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October 12, 2011

Long time painter to have work on display in Wright Community Room


Jean Stockton, a long time Arkansas City resident and student at Cowley College, will have 67 of her paintings on display in the college’s Earle N. Wright Community Room now through Nov. 1. A reception featuring Stockton’s work, which will be accompanied by harpist Estelle Russum, will take place Oct. 18 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.Stockton
The work is a retrospective from the 1970’s through today. Stockton, who is 84 years old, has had several solo shows in Wichita. She has had her work on display at the Kansas University Medical Center and at Friends University. She has also had her work exhibited at Century II. However, this will be the first retrospective of her work.
Stockton, who has a studio in town, previously taught painting classes at Cowley in 1995-1996 before becoming a student in Mark Flickinger’s art classes. She has taken numerous painting classes at the school and is currently a student in Flickinger’s Foundation Painting 1 class.
“I have to give Mark credit for the work I am producing now,” Stockton said.
Stockton opened a studio on North Summit Street in Ark City in 1990 and remained at that location prior to moving the studio to Whispering Oaks in 2001. She is currently teaching individuals in her studio watercolors.
“Several of the artists in the studio exhibit their work and are selling their work in Wichita,” Stockton said.
Stockton grew up in Riverside, CA and became interested in painting and drawing while in high school. She works in almost every medium, but most of her work is oil on canvas. She will also have some sculptures and water pieces on display in the Wright Room. Her work consists of Kansas landscapes, western scenes, duck paintings, and paintings from the trips she has taken all around the world. The largest painting she has on display is of a train station in Barstow, CA.
Flickinger has enjoyed getting to know Stockton and says she usually completes one to two paintings per semester.
“She is a very demanding student, I just love her work,” Flickinger said. “She is deliberate, careful and reliable. She picks challenging projects and works on them until it is resolved.”
There is no cost to attend the reception or to view the retrospective of Stockton’s work. The majority of Stockton’s pieces will be for sale.
Pictured: Snowy morning on Badger Creek by Jean Stockton.