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7th Annual Paint the Parks Exhibition
11/04/2014 to 01/15/2015The 7th Annual 2013 Paint the Parks show consists of an incredible collection of paintings depicting our country's National Parks. This is now the third year the Coutts Museum of Art has managed this program. As in each prior year, we see new artists, representing nearly every state in the country, and a continuing enthusiasm from hundreds of artists for painting our nation's National Parks. The Juror of the Paint the Parks entries was Barbara Stecklein. She began her art career in 1985, after completing a Bachelor of Fine Art Degree from the University of Texas in San Antonio. Her initial concentration was on still life compositions using watercolor and graphite. Eventually she added landscapes in charcoal and pastel. Her work has grown in size over the years and it is not uncommon for her pastels to be from 48 to as much as 72 inches wide. Her work has been featured in numerous exhibits and she offer reproductions for sale through exhibitions and from her company, Brown Square Reproductions. We are pleased to announce the winning artists of the 7th Annual Paint the Parks Competition: Grand Prize Purchase Award: "September" by Steven Nass (Texas) Barbara Stecklein Juror's Award: "April Squall" by Aaron Schuerr (Montana) Director's Choice Award: "Virgin River, Zion" by Bruce Gomez (Colorado) Coutts Museum Juror's Award: "Harem Hustlers" by Ann Hardy (Texas) 7th Annual Pain the Parks Mini Competition winning artists: Grand Prize Mini Purchase Award: "Tucson Saguaro National Park West" by Mano Sotelo (Arizona) Barbara Stecklein Juror's Award: "Ruby Beach" by Aaron Schuerr (Montana) Director's Choice Award: "View from Lily Lake" by David Vollbracht (Kansas) Coutts Museum Juror's Award: "View at the North Rim" by John D. Phillips (Colorado)
A Bad Christmas Carol - Musical Comedy
11/28/2014 to 12/30/2014A delighful spoof of the classic Christmas tale that will have you rolling in your seat and Charles Dickens rolling in his grave. Complete with all the characters that have become synonymous with Christmas cheer and few surprises along the way. Then following intermission, enjoy as our team of elves put their own spin on classic Christmas tunes from yesterday and today.
Celebrating the “Mystery S” & Walter Beech Air Race
10/25/2014 to 12/31/2014Celebrating the “Mystery S” - Featuring film footage taken at the Wichita Airport circa 1930. One of the legendary racing planes of the era rolled out of Wichita’s Travel Air plant in 1929. It was the result of an experimental project conducted in a restricted area of the Travel Air plant by a few employees who designed and built the plane in their spare time. Travel Air called its plane simply the Model R, but the Wichita newspapers, in reporting rumors of Walter Beech’s secret racing plane, dubbed it the “Mystery Ship” or “Mystery S.” “Walter Beech Air Race Trophies” - Featuring 12 Trophies. Walter Beech, a giant of aviation, began as a pilot at the dawn of the air age and ultimately created some of the era’s most successful airplanes. Beech promoted these at what some termed “Aeronautical Rodeos”. The air shows, tours, and races that occurred in the 1920s emphasized speed, reliability, safety, and aircraft design, rather than stunts and acrobatics. The sport of air racing continued in earnest into the 1930s. Pilots at the controls of Wichita made airplanes, including Swallow, Travel Air, Cessna, Stearman, and Beech models, won race after race in American and international competition and stimulated sales for the airplane companies.
Eww! What's Eating You? National Traveling Exhibit
09/13/2014 to 01/04/2015Travel on a carnival-style journey through the human body to see the fascinating world of parasites.
Illuminations at Botanica
11/28/2014 to 12/31/2014ILLUMINATIONS 2014 will be held seven days a week, 5:30-8:30 p.m. from November 28 through Dec. 31 (excluding Dec. 24 and 25). Illuminations is a family-friendly event that showcases Botanica’s 17 acres of beautiful gardens in a completely different light. It has become one of the area’s premier holiday events, but this year the event is getting a festive facelift! With hundreds of thousands of lights and new themed displays, Illuminations will be Kansas’ largest holiday light display. More than 5,000 LED luminaries will line garden pathways, more than 120 trees will be expertly lit, and many structures will be lit with twinkling white lights. As visitors enjoy their walk through the Gardens, they will enjoy the warm glow of luminaries, the sound of electric trains traveling around pine trees, the reflections of trees on the pond, the magic of the flocked forest at Candy Cane Lane, the fragrance of chimineas, the warmth of hot cocoa and cider and the joy of live musical groups. In total, hundreds of thousands of lights combine with nature to create a stunning atmosphere and a “HO, HO, HO” lot of holiday fun! Support from special events such as Illuminations help us showcase the Gardens, maintain Botanica as one of the Midwest’s leading botanical gardens and further our mission. Tickets are $8 ($7 members) for adults and $6 for youth (3-12). Advance tickets can be purchased at all area QuikTrip locations or at Botanica. Members must purchase their tickets at Botanica in order to receive their discount. Group rates are available in advance. For ticket information please call Natalie Mahaffay at 316-264-0448 ext. 107.
Lights On David Street Holiday Music and Lights Show
12/07/2014 to 12/25/2014Lights On David Street Holiday Music and Lights Show. Go to lightsondavidstreet.webs.com for directions
Lights on St Paul
11/28/2014 to 12/28/2014Enjoy this dazzling holiday lights drive thru with over 1 million lights. Santa photos will be available Friday-Sunday inside the festive ILRC for a $5 donation. See new LED exhibits along with your favorites at the largest neighborhood drive thru lights display in Kansas! There is no fee, but donations are encouraged to help The Arc of Sedgwick County assist persons with developmental disabilities. Enter the display at Douglas between Meridian and West St. Tune in your car radio to hear the synchronized music.
Liquid Nitrogen: Fruit Cake Smash - Live Science Show
12/20/2014 to 12/28/2014Special Winter Break Show! Liquid Nitrogen: Fruit Cake Smash - Find out what happens to a fluffy fruit cake when dipped in a bubbling bowl of liquid nitrogen at -321 degrees! Located in the Kemper Creative Learning Studio.
Spirited: Prohibition in America
11/11/2014 to 01/07/2015Come learn the story of Prohibition at the Butler County History Center with this National Endowment for the Humanities traveling exhibit!
Violent Universe - New Dome Show!
06/14/2014 to 12/31/2014Violent Universe Opens Saturday, June 14 It's the end of the world as we know it! Well, not quite. But you'll come face-to-face with the cataclysmic forces that surround us including comets, asteroids and meteors. Witness the raw power of the cosmos as worlds collide in this thrilling show. Narrated by actor Sir Patrick Stewart. Prices and show times are subject to change without notice. Call 316-660-0600 to confirm daily show times.
#selfie
08/30/2014 to 02/08/2015In 2013, Oxford Dictionaries named selfie the Word of the Year. The use of the word increased 17,000% from January to December 2013. It was not only the use of the word that saw a dramatic jump, selfie images took over our computer and cell phone screens. Estimates suggest that over 18 million selfies are uploaded every week. It seems like everyone who is anyone has posted a selfie somewhere on the internet: Pope Francis, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, and political leaders--including British Prime Minister David Cameron and U.S. President Barack Obama. While the culture of social media created the word, selfie, this type of imagery is not new. It is simply the most recent version of a much older artistic standard—the self-portrait. This form of expression, which can be traced back to ancient Greece, has quietly persisted throughout the history of art, only to emerge in our time as the most common type of digital image.
7th Annual Paint the Parks Exhibition
11/04/2014 to 01/15/2015The 7th Annual 2013 Paint the Parks show consists of an incredible collection of paintings depicting our country's National Parks. This is now the third year the Coutts Museum of Art has managed this program. As in each prior year, we see new artists, representing nearly every state in the country, and a continuing enthusiasm from hundreds of artists for painting our nation's National Parks. The Juror of the Paint the Parks entries was Barbara Stecklein. She began her art career in 1985, after completing a Bachelor of Fine Art Degree from the University of Texas in San Antonio. Her initial concentration was on still life compositions using watercolor and graphite. Eventually she added landscapes in charcoal and pastel. Her work has grown in size over the years and it is not uncommon for her pastels to be from 48 to as much as 72 inches wide. Her work has been featured in numerous exhibits and she offer reproductions for sale through exhibitions and from her company, Brown Square Reproductions. We are pleased to announce the winning artists of the 7th Annual Paint the Parks Competition: Grand Prize Purchase Award: "September" by Steven Nass (Texas) Barbara Stecklein Juror's Award: "April Squall" by Aaron Schuerr (Montana) Director's Choice Award: "Virgin River, Zion" by Bruce Gomez (Colorado) Coutts Museum Juror's Award: "Harem Hustlers" by Ann Hardy (Texas) 7th Annual Pain the Parks Mini Competition winning artists: Grand Prize Mini Purchase Award: "Tucson Saguaro National Park West" by Mano Sotelo (Arizona) Barbara Stecklein Juror's Award: "Ruby Beach" by Aaron Schuerr (Montana) Director's Choice Award: "View from Lily Lake" by David Vollbracht (Kansas) Coutts Museum Juror's Award: "View at the North Rim" by John D. Phillips (Colorado)
A Bad Christmas Carol - Musical Comedy
11/28/2014 to 12/30/2014A delighful spoof of the classic Christmas tale that will have you rolling in your seat and Charles Dickens rolling in his grave. Complete with all the characters that have become synonymous with Christmas cheer and few surprises along the way. Then following intermission, enjoy as our team of elves put their own spin on classic Christmas tunes from yesterday and today.
American Moderns, 1910-1960: From Georgia O'Keeffe to Norman Rockwell
09/27/2014 to 01/04/2015American Moderns, 1910–1960: From Georgia O'Keeffe to Norman Rockwell presents 57 artworks from the collection of the Brooklyn Museum in an exploration of the myriad ways in which American artists engaged with modernity. Ranging widely in subject matter and style, the 53 paintings and four sculptures were produced by leading artists of the period, including Georgia O'Keeffe, Milton Avery, Marsden Hartley, Stuart Davis, Arthur Dove, Rockwell Kent, Joseph Stella, Elie Nadelman, and Norman Rockwell. Significant works by these and other artists in the exhibition exemplify their unique contributions to modern culture. Between 1910 and 1960, both American society and art underwent tumultuous and far-reaching transformations. The United States emerged as an international power of economic, industrial, and military might, while also experiencing two world wars and the Great Depression. New technologies fundamentally changed the pace and nature of all aspects of modern life. America’s increasingly diverse and mobile population challenged old social patterns and clamored for the equality and opportunities promised by the American dream. Art witnessed similarly dramatic changes as many artists rejected or reformulated artistic traditions, seeking new ways to make their work relevant in a contemporary context.
Celebrating the “Mystery S” & Walter Beech Air Race
10/25/2014 to 12/31/2014Celebrating the “Mystery S” - Featuring film footage taken at the Wichita Airport circa 1930. One of the legendary racing planes of the era rolled out of Wichita’s Travel Air plant in 1929. It was the result of an experimental project conducted in a restricted area of the Travel Air plant by a few employees who designed and built the plane in their spare time. Travel Air called its plane simply the Model R, but the Wichita newspapers, in reporting rumors of Walter Beech’s secret racing plane, dubbed it the “Mystery Ship” or “Mystery S.” “Walter Beech Air Race Trophies” - Featuring 12 Trophies. Walter Beech, a giant of aviation, began as a pilot at the dawn of the air age and ultimately created some of the era’s most successful airplanes. Beech promoted these at what some termed “Aeronautical Rodeos”. The air shows, tours, and races that occurred in the 1920s emphasized speed, reliability, safety, and aircraft design, rather than stunts and acrobatics. The sport of air racing continued in earnest into the 1930s. Pilots at the controls of Wichita made airplanes, including Swallow, Travel Air, Cessna, Stearman, and Beech models, won race after race in American and international competition and stimulated sales for the airplane companies.
Eww! What's Eating You? National Traveling Exhibit
09/13/2014 to 01/04/2015Travel on a carnival-style journey through the human body to see the fascinating world of parasites.
Holiday Science Spectacular Live Science Show
11/29/2014 to 12/28/2014Lights, colors and sounds abound during this festive season. Discover the science behind the most popular holiday traditions. In the Kemper Creative Learning Studio.
Illuminations at Botanica
11/28/2014 to 12/31/2014ILLUMINATIONS 2014 will be held seven days a week, 5:30-8:30 p.m. from November 28 through Dec. 31 (excluding Dec. 24 and 25). Illuminations is a family-friendly event that showcases Botanica’s 17 acres of beautiful gardens in a completely different light. It has become one of the area’s premier holiday events, but this year the event is getting a festive facelift! With hundreds of thousands of lights and new themed displays, Illuminations will be Kansas’ largest holiday light display. More than 5,000 LED luminaries will line garden pathways, more than 120 trees will be expertly lit, and many structures will be lit with twinkling white lights. As visitors enjoy their walk through the Gardens, they will enjoy the warm glow of luminaries, the sound of electric trains traveling around pine trees, the reflections of trees on the pond, the magic of the flocked forest at Candy Cane Lane, the fragrance of chimineas, the warmth of hot cocoa and cider and the joy of live musical groups. In total, hundreds of thousands of lights combine with nature to create a stunning atmosphere and a “HO, HO, HO” lot of holiday fun! Support from special events such as Illuminations help us showcase the Gardens, maintain Botanica as one of the Midwest’s leading botanical gardens and further our mission. Tickets are $8 ($7 members) for adults and $6 for youth (3-12). Advance tickets can be purchased at all area QuikTrip locations or at Botanica. Members must purchase their tickets at Botanica in order to receive their discount. Group rates are available in advance. For ticket information please call Natalie Mahaffay at 316-264-0448 ext. 107.
Kansas in Miniature Holiday Music Show
11/29/2014 to 12/28/2014Enjoy the sights and sounds of the holiday season as this popular exhibit is decked out for a 1950s holiday, complete with a Christmas parade and nostalgic music.
Kansas Watercolor Society National Exhibition 2014
11/21/2014 to 01/02/2015The exhibition features landscapes, still life, and imagery to abstraction and realism. These masterfully executed works spotlight the technique of water media. This is definitely an exhibition you will not want to miss!
