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First exhibit of spring semester conjures ‘time-traveler’s hotel’

February 8th, 2020

"Beauty" by Tasha Wentling

The reception for Tasha Wentling and "Hotel Tempus" will be Thursday, Feb. 27, from 6-8 p.m. at the Regier Art Gallery in Luyken Fine Arts Center .

Wentling is a recent Wichita State graduate whose photography and design exhibit has been in the gallery since the beginning of February.

The spring semester’s first exhibit is a work that’s still evolving.

Last spring, as Wentling was finishing her graphic design degree at WSU, she also longed to do a photography project.

She developed “Hotel Tempus,” on display in the gallery in Bethel’s Luyken Fine Arts Center.

The artist reception will be Feb. 27 from 6-8 p.m. at the gallery.

“Hotel Tempus” showcases a number of design elements along with its odd and intriguing photos.

For example, there’s a hotel brochure, and a menu for the hotel’s Obscurum Bar that invites guests to “enjoy respite from the nearby howling in our suspiciously quiet lounge.”  

Wentling’s friends and family play “hotel guests” in the photos, often with a backdrop of the Wichita Scottish Rite Center as well as Wentling’s home.

Her inspiration came from movies like The Shining and The Grand Budapest Hotel, and especially from the Arctic Monkeys album Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino, about an establishment on the moon. 

“I realized the hotel concept has a lot of mileage in it, because anyone can stay there,” Wentling told a WSU reporter at the time “Hotel Tempus” debuted in the Cadman Gallery in WSU’s Rhatigan Student Center last spring. “And then if I make it a hotel for time travelers, it makes the options even broader.

“I wanted something weird and spooky and something I could make really beautiful.”

She told the same reporter, “This is definitely not the end of the exhibition. I have endless ideas for this project.”

Rachel Epp Buller, Bethel associate professor of visual art and design and Regier Gallery coordinator, noted, “David [Long, Bethel professor of visual art and design] saw the show last spring and was very impressed, so he invited her here.”

After finishing her degree in May 2019, Wentling now works as a graphic designer for the Greteman Group in Wichita.

“Hotel Tempus” will be on display through Feb. 28.

Regular Regier Gallery hours are Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday, 2-4 p.m. There is no admission charge.

Bethel is a four-year liberal arts college founded in 1887 and is the oldest Mennonite college in North America. Known for academic excellence, Bethel is the highest ranked Kansas private college, at #12, in Washington Monthly, Top 200 Bachelor’s Colleges; ranks at #23 in U.S. News & World Report, Best Regional Colleges Midwest; is Zippia.com’s highest ranked Kansas small college with the highest earning graduates; stands at #57 among 829 U.S. colleges and universities listed by lendEDU as “Best for Financial Aid”; has the #10 RN-to-BSN program in Kansas according to RNtoBSN.com; and earned its second-straight NAIA Champions of Character Five-Star gold award, based on student service and academic achievement, all for 2019-20. For more information, see www.bethelks.edu  

About Bethel

As the first Mennonite college founded in North America, Bethel College celebrates a tradition of progressive Christian liberal arts education, diversity within community, and lifelong learning.