Cowley College Visual and Performing Arts Department Chair Mark Flickinger and former Cowley creative director Denise Irwin, the sculpture champion, will have an opening show from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 2 at Mark Arts.
The opening reception, titled “Solid Ground,” will feature the art of Flickinger and Irwin.
Solid Ground projects light and landscape through process and place, and features new works from Flickinger and Irwin. In chorus, these artists address concepts of water and form through paintings and ceramics on view.
“I love where water and land meet,” Flickinger said. “There are a lot of metaphors in the show.”
Visitors can preregister at any time to view the exhibition. They can register for an hour-long time slot that can fit up to 30 people. Visitors are welcome from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. throughout the exhibition to make appointments to view the show Tuesday through Saturday.
There will also be an "in-conversation" event outlined from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Oct. 9 that visitors can register for. Seating will be planned to maximize capacity so visitors can be social distanced in the gallery.
There also is a Meet the Artists event on Oct. 30. This will be more of a casual opportunity for visitors to engage in conversation.
Flickinger, who also has work on display at Reuben Saunders Gallery in Wichita, is looking forward to once again work with Irwin.
“She has a great skill set and has done some wonderful ceramics,” Flickinger said.
Flickinger assumes he will have close to 50 pieces of his work displayed at Mark Arts. The art work will consist of landscapes done on oil paintings, monotypes and drawings.
“I love having an exhibit to work for,” Flickinger said. “My footprint in the Wichita market has definitely grown. Not being able to travel these past six months, I have been extremely productive in my studio.”