2014 Featured Artists

Here are some of the talented artists that will be showing this year.
If you are showing this year and would like to be include on this list, or would like to update or add to your existing bio,  please email your request, artist bio, or information to DORANdesign

Kristin Collier is a warm glass artist and lives in rural Morris County. She has worked as a production artist at the Manhattan Mercury for over 33 years. A few years ago she purchased her first kiln and her journey with fusing glass began. With very little training, but a desire to develop her own style, she has  found her passion in creating landscapes and botanical pieces. She also creates functional art, such as bowls, plates and vases, as well as fused glass & dichroic jewelry.

Patricia Adams’ life long journey in art has shaped her into the artist that she is today.  Relocating to the Midwest many years ago, she realized the strong bond between the people and the land, influencing her landscape paintings.  She earned her BFA in painting from Kansas State University.  She paints in oil on birch panel, simplifying and abstracting elements and emphasizing horizons and skies.  Her work has been shown locally in Manhattan where she lives.  She has also shown regionally in the 5-4-7 Gallery in Greensburg, KS and the Carnegie Art Center in Leavenworth, KS.   Website:  www.patriciaadamspaintings.com/

 Kaye Abbott, retired Special Ed teacher, has enjoyed a diverse artistic career with her exploration of water colors, oils and acrylics.  She is particularly attracted to nature and her watercolor flowers and landscapes depict that appreciation.  Kaye also loves rust and has expressed this attraction as “objects now ripened with a beauty deeper than the superficial newness associated with youth.”  She has been a Governor appointed commissioner for the Kansas Arts Commission and has shown her art in prestigious shows such as the Water Color Society.  Kaye’s work is represented by Upfront Gallery in Wichita, KS.  2412 Morning Dew, Wichita, KS 67205 kaye.abbottart@cox.net.

Rachael E. Barr, M.D. received her Medical Degree at the University of Kansas, and her residency training in Family Medicine in Wichita.  She and her husband Ben live on Diamond Creek in Morris County where he farms and ranches.  Rachael is now a stay-at-home mother of Samuel, and enjoys her time photographing both Samuel and the Flint Hills scenery.  She is mostly a self- taught photographer.  Her work has been published in the KANSAS! Magazine, and the cover of the 2005 Tri County Telephone Book, and she has won other awards in photography contests.  2038 DD Ave, Burdick, KS 66838.  rebarr.photo@yahoo.com

JaNell Brown is a high school Learning Resources Teacher, and she also teaches Art Appreciation through Butler County Community College in Council Grove.  JaNell enjoys working in several mediums, such as watercolor, pencil, charcoal and pottery in her limited free time.  13320 Humbolt Creek Road, Dwight, KS 66849 jbrown@cgrove417.org

Rhonda Bryant studied art at Kansas State University and Washburn University, with an emphasis on ceramics.  Through the years, she has taught high school art, substitute taught at the high school level, worked in a floral shop, co-owned Mainly Art, gave private art lessons, worked in a gift shop, and is a dedicated volunteer in the community.  Rhonda and her husband Darrel have four grown children and five grandchildren. bryantfam@tctelco.net

Jesse England has a BFA with an emphasis in glass work from Emporia State University. 1409 Marydale Dr., Arlington, TX 76013-3637  jesseengland@hotmail.com

Harold Gaston was born in Strong City and has lived in Kansas his entire life.  He and his wife Kelly contribute many volunteer hours in Council Grove.  While serving his country with the 82nd Airborne Infantry in Viet Nam, Harold became interested in using a 35mm SLR camera, and he has toted a camera since.  Although he enjoys attending photo seminars, he is mostly self taught.  His new photography business that promotes the beauty of Kansas is called Kanscape Images.  2031 S. 1000 Road, Council Grove, KS.Harold@Kanscapephotography.com

Bryan Grove explores the evolution of the prairie through the use of quilting and fiber collage techniques.  He received a BSE in Art Education from Kansas State Teachers College of Emporia in 1966, a MA in Art Education from Ohio State University in 1970 and a PhD in Art Education from Ohio State University in 1996.  After 42 years of public school teaching in Alaska, Washington and Ohio, he returned to the Flint Hills to teach at Emporia State University.  Now retired, he and his wife Marcy who is also showing fiber art, live at the Council Grove Lake.  116 Cottonwood Cove,  Council Grove, KS 66846.

