Final Friday Aug. 29 at Newman University Steckline Gallery features ‘Caution at Play’

The Newman University Steckline Gallery will present "Caution at Play" by Beth Golay and Tanya Tandoc as the first show of its 2014-2015 season. The exhibit of mixed media artwork, which begins with a Final Friday reception from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 29 will be on display through Sept. 19. Both the reception and admission to the gallery are free and open to the public.

At Play

An "Art for Lunch" presentation by the artists will be held Tuesday, Sept. 2 from noon to 1 p.m. in the gallery. A light lunch will be served on a first-come, first-served basis. Guests can also bring their lunch. This event is also free and reservations are not required.

The show features mixed media artwork by Golay and Tandoc, founders of the Ginger Rabbits art collective. Tandoc is a chef, writer and owner of Tanya's Soup Kitchen in Wichita. She is also a ceramicist, cellist and bellydancer. Golay is a Newman University alumna and the founder and editor of Books & Whatnot, which provides marketing support to bookstores worldwide via a newsletter and website. She also works at KMUW 89.1 - Wichita Public Radio.

"When we look at the words 'at play,' we conjure up the image of items in motion," Golay said." Far above our heads. Juggling. Avoiding. Landing. Dropping. We segment our lives, cutting them down into manageable pieces, only to bring them back together in a way that makes sense to us. In a way that 'works' for us. Sometimes that means many small items 'at play' above our heads. Forming more of a swarm than a rhythmic motion."

"Collage and quilting are similar in many ways. We both derive great pleasure from cutting and rearranging. How can these individual items be brought together to be shown more beautifully? Much of the pleasure we receive comes from the preparation and process to put the elements at play."

The Steckline Gallery is located inside the De Mattias Fine Arts Center on the Newman campus, 3100 McCormick. The gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., or by appointment. For more information, call 316-942-4291, ext. 2199.

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