The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on October 4, 1996 · Page 25
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 25

Salina, Kansas
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Friday, October 4, 1996
Page 25
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Sunday.' FRIDAY >SFDE5n *r)f i •~: THE SALINA JOURNAL ••MMMMM|^^^^^^^^^^_^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ V KANSAS SAMPLER FESTIVAL Towns get | chance to gSell selves .Kansas Sampler Festival ::helps state's communities • promote selves to visitors ; By LINDA MOWERY-DENNING . The Salina Journal INMAN — Roberta Holdren couldn't believe there was hot a word about Jewell County at the 1995 Kansas Sampler Festival. She promised herself this year would be different. Holdren, who owns a variety store in L , the small town of Jewell, will 4f\ **l*i < > help with a . 10a.m.'tO.," booth at the 6 p<m£SatUrday artd, Vir j seventh an- n. -^ <• nua j £ egt j val Saturday and Sunday at the Penner farm, southeast of Inman. The booth will feature her town — "The Jewel of Kansas" — as well as Mankato and other county ". I .communities and the wares of local ' —artists and crafters. ;v£, "The best booth is recognized in some and we're going to take first prize. t)f course, that's probably what 130 others communities think, too," Holdren said with a laugh. ;. Organizer Marci Penner points to "." Jewell County as a festival success sto- ', ry. One purpose of the get-together is to ', start residents thinking about attractions in their regions and other parts of Kansas. It's also is a confidence builder. "All the towns in Kansas being together one day and doing something not only unites them, but it builds them up and gives them confidence as a group. We definitely feel that," Penner said. In 1995, more than 7,000 people attend; ed the festival to explore the state's attractions. Exhibitors come from across Kansas, from tiny towns such as Elk Fall, with a population of 120, to McPherson, with a population of more • than 12,000, to Topeka and Wichita. "All the things we do can be transferred to the larger communities, but our mission is to work in rural communities," Penner said. The festival started in 1990 as an autograph party for Penner and her father, Mel, on their first Kansas guidebook. ,; -They have since written others. !.*•*'. "We invited people from a few of the >3jilaces i n the book. About 10 communities were represented. It rained every minute and 1,000 people came," Marci • Penner said. !J£P,; "The next year we gave the festival a 3*gfame and increased the number of ex- Inman on Arapahoe 1 rRoad. .' WHAT: i and Wares artists and -I"- The event is staged on the Penner • farm, which was homesteaded by Mel v;-j?enner's grandfather in 1874. The family IHfook 14 acres in the mid-1970s and con- t£#erted it into a place of trees, shrubs, I"" flower gardens, a pond and two-acre ; prairie. "People think we've done everything ! to turn it into a festival ground, but it ! just turned out that way," Marci Penner ; said. ; See FESTIVAL, Page D2 encore! WHAT'S HOT / D2 BRIEFLY / D3 WHAT'S GOING ON / D4 D KELLY PRESNELL / The Salina Journal Besides displaying her own work, Janda Allred serves as president of the Bluestem Gallery, which opened a new exhibit this week. After years of enjoying other artists' work, Salina painter has put her own work... ON DISPLAV By CAROL LIGHT! The Satina Journal Janda Allred's pastel paintings can be the result of months of work or a few hours of spontaneous creativity. "Sometimes you can work for months on a painting," the Salina artist said. "This one came together quickly without needing to be reworked. It's fresh." Allred was referring to her landscape "Park View," an impressionistic-style pastel painting she created and finished in one afternoon. In vibrant tones of blue and dark green, the painting shows an image of Oakdale Park reflected in the Smoky Hill River. Her portrait of a mother and daughter seated on a couch, wasn't as quickly finished. Allred worked on it for about a year. Even now as it hangs on the gallery wall, she points to the parts of it she likes — the mother's face, an afghan on the couch — and the places she kept reworking for a desired effect — the face of the child. Both paintings are included in the Bluestem Gallery's new exhibit, "Harvest of Art," which opened Tuesday. Allred, president of the Bluestem, said the exhibit of more than 50 art pieces shows the diversity of the The Bluestem Gallery HERE: 117 Si Santa Fe. noon to 5 p.m. ay through Saturday^! ijrrtment by calling 8?6*! RECEPTION: 7 to 9 p.rp Bluestem's members. Traditional realistic watercolors, funky abstract paintings, religious art, prints, large photographs and graphic designs are included with sculpture and mixed media. The gallery moved in June to a new downtown location. The Bluestem had been on Iron Street in a house owned by Salina artist Brad Anderson. The gallery's membership of artists grew from 12 to 24 to meet expenses and duties required in the new space. The new duties include decorating the windows of the downtown storefront. But that aspect has its advantages. Allred and Joyce Fent, another artist with the gallery, said they have noticed more traffic. "More people walk in," Allred said. "We are getting people we have never seen before. One customer said she had seen something in the window two or three times before she finally came in to buy it." People might also feel more comfort- able going to the gallery now that its downtown and no longer part of a private home. The gallery's space is more open and professional looking, which has appealed to the artists, Fent said. Member artists pay a monthly fee and receive a commission when their work is sold. Each member also has responsibilities on a committee or service as an officer. The new space has made it possible to add more consignment artists, Allred said. Starting next year, the gallery plans to feature one member artist and one consignment artist a month. Late-blooming career Allred works primarily with pastels, dried pastes or crayons colored with pigments used to sketch or paint. But she has begun to experiment with drawing and watercolor monotype prints. She works in a studio at her home at 130 S. Bradley. While activities and obligations at home can distract from her work, Allred can easily devote spare time to studio work. She and her husband, Charles, have three children. Allred didn't realize until recently art would be her life's work. She was an art history major in college. "I always loved art, but I did not have the guts to go for it," she said. "I was over 40 when I finally realized it was art that I wanted to do. Whatever I do in the future, it will have something to do with art." Allred has lived in Salina for five years. Before that, she lived in Albuquerque, N.M., where she was surrounded by art and artists. She belonged to the New Mexico Art League, which had more than 100 members, and had work accepted for shows. "I finally sold something," she said. "Someone owned my work who wasn't a relative or a neighbor. That got me really excited." At art festivals and fairs, she realized her work wasn't far off from what other artists were selling. Once in Salina, she was inspired by the Smoky Hill River Festival and made it her goal to produce enough work for such a show. She joined the Bluestem, where she has learned how to mat and frame her work. Now, helping at the gallery, she is learning how to hang artwork for exhibits. Allred grew up on a farm near Cheney west of Wichita. "I think that's why I am moved so much by landscapes," she said. But her appreciation for Kansas scenery came later in life. "I did not see the beauty of it until I moved back here," she said. . one of her datfs planes, Amy entourages them to fly, and eventually leads them south for the winter. A charming Sbove the "Free Willy" genre by good dialogue *« acting, and the goofy originality of the characters, CENTRAL' ^Jgp * THE GLIMMER MAN ^Xto*!™™.,™™ MiD$TATg ' RATED R , ' themselves. "YcMVe never nejjdof- s SUGGESTIONS? CALL JIM HAAG, ENCORE! EDITOR, AT (913) 823-6363 OR 1-800-827-6363

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