Plymouth Art Gallery

Painting of Plymouth Congregational Church by D.E. Uhlig

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 November/December

Hallway - Bill Goffrier

Bill will be part of Channel 8's "Positively Kansas" show Friday, November 16 at 8 PM  

     

Cabinet - Denise M. Irwin

Featured May/June

Hallway - Kira Morris Geer

     

Kira Morris Geer is an award-winning photographer specializing in high-end portraiture, nature, commercial and lifestyle documentary images. Most recently, her work was published in the May 2017 print edition of National Geographic Magazine. Her images have also been featured in international news and photography publications including CNN, The Washington Post, The Independent, Business Insider, BBC Travel, Digital Photo Pro Magazine, and Digital Photography Review among many others.

She has been awarded an IAAP (International Association of Art Photographers) Gold Medal, IES-PSS (Photographic Society of Singapore) Merit Award, and an ISF (Image Sans Frontier) Bronze Medal. Additionally, her photography has been exhibited in over nine countries across five continents and was chosen to be displayed at the United Nations COP22 Climate Change Summit.

She spent three winters living and working at McMurdo Station, a U.S. research base in Antarctica. In her time off, she traveled the world with her husband (whom she met in Antarctica) and continued to shoot, eventually producing award winning images on all seven continents. As an avid traveler and adventurer, she has done everything from running with the bulls in Spain, to spending the night sleeping in a self-dug snow cave in Antarctica, to riding her bike across America.

Featured March/April 2018

Hallway - Wayne Conyers

Wayne Conyers received a Master of Fine Arts in Painting at Fort Hays State University and started his career teaching high school art for 10 years. After Baldwin, he came to McPherson College for 33 years as full-time faculty, with 19 of those as department chair. His instruction has been primarily focused on ceramics and painting.

At the same time, he’s been a significant contributor to professional and community art organizations. These include serving as a board member for Watercolor USA and Kansas Watercolor Society; member of Phi Kappa Phi, National Art Education Association, Kansas Art Education Association, and Visual Arts Alliance of McPherson.  The Kansas Art Education Association awarded Mr. Conyers the honor of "Outstanding Art Educator-Higher Education" for the academic year 2016-17.  

Professionally, his works have won awards and been invited to well over 125 exhibitions at all levels – local, national and international – and has earned dozens of prominent awards for his work. He’s probably best known for his watercolor paintings, which are included within a variety of private, corporate and museum collections.

He has drawn from his life experience as inspiration for much of his work, but recently he’s been getting ideas from studying theoretical physics – dark matter, the multi-verse, string theory, and the like. In his technique, Conyers tends to blend surreal images with colorful geometric patterns – often infused with his quirky sense of humor.



Cabinet - Judi Michaelis

A native of Kansas, Judi earned her BS and BA degrees in Art Education from Pittsburg State University. She moved to Wichita, where she has taught art to school children of all ages for over 30 years. Judi is also the owner of Krazy Lady Designs, where she creates recycled art glass jewelry and her true passion, on-of-a-kind glass mosaics. She is a member of Wichita Women Artists, and a teaching artist for Arts Partners, where even in "retirement" she continues to teach young people to express themselves through various art mediums. 

Featured January/February 2018

Hallway - D. E. Uhlig

Hi. I’m D.E.Uhlig. I’m an artist, author, husband and father. For as long as I can remember, I have loved to draw. Years ago I gave my wife a hand-drawn card for our anniversary, and she loved it so much she made me promise to always hand-draw her cards. Then our three kids made me promise to do the same with their birthday cards. And when I posted some of my drawings online, people began asking how they could see more of my work—so I created a free, weekly email newsletter called “The Happiness of Art.” I send one email per week, each Friday. Typical issues include new artwork, prints for sale, interesting links and a Weekly Doodle. Subscribers are automatically entered in a monthly drawing for a free, limited edition fine art print — subscribe today at www.HappinessOfArt.com.

Cabinet - Judy Michaelis

A native of Kansas, Judi earned  BS and BA degrees in Art Education from Pittsburg State University.  She moved to Wichita, where she has taught art to schoolchildren of all ages for over 30 years.  Judi is also the owner of Krazy Lady Designs, where she creates recycled art glass jewelry and her true passion, one-of-a-kind glass mosaics. She is a member of Wichita Women Artists, and a teaching artist for Arts Partners, where even in "retirement" she  continues to teach young people to express themselves through various artmmediums.

Artist's Statement

GLASS, GLORIOUS GLASS
The reflection of light upon a surface.......
The interaction of colors.....
The unforgiving nature of the material.....
The evolution of the work as it progresses.....
The discovery of the process.....
The constant decision making....
ALL of these,  give me great satisfaction!

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