May 1, 2012
More than 1,000 people view Cowley fine arts during Final Friday art crawl
With a variety of works on display and for sale during the Final Friday art crawl in Wichita’s Old Town district, more than 1,000 people stopped in to see the work of Cowley College’s fine art students and faculty.
Students in Cowley College’s art department, along with art instructor Mark Flickinger and technical director of theatre Jamison Rhoads, spent many hours getting the building, located at 416 S. Commerce, ready to host the art show.
Once finished with cleanup, the event ran from 6-11 p.m. last Friday. Seven artists sold works ranging from $30 to $600. The works included image prints, paintings, pottery and sculptures.
Art galleries, museums, restaurants and retail shops stayed open late and welcomed visitors as part of the Final Friday art crawl.
During the event, Cowley student Henry Englemeyer sold three pots at a cost of $600 a piece. The seven Cowley artists that sold works raised $2,625. Of the total money raised, 10 percent ($262.50) goes to the Art Club to help pay for future art shows.
Flickinger was proud of the work done by the students.
“They all worked very hard and learned what it takes to put their work out there,” Flickinger said. “Art is meant to be seen.”
During the art show, members of the Temporal Mechanics Union, the percussion ensemble resident at Cowley College, entertained those in attendance. Among those in TMU are, Cowley employees Chris Mayer, Bryan McChesney, and Mike Fell. Other members of TMU that performed on Friday were, Lynn Hunter (instructor at Winfield High School), Cowley student Indigo Pohlman, and Cowley graduate Wayne Farley.
“The music helped draw people in,” Cowley student Michael Bowling said.
Bowling, who sold his painting titled “The Alley You Were Warned About” for $125, was grateful for the opportunity to have his work on display at such a high profile event.
“It was exciting to have people there to see our work,” Bowling said. “Our building was one of the most popular places on the street when the sun went down.”
Flickinger wanted to thank Dave and Marilyn Grisham with Fiber Studio in Wichita for lending a helping hand with the event and is looking forward to holding a similar art show at Fiber Studio in the future.
Cowley students that had work on display were, Alex Bowker, Craig Cropek, Abby Ferris, Marc Hunt, Kat Lowe, Maribel Ramirez, Abby Showalter, Luke Smith, John Lafitte, Amanda Dantas, Amanda Meads, Amanda Yauch, Kiefer Waltman, Samantha Nichols, Megan Blevins, Jace Franklin, Bowling and Englemeyer.
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