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Area offers plenty of options for art lovers

Published 5/2/2012

By JOSEPH JACKMOVICH

jjackmovich@gctelegram.com

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Brad Nading/Telegram Members of Fireflight perform in August 2011 on the north stage of the Tumbleweed Festival during a Christian rock concert. The Christian rock band was followed by the band Thousand Foot Krutch.

Brad Nading/Telegram Members of Fireflight perform in August 2011 on the north stage of the Tumbleweed Festival during a Christian rock concert. The Christian rock band was followed by the band Thousand Foot Krutch.

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Brad Nading/Telegram Stephen Brown turns a lever to get gears and pulleys moving on a piece of Randy Haggard's art work in September 2011 at Stevens Park during Art in the Park.

Brad Nading/Telegram Stephen Brown turns a lever to get gears and pulleys moving on a piece of Randy Haggard's art work in September 2011 at Stevens Park during Art in the Park.

Art lovers can find a little bit of everything in Garden City. Live theater, musicals, and art shows display the community's love of the arts throughout the year. Here's a quick list of art outlets to get you started:

Garden City Arts

Garden City Arts is a hub for local and regional artists to display they work. Through their gallery, The ArtsCenter on Main, 318 N. Main St., Garden City Arts hosts exhibits throughout the year displaying 2-D and 3-D art from artists around the community. One of their past exhibits named "Hometown Treasures" featured work from approximately 10 local artists.

The ArtsCenter on Main opened in 2002 and continues to bring quality art experiences to southwest Kansas.

The gallery is used for meetings, reception, workshops and classes for all ages. Business hours are 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. Hours may be extended in the future. For more information, call 620-260-9700.

Garden City Community College

Another art gallery in Garden City is the Mercer Gallery on the campus of Garden City Community College, 801 Campus Drive. The gallery features ceramics, paintings, photography and other forms of art created by southwest Kansas artists. Exhibits are monthly.

The gallery is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday and closed Sunday.

The gallery was established in September 1989 by Maxine Mercer Porter, who endowed the gallery in memory of her husband, Clyde Mercer. Clyde was a local artist and had a passion for the arts. Ceramics Instructor Brian McCallum is director of the Mercer Gallery. For more information on the arts at GCCC, call 276-9644.

Garden City Community College also offers drama productions throughout the school year. The box office, located in the lobby of the Pauline Joyce Fine Arts Building, is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and one hour before productions begin. For more information, call the box office at 620-275-3244 or Drama Department Instructor Phil Hoke at 620-276-9401.

Garden City Recreation Commission

Garden City residents have supported the Garden City Recreation Commission arts program since the late 1960s through donations and participation. The commission promotes a wide spectrum of activities, including adult musicals, youth musicals, salsa dance lessons, advanced country dance lesson, chess clubs, film clubs and other social activities. The Garden City Recreation Commission superintendent is John Washington and the arts director is Brian Seagraves.

The Stevens Park concert series will start in the spring and will feature a lineup of musical acts ranging from rock to Christian to country. The concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. The Silver Screen Saturdays feature movies from June 2 to Aug. 13 at different locations around town. Movies start at sunset. For a complete list or for more information, call 276-1200 or pick up an activity brochure at the center, 310 N. Sixth St.

The children's theater has two productions this summer: "High School Musical Junior" and "The Music Man Junior." "High School Musical Junior" is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. June 29 and at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. June 30. "The Music Man Junior" is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Aug. 3 and at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Aug. 4. Information is available at www.gcrec.com.

Southwest Kansas Live on Stage

Southwest Kansas Live on Stage has been bringing ballet, orchestra, opera, piano and other performances to the region for 60 years. The series of performances traditionally begins in September and ends in April, with performances at Clifford Hope Auditorium at Garden City High School, 1412 N. Main St. Performers also provide workshops for children. Performers have included comedians, vocalists, bands, gospel artists, patriotic theatrical productions, and other entertainment. For a complete list and more information, call 275-1667 or visit www.swks-liveonstage.org.

Sandhills

Art Association

The Sandhills Art Association has worked in Garden City for over 20 years. The organization promotes the arts and encourages young artists through a $700 scholarship given to graduating high school students.

The group meets the first Monday of every month at the ArtsCenter on Main, 318 N. Main St.

Art in the Park is the group's largest project. Art in the Park takes place in Stevens Park on the third Saturday in September and features work from 30 to 50 artists from Kansas and surrounding states. The Sandhills Art Association also has art workshops throughout the year.

Membership for the group is $25 a year. For more information, contact Sandhills Art Association President Cecilia Sherraden at 620-271-2496.

Garden City Municipal Band

The Garden City Municipal Band consists of 70 members who rehearse on Thursdays and perform on Fridays during the summer.

The ages of the members vary from high school students to individuals 80 and older. Only individuals who have completed their freshman year of high school band can join, but they need letters of recommendation from their instructors. The municipal band was established in 1879 and is the longest continual band located west of the Mississippi River. The band meets at Garden City High School. Bruce Spiller, a retired college band director, will be conducting the band this summer. There is no fee to join. For individuals interested in joining, call the municipal band office at at 276-7066.

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