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Artist seeks surprise, mystery and humor in her work

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College’s Fine Arts Center Gallery has opened its 2013-14 exhibit season with “A Look Beyond the Obvious” by Wichita artist Ann Krone.

The exhibit features colored pencil drawings and digital paintings.

Krone has a B.A. in art education from Westmar College, LeMars, Iowa. She earned an M.A. in drawing from Fort Hays State University and an M.F.A. in printmaking from Wichita State University.

She has been an instructor of art at FHSU, WSU and Cloud County Community College, Concordia, and currently teaches art at Friends University, Wichita.

Krone retired from public education after more than 30 years as an art teacher and administrator. She is a member of Gallery XII in Wichita and is an active artist in watercolor, graphite, collage, digital painting and mixed media.

“The goal in my artwork is some surprise,” Krone says, “some mystery, some humor and sometimes a comment about life from my perspective.”

“A Look Beyond the Obvious” is on display through Sept. 20. There will be a reception for the artist Sept. 19 from 6-8 p.m. just outside the FAC Gallery, to which the public is invited.

The FAC Gallery is open Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday, 2-4 p.m. during the school year (closed during holidays and school breaks).

Bethel College is the only private, liberal arts college in Kansas listed in the 2013-14 analysis of top colleges and universities in the United States, and is the highest-ranked Kansas college in the Washington Monthly annual college guide for 2013-14. The four-year liberal arts college is affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. For more information, see

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