Women artists featured at Delano BBQ Co. for Final Friday on April 29 from 5 to 8
Where do you see love? In a beautiful tiger staring off into the distance, a sad elephant’s tear that reflects the image of its would-be poacher in the moments before death, or in dogwood trees so realistic they appear to grow out of the page, or do you see love in Tommy (a Sedgwick County Zoo gorilla) as he poses for his portrait with a recognizable twinkle in his eye. All of these and more will grace the easels at Delano BBQ Co. this Final Friday and were created by longtime friends, Gayle Bryson Clayborn and Kathy Hutchinson.
The two women lovingly work in oils, charcoal, colored pencil, paper sculptures, and acrylic. The results of their labor will be on display at Delano BBQ Co., April 29 as part of Wichita’s Final Friday. The restaurant, located at 710 W. Douglas, has become a hub for art, artists and music, and will host the artists between 5 and 8 p.m.
“I’ve loved art ever since I can remember,” said Gayle. “I was drawing and coloring on everything.” Gayle, who assists at The Sedgwick County Zoo on graphics, is currently focusing on mural and commission pieces but finds time to turn her eye on “favorites” at the Zoo, adds “art is love to me.”
Gayle will bring portraits of several of those Zoo favorites along with her, including her “buddy” Tommy the gorilla. She will exhibit pencil and acrylic pieces.
Kathy, whose oversized image of the crying, soon-to-be-poached elephant is sure to be a favorite of those viewing the show, will have pieces that range from trees to birds, landscapes to trees all done in mediums from oil to pencil and paper sculpture.
“Art and I are old friends,” said Kathy. “We began a courtship at a very young age, but alas, the whimsy of life carried me away from art and … I was too busy to stop and take in the curious wonderment of creating. Now I’m in my golden years – in that space of time that is older than 50 and younger than death. I can only hope as I renew this old friendship that I have time to embrace it all.”
Like what you see on Final Friday? Don’t just leave with a slab of tender ribs, bring home a piece of art for your home. The duo will each pick out favorites, craft prints and offer them to the public starting at $20.
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