Robert McNown's Final Friday show


Join us this Final Friday, March 30th from 5-9pm for Robert McNown's Recent Paintings show! We will have a cash bar and ample opportunity for conversation.

To make an evening of it, you'll need some insider info about our neighbors...

Everyone knows the best way to enjoy art is with a full belly. We highly recommend Bon Bon for fun food and fantastic cocktails, or Lawrence Beer Company for beer and modern (and delicious) brewery fare.

Just east of Cider are SeedCo Studios, Art Emergency, and Rural Pearl - Cut Paper Art by Angie Pickman, where you can see even more marvelous local pieces and artists.

See you tomorrow!

Sinatra party attire ideas: fella's edition

Joining us the evening of December 16th to celebrate Frank Sinatra’s birthday? Unsure about what to wear? If you want to dress up (and we strongly encourage it), you don’t have to break the bank to channel Ol’ Blue Eyes and his crew.

For a classic Sinatra-era look, all you need is a simple suit (either navy, black, or gray) with a skinny black tie or bowtie. And don't forget the classic white button-down. For accessories, we recommend a pocket square, a cocktail in your hand, and a fedora, and don't forget to "Cock your hat -- angles are attitudes."

For more information about this event and to purchase tickets, visit frank-sinatra-event.


Lawrence Art Guild for Final Friday

Some things you should know about the Lawrence Art Guild:

1. It’s filled with members who create, develop, and continue to expand a dialogue about art within the Lawrence community. 

2. Proceeds from the 10% commission that each artist pays go directly into Lawrence Public High School Gifting Programs. 

3. This year they gave $7,000 to Douglas County Public High School art programs.

4. They provide opportunities and equipment for classrooms to help students familiarize themselves different materials. 

And... Oh yeah! Of course! How could we forget? 

5. They’re having a show at the Cider Gallery, and the opening is this Friday

Here's a sneak peek of what's in store:

You won’t want to miss it! 

October Final Friday, showcasing John Gary Brown

John Gary Brown show.jpg

Here is a sneak peek of John Gary Brown’s work for our October Final Friday show. We can’t help but gush about the way his work fits so naturally in the gallery.

Don’t miss the opportunity to see it up close and personal tomorrow from 5-9pm!

Here is the artist's statement:

My paintings, although basically non-objective, are often organized around a horizon line, and they are intended to be seen as landscapes, inspired by the prairies of my home state of Kansas, the watery vistas in the Puget Sound area, or the more ordered grounds of rural Europe. The arid regions of the Middle East and Southwest United States provide references to the decayed, full circle magic that seems to reflect the beginnings and the end of earth’s cycles, and lately I have begun to look inward, toward a landscape of dreams and meditation. Whatever the point of departure, the landscape for me is part of that unhurried, inexorable natural process that deserves respect and emulation. Structure or phenomena are sometimes implied but rarely spelled out, so that an air of mystery pervades the imagery and the painting process becomes an essential part of the subject matter. I am an admirer of J.M.W. Turner and the post impressionist artists who flirted with abstraction, but I’m also influenced by modern masters like Mark Rothko and Richard Diebenkorn.

The paintings are executed in layers. A wash of free-flowing “under painting” is applied by brush and allowed to form organic shapes, before the canvas is placed face up in the studio, so that the contours will stabilize and partially dry. When the paint is ready for another layer it will be applied by brush, print brayer or cloth. Some areas of the submerged color will be revealed by paint rag or palette knife, providing an interior luminosity that can’t be attained by painting onto the surface. Oil paint is the only medium I use for this process. Drawing is worked into the image with a brush or the edge of a print brayer and this process is repeated in several layers until the painting is completed. 

I will occasionally make veiled references to natural forces in nature, such as wind and water, or to the transitory works and activity of mankind, but I believe our marks upon the earth are superficial and fleeting. I try to depict and celebrate what is truly elemental on the planet- the endless handiwork of water, atmosphere and light. Many of the canvases are named for places and circumstances brought about by the manipulations of humanity, but the dominant feature in each one is the ongoing celestial process. 

