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June Final Friday with photographer Xenophon Phillip Smith
June 24, 2016 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Find Joy in the Smallest Moments
Xenophon Phillip Smith is a Physical Therapist, cyclist, husband, father, and friend. He’s also got a great eye for the perfect photo. While on his rides, he discovers (and photographs) stunning landscapes, sunsets, clouds and rolling Kansas hills – but also takes the time to find the joy and beauty in the small things such as a flower, the ripple of an otherwise still lake, droplets of sparkling water or a delicate spider web. His work can be seen at Delano BBQ Company, 710 W. Douglas, this Final Friday.
Unfortunately, the artist will be unable to attend. The longtime cyclist, who has invested time riding in order to raise money for kids’ cancer charities, was hit by a car during a ride in early June. Smith is still in recovery and looking ahead to his own Physical Therapy – from the other side of the arena. Local artist, Jonathan Clark, has volunteered to mount the art show for Smith.
In the past, Smith was the out-patient physical therapist for Clark’s father and was “really great to him,” and Clark finds that he is happy to repay the kindness.
Most of the photographs selected for exhibition were taken on bike rides, when Smith found an inspiring view or wanted a moment for reflection. The photos, then, have a near meditative quality. One image he has published online, in fact, bears this caption:
“May we rest today in ways that truly feed our soul and our minds. May we find solace in little slices of Peace here and there throughout the trail of the day! It will all work out, the trials will pass and we will blaze new trails,” writes Smith.
Delano BBQ Company will donate 10% of all proceeds from the evening to assist Smith’s family during his recovery.
“It is the least we can do,” said Michelle Suddeth, owner. “His photos are just inspiring and we’re so sad that he can’t be here with us. But, we will make sure he has a terrific show nonetheless.” Suddeth added “… and everyone, make sure you look out for cyclists this summer!”
Delano BBQ Company has become a bit of an art and music hotspot in its historic Delano location during the past two years. The fact that Blackbear Bosin had his studio in the location decades ago might help, but artists like Clark and Smith and musicians such as Cady and Webb, have also helped to raise the tiny eaterie’s artistic profile.
Following the Final Friday art show will be a Delano After Dark presentation of new work by local playwrights. The Guinea Pig Lab Theatre, a small group dedicated to Kansas writers, will host a reading at Delano BBQ Co. The small theatre strives to find, produce and promote Kansas-based playwrights.
The presentation will begin with the announcement of the Lab’s spring contest winner along with the first public reading of the winning piece. Then, Patricia Middleton’s The Tragic Tale of Silas McKee or the True Story of Susanna Salter will receive a reading. Middleton, who has written melodramas for various theatres in and around Wichita, said the play is about the nation’s first female mayor – and those who tried to stop her from ever being elected.
Delano After Dark will begin at approximately 8:10 p.m.Final Friday art crawlers can discover a bit more about the man and his work from 5-8 p.m. on May 27 at the popular barbecue joint in Historic Delano. Owners Michelle and Jon Suddeth invite crawlers (experienced and new) to start their journey with a savory smoked meats dinner at the restaurant so they can fuel up for an art (and walking!) filled evening. And to support the artist in his third Final Friday experience in Bosin’s old studio.