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McPherson Arts Alliance VAAM Gallery

Featured in the McPherson Arts Alliance VAAM Gallery this fall is art by two of the newest artist members of the Alliance:  Dale Hartley and Cozette Christian.  These artists show works that are visiually appealing and intriguing  for the techniques displayed.

Cozette Christian & Dale Hartley

Show is in the VAAM Gallery: September-October 2013

Reception – Friday, October 18, 5–7 pm

Cozette studied art in the early 70’s but didn’t take up oil painting till the summer of 2012.  She took part in a VAAM workshop with Kim Casebeer, a Kansas landscape artist, and began painting almost daily from that point on.  She found she enjoyed painting outside — “plein aire”.  She also exhibits some skilled still life’s.  Cozette prizes the effects of loose quick brush strokes. Her work shows the pleasing results of emphasis on shapes, shadows and color. There is so much thought involved in the concept, the drawing, then mixing the colors and applying the paint.  The smooth results hide the challenges she overcomes painting captivating scenes from her world.  You’ll find Cozette’s perspective on familiar local subjects and scenes from vacation spots.

Dale Hartley has a studio in Chase County between Marion and Emporia.  Her clay vessels are handbuilt from clay slabs rolled by hand and are one-of-a-kind.  Some are subtly textured with sands collected from travels.  Dale then add slips, glazes, and enamels, so surface designs are developed from a succession of processes.  She fires her clay creations to different temperatures and sometimes add combustibles to effect the firing atmosphere. For her raku pieces, Dale may  pull the pieces out of the fire and place them in a metal reduction chamber with sawdust causing them to be reduced or smoked. The smoke turns areas of the clay that are left unglazed  black and glazes with copper in them to become a shiny metallic.   Sometimes the pieces are slowly layered to completion, with enamel additions, for example.  Dale also exhibits some Flint Hills landscapes at the gallery.

 Don’t forget to mark your Calendars for the Oct. 18th Artist Reception

Come and meet both the artists!
VAAM Gallery, 223 S. Main, McPherson, KS
Open 10 am–5 pm, Tuesday–Saturday
The exhibit is free and open to the public.



“Anne Frank”
by Shin-hee Chin

The VAAM Gallery presents

Selections from “War and Peace” 

2012 exhibit at the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum, Abilene, Kansas

Works in fabric and fiber by Shin-hee Chin

 July–August 2013

Reception – Friday, August 16, 5–7 pm
Come and meet Shin-hee Chin

VAAM Gallery, 223 S. Main, McPherson, KS
Open 10 am–5 pm, Tuesday–Saturday
The exhibit is free and open to the public.


There are many works of art on display at the McPherson Arts Alliance VAAM Gallery!

Stop by to see the latest exhibition and learn about the next reception!


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Margi Sweeton, Wichita, May-June 2013

Designs of the Celtic Isles
Paintings & Pastels by
Margi Sweeton
May1–July 2
Reception Sunday, May 19, 3–5 pm

Margi Sweeton’s rich and colorful paintings and pastels feature themes and motifs of Celtic scriptural embellishments. These not only capture your visual attention, but may inspire contemplation.
Medieval monks preserving and copying biblical scripture in Ireland and England, included very intricate designs in borders, scriptural illustrations, and chapter headings, based on the traditional Celtic motifs carried over from before conversion. They also included highly stylized animal, plant and human forms in pleasing patterns. Sweeton’s interpretation of these forms is faithful to the old form and style, but large and often positioned to focus attention on specific elements. Rich colors and intricate patterns of knot-work and intertwining forms are entrancing.
The original work of the medieval monks was meant not only to decorate, but also to inspire and symbolize the complex intertwining that connects people and living things. The art was produced also as a meditative devotional work of hands. You will find that following the twisting, intricate forms by eye in the gallery absorbing and relaxing.
Sweeton, who acquired her BFA in painting and continues to paint in both oil, acrylic, and pastel, is also a writer with a keen interest in historical novels, specifically eleventh century Celtic and Viking history. She has exhibited locally and has been represented by Murillo Studio and Gallery in Wichita since 2002.
A reception for the Margi Sweeton will be held Sunday, May 19, 3–5 pm at the VAAM Gallery, 223 South Main Street, located in the McPherson Opera House. Also displayed are paintings, pottery, jewelry, and other work by gallery members.

