by John Culley
January 27th - February 20th
Phoenix Gallery’s first Final Friday of the New Year will feature Kansas artist John Culley’s new show E’s Favorites, being shown in the Phoenix Underground. The artist will be unveiling his new unique and visually stunning exhibition. Meet John and gain insight into his exhibition on opening night; January 27th from 6pm to 9 pm. The Phoenix Gallery is also hosting a new series of works from local artist Cindy Berry of Bboggled Art. Cindy’s work, a colorful display composed mostly of metal and acrylic, will be featured in the West Gallery.
Live music performed throughout the evening by local musician Ambarita Sidabutar. Amba’s music takes you through a diverse set of songs and stories. This is a great way to start of the first Final Friday of the year!
John was born and raised in Concordia, Kansas. After graduating from college with a teaching degree and a major in social studies, John started his teaching career. John has been retired for the past five years, after teaching in Kansas at the secondary level for 32 years. during those years, most of his spare time was spent on his first love, woodworking. He started with his first business, Cloud County Country Clock Company, building clocks and traveling to several shows around Kansas. The enterprise expanded into other carpentry pieces and from county fairs to specialty shops. A few years ago, after a large hailstorm, he ran across a large piece of copper, salvaged from Senator Carlson's house in Concordia. That large piece of copper started him in a new direction. Copper can be a very rewarding medium, but it can also be very unforgiving. He uses copper as the main subject matter and in mixed media pieces. John's latest endeavor is working with cold wax and adding mixed media to his projects.
John reads as many books, articles, blogs and watches as many videos he can find on subjects of interest. He took one class in drawing in college and had no idea of the interest that would come from that one basic class. John loves the process of creativity. He loves the process as much as or sometimes even more than the result. He says ”The result, first of all must please you, then the greater reward is if it is pleasing and special to others”.
To view each piece online, click here
Cindy Berry - Bboggled Art
“My journey within design has delivered me to the complex layers of abstract art. My love for design encompasses each phase. The unlimited boundaries of my imagination will be ever present and changing in my art gallery. My desire for you is that you rediscover the art each time you view it.”
This exhibit will be in the Phoenix Underground Gallery, and the artists will be stopping by on opening night to discuss and promote their artwork. Be sure to like and follow our Facebook before the show so you can be kept up to date on events involving the January Final Friday exhibition.
And by supporting a local artist you are saying that art is a valued part of our community.