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Dodge City Daily Globe - Dodge City, KS
  • Final Friday activities expand

  • With the beginning of the school year, many activities resume for the season and Final Friday is no exception.The monthly event, which started several years ago, celebrates the arts in several Dodge City locations. The Dodge City Community College art department participates during months in which they have an exhibit up ...
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  • With the beginning of the school year, many activities resume for the season and Final Friday is no exception.
    The monthly event, which started several years ago, celebrates the arts in several Dodge City locations. The Dodge City Community College art department participates during months in which they have an exhibit up in the Little Theater gallery. But with classes barely underway, students haven't yet had time to produce their first exhibit of the season.
    So the action begins at Carnegie Center for the Arts, where Final Friday is celebrated from 5 to 7 p.m.
    Final Friday: Kids Edition
    Carnegie Center for the Arts (701 Second Avenue) celebrates Final Friday with art created by students in the center's summer arts classes.
    Ron Cole, local musician, will be on hand to entertain kids and grownups alike. He's also have a variety of musical instruments available for experimentation and instruction.
    "We'll have kid-friendly refreshments along with our usual Final Friday fare," said Summer Bate, director of the center.
    Down the Block
    The party moves to 2nd Ave. Art Guild gallery just down the block from 6 to 8 p.m.
    This month's featured artist at 2nd Ave. is Norma Clare.
    Clare has been involved in a variety of artistic pursuits throughout her life.
    She has sold pieces to numerous businesses and individuals across the country. She has received fine arts awards as well as teaching awards in both Kansas and Oklahoma.
    Clare taught art in the late 1960s and wary 1970s. She honed her artistic skills with the goal of being a versatile artist. She now works in several mediums and on various surfaces, claiming she will "paint on anything that will hold still."
    Working primarily in southwest themes, her subjects include people, objects and landscapes.
    "You get a lot of range with the southwest theme," Clare said is a recent interview with the Globe.
    "You can do cowboys and Indians, and even the occasional landscape."
    For the 2nd. Ave. show, Clare has assembled 26 works. They are mostly oils, with a few pastels, pencil drawings and one watercolor.
    This Final Friday show at 2nd Ave. is a kind of homecoming and "return to the land of the living" for Clare, who has been sidelined with physical problems since last December.
    "I haven't painted any this year and I just can't seem to force myself to get a pallet together and make that first brush stroke," Clare said.
    As a kick start, Clare has enrolled in a workshop in October taught by friend and fellow artist, Jim Clements.
    Clements, an El Dorado-based artist, knows Clare and is familiar with her work. When he received her registration for the workshop, he called her and asked her what she thought she needed to be taking a workshop for.
    Page 2 of 2 - "I told him I needed a kick start and that I promised to behave" Clare said.
    Clare's artistic philosophy is straight forward: "You have to seek out what's interesting to you. Artists have the passion."
    Clare has stockpiled art supplies, canvases and frames before her illness in anticipation of retirement. Now she's looking forward to getting back to work and creating some new art.
    She's ready for that first brush stroke.
    Something New
    The Santa Fe Depot (101 E Wyatt Earp Blvd) joins the Final Friday festivities for the first time.
    Running from 7 to 9 p.m., the fun at the Depot will include music from Jeff Adams and cocktail demonstrations from Cocktails, 365 at the Depot's lobby bar, Imbibe!
    According to Mark Vierthaler, the featured drink will be a concoction called a Bicicletta, a refreshing combination of Campari, white wine and soda.
    photo cutline: Norma Clare, local artist, will be the featured artist at the 2nd Ave. Art Guild gallery during Final Friday festivities today
    photo by Don Steele
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