Let It Snow! Holiday Dome Film
11/29/2014 to 12/28/2014This fun, family show will put you in the seasonal mood with holiday images and scenes set to favorite songs from Frank Sinatra to the Muppets. Dome prices apply. In the Boeing Dome Theater and Planetarium.
Lights On David Street Holiday Music and Lights Show
12/07/2014 to 12/25/2014Lights On David Street Holiday Music and Lights Show. Go to lightsondavidstreet.webs.com for directions
Lights on St Paul
11/28/2014 to 12/28/2014Enjoy this dazzling holiday lights drive thru with over 1 million lights. Santa photos will be available Friday-Sunday inside the festive ILRC for a $5 donation. See new LED exhibits along with your favorites at the largest neighborhood drive thru lights display in Kansas! There is no fee, but donations are encouraged to help The Arc of Sedgwick County assist persons with developmental disabilities. Enter the display at Douglas between Meridian and West St. Tune in your car radio to hear the synchronized music.
Liquid Nitrogen: Fruit Cake Smash - Live Science Show
12/20/2014 to 12/28/2014Special Winter Break Show! Liquid Nitrogen: Fruit Cake Smash - Find out what happens to a fluffy fruit cake when dipped in a bubbling bowl of liquid nitrogen at -321 degrees! Located in the Kemper Creative Learning Studio.
Spirited: Prohibition in America
11/11/2014 to 01/07/2015Come learn the story of Prohibition at the Butler County History Center with this National Endowment for the Humanities traveling exhibit!
Violent Universe - New Dome Show!
06/14/2014 to 12/31/2014Violent Universe Opens Saturday, June 14 It's the end of the world as we know it! Well, not quite. But you'll come face-to-face with the cataclysmic forces that surround us including comets, asteroids and meteors. Witness the raw power of the cosmos as worlds collide in this thrilling show. Narrated by actor Sir Patrick Stewart. Prices and show times are subject to change without notice. Call 316-660-0600 to confirm daily show times.
#selfie
08/30/2014 to 02/08/2015In 2013, Oxford Dictionaries named selfie the Word of the Year. The use of the word increased 17,000% from January to December 2013. It was not only the use of the word that saw a dramatic jump, selfie images took over our computer and cell phone screens. Estimates suggest that over 18 million selfies are uploaded every week. It seems like everyone who is anyone has posted a selfie somewhere on the internet: Pope Francis, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, and political leaders--including British Prime Minister David Cameron and U.S. President Barack Obama. While the culture of social media created the word, selfie, this type of imagery is not new. It is simply the most recent version of a much older artistic standard—the self-portrait. This form of expression, which can be traced back to ancient Greece, has quietly persisted throughout the history of art, only to emerge in our time as the most common type of digital image.
7th Annual Paint the Parks Exhibition
11/04/2014 to 01/15/2015The 7th Annual 2013 Paint the Parks show consists of an incredible collection of paintings depicting our country's National Parks. This is now the third year the Coutts Museum of Art has managed this program. As in each prior year, we see new artists, representing nearly every state in the country, and a continuing enthusiasm from hundreds of artists for painting our nation's National Parks. The Juror of the Paint the Parks entries was Barbara Stecklein. She began her art career in 1985, after completing a Bachelor of Fine Art Degree from the University of Texas in San Antonio. Her initial concentration was on still life compositions using watercolor and graphite. Eventually she added landscapes in charcoal and pastel. Her work has grown in size over the years and it is not uncommon for her pastels to be from 48 to as much as 72 inches wide. Her work has been featured in numerous exhibits and she offer reproductions for sale through exhibitions and from her company, Brown Square Reproductions. We are pleased to announce the winning artists of the 7th Annual Paint the Parks Competition: Grand Prize Purchase Award: "September" by Steven Nass (Texas) Barbara Stecklein Juror's Award: "April Squall" by Aaron Schuerr (Montana) Director's Choice Award: "Virgin River, Zion" by Bruce Gomez (Colorado) Coutts Museum Juror's Award: "Harem Hustlers" by Ann Hardy (Texas) 7th Annual Pain the Parks Mini Competition winning artists: Grand Prize Mini Purchase Award: "Tucson Saguaro National Park West" by Mano Sotelo (Arizona) Barbara Stecklein Juror's Award: "Ruby Beach" by Aaron Schuerr (Montana) Director's Choice Award: "View from Lily Lake" by David Vollbracht (Kansas) Coutts Museum Juror's Award: "View at the North Rim" by John D. Phillips (Colorado)
A Bad Christmas Carol - Musical Comedy
11/28/2014 to 12/30/2014A delighful spoof of the classic Christmas tale that will have you rolling in your seat and Charles Dickens rolling in his grave. Complete with all the characters that have become synonymous with Christmas cheer and few surprises along the way. Then following intermission, enjoy as our team of elves put their own spin on classic Christmas tunes from yesterday and today.
American Moderns, 1910-1960: From Georgia O'Keeffe to Norman Rockwell
09/27/2014 to 01/04/2015American Moderns, 1910–1960: From Georgia O'Keeffe to Norman Rockwell presents 57 artworks from the collection of the Brooklyn Museum in an exploration of the myriad ways in which American artists engaged with modernity. Ranging widely in subject matter and style, the 53 paintings and four sculptures were produced by leading artists of the period, including Georgia O'Keeffe, Milton Avery, Marsden Hartley, Stuart Davis, Arthur Dove, Rockwell Kent, Joseph Stella, Elie Nadelman, and Norman Rockwell. Significant works by these and other artists in the exhibition exemplify their unique contributions to modern culture. Between 1910 and 1960, both American society and art underwent tumultuous and far-reaching transformations. The United States emerged as an international power of economic, industrial, and military might, while also experiencing two world wars and the Great Depression. New technologies fundamentally changed the pace and nature of all aspects of modern life. America’s increasingly diverse and mobile population challenged old social patterns and clamored for the equality and opportunities promised by the American dream. Art witnessed similarly dramatic changes as many artists rejected or reformulated artistic traditions, seeking new ways to make their work relevant in a contemporary context.
Celebrating the “Mystery S” & Walter Beech Air Race
10/25/2014 to 12/31/2014Celebrating the “Mystery S” - Featuring film footage taken at the Wichita Airport circa 1930. One of the legendary racing planes of the era rolled out of Wichita’s Travel Air plant in 1929. It was the result of an experimental project conducted in a restricted area of the Travel Air plant by a few employees who designed and built the plane in their spare time. Travel Air called its plane simply the Model R, but the Wichita newspapers, in reporting rumors of Walter Beech’s secret racing plane, dubbed it the “Mystery Ship” or “Mystery S.” “Walter Beech Air Race Trophies” - Featuring 12 Trophies. Walter Beech, a giant of aviation, began as a pilot at the dawn of the air age and ultimately created some of the era’s most successful airplanes. Beech promoted these at what some termed “Aeronautical Rodeos”. The air shows, tours, and races that occurred in the 1920s emphasized speed, reliability, safety, and aircraft design, rather than stunts and acrobatics. The sport of air racing continued in earnest into the 1930s. Pilots at the controls of Wichita made airplanes, including Swallow, Travel Air, Cessna, Stearman, and Beech models, won race after race in American and international competition and stimulated sales for the airplane companies.
Community Night at the Indian Center
09/17/2014 Community Night is a chance for the American Indian community and the public to take part in a variety of activities that are part of the American Indian culture. Community Night is free and everyone is welcome. For more information, call (316) 350-3340.
Eww! What's Eating You? National Traveling Exhibit
09/13/2014 to 01/04/2015Travel on a carnival-style journey through the human body to see the fascinating world of parasites.
Holiday Science Spectacular Live Science Show
11/29/2014 to 12/28/2014Lights, colors and sounds abound during this festive season. Discover the science behind the most popular holiday traditions. In the Kemper Creative Learning Studio.
Illuminations at Botanica
11/28/2014 to 12/31/2014ILLUMINATIONS 2014 will be held seven days a week, 5:30-8:30 p.m. from November 28 through Dec. 31 (excluding Dec. 24 and 25). Illuminations is a family-friendly event that showcases Botanica’s 17 acres of beautiful gardens in a completely different light. It has become one of the area’s premier holiday events, but this year the event is getting a festive facelift! With hundreds of thousands of lights and new themed displays, Illuminations will be Kansas’ largest holiday light display. More than 5,000 LED luminaries will line garden pathways, more than 120 trees will be expertly lit, and many structures will be lit with twinkling white lights. As visitors enjoy their walk through the Gardens, they will enjoy the warm glow of luminaries, the sound of electric trains traveling around pine trees, the reflections of trees on the pond, the magic of the flocked forest at Candy Cane Lane, the fragrance of chimineas, the warmth of hot cocoa and cider and the joy of live musical groups. In total, hundreds of thousands of lights combine with nature to create a stunning atmosphere and a “HO, HO, HO” lot of holiday fun! Support from special events such as Illuminations help us showcase the Gardens, maintain Botanica as one of the Midwest’s leading botanical gardens and further our mission. Tickets are $8 ($7 members) for adults and $6 for youth (3-12). Advance tickets can be purchased at all area QuikTrip locations or at Botanica. Members must purchase their tickets at Botanica in order to receive their discount. Group rates are available in advance. For ticket information please call Natalie Mahaffay at 316-264-0448 ext. 107.
Kansas in Miniature Holiday Music Show
11/29/2014 to 12/28/2014Enjoy the sights and sounds of the holiday season as this popular exhibit is decked out for a 1950s holiday, complete with a Christmas parade and nostalgic music.
Kansas Watercolor Society National Exhibition 2014
11/21/2014 to 01/02/2015The exhibition features landscapes, still life, and imagery to abstraction and realism. These masterfully executed works spotlight the technique of water media. This is definitely an exhibition you will not want to miss!
Let It Snow! Holiday Dome Film
11/29/2014 to 12/28/2014This fun, family show will put you in the seasonal mood with holiday images and scenes set to favorite songs from Frank Sinatra to the Muppets. Dome prices apply. In the Boeing Dome Theater and Planetarium.
Lights On David Street Holiday Music and Lights Show
12/07/2014 to 12/25/2014Lights On David Street Holiday Music and Lights Show. Go to lightsondavidstreet.webs.com for directions
Lights on St Paul
11/28/2014 to 12/28/2014Enjoy this dazzling holiday lights drive thru with over 1 million lights. Santa photos will be available Friday-Sunday inside the festive ILRC for a $5 donation. See new LED exhibits along with your favorites at the largest neighborhood drive thru lights display in Kansas! There is no fee, but donations are encouraged to help The Arc of Sedgwick County assist persons with developmental disabilities. Enter the display at Douglas between Meridian and West St. Tune in your car radio to hear the synchronized music.
Liquid Nitrogen: Fruit Cake Smash - Live Science Show
12/20/2014 to 12/28/2014Special Winter Break Show! Liquid Nitrogen: Fruit Cake Smash - Find out what happens to a fluffy fruit cake when dipped in a bubbling bowl of liquid nitrogen at -321 degrees! Located in the Kemper Creative Learning Studio.
Spirited: Prohibition in America
11/11/2014 to 01/07/2015Come learn the story of Prohibition at the Butler County History Center with this National Endowment for the Humanities traveling exhibit!
Violent Universe - New Dome Show!
06/14/2014 to 12/31/2014Violent Universe Opens Saturday, June 14 It's the end of the world as we know it! Well, not quite. But you'll come face-to-face with the cataclysmic forces that surround us including comets, asteroids and meteors. Witness the raw power of the cosmos as worlds collide in this thrilling show. Narrated by actor Sir Patrick Stewart. Prices and show times are subject to change without notice. Call 316-660-0600 to confirm daily show times.
#selfie
08/30/2014 to 02/08/2015In 2013, Oxford Dictionaries named selfie the Word of the Year. The use of the word increased 17,000% from January to December 2013. It was not only the use of the word that saw a dramatic jump, selfie images took over our computer and cell phone screens. Estimates suggest that over 18 million selfies are uploaded every week. It seems like everyone who is anyone has posted a selfie somewhere on the internet: Pope Francis, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, and political leaders--including British Prime Minister David Cameron and U.S. President Barack Obama. While the culture of social media created the word, selfie, this type of imagery is not new. It is simply the most recent version of a much older artistic standard—the self-portrait. This form of expression, which can be traced back to ancient Greece, has quietly persisted throughout the history of art, only to emerge in our time as the most common type of digital image.
7th Annual Paint the Parks Exhibition
11/04/2014 to 01/15/2015The 7th Annual 2013 Paint the Parks show consists of an incredible collection of paintings depicting our country's National Parks. This is now the third year the Coutts Museum of Art has managed this program. As in each prior year, we see new artists, representing nearly every state in the country, and a continuing enthusiasm from hundreds of artists for painting our nation's National Parks. The Juror of the Paint the Parks entries was Barbara Stecklein. She began her art career in 1985, after completing a Bachelor of Fine Art Degree from the University of Texas in San Antonio. Her initial concentration was on still life compositions using watercolor and graphite. Eventually she added landscapes in charcoal and pastel. Her work has grown in size over the years and it is not uncommon for her pastels to be from 48 to as much as 72 inches wide. Her work has been featured in numerous exhibits and she offer reproductions for sale through exhibitions and from her company, Brown Square Reproductions. We are pleased to announce the winning artists of the 7th Annual Paint the Parks Competition: Grand Prize Purchase Award: "September" by Steven Nass (Texas) Barbara Stecklein Juror's Award: "April Squall" by Aaron Schuerr (Montana) Director's Choice Award: "Virgin River, Zion" by Bruce Gomez (Colorado) Coutts Museum Juror's Award: "Harem Hustlers" by Ann Hardy (Texas) 7th Annual Pain the Parks Mini Competition winning artists: Grand Prize Mini Purchase Award: "Tucson Saguaro National Park West" by Mano Sotelo (Arizona) Barbara Stecklein Juror's Award: "Ruby Beach" by Aaron Schuerr (Montana) Director's Choice Award: "View from Lily Lake" by David Vollbracht (Kansas) Coutts Museum Juror's Award: "View at the North Rim" by John D. Phillips (Colorado)
