Kansas Artist Craftsman Association Exhibit Opens Oct. 5

Members of the Kansas Artist Craftsmen Association will showcase the latest in contemporary work in clay, fiber, metal and mixed media at the Alice C. Sabatini Art Gallery Oct. 5 through Nov. 2.

The highest caliber of craftsmanship and artistic expression can be seen in this exhibit. Judge for yourself. Come in and help select the People’s Choice award by casting your vote for your favorite among 47 entries. The People’s Choice as well as Juror’s Awards will be announced Nov. 2 during the First Friday ArtWalk, which is your time to meet the artists.

“Craft is taking a concept and deconstructing it, maybe even making it unusable,” said Sherry Best, Sabatini Gallery Art Director. “You’ll find thrown bowls of the more traditional vein of craft and political statement pieces that leave no question of the idea they are trying to convey.”

There are two categories of works by KACA artist members: Member Exhibition and Materials Mastery. Look for the color label to mark pieces judged as excellent representations of craft. The juror for this exhibit was Sherry Leedy, director of Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art in Kansas City, Mo.

The exhibit opens dialogue about crafts and how they fit into the art world. Come in and add to the discussion before it’s too late. The exhibit will close Nov. 2. For more information and a list of participating artists, visit Kansas Artist Craftsman Association online at http://tscpl.org/gallery/exhibitions/kansas-artist-craftsmen-association.

As you step into the gallery, view and touch works of paper engineering and pop-up books in the Fold This! exhibit through Oct. 21. Ink This!, an exhibition about printmaking opens Oct. 22. Both exhibits are shown in the Hirschberg Art Gallery (front space in the Sabatini Gallery).

The Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library is a 21st-century, landmark library, and features the Alice C. Sabatini Gallery, the Millennium Café, Chandler Booktique, meeting rooms, and free computer and Internet access and training.

Gallery hours are the same as library hours: Mon. through Fri. 9 am to 9 pm, Sat. 9 am to 6 pm and Sunday 12 pm to 9 pm.      

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