Jeanette Mull Retrospective at the Hutchinson Art Center

MP900341528FIGURATIVELY SPEAKING: Sketches, Drawings, and Paintings, A Retrospective By Jeanette Mull is on display at the Hutchinson Art Center through February 19. The Arts Center is at 405 N Washington St.

A closing reception is scheduled for the 19th from 5-7 p.m. It is free and open to the public.

Jeanette’s paintings have their primary roots in the art of the American 20th Century and the French and American impressionist “plein air” traditions. Introduced to painting at an early age by her artist mother, it has been her passion and challenge as an adult.

Jeanette has honed her craft over the years by taking classes, studying under accomplished artists and attending workshops. She is currently a member of Friday Morning Art Group that meets weekly at the Hutchinson Art Center, for studio life drawing as well as “plein air” painting around the local area. Her work has been shown locally and throughout the region and her painting may be found in private and corporate collections throughout the Mid-West and beyond.

Mull continues to be inspired by nature and the life and landscape of Kansas, her adoptive state, which she loves. Born in Missouri, she has lived her married life in Hutchinson with physician husband, Jack. They have two married children and four grandchildren.

If you have any questions or would like more information on this exhibit or other activities at the Art Center please call 620-663-1081 or e-mail

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Dr. Beck Weathers at Dillon Lecture Series on Feb. 16

weathers-150x180Dr. Beck Weathers is speaking at the Dillon Lecture Series at HCC on February 16. The presentation is in the Sports Arena and begins at 10:30 a.m.

Weathers is a pathologist from Texas best known for his role in the 1996 Mount Everest disaster that has been the subject of many books and films, most notably the 2015 motion picture “Everest” starring Josh Brolin.

Cost to attend is only $10. Tickets can be purchased at the door.

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Sunday Afternoon at the Art Center

sundayattheartcenterlogoPrograms are at 3 p.m.

Free and open to the public

The Art Center is located at the Corner of 5th and Washington in Hutchinson

January 31st: Ponka-We Victors, The youngest member and only Native American woman serving as a member of the Kansas State Legislature. Rep. Victors will discuss the concept of public service and politics from her unique perspective.

February 7th: Mark McCormick, Current Director of the Kansas African American Museum. Mr. McCormick will discuss a recently published history he contributed to that focused on the History of the Black Community of Wichita, and the current activities at the KAAM.

February 21st: David Quick, Artist and Art Historian will present a program on the Harlem Renaissance and the impact Black artists from Kansas had on this important movement.

February 28th: Lemuel Sheppard, performer and authority on African-American folk music will present a program on African-American folk music, its origins and its later influence on popular culture. Lem’s program is a delightful mixture of scholarship and music.

March 6th: Teresa Preston, artist and art historian will discuss the influence and work that women artists have brought to bear on Western Culture. Often over looked the contribution women have made is substantial and an essential component of our civilization.

March 13th: Cowboy Jim Gray, with the sponsorship of the Kansas Humanities Council, will present “Head’Em Up & Move “Em Out, an exciting retelling of the History of the Cowboy and the Cattle Trade in the Old West.

March 20th: Author Bob Sommer, Development Director for the Kansas Chapter of the Sierra Club. Bob’s latest book A GREAT FULLNESS has just been published. Kansas centered about a family with struggles, hardship, fulfillment and redemption Sommer will read from his work, talk about it and be happy to sign copies.  A Great Fullness (

All Programs are FREE and OPEN to the PUBLIC.

Sponsored by the Hutchinson/Reno Arts and Humanities Council in cooperation with the Hutchinson Art Center and Downtown Hutchinson. For more information call 620-662-1280,620-663-1080, or e-mail

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Talk20 Hutch on Jan. 22

Talk20 Hutch is January 22, at 7 p.m. in the Hutchinson Public Library. The library is at 901 N. Main. This is the fifth installment of Talk20 Hutch. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Talk20 Hutch brtalk20hutch20160122ings people together to learn, listen, and engage over a variety of topics. The event is free and open to the public. The after party is at Carl’s Bar, 103 N. Main, in downtown Hutchinson. People are encouraged to continue the conversation at Carl’s after the structured event at the library. Those under 21 are welcome.

Ten community members show 20 photographs, and speak for only 20 seconds per slide (a total of a little over 6 minutes). The slides are on a timer, so the format is set. The total time of the event is around 90 minutes, including a 10 minute intermission halfway through.

“Talk20 is all about people’s passions,” says Patsy Terrell, one of the organizers. “People in our community have fascinating stories to tell.”

