Fine Art with the Finest Collectors in Mind

Fine Art with the Finest Collectors in Mind

Current Exhibition

Brad LeDuc

Wonder

Brad LeDuc grew up in a rural community in north central Kansas.  It was there, as a young boy, he found a passion for creating before attending college to become a teacher.  As an innovative educator, Brad strives to promote an environment that both challenges and nourishes himself and his students.  As an artist, his work creates dreamy environments inspired by rural Kansas that are illustrative, surreal and often nostalgic.  In 2013, Brad was named the Milken Educator for the state of Kansas, was the 2013 Distinguished Kansan for Education and later was a 2014 fellowship recipient from the Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes.   In 2018, he was named the 2018-19 Outstanding Secondary Art Educator of the Year for Kansas by the Kansas Art Education Association. He currently resides in Topeka, Kansas with his wife and two boys and teaches art at Seaman High school. 

stephanie muÑoz-o'neil

observaciÓn

Stephanie Muñoz-O’Neil is a mixed media artist who works from a home-based studio in Topeka, KS. Stephanie has been creating and exhibiting art in Topeka and around the Midwest for over 40 years.

Having graduated from the University of Kansas with a BA in Art Education in 1979, Stephanie taught art in public schools for 34 years, along the way earning a Master’s Degree in Education from Baker University.

During her teaching career and while raising three children with her husband, Steven, Stephanie was able to create a substantial body of work. Exhibiting in galleries and art fairs, mainly in and around Topeka, Stephanie received many awards, commissions and recognitions, and her work resides in the permanent collections of the Mulvane Art Museum and the Alice C. Sabatini Gallery at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library.

Since retiring from teaching in 2017, Stephanie has been able to spend more time in the studio. Her work continues to evolve and she remains as excited about the gift of the creative process as she was 40 years ago.

Art of the Week

Laurie Fields

Single Branch

While walking my dog last winter, my eye was drawn to a dark linear shape, which stood out in a white field of snow. I was intrigued by the visual contrast, how isolated and out of place the object looked. I picked up the single twig and put in my pocket with the intention of recreating that visual in my studio.

After much experimentation, I was pleased after encasing the twig in several layers of encaustic wax, which resembled the twig as I had originally seen it, surrounded by snow. By using black oil paint to create more of a contrast and depth, the twig translated the isolation as I remembered it. This became the focal point for the rest of the piece. 

The background for the majority of the piece is oil/cold wax, in earthy colors - blues of the sky, browns and grays of barren trees. The additional mixed media pieces of acrylic on plexiglass and roofing shingle provide more textural interest and balance the composition. By mounting the piece on aluminum, there was a continuum of the feeling of a cold winter day.

 

We make it easy to incorporate art into your everyday life through our digital presence.  Our “Art of the Week” series delivers an inspirational photo of a current work of art on exhibit straight to your inbox every Wednesday for a little way to pick you up in the middle of the week. Be sure to sign up for it HERE.

We know art is best experienced in person. Nothing can beat the emotional connection of seeing a piece of work in front of you. Adding art to your collection should not be based on photographs alone, and we invite you to visit Stephen Smith Gallery to connect more intimately with the striking work that you want to make yours.

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