A Bad Christmas Carol - Musical Comedy
11/28/2014 to 12/30/2014A delighful spoof of the classic Christmas tale that will have you rolling in your seat and Charles Dickens rolling in his grave. Complete with all the characters that have become synonymous with Christmas cheer and few surprises along the way. Then following intermission, enjoy as our team of elves put their own spin on classic Christmas tunes from yesterday and today.
American Moderns, 1910-1960: From Georgia O'Keeffe to Norman Rockwell
09/27/2014 to 01/04/2015American Moderns, 1910–1960: From Georgia O'Keeffe to Norman Rockwell presents 57 artworks from the collection of the Brooklyn Museum in an exploration of the myriad ways in which American artists engaged with modernity. Ranging widely in subject matter and style, the 53 paintings and four sculptures were produced by leading artists of the period, including Georgia O'Keeffe, Milton Avery, Marsden Hartley, Stuart Davis, Arthur Dove, Rockwell Kent, Joseph Stella, Elie Nadelman, and Norman Rockwell. Significant works by these and other artists in the exhibition exemplify their unique contributions to modern culture. Between 1910 and 1960, both American society and art underwent tumultuous and far-reaching transformations. The United States emerged as an international power of economic, industrial, and military might, while also experiencing two world wars and the Great Depression. New technologies fundamentally changed the pace and nature of all aspects of modern life. America’s increasingly diverse and mobile population challenged old social patterns and clamored for the equality and opportunities promised by the American dream. Art witnessed similarly dramatic changes as many artists rejected or reformulated artistic traditions, seeking new ways to make their work relevant in a contemporary context.
Celebrating the “Mystery S” & Walter Beech Air Race
10/25/2014 to 12/31/2014Celebrating the “Mystery S” - Featuring film footage taken at the Wichita Airport circa 1930. One of the legendary racing planes of the era rolled out of Wichita’s Travel Air plant in 1929. It was the result of an experimental project conducted in a restricted area of the Travel Air plant by a few employees who designed and built the plane in their spare time. Travel Air called its plane simply the Model R, but the Wichita newspapers, in reporting rumors of Walter Beech’s secret racing plane, dubbed it the “Mystery Ship” or “Mystery S.” “Walter Beech Air Race Trophies” - Featuring 12 Trophies. Walter Beech, a giant of aviation, began as a pilot at the dawn of the air age and ultimately created some of the era’s most successful airplanes. Beech promoted these at what some termed “Aeronautical Rodeos”. The air shows, tours, and races that occurred in the 1920s emphasized speed, reliability, safety, and aircraft design, rather than stunts and acrobatics. The sport of air racing continued in earnest into the 1930s. Pilots at the controls of Wichita made airplanes, including Swallow, Travel Air, Cessna, Stearman, and Beech models, won race after race in American and international competition and stimulated sales for the airplane companies.
Eww! What's Eating You? National Traveling Exhibit
09/13/2014 to 01/04/2015Travel on a carnival-style journey through the human body to see the fascinating world of parasites.
Holiday Science Spectacular Live Science Show
11/29/2014 to 12/28/2014Lights, colors and sounds abound during this festive season. Discover the science behind the most popular holiday traditions. In the Kemper Creative Learning Studio.
Illuminations at Botanica
11/28/2014 to 12/31/2014ILLUMINATIONS 2014 will be held seven days a week, 5:30-8:30 p.m. from November 28 through Dec. 31 (excluding Dec. 24 and 25). Illuminations is a family-friendly event that showcases Botanica’s 17 acres of beautiful gardens in a completely different light. It has become one of the area’s premier holiday events, but this year the event is getting a festive facelift! With hundreds of thousands of lights and new themed displays, Illuminations will be Kansas’ largest holiday light display. More than 5,000 LED luminaries will line garden pathways, more than 120 trees will be expertly lit, and many structures will be lit with twinkling white lights. As visitors enjoy their walk through the Gardens, they will enjoy the warm glow of luminaries, the sound of electric trains traveling around pine trees, the reflections of trees on the pond, the magic of the flocked forest at Candy Cane Lane, the fragrance of chimineas, the warmth of hot cocoa and cider and the joy of live musical groups. In total, hundreds of thousands of lights combine with nature to create a stunning atmosphere and a “HO, HO, HO” lot of holiday fun! Support from special events such as Illuminations help us showcase the Gardens, maintain Botanica as one of the Midwest’s leading botanical gardens and further our mission. Tickets are $8 ($7 members) for adults and $6 for youth (3-12). Advance tickets can be purchased at all area QuikTrip locations or at Botanica. Members must purchase their tickets at Botanica in order to receive their discount. Group rates are available in advance. For ticket information please call Natalie Mahaffay at 316-264-0448 ext. 107.
Kansas in Miniature Holiday Music Show
11/29/2014 to 12/28/2014Enjoy the sights and sounds of the holiday season as this popular exhibit is decked out for a 1950s holiday, complete with a Christmas parade and nostalgic music.
Kansas Watercolor Society National Exhibition 2014
11/21/2014 to 01/02/2015The exhibition features landscapes, still life, and imagery to abstraction and realism. These masterfully executed works spotlight the technique of water media. This is definitely an exhibition you will not want to miss!
Let It Snow! Holiday Dome Film
11/29/2014 to 12/28/2014This fun, family show will put you in the seasonal mood with holiday images and scenes set to favorite songs from Frank Sinatra to the Muppets. Dome prices apply. In the Boeing Dome Theater and Planetarium.
Lights On David Street Holiday Music and Lights Show
12/07/2014 to 12/25/2014Lights On David Street Holiday Music and Lights Show. Go to lightsondavidstreet.webs.com for directions
Lights on St Paul
11/28/2014 to 12/28/2014Enjoy this dazzling holiday lights drive thru with over 1 million lights. Santa photos will be available Friday-Sunday inside the festive ILRC for a $5 donation. See new LED exhibits along with your favorites at the largest neighborhood drive thru lights display in Kansas! There is no fee, but donations are encouraged to help The Arc of Sedgwick County assist persons with developmental disabilities. Enter the display at Douglas between Meridian and West St. Tune in your car radio to hear the synchronized music.
Liquid Nitrogen: Fruit Cake Smash - Live Science Show
12/20/2014 to 12/28/2014Special Winter Break Show! Liquid Nitrogen: Fruit Cake Smash - Find out what happens to a fluffy fruit cake when dipped in a bubbling bowl of liquid nitrogen at -321 degrees! Located in the Kemper Creative Learning Studio.
Spirited: Prohibition in America
11/11/2014 to 01/07/2015Come learn the story of Prohibition at the Butler County History Center with this National Endowment for the Humanities traveling exhibit!
Violent Universe - New Dome Show!
06/14/2014 to 12/31/2014Violent Universe Opens Saturday, June 14 It's the end of the world as we know it! Well, not quite. But you'll come face-to-face with the cataclysmic forces that surround us including comets, asteroids and meteors. Witness the raw power of the cosmos as worlds collide in this thrilling show. Narrated by actor Sir Patrick Stewart. Prices and show times are subject to change without notice. Call 316-660-0600 to confirm daily show times.
"A Christmas Carol" - Professional Murder Mystery Dinner Theater
12/05/2014 to 12/27/2014Charles Dickens' 1843 classic "A Christmas Carol" becomes a fun family event with this Professional Production - Murder Mystery style w dinner & dancing! Doors open at 6:30pm (Fri & Sat). Be greeted at the door by the cast in full costume. Highly interactive w/ audience asking questions and making guesses for culprit. During each round of the Murder Mystery, a dinner course is served by the cast. Full 3-course dinner is included (tea, coffee or lemon water included). After dinner and show, we turn on the music and dance lights and dance floor is open for dancing. Full bar open too. Evening concludes at 11 p.m.
#selfie
08/30/2014 to 02/08/2015In 2013, Oxford Dictionaries named selfie the Word of the Year. The use of the word increased 17,000% from January to December 2013. It was not only the use of the word that saw a dramatic jump, selfie images took over our computer and cell phone screens. Estimates suggest that over 18 million selfies are uploaded every week. It seems like everyone who is anyone has posted a selfie somewhere on the internet: Pope Francis, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, and political leaders--including British Prime Minister David Cameron and U.S. President Barack Obama. While the culture of social media created the word, selfie, this type of imagery is not new. It is simply the most recent version of a much older artistic standard—the self-portrait. This form of expression, which can be traced back to ancient Greece, has quietly persisted throughout the history of art, only to emerge in our time as the most common type of digital image.
7th Annual Paint the Parks Exhibition
11/04/2014 to 01/15/2015The 7th Annual 2013 Paint the Parks show consists of an incredible collection of paintings depicting our country's National Parks. This is now the third year the Coutts Museum of Art has managed this program. As in each prior year, we see new artists, representing nearly every state in the country, and a continuing enthusiasm from hundreds of artists for painting our nation's National Parks. The Juror of the Paint the Parks entries was Barbara Stecklein. She began her art career in 1985, after completing a Bachelor of Fine Art Degree from the University of Texas in San Antonio. Her initial concentration was on still life compositions using watercolor and graphite. Eventually she added landscapes in charcoal and pastel. Her work has grown in size over the years and it is not uncommon for her pastels to be from 48 to as much as 72 inches wide. Her work has been featured in numerous exhibits and she offer reproductions for sale through exhibitions and from her company, Brown Square Reproductions. We are pleased to announce the winning artists of the 7th Annual Paint the Parks Competition: Grand Prize Purchase Award: "September" by Steven Nass (Texas) Barbara Stecklein Juror's Award: "April Squall" by Aaron Schuerr (Montana) Director's Choice Award: "Virgin River, Zion" by Bruce Gomez (Colorado) Coutts Museum Juror's Award: "Harem Hustlers" by Ann Hardy (Texas) 7th Annual Pain the Parks Mini Competition winning artists: Grand Prize Mini Purchase Award: "Tucson Saguaro National Park West" by Mano Sotelo (Arizona) Barbara Stecklein Juror's Award: "Ruby Beach" by Aaron Schuerr (Montana) Director's Choice Award: "View from Lily Lake" by David Vollbracht (Kansas) Coutts Museum Juror's Award: "View at the North Rim" by John D. Phillips (Colorado)
A Bad Christmas Carol - Musical Comedy
11/28/2014 to 12/30/2014A delighful spoof of the classic Christmas tale that will have you rolling in your seat and Charles Dickens rolling in his grave. Complete with all the characters that have become synonymous with Christmas cheer and few surprises along the way. Then following intermission, enjoy as our team of elves put their own spin on classic Christmas tunes from yesterday and today.
American Moderns, 1910-1960: From Georgia O'Keeffe to Norman Rockwell
09/27/2014 to 01/04/2015American Moderns, 1910–1960: From Georgia O'Keeffe to Norman Rockwell presents 57 artworks from the collection of the Brooklyn Museum in an exploration of the myriad ways in which American artists engaged with modernity. Ranging widely in subject matter and style, the 53 paintings and four sculptures were produced by leading artists of the period, including Georgia O'Keeffe, Milton Avery, Marsden Hartley, Stuart Davis, Arthur Dove, Rockwell Kent, Joseph Stella, Elie Nadelman, and Norman Rockwell. Significant works by these and other artists in the exhibition exemplify their unique contributions to modern culture. Between 1910 and 1960, both American society and art underwent tumultuous and far-reaching transformations. The United States emerged as an international power of economic, industrial, and military might, while also experiencing two world wars and the Great Depression. New technologies fundamentally changed the pace and nature of all aspects of modern life. America’s increasingly diverse and mobile population challenged old social patterns and clamored for the equality and opportunities promised by the American dream. Art witnessed similarly dramatic changes as many artists rejected or reformulated artistic traditions, seeking new ways to make their work relevant in a contemporary context.
Born of Fire Glass Show
11/14/2014 to 12/26/2014Karg Art Glass presents Born of Fire Glass Show and Sale Glass Blowing demonstrations will be going on the 14th that evening. The show will run through December 31. Opening night is the November the 14th with Music, wine and hors d'oeuvres and a wonderful evening with the finest of American Glass Blowers. 111 N. Oliver in Kechi, Ks.
Celebrating the “Mystery S” & Walter Beech Air Race
10/25/2014 to 12/31/2014Celebrating the “Mystery S” - Featuring film footage taken at the Wichita Airport circa 1930. One of the legendary racing planes of the era rolled out of Wichita’s Travel Air plant in 1929. It was the result of an experimental project conducted in a restricted area of the Travel Air plant by a few employees who designed and built the plane in their spare time. Travel Air called its plane simply the Model R, but the Wichita newspapers, in reporting rumors of Walter Beech’s secret racing plane, dubbed it the “Mystery Ship” or “Mystery S.” “Walter Beech Air Race Trophies” - Featuring 12 Trophies. Walter Beech, a giant of aviation, began as a pilot at the dawn of the air age and ultimately created some of the era’s most successful airplanes. Beech promoted these at what some termed “Aeronautical Rodeos”. The air shows, tours, and races that occurred in the 1920s emphasized speed, reliability, safety, and aircraft design, rather than stunts and acrobatics. The sport of air racing continued in earnest into the 1930s. Pilots at the controls of Wichita made airplanes, including Swallow, Travel Air, Cessna, Stearman, and Beech models, won race after race in American and international competition and stimulated sales for the airplane companies.
Comedy Show: Daniel Dugar
12/26/2014 to 12/28/2014Born in New Orleans and raised in the Oakland, San Francisco Bay Area, Dugar is one of the funniest up and coming comics in the country. He's like a breath of fresh air! Having opened up for such acts like D.L. Hughley, Damon Wayans, Cedric the Entertainer, "The Kings of Comedy" Tour and many musical acts from Patti LaBelle to Earth, Wind and Fire. Dugar plays comedy clubs and colleges across the country as well as appearing on HBO, BET Comic View, Showtime at the Apollo and the Montreal Comedy Festival. Dugar delivers hard-hitting comedy that is right on the money. He is a fixture of the hip hop comedy scene and regularly works all over the country. His humorous observation on his personal life and current events along with his quick wit makes Dugar a talent that you are sure to hear about and love. Read more: http://www.myspace.com/danieldugar#ixzz113sCTSLq
