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May 25, 2014

Times Record News, Wichita Falls, Texas

May 25--Kern, Droske pottery on display

The Kemp Center for the Arts is spotlighting porcelain artists Michael Kern and Chanda Droske, resident artists at Midwestern State University, in the exhibit "Lidded and Lined Up" through July 5 in the West End Gallery of the Kemp Center for the Arts.

Kern earned his bachelor of fine arts degree from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and is interested in creating highly designed utilitarian ware. He has exhibited in shows such as Strictly Functional Pottery National and National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts' National Student Juried Exhibition and has been published in Ceramic Monthly's Undergraduate Showcase.

"I am interested in a vessel's surface development as much as I am the form. The development of the ware's exterior seems endless with possibilities, and I am attracted to those practices ... An object's visual weight is just as important to me as its physical weight."

Kern applies wax resist, engobe, underglaze and glaze in his work, as well as line, shape and repetition to support the forms in a controlled, geometric manner.

Droske also received her bachelor's degree in ceramics from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. She has worked as a ceramic technician. Her work has been exhibited in shows such as Drink This! Workhouse International Ceramic Cup show and the NCECA National Student Juried Exhibition.

She is making functional pottery with inlaid slip designs while using a colorful palette of personally developed glazes.

Droske says she creates "gentle forms," on which she layers line, shape and color on the surface. She uses slip inlay, texture and glaze layering.

"Lidded and Lined Up" will be on display through July 5.

Information: 767-2787 or

Gustafson, Rhine to play Live at Lake

The next Live at the Lake concert will be June 12 and will feature Ashton Gustafson with Kevin Rhine.

The concert will run from 6-8 p.m. on the ground of Midwestern State University'sWichita Falls Museum of Art overlooking Sikes Lake, 2 Eureka Circle.

Gypsy Kit on the Go will be on the lawn with a limited menu of items for sale.

Also coming up in the free summer outdoor concert music series will be Cousin Fuzzy on June 26, Jay Hollis on July 10, Tommy Alonzo on July 24, the Ken Nelson Quartet on Aug. 14 and Ali Holder and Richie Bates on Aug. 28.

Information: 397-8900 or

Help Piece Together museum quilt project

Stop by the Wichita Falls Museum of Art at Midwestern State University, 2 Eureka Circle, for the Help Piece Wichita Falls Together pep rally.

It will run from 5:30-6:30 p.m.June 10.

At the pep rally, learn more about the Quilting Wichita Falls Together project, in which the community will build a quilt together. Refreshments will be served.

Information: 397-8900 or

Nonprofits sought for Kell House Fourth

This year marks the 30th Old-Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration and Most Patriotic Parade at the Kell House Museum.

To share in this milestone, the museum is inviting nonprofit organizations to share in the festivities -- not only to participate in the parade but in the Fourth celebration, too.

The parade starts around 9 a.m. with the post-parade celebration on the Kell House grounds starting around 9:30 a.m. and running through noon.

Each participating organization may sign up to organize and operate one activity booth. Bring the supplies, set up the booth, provide the game prizes (if needed), determine the number of tickets required to play, man the booth and break down and clean up the area after the celebration.

Nonprofits will receive 80 percent of the money brought in.

A nonprofit registration form is available at, or contact the Kell House at 723-2712 or at


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