The British are coming! The British are coming! At least, an exhibit of their art is coming. "The English Experience," a traveling national art show, will be open to the public from Friday, Aug. 26 through Friday, Sept. 23 in the Moss-Thorns Gallery of Art, Fort Hays State University.
The exhibit celebrates the artistic discipline of printmaking. Leland Powers, chair of the Department of Art at FHSU, called printmaking a "time-honored art" with a long and storied history. "It's a real treat to bring this artwork to Hays and Fort Hays State University," he said. "The community has been very supportive of the gallery."
Most of the 32 pieces on display use traditional black ink on white surface, but some pieces use tones while a few grab the viewer's eye with bold colors. Most prints are made by hand in small editions,100 copies or less, making each one unique, Powers said.
Concepts range from straightforward landscapes to abstract representations of "events that were of importance to the artist," said Powers.
The exhibit presents pieces in traditional media including linocut, lithograph, intaglio and wood engraving, a "seldom seen relief process," according to a news release from the Department of Art.
An opening reception will be from 7 to 9 p.m., Friday, Aug. 26, in Moss-Thorns Gallery of Art in Rarick Hall, on the FHSU campus.
Moss-Thorns is a stop on the Fall Gallery Walk, sponsored by the Hays Arts Council. The Fall Gallery Walk will run from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 26. It allows the community an opportunity to enjoy art by stopping at locations around Hays to view exhibits, some of which also will feature music.
Powers encourages the community to participate in Friday night's events. "Learning is a continual process. Art is a tool to keep reaching out and growing," he said.
"This gallery is an educational lab, a teaching gallery," Powers said of Moss-Thorns. "The gallery is for the university, but it's also for the community." And he said he hopes the public continues its support.
Other stops on the Gallery Walk include Hays Arts Center, 112 E. 11th St.; Hays Public Library, 1205 Main St.; ARC of the Central Plains, 116 E. 11th St.; The Madd Matter, 112 E. 11th St.; Salon 1007, 1007 Main St.; Hays City Mercantile, 809 Main St.; Studio Kuksi, 719 Main St.; Commerce Bank, 718 Main St.; Artists at Work Studio, 717 Main St.; Ellis County Historical Society, 100 W. Seventh St.; The Stone Gallery, 107 1/2 W. Seventh St.; and Sternberg Museum, 3000 Stenberg Drive. The exhibit at Sternberg Museum will be open from 5:30 to 7 p.m. only.