These are the participants for Talk20 Hutch:

  • Kathie L. Moore – Little House IN the Prairie
  • Kayann Ausherman – Take a leap, then grow wings.
  • Bob Helfrich – Biking Across Kansas Bad Bobby Style
  • Alan Montgomery – Free Press and Liberty Under Attack
  • Pam and Buck Lyle – Mid-Town Brick Lovers Neighborhood
  • Christina Green – Fowl Play
  • Julia Hardenburger – Vintage at Heart
  • Emily Groom Hemmerling – Long Walk to Hanging Rock
  • Darla Fisher – Building a Dream
  • Charles Johnston – The Hutchinson Humanities Hustle

             (The actual order won’t be announced until that evening.) 
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Jack Stout Retrospective

2015-11-10 -57wJack Stout’s work is on display at the Hutchinson Art Center, 405 N. Washington. The show runs from November 13 to December 6.

Included in the show are a number of privately owned pieces never displayed before. Some of the artwork is for sale.

The opening reception is November 13, from 5-7 p.m. It is free to attend.

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Book Craft Workshop November 14

bc3A book craft workshop is set for November 14 at the Hutchinson Public Library. The workshop is free, from 10-3, in the second floor auditorium at the library, 901 N. Main. Five different book crafts will be demonstrated. Guests can stay for all or only part of them. Signup is required and is at the Friendshop, near the Main Street door. The workshop is for ages 14 and over, and families are encouraged to use this event as a way to bridge the generations.

Book crafts are a Pinterest trend, and this workshop will get you started with materials provided and fellow crafters to learn from and work with. Despite a tattered cover or being “out of date,” some old books contain remarkable illustrations, fashion plates, music, and interestingly obsolete maps or typeface. The pages and even parts of the book spine or cover may be repurposed into truly unique creations. Some of the book craft projects are for seasonal decoration or home decor, such as ornaments or a tablerunner; and some may be framed and kept on your wall to show your love of books.

bc2Each craft is easy to do, and participants can enjoy working together in small groups. Crafters may bring their lunch and keep crafting during the lunch break. All who sign up will be contacted by phone with further information before the craft day.

Instructors are Jo Higgins and Cheryl Wardlaw. When signing up at the Friendshop, see several samples of book crafts.

Participants can bring personal photographs, lace or other items they want to add to a project. All the basic materials and directions for the featured crafts will be provided, but participants are welcome to bring their own glue gun or anything else they love to work with. Participants who already have used book material in art projects are asked to bring and share their own ideas with the others if they wish.

For questions, call Cheryl at 662-8352.

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Derreck Kayongo Speaks at Dillon Lecture Series on October 6

 The 2015 Dillon Lecture Series on October 6 features Derreck Kayongo, a humanitarian and visionary. The lecture is at the Hutchinson Sports Arena on 11th, between Plum and Severance Streets. It begins at 10:30 a.m.

Kayongo came to the U.S. as a child refugee. He, along with his wife Sarah, founded The Global Soap Project, which reuses partially-used hotel soaps into new bars that are distributed to the needy, particularly in Africa. His group donates over a million bars annually to more than 20 countries around the world.

Individual tickets for the Dillon lectures are also available for $10, with all students and HCC faculty/staff admitted free.

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Salt City Model Train Show on October 24 in Hutchinson’s Memorial Hall



The Salt City Model Train Show is October 24 from 9-4 at Memorial Hall, 101 S. Walnut in Hutchinson. Cost is $5 for adults. Children 12 and under are free with a paid adult. It will feature operating model train layouts, all sizes of model trains for sale, railroad memorabilia, railroad collectibles, concessions and door prizes.

For more information contact Mark Buckley at 620-474-6100 or

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Toying Around Exhibit at Reno County Museum

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“Toying Around” is a new exhibit at the Reno County Museum in Hutchinson. The museum is located at the corner of Avenue A and Walnut Street, 100 S. Walnut Street. All of the toys in this exhibit represent the history of Reno County from the late 19th century until the last 20th century.

2015-08-11 16wIt wasn’t until the Industrial Revolution that the nature of toys and childhood both changed. When many families moved to cities and work became industrial, rather than agricultural, fewer hours were spent working and more time and money could be spent on leisure.

At the same time, toys were being mass-produced and were gradually becoming less expensive. For the first time in history, the focus of childhood became education and play.

Play is important for brain development as it allows children to express their creativity, build social and emotional skills, and use their imagination.

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Vogts Sisters Perform at Stage 9 in Hutchinson

vogtsThe Vogts Sister, an Americana music duo, will perform Saturday, August 8, at Stage 9 in downtown Hutchinson. Their music makes one think of Alison Krauss and Emmylou Harris, and their sister harmonies are spectacular. Stage 9 is at 9 South Main. Tickets are only $25 and the show begins at 8:30 p.m.

Their love for music started by listening to old-time cowboy ballads, which grew into a genuine admiration for bluegrass, folk and Americana music. They tour in and around Kansas and released a debut album in 2012.

The sister duo began singing harmony in 2011 after taking guitar and piano lessons for years. They have since added a mandolin and fiddle to their collection of instruments. Their voices provide the timeless music with effortless harmonies and pure vocals.

Maggie graduated college in December 2013, and Abigail is a senior in high school. They make their home in rural Erie, Kansas.

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