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Stan Kenton Christmas Carols: SUNDAY December 15th at 2:00 P.M. –  McPherson Church of the Brethren

Christmas Event M.A.A.


Champagne Bus Tour Saturday October 26

loraxVAAM Gallery & MAA present this Art Bus trip to the Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha, Nebraska.

Theodor Seuss Geisel (1904-1991), better known by his pen name, Dr. Seuss, is one of the best-loved children’s book authors of all time. Employing enormous imagination, silly rhymes, and whimsical illustrations, he was perhaps the first author to make reading fun, both for kids and their parents.

Filled with good humor, many books by Geisel taught important lessons like the value of treating people fairly, the benefits of open-mindedness, and the amazing things you can achieve if you believe in yourself. Some stories, such as The Lorax, even expressed Geisel’s personal views on social and political issues. Published in 1971, before protecting the earth became a global concern, Dr. Seuss spoke through his character, the Lorax, who “spoke for the trees,” warning against mindless progress and the danger it poses to the planet. Today, this book is celebrated as one that educated and inspired a new generation to preserve our natural resources. On loan from the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library, Austin, TX, Joslyn’s exhibition presents preliminary crayon drawings and final pen and ink line art that tell the complete story of The Lorax.

A doodler at heart, Geisel often remarked that he never really learned to draw. His school notebooks included bizarre creatures framing sporadic class notes. Over the years, his illustrations brought a visual realization to his fantastic, imaginary worlds. He created every rough sketch, preliminary drawing, final line drawing, and finished work for each page of every project he illustrated. The color sketches and line art on view at Joslyn, along with the typewritten story Geisel affixed to the pages, provide a fascinating look at the early development of a Dr. Seuss classic.

Save the date and plan on joining us on Saturday, October 26.


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.


Youth and Adult Art Classes have finished up from the summer months and we are now proud to announce the next classes for Adults fall art programming.

We are now enrolling for Ceramics, and Metal smithing classes!


UPCOMING ARTIST RECEPTION: Selections from “War and Peace”
At the McPherson Arts Alliance’s VAAM Gallery
Reception – Friday, August 16, 5–7 pm
Come and meet Shin-hee Chin

Works in fabric and fiber by Shin-hee Chin, July–August 2013


The McPherson County Community Foundation recently made a donation to the McPherson Arts Alliance to help provide funding to support the McPherson Arts Alliance Educational Youth Art Classes for this 2013 summer session. We thank the McPherson County Community Foundation for their support!
Support for Summer Youth Art Series


Check out the McPherson Sentinel link to our recent featured Youth Photography Class with Jim Griggs.



June 13, 2013

Classes are in full swing at the Mary Anderson Art Center! Stop by to see all the activity in the youth and adult art classes!

The VAAM gallery has another wonderful exhibition installed. More details coming soon! Stop by the McPherson Arts Alliance’s VAAM Gallery to see the wonderful

works of art on display!


February 26, 2013

Check out of Course Schedules to see the latest line up of new Adult Art Class offerings! Many courses to choose from!

Also, We are gearing up for another Champagne Bus Tour scheduled for April 13, 2013.

Date changed!

Champagne Art Bus Tour!

Saturday, April 13, we’re off to the

National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum

Oklahoma City, OK

Sponsored by McPherson Arts Alliance, Inc. and VAAM Gallery

$75.00, includes coffee, breads, champagne, and chocolate on the bus

and special buffet lunch at the Museum!

Bus leaves the VAAM gallery, McPherson, at 7:30 am

and returns to the VAAM Gallery about 7:30 pm same evening.

No hassles with driving, maps, or parking!

You will love the western art to be seen!

All who’ve taken our Champagne Art Bus Tours have lots of fun!

TICKETS: visit the VAAM Gallery

223 S. Main St. (in the McPherson Opera House), McPherson

Hours: Tuesday–Saturday, 10 am–5 pm

or 620-241-6131 or mcphersonartsalliance@gmail.com

Previous January 2013 News:

McPherson Arts Alliance is a new organization that has developed to provide opportunities for appreciation, education, and participation in the Arts. Please watch for upcoming announcements online and in the local McPherson paper during January 2013.


We are pleased to invite you to a relaxing evening entitled,
“WINE & PAINT,” on January 25th, 2013 at the McPherson Opera House.

Starting at 6:00 p.m. we are having a wonderful community celebration!

This will be free, open to the public celebration where we will be announcing a newly created nonprofit arts organization,
“The McPherson Arts Alliance, Inc.”

6:00 P.M. – Join us in the Ballroom for music, wine, food & refreshments & hear a brief overview of what the

“The McPherson Arts Alliance, Inc.” has been working on & is planning for Spring 2013. What we are excited about:

* New leadership has been created within the arts in the city of McPherson, to help promote the arts in McPherson County, and we can’t wait to tell you more details about it!

6:15 P.M.  The “Wine & Paint” event will begin in the ballroom. Mingle and enjoy a glass of wine & choose to watch or participate with local artist, Wayne Conyers in “Watercolor With Wayne.”
-The first 20 RSVP participants are guaranteed a workshop placement. – (All materials for workshops will be supplied for you.)

7:15 P.M. Make your way to the ”Wheel Throwing & Metal Smithing” demonstrations located in “The Mary Anderson Art Center.” Enjoy food & refreshments while you watch or participate.

8:00-8:15 P.M. Continue to mingle, and make your way to the art gallery on the main floor of the McPherson Opera House. Hear about the current art exhibition and upcoming events planned for Spring 2013.

You will also have a chance to sign up for a wonderful “Champagne & Art Bus Trip” that will take place in February to view
western art at the Oklahoma City National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum!

Anyone who is interested in being a part of this wonderful event please RSVP to: e-mail: mcphersonartsalliance@gmail.com

We look forward to seeing you there McPherson!

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