FHSU hosts the Kansas Artists and Craftsmen Conference

Members of the Kansas Artists and Craftsmen Association will meet for a conference Nov. 7 and Nov. 8 at Fort Hays State University.

Members will also donate original pieces for a silent auction at Rock Haven Spa, Hays. The auction opens Friday at 6 p.m. and ends at 7 p.m. Proceeds will help support KACA.

Friday's keynote lecture is "How to Deface Adversity -- Where the Wu Tang Clan and Worcester Porcelain Intersect" with Roberto Lugo, University Park, Pa. Lugo has a Masters of Fine Arts from Pennsylvania State University, University Park, and is currently working on a doctorate in Philosophy at Pennsylvania State.

Lugo will conduct two workshops, "Exquisite Narrative" and "Exposing Oneself." The first workshop is an instinctual writing exercise, and the second will explore the idea of self-referential work.

Saturday's keynote lecture is "The Artist as Craftsman" with Paul Andrew Wandless, Chicago, Ill. Wandless has a Masters of Fine Arts from Arizona State University, Phoenix, and is an assistant professor of art at Harold Washington College, Chicago.

Wandless will conduct two workshops, "Screen and Relief Printing on Clay" and "How to Write an Article." The first workshop will teach participants to print images onto clay and the second will help build confident writing.

Other workshops include "Fiber Fusion and Thread Painting" with Marilyn Grisham, "Clay and Steel -- A Hot Combination" with Virginia McKinney, and "Crochet Connection" with Stephanie Lanter.

Teachers and students from out of town can bring a sleeping bag and lodge at Rock Haven Spa. Spots can be reserved by calling Linda Ganstrom at 785-628-4273.

The Moss-Thorns Gallery of Art will feature select works by members of the KACA from Oct. 17 to Nov. 8. The gallery is open to the public 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday inside Rarick Hall, room 102. Works are for sale. A closing reception is 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8.

To view the schedule of events and register for the conference, visit http://www.kansasartistcraftsmenassociation.com/.

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