J.B. Bernstein at Dillon Lecture Series

 The 2015 Dillon Lecture Series on April 7 features J.B. Bernstein, a sports agent and marketing specialist. The lecture is at the Hutchinson Sports Arena on 11th, between Plum and Severance Streets. It begins at 10:30 a.m.

Bernstein has experience in nearly every professional sport in the United States. His work as a baseball agent recruiting in India was made into the Walt Disney film “Million Dollar Arm” starring Jon Hamm.

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

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Excursion Train in Hutchinson April 18

train2015The popular Excursion Train Ride, sponsored by Heart of the Heartlands Railroad Club, is coming back to Hutchinson on Saturday, April 18. This train will make two, 3-hour round trips from Hutchinson to Yoder on the K & O’s former Missouri Pacific line. Passengers will enjoy an hour-long ride to Yoder, where they will then have an hour in Yoder to shop and/or eat, and then take the train back to Hutchinson. Boarding will take place at Main St. & Avenue C in Hutchinson. Departure times include: 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Excursion Train Ride tickets on sale starting Monday, March 30. Cost is $20 a ticket, with one child nine years old and younger allowed to ride for free with each paying passenger. Only 210 tickets will be sold and are first come, first serve.

Tickets will be available for purchase in person at all three Hutchinson Recreation Commission locations: Downtown Office at 17 E. 1st; Elmdale Community Center at 400 E. Ave. E; and Dillon Nature Center at 3002 E. 30th. Ave.

For more information, call Hutch Rec at (620) 663-6179 or visit the Heart of the Heartlands Website at www.heartlandstrainclub.org.

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David Quick Speaks About the 1913 Armory Show

David Quick will present a multi-media program on The Armory Show, a 1913 International Exhibition of Art. His presentation is set for  Sunday April 5, 3:00 p.m. at the Hutchinson Art Center at the corner of 5th and Washington. The program is free and part of the Sunday Afternoon at the Art Center series.

Quick is an independent scholar, artist, and noted photographer with an interest in the seminally important 1913 Armory Show. The 1913 International Exhibition of Art, or Armory Show, was the first large exhibition of Modern Art in America. The show became an important event in the History of American Art, introducing astonished Americans, who were accustomed to realistic art to the experimental styles of the European avant garde, including Fauvism, Cubism, and Futurism. The exhibition served as a catalyst for American artists to become more independent and to create their own artistic language.

Sunday Afternoon at the Art Center is sponsored by the Hutchinson/Reno Arts and Humanities Council in partnership with the Hutchinson Art Center. If you have any questions please call 620-662-1280 or e-mail hrah@hrah.kscoxmail.com.

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Camera Wizards Workshop

Photographer Brian Lingle will offer the Camera Wizards I workshop on Saturday, March 28, from 1-5 p.m. at the Hutchinson Art Center. Workshop participants will practice using various camera settings to make creative choices in the look of their photos. The Art Center is at the corner of Washington and 5th. Cost is $45.

Most compact cameras and DSLR’s have manual, aperture priority and shutter priority modes plus other settings that can make big changes in the look of a photographic image.

Some of the topics to be covered include:

  • Settings that work together to determine the lightness or darkness of an image.
  • How to create a sense of depth.
  • Ways to make the subject stand out from the background.
  • Ways to freeze motion or create motion blur.
  • Many other subjects both technical and aesthetic will be touched upon during the workshop.

Workshop participants will need to bring their camera and its instruction manual. In addition if you have a laptop please bring it along in order to download your photos. Also if you have a tripod (not essential) you may want to bring that as well. If you aren’t sure if your camera will work for the class please feel free to inquire.

Weather permitting, workshop attendees are invited to get together after the session for dinner and an optional field trip Saturday evening from about 7-8:10 p.m.

Brian began using photography as an art form in 1972, while completing a BFA at the University of Kansas. Over the years, Brian has won several important regional, national and international awards for his photography. Lingle’s work may be found in numerous private and institutional collections throughout North America.

For more information about Camera Wizards and other programs please call the Hutchinson Art Center at 620-663-1081 or e-mail hrah@hrah.kscoxmail.com.

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Deep Red Politics in State and Nation Presentation


Burdett Loomis, professor of political science at the University of Kansas. will present a program, “Deep Red Politics in State and Nation,” at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 29. It is at the Hutchinson Art Center, 405 N. Washington, and part of the Sunday Afternoon at the Art Center series.

Dr. Loomis earned his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin (Madison) in 1974 and served as an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow in 1975-1976, working for Rep. Paul Simon. Loomis has published more than twenty-five books.

