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Dodge City Daily Globe - Dodge City, KS
  • Final Friday helps kick off Dodge City Days

  •      The Final Friday celebrations in July are always popular, because it falls during the first weekend of Dodge City Days.


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  •      The Final Friday celebrations in July are always popular, because it falls during the first weekend of Dodge City Days.
         Final Friday offers the chance to stop by two galleries for art, music and food.
         The evening begins at Carnegie Center for the Arts, where the fun kicks off at 5 p.m. and continues to 7 p.m.
         "We're calling it the 'Pre-Bull Bash' party again this year, because a lot of people go to the Boot Hill festival after leaving here," Summer Bates, director of Carnegie said in an interview Friday.
         The current exhibit at the Carnegie is "Life According to Jenn," which features the photography of Jennifer Shindley, a Portland, Oregon, photographer.
         "I remember my first camera. I was twelve. It was a cheapo $10 film camera," Shindley says in her artist's statement.
         She immediately developed a list of thing she liked to photograph: bugs, dirt, the sky, dad, the boat, cute guys, blurry random objects.
         "One of the greatest things about photography is that you have an ability to capture life in a moment that would otherwise be lost, a fleeting pass at beauty that you may have never noticed," she said.
         Along with the photography, student work created during the Carnegie Art Camp and by 4- and 5-year-olds at the First Christian Church Child Care Center will be on display in the rotunda.
         On the musical side, Final Friday revelers can enjoy Banjomania, a collection of musicians playing a variety of styles.
         A nacho bar downstairs completes the experience.
         "We hope everybody will 'Cowboy Up' and get in the Dodge City Days spirit and join us for Final Friday," Bates said.
    Second stop
         Just down the street, 2nd Ave. Art Guild, a local artist cooperative, will host Final Friday from 6 to 8 p.m.
         Two artists will be featured at the gallery: Marilyn Williams and her daughter, Marci.
         Marilyn Williams said in her artists' statement for the show: "Passion, creativity, clay, paint, pen, ink, pencils, paper, metals and glass come together as a winning plan for Marilyn’s art. In her early years of art exploration she was fascinated with painting pictures of friends and family homesteads.  Then she grew brave enough to paint her mother and father-in-law’s portrait.  Her grandchildren are her latest challenges of portrait painting, with pieces hanging in each parents’ homes.  She has encouraged art in her family and has enjoyed spending time with family members working with them on art projects.  Her inspiration with all media comes with thankfulness for the people who have come into her life to teach, inspire and encourage along the way."
         Marci Williams, Marilyn's daughter who grew up and graduated high school in Dodge City, said in her artist's statement: "Living is an active process, one in which outside forces push against us constantly and the only way to survive is to push back as hard as we can. Sometimes we lose our footing and it is during those moments that it feels like life may break us, scattering pieces of us in its wake. My work is inspired not only by the triumphant new whole that emerges after the pressure breaks, but also in the beautiful disaster of the broken pieces left behind. One cannot triumph if one never faces opposition. I paint with hope and with the knowledge that even when the world is crumbling around us, we will emerge victorious, though not unchanged."
    Page 2 of 2 -      Works by the mother-daughter team will be on display at the gallery along with work by the guild's other member artists.
         Final Friday at 2nd Ave. Art Guild runs from 6 to 8 p.m.
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