I have been a professional artist since 1970 and my work can be found in over five hundred private, museum and corporate collections. I have shown in thirty galleries over the years, from New Jersey to Seattle, and have participated in almost one hundred exhibitions, many of them one-man shows. In Seattle my work has been featured with Dale Chihuly, Kenneth Callahan and Mark Toby. I keep a studio in Lawrence, Kansas, and Creede, Colorado, and look forward to many more years of painting.

For more information about the artist, please visit features Cider Gallery

More than the art: Cider Gallery in East Lawrence acts a community center, heart of warehouse district

by Savanna Maue

Tucked in the heart of the Lawrence Warehouse Arts District, the Cider Gallery is coming up on its five-year anniversary.

Along the brick-cobbled Pennsylvania Street, between Bon Bon, an eclectic eatery of foods from around the world, and the newly opened Lawrence Beer Company, the gallery is part of the foundation of ongoing arts development.

“There were already a lot of artists working on the east side, they were working in co-op studios or home studios and they didn’t want them (the developers) to come in and run the artists away,” said Jennifer Letner, the director of the gallery. “This is the best thing the east side has going for it, it has the art district name but it can’t just be a name, you have to be true to it. So they made sure they left in the artist studios, added more artists studios and added the art gallery.”

Led by developer Tony Krsnich, Letner said he and his partners bought the block and began remodeling the historic buildings into apartments and offices. Originally the location of the Cider Gallery was slated to be more offices, but as Letner recalls — after input from George Paley, a visionary behind the Warehouse Arts District, Krsnich created the 5,000-square-foot gallery — named for the building’s previous life as a cider distillery.

The event space now hosts about 130 events a year, ranging from dance recitals to wedding events to a meeting place for latest “Supernatural” premiere.

“We do a lot of local art auction fundraisers for nonprofits in town, music/concert fundraisers for places in town, it’s been the main way for people who aren’t going to just happen upon us because they’re invited to a wedding to find us,” Letner said.

But the primary purpose of the gallery is to focus local Lawrence artists. Events are filled in around Final Fridays in Lawrence, a late-night tradition in which businesses around Lawrence — and the arts district — stay open late and offer their specials.

Cider Gallery changes exhibits based on these events, the next on Oct. 27, which will feature the work of John Gary Brown.

Brown keeps a studio in Lawrence and balances his time between here and Colorado, in addition to his travels. He describes his work as “non-objective,” and “organized around a horizon line.” They’re intended to be seen as landscapes, inspired by his home state of Kansas, the Puget Sound along the northwest coast, Europe, and across the world.

“Lately I have begun to look inward, toward a landscape of dreams and meditation,” Brown said via email. “Whatever the point of departure, the landscape for me is part of that unhurried, inexorable natural process that deserves respect and emulation.”

Jeromy Morris, the curator for the museum, has been working with local artists in the gallery for about four years to bring varied, professional pieces to the gallery that will attract a variety of people.

“I try and encourage and promote local artists while occasionally exposing viewers to artists outside of the Lawrence bubble, when funding allows,” Morris said. “There’s a selfish element when selecting artists. I select artists that I like, as humans, and respect their approach to their work. I tend to gravitate to artists that are taking risks and exhibit interesting studio habits. It’s exciting to me when I’m left questioning the process or how a certain piece was created.”

A draw to the gallery, Morris explained, is the versatility of the space. There’s a variation of brick, stone, and white walls to showcase the pieces, which Morris said elevates the artwork.

“There’s always an element of surprise when artists and patrons see the work. I hope artists and patrons see the nuances and attention to detail each show exhibits,” he said.

Morris also works with fellow artists when curating shows, which is the case for Brown’s at the end of the month. Kyla Strid, a local ceramicist, worked with the gallery for its latest exhibit.