March 5, 2013

Rick Frisbie, Salina artist, March-April

     The VAAM Gallery (McPherson Arts Alliance, Inc.) in McPherson features the paintings of Salina artist Rick Frisbie March 1 through April 27.  The vivid colored canvases exhibited have a variety of subjects, including landscapes, still life, figures and portraits.
One painting expresses this quote attributed to Aristotle, “For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them.” Frisbie lives by this philosophy. “You learn to paint by painting,” he says. “Artwork is work. It’s a process, and I have so much to learn.”
Most days you will find him at approximately 5:30 am in his four room studio, where natural light streams in through large windows, to paint for three hours before heading to work as manager of a financial partnership and as a teacher for English as a Second Language courses. In the evenings, and sometimes when he is able to steal away in the afternoons, the artist returns to his studio to perfect his art.
Throughout his adult life, Frisbie tried his hand at a number of artistic endeavors without any formal training. He created sculptures and hand-dug clay vessels. He built furniture and carved figures out of wood, sandstone and limestone. He dabbled in photography, and sketched and painted in a variety of mediums. His focus dramatically sharpened 13 years ago when he enrolled in an evening painting workshop. The course inspired him to take a watercolor class through the Salina Art Center and to concentrate all his artistic efforts on painting. Shortly afterward, he enrolled in an advanced painting class at Bethany College. He found the classes taught by Mary Kay and Frank Shaw very encouraging and helpful and continued with them for four semesters. Following this he has taken numerous painting workshops located in different states and Canada. His hard work has been rewarded by being invited to hold solo and two-person exhibits and being selected for participation in many juried exhibitions.
“Calliope of Color” is the title he has given to a broad selection of his paintings from the last several years. A calliope is a musical instrument that produces sound by sending steam through large whistles. They are loud, hard to tune and the pitch of each whistling pipe is affected by the temperature of the steam producing the sound. They are a main attraction of circus fun and parades. He says “When I look at my paintings I sometimes have a ‘calliopic’ experience.”
“The paintings in this show are whistling a variety of subject matters, styles and techniques. I think that they also whistle with emotional steam—the steam of both the painter and the viewer. Whether fun or serious, one artist said my paintings are united by a ‘strong palette.’” I like color and contrast. And yes, there is something of an intentional lack of perfect pitch and wackiness that my paintings share with the calliope.”
The reception for Rick Frisbie will be April 7, 2–4 pm in the VAAM Gallery.

February 13, 2013

“What McPherson Means to Me”

All-Community Invitational Photography Exhibition!
January–February 2013
The theme is “What McPherson Means to Me.”
Vote for your favorite photo!
The reception to honor the photographers is
Sunday, February 24, 2–4 pm.

New! Champagne Art Bus Tour!

Champagne Art Bus Tour! (1-day!)
Saturday, April 13, 2013
We’re off to the
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
Oklahoma City, OK
Sponsored by McPherson Arts Alliance, Inc. & VAAM Gallery
$75.00 per person includes coffee, breads, champagne, and chocolate on the bus
and special buffet lunch at the Museum!
You’ll love all the western art!
All who’ve taken our Champagne Art Bus Tours have lots of fun!
Bus leaves the VAAM Gallery at 7:30 am and returns about 7:30 pm same day!
No hassles with driving, maps, or parking!
TICKETS – at the VAAM Gallery, 223 S. Main, McPherson (in McPherson Opera House), open Tuesday–Saturday, 10 am–5 pm, 620-620-241-6131 mcphersonartsalliance@gmail.com

November 5, 2012

Brian Lingle Photography – Chuck Houchen Furniture

Photography by
Brian Lingle, Hutchinson
Handcrafted Furniture by
Chuck Houchen, McPherson
Paintings by
Larry Lambert, Hutchinson
November 3–December 21
Reception November 18, 2–4 pm

October 16, 2012

2 New Fall Art Classes!

Intro to Airbrush Painting & Equipment Workshop 

(adults & older youth)

Instructor: Brady Scott, Hutchinson
Description: Participants will learn about the history of the airbrush, the fields that airbrush artists work in, and examples of great artwork and artists. This will be followed by an extensive walkthrough of the equipment and supplies needed to pursue air brushing as a hobby and possible career, some basic knowledge in other fields of art as it pertains to the practice of airbrushing, demonstration, and some possible hands-on experience.
Date to be announced. (a Saturday, 1–4 pm)
Class Fee: $15

Cartooning—Take your pencil doodling a new direction!

(adults & older youth)
Instructor: LaVena Kay Kidd, McPherson
Description: Participants will learn the history of cartooning, techniques of drawing cartoon character body-construction, and will create a personal cartoon character and how to put it in its own cartoon “universe.”
Tuesdays, October 23, 30, Nov. 6, 13, 20, 7–9 pm
Class fee: $40 (5 weeks)
A list of supplies will be provided to participants before the first class.
Deadline to register: October 22

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September 19, 2012

Evening Art Classes for Fall 2012

Evening Art Classes for Adults
(back by popular demand!)
in the Mary Anderson Arts Center of the McPherson Opera House sponsored by
McPherson Arts Council (M.A.C.) & VAAM (Visual Arts Alliance of McPherson, Inc.)

