We will be holding a reception for Darren Parker & Linda Gebert. Darren Parker is our Midtown gallery guest artist for July 2023 and Linda Gebert is our Midtown gallery enamel artist this month. We hope you will join us for refreshments as we celebrate these incredible artists.
Thursday, July 20th
5 pm to 8 pm
1125 N. Main, Hutchinson
Darren R Parker Bio
My goal is to capture my chosen subject matter with incredible attention to detail. Sharing with the viewer the innate, sometimes invisible beauty that often gets overlooked during the daily hustle and bustle. I strive to capture magical moments, historical architecture and breathtaking landscapes which have caught my attention. Through my realistic paintings, I attempt to draw the viewer into the scene, and to stir forgotten memories of days gone by.
I was born in Pratt, Kansas, to parents who supported my passion for art unconditionally. My father shared with me his talent of illustration, while mother nourished my creativity. My mentor, Disney illustrator, Betty Crews, pushed me to be diligent, to work hard and to find my niche. After graduation from Kansas State University in 1985 I worked as a Graphic Designer for nearly a decade, releasing my first limited edition print in 1996 titled “Cathedral Reflection”. Since then I have managed an art gallery, co-owned a gallery and worked in the hospitality industry, all while donating art to local charities, completing commissions and taking part in art exhibitions. Many of my most recent paintings depict rural America. Whether it be a country church, an old windmill, abandoned granaries or elevators. My Mother’s side of the family first homesteaded land in 1880 near Cunningham, KS, and we have had a significant presence in this area ever since. My parents currently reside on that 250-acre farm. Many of my paintings depict scenes from in and around Cunningham, Pratt and some of the surrounding communities. I have recently relocated back to Kansas, back to my roots, and have settled in the Wichita area. I am creating and painting full-time now while looking after my parents.
Currently I am represented by the Vernon Filley Art Museum in
Pratt, Kansas. My thought provoking watercolor pencil, graphite
and watercolor paintings have been published twice in
US Art Magazine and are included in public and
private collections around the world.
I hope that my art has made you smile, invoked
a memory or perhaps brightened your day.
Thank you for supporting my passion
and giving me an outlet for my God given talent.
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Linda Gebert Bio
I have worked in and taught enameling and jewelry making for many years now, having begun my formal university training in painting and graphic design, before receiving a degree in Art History. But it remained enameling and jewelry that held my fascination. Through workshops with prominent artists in the fields and persistent study and practice, I pursued expertise in silversmithing and enameling. I consequently taught enameling and silversmithing at the Wichita Center for the Arts for many years in the 1980’s and ‘90’s. As President of the Midwest Enamelist Guild for 10 years, I brought in renowned enamelists for well-attended annual workshops at the Center. Later, I taught silversmithing at Wichita State University for 5 years before returning to the studio full-time. The Enamel Arts Foundation in Los Angeles bought 6 of my wall pieces and jewelry in 2019 to add to their large retrospective collection of American enamelists for study. I currently enjoy working in the metals studio at Mark Arts with other enamelists and students, and in my home studio. In more recent years I have added silk painting for a change of pace. My enamel pieces and jewelry are in permanent collections at the Yale University Art Gallery, Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts, Crocker Gallery in Sacramento, CA., Mark Arts, Wichita, KS and the Clay and Glass Museum, Toronto, Canada.