Eww! What's Eating You? National Traveling Exhibit
09/13/2014 to 01/04/2015Travel on a carnival-style journey through the human body to see the fascinating world of parasites.
FASHION RUNWAY
08/01/2014 Meet each Friday for 5 drawing lessons designed for the aspiring fashionista. Step into the shoes of a magazine editor as you design and draw the eye-catching fashion magazine cover. And let us not forget the purses! Design the perfect purse to go along with the outfit of your dreams. And, finally, draw your model stepping out onto the runway in your fashion originals. If you love to design clothes and are hip to the latest fashions, this is the drawing workshop that is the perfect fit.
Final Friday at CityArts
09/26/2014 Join us at CityArts on Final Fridays to see the opening of our new exhibits. Each exhibit is displayed for one month.
Holiday Science Spectacular Live Science Show
11/29/2014 to 12/28/2014Lights, colors and sounds abound during this festive season. Discover the science behind the most popular holiday traditions. In the Kemper Creative Learning Studio.
Illuminations at Botanica
11/28/2014 to 12/31/2014ILLUMINATIONS 2014 will be held seven days a week, 5:30-8:30 p.m. from November 28 through Dec. 31 (excluding Dec. 24 and 25). Illuminations is a family-friendly event that showcases Botanica’s 17 acres of beautiful gardens in a completely different light. It has become one of the area’s premier holiday events, but this year the event is getting a festive facelift! With hundreds of thousands of lights and new themed displays, Illuminations will be Kansas’ largest holiday light display. More than 5,000 LED luminaries will line garden pathways, more than 120 trees will be expertly lit, and many structures will be lit with twinkling white lights. As visitors enjoy their walk through the Gardens, they will enjoy the warm glow of luminaries, the sound of electric trains traveling around pine trees, the reflections of trees on the pond, the magic of the flocked forest at Candy Cane Lane, the fragrance of chimineas, the warmth of hot cocoa and cider and the joy of live musical groups. In total, hundreds of thousands of lights combine with nature to create a stunning atmosphere and a “HO, HO, HO” lot of holiday fun! Support from special events such as Illuminations help us showcase the Gardens, maintain Botanica as one of the Midwest’s leading botanical gardens and further our mission. Tickets are $8 ($7 members) for adults and $6 for youth (3-12). Advance tickets can be purchased at all area QuikTrip locations or at Botanica. Members must purchase their tickets at Botanica in order to receive their discount. Group rates are available in advance. For ticket information please call Natalie Mahaffay at 316-264-0448 ext. 107.
Kansas in Miniature Holiday Music Show
11/29/2014 to 12/28/2014Enjoy the sights and sounds of the holiday season as this popular exhibit is decked out for a 1950s holiday, complete with a Christmas parade and nostalgic music.
Kansas Skies--Photographs by Nathan Patrick
12/26/2014 to 12/26/2014Kansas Skies is, simply, a photographic tribute to the skies visible in Kansas. Images on display Monday, December 1 to Friday, January 9th. Reception 6-8pm Fri Dec 26.
Kansas Watercolor Society National Exhibition 2014
11/21/2014 to 01/02/2015The exhibition features landscapes, still life, and imagery to abstraction and realism. These masterfully executed works spotlight the technique of water media. This is definitely an exhibition you will not want to miss!
Let It Snow! Holiday Dome Film
11/29/2014 to 12/28/2014This fun, family show will put you in the seasonal mood with holiday images and scenes set to favorite songs from Frank Sinatra to the Muppets. Dome prices apply. In the Boeing Dome Theater and Planetarium.
Lights on St Paul
11/28/2014 to 12/28/2014Enjoy this dazzling holiday lights drive thru with over 1 million lights. Santa photos will be available Friday-Sunday inside the festive ILRC for a $5 donation. See new LED exhibits along with your favorites at the largest neighborhood drive thru lights display in Kansas! There is no fee, but donations are encouraged to help The Arc of Sedgwick County assist persons with developmental disabilities. Enter the display at Douglas between Meridian and West St. Tune in your car radio to hear the synchronized music.
Liquid Nitrogen: Fruit Cake Smash - Live Science Show
12/20/2014 to 12/28/2014Special Winter Break Show! Liquid Nitrogen: Fruit Cake Smash - Find out what happens to a fluffy fruit cake when dipped in a bubbling bowl of liquid nitrogen at -321 degrees! Located in the Kemper Creative Learning Studio.
Live and Direct
07/25/2014 to 12/26/2014The best live acoustic, rock, jazz, blues and world music from the region and beyond is at Taste and See Global Cuisine every Friday and Saturday night.
Roberto Bernardinello - Italian Music - Solo Guitar
10/31/2014 Roberto Bernardinello Italian Repertoire - Solo Guitar
Rock the Dome
12/26/2014 to 12/27/2014Get psychedelic with all three Pink Floyd Cosmic Light Shows: Dark Side of the Moon, The Wall and Wish You Were Here. Immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of this classic rock band, all under the 60-foot Boeing Dome Theater and Planetarium screen. Parental discretion strongly advised. Recommended for ages 17 and older.
Spirited: Prohibition in America
11/11/2014 to 01/07/2015Come learn the story of Prohibition at the Butler County History Center with this National Endowment for the Humanities traveling exhibit!
Violent Universe - New Dome Show!
06/14/2014 to 12/31/2014Violent Universe Opens Saturday, June 14 It's the end of the world as we know it! Well, not quite. But you'll come face-to-face with the cataclysmic forces that surround us including comets, asteroids and meteors. Witness the raw power of the cosmos as worlds collide in this thrilling show. Narrated by actor Sir Patrick Stewart. Prices and show times are subject to change without notice. Call 316-660-0600 to confirm daily show times.
Winter Art Mania @ WAM
12/26/2014 to 12/26/2014As holiday cheer to the people of Wichita, WAM presents three days of Winter Art Mania for the whole family. Join us at the museum for action packed days of art exploration and activity. Come for an hour or stay for the whole day. Fly solo or bring your entire reindeer crew! There is something for everyone. Watch a fun flick, make art, meet an artist and create a masterpiece together, or take a mini tour. Each day brings new fun and activities!
"A Christmas Carol" - Professional Murder Mystery Dinner Theater
12/05/2014 to 12/27/2014Charles Dickens' 1843 classic "A Christmas Carol" becomes a fun family event with this Professional Production - Murder Mystery style w dinner & dancing! Doors open at 6:30pm (Fri & Sat). Be greeted at the door by the cast in full costume. Highly interactive w/ audience asking questions and making guesses for culprit. During each round of the Murder Mystery, a dinner course is served by the cast. Full 3-course dinner is included (tea, coffee or lemon water included). After dinner and show, we turn on the music and dance lights and dance floor is open for dancing. Full bar open too. Evening concludes at 11 p.m.
#selfie
08/30/2014 to 02/08/2015In 2013, Oxford Dictionaries named selfie the Word of the Year. The use of the word increased 17,000% from January to December 2013. It was not only the use of the word that saw a dramatic jump, selfie images took over our computer and cell phone screens. Estimates suggest that over 18 million selfies are uploaded every week. It seems like everyone who is anyone has posted a selfie somewhere on the internet: Pope Francis, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, and political leaders--including British Prime Minister David Cameron and U.S. President Barack Obama. While the culture of social media created the word, selfie, this type of imagery is not new. It is simply the most recent version of a much older artistic standard—the self-portrait. This form of expression, which can be traced back to ancient Greece, has quietly persisted throughout the history of art, only to emerge in our time as the most common type of digital image.
28th Annual Kansas Auto Racers Auction, Trade Show & Swap Meet
12/27/2014 to 12/27/2014Reserve your auction space ahead of time. Call us!
7th Annual Paint the Parks Exhibition
11/04/2014 to 01/15/2015The 7th Annual 2013 Paint the Parks show consists of an incredible collection of paintings depicting our country's National Parks. This is now the third year the Coutts Museum of Art has managed this program. As in each prior year, we see new artists, representing nearly every state in the country, and a continuing enthusiasm from hundreds of artists for painting our nation's National Parks. The Juror of the Paint the Parks entries was Barbara Stecklein. She began her art career in 1985, after completing a Bachelor of Fine Art Degree from the University of Texas in San Antonio. Her initial concentration was on still life compositions using watercolor and graphite. Eventually she added landscapes in charcoal and pastel. Her work has grown in size over the years and it is not uncommon for her pastels to be from 48 to as much as 72 inches wide. Her work has been featured in numerous exhibits and she offer reproductions for sale through exhibitions and from her company, Brown Square Reproductions. We are pleased to announce the winning artists of the 7th Annual Paint the Parks Competition: Grand Prize Purchase Award: "September" by Steven Nass (Texas) Barbara Stecklein Juror's Award: "April Squall" by Aaron Schuerr (Montana) Director's Choice Award: "Virgin River, Zion" by Bruce Gomez (Colorado) Coutts Museum Juror's Award: "Harem Hustlers" by Ann Hardy (Texas) 7th Annual Pain the Parks Mini Competition winning artists: Grand Prize Mini Purchase Award: "Tucson Saguaro National Park West" by Mano Sotelo (Arizona) Barbara Stecklein Juror's Award: "Ruby Beach" by Aaron Schuerr (Montana) Director's Choice Award: "View from Lily Lake" by David Vollbracht (Kansas) Coutts Museum Juror's Award: "View at the North Rim" by John D. Phillips (Colorado)
A Bad Christmas Carol - Musical Comedy
11/28/2014 to 12/30/2014A delighful spoof of the classic Christmas tale that will have you rolling in your seat and Charles Dickens rolling in his grave. Complete with all the characters that have become synonymous with Christmas cheer and few surprises along the way. Then following intermission, enjoy as our team of elves put their own spin on classic Christmas tunes from yesterday and today.
American Moderns, 1910-1960: From Georgia O'Keeffe to Norman Rockwell
09/27/2014 to 01/04/2015American Moderns, 1910–1960: From Georgia O'Keeffe to Norman Rockwell presents 57 artworks from the collection of the Brooklyn Museum in an exploration of the myriad ways in which American artists engaged with modernity. Ranging widely in subject matter and style, the 53 paintings and four sculptures were produced by leading artists of the period, including Georgia O'Keeffe, Milton Avery, Marsden Hartley, Stuart Davis, Arthur Dove, Rockwell Kent, Joseph Stella, Elie Nadelman, and Norman Rockwell. Significant works by these and other artists in the exhibition exemplify their unique contributions to modern culture. Between 1910 and 1960, both American society and art underwent tumultuous and far-reaching transformations. The United States emerged as an international power of economic, industrial, and military might, while also experiencing two world wars and the Great Depression. New technologies fundamentally changed the pace and nature of all aspects of modern life. America’s increasingly diverse and mobile population challenged old social patterns and clamored for the equality and opportunities promised by the American dream. Art witnessed similarly dramatic changes as many artists rejected or reformulated artistic traditions, seeking new ways to make their work relevant in a contemporary context.
Battle of the Sexes Poker Tournament
11/01/2014 to 12/27/2014Pre-registration $20 (15k in chips). $30 Day of Tournament (10k in chips). Free food and drinks. Dealers at the Tables.
Celebrating the “Mystery S” & Walter Beech Air Race
10/25/2014 to 12/31/2014Celebrating the “Mystery S” - Featuring film footage taken at the Wichita Airport circa 1930. One of the legendary racing planes of the era rolled out of Wichita’s Travel Air plant in 1929. It was the result of an experimental project conducted in a restricted area of the Travel Air plant by a few employees who designed and built the plane in their spare time. Travel Air called its plane simply the Model R, but the Wichita newspapers, in reporting rumors of Walter Beech’s secret racing plane, dubbed it the “Mystery Ship” or “Mystery S.” “Walter Beech Air Race Trophies” - Featuring 12 Trophies. Walter Beech, a giant of aviation, began as a pilot at the dawn of the air age and ultimately created some of the era’s most successful airplanes. Beech promoted these at what some termed “Aeronautical Rodeos”. The air shows, tours, and races that occurred in the 1920s emphasized speed, reliability, safety, and aircraft design, rather than stunts and acrobatics. The sport of air racing continued in earnest into the 1930s. Pilots at the controls of Wichita made airplanes, including Swallow, Travel Air, Cessna, Stearman, and Beech models, won race after race in American and international competition and stimulated sales for the airplane companies.
Comedy Show: Daniel Dugar
12/26/2014 to 12/28/2014Born in New Orleans and raised in the Oakland, San Francisco Bay Area, Dugar is one of the funniest up and coming comics in the country. He's like a breath of fresh air! Having opened up for such acts like D.L. Hughley, Damon Wayans, Cedric the Entertainer, "The Kings of Comedy" Tour and many musical acts from Patti LaBelle to Earth, Wind and Fire. Dugar plays comedy clubs and colleges across the country as well as appearing on HBO, BET Comic View, Showtime at the Apollo and the Montreal Comedy Festival. Dugar delivers hard-hitting comedy that is right on the money. He is a fixture of the hip hop comedy scene and regularly works all over the country. His humorous observation on his personal life and current events along with his quick wit makes Dugar a talent that you are sure to hear about and love. Read more: http://www.myspace.com/danieldugar#ixzz113sCTSLq
Discovery Days at Museum of World Treasures
11/29/2014 to 05/30/2015On the last Saturday of every month, school age children can participate in this educational, family-friendly program from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Come in anytime during those four hours, and leave when you're ready. This is an open program that is FREE with Museum admission. Programs may include themed scavenger hunts, artifact exploration, crafts, games, and take-home prizes. Every month is different, fun, and educational!
Eww! What's Eating You? National Traveling Exhibit
09/13/2014 to 01/04/2015Travel on a carnival-style journey through the human body to see the fascinating world of parasites.
Family Photo Scavenger Hunt at MOWT
12/27/2014 to 12/27/2014The week following Christmas the Museum of World Treasures will offer special family oriented activity days. Bring friends and family and explore history together! On Saturday, Dec. 27 bring your family and complete a fun list of photo opportunities inside the Museum of World Treasures. Make memories with your family of all ages! Don't forget to tag us on your social media uploads. Activities are scheduled 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. and are free with general admission.
High Performance Auction, Tradeshow, Swap Meet and Expo
12/27/2014 to 12/27/2014

