The Marshall County Arts Cooperative is embarking on a three-year engagement with Jean Cook, a Kansas painter who lives in Paola, KS. Cook will spend three days in Marshall County working with students, offering a painting class for adults, and exhibiting nearly thirty pieces of her art at the Lee Dam Center for Fine Art.
“This is her first year to visit our county,” said Wayne Kruse, the arts cooperative’s executive director. “Over the next three years she will spend time working with art classes in our county’s high schools. This allows her to work more closely and in more depth with students.”
This year Cook will work with students at Valley Heights High School; Kaci Smith is the art instructor.
“We’ve found that when we bring an artist to the area, the artist is able to make a bigger impact when the artist can spend several days working with the same students,” said Kruse. “In this case the students will get to spend three days working with the artist. Not only will she be able to teach painting classes for the students, she’ll also have time to work one-on-one with students as well as to watch them practice her technique. This should be really powerful.”
Cook will also share her painting expertise with adults through the arts cooperative’s new program, School of the Arts. The class, “Oil/Acrylic Painting With Jean Cook,” will meet Monday, March 24, from 6:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. in the art room at Valley Heights High School. The class is open to novice and experienced painters. There is no fee to attend the class, but those attending need to bring supplies. A supply list is available from the arts cooperative. Registration is required, too.
Additionally, Cook will exhibit her artwork at the Lee Dam Center for Fine Art. The exhibit is entitled “Impressionism In Nature.” An artist’s reception will be Tuesday, March 25, from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. The public is invited.
Cook’s paintings reflect an emphasis on color, light, and shadow to create dimension and depth. She developed her skill through her studies at Hutchinson Community College, the Kansas City Art Institute, private studios, and her work as an engraving artist for Hallmark Cards.
Cook’s medium of choice is oil, but she also paints with acrylic and pastel. Her artwork is inspired by her real-life experiences showing horses, working on cattle drives, and traveling to unusual locations around the world.
Cook is an associate member of the prestigious Society of Animal Artists and the Miniature Painters, Sculptors, Gravers Society in Washington D.C. She is represented by Strecker-Nelson in Manhattan, KS, Seaside Art Gallery in Nag’s Head, NC, Buffalo River Gallery in Parkville, MO and Paola, KS.
Cook teaches oil and acrylic classes for Overland Park Arts Commission and Kansas City Young Audiences.
To register for Cook’s class or for more information about her residency people may contact Kruse at (785) 713-2077.
The art center will be open:
Saturday, March 29, 10:00 a.m. — 2:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 30, 12:30-2:00 p.m.
Wednesday, April 2, 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 5, 10:00 a.m. — 2:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 6, 12:30-2:00 p.m.
Wednesday, April 9, 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 12, 10:00 a.m. — 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, April, 13 — 12:30-3:00 p.m.