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Artist enjoys using Newton, North Newton as subjects

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Newton painter Joseph Loganbill is displaying oil paintings – many of them depicting Newton and area scenes – in Bethel College’s Fine Arts Center Gallery.

A meet-the-artist reception is Feb. 28 from 6-8 p.m. outside the gallery, located in the Fine Arts Center on Bethel’s campus.

Because of some recent schedule changes, the exhibit, entitled “A Journey in Painting,” will hang through March 28 rather than March 15 as printed on posters.

This is the last in a series of exhibits by Bethel alumni in the FAC Gallery during the 2012-13 school year.

“From the earliest age, I loved to study things and try to draw them,” Loganbill said in his artist statement. “Taking diverse art media instruction taught me that each of these is a mode of expressing an idea, an aesthetic, a feeling.”

Loganbill, now a professional oil painter, studied art at Bethel College and at the Wichita Center for the Arts. After he settled on oil painting as his preferred medium, he studied with noted artists Ray Roberts, Joseph Lorusso, Sherrie McGraw, David Leffel and Jeff Legg.

“For reasons not clear to me then, I had admired Rembrandt’s paintings as a young boy,” Loganbill continued. “I may have postponed studying oil painting, but once [I] started, the challenge and range of the medium has absorbed me. Subsequently, I have come to also especially appreciate the works of John Singer Sargent and Joaquin Sorolla.

“I believe that even the seemingly ordinary moments of our lives carry the potential gift of unique insights into our spiritual nature and purpose. We have but to take time to be alert to them. To this end, our ability to perceive beauty is an important clue. I’m interested in finding and expressing these ideas in painting.”

“A Journey in Painting” indicates that many of Loganbill’s favorite subjects can be found within the Newton-North Newton city limits. He has several views of Bethel College’s iconic Administration Building, the Newton train station and the bridges across Sand Creek between 12th and First Streets.

Other subjects include various Newton street scenes, the Old Mill, the Chase County Courthouse in Cottonwood Falls, field and river scenes, arm machinery and an old-fashioned view of Goerz House on the Bethel campus titled “Arsenic and Old Lace.”

There are also several portraits included in the show.

Loganbill has had numerous one-man and group showings in places such as the Birger Sandzen Memorial Gallery, Lindsborg, and Century II in Wichita.

He is a member of Kansas Academy of Oil Painters, the Missouri Valley Impressionist Society and Oil Painters of America. He is represented by Strecker-Nelson Gallery in Manhattan.

The exhibits rounding out the 2012-13 school year now have some date changes. The annual student show opens April 5 (rather than March 28 as printed on posters) and will have a meet-the-artists reception April 25.

There will be only one senior show rather than two, with the dates as previously listed for “Senior Show #2,” May 3-19, with the reception during commencement weekend, on May 19.

For more information, contact Rachel Epp Buller at Bethel College, 316-284-5222.

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.

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