Register in the VAAM Gallery, 223 S. Main St., McPherson
Tues–Sat 10am–5pm

620-241-5774 or 620-241-6131

Jewelry & Metalsmithing Beginners Welcome!

(adults & older youth)

Instructor: Lori Martin Price
Participants will be guided through basic projects to familiarize them with tools, equipment, and media while creating a finished piece of jewelry at the end of each project. Students who have metalsmithing experience can build on their skills and knowledge.
Thursdays, Sept. 20, 27, Oct. 4, 11, 25, Nov. 1 (not Oct. 18)
5:30–7:30 pm
Class Fee: $55 (6 weeks), Plus a materials fee payable to directly to the instructor
Class limit: 15
Enrollment deadline: September 20

Beginning Ceramics, Wheel Throwing & Handbuilding

(adults & older youth)

Instructor: Leanne Kilmer
Participants will learn basic hand-building and wheel throwing skills to make a variety of pottery shapes such as open, enclosed, organic, & sculptural forms, how to attach handles, and methods of glazing and/or decorating pottery.
NEW DATES: Mondays, October 1, 8, 22, 29, Nov. 5, 12, (not Oct. 15)
5:30–8:30 pm
Class Fee: $65 (6 weeks) Participants will also purchase materials and tools necessary from the instructor. These will include tools for building with and throwing clay, 25–50 lbs of clay, and glazes. Total is approximately $57.99 depending on glazes the participant uses.
Class limit: 8
Deadline to enroll: September 24

Continuing Ceramics, Wheel Throwing & Tiles

(adults & older youth)

Instructor: Leanne Kilmer
Participants will continue expanding their hand-building and wheel throwing  skills, learn to throw containers with lids, new methods of glazing and or decorating pottery, use slab roller and make slab projects.
NEW DATES: Thursdays, October 4, 11, 18, 25, Nov. 1, 8, 15, 29 (not Nov. 22)
5:30–8:30 pm
Class Fee: $85 (8 weeks), and participants will purchase materials and tools as needed from the instructor.
Class limit: 10
Deadline to enroll: September 27

 More classes to be announced!
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August 31, 2012

All Dressed Up and Nowhere To Go

Paintings by Mary Werner
August 30–October 31, 2012
Reception, Sunday, September 9, 2–4 pm
Werner says of her work, “The dress form has been my muse for almost 20 years. Nothing captures my imagination as much as that particular shape. I find it magical. I love the dress. I love that it symbolizes a uniquely feminine experience. It’s easily recognizable in its function and purpose. It describes a universal attitude as well as an individual person. The dress images are colorful, humorous, animated and symbolic. The dress reminds me of the female figure and sharply contrasts the endless racks of black pantsuits in the local clothing stores; the pantsuit has become the modern female uniform. A dress can be flirty and functional, dressy or ordinary. These paintings and drawings were inspired by a 1955 Montgomery Wards–Spring and Summer catalog, which describes each item with great detail, creating a scenario for each article of clothing as if to describe the person wearing it. Not only is that nostalgic but humorous.”
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August 3, 2012

A Kansas Reunion

VAAM presents…
Works by Robert Bolton Smith
in the VAAM Gallery
July 3–September 1, 2012
Photography by Mark Hunter
in the Heritage Gallery
August 2–September 29, 2012
Reception, August 4, 2–4 pm
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July 23, 2012

VAAM artists are “Artists in Residence” at Red Barn Studio

Monday, July 23–Saturday, July 28!
The VAAM artist-members will be
the “Artists in Residence”
at the Red Barn Studio in downtown Lindsborg.
This will be their 11th year as Artists in Residence.
Stop in and see what each of the artists are working on!
You can also ask them about their work
and see how they do what they do!
The studio is open 10 pm–5 pm.
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Our Mission

We are now a part of the McPherson Arts Alliance, Inc. (MAA) a 501 c 3 non-profit organization. The mission of MAA is to provide avenues for appreciation, education, and participation in the Arts! Come join us!
The McPherson Arts Alliance
VAAM Gallery is located at
223 S. Main St.
(located in the McPherson Opera House)
McPherson, Kansas 67460.Open Tuesday to Saturday
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.(620) 241-5774(mailing address is PO Box 66)

Stop in and see us!

