Wichita Artist Exhibits at Grassroots Art Center

LUCAS – Visions of Dan Beck, a retrospective of paintings by the late Wichita artist, will be on display at the Grassroots Art Center in Lucas until March 17, 2023. The open house for this exhibition will be November 12.

The art center, 213 S. Main, is open Thursday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., through November, then Thursday through Saturday 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., except holidays.

The fall open house will offer visitors the opportunity to learn more about Beck, tour the galleries, meet his family and enjoy desserts and drinks at the Grassroots Art Center.

Dan Beck was a two and three dimensional artist from Wichita. He has worked in a variety of media, from limestone carving to jade carving and acrylic painting.

Excelling in debate, he attended the University of Kansas on a debate scholarship, continued to tour the world, and later worked as a bell ringer for the Salvation Army and as a volunteer coach at Wichita East High. . Later in life, his love of stones led him to become a jade carver and collector, particularly of wearable art. He particularly liked to encourage new sculptors by buying their earlier works. The research skills he acquired in debate enabled him to explore and benefit from many cultures around the world. Multicultural elements can be found in much of his work.

Beck loved his art. He passed away on August 6, 2020, at the age of 71, leaving a vast and eclectic body of work to his wife and traveling companion of 47 years, Chris Poelma.

Admission is $9 for adults and $5 for children ages 6-12. For more information, call 785-525-6118 and visit the website at www.grassrootsart.net. Keep up to date with upcoming exhibitions, workshops and events by visiting the Grassroots Art Center on Facebook and Instagram.