A long time contributor to National Public Radio, he has written a regular column for the Topeka Capitol-Journal and the Harris chain of newspapers. In addition Dr. Loomis served as former Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius’s director of administrative communication in 2005, and was the interim director of KU’s Robert J. Dole Institute from 1997-2005.

The program is sponsored by the Hutchinson/Reno Arts and Humanities Council in cooperation with the Hutchinson Art Center. This program is free and the public is invited, for more information please contact the Hutchinson/Reno Arts and Humanities Council, please call 620/662-1280 or e-mail hrah@hrah.kscoxmail.com.

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The History and Status of Race Relations in Kansas by Mark McCormick

mccormickThe History and Status of Race Relations in Kansas is a presentation by Mark McCormick on Thursday, March 26, 7:00 p.m. at the Hutchinson Art Center, at the corner of Washington and 5th. McCormick is the Director of the Kansas African-American Museum. It is free to attend.

McCormick is a New York Times bestselling author, award-winning newspaper columnist and frequent high school and University lecturer. His 2003 book, “Now You See Him…The Barry Sanders Story in His Own Words,” climbed to 23 on the New York Times bestseller list. As a columnist, he has won more than 20 state and national writing awards including a 2013 First Place Public Service Award for a series of stories about poverty in the Ozarks.

Mark was also featured in “Roots and Branches: Preserving the Legacy of Gordon Parks,” a documentary detailing Wichita State University’s efforts to acquire the collected works of trailblazing photographer, writer, and filmmaker. McCormick has also served as the director of communications for the Kansas Leadership Center and currently serves on the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications Board of Trustees, and on the Elliott School of Communications at Wichita State University Board of Trustees.

This event is brought to Hutchinson through a partnership of the Hutchinson/Reno Arts and Humanities Council, the Emancipation Day Celebration Committee, and the Hutchinson Chapter of the NAACP in cooperation with the Hutchinson Art Center. For more information about this program please call 620-662-1280 or e-mail hrah@hrah.kscoxmail.com.

This event was rescheduled from its original date of February 26.

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Scott Brown of The Big Nasty Press Work on Display at the Hutchinson Art Center


The Big Nasty Press is offering a show called, “Graphis,” during the month of March at the Hutchinson Art Center at the corner of 5th and Washington. The show includes Digital Prints and Mobiles.

The Big Nasty Press was founded in 2012 by artist Scott Brown and his wife Michelle after acquiring a small proofing press. Brown says, “Named after my Labrador, the press holds a mission of education, exploration, and innovation through collaborative and independent projects. ‘Graphis’ represents our output since The Big Nasty’s founding.”

The exhibit ends March 30. It is free to visit the Hutchinson Art Center. It’s closed Sunday and Monday.  For more information contact the Hutchinson Art Center at 620-663-1081 or email hutchart2@hac.kscoxmail.com.

Some photos from the opening reception on March 6:


Scott Brown and Jocelyn Woodson


Scott Brown, Don Fullmer and Bill Sheldon

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Threshing in Kansas Mural at Hutchinson Post Office

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Photo taken at Hutchinson, Kansas Post Office on March 3, 2015

“Threshing in Kansas,” was painted by Lumen Martin Winter on the east wall of the Hutchinson Post Office, located at 128 E 1st Avenue. It is an egg tempera and oil mural painted directly onto the plaster wall. It measures 18 feet by 8.5 feet. Winter received the contract for the mural on August 4, 1941, and the mural was completed on July 7, 1942. The 32-year-old Winter received $2800 for the commission.

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From the Hutchinson News – April 10, 1942  – used with permission


It is signed in the lower left.

Section artworks were site-specific murals and sculptures for newly constructed federal buildings and post offices. Unlike the other New Deal art programs, the Section awarded commissions through competitions and paid artists a lump sum for their work.

Competitions were set up so that the artists submitted proposals without their names identifying their submission. In addition the competitions were open to all artists, regardless of economic status. In total, the Section commissioned over 1300 murals and 300 sculptures.

The piece is referred to on the historic application as “Threshing in Kansas,” but references are made to it actually being called “Pioneer Threshing in Kansas, 1870.” I’m unclear if the name was changed at some point, or if the application is in error. I have used the less formal here, but am not sure that is correct.

“Threshing in Kansas” is the only mural funded through the Section program in Kansas to be painted directly onto the plaster wall; all of the other murals are painted on canvas and attached to the wall. It is a busy scene and the farming scenes are representative of the realism style generally funded by the Section program.

