June Exhibit: "Muses" 
Rodney Wood

May 28, 2024 - June 28, 2024
Meet & Greet: June 8, 2:00-4:00pm

Hoisington resident, Rodney Wood is Colorado native who, for years, followed his nomadic spirit by living around the western United States.  As artist, educator, arts advocate & activist, he has worn many hats.  His long held passions have been focused on making art and an incurable desire to encourage others to do so as well.  He has taught art at all levels within various environments and disciplines.  Having served on numerous art-based boards and steering committees, his devotion to the arts has been a lifelong endeavor.
            His resume includes Director - Business of Art Center (Manitou Springs, CO), Director of the Fine Arts Exhibition at the Colorado State Fair.  He has worked in, owned and/or managed numerous art galleries.  He has served as curator for over 200+ art exhibitions and has judged/juried an additional 50+ shows, exhibitions and arts-based competitions.
 

 His fascination with the uncommon also led to his time as coach/trainer for an Olympic fencer along with a stint as Assistant Coach and Youth Development Coordinator within the U.S. Modern Pentathlon system at the U.S. Olympic Training Center.  His artistic attitude had value in the arts as well as within athletic and business environs.  His incurable desire to practice and promote the value of new ideas and exploration led him to being an expert consultant in the field of creativity.  His workshops and presentations are very popular within both the public and private sectors.  His talents in this arena have been widely taken advantage of as an educator, corporate trainer and motivational speaker.  His clients include art groups, schools, businesses and corporations as well as non-profit organizations such as: arts, social services, cities, events and programs.   
     Most recently, he was the founder, director and event organizer for ArtoCade (art car festival) annually held in Trinidad, CO.  This wildly successful and nationally respected festival has come to satisfy Rodney’s ongoing community building spirit and as an outlet for his incurable obsession with creativity and uniqueness both as art car promotor and “cartist”.  ArtoCade won the Colorado Governor’s Award for “Best Festival”.  Rodney and partner Susan Palmer won the Trinidad City of Champions Award given by the Trinidad Community Foundation for their leadership and community building efforts through the arts and art car activities.  Mr. Wood was honored in 2018 by being chosen to receive the very prestigious “Colorado Governor’s Leadership Award” for his community building actions via the arts.  These successful endeavors led to the establishment and implementation of the Art Cartopia art car museum.  It quickly became a highly acknowledged and attended art-based roadside attraction.  While under his wing, Art Cartopia promoted the arts and creativity to a very diverse audience and inspired artists and non-artists of all ages and ethos.  After 10 years he retired from his position in January 2022.  Along with his family, he moved to Hoisington, KS in early March.
     As an artist, his early artwork was dominated by 3D media such as jewelry/metal-smithing and sculpture. Photography has also long been an active part of his repertoire.  In 2004 an unexpected transition occurred;  his art voice shifted to become completely focused on oil painting.  This shift has resulted in a long list of exhibitions, awards and publication. His reputation has evolved with his work now being on display and collected across the country and internationally.
 

EXHIBITIONS: 

“Windfalls of Passion” - Hays Art Center > “Kindred” - Next Gallery > “Reciprocity” Modbo/SPQR  > 

“Orale” Harwood Museum of Art > "Of Beauties & Beasts" - Clement Gallery >  "Unexpected Intrusions of Beauty" - Kadoya Gallery > ”Critterati” - Tri Lakes Center for the Arts > "Galerie Vivante" - Modbo/SPQR Galleries > ”Quadrant Fantasy" - Fantasmus Gallery > "Symbiosis"  - The Modbo and Rubbish Gallery 

"Pathos & Eros" - Matrix Fine Art > "Contemporary Realism" - Matrix Fine Art > ”Still Lifes, Objects & Other Narratives" - Klaudia Marr Gallery > "MagicMysteryRealism" - Thirsty Eye > "14th Annual Realism Invitational"  - Klaudia Marr Gallery > "Illuminaria" - Estel Gallery > “LA Collectors Conference” - Mt. Saint Mar’s College >  "Magic Realism" - Rubbish Gallery >  "I-25 Invitational" - Sangre De Cristo Art Center > "Goddess Imagery" - Joan Hanley Gallery > "Candlepower" - Phototroph Gallery > "Dreams, Nature and Ritual" - Plantera Group -

"Occult Penetralia" - Fountain Valley School 

Meet & Greet for Rodney Wood will be held on Saturday, June 8th 2-4pm
Please join us and visit with this outstanding artist!