The gallery is open 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, with extended hours for special events. Visit

A Bit of Bite

Today marks the final day of our current exhibition, A Bit of Bite. The images included in this collection are dedicated to celebrating the concept of food and all its significances through the marvelous medium of printmaking.

We wish to extend our gratitude to our guest curator, Kyla Strid, the Director of Residencies and Adult Education at the Lawrence Arts Center. Strid curated this exhibition in order to explore ideas about food and the act of consuming it. According to her, "Food is an elemental part of our culture, history, and our lives" and in addition to providing us with basic sustenance, it also has the capacity to "make a political statement, shape our identity, or be a reflection of our beliefs."

Strid deliberately chose to compile prints and works on paper for this collection in order to offer a commentary on the industrialization and commercialization of food, drawing a likeness between the mass production of images and the mass production of food. With artworks embodying a wide variety of moods, this exhibition boasts a flavor profile every bit as diverse as the foods they depict.


Featured artists: Laura Bigger, Melissa Haviland, Kate Horvat, Emmy Lingscheit, Ashton Ludden, Saegan Moran, Yoonmi Nam, Tonja Torgerson, Breanne Trammell, Two Tone Press, and Ella Webe.

Stepping into Hartung's World

It feels like everyone around me is moving at a hundred miles an hour, and there’s no way I can catch up. These multifaceted digital dimensions and extensions of our online selves provide a source for others to judge us, to explore our interests and to take a step into our world. What is it truly like to be you, to be me? This is the question I have been asking myself about Mike Hatrung, a 72 year old  painter who currently resides in Lindsborg, Kansas.

I had a teacher mention his name to me and a brief description of his story, followed by a link to an article that featured Hartung. Proceeding this I decided to do what any person living in the 21st century would do… Google him. Nothing. Absolutely nothing.

This was astonishing to me because the information was not at my fingertips, which is something I’m not used to. Most artists who have been selected for a solo show at least have a website or articles featuring images of their work. So after this anticlimactic event I had no choice but to visit the Salina Art Center, because the ambiguity and mystery behind not knowing was alluring enough.

My paradigm shifted after attending this show. There is something immensely beautiful about Hartung’s approach toward life and art. It’s extremely admirable that Hartung had no intention of ever sharing the 700 some paintings he created in the last 40 years. His humbleness and genuine regards towards the large scale masonite boards show honesty in every mark. He has no desire to sell these works, he never posted them on the internet, nor asked curators to take a look. He lived modestly and remained a recluse working in his studio for himself. What a true artist. I encourage those of you who haven’t seen the show to take a trip to the Salina Art Center, whose staff is incredibly friendly, and take a look into Hartung’s mind because it might be the only chance you get.

I’ll share a photo that anyone can find online of the charming Mike Hartung. I don’t want to give away the mystery that drew me to his work. I don’t want to ruin this phenomenon. But trust me on this one, his instagram, twitter, and facebook are on extreme lockdown, and unavailable to the public so this might be the only chance you get. ;)

by Madison Tubbs


Artist Spotlight: Ashton Ludden

Today we take a closer look at the work of artist and printmaker Ashton Ludden. In her work, she meditates on the relationship between humans and animals, focusing particularly on ethical treatment and the process of subordination. 

Here, Ludden discusses how the process of printmaking and her subject matter are perfectly paired: 

“I choose the medium of printmaking not only for its unique aesthetic qualities, such as the engraved line or a fine rosin aquatint, but also for its ability to create multiples. Disposables are deemed as such because accessible copies or substitutes exist as replacements. Just as printmakers must wrestle with the value of the multiple, so too do we confront this issue when dealing with animals regarded alternately as living commodities. Our egotism has us believe that we, members of the human race, are all unique beings, superior to objects and non-human animals. My work investigates how we determine and also justify what is considered a unique individual versus a disposable copy.”


"Slipper Snuggle" -- Engraving, etching and aquatint -- 2013

Yoonmi Nam & Ella Weber

Time to take a closer look into the world of two talented printmakers. Meet Ella Weber and Yoonmi Nam. Both artists are working in the midwest using their daily lives to inform their work. 