28th Annual Kansas Racers / High Performance Auction, Trade Show and Swap Meet.

Located in downtown Wichita, KS at the climate control Century ii Convention Center

Consignment and set up day, Fri, Dec 26th 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Trade show, auction and swap meet Sat, Dec 27th 8 a.m. - 9 p.m.


Consignments wanted!!!! But you must call ahead of time to reserve auction space.

 

Holiday Science Spectacular Live Science Show
11/29/2014 to 12/28/2014Lights, colors and sounds abound during this festive season. Discover the science behind the most popular holiday traditions. In the Kemper Creative Learning Studio.
Jason Boland & The Stragglers at The Cotillion
12/27/2014 to 12/27/2014All seating is general admission. Table reservations are available at The Cotillion or by calling 316-722-4201. Nancy's Amazing Sandwiches will be here serving her Famous #8 and more! Text COUNTRY to 49798 for concert updates and chances at FREE tickets! This is country music. In a recent commercial-country star’s genre-defining song, the act of singing about Jesus, tractors and little towns is portrayed as an unfashionable act that runs counter to the current of societal norms. Rebellion is drinking a cold one, getting a little loud, although it’s never mentioned what the country folk are getting loud about. Country music seems to be an increasingly neutered genre, where nothing at all is said, where a hit song that welcomes a world where a black man could become president was seen as a bridge too far by some. Contrast that discomfort with the bravery of an artist like Merle Haggard producing a song like “Irma Jackson” in the late 1960s. That The Hag is name-checked by so many current country stars as an influence is ironic, given that the bravery exhibited in this one song is greater than the combined bravery of every artist currently on the country chart. Into this tepid landscape, Jason Boland releases his latest album, Rancho Alto. Even though its songs are not likely to be topping the country charts anytime soon, Jason is adamant that this is country music. “It may fit in with some other types of music, like Americana maybe, but I’m not ready to give up on the idea that country music can be relevant,” says Jason. “And country music is what I play. My fans are George Strait fans. They go to the dancehalls to see shows. I know these people. They are more capable of complex thought than the country music industry thinks they are.” Jason was born and raised in Harrah, Oklahoma (like the casino he says – “there weren’t any around where I grew up, I used to joke, and now there are”) and went to college at Oklahoma State University, where he formed a band with some like-minded mates. Jason Boland and The Stragglers went on to become one of the most popular bands of that region, having released five albums since 1999 and having played in front of millions of fans during that time. Boland has certainly had his challenges along the way. His fraternal college drinking turned into frightening full-blown alcoholism, and was ultimately admitted to Sierra Tuscon Rehabilitation Center for 28 days in October of 2005. In 2008, as his most recent studio album Comal County Blue was being released, he ruptured a polyp on his vocal chord, and doctors thought that he might not be able to sing again. Because the journey has been difficult, Jason operates with a deeper resolve to say something worth saying. Many of the characters that populate Rancho Alto are struggling and reacting to their travails. The album’s lead track, “Down Here In The Hole,” tells of a miner who is stuck in a cave-in, maintaining hope despite his predicament (“I’m finding out when troubled, the sprit can glow”), but also ruminating on the limited options that put him in the hole to begin with (“Some say I fell between the cracks and some say I was shoved”). Less resigned to his fate is the protagonist of “Pushing Luck,” a man who has been living outside the law in order to take care of his family. He sees little difference between his “hustle” and the government’s, where the government has taken money to perpetuate its existence, and with which it has funded the assault on his homestead. He has a bulletproof vest on, underneath his overalls, and stands ready to fight the power. Rancho Alto has moments that are not quite as fraught with political tension. Jason has two outright love songs on this album. “I never really wrote love songs before,” he says, adding that having found a stable love allowed him to channel these sentiments more readily than before. “Mary Ellen’s Greenhouse” is a love song of a different sort, written for the mother of one of his first band mates, who would let the trio put on jam sessions in her greenhouse, as well as feed them. “I wanted to write a song to thank those people who support us broke-ass musicians and allow us to do what we do.” Boland also shows his immense imagination, songcraft and reverence for country music in “False Accuser’s Lament.” He takes a Rosencrantz and Guildenstern turn on the classic country song “Long Black Veil,” where the song is sung from the point of the view of the accuser whose false testimony led the protagonist of the original song to his execution. But at heart, this album is about embracing the truths that country music used to tell, but that it can seemingly no longer stomach telling. That spirit is behind two of the covers that Jason chose to record for the album. One is the legendary Bob Childers’ “Woody’s Road,” in which Jason sings about reaching out to the helpless and hopeless “and the folks nobody wants to know.” In the final song of the album, the Greg Jacobs-penned “Farmer’s Luck,” Jason tells the tale of a farmer who made his living and raised his family on his bottomland farm, only to have the government declare eminent domain on his land, dam the Canadian River and turn that bottomland farm into the bottom of a lake, made for recreational purposes. Power makes a cameo, declares it progress and leaves the stage. Meanwhile, people grill out and water ski, never considering a man’s home, life and labor were put asunder for their recreation. It used to be that a country artist would sing about the farmer that lost his land. Now they glorify that party at the lake. For those of you who love country music, but hate what it's become, Jason Boland will sing you back home.
Kansas in Miniature Holiday Music Show
11/29/2014 to 12/28/2014Enjoy the sights and sounds of the holiday season as this popular exhibit is decked out for a 1950s holiday, complete with a Christmas parade and nostalgic music.
Kansas Watercolor Society National Exhibition 2014
11/21/2014 to 01/02/2015The exhibition features landscapes, still life, and imagery to abstraction and realism. These masterfully executed works spotlight the technique of water media. This is definitely an exhibition you will not want to miss!
Let It Snow! Holiday Dome Film
11/29/2014 to 12/28/2014This fun, family show will put you in the seasonal mood with holiday images and scenes set to favorite songs from Frank Sinatra to the Muppets. Dome prices apply. In the Boeing Dome Theater and Planetarium.
Lights on St Paul
11/28/2014 to 12/28/2014Enjoy this dazzling holiday lights drive thru with over 1 million lights. Santa photos will be available Friday-Sunday inside the festive ILRC for a $5 donation. See new LED exhibits along with your favorites at the largest neighborhood drive thru lights display in Kansas! There is no fee, but donations are encouraged to help The Arc of Sedgwick County assist persons with developmental disabilities. Enter the display at Douglas between Meridian and West St. Tune in your car radio to hear the synchronized music.
Liquid Nitrogen: Fruit Cake Smash - Live Science Show
12/20/2014 to 12/28/2014Special Winter Break Show! Liquid Nitrogen: Fruit Cake Smash - Find out what happens to a fluffy fruit cake when dipped in a bubbling bowl of liquid nitrogen at -321 degrees! Located in the Kemper Creative Learning Studio.
POST 4 CANTEEN
05/24/2014 Post 4 Canteen, a monthly program, was designed to provide education, entertainment, patriotism and service to others and to do our part to teach what makes our great nation what it is today. There will be veterans telling about their military experiences as guest speakers. We will show video documentaries, have live entertainment, watch classic movies (military and box office), do special ceremonies and special events. American veterans have paid a high price for our freedom. Help us keep the dream of freedom alive by demonstrating to this and the next generation, the love of peace and freedom. The movies are FREE! Popcorn is fresh and you can really smell it! www.post4canteen.com. Bring the whole family!
Rock the Dome
12/26/2014 to 12/27/2014Get psychedelic with all three Pink Floyd Cosmic Light Shows: Dark Side of the Moon, The Wall and Wish You Were Here. Immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of this classic rock band, all under the 60-foot Boeing Dome Theater and Planetarium screen. Parental discretion strongly advised. Recommended for ages 17 and older.
Spirited: Prohibition in America
11/11/2014 to 01/07/2015Come learn the story of Prohibition at the Butler County History Center with this National Endowment for the Humanities traveling exhibit!
Violent Universe - New Dome Show!
06/14/2014 to 12/31/2014Violent Universe Opens Saturday, June 14 It's the end of the world as we know it! Well, not quite. But you'll come face-to-face with the cataclysmic forces that surround us including comets, asteroids and meteors. Witness the raw power of the cosmos as worlds collide in this thrilling show. Narrated by actor Sir Patrick Stewart. Prices and show times are subject to change without notice. Call 316-660-0600 to confirm daily show times.
Wichita Thunder Hockey
12/27/2014 to 12/27/2014Wichita Thunder vs Allen
Winter Art Mania @ WAM
12/27/2014 to 12/27/2014As holiday cheer to the people of Wichita, WAM presents three days of Winter Art Mania for the whole family. Join us at the museum for action packed days of art exploration and activity. Come for an hour or stay for the whole day. Fly solo or bring your entire reindeer crew! There is something for everyone. Watch a fun flick, make art, meet an artist and create a masterpiece together, or take a mini tour. Each day brings new fun and activities!
#selfie
08/30/2014 to 02/08/2015In 2013, Oxford Dictionaries named selfie the Word of the Year. The use of the word increased 17,000% from January to December 2013. It was not only the use of the word that saw a dramatic jump, selfie images took over our computer and cell phone screens. Estimates suggest that over 18 million selfies are uploaded every week. It seems like everyone who is anyone has posted a selfie somewhere on the internet: Pope Francis, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, and political leaders--including British Prime Minister David Cameron and U.S. President Barack Obama. While the culture of social media created the word, selfie, this type of imagery is not new. It is simply the most recent version of a much older artistic standard—the self-portrait. This form of expression, which can be traced back to ancient Greece, has quietly persisted throughout the history of art, only to emerge in our time as the most common type of digital image.
7th Annual Paint the Parks Exhibition
11/04/2014 to 01/15/2015The 7th Annual 2013 Paint the Parks show consists of an incredible collection of paintings depicting our country's National Parks. This is now the third year the Coutts Museum of Art has managed this program. As in each prior year, we see new artists, representing nearly every state in the country, and a continuing enthusiasm from hundreds of artists for painting our nation's National Parks. The Juror of the Paint the Parks entries was Barbara Stecklein. She began her art career in 1985, after completing a Bachelor of Fine Art Degree from the University of Texas in San Antonio. Her initial concentration was on still life compositions using watercolor and graphite. Eventually she added landscapes in charcoal and pastel. Her work has grown in size over the years and it is not uncommon for her pastels to be from 48 to as much as 72 inches wide. Her work has been featured in numerous exhibits and she offer reproductions for sale through exhibitions and from her company, Brown Square Reproductions. We are pleased to announce the winning artists of the 7th Annual Paint the Parks Competition: Grand Prize Purchase Award: "September" by Steven Nass (Texas) Barbara Stecklein Juror's Award: "April Squall" by Aaron Schuerr (Montana) Director's Choice Award: "Virgin River, Zion" by Bruce Gomez (Colorado) Coutts Museum Juror's Award: "Harem Hustlers" by Ann Hardy (Texas) 7th Annual Pain the Parks Mini Competition winning artists: Grand Prize Mini Purchase Award: "Tucson Saguaro National Park West" by Mano Sotelo (Arizona) Barbara Stecklein Juror's Award: "Ruby Beach" by Aaron Schuerr (Montana) Director's Choice Award: "View from Lily Lake" by David Vollbracht (Kansas) Coutts Museum Juror's Award: "View at the North Rim" by John D. Phillips (Colorado)
A Bad Christmas Carol - Musical Comedy
11/28/2014 to 12/30/2014A delighful spoof of the classic Christmas tale that will have you rolling in your seat and Charles Dickens rolling in his grave. Complete with all the characters that have become synonymous with Christmas cheer and few surprises along the way. Then following intermission, enjoy as our team of elves put their own spin on classic Christmas tunes from yesterday and today.
American Moderns, 1910-1960: From Georgia O'Keeffe to Norman Rockwell
09/27/2014 to 01/04/2015American Moderns, 1910–1960: From Georgia O'Keeffe to Norman Rockwell presents 57 artworks from the collection of the Brooklyn Museum in an exploration of the myriad ways in which American artists engaged with modernity. Ranging widely in subject matter and style, the 53 paintings and four sculptures were produced by leading artists of the period, including Georgia O'Keeffe, Milton Avery, Marsden Hartley, Stuart Davis, Arthur Dove, Rockwell Kent, Joseph Stella, Elie Nadelman, and Norman Rockwell. Significant works by these and other artists in the exhibition exemplify their unique contributions to modern culture. Between 1910 and 1960, both American society and art underwent tumultuous and far-reaching transformations. The United States emerged as an international power of economic, industrial, and military might, while also experiencing two world wars and the Great Depression. New technologies fundamentally changed the pace and nature of all aspects of modern life. America’s increasingly diverse and mobile population challenged old social patterns and clamored for the equality and opportunities promised by the American dream. Art witnessed similarly dramatic changes as many artists rejected or reformulated artistic traditions, seeking new ways to make their work relevant in a contemporary context.
Celebrating the “Mystery S” & Walter Beech Air Race
10/25/2014 to 12/31/2014Celebrating the “Mystery S” - Featuring film footage taken at the Wichita Airport circa 1930. One of the legendary racing planes of the era rolled out of Wichita’s Travel Air plant in 1929. It was the result of an experimental project conducted in a restricted area of the Travel Air plant by a few employees who designed and built the plane in their spare time. Travel Air called its plane simply the Model R, but the Wichita newspapers, in reporting rumors of Walter Beech’s secret racing plane, dubbed it the “Mystery Ship” or “Mystery S.” “Walter Beech Air Race Trophies” - Featuring 12 Trophies. Walter Beech, a giant of aviation, began as a pilot at the dawn of the air age and ultimately created some of the era’s most successful airplanes. Beech promoted these at what some termed “Aeronautical Rodeos”. The air shows, tours, and races that occurred in the 1920s emphasized speed, reliability, safety, and aircraft design, rather than stunts and acrobatics. The sport of air racing continued in earnest into the 1930s. Pilots at the controls of Wichita made airplanes, including Swallow, Travel Air, Cessna, Stearman, and Beech models, won race after race in American and international competition and stimulated sales for the airplane companies.
Comedy Show: Daniel Dugar
12/26/2014 to 12/28/2014Born in New Orleans and raised in the Oakland, San Francisco Bay Area, Dugar is one of the funniest up and coming comics in the country. He's like a breath of fresh air! Having opened up for such acts like D.L. Hughley, Damon Wayans, Cedric the Entertainer, "The Kings of Comedy" Tour and many musical acts from Patti LaBelle to Earth, Wind and Fire. Dugar plays comedy clubs and colleges across the country as well as appearing on HBO, BET Comic View, Showtime at the Apollo and the Montreal Comedy Festival. Dugar delivers hard-hitting comedy that is right on the money. He is a fixture of the hip hop comedy scene and regularly works all over the country. His humorous observation on his personal life and current events along with his quick wit makes Dugar a talent that you are sure to hear about and love. Read more: http://www.myspace.com/danieldugar#ixzz113sCTSLq
Eww! What's Eating You? National Traveling Exhibit
09/13/2014 to 01/04/2015Travel on a carnival-style journey through the human body to see the fascinating world of parasites.
Holiday Science Spectacular Live Science Show
11/29/2014 to 12/28/2014Lights, colors and sounds abound during this festive season. Discover the science behind the most popular holiday traditions. In the Kemper Creative Learning Studio.
Kansas in Miniature Holiday Music Show
11/29/2014 to 12/28/2014Enjoy the sights and sounds of the holiday season as this popular exhibit is decked out for a 1950s holiday, complete with a Christmas parade and nostalgic music.
Kansas Watercolor Society National Exhibition 2014
11/21/2014 to 01/02/2015The exhibition features landscapes, still life, and imagery to abstraction and realism. These masterfully executed works spotlight the technique of water media. This is definitely an exhibition you will not want to miss!
Let It Snow! Holiday Dome Film
11/29/2014 to 12/28/2014This fun, family show will put you in the seasonal mood with holiday images and scenes set to favorite songs from Frank Sinatra to the Muppets. Dome prices apply. In the Boeing Dome Theater and Planetarium.
Lights on St Paul
11/28/2014 to 12/28/2014Enjoy this dazzling holiday lights drive thru with over 1 million lights. Santa photos will be available Friday-Sunday inside the festive ILRC for a $5 donation. See new LED exhibits along with your favorites at the largest neighborhood drive thru lights display in Kansas! There is no fee, but donations are encouraged to help The Arc of Sedgwick County assist persons with developmental disabilities. Enter the display at Douglas between Meridian and West St. Tune in your car radio to hear the synchronized music.
