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Date: April 1, 2021, 10:00 AM
Venue: Grassroots Art Center, Bowl Plaza, and other Lucas sites - 213 S. Main Lucas KS
Sponsor: Grassroots Art Center

The Event:

TIGERS AND FLYING PIGS, OH MY! APRIL FOOLS DAY ARTS THURSDAY THERAPY IN LUCAS LUCAS  Put on your most interesting COVID face covering and head to Lucas for Thursday Therapy, the fifth annual April Fools Day Arts Celebration. Many April 1 events will be take place outside, and social distancing will be observed indoors. A prize will be given for the most creative face mask. The Grassroots Art Center, 213 S. Main, will be headquarters and will welcome visitors to see Flying Free, a retrospective exhibition of 25 years of documenting grassroots art. The exhibition features original works by 121 Kansas artists and 19 artists from around the U.S. The Art Center will be open from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Admission is a suggested donation of at least $5 per adult, and refreshments will be served. Artist Elizabeth Bryan will welcome visitors to view her yard environment, mosaic work, and working process at Around the Corner Studio at 101 S. Main from 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Switchgrass, 205 S. Main, an art co-op and affordable retail space for artists to sell their work and for art education, will be open 10 a.m.  4 p.m. Bowl Plaza, international winner of the most quirky public restroom, features sculpture and mosaic by Mri-Pilar, Eric Abraham, and Grassroots Art Center volunteers. The restroom and surrounding sculpture plaza is open throughout the day. Walking and driving tours of Lucas to view yard art and post rock limestone sculptures are self-guided and open all day. Many other art activities are scheduled for the day-long celebration: Bob Mix, Great Bend, creator of whimsical machines and metal creatures, will be in the gallery from noon-2 p.m. Mri-Pilar, creator of The Garden of Isis inside the Deeble House, 126 S. Fairview, will be available to give tours of the installation from noon-2 p.m. In addition, the Florence Deeble Rock Garden will be open for self-guided tours. From 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., visitors may drop into the Worlds Largest Things Roadside Sideshow Expo, 214 S. Main, as artist Erika Nelson opens the Eric Abraham Memorial Flying Pig Folk Art Reading Room. The Garden of Eden sculptural environment and cabin home, 305 E Second, will be open for tours from 1-4 p.m. Admission is charged. At 2:30 p.m., artist Lacie Austin will debut her restoration of a sculpture by Sharon Springs artist Raymond Fox Still. Stills renovated saber-tooth tiger will be newly installed on Main Street south of the Lucas Post Office. Austin will describe her process of restoring the large wood, Styrofoam, and insulation animal. At 4:15 p.m., filmmaker Nicholas Ward, Lawrence, will debut short video excerpts from oral histories that trace the development of the Grassroots Art Center and the Garden of Eden. The videos will include an interview with Salina grassroots artist, Carlos Espinosa. Ward will talk about the oral history project sponsored in part by Kansas Humanities at the Lucas Community Theatre, 116 S. Main. Visitors are invited to wrap up the day with refreshments at the social hour at Switchgrass after the presentation. Email or call the Grassroots Art Center for more information at 785-525-6118 or These activities are sponsored in part by the Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts, and Russell County Economic Development and CVB.
For more information contact Rosslyn Schultz
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