Ella’s work is influenced by her current lifestyle and interactions working in a deli at a grocery store in Nebraska. Her work investigates the tension between consumer and viewer, performer and employee, artist and gallery. 

Yoonmi Nam is drawn to the ever-changing still-lifes that she encounters on her kitchen table. Focusing on the lifespan of these temporary and disposable man made objects we find ourselves using daily basis. Yoonmi crafts drawings and prints that engage both elegant temporary lifeforms such flowers with one use only man made items such as instant noodle cups. 

For more informations about these featured artists visit:

Stop by to view more of their works featured this month at the gallery!


Wait wait ... Wait !!

Wait wait ... wait !!
Have you heard? 

The Cider Gallery is thrilled to announce October’s printmaking exhibition “A Bit of Bite,” guest curated by Kyla Strid. This month’s show will have your appetite wrapped around it’s cheeto coated finger featuring eleven printmaking artists who have crafted works that are sure to make your tummy growl. This exhibition explores a range of topics and conversations involving food and the world of printmaking. 

Thursday October 19th is a date to remember because the Cider Gallery will be participating in the Print Week Gallery Walk. This evening invites all eyes to gaze into the miraculous world of printmaking where galleries around Lawrence will be hosting shows which commemorating this extraordinary craft. For more information about this week and the events taking place visit :

"Wait wait ... wait !" 
Installation By Kate Horvat


Security 1st Title - Cinco De Mayo Customer Appreciation

Showing your appreciation is one of those values we never tire of.  When a company shows their appreciation to their loyal customers it goes a long way to build their reputation.  Security 1st Titl went above and beyond for their Cinco De Mayo Customer Appreciation Event at Cider Gallery.  Free Mexican lager, margaritas, smoked meat for tacos, and a live mariachi band.  Have you thought about celebrating your fantastic customers?  Reach out to to plan your customer appreciation event today!

Artist Profile: Matthew Lord

Meet Matthew Lord, an illustrator and fine artist who graduated from the University of Kansas. Inspired to create a visual narrative, Lord references comic books, science fiction, and urban legends. He asks himself absurd questions, such as "Are people who report Sasquatch sightings really witnessing that one big Muppet, (Sweet-ums), traipsing through the woods?", in order to instill wonder in the viewer, and hopefully inspire them to ask their own ridiculous questions. 

His gauche and ink drawings, "Celebration #1, #2, and #3," are on display in the gallery as a part of "99: Locally Brewed" which ends this week. 

To learn more about Matthew visit his website at

New Morse Code Presents: "Simplicity Itself"


New Morse Code's first album, "Simplicity Itself," is being releasd September 22nd on New Focus Recordings. Come out to the Cider Gallery for a special PRE-Release this evening at the Gallery! This event will celebrate the music and collaborations within the album with musical performances by Tonia Ko, Robert Honstein, and Caroline Shaw. 

So bring a friend to join you in tonight's festivities and listen to New Morse Code's first album.

Artist Profile; Kyla Strid

Check out this ceramic work by Kyla Strid, titled Pints, on display in the gallery as a part of this month's exhibition titled "99: Locally Brewed."

Originally from Alaska, Strid came to Lawrence in 2013 when she was a resident artist at the Lawrence Arts Center. Through her work she explores notions of home as an emotional space. Her forms are inspired by objects that bring feelings of comfort. Her surface designs come from the underlying structures and patterns of plants. 

To learn more about Kyla visit:


99 : Locally Brewed

Join us Friday the 25th of August for 99 : Locally Brewed.

Featuring new works by:
Yuri Zupancic, Ryan Storck, Susan Grace, Laurie Culling, Kent Smith, Kyla Strid, Javy Ortiz, Alicia Kelly, Elizabeth Rowley, Jen Unekis, Erok Johannsen, Barry Fitzgerald, Milan Piva, Michael McCaffrey, Mathew Lord, Maria Martin, John Sebelius, Landon Merrill, Brandon Mateer, Nicholas Stahl, Jennifer Letner and Jeromy Morris.  