Liquid Nitrogen: Fruit Cake Smash - Live Science Show
12/20/2014 to 12/28/2014Special Winter Break Show! Liquid Nitrogen: Fruit Cake Smash - Find out what happens to a fluffy fruit cake when dipped in a bubbling bowl of liquid nitrogen at -321 degrees! Located in the Kemper Creative Learning Studio.
Spirited: Prohibition in America
11/11/2014 to 01/07/2015Come learn the story of Prohibition at the Butler County History Center with this National Endowment for the Humanities traveling exhibit!
Violent Universe - New Dome Show!
06/14/2014 to 12/31/2014Violent Universe Opens Saturday, June 14 It's the end of the world as we know it! Well, not quite. But you'll come face-to-face with the cataclysmic forces that surround us including comets, asteroids and meteors. Witness the raw power of the cosmos as worlds collide in this thrilling show. Narrated by actor Sir Patrick Stewart. Prices and show times are subject to change without notice. Call 316-660-0600 to confirm daily show times.
Winter Art Mania @ WAM
12/28/2014 to 12/28/2014As holiday cheer to the people of Wichita, WAM presents three days of Winter Art Mania for the whole family. Join us at the museum for action packed days of art exploration and activity. Come for an hour or stay for the whole day. Fly solo or bring your entire reindeer crew! There is something for everyone. Watch a fun flick, make art, meet an artist and create a masterpiece together, or take a mini tour. Each day brings new fun and activities!
7th Annual Paint the Parks Exhibition
11/04/2014 to 01/15/2015The 7th Annual 2013 Paint the Parks show consists of an incredible collection of paintings depicting our country's National Parks. This is now the third year the Coutts Museum of Art has managed this program. As in each prior year, we see new artists, representing nearly every state in the country, and a continuing enthusiasm from hundreds of artists for painting our nation's National Parks. The Juror of the Paint the Parks entries was Barbara Stecklein. She began her art career in 1985, after completing a Bachelor of Fine Art Degree from the University of Texas in San Antonio. Her initial concentration was on still life compositions using watercolor and graphite. Eventually she added landscapes in charcoal and pastel. Her work has grown in size over the years and it is not uncommon for her pastels to be from 48 to as much as 72 inches wide. Her work has been featured in numerous exhibits and she offer reproductions for sale through exhibitions and from her company, Brown Square Reproductions. We are pleased to announce the winning artists of the 7th Annual Paint the Parks Competition: Grand Prize Purchase Award: "September" by Steven Nass (Texas) Barbara Stecklein Juror's Award: "April Squall" by Aaron Schuerr (Montana) Director's Choice Award: "Virgin River, Zion" by Bruce Gomez (Colorado) Coutts Museum Juror's Award: "Harem Hustlers" by Ann Hardy (Texas) 7th Annual Pain the Parks Mini Competition winning artists: Grand Prize Mini Purchase Award: "Tucson Saguaro National Park West" by Mano Sotelo (Arizona) Barbara Stecklein Juror's Award: "Ruby Beach" by Aaron Schuerr (Montana) Director's Choice Award: "View from Lily Lake" by David Vollbracht (Kansas) Coutts Museum Juror's Award: "View at the North Rim" by John D. Phillips (Colorado)
A Bad Christmas Carol - Musical Comedy
11/28/2014 to 12/30/2014A delighful spoof of the classic Christmas tale that will have you rolling in your seat and Charles Dickens rolling in his grave. Complete with all the characters that have become synonymous with Christmas cheer and few surprises along the way. Then following intermission, enjoy as our team of elves put their own spin on classic Christmas tunes from yesterday and today.
Celebrating the “Mystery S” & Walter Beech Air Race
10/25/2014 to 12/31/2014Celebrating the “Mystery S” - Featuring film footage taken at the Wichita Airport circa 1930. One of the legendary racing planes of the era rolled out of Wichita’s Travel Air plant in 1929. It was the result of an experimental project conducted in a restricted area of the Travel Air plant by a few employees who designed and built the plane in their spare time. Travel Air called its plane simply the Model R, but the Wichita newspapers, in reporting rumors of Walter Beech’s secret racing plane, dubbed it the “Mystery Ship” or “Mystery S.” “Walter Beech Air Race Trophies” - Featuring 12 Trophies. Walter Beech, a giant of aviation, began as a pilot at the dawn of the air age and ultimately created some of the era’s most successful airplanes. Beech promoted these at what some termed “Aeronautical Rodeos”. The air shows, tours, and races that occurred in the 1920s emphasized speed, reliability, safety, and aircraft design, rather than stunts and acrobatics. The sport of air racing continued in earnest into the 1930s. Pilots at the controls of Wichita made airplanes, including Swallow, Travel Air, Cessna, Stearman, and Beech models, won race after race in American and international competition and stimulated sales for the airplane companies.
Dino Family Day at MOWT
12/29/2014 to 12/29/2014The week following Christmas the Museum of World Treasures will offer special family oriented activity days. On Monday, Dec. 29 make dinosaur hats as a family and dig for fossils. Don't forget to take a family photo with Ivan the T.rex and tag us on your social media uploads! Activities are scheduled 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. and are free with general admission.
Eww! What's Eating You? National Traveling Exhibit
09/13/2014 to 01/04/2015Travel on a carnival-style journey through the human body to see the fascinating world of parasites.
Illuminations at Botanica
11/28/2014 to 12/31/2014ILLUMINATIONS 2014 will be held seven days a week, 5:30-8:30 p.m. from November 28 through Dec. 31 (excluding Dec. 24 and 25). Illuminations is a family-friendly event that showcases Botanica’s 17 acres of beautiful gardens in a completely different light. It has become one of the area’s premier holiday events, but this year the event is getting a festive facelift! With hundreds of thousands of lights and new themed displays, Illuminations will be Kansas’ largest holiday light display. More than 5,000 LED luminaries will line garden pathways, more than 120 trees will be expertly lit, and many structures will be lit with twinkling white lights. As visitors enjoy their walk through the Gardens, they will enjoy the warm glow of luminaries, the sound of electric trains traveling around pine trees, the reflections of trees on the pond, the magic of the flocked forest at Candy Cane Lane, the fragrance of chimineas, the warmth of hot cocoa and cider and the joy of live musical groups. In total, hundreds of thousands of lights combine with nature to create a stunning atmosphere and a “HO, HO, HO” lot of holiday fun! Support from special events such as Illuminations help us showcase the Gardens, maintain Botanica as one of the Midwest’s leading botanical gardens and further our mission. Tickets are $8 ($7 members) for adults and $6 for youth (3-12). Advance tickets can be purchased at all area QuikTrip locations or at Botanica. Members must purchase their tickets at Botanica in order to receive their discount. Group rates are available in advance. For ticket information please call Natalie Mahaffay at 316-264-0448 ext. 107.
Spirited: Prohibition in America
11/11/2014 to 01/07/2015Come learn the story of Prohibition at the Butler County History Center with this National Endowment for the Humanities traveling exhibit!
Treasure Tales at Museum of World Treasures
06/30/2014 to 05/25/2015Ivan's Treasure Tales is a new program at the Museum of World Treasures! It takes place the last Monday of the month from 10:00 - 10:45 a.m. The program is FREE with admission to the museum. This is a preschool-aged program that includes a small Museum tour, the story listed below, and a craft or activity related to the story.
Violent Universe - New Dome Show!
06/14/2014 to 12/31/2014Violent Universe Opens Saturday, June 14 It's the end of the world as we know it! Well, not quite. But you'll come face-to-face with the cataclysmic forces that surround us including comets, asteroids and meteors. Witness the raw power of the cosmos as worlds collide in this thrilling show. Narrated by actor Sir Patrick Stewart. Prices and show times are subject to change without notice. Call 316-660-0600 to confirm daily show times.
#selfie
08/30/2014 to 02/08/2015In 2013, Oxford Dictionaries named selfie the Word of the Year. The use of the word increased 17,000% from January to December 2013. It was not only the use of the word that saw a dramatic jump, selfie images took over our computer and cell phone screens. Estimates suggest that over 18 million selfies are uploaded every week. It seems like everyone who is anyone has posted a selfie somewhere on the internet: Pope Francis, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, and political leaders--including British Prime Minister David Cameron and U.S. President Barack Obama. While the culture of social media created the word, selfie, this type of imagery is not new. It is simply the most recent version of a much older artistic standard—the self-portrait. This form of expression, which can be traced back to ancient Greece, has quietly persisted throughout the history of art, only to emerge in our time as the most common type of digital image.
7th Annual Paint the Parks Exhibition
11/04/2014 to 01/15/2015The 7th Annual 2013 Paint the Parks show consists of an incredible collection of paintings depicting our country's National Parks. This is now the third year the Coutts Museum of Art has managed this program. As in each prior year, we see new artists, representing nearly every state in the country, and a continuing enthusiasm from hundreds of artists for painting our nation's National Parks. The Juror of the Paint the Parks entries was Barbara Stecklein. She began her art career in 1985, after completing a Bachelor of Fine Art Degree from the University of Texas in San Antonio. Her initial concentration was on still life compositions using watercolor and graphite. Eventually she added landscapes in charcoal and pastel. Her work has grown in size over the years and it is not uncommon for her pastels to be from 48 to as much as 72 inches wide. Her work has been featured in numerous exhibits and she offer reproductions for sale through exhibitions and from her company, Brown Square Reproductions. We are pleased to announce the winning artists of the 7th Annual Paint the Parks Competition: Grand Prize Purchase Award: "September" by Steven Nass (Texas) Barbara Stecklein Juror's Award: "April Squall" by Aaron Schuerr (Montana) Director's Choice Award: "Virgin River, Zion" by Bruce Gomez (Colorado) Coutts Museum Juror's Award: "Harem Hustlers" by Ann Hardy (Texas) 7th Annual Pain the Parks Mini Competition winning artists: Grand Prize Mini Purchase Award: "Tucson Saguaro National Park West" by Mano Sotelo (Arizona) Barbara Stecklein Juror's Award: "Ruby Beach" by Aaron Schuerr (Montana) Director's Choice Award: "View from Lily Lake" by David Vollbracht (Kansas) Coutts Museum Juror's Award: "View at the North Rim" by John D. Phillips (Colorado)
A Bad Christmas Carol - Musical Comedy
11/28/2014 to 12/30/2014A delighful spoof of the classic Christmas tale that will have you rolling in your seat and Charles Dickens rolling in his grave. Complete with all the characters that have become synonymous with Christmas cheer and few surprises along the way. Then following intermission, enjoy as our team of elves put their own spin on classic Christmas tunes from yesterday and today.
American Moderns, 1910-1960: From Georgia O'Keeffe to Norman Rockwell
09/27/2014 to 01/04/2015American Moderns, 1910–1960: From Georgia O'Keeffe to Norman Rockwell presents 57 artworks from the collection of the Brooklyn Museum in an exploration of the myriad ways in which American artists engaged with modernity. Ranging widely in subject matter and style, the 53 paintings and four sculptures were produced by leading artists of the period, including Georgia O'Keeffe, Milton Avery, Marsden Hartley, Stuart Davis, Arthur Dove, Rockwell Kent, Joseph Stella, Elie Nadelman, and Norman Rockwell. Significant works by these and other artists in the exhibition exemplify their unique contributions to modern culture. Between 1910 and 1960, both American society and art underwent tumultuous and far-reaching transformations. The United States emerged as an international power of economic, industrial, and military might, while also experiencing two world wars and the Great Depression. New technologies fundamentally changed the pace and nature of all aspects of modern life. America’s increasingly diverse and mobile population challenged old social patterns and clamored for the equality and opportunities promised by the American dream. Art witnessed similarly dramatic changes as many artists rejected or reformulated artistic traditions, seeking new ways to make their work relevant in a contemporary context.
Celebrating the “Mystery S” & Walter Beech Air Race
10/25/2014 to 12/31/2014Celebrating the “Mystery S” - Featuring film footage taken at the Wichita Airport circa 1930. One of the legendary racing planes of the era rolled out of Wichita’s Travel Air plant in 1929. It was the result of an experimental project conducted in a restricted area of the Travel Air plant by a few employees who designed and built the plane in their spare time. Travel Air called its plane simply the Model R, but the Wichita newspapers, in reporting rumors of Walter Beech’s secret racing plane, dubbed it the “Mystery Ship” or “Mystery S.” “Walter Beech Air Race Trophies” - Featuring 12 Trophies. Walter Beech, a giant of aviation, began as a pilot at the dawn of the air age and ultimately created some of the era’s most successful airplanes. Beech promoted these at what some termed “Aeronautical Rodeos”. The air shows, tours, and races that occurred in the 1920s emphasized speed, reliability, safety, and aircraft design, rather than stunts and acrobatics. The sport of air racing continued in earnest into the 1930s. Pilots at the controls of Wichita made airplanes, including Swallow, Travel Air, Cessna, Stearman, and Beech models, won race after race in American and international competition and stimulated sales for the airplane companies.
Eww! What's Eating You? National Traveling Exhibit
09/13/2014 to 01/04/2015Travel on a carnival-style journey through the human body to see the fascinating world of parasites.
Illuminations at Botanica
11/28/2014 to 12/31/2014ILLUMINATIONS 2014 will be held seven days a week, 5:30-8:30 p.m. from November 28 through Dec. 31 (excluding Dec. 24 and 25). Illuminations is a family-friendly event that showcases Botanica’s 17 acres of beautiful gardens in a completely different light. It has become one of the area’s premier holiday events, but this year the event is getting a festive facelift! With hundreds of thousands of lights and new themed displays, Illuminations will be Kansas’ largest holiday light display. More than 5,000 LED luminaries will line garden pathways, more than 120 trees will be expertly lit, and many structures will be lit with twinkling white lights. As visitors enjoy their walk through the Gardens, they will enjoy the warm glow of luminaries, the sound of electric trains traveling around pine trees, the reflections of trees on the pond, the magic of the flocked forest at Candy Cane Lane, the fragrance of chimineas, the warmth of hot cocoa and cider and the joy of live musical groups. In total, hundreds of thousands of lights combine with nature to create a stunning atmosphere and a “HO, HO, HO” lot of holiday fun! Support from special events such as Illuminations help us showcase the Gardens, maintain Botanica as one of the Midwest’s leading botanical gardens and further our mission. Tickets are $8 ($7 members) for adults and $6 for youth (3-12). Advance tickets can be purchased at all area QuikTrip locations or at Botanica. Members must purchase their tickets at Botanica in order to receive their discount. Group rates are available in advance. For ticket information please call Natalie Mahaffay at 316-264-0448 ext. 107.
Kansas Watercolor Society National Exhibition 2014
11/21/2014 to 01/02/2015The exhibition features landscapes, still life, and imagery to abstraction and realism. These masterfully executed works spotlight the technique of water media. This is definitely an exhibition you will not want to miss!
Spirited: Prohibition in America
11/11/2014 to 01/07/2015Come learn the story of Prohibition at the Butler County History Center with this National Endowment for the Humanities traveling exhibit!
Violent Universe - New Dome Show!
06/14/2014 to 12/31/2014Violent Universe Opens Saturday, June 14 It's the end of the world as we know it! Well, not quite. But you'll come face-to-face with the cataclysmic forces that surround us including comets, asteroids and meteors. Witness the raw power of the cosmos as worlds collide in this thrilling show. Narrated by actor Sir Patrick Stewart. Prices and show times are subject to change without notice. Call 316-660-0600 to confirm daily show times.
Wichita Thunder Hockey
12/30/2014 to 12/30/2014Wichita Thunder vs Missouri
#selfie
08/30/2014 to 02/08/2015In 2013, Oxford Dictionaries named selfie the Word of the Year. The use of the word increased 17,000% from January to December 2013. It was not only the use of the word that saw a dramatic jump, selfie images took over our computer and cell phone screens. Estimates suggest that over 18 million selfies are uploaded every week. It seems like everyone who is anyone has posted a selfie somewhere on the internet: Pope Francis, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, and political leaders--including British Prime Minister David Cameron and U.S. President Barack Obama. While the culture of social media created the word, selfie, this type of imagery is not new. It is simply the most recent version of a much older artistic standard—the self-portrait. This form of expression, which can be traced back to ancient Greece, has quietly persisted throughout the history of art, only to emerge in our time as the most common type of digital image.
2nd Annual Sobriety Pow Wow
12/31/2014 to 12/31/2014Head Man: Amos Little Crow Head Lady: Tomasita Chama Head Singer: Kyle Holden Arena Director: Ron James MC: Louie Stumblingbear Honored Elders: TBA Vendors 2 pm to 9 pm Sponsored by: Wichita Indian United Methodist NO DRUGS OR ALCOHOL ALLOWED
7th Annual Paint the Parks Exhibition