Cheryl Hayes grew up in Wichita, and graduated from Wichita State University in 1984. After graduation and during her move to Council Grove in 1987, she started doing “black and white abstracts,” to alleviate boredom.  In 1993 she joined the Great Plains Balloon Club in Topeka and eventually started painting the “black and whites” again, only this time with hot-air balloons as the subject matter. In the last few years her abstracts have evolved and she began using geometric shapes and recently added color to the abstracts. P.O. Box 216, Council Grove, KS 66846

Ralph Mock a former music teacher in the Council Grove Schools.  Since his retirement, he has begun weaving projects on various looms.  Ralph has organized many musicals in school and the community.  His vocal talent is known all around the area and he and his wife Sharon often perform on a hammer dulcimer and gourd drums. 532 Country Lane, Council Grove, KS 66846.  rmock@tctelco.net

Sharon Mock is a professional artist that taught high school art in Council Grove for many years.  She received her BA and MA from Kansas State University in drawing and painting.  Now retired from teaching, she can spend more time painting. Sharon and Ralph’s three children are now all married and are involved in art and music careers too.  They enjoy traveling to art shows to sell their work and also have several permanent booths featuring their work such as one in Branson, Missouri.  532 Country Lane, Council Grove, KS 66846.  rmock@tctelco.net

Ben Moore is a Licensed Architect and specializes in residential, commercial, historic preservation and sustainable architecture. Ben’s watercolors are inspired by the beauty of the Flint Hills and historic buildings in rural Kansas.  Ben received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from Kansas State University in 2000 and studied at ITALART in Castiglion Fiorentino, Italy.  While studying in Italy, Ben began working in watercolors under the direction of Paolo Barucchieri.  At Kansas State University, Ben continued to work in watercolors under regional watercolorist and Landscape Architect Rick Forsyth.  Ben previously worked in Santa Fe, New Mexico on environmentally sustainable building projects. He currently practices in Manhattan, Kansas.  1530 J. Avenue, Council Grove, KS, 66846.  benmoorestudio@gmail.com

Craig Ridenour, AIA, is an artist who works in watercolor, oil, pen, pencil and pen & ink.  Graduating from KSU with a BA in art, he moved to Oklahoma where he received a Masters Degree in Architecture from the University of Oklahoma and a Juris Doctorate degree in Law from Oklahoma City University.  He currently practices architecture and law but devotes most of his time to architectural rendering.  His hobbies include swimming, horses, photography and hunting.  Craig and his wife Patty live in Oklahoma City but still maintain a strong connection to his hometown Council Grove.  6209 N.W. 84th St., Oklahoma City, OK 73732 craigridenour@live.com

Susan Rose enjoys expressing her artist vision in a variety of mediums which include acrylic, watercolor, graphite and photography. Subjects she enjoys are landscapes and skyscapes which are abundant where she lives in the Flint Hills. Her love of horses is apparent in her depictions of them and she also enjoys painting cattle.  36176 Tallgrass Road, Manhattan, KS 66502.  masrose@wamego.net

Linda Shoults has her MA in Special Education/Orthopedic and Special Health Problems from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana.  She has enjoyed art since she was a young child, with encouragement from father, a Commercial Artist.  Primarily self taught with the support of lessons and workshops, she enjoys working in oils, acrylics and pastel.  Linda also works in stained glass.  Her work can be seen at the Topeka Art Guild Gallery and the Blackie Nelson Gallery in Council Grove.  38711 Mormon Trail Road, Alta Vista, KS 66834  spotnapps@embarqmail.com

Brenda Spencer is into preservation planning and design of historic buildings in Kansas.  Her art is fused glass jewelry that incorporates the use of dicroic glass for added sparkle and dimension.  Wine bottle stoppers, night lights, glass bead jewelry and newly added silver components will be added to this year’s show.  10150 Onaga Road, Wamego, KS 66547 spencer@wamego.net

Pat Tippen graduated from Pittsburg State University with a B.S. and M.S. in Education.  She was an educator for 34 years.  Jewelry has always been important in her life.  After retiring from teaching, she started making jewelry for friends and then decided to do “Pretties by Pat”. Pat shows her jewelry in regional juried shows and presents programs in her home on making jewelry to various organizations.  She and her husband travel to the International Rock & Gem Show in Tucson to purchase stones and findings and she also visits Indian Reservations for art materials.  2051 Stephen Court, Manhattan, KS 66503  dtippin@cox.net

Doug Tippen graduated from Pittsburg State University with a B.S. and M.S. in Education.  He was an educator for 33 years.  Doug has been making wood items for several years and had taken several woodworking classes in Kansas City and Manhattan.  2051 Stephen Court, Manhattan, KS 66503  dtippin@cox.net

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