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Celebrating 30 years of Lenexa Artists’ Show

Celebrating 30 years of Lenexa Artists’ Show
Posted on 08/27/2021
Jean Terry

This year marks three decades of the Lenexa Artists' Show, honoring the work of 40 talented resident artists. The popular juried exhibit celebrates the remarkable creative talent here in Lenexa. The 2021 juried show features 64 pieces of 2D and 3D art in the first and second floor gallery spaces at Lenexa City Hall. 

Eleven of the show’s artists are participating for the first time, and four been in the show for a dozen or more years. And three sets of spouses entered the show together this year. 

Lenexa Artists' Show winners:

The show judges were Lisa Hirsch, an art teacher at Olathe Northwest High School, and Allison Bowman, a fine artist who works for the Arts Council of Johnson County. All participating artists were honored at a public reception on Aug. 26, 2021.

Best of Show: Jean Terry, “Heading North” (pastel)

Arts Council’s Choice: Wendy Delzeit, “Damselfly” (photography)

First Place 2D: Christa Finger, “Wilhelm Tell’s Apple”(pastel)

Second Place 2D: Catherine Kirkland, “Out of this World” (acrylic on canvas)

First Place 3D: Richard Gilson, “Sunflower in Demise” (wood)

Second Place 3D: Abigail Peters, “Growth” (clay and glaze)

First Place Photography: Wesley Richardson, “Arvonia Night School”

Second Place Photography: Jim Cozad, “Spring Rhapsody” (print on silver metallic paper)

Honorable Mentions:

  • Jennifer Podor, “Walk in the Rain” (digital art)
  • Bev Amundson, “Purple Plums” (pastel)
  • Harry Healey, “Sitting Pretty” (wood carving)
  • Kris Coyan, “Fiber to Flora” (lathe turned wood)
  • Marci Blank, Waste Not Series: Mobius Shoulder Shawl” (fiber)

The Lenexa Artists’ Show is a program of the volunteer-driven Lenexa Arts Council. The exhibit is on display through Sept. 26, 2021, at the Lenexa City Hall art gallery, 17101 W. 87th St. Pkwy., Lenexa, KS 66219. The gallery is open Monday–Thursday: 6 a.m.–9 p.m., Friday and Saturday: 7 a.m.–10 p.m., Sunday: 7 a.m.–7 p.m.

Meet the artists

Photograph at top: Best of Show winner Jean Terry

Published Aug. 27, 2021