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American Way Words
Sunday, May 26
Envision Arts Gallery and Community Engagement Center

The Envision Arts Gallery and Community Engagement Center is eager to present its new artist-in-residence program with the opening of "American Way Words," a three-month exhibition presenting the renowned UK blind artist Clarke Reynolds, known for his interactive use of Braille in art. This event marks both Clarke Reynolds's first solo exhibition in the U.S. and his role as the inaugural artist of the gallery’s new residency program, embodying Envision’s dedication to fostering artistic innovation and collaboration.

Clarke Reynolds, a visionary born with limited sight in Havant, England, crafts a journey of resilience and creativity through his art. After an early spark of inspiration from Franz Marc's "The Yellow Cow," Clarke pursued and attained a BA honors degree in model making. Despite significant challenges, including the loss of his sight, Reynolds' fervor for artistic expression propelled him to innovate, using textiles and Braille to forge new paths of exploration in art through touch and sound.

"American Way Words" transcends a traditional art exhibition. It's an all-encompassing, interactive space that invites audiences to discover language and communication through tactile and visual experiences, embracing inclusivity and delight in exploration. Get a sneak peek of Reynolds' work in this video.

A key feature of "American Way Words" is a life-size, playable Scrabble board. This installation is designed to be both accessible and enjoyable, using one-foot square tiles marked with color-coded Braille, allowing both sighted and visually impaired individuals to partake in the joy of language. More than 60 artworks accompanying the Scrabble board highlight the quirks and idiosyncrasies of English, juxtaposing British and American terms like 'Ice Lolly' versus 'Popsicle.' These playful pairings offer a glimpse into the cultural tapestry that language weaves, fostering conversations about accessibility, diversity and the shared experience of art.

Envision Arts Gallery and Clarke Reynolds cordially invite you to join them for this innovative and heartfelt exhibition. "American Way Words" not only showcases Reynolds' ingenuity but also embodies our commitment to art that celebrates inclusivity, literacy and cultural dialogue. Don't miss the opportunity to experience language in a new dimension where touch, sight and play merge into a harmonious celebration of human connection.

On display April 5 – June 28 in the Main Gallery. All proceeds from artwork and merchandise purchased from the gallery directly support the artists and help the Envision Arts program. Learn more about the Envision Arts Gallery and Community Engagement Center by visiting envisionartsgallery.com.


Contact Eva Cummings at (316) 440-1699 or gallery@envisionus.com
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Sean Kenney's Nature Pop! Made with LEGO Bricks
Sunday, May 26
Botanica Wichita

Bring out your inner builder at Botanica’s Nature Pop! Exhibit. This mesmerizing exhibit features a series of nature-inspired sculptures built entirely with over 850,000 LEGO bricks. Join us to explore the beauty of nature through highly stylized, colorful sculptures that stand in striking contrast with their surroundings. On display throughout Botanica’s lush 20-acre gardens, this is not only an exhibition you will not want to miss, but a summertime destination you will want to visit again and again!

Bring out your inner builder at Botanica's Nature Pop! exhibit! All ages are sure to delight in discovering Artist Sean Kenney's awe-inspiring sculptures as they Pop out of Nature at Botanica!

The exhibit features over 40 sculptures built with over 850,000 LEGO bricks and will accompany daily activities, art projects, tours, and special events.

Join us for daily activities:

  • 2 Mega Building Zones with LEGO Bricks: grab the family and enjoy building in nature.
  • Rotating exploration stations to discover something new at each visit.
  • STEAM stations in the Bug Bungalow, Barn, and Bee House. Make sure to visit them all.
  • Trek through the gardens on a digital scavenger hunt where you can enter your photos for a chance to win fun prizes throughout the summer.
  • Stop by the Garden Cafe for young ones to color Nature Pop! inspired postcards that can be colored and sent to loved ones near and far!
  • Don't forget your garden favorites: Butterfly House, Woodland Walk, Miniature Railroad Garden, Troll Hill, Khicha Family Carousel, Wildflower Garden, Koi Pond Pavilion and more!

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"Gypsy"
Sunday, May 26
Century II Performing Arts and Convention Center

Step into the captivating world of Gypsy, where ambition collides with reality, and Mama Rose's unwavering determination steals the spotlight. Plunge into the raw struggles and unbreakable bonds that define the human spirit. Under the brilliant musical composition by Jule Styne and the poetic lyrics of Stephen Sondheim, the show comes alive, offering an emotional journey unlike any other. From the first note of the alluring overture, you'll find yourself transported on a musical odyssey. 


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W&M Series: "Stayin' Alive"
Sunday, May 26
The Forum Theatre

Get ready for some “Jive Talkin” with Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibbs, the trio of brothers who ushered in the era of disco. With over 220 million records sold worldwide, they are among the best-selling music artists of all time, as well as the most successful trio in the history of contemporary music. Only Elvis Presley, the Beatles, Michael Jackson, Garth Brooks and Paul McCartney have outsold the Bee Gees. The group wrote all their own original material, as well as writing and producing several major hits for other artists, and are regarded as one of the most important and influential acts in pop-music history. You’ll need your disco shoes for this one!

One weekend only! Performances are May 25 at 8 p.m. and May 26 at 2 p.m. For more info and to purchase tickets, visit www.forumtheatre.org.


Contact Kathryn Hauptman, Artistic Director at (316) 618-0444 or kathy@forumwichita.com
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April-May Exhibits at CityArts
Sunday, May 26
CityArts

CityArts hosts a First Friday Reception from 5-8 p.m. on Friday, May 3 for three new exhibits, which will be on view through June 2, 2024:

  • Textura: A two -person exhibition of David and Susan Harmon
  • Companions in Fire by Aaron Jasso and Kelly Taylor
  • Patterncity by Ed Catt.

Learn more at https://www.wichita.gov/CityArts

CityArts galleries are free and open to the public during regular business hours:

Monday through Thursday, 9 am to 8 pm

Friday, 9 am to 5 pm

Saturday, 9 am to 3 pm

Sunday, Noon to 5 pm


Contact Caitlin Waugh at (316) 350-3245 or cityarts@wichita.gov
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