Kansas Masters Invitational Art Show Arrives in Topeka

The works of 56 of the state’s premiere artists will pack the Alice C. Sabatini Gallery inside the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library. The exhibit, which opens Sept. 2, features art ranging from sweeping Kansas landscapes to contorted glass sculptures.

The Kansas Masters Invitational Art Show includes Kansas artists who have attracted national attention, including Roger Shimomura, Marjorie Schick, Stan Herd and Cally Krallman (artwork pictured). It also showcases some artists not often shown in this area of the state.

“The art is varied and diverse. You will see some art you love and works you don’t care for. There’s everything from realism to abstract, impressionism to wild and crazy. But if one looks closely, all of it has a connection to Kansas,” said Sherry Best, gallery director. “Attendees will see the collective creativity of this state and take away from the exhibit a newfound pride.”

Kansas Masters First Friday Opening Reception is Sept. 2, with another First Friday Oct. 7. Dig deeper into the works on display by attending a curator talk Oct. 16 from 3 to 4pm.

The exhibit has traveled the state in honor of the Kansas Sesquicentennial and makes its last stop in Topeka. It opened in April at the Strecker-Nelson Gallery in Manhattan, then in mid-July went down to the Center for the Arts in Wichita, and ends its run at the Sabatini Gallery on Oct. 21. The exhibit’s guest curator is Don Lambert, a writer, curator and advocate to the arts.

Learn more about the Kansas Masters Invitational Art Show at the Sabatini Gallery by clicking on the links below:



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

Library hours are Mon. through Fri. 9 am to 9 pm, Sat. 9 am to 6 pm and Sunday 12 pm to 9 pm.                                        

Lisa is a former employee and shared the library story in many of her posts.