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Local artist to display work in Bethel gallery

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The first exhibit of the spring semester in Bethel College’s Fine Arts Center Gallery features the recent work of a Newton artist.

Rachel Epp Buller is also a freelance writer, curator and editor. Her new show, “Transitions,” is concerned with recent transitions in the life of her family. She and her husband, Tim Buller, have three young children. In exploring the themes of family and transitions, Epp Buller has created silk-screened images using food-based inks, as well as largely figurative linoleum blocks.

“Transitions” runs through Feb. 29 in the gallery, located inside the Fine Arts Center building on the Bethel campus. Regular gallery hours are Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday, 2-4 p.m. There is no admission charge.

Epp Buller has a B.A. from Bethel College and earned both an M.A. and Ph.D. in art history from the University of Kansas. Her most recent publications include the 2-volume textbook Patterns in Western Civilization (Pearson 2007), of which she is co-author and art editor, and “Representing Motherhood: Reading the Maternal Body in Contemporary Art” in Mothering in the Third Wave (Demeter Press, 2008). She has taught art and art history at Bethel and worked at the Spencer Museum of Art in Lawrence and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

The opening reception for “Transitions” will be Friday, Feb. 8, from 3-5 p.m. outside the gallery.

Bethel College is a four-year liberal arts college affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. Founded in 1887, it is the oldest Mennonite college in North America. Bethel is known for its academic excellence and was the highest ranked Kansas college in the national liberal arts category of U.S. News & World Report’s listing of “America’s Best Colleges” for 2008. For more information, see the Bethel Web site at

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