Special art exhibits keep celebration going at Bethel
NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Fall Festival 2012 at Bethel College is now history – but there are still two special exhibits the public can view.
“Generations” is a show featuring work by current and former Bethel art faculty, in the Fine Arts Center Gallery through Oct. 26.
Mojo’s coffee shop in Schultz Student Center is hosting a display of art by Bethel alumni ranging from 1959-2012, through Oct. 31.
Both were planned specifically to help celebrate the college’s 125th anniversary.
FAC Gallery coordinator Rachel Epp Buller, assistant professor of art, planned most of the 2012-13 shows to feature Bethel alumni.
For Fall Festival, she said, “it seemed appropriate to showcase the work of former and current faculty, since alumni of many ages come to that show and would have connections with some of those faculty members.”
Epp Buller and David Long, professor of art, both have work in the show. In addition “Generations” includes former faculty Gail Lutsch (1981-2009), Merrill Krabill (1989-2001), Bob Regier (1965-92), Paul Friesen (1960-89) and Miguel Almanza (1968-80).
Epp Buller is exhibiting prints; Long, cast resin and ceramic sculpture; Lutsch, prints; Krabill, inkjet prints and mixed media; Regier, pastels and photography; Friesen, wood sculpture and ceramics; and Almanza, paintings.
The FAC Gallery is open Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday, 2-4 p.m. There is no admission charge.
At Mojo’s, owner Patty Meier decided to feature the work of a number of alumni.
She won’t be having a formal artists’ reception, she said, because the show came together rather last-minute. Depending on response, the alumni show may become an annual event.
The Mojo’s exhibit includes watercolors by Susan Bartel ’75, North Newton; photos by Rachel Epp Buller ’96, Newton; “environmental exposure” (new genre) by Glen Ediger ’75, North Newton; mosaic tile by Sarah Fuentes ’10, Erie, Colo.; photo montage by Aaron Gaeddert ’11, North Newton; paintings by Eldine Harder ’59, North Newton; sculpture by David Kaufman ’98, Halstead; paintings by Rashell Kaufman ’12, Moundridge; paintings by Virgil Penner ’60, North Newton; sculpture by LaVerle Schrag ’64, Hutchinson; and photography by Max Voran ’65, North Newton.
Mojo’s is open Monday-Thursday, 7 a.m.-10 p.m. ; Friday, 7 a.m.-6 p.m.; and Saturday, 7 a.m.-2 p.m., and is closed on Sunday.
Bethel College is the only private college in Kansas listed in the 2012-13 Forbes.com analysis of premier colleges and universities in the United States and ranks in the top five “Best Baccalaureate Colleges” in the Washington Monthly annual college guide for 2012-13. The four-year liberal arts college is affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. For more information, see www.bethelks.edu.