11/04/2014 to 01/15/2015The 7th Annual 2013 Paint the Parks show consists of an incredible collection of paintings depicting our country's National Parks. This is now the third year the Coutts Museum of Art has managed this program. As in each prior year, we see new artists, representing nearly every state in the country, and a continuing enthusiasm from hundreds of artists for painting our nation's National Parks. The Juror of the Paint the Parks entries was Barbara Stecklein. She began her art career in 1985, after completing a Bachelor of Fine Art Degree from the University of Texas in San Antonio. Her initial concentration was on still life compositions using watercolor and graphite. Eventually she added landscapes in charcoal and pastel. Her work has grown in size over the years and it is not uncommon for her pastels to be from 48 to as much as 72 inches wide. Her work has been featured in numerous exhibits and she offer reproductions for sale through exhibitions and from her company, Brown Square Reproductions. We are pleased to announce the winning artists of the 7th Annual Paint the Parks Competition: Grand Prize Purchase Award: "September" by Steven Nass (Texas) Barbara Stecklein Juror's Award: "April Squall" by Aaron Schuerr (Montana) Director's Choice Award: "Virgin River, Zion" by Bruce Gomez (Colorado) Coutts Museum Juror's Award: "Harem Hustlers" by Ann Hardy (Texas) 7th Annual Pain the Parks Mini Competition winning artists: Grand Prize Mini Purchase Award: "Tucson Saguaro National Park West" by Mano Sotelo (Arizona) Barbara Stecklein Juror's Award: "Ruby Beach" by Aaron Schuerr (Montana) Director's Choice Award: "View from Lily Lake" by David Vollbracht (Kansas) Coutts Museum Juror's Award: "View at the North Rim" by John D. Phillips (Colorado)
American Moderns, 1910-1960: From Georgia O'Keeffe to Norman Rockwell
09/27/2014 to 01/04/2015American Moderns, 1910–1960: From Georgia O'Keeffe to Norman Rockwell presents 57 artworks from the collection of the Brooklyn Museum in an exploration of the myriad ways in which American artists engaged with modernity. Ranging widely in subject matter and style, the 53 paintings and four sculptures were produced by leading artists of the period, including Georgia O'Keeffe, Milton Avery, Marsden Hartley, Stuart Davis, Arthur Dove, Rockwell Kent, Joseph Stella, Elie Nadelman, and Norman Rockwell. Significant works by these and other artists in the exhibition exemplify their unique contributions to modern culture. Between 1910 and 1960, both American society and art underwent tumultuous and far-reaching transformations. The United States emerged as an international power of economic, industrial, and military might, while also experiencing two world wars and the Great Depression. New technologies fundamentally changed the pace and nature of all aspects of modern life. America’s increasingly diverse and mobile population challenged old social patterns and clamored for the equality and opportunities promised by the American dream. Art witnessed similarly dramatic changes as many artists rejected or reformulated artistic traditions, seeking new ways to make their work relevant in a contemporary context.
Celebrating the “Mystery S” & Walter Beech Air Race
10/25/2014 to 12/31/2014Celebrating the “Mystery S” - Featuring film footage taken at the Wichita Airport circa 1930. One of the legendary racing planes of the era rolled out of Wichita’s Travel Air plant in 1929. It was the result of an experimental project conducted in a restricted area of the Travel Air plant by a few employees who designed and built the plane in their spare time. Travel Air called its plane simply the Model R, but the Wichita newspapers, in reporting rumors of Walter Beech’s secret racing plane, dubbed it the “Mystery Ship” or “Mystery S.” “Walter Beech Air Race Trophies” - Featuring 12 Trophies. Walter Beech, a giant of aviation, began as a pilot at the dawn of the air age and ultimately created some of the era’s most successful airplanes. Beech promoted these at what some termed “Aeronautical Rodeos”. The air shows, tours, and races that occurred in the 1920s emphasized speed, reliability, safety, and aircraft design, rather than stunts and acrobatics. The sport of air racing continued in earnest into the 1930s. Pilots at the controls of Wichita made airplanes, including Swallow, Travel Air, Cessna, Stearman, and Beech models, won race after race in American and international competition and stimulated sales for the airplane companies.
Comedy Show: Marc Ryan
12/31/2014 to 01/03/2015Marc Ryan is one of the most requested club comics touring today. It's no surprise because for 11 straight years Marc has delivered a highly energetic hilarious performance nightly. His fans describe him as extremely charismatic and fun to watch. He's got that magnetic thing where you can't look away.
Community Night at the Indian Center
09/17/2014 Community Night is a chance for the American Indian community and the public to take part in a variety of activities that are part of the American Indian culture. Community Night is free and everyone is welcome. For more information, call (316) 350-3340.
Eww! What's Eating You? National Traveling Exhibit
09/13/2014 to 01/04/2015Travel on a carnival-style journey through the human body to see the fascinating world of parasites.
Hansa Center for Optimum Health - Health Lectures
09/10/2014 to 09/30/2015Hansa Center for Optimum Health offers FREE health lectures every other week by our doctors on a variety of informative topics. A Green Acres box lunch is available for purchase if you sign up the Tuesday before by 10 a.m. Please visit our website at www.hansacenter.com for more information on our clinic and our Youtube channel at www.youtube.com/hansacenter to view previous lectures.
Illuminations at Botanica
11/28/2014 to 12/31/2014ILLUMINATIONS 2014 will be held seven days a week, 5:30-8:30 p.m. from November 28 through Dec. 31 (excluding Dec. 24 and 25). Illuminations is a family-friendly event that showcases Botanica’s 17 acres of beautiful gardens in a completely different light. It has become one of the area’s premier holiday events, but this year the event is getting a festive facelift! With hundreds of thousands of lights and new themed displays, Illuminations will be Kansas’ largest holiday light display. More than 5,000 LED luminaries will line garden pathways, more than 120 trees will be expertly lit, and many structures will be lit with twinkling white lights. As visitors enjoy their walk through the Gardens, they will enjoy the warm glow of luminaries, the sound of electric trains traveling around pine trees, the reflections of trees on the pond, the magic of the flocked forest at Candy Cane Lane, the fragrance of chimineas, the warmth of hot cocoa and cider and the joy of live musical groups. In total, hundreds of thousands of lights combine with nature to create a stunning atmosphere and a “HO, HO, HO” lot of holiday fun! Support from special events such as Illuminations help us showcase the Gardens, maintain Botanica as one of the Midwest’s leading botanical gardens and further our mission. Tickets are $8 ($7 members) for adults and $6 for youth (3-12). Advance tickets can be purchased at all area QuikTrip locations or at Botanica. Members must purchase their tickets at Botanica in order to receive their discount. Group rates are available in advance. For ticket information please call Natalie Mahaffay at 316-264-0448 ext. 107.
Indian Center's Share Our Culture Series
09/24/2014 The Share Our Culture series takes place every 2nd and 4th Wednesday at the Indian Center, and provides the opportunity to learn in depth about an aspect of American Indian culture.
Kansas Watercolor Society National Exhibition 2014
11/21/2014 to 01/02/2015The exhibition features landscapes, still life, and imagery to abstraction and realism. These masterfully executed works spotlight the technique of water media. This is definitely an exhibition you will not want to miss!
Mainly Sinatra New Year's Eve Show
12/31/2014 to 12/31/2014The Crown Uptown's new year's eve celebration is Mainly Sinatra. The evening will include a performance of the Rat Pack classics performed by Wichita's favorites, a coursed dinner, a champagne toast, party favors, and dancing until midnight! This is one new year's eve celebration you don't want to miss! Seating is best available upon making your reservation.
Make a Family Time Capsule at MOWT
12/31/2014 to 12/31/2014The week following Christmas the Museum of World Treasures will offer special family oriented activity days. Bring friends and family and explore history together! On Wednesday, Dec. 31 save your memories in a time capsule to delight your family both now and in the future. Don't forget to tag us on your social media uploads. Activities are scheduled 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. and are free with general admission.
New Years Eve Party-Pop. Fizz. Clink.
12/31/2014 to 12/31/2014New Year's Eve Package for Two Includes: Overnight Accommodations for 2 Adults (Must be 21 to Attend Event), Dinner Buffet, Cash Bars, Live Music by KC Band: Private Stock, Champagne Toast by Midnight, Party Favors, Breakfast Buffet, Late Check-Out of 2 p.m.
NYE 2015...Logan Mize at The Cotillion
12/31/2014 to 12/31/2014All seating is general admission. Table reservations are available at The Cotillion or by calling 316-722-4201. Nancy's Amazing Sandwiches will be here serving her Famous #8 and more! Text COUNTRY to 49798 for concert updates and chances at FREE tickets! Logan Mize is a Country music artist/songwriter from Clearwater, Kansas. In April of 2009, Logan signed a publishing/record deal with Big Yellow Dog Music and a booking deal with William Morris Endeavor followed in August of 2010. In 2012, Logan’s second album, Nobody in Nashville (released on Big Yellow Dog Music), charted to No. 49 on Billboard Country Albums and No. 15 on Billboard Heatseekers Albums. Mize has opened for multiple headlining acts including Lady Antebellum, The Band Perry, Eric Church, Dierks Bentley, Charlie Daniels Band, Blake Shelton (on the Blake Shelton Country Cruise), Stoney LaRue, Hank Williams and a special tribute with Merle Haggard. Logan has also experienced success as a songwriter, notably when country music singer Bucky Covington recorded his song “Mexicoma” on his album Good Guys, which charted to No. 30 on Billboard Country Albums and No.43 on Billboard Independent Albums. Logan Mize weaves yarn with equal measures elegance (“Sunflowers”) and energy (“I Remember Everything”). Evidence: The Music City resident’s buoyant Nobody in Nashville. Mize’s fiery new collection backs earthy (“Good Life”) and ethereal narratives (“The State of Your Heart”) and with richly detailed storytelling (“Hey Carolina”). At peaks, the 26-year-old balances heartache (“High-N-Dry”) and hope (“Rock and Roll Band”) with insightful wisdom gained through personal experience. “I got married about a year and a half ago,” Mize says. “So, pre-marriage heartbreak songs and post-marriage happy songs are mixed together. I wanted them to have a timeless feel.” The rapidly rising songwriter undoubtedly has succeeded. Nobody in Nashville fuels both punchy country (“I Give In”) and raw rock and roll (“Ball and Chain”) with an intangible everyman appeal. “Logan has that great gift of authenticity,” says Daniel Tashian, who co-wrote four songs and co-produced the new album (due March 13). “Like those poets of the heartland that came before him – Dylan, Petty, Mellencamp – his images are real and hard-won. He's not making up words; these are the pictures of his life.” One legend particularly helps the Kansas native craft his singular story. “Tom Petty’s my favorite songwriter both melodically and lyrically,” Mize admits. “There’s a lot of times I’m listening to Echo or the Wildflowers record and go, ‘I want something that sounds like that.’ So, I pull from places like that, but I definitely don’t want to try to think about anybody else when I’m writing. I want to pull straight from my own head. I keep it my own for sure.” His mission statement emerges in the seamless title track. “I’m just three chords and twelve hundred miles,” he sings defiantly as mushrooming drums and spiky guitars punctuate his point, “from telling the whole world the honest truth.” Mize’s lofty aim pays high dividends: The singer-songwriter has shared stages with boldfaced names like Lady Antebellum, Eric Church, The Band Perry, Billy Currington, Pat Green, Stoney LaRue and the Charlie Daniels Band. In fact, his high-octane live show, infectious melodies and distinctive vocals have turned heads throughout Nashville and beyond. “You know it’s Logan on a song,” says celebrated songwriter Liz Rose (Taylor Swift’s Grammy-winning “White Horse”), who co-wrote “I Remember Everything” with Mize and Tashian. “Nobody sounds like him, so real and so much grit!” Bucky Covington was so taken by Mize’s song “Mexicoma” that he recorded it on his album Live from Rockingham and frequently anchors shows around the boozy border travelogue. Mize takes such achievements in even stride. He’s far more concerned about more artistically fulfilling goals. “Oh, sure, it’d be great to get a Tim McGraw cut,” says the staff writer for Nashville powerhouse Big Yellow Dog. “But I just want to write good songs and I hope people like them. I like to paint a picture that’s easy to look at and is just something that feels good and has vivid imagery.” Stellar song craft runs deep in his blood: Logan counts Billy Mize, longtime Merle Haggard steel guitarist and pioneer of the Bakersfield sound, as kin. The connection once landed him onstage before The Hag himself. “They called me to come out and play a couple songs at my uncle Billy’s 80th birthday party at Buck Owens Crystal Palace in Bakersfield,” Logan Mize recalls. “I was getting ready to go up and play and there was this interview playing with Haggard talking about Billy Mize’s songwriting. He said that his favorite Billy Mize song was called ‘Who Will Buy the Wine’ and that’s the song I had to play. It was a once in a lifetime experience. Afterward, Haggard gave me the nod like, ‘You don’t suck that bad.’”
Spirited: Prohibition in America
11/11/2014 to 01/07/2015Come learn the story of Prohibition at the Butler County History Center with this National Endowment for the Humanities traveling exhibit!
Violent Universe - New Dome Show!
06/14/2014 to 12/31/2014Violent Universe Opens Saturday, June 14 It's the end of the world as we know it! Well, not quite. But you'll come face-to-face with the cataclysmic forces that surround us including comets, asteroids and meteors. Witness the raw power of the cosmos as worlds collide in this thrilling show. Narrated by actor Sir Patrick Stewart. Prices and show times are subject to change without notice. Call 316-660-0600 to confirm daily show times.
#selfie
08/30/2014 to 02/08/2015In 2013, Oxford Dictionaries named selfie the Word of the Year. The use of the word increased 17,000% from January to December 2013. It was not only the use of the word that saw a dramatic jump, selfie images took over our computer and cell phone screens. Estimates suggest that over 18 million selfies are uploaded every week. It seems like everyone who is anyone has posted a selfie somewhere on the internet: Pope Francis, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, and political leaders--including British Prime Minister David Cameron and U.S. President Barack Obama. While the culture of social media created the word, selfie, this type of imagery is not new. It is simply the most recent version of a much older artistic standard—the self-portrait. This form of expression, which can be traced back to ancient Greece, has quietly persisted throughout the history of art, only to emerge in our time as the most common type of digital image.
7th Annual Paint the Parks Exhibition
11/04/2014 to 01/15/2015The 7th Annual 2013 Paint the Parks show consists of an incredible collection of paintings depicting our country's National Parks. This is now the third year the Coutts Museum of Art has managed this program. As in each prior year, we see new artists, representing nearly every state in the country, and a continuing enthusiasm from hundreds of artists for painting our nation's National Parks. The Juror of the Paint the Parks entries was Barbara Stecklein. She began her art career in 1985, after completing a Bachelor of Fine Art Degree from the University of Texas in San Antonio. Her initial concentration was on still life compositions using watercolor and graphite. Eventually she added landscapes in charcoal and pastel. Her work has grown in size over the years and it is not uncommon for her pastels to be from 48 to as much as 72 inches wide. Her work has been featured in numerous exhibits and she offer reproductions for sale through exhibitions and from her company, Brown Square Reproductions. We are pleased to announce the winning artists of the 7th Annual Paint the Parks Competition: Grand Prize Purchase Award: "September" by Steven Nass (Texas) Barbara Stecklein Juror's Award: "April Squall" by Aaron Schuerr (Montana) Director's Choice Award: "Virgin River, Zion" by Bruce Gomez (Colorado) Coutts Museum Juror's Award: "Harem Hustlers" by Ann Hardy (Texas) 7th Annual Pain the Parks Mini Competition winning artists: Grand Prize Mini Purchase Award: "Tucson Saguaro National Park West" by Mano Sotelo (Arizona) Barbara Stecklein Juror's Award: "Ruby Beach" by Aaron Schuerr (Montana) Director's Choice Award: "View from Lily Lake" by David Vollbracht (Kansas) Coutts Museum Juror's Award: "View at the North Rim" by John D. Phillips (Colorado)
American Moderns, 1910-1960: From Georgia O'Keeffe to Norman Rockwell
09/27/2014 to 01/04/2015American Moderns, 1910–1960: From Georgia O'Keeffe to Norman Rockwell presents 57 artworks from the collection of the Brooklyn Museum in an exploration of the myriad ways in which American artists engaged with modernity. Ranging widely in subject matter and style, the 53 paintings and four sculptures were produced by leading artists of the period, including Georgia O'Keeffe, Milton Avery, Marsden Hartley, Stuart Davis, Arthur Dove, Rockwell Kent, Joseph Stella, Elie Nadelman, and Norman Rockwell. Significant works by these and other artists in the exhibition exemplify their unique contributions to modern culture. Between 1910 and 1960, both American society and art underwent tumultuous and far-reaching transformations. The United States emerged as an international power of economic, industrial, and military might, while also experiencing two world wars and the Great Depression. New technologies fundamentally changed the pace and nature of all aspects of modern life. America’s increasingly diverse and mobile population challenged old social patterns and clamored for the equality and opportunities promised by the American dream. Art witnessed similarly dramatic changes as many artists rejected or reformulated artistic traditions, seeking new ways to make their work relevant in a contemporary context.
Eww! What's Eating You? National Traveling Exhibit
09/13/2014 to 01/04/2015Travel on a carnival-style journey through the human body to see the fascinating world of parasites.
Hangover Half Marathon and 5K
01/01/2015 to 01/01/2015The last race of the Hangover Half Series Challenge!

