Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Tales from Iola, KS

Flat Stanley
The unusual thing about the Bowlus Fine Arts Center in Iola, KS is its loading dock. A truck cannot back into it because there are houses right behind the building.

This calls for some creativity and patience when loading a set onto their stage. The kind of creativity that requires creating a bridge between a budget truck and a flatbed pickup with a ramp up to the loading dock.

The dressing rooms are on the floor below and is just a hop and skip away from a band room where an orchestra of young people on violins, violas, and cellos were rehearsing.

The beautiful thing about the Bowlus are the awesome people that work there together and with visiting companies to create a wonderful artistic experience for the locals. This is a quaint town with a passion for the arts.

I Love Lucy painting on the wall at the Bowlus
And oh do they take care of their artists! They set up a lovely luncheon for us. There was fried chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, rolls, salad, and pies. They joined us for the feast and shared their stories and their passion with us.

We were family.

They opened the gallery for us to enjoy their featured artist Jacqueline Haltom. Her work is beautiful and whimsical and I had to take some of it with me!

Book Illustrated by Jacqueline Haltom
I even got a crown!

I RULE!!!!

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