VAAM Gallery, 223 S. Main St, in the McPherson Opera House

2013! Coming Up!

All-Community Juried Photography Exhibition!January–February 2013. The theme is“What McPherson Means to Me.”Prizes will be awarded to the juror’s top 3 photographs in the amounts of $100, $75, and $50. A distinguished photographer outside the community has selected the prize-winning photographs and will explain the judging during the February 24reception and award ceremony in the VAAM Gallery, 223 S. Main St. The public is also invited to vote for a favorite photo!



Student Show, McPherson College Art Department 
Reception, Sunday, February 26, 2–4 pmHeritage Gallery: Michael Yates, drawings & paintings, through April 30MARCH–APRIL
Paul Friesen, potter and scuptor, through April 28
Reception, Sunday, 2–4 pmChampagne, Chocolate & Art Bus Trip to Oklahoma City Museum of Art to see the glass wonders of Dale Chihuly. Saturday, March 31, 7 am–10 pm, $75 includes coffee, breads, champagne, chocolate on the bus, pluslunch in the lovely Museum Cafe. Reservations required. Call 620-241-5774
Juried Photography Exhibition“Faces and Places of McPherson” in both VAAM Gallery and Heritage Gallery of the Opera House. January 12–February 28. Reception in honor of the photographers, Saturday, January 15, 5:30–7:00 pm. Come and see the photos and vote for your favorite photo for the People’s Choice Award.MARCH-APRIL
Serigraphs and print-making by David Brock in the Heritage Gallery of the Opera House, through March 31. Memorial Exhibit of the work of John Blake Bergers through May 30.Exhibit of the work of the Fort Hays University Faculty in the VAAM Gallery through April 30.MAY-JUNE
Figurative Ceramic Sculpture Show byMichaela Groeblacher, through June 30. Reception is Saturday, May 14, 6-8 pm.In the Heritage Gallery, the memorial exhibit of John Blake Bergerscontinues through May 30. Reception is Sunday, May 22, 2-4 pm.June 1, 2, 3, 9, Ceramics Class for Kids, 3rd-4th graders & 5th-6th graders. Instructors, Betty Jo Houchen and Jodi Houchen.June–July 30, also in the Heritage Gallery, “From Eighteen to Eighty,” an exhibit of paintings and photographs by Betty Jo Houchen. 8oth Birthday Celebration Reception, Sunday, June 5, 2–4 pm.June 16, The documentary film “Who Does She Think She Is” examines women’s struggle to juggle parenting and creativity, partnering and independence, economics and art. Do we have to choose between who we love and what we love? Discussion.JULY-AUGUST
Guest artists Jeannette Seger andPatricia Neufeld exhibit July 1-August 31. Reception, Friday, August 26, 5-7 pm in the VAAM gallery.July 11–15, Wood is Good–Wood Assemblage for Kids, 1st–5th graders. Instructor, Anne Nettleton, Salina.VAAM Artist-Members are Artists-in-Residence at the Raymer Society of the Arts – Red Barn Studio in Lindsborg, Kansas, Sunday, July 17-Saturday, July 23. Reception Friday, July 22, in honor of the 10th Anniversary of their working arts residency.

Opening August 2 in the Heritage Gallery of the McPherson Opera House will be artwork of Rosella Ogg, Manhattan, Kansas. She taught at McPherson High School 1959–1964. Her exhibt continues through September 30. Reception for Jeannette Seger, Patricia Neufeld, and Rosella Ogg will be Friday, August 26.

Assemblages! exhibit by Nancy Masterson, Hutchinson, and Kurt Wolf, Salina, September 1–October 31. Reception, September 17.

Photography by Jim Griggs, October 1–31, in the Heritage Gallery of the McPherson Opera House.

Paintings by Philomene Bennett, Kansas City, November 1–30.

“A Night of Black & White” gala reception/formal dinner with Philomene Bennett, by reservation only, Saturday, November 18, starting at 5:30 pm. For tickets, 620-241-1952, emailinfo@mcphersonoperahouse.org or purchase online athttp://www.mcphersonoperahouse.org/now_pages/playing2.html

Holiday Show of Quilts by Sondra Tolle, McPherson, Colleen Westerman, Galva, Kristina Carlson, Lindsborg, and Karen Tolle, Galva area, in the Heritage Gallery and upper floors of the McPherson Opera House. The exhibit of 60 quilts continues through December 31.

Annual Holiday Gift Show by the VAAM artist-members of McPherson, Lindsborg, Inman, Moundridge, Newton, Emporia, Hutchinson.

MORE coming…!

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