Tthe Hutchinson Art Center, 405 N. Washington, is showcasing the artwork of Chris Hershberger in their gift shop

Hershberger is a multi-talented person who among other creative endeavors, also sculpts and specializes in bronze work. Those who had the honor and pleasure of being at La Torre when she hosted events there, saw her work and the beauty she creates in all aspects of her life. She studied art locally at Bethel College and also at Fleches School of Art in Philadelphia. Her influences were many of the masters and inspiration came her way from many travels abroad.

Chris says of her work, "I try to sculpt emotions; artwork that makes you laugh or cry. I try to tell a story -- maybe your story."

A couple of her bronze pieces are for sale in the gift shop currently. There is a Hare who has a depth and joyous character, and a Fox who jumps whimsically in the air.

I cannot think of a better gift, even if it's only for yourself.

Road trip

It’s Final Friday in Wichita and artist Tim Stone has an opening in the CityArts Main Gallery, 334 N. Mead. The exhibit, on display through May 19, is entitled "No Middle Ground."

Tim Stone’s work is inspired by ordinary spaces in transition. His style of painting deconstructs the shapes and colors of the mundane features and then creates a new reality. His interest reached to places that were in some form of transition and reuse. This dynamic has underlying moods of gentrification and separation, and this bold aspect is what Stone is hoping to portray to the viewer.

Stone received his bachelor's degree in painting from Wichita State University. He was accepted to the New York Studio School of Painting, Drawing and Sculpture where he participated in a drawing marathon with Graham Nickson. He currently teaches Basic Design at Bethany College. He was one of 50 artists included in the book "Wichita Artists in Their Studios" by Sondra Langel and Larry Schwarm.

Stone has also participated in Hutchinson’s Third Thursday and Art Center events.

Jennifer Randall, a Hutchinson artist and organizer of Third Thursday, writes an arts and entertainment column for The Hutchinson News. Reach her at jenrandallart@yahoo.com.