Upcoming events at the Lumberyard Arts Center
We are honored to present paintings by celebrated
artist, teacher and friend of the Lumberyard,
"A Celebration of Tom"
September 25th to
Tom Russell's paintings will be on display from
September 25th through October 24th
In addition to regular Lumberyard Arts Center hours, the Center will open
Saturday, September 26 from 6 to 8 pm prior to the Downtown Concert
(The exhibit will not be open to the public during the Bluegrass & BBQ or the Maple Leaf Festival)
Tom was a lifelong Kansan, born in Pittsburg, KS in 1917. Tom earned degrees from Bethany College, Lindsborg, KS and the Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, KS. He also studied at the Art Students League in New York City, and served as a medical illustrator during World War II. Others who contributed to Tom's skills as an artist and a teacher are, Thomas Hart Benton, Yasuo Kuniyoshi, John DeMartelli, Birger Sandzen and Henry Moore.
Tom held a teaching position at the Kansas City Art Institute for 15 years, then took a position at Baker University for 19 years. Tom was named to the Baker University Faculty Hall of Fame after he retired, and was further recognized by having the Baker campus art gallery renamed for him.
In retirement, Tom turned his attention to the continual study of light. He remained in Baldwin City, Kansas and established a rigorous, productive schedule, painting several hours each day in the natural light of the landscape whenever possible, or in his home studio. Tom kept this regimen and was still active and at work into his 97th year.
Works for this show have been selected with respect to various periods throughout Tom's life and career. They provide a glimpse into Tom's artistic vision, dedication and determination. This show is only a hint at the large number of outstanding works that reside in private and public, regional and national collections. Two significant murals are on permanent display in Baldwin City: the dramatic, sculptural wall in the lobby of Rice Auditorium on the Baker University campus, and the narrative mural in the Baldwin State Bank which focuses on the history of this area.
~October 30 through November 28th~
Watch here for more details or check our calendar.
Session 1: 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm, Session 2: 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
(Choose Session 1 or Session 2). Check our class schedule & sign up early!