Master's in Social Work from the University of Kansas
and worked as a clinical social worker in the hospital and the mental health
field until 2005
While she is not driving carpool, watching her boys play sports or
watching ESPN, Jana can be found at her workbench creating stylish and
affordable jewelry for women that is feminine and bold.
Inspired by nature and her faith, her pieces feature distinctive
handmade necklaces, bracelets and earrings using soldered metals, natural
gemstones, semi-precious stones, beads and glass, vintage charms and crosses
and other repurposed materials. Her jewelry designs blend vintage and modern
to create one-of-a-kind wearable art. In addition to her growing line of
jewelry, she also crafts wood, hand painted Lazy Susan's and other unique
accessories from home. Jana is the daughter of Plymouth member Linda Wilson.


Featured October/November 2016

Patricia Neufeld

        

Mary Frances Skinner

        

Featured August/September 2016

Photography by Plymouth member John Brammer

 

 

Sculpture by Plymouth member Dan Closson