“The Misguided Professors” will perform at Carriage Factory Art Gallery, 128 E. Sixth St., Thursday, April 21, 6 to 8 p.m, during Newton’s Art & Music in the Heart of Newton. The annual Newton event showcases the talents of area musicians and artists performing or exhibiting in businesses and organizations in the downtown area.
The gallery will also host a closing reception for artists David Sloan Welfelt and E. B. Schmidt whose work is currently featured in the mezzanine gallery.
Welfelt, a photographer, says the advent of digital photography opened up a new world to him. “No longer tied to buying and processing film, the nearly immediate feedback of shooting nature, landscape and especially close-up images of plants and flowers gave rise to a whole new desire to create works of natural art, ” he said.
E.B. Schmidt’s Ukrainian eggs are also featured in the mezzanine gallery. Schmidt grew up in rural Pennsylvania with a deep love for the forests, rivers, animals and birds near her home. She now enjoys the beauty of the Midwest crops and open sky.
“My love of mathematical designs and Christian faith often influences my artwork,” Schmidt said. Her egg designs range from simple to intricate and include eggs from chickens and a goose, rhea, emu, ostrich and robin.
At 7 p.m., art contest winners of the “Spring into the Arts Festival” will be announced. The art contest is sponsored by the Newton Area Arts Council. Winners will be announced in adult and youth categories.
For more information, contact the gallery at 316-284-2749.
Carriage Factory Art Gallery is a non-profit organization housed in the original carriage factory and blacksmith shop founded in 1883 by J. J. Krehbiel, co-founder of Bethel College. More than 50 area artists have their work for sale in the gallery and gift shop. The gallery continues its mission to bring the arts and art education to South Central Kansas through the support provided through memberships, donations, sales, facility rental and classes.
Regular gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, 12 to 5 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Third Thursday events are 6 to 8 p.m. Art classes are held throughout the year.