Another month is ending and three local arts organizations have scheduled Final Friday celebrations.
The DCCC Fine Arts Dept. will host a reception for the opening of their student art exhibition. The reception will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30 in the gallery in the DC3 Little Theatre.
The student show will be in place until Dec. 26 and the gallery is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Carnegie Center for the Arts will celebrate Final Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. with food and drink, a retrospective of posters for Carnegie events and new items in the consignment shop.
"We'll have a new shipment of Karg glass, which is popular for Christmas gifts, as well as a new line of Nature's Sundance feather earrings by Melinda Myers, a Colorado artist," said Carnegie executive director, Summer Bates.
2nd Ave. Art Guild's gallery recently had new storefront windows installed and artists are busy placing art in the new space.
The gallery will wrap up Final Friday celebrations with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. honoring featured artist, Patrycia Ann Herndon.
Herndon, a Dighton artist, submitted the following artist's statement:
I always knew I wanted to be an artist - even before I really knew what an artist was. Creating things was how I played. I had shoeboxes full of paper doll clothes which I had designed and colored in with crayons in the beginning. Then I acquired a little tin box of watercolors. Shapes, proportions, lines, colors and how objects related to each other was always important to me. The shape of shadows and how their colors changed with the movement of the sun across the sky fascinated me.
Untold hours during my grade school and Jr. High years were spent copying the drawings of Will James and Paul Brown. By the time I reached High School I had decided I wanted to be a fashion illustrator. In college this meant I spent a least 9 hours a week in life drawing classes. I love drawing to this day and a sketchbook is always close at hand.
Following my marriage and graduation from Texas Woman's University, my husband and I chose to move to Amy, Kansas, where his family had farming interests going back to 1903. I continued to paint and sew without any real direction until one day I was asked to teach and art class. I have been teaching since 1967.
My first studio was an extra room in my husband's grandparent's house. When we purchased a home of our own I used a corner of the basement. It was not until my two children were in school and I had to drive them twelve miles to town each day that I purchased a small office building where I could paint from 8 am to 3:30 p.m. daily. This proved so successful that in 1981, there was a need for more space and I was fortunate enough to acquire the old First National Bank building in Dighton, Kansas. Here I paint and teach on a daily basis surrounded by art materials and history.
Page 2 of 2 - My subjects are based on personal experiences. Inspiration comes upon me unexpectedly and I am compelled to capture a moment in time.
IF YOU GO
What: Final Friday celebrations
When and Where: 4 to 6 p.m., DC3 Little Theatre gallery
5 to 7 p.m., Carnegie Center for the Arts
6 to 8 p.m., 2nd Ave. Art Guild gallery