June is rapidly coming to an end and that can only mean one thing, it's time once again for Final Friday. This month there will be two locations to visit; Carnegie Center for the Arts and 2nd Ave. Art Guild. Both locations will feature the works of some very talented artists, as well as snacks and good company.
Start your evening of art out by heading over to Carnegie from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. to see the work of Don Schroeder.
"I began painting about 28 years ago, but then took an extended break to go back to farming," Schroeder said, "I wanted to make sure my wife and I would have enough money to retire with. Last winter when we took our first 'snowbird' trip, I signed up for some watercolor classes and haven't stopped painting since."
Most of Schroeder's work is oil painting and watercolor, or as he describes it 'loose watercolor'.
"I try not to stay in the lines," he explains.
Although his favorite things to paint are portraits, Schroeder will paint anything he's asked, and there will be a variety of paintings on display for the event.
"I really like to paint things that tell a story, that touch people," Schroeder said, "but that doesn't mean I won't paint a landscape if someone asked. It's just not my favorite."
The work that will be on display for Final Friday will be a mix of old and new paintings, and will even include a work Schroeder submitted some 20 years ago for a yearly art contest held by Carnegie.
After you've seen Schroeder's work head down the street to 2nd Ave. Art Guild to view the work of a young artist in Dodge, Juan Gonzalez.
Gonzalez graduated from school in 2012 and moved to Dodge City in pursuit of a job. The job didn't work out, but Gonzalez decided to stay.
A few months ago he had a few pieces in the multicultural exhibit at the Guild. He got a great response from the public, so he was asked to come back and do his own show.
"A lot of the work that will be featured in the show will have a circus theme, but darker," Gonzalez said. "When I was little I loved the feeling of going to the circus, now that I'm grown up, I like the idea of a darker, creepier circus."
Although he's still young, Gonzalez has been painting and drawing since he was in elementary school and hopes to continue throughout his life.
"I'm always drawing or doodling something," he said, "always trying to be creative in some new way. "
2nd. Ave. Art Guild will have their Final Friday Celebration from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
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