Carriage Factory Gallery will celebrate the opening of a new exhibit with festivities Sept. 15
1. A local artist
Emerson Wiens was a whittler as a young boy growing up on a Kansas farm, but he did not take up serious sculpturing until after retirement when his adult son gave him a set of sculpturing chisels for Christmas. By that time he had already earned a PhD and taught 35 years in higher education --23 years at Bethel College and another 12 at Illinois State University. Sculpturing became one of his passions upon retiring back to the Newton area in 2000. The exhibit featuring his work will open under the title "The Songs of the Land Never Cease."
2. Kansas flavor
"The Songs of the Land Never Cease" will also feature landscape paintings by Mike Livingston who grew up in rural Kansas, in the tiny town of Geneseo. After graduating from Fort Hays State University where he studied art, he and his wife Peggy moved to Hutchinson in 1972. Livingston built his own foundry and began casting pieces out of bronze. Later he began making furniture and crafted more than 500 pieces.
3. Music on the side
Livingston and Wiens will be present at the exhibit's opening reception September 15 and will give artist talks. Music will be provided by Ian Gingrich-Gaylord on piano, and refreshments will be served.
IF YOU GO
WHEN: 7 p.m. Sept. 15
WHERE: Carriage Factory Art Gallery, 128 E. Sixth
HOW MUCH: Free