The magical, mystical art of Lisa Winter Hayes, Great Bend, will be featured at the Barton County Arts Center, 1401 Main, Great Bend, through the month of September. An opening reception will be held Sunday, Sept. 4, from 2:-4 p.m. The public is invited to attend and meet the artist.
Hayes’ creativity began at an early age: "I remember finger painting when I was five and the feeling of joy I had swirling the paint around on the paper."
Encouraged by her mother, who was also artistic, Hayes explains that, "Although it took many years of experimenting with different media, I believe I have finally found my muse. My heart beats faster when I see vintage text, graphics, numbers, photos and various old found objects. Mixed-media collage and assemblage allows me the freedom to play with all of these treasures from the past.
"Most of my work is whimsical and filled with fantasy. I imagine a magical story for each piece with odd, but endearing, characters. During my creative process, I am absorbed and focused. Time slips away and I am immersed in an alternate world where there are no rules and all of us are happy to be together."
This program is supported in part by support from The City of Great Bend and CPI Qualified Plan Consultants. The Barton County Arts Council is a non-profit charitable and educational organization, supported by individuals, organizations and businesses.