May Exhibit: 
Jerry Exline

April 29, 2024 - May 24, 2024

Upon earning a Bachelor of Architecture from K-State in 1960, JERRY EXLINE attended Naval Officer’s School and was commissioned as Ensign in the USN Civil Engineering Corp in 1961. He served as a construction contract administrator in San Diego. Following the Navy, he was employed by Frank L Hope Architectural Inc in San Diego for several years.

He then pursued a Masters in Architecture at KSU accompanied by a graduate assistantship in the Art Department from 1964-1967. He was employed by the Wolfenbarger Architectural firm in Manhattan until joining his family business in 1968, handling the company expansion and running its industrial chrome plating plant for 27 years. During those years he continued to explore multiple art mediums and worked with many accomplished artisans.

After retiring, he once again was free to explore the arts. His most recent passion involved exploring the many avenues offered in the use of paper pulp. His work has been exhibited in many local galleries including Bergen’s Sculpture Gallery, Kansas Wesleyan University, Salina Country Club, VAAM Gallery in McPherson, Hays Art Center, and the Kemper Gallery at K-State. He published a book, P Cast Colored Paper Pulp: A Step by Step Guide with John Neal Books.

April 2024 Exhibit: 
Tina Davis
Gail Williams
Melissa Shaw

April 2nd - 28th
Meet & Greet April 28th, 1-3pm

Tina Davis is a painter that works primarily with acrylics. Her work derives from nature and displays bold colors.

Gail Williams is also a painter that works with acrylics and spray paint. She is an exceptional graffiti artist that masterfully layers colors and textures.

Melissa Shaw is a multi-medium artist. She loves to experiment and repurpose materials.

Meet and Greet for Jennifer will be held on Sunday, April 28th 1-3pm
Please join us and visit with these outstanding artists and board members of the EAG.

***If you are interested in becoming a member or participating/attending events, please contact the gallery at 785-472-5658.  
 

February-March Exhibit: 
Jennifer Weigel

January 29, 2024 - March 28, 2024

Jennifer Weigel is a multi-disciplinary mixed media conceptual artist currently living in McPherson, KS. 

Weigel utilizes a wide range of media to convey her ideas, including assemblage, drawing, fibers, installation, jewelry, painting, performance, photography, video and writing. Much of her work touches on themes of beauty, identity, memory & forgetting, and institutional critique. Weigel's art has been exhibited nationally and has won numerous awards.

Meet and Greet for Jennifer will be held on Sunday, February 25th 1-3pm
Please join us and visit with this outstanding artist!

January's Poetry, Art & Jazz Exhibit and Events: 

Poetry, Art & Jazz Night: January 20th & 27th, 6:30-8:30pm - Tickets $25 / Members $20

January's captivating exhibit showcases a seamless collaboration between poets and artists. This unique fusion of words and visuals promises to offer a rich tapestry of emotions and ideas. 

These poet and artist pairings started in the Spring of 2023, and have been working towards this presentation, Poetry, Arts & Jazz: open January 8th through January 26th.

These evening events will feature poetry reading, an eclectic range of art mediums and live jazz piano by Scott Williams. 

Come and experience an immersive celebration of artistic diversity and toast in the New Year! 

If you are interested in becoming a member or participating/attending events, please contact the gallery at 785-472-5658.  

Happy New Year! 
 

December Exhibit:
"Christmas in Ellsworth"
Brought to you by: 
Gail Williams

December 4, 2023 - December 27, 2023
Come see Santa, Little Gigi, make an ornament, color a page and drink some hot chocolate at the Hometown Holiday event December 9, 2023 - 10:45am-2:00pm

All are welcome to enjoy the EAG Christmas Wonderland! With the help for Gigi the giraffe and the EAG helpers, Gail Williams transformed the gallery into a must see Christmas event!

Little Gigi is looking for a new home! 
Put in a name for each submitted Letter to Santa form (deadline Dec.14).

November Exhibit: 
Youth Art

October 30 - December 1, 2023
Meet & Greet November 18, 2023 / 2pm-4pm

November is the time to celebrated Youth Art! This month, EAG will be featuring young artists from throughout Ellsworth County. Come and join in the celebration!

Featured Youth Artists:

Reagan Deines: A senior at Ellsworth Fr./Sr. High School and the daughter of Kalen and Jessie Deines. Her future plans are to continue school and major in social work.

Sara Lawrence: An 8th grader at Sylvan/Lucas Unified Jr./Sr. High School. Sara has loved doing art since a young age and is always creating. She has been doing a lot with sketching and watercolor. Sara is in band, volleyball, basketball and she sings on her church's praise team.

