Painting Parties

Love to paint but don’t like the stress of getting out all of the supplies to do it? Well! EAC has got you covered! In October we have 2 painting parties going on.

October 15th · 3:00-5:00pm · Located in Cottonwood Falls at the Chase County Old School. · $25.00 · 21+ · Partnering with Chase County Old School · Tree painting pictured below

October 28th · 5:30-7:30 · Located at EAC · $20.00 · 21+ · Pumpkin painting pictured below · Register by calling (620) 343-6473 or coming down to 815 Commercial St.

MATT HOELSCHER | TRUE FICTION

Emporia, KS – The Emporia Arts Center will host an Artist’s Opening Reception for Matt Hoelscher’s show True Fiction in the Trusler Gallery, 815 Commercial St., from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. on Friday, January 14th, 2021.  The show will be up for viewing January 13th – February 18th, 2022.


Matt Hoelscher work is influenced by TV shows, comics and toys that he had grew up with as a child. The fictional tales help cope with reality by being able to escape into his own imagination. Painting allows Hoelscher to explore both reality and fantasy in the same space while carefully balancing both elements into his work while emphasizing the duality between the two.


Each one of Hoelscher work is a performance of his imagination, his studio becomes a space that allows him to act out scenes in his head such as play. “The props and environments are crude and ephemerals, reminiscent of how child play with anything that they can get their hands on. They are painted as physical objects that will eventually break down overtime. I dress myself in costumes to create characters from different genres that I enjoy. Then I put those characters into scenes that I have made from cardboard still-life’s that I call toy theaters.” The process involves carefully rendering oil paint onto cardboard and balancing the simulated texture of paint with the actual texture of the cardboard to create a balance of what is real and what is an illusion.

All exhibitions in the Trusler Gallery at Emporia Arts Center are free to the public.
Gallery Hours: Tuesday through Friday 10:00am – 6:00pm |Saturday 10:00am-3:00pm

DRUMLine Live

EAC is excited to announce our next performance!

DRUMLine Live is a show-stopping attraction created by the musical team behind the hit Twentieth Century Fox movies, “Drumline” and “Drumline: A NewBeat”. DRUMLine Live embodies the soulful, high-stepping style of the Historically Black College and University (HBCU) marching band experience. with its riveting rhythms, bold beats, and ear-grabbing energy, DRUMLine Live is a high-octane musical roller coaster ride that will touch every emotion in your body.

DRUMLine Live will be at ESU’s Albert Taylor Hall on February 2, 2022 @ 7PM. You can purchase your tickets online at emporiaksarts.org or at EAC! ESU & FHTC Students get a free ticket when you show your Student ID!
TICKETS HERE! https://ci.ovationtix.com/35968/production/1075412

Thank you to our EAC 2021-2022 Major Presenting Sponsor ESB Financial | Underwriter ESU Union Activities Council @uac_of_esu & Event Partner Bluestem Farm & Ranch Supply

WINTER CLASSES!

New year, new classes. EAC is excited for you all to take a look at the new classes that we are offering this winter along with the return of old classes but re-vamped! It’s cold outside so why not sign up to take some fun classes while staying warm. Classes start the 13th, be sure to sign up before they are filled up!

To register for classes you can stop in at 815 Commercial St. or call 620-343-6473! *Enrolling cut off will be at NOON the day before the class starts*

ANNUAL VETERANS ARTIST EXHIBITION: THROUGH THEIR EYES

Congratulations to our winners!

1st Place: Walnut Bowl with Maple Plugs by Gary Van Syoc – Navy
2nd Place: Emporia Yard by Dennis Paul – Army
3rd Place: Signs of Service by Duane Henrikson – Air Force
Honorable Mention: It Still Waves by Paul Johnston – Army
People’s Choice: Misty Mountains by Benjamin Green – Marine.

Thank you to the Emporia Chamber of Commerce for sponsoring this show & ESB Financial for the prizes!

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