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From the Hutchinson News – Note the piece is called “Pioneer Threshing in Kansas, 1870″ here – October 8, 1942 – Used with Permission

As in most places, in Hutchinson a local competition was held to choose the artwork. In summer, 1941, fifty artists submitted seventy-six designs. The local selection committee was composed of J .P. Harris, the editor and publisher of the Hutchinson News-Herald and chairman of the committee; Mrs. Henry Humphrey; Barbara Busch, an art instructor; Postmaster Ralph Russell; and Otho McCracken. They chose six designs, which were then sent to Washington for the Section’s final review.


The Hutchinson News Herald – August 2, 1942 – Used with Permission

Winter was in the unusual position of interacting extensively with the public during the mural process, since he was actually in the post office painting the mural. Winter began to paint the mural after the United States had entered World War II. Some public resentment was expressed at the cost of the mural because this was a time of austerity. At one point the Hutchinson News Herald declared that due to the volume of mail about the mural, they would accept no more letters after a certain date.

Committee chairman Harris published Winter’s doodles and sketches for the mural in the Hutchinson News-Herald. It was unusual for the public to see the doodling and sketching that preceded the finished product, but this action allowed the public an opportunity to learn more about the artistic process.

According to the application for National Register of Historic Places, Winter explained his technique in the July 2, 1942, edition of the Hutchinson News-Herald with the following: A good, realistic mural design is one which covers the entire wall area in an interesting manner so that almost every square foot has something to tell the observer. A surface pattern must be retained to avoid the feeling that the wall has been punched full of big, uninteresting, empty holes.

I have not found a mention of the mural in the July 2, 1942, edition of the paper, but did find this in the July 12 edition. The quote is not the same, but I assume this is what they referenced. It’s a pity they didn’t quote it accurately since that’s now part of the permanent record of this artwork. You can see the newspaper article below.

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The Hutchinson News Herald – June 14, 1942 – Used with Permission

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Hutchinson News Herald – July 12, 1942 – Used with Permission

The Hutchinson commission was his first mural, according to the application, but there is conflicting information about that. Winter is also responsible for the Section artwork in the Fremont, Michigan, and Wellston, Missouri, post offices.

Winter spent some of his childhood in Belpre and Larned, Kansas. After attending high school in Grand Rapids, Michigan, he became a cartoonist for a local paper. He graduated from the Cleveland School of Art in 1929, and pursued a career in book illustration.

Winter gained a reputation as a painter and sculptor. He was selected to complete the murals that John Steuart Curry had begun in the 1930s for the Kansas State Capitol in the late 1970s. By 1977, The Hutchinson News referred to him as a world-famous muralist and sculptor. He was working on the centerpiece sculpture for the new Kansas Museum of History when he died.

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The Hutchinson News Herald – July 12, 1942 – Used with Permission


The Hutchinson News – April 17, 1942 – Used with Permission

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Hutchinson News – May 1, 1977 – Used with Permission


Information gathered from the following:

The application for National Register of Historic Places – from the State Historical Society in February 1989. http://pdfhost.focus.nps.gov/docs/NRHP/Text/89001644.pdf

Info on Section Artwork: http://www.gsa.gov/portal/content/101818

Details on other Section artwork in Kansas: http://www.kansassampler.org/8wonders/artresults.php?id=98

Thank you to the Hutchinson News for their generous permission to use historic articles. 

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Smallville ComicCon on June 20-21, 2015

The Smallville Comic-Con is set for June 20-21, 2015. The line up of guests is spectacular! More details and buy tickets at their website  http://smallvillecomiccon.com/.

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Wyatt Townley at the Hutchinson Public Library

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Kansas Poet Laureate Wyatt Townley spoke at the Hutchinson Public Library Friday, February 27.  Townley’s theme was “Coming Home” to poetry.

Townley said people often get bogged down in wondering what a poem means and she says that’s not the way to approach it. She says no one knows what poems mean, including the poets.

Wyatt Townley is a widely published, nationally known poet and a fourth-generation Kansan. Her work has been featured on National Public Radio’s “The Writer’s Almanac” with Garrison Keillor, in US Poet Laureate Emeritus Ted Kooser’s “American Life in Poetry” column, and published in journals ranging from “The Paris Review” to “Newsweek.” She has published three collections of poetry: “The Breathing Field” (Little Brown), “Perfectly Normal” (The Smith), and “The Afterlives of Trees” (Woodley Press), a Kansas Notable Book and winner of the Nelson Poetry Book Award.

A founding board member of The Writers Place in Kansas City, MO, Townley has served as a teaching artist with Young Audiences and Writers in the Schools program, and has appeared at writers’ conferences and literary festivals in the Midwest and Northeast.

See more photos and read more about the evening at Patsy’s Ponderings.

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