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Southwest Kansas artists present 'Human Tribe'
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RUSSELL — Deines Cultural Center is featuring “Human Tribe,” which opens with a reception from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday, April 28.
“Human Tribe” is a visiting exhibit from The Main ARTery, a cooperative gallery of 19 Southwest Kansas area artists on Main Street in Ulysses.  The gallery features themed displays, classes for kids and adults and a custom framing shop. The display will remain in Russell until June 5.
The “Human Tribe” themed show grew out of a discussion among the artists focused on typical human desires. The artists agreed that many people have the need to belong to a group of some kind, like a family, team, or spiritual group.
Jeani Gustafson is the director of the Main ARTery and will be bringing works in clay. Other artists showing their work in the exhibit include Western themed oil painter Terry Anderson, Ulysses, watercolorist Janice Baldwin, Ulysses, and classic still life oil painter Jan Black, Hugoton, along with Mike Blackard, Beaver, Okla., who works in lathe-turned and scroll-saw-cut wood. Laura Brown, Satanta, does beaded jewelry and fused glass work. Jeweler Tracy Caffey, Ulysses, translates “Human Tribe” in silver and copper jewelry. Sandy Campion, Springfield, Colo., does Western art in ink, oil and watercolor.
Ulysses metal artist Shalene Henley’s work draws inspiration from the human form, along with Karen Holliday, Johnson, who captures classic Americana in her multi-media collage. Kelly Rae Howard, Ulysses, is also a collage artist featuring bright colors in her work. Bill Royer, Syracuse, photographs life from unique views and angles, and Carol Salm, Dodge City, creates colorful and textural mixed media and acrylic pieces along with Fran Smith, Ulysses, who creates beadwear and assemblage jewelry.
Wanda Stallings, Garden City, captures a slice of life in her watercolor paintings. Tracy Teeter, Ulysses, does pastels featuring vibrant colors and a variety of textures. Jeanie Tomson, Johnson, fuses organic and geometric design in her textile art.
The Deines Center is located at 820 N. Main in Russell and is accessible to those with disabilities. It is open from noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and from 1-5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.