Final Fridays… Holton Kansas August 31.

Ever since I have had my studio space I have dreamed that maybe someday I could share it with some local artists and have an art show in Holton. With First Fridays in Topeka going on, as well as in Lawrence and Kansas City, we decided to do a “Final Friday” art walk in Holton Kansas. What is an “art walk” you ask? It is just that… you can walk around and enjoy the Arts! My studio, The Alley Way Studio and Art Gallery, and other local businesses will be showcasing some local artists and musicians. The art will be there for you to appreciate, and even purchase from some artists.

We are still looking for more artists and businesses to host artists so if you are interested please let me know!  I will try to update my blog with information on who will be showing as well as businesses that have agreed to host artists.

I keep saying “we” so who are “we”… well when I fist had the idea I knew I needed to talk to someone about it that would help me get it done!  She is a do-er and a wonderful artist.  I also really wanted to feature her in my Art Gallery.

Meet Katie Morris,  local artist, Topeka art teacher, blogger, nature lover, wife and mommy. She is pretty cool i guess:)  …

I asked Katie a few questions for this blog post so you can get to know her too and here is what she said:

Q: Describe yourself in 3 sentences.

I feel very blessed to have a husband who supports me, a sweet little boy, and lots of family close by.
I love to read and learn- fiction is my favorite when I’m not in the middle of a graduate course.
I never met a potato I didn’t like.

Q: When did you first discover your love for art?

I’ve loved art for as long as I can remember. I remember making books of illustrations on old copy paper when I was in preschool and drawing a lot. I was always painting on or making something. My brother and I even painted sticks and tried to sell them to the mailman.

Q: What would you say your favorite medium to work in is?

My favorite medium is tough to answer since I have so many interests. I like to make things I can hold but also love drawing, painting, and photography. I’ve been adding to a series of flower photos made at night since my son was born. Sometimes working at night after he’s gone to bed is the only chance I get. I really like photographing at night because it’s always a surprise how the picture turns out

Q: What is is like to teach such a wide range of kids everyday?

I teach Kindergarten through 6th grade students and try to introduce as many different kinds of art and media as I can. It can be challenging to switch quickly between different ages and ability levels but I love seeing growth in ideas, skills, and hopefully confidence from year to year.

Q: I love looking at your blog, what inspired you to write a blog about being an art teacher and sharing your ideas and plans?

Thanks! I started my blog at the very beginning of my first year of teaching. Originally my blog was just to give me a visual way to record and reflect on what I was teaching and learning. I honestly never thought about other people reading it. Then, I started reading a lot of other Art Education blogs and they started reading mine. I found out there is a whole community of Art Ed bloggers. Most of us like to network, share ideas, help each other find solutions and answers to questions, and sometimes just share with people who are in the same boat as you.

Q: Who is your favorite artist (living or dead)?

This is tough- I could give you a whole list! I’ll limit myself to two, though. I love Edgar Degas’ artwork and I’m drawn to the color, texture, and use of line. I also have a real soft spot for Joseph Cornell’s boxes and how his found objects create a story.

Q: What type of work will you show at Final Fridays Art Walk? 

This month at the Final Friday Art Walk, I will show some of my night time photos, and more nature-inspired artwork including printmaking and painting.

Q: What inspires you most these days?

Nature! I think God created a pretty cool place for us to live. The heat has been hard on even the native plants this year but I’m still inspired by nature.

Q: What do you do to replenish your creativity?

I play! I think that playing is a very important part of the creative process. You have to be ok with just trying something new and not knowing for sure if it will work how you expected. Sometimes I revisit old supplies or try a totally new art form. I just designed and pieces my first quilt and I’m excited to work with more fabric.

(Just for Fun)

Favorite color? I think this would be hard for most Art teachers to answer, but probably turquoise.
Favorite music to create to? Classic Rock!
Hobbies? If there’s any time left after spending time with family and making Art, reading, knitting, sewing, or gardening when it’s not 100+ degrees outside.
Favorite chick flick? I’m probably more of a quirky comedy girl, but let’s go with Love Actually.
If you could do anything on a friday night what would you do? My husband works evenings during the week but is off on the weekends so family time is my ideal Friday night. Cooking supper together, talking and playing, and relaxing after bedtime.
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go? If I could travel anywhere, I would probably go to Germany where most of my ancestors lived.

There you have it!  I took some photos of Katie, and her artwork (including Turner, I think you will agree he is a work of art too…. :))

Come see more on Final Fridays!  Hopefully I can blog about a few other artist as well before then,  Holton Kansas is full of amazing artists!

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August 1, 2012 - 3:40 PM

Cynthia Teter - What a wonderful idea!!! This is the first I have heard of this…I am so excited! And I loved the books that she created, I saw them at the library.

Question: My daughter has designed some shirts and has drawings of clothes she would one day like to make, Fashion Design is her hopes. Is there somewhere to showcase these at the Final Friday Art Walk?

Thanks for getting this started. I am praying it will go over well so that we can continue and grow this adventure in the future.

August 1, 2012 - 3:48 PM

cyphers2 - That sounds awesome! I just talked to Abby at Lee’s and asked about hosting “junior artists” and students. I think it would be great to have her!

August 8, 2012 - 12:57 PM

Cindy Stavropoulos - Great Idea! Love it!

August 21, 2012 - 2:13 PM

Joyce Shupe - It makes me happy to see you make your wonderful photos. It is a fleeting moment in time turned into an object to cherish and remember. You are a wonderful artist.

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