Rylan Ohl: A senior at EJSHS, Rylan said, "My favorite thing about art is how connected to my friends it makes me feel. We have great conversations while we craft things, then we compare our projects to each other."

Alyssa Rodrigues: A senior at EJSHS, her hobbies are drawing, puzzles and reading. Her favorite things are her family and friends, dogs, spring, the color blue, ice cream and sweets. "I'm Mexican-American, the daughter of Nick and Lori Rodriguez. I moved to Ellsworth about 6 years ago from Hugoton, Kansas."

Jessa Schultz: A junior at EJSHS, Jessa particularly likes working in pencil and colored pencil and has had two 1st place entries at league. She is an NHS student, class president and a varsity letterman. She is also in Student Council, band and her church's praise band.

October Exhibit: 
Rachel Foster

September 29, 2023 -October 28, 2023

Rachel Foster is a painter who resides in rural Valley Center, Kansas. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Painting from Kansas State University and her Master’s degree in Painting from Wichita State University. A married mother of five, she began using her family as subject matter during graduate-school and revisits that topic regularly. Rachel’s husband Frank is a stay-at-home dad who also raises pigs. 

Rachel has taught at various Kansas colleges, including KSU, WSU, Bethany College, and Butler Community College, where she has been working as a full-time faculty member since 2017. Rachel teaches Painting, Drawing, Design, and Art Appreciation.

Check out more of Rachel Foster's artwork in the links below!

September Exhibit: 
"Art in Music"
Bryan Thom

This exhibit of stringed instruments, is in part, a tribute to my brother, Dwight who bought me my first guitar in 1975. Since then, I have collected various stringed instruments. Some belonged to my brother who passed away in December of 2022.

I was born in Medicine Lodge in 1957, where I was raised and went to school. In 1982 I moved out West and lived in Bend, OR and Boise, ID for 28 years. Moved back to Kansas in 2010 to enjoy smaller town life.

Over the years, I have been involved with several music venues in Oregon and have staged BlueGrass Festivals for the United Way.

My brother, Dwight taught me to play the guitar early on but I had to put it down for 10 years due to health issues. My brother got me back into playing about 10 years ago. 

Annual Exhibit: 
"Dreaming of Vegas"
Scott Grossenbacher

August 11, 2023 -September 30, 2024

This extraordinary sculpture is a cowboy made up of a smorgasbord of parts including metal parts from a Harley, antique marble eyes and leather straps! 

Size: 5'8" x 24" x 12"

Scott is also founder of De-Extinct Gallery in Lincoln, NE: creating metal , bringing the past into the present with a modern twist. 

Check out more of Scott Grossenbacher's artwork on Facebook!

August Exhibit: 
"Wild at Heart"
Daniel Branham

Meet & Great the artist August 5, 10:00-2:00p,m

Daniel Branham was born and raised in the heart of central Kansas. From an early age, he has had a passion for wildlife, the outdoors and painting. As a self-taught artist, he spends hours with his camera recording the beauty and serenity of the wildlife in the area. By living in an area surrounded by Chyenne Bottoms and Quivira Wildlife Refuge, he never has to look very far from inspiration for his next masterpiece.

As an emerging, award-wining artist, Dan brings his commitment to wildlife conservation with his remarkable gift of painting to local organizations such as Pheasants Forever, Ducks Unlimited, PBS Art Auction and 2018, 2019 and 2021 Kansas Governor's One-Shot Turkey Hunt Artist of the Year.

As an avid hunter, sportsman, he merges his passion for the outdoors into every brushstroke of his work.

Dan has been featured in many magazines and newspaper articles, including the cover for the 2022 Fall Edition of "Upland Almanac" magazine and two wall murals that are featured in Wal-Mart in Great Bend, KS and Jenks, OK.

Ellsworth Arts Gallery Permanent Exhibit:

Charles B. Rogers

Known for: Western Landscape painting and printmaking.

 January 27, 1911- December 1987.

He was a painter, teacher, etcher, lithographer and dry pointer. He studied at the National Academy of Design; Bethany College, the California College of Arts & Crafts and the Jay Connoway School of Art.

He painted the mural, Autumn Colors, in the Council Grove Post Office in 1941. He taught at Bethany College, Lindsborg and was a manager and assistant director of the Huntington Hartford Foundation, Pacific Palisades, CA. He headed the art program at Kansas Wesleyan University in Salina before settling in Ellsworth, Kansas.

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