The View from My NOTO Studio

Barbara Waterman Peters


View from my Studio

By Barbara Waterman-Peters

View from my Studio  8

Barbara Waterman-Peters

Looking out my studio window before I begin uncovering my palette, opening my jar of medium and selecting a brush, I am grateful for the cool temperature in my environment.  In addition, I am thankful for the positive energy in STUDIO 831 which generates so much creativity. Works in progress by a number of our artists await completion, some of which are destined for exhibits in the region. Currently, I am finishing another group of paintings in my “Ship of Fools” series for a show in Wichita.

August is traditionally a month when the art world takes a breather, but that is not the case in NOTO or the art scene in Topeka! In fact, we are gearing up with new exhibits and excitement! A sister gallery, Haven Arts, has now moved to a street level location in NOTO and is called The Hive. The NOTO Plein Air Project is in progress!


Lois VanLiew’s new show will open on First Friday, August 4 from 4:00-8:30 and we will be hosting Dennis Etzel’s book launch/poetry reading the same evening at 7:00! Music may be accompanying part of the festivities as well!

Barb AugustLois VanLiew is our Featured Artist for August at STUDIO 831

One Moment in Time

“Every historical ‘moment in time’ has had a specific and unique focus, especially with fashion. A large part of this exhibit features the current fashion trends of tattoos, rainbow hair colors and body piercings. Other inspirations came from a Kentucky Derby party this spring and still others from Dia de Los Muertos celebrations here in NOTO.”

These colorful works are a statement about trends and culture, but they are also a visual delight. Come see them on First Friday, August 4 from 4:00-8:30 PM or by appointment at 785-224-5728.

We are honored to be hosting Dennis Etzel, Jr. from 7:00-9:00 PM on the same evening for a book release party to celebrate This Removed Utopia as part of the Kaw Valley Poetry Series by Spartan Press. Guest readers will be Joe Harrington and Margy Stewart. Bring a poem for the open-mic session!  





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