"Everyone discusses my art and pretends to understand, as if it were necessary to understand, when it is simply necessary to love.” - Claude Monet

Don't miss the exhibit "Monet to Matisse: French Moderns from the Brooklyn Museum, 1850–1950" at the Wichita Art Museum Admission is free from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

This exhibit gives you a rare opportunity to see works from master artists in this time period. I encourage everyone to go, regardless of how you relate to older works.

The pieces are a connection to the past. You will be standing in front of the very brushstrokes these artists placed with purpose and passion, on to the canvas.

Pieces in this exhibition shows the style movements that defined modern art in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, following shift emphasis on naturalism and the rise of abstraction. This collection varies on the themes of portraiture, landscape, and still life subjects.

The art from pioneering modern males, which dominate the history of art representation, include 59 works by Paul Cezanne, Henri Matisse, Edgar Degas, Claude Monet, and Pierre-Auguste Renoir.

 You can plan to spend a good part of the day at the museum Saturday.

Activities include:


9 a.m.: Enjoy a beverage from Espresso Self before the exhibition.
11 a.m. to 1 p.m. : food trucks Funky Monkey Munchies, B.S. Sandwich Press and The Brown Box Bakery will be on site.
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.: The Muse Cafe will be open extended hours.
11 a.m.: See the documentary film "I, Claude Mone"t in the Howard E. Wooden Lecture Hall.
2 p.m. See the Disney classic "Ratatouille" in the Howard E. Wooden Lecture Hall.

Both film screenings are free.

Are you interested in some edgy theatre this weekend?

Head to the Fisch Haus for two performances that contain current themes. "The Gun Show," directed by Danette Baker, written by E.M. Lewis and starring Mark D Anderson leans neither right nor left. It jumps into the middle of the gun control debate, and asks, “Can we have a conversation about this?”

Also playing is "On The Exhale." Anderson and Baker switch directing and starring roles in this play, written by Martin Zimmerman. When a random act of gun violence tears one woman’s world apart she finds herself in the crosshairs of power, loss, and very possibly, regained.

The Fisch Haus is in an old warehouse and is a great space. But it can get cold in there this time of year, so you might want to bring a blanket or a jacket.

March’s Third Thursday events invite you to look at art and make some art yourself

The Hutchinson High School Art Student and IB show is an art show feature students of all levels and mediums in the visual arts. Art work will be shown from Deb Ringlers ceramic, glass, and fundamentals of 3D classes, Darren Morawitz'sdrawing/painting and International Baccalaureate art classes, and Julia Johnson's fundamentals of 2D art classes.

This event will take place on Third Thursday.

Other Third Thursday events:

The 3rd annual Scavenge McDraw event will take place at TECH. Participants will check in and pick up a map and sketchbook. Using the information provided, they’ll track down the designated sculptures and locations, capture the scenes with their pencil, and turn in their completed portfolio for a prize. This activity is open to anyone, regardless of age or ability. Work will not be critiqued – simple doodles will do.

Robert Frost said, “Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words.” An informal Poetry Slam will take place on the corner of Sherman and Main Street in front of Bluebird Books at 2 North Main St. Several local poets will be reading their poems aloud, and also poems of famous writers. If you would like to participate, please contact Jennifer Randall at 620.899.4060 for more information. Carded by Hutch will be placing cards to find downtown with messages for the finders of these cards. You may find a poem in there as well!

Additional details also available on the Third Thursday Facebook page and the website at thirdthursdayhutch.com.

Jennifer Randall, a Hutchinson artist and organizer of Third Thursday, writes an arts and entertainment column for The Hutchinson News. Reach her at jenrandallart@yahoo.com.