The 5K and Half Marathon will both start from the Wichita Boathouse and utilize the beautiful downtown area and Riverside Park.

SWAG!
Each participant will receive a commemorative Coffee Mug, long sleeve t-shirt, finishers collectible and complimentary coffee, hot chocolate and donuts after the race. Run all three races to be part of the Hangover Half Series Challenge! Run all three 5K's and receive a Special Edition Sweatshirt. Run the two 5K's and the Half Marathon to receive a Special Edition Embroidered Pullover!

Age group awards will be presented.

Start time:
Half Marathon - 9:00 a.m. / 5K - 9:30 a.m.
Address: 515 S Wichita St, Wichita, KS

Age group awards will be presented.

5K Registration
$25 through September 1st
$30 through November 30th
$35 through December 30th
$45 on race day

Half Marathon Registration
$45 through September 1st
$50 through November 30th
$60 through December 30th
$70 on race day

In-store registration available September 8th at both GoRun Wichita locations

Kansas Watercolor Society National Exhibition 2014
11/21/2014 to 01/02/2015The exhibition features landscapes, still life, and imagery to abstraction and realism. These masterfully executed works spotlight the technique of water media. This is definitely an exhibition you will not want to miss!
Spirited: Prohibition in America
11/11/2014 to 01/07/2015Come learn the story of Prohibition at the Butler County History Center with this National Endowment for the Humanities traveling exhibit!