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Lawrence Lithography Workshop: Suites and Portfolios

Belger Arts Center

Sometimes the Belger's generous exhibition lengths leave us a little frustrated. Can't this expansive, versatile space give us more shows over the course of a year? Then again, Suites and Portfolios, organized at the center's request by Wichita Art Museum chief curator Stephen Gleissner, stayed up from July's First Friday through last week, and three months might not have been enough. Mike Sims' Lawrence Lithog­raphy Workshop has produced many more pieces than were on display for this retrospective, which emphasized both hallmark lithographs (such as some stunners by Kansas artist Margo Kren) and idiosyncratic choices. We kept walking back to see John Collier's hypnotic illustrations for a properly dark telling of the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale. But nearly all of the 94 prints in this 16-artist show (including pieces by Tom Huck, Roger Shimomura, Akio Takamori and Peregrine Honig) captivated in their own way. And as usual at the Belger, the smartly written and admirably approachable wall cards went above and beyond to tell, piece by piece, the stories behind Sims' project and the artists' visions.

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