NORTH TOPEKA -- The NOTO Art Distirct Board of Directors on Friday afternoon, announced the first arts to establish studio space in the art new district. A celebration for the donors and volunteers was held at the new studio located at 831 North Kansas Avenue.
Nationally and internationally local artist Barbara Waterman-Peters is the first to lease space and is calling it STUDIO 831. She is joined in the space by Michael Hagar and Lois VanLiew. US Bank has donated some of the furnishings for the studio in helping to get it started.
“The opening of STUDIO 831 is a major celebration”, said John Hunter and Anita Wolgast, co-chairs of the NOTO Arts District project. “To be opening a studio of such high level artists only eight months after the project was first announced is far beyond our expectations. The NOTO Board of Directors join us in welcoming Waterman-Peters, Hager and VanLiew with tremendous pride and excitement. This is a tremendously significant first step in the success of the arts district project, a project of the Heartland Visioning process.”
A public opening of the new studio is being planned for after the holidays. Now, about the artists:
Waterman-Peters is (www.barbarawaterman-peters.com) a long-time Topeka resident have been born here and received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Washburn University. She went on to receive her Masters of Fine Arts from Kansas State University and subsequently taught at both universities. Waterman-Peters award-winning work is known internationally and shown in museums, corporate offices and private collections. She is also represented by six galleries: Cross Gallery in Kansas City and Strecker-Nelson Gallery in Manhattan. In Topeka Warehouse 414, South Wind Gallery and The Collective Gallery. Waterman-Peters is also a writer and currently writes for TOPEKA Magazine.
Michael Hager (www.michaelhagerstudios.com) is a professor of art, printmaking and sculpture at Washburn University and is the Mulvane Art Museum Exhibit Preparator.
Lois VanLiew is a Kansas State University graduate and student of Robert Sudlow. She was an active studio artist in Milwaukee, Wisconsin exhibiting her work locally and nationally. Six years ago she moved back to Topeka, Kansas where she is a member of the Collective Art Gallery.