“Form & Shape” on display July 14 – September 7
(NEWTON, Kan.) – “I’m always searching for new images and techniques to express my creative vision,” said Judy Dove, one of the two artists featured in “Form & Shape.” Dove and Scott Brown are offering art lovers a variety of different mediums to enjoy, including paintings, collages, and mobiles. Dove received her master of fine arts degree from Wichita State University with a major in printmaking and a minor in painting. She has been featured in one-person and group shows and has taught workshops and college-level classes. “I want to engage the viewer in my images so that he or she can bring something of themselves to the experience.” said Dove.
Scott Brown is a fine arts instructor at Hutchinson Community College, and he has his own methods and outlets for his creative tendencies. His discovery of a vintage Line-O-Scribe printing press several years ago gave him the impetus to start “The Big Nasty Press.” Under that banner, he creates new works of art, often in collaboration with other artists. There’s a feeling of obligation, he said, when he finds something like a forgotten printing press or a discarded glass bottle, “It can still be used to make something beautiful.”
The nonprofit Carriage Factory Art Gallery, celebrating its 35th anniversary this year, is housed in a former carriage factory founded in 1883. The building is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Support for the organization comes primarily through memberships, donations, art sales, facility rental and fundraisers.
In addition to featured exhibits that highlight the work of local and regional artists, the gallery includes a consignment gallery for artists, a gift shop and collections of paintings by Albert H. Krehbiel and Vernon Rickman.
The gallery provides workshops in various art media throughout the year and offers space for rent for special events and meetings. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.