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December 10, 2008

Pair of Cowley instructors to put talent on display at Caff� Acoustic


Demonstrating how art and music work together, Steve Butler and Mark Flickinger will be the featured performers at Caffé Acoustic held Thursday, Dec. 18 at 7:30 p.m. at Brown’s in Arkansas City. There is no cost to attend the event.

The first half of the show will consist of a Christmas concert with Butler doing some instrumental and vocal pieces. The second half of the show will feature Flickinger working on a painting of Kansas landscape, while Butler accompanies him on the piano.

The duo has performed together three previous times this fall. The evening will not only feature music and art, but also comedy as the two share friendly banter amongst each other.

“I am looking forward to doing this with Steve, we had a lot of fun doing this in the fall,” Flickinger said. “Every time is different.”

Butler is a music instructor and head of Cowley College’s music theory department. He also serves as the lead piano instructor and is the accompanist for the Concert Choir and Cowley County Singers.

For the past several years, Butler has led everything from youth to adult church choirs, taught private piano, made recordings and toured the Midwest performing numerous concerts and engagements with the “Butler Brothers” Band.

He also is the Minister of Music at First Baptist Church in Arkansas City.

Flickinger has shown his work in many galleries across the country, including Axis in Philadelphia, Browns in Boise, Idaho and Jay-Addington in Chicago, as well as having solo exhibitions at Exhibit A Gallery in Savannah GA.

He also shows currently at American Legacy in Kansas City and locally over the years at Clayton Staples, Trish Higgins and Fiber Arts. His paintings are included in many private public collections across America and abroad. 

The Governor of Kansas office purchased Flickinger’s oil painting titled “Cedars and Snow”. Along with the painting being displayed in the Governor’s mansion, the painting was used as last year’s Christmas card, which the Governor’s Office sent out to more than 28,000 homes worldwide.

The subject of Flickinger’s work is a study of light effects in nature as expressed through color and texture. He finds in the Kansas landscape a source that is wondrous and fair.

Butler believes people in attendance will be pleased with the pairing.

“This allows us to show how music and art work together,” Butler said.

Brown’s is located at 225 S. Summit St. Caffé Acoustic is a community project, with CornerBank, Home National Bank, and Union State Bank, and The Arts at Cowley helping fund the concert series.