 Matthew Lord Celebration #1 Gouache and ink

Matthew Lord
Celebration #1
Gouache and ink

Artist in Focus: John Sebelius

John Sebelius is a local Lawrence artist who uses his interest in people and their expressed individuality to create artworks inspired by human diversity.

John Sebelius is an interdisciplinary artist currently living in Lawrence, KS. John earned his Masters of Fine Art from the University of Kansas, as well as a Bachelors of Fine Art from the Rhode Island School of Design. His work has been featured in such magazines as: Harper’s, The Washington Post, and DETAILS, as well as mentions on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno. He has exhibited his art internationally and locally, including: Gallery Two in Sydney, Australia, Woods-Gerry Gallery in Providence, RI, Kansas City Artists Coalition, and the Chicago Art Institute.

 Not only is he a prolific painter and illustrator, he is also a successful filmmaker. His documentaries have been shown at major film festivals, like the Austin Film Festival and the Free State Film Festival, and at The American School of Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Due to his achievements and skill as an artist, Sebelius has been voted the Best Artist of 2014 and 2015 in Lawrence, KS.  Currently, John teaches art at Washburn University and he is the Artist-In-Residence at The Stress Disorder Treatment Program, where he teaches art therapy to those suffering from PTSD.

For this week’s artist profile, the Cider Gallery interviewed the artist about the artistic direction for his most recent work. In this Q&A, the artist provides a personal reflection on his inspirations and his goals as an artist, as well as his current projects. During our discussion, he detailed his sources of inspiration, his current exhibition’s narrative, and his passion for teaching. Following this paragraph is the email correspondence, with minor grammatical corrections, between the Cider Gallery and the artist himself.


"Smooch." 2015.


CG: What would you say is your primary source of inspiration?

JS:       “One of my largest inspirations is people. A majority of my work focuses on lived experience amongst individuals from unconventional communities. This all began when I followed around Providence cab drivers for a year while at RISD. There was something unfamiliar and intimate about that type of investigative work I was drawn to. That process has continued in my work with investigation of residents of Slab City, CA, the American Biker, and Greek Life at KU.“

John Sebelius and Chris King, "You Had Your Chance," spray paint, acrylic, pen, ink on watercolor paper.


CG: Is there an underlying narrative that your current pieces follow?

JS:       “My upcoming show at Cider Gallery this April Final Friday is "Superfans", a collaborative and experimental exhibition with artist and friend Chris King. We were both intrigued by the mania surrounding sports and political fans. It is a “with us or against us” mentality that we all experience, especially in today's caustic political landscape. Merging those two worlds together with color and texture was exciting for both of us. We didn't plan any of the pieces, shipping our large paper works back in forth from KS to Louisiana gave them a life and spontaneity that couldn't be planned.” 

Dorothy XI, spray painting.


CG: Is there anything you wished to tell our readers about you or your work? Any recent recognitions you wished to discuss?

JS:       “I am currently teaching Drawing and Design at Washburn University, but my real passion is teaching art to veterans suffering with PTSD at the VA. I created an art course "Artistic Expressions" at The Stress Disorder Treatment Program in Topeka a 7-week inpatient program for veterans who have experienced trauma. Over 200 veterans each year will participate in the course. It was important to provide the veterans with a non-verbal form of expression and establish a safe mental and physical space to explore their emotions and stories through a creative healing process. "Artistic Expressions" was recently awarded ARTSConnect TOPArts Access Grant to expand the program and create a gallery on the unit.”

We wished to thank the artist featured this week, John Sebelius, for this glimpse into his creative process. If you wished to see more of his work, he is featured in collaboration with Chris King in the up-and-coming Cider Gallery exhibition “Superfan,” opening this Friday the 28th. Come by between 5-9pm on Friday and enjoy the show!

All information provided by the artist. Check out his website for more information on his current projects.