Library display features home-grown artists

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May 1, 2017 - 12:00 AM

The Iola Public Library displayed artworks from some of Iola’s best homegrown artists Saturday in a meet-and-greet style exhibit.
Scott Renyer took a photograph of the Downdraft carnival ride in action during Farm City Days. The result was a sci-fi-type masterpiece. He uses five second exposure and a bulb with a wireless remote. The shots are not timed and he relies on his intuition, he said.
“I like the way the lights burned into the image,” he said. “I like the way the colors changed on the ride.”
Renyer’s interest in photography began over 35 years ago and he said he has too taken too many photos to have a favorite. He is working on getting his artwork exhibited in Topeka.
Anyone interested in viewing or purchasing any of his unique photographs should call Flatlands Photography at 620-228-2740.

LOIS Brueseke exhibited two of her finest pastels portraying scenes from the Manhattan area.
“I actually grew up around Manhattan, the foothills,” she said.
She spent a weekend with her daughter, Brenda Nelson, driving around her old stomping ground and taking photos. She then turned those rolling hills into permanent chalked memories.
Brueseke takes classes in Chanute with art teacher Steve Greenwall, she said. Some of her work was exhibited at the Arts Rolla gallery in Rolla, Missouri, and more  recently in Chanute. She is working toward having her pastels displayed at more exhibits and is not opposed to selling her art.
“If I could find somebody who wants to buy it,” she said modestly. 
Anyone interested in viewing or purchasing any of her artwork should call 620-228-0145.

ANGIE Whitmore leads a simple but fun community painting and wine event through Humanity House Foundation, “Vino Need No Stinkin Brushes.” She brought two paintings to the library exhibit. One painting depicting a “voodoo” doll, a Virgin Mary, rosary beads and a hat was a self-portrait, she said.
“My self-portraits are very abstract.”
Whitmore said painting is a hobby for right now, but she does conduct classes for kids’ parties and bridal and baby showers. The parties are similar to what she does for Humanity House.
Anyone interested in hiring Whitmore can contact her at 620-228-7599 or at her Facebook page, AngieWhitmoreArt. 

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