M Gallery started as a pop-up gallery for the Small Town Studio (Kansas State College of Architecture, Planning and Design). It is used now as a gathering space and Gallery as part of the Eureka Studio. It has been a popular spot for many impromptu discussions.
Kim Eichler-Messmer – December 2014Kim grew up in Iowa. She learned how to sew in 5th grade when she made a quilt with her father’s faded out old shirts. She went on to study engineering, Spanish, Portuguese, drawing, and printmaking before taking a textiles class in 2000. Kim received an MFA in textiles from the University of Kanas in 2007. She was an Artist in Residence at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Kim currently lives in Kansas City where she does math daily, grows tomatoes, hugs cats, and teaches surface design and quilting in the Fiber department of the Kansas City Art Institut About the Quilts: I create hand-made, one of a kind quilts with a dual purpose. They are equally at home on a bed (or in a crib) or on the wall. Inspired by color theory, landscape, and gradations, I hand dye all of my own fabric. The method I use is scientific, based on a ratio of weight of dye to weight of fabric to produce accurate, reproducible colors with minimal dye waste. I use only the highest quality quilter’s cotton or Kona cotton for the tops, backs, and binding, cotton quilting thread, and 100% cotton batting that is free of chemicals, glues and resins. My landscape quilts are inspired by the sky in the Midwest, especially right before or after a thunderstorm. I love to see strange color combinations and am constantly amazed and delighted by what Mother Nature has to offer. My own photographs of the sky act as starting points for the color use and proportion in each quilt. Each quilt top is pieced from a large number of different hand-dyed fabrics using my own custom dye recipes http://kimemquilts.com http://www.facebook.com/eichlermessmer
Bobbie DrogeSeptember/October 2014
Artist – Sculptor
Bobbie is a local Artist/Sculptor. She has studied with Babs Mellor, Edward Hlavka and Jim Franklin at the Wichita Center for the Arts. Bobbie has a unique view of life on the plains and enormous respect for the open country side, you can see it in her eyes. She lives with her husband and their horses in a picturesque spread at the river’s edge. Bobbie is represented by the gallery M Eureka Ks, Southwind Gallery Topeka, KS and has shown work at the Wichita Center for the Arts Wichita, Ks.
David Wagner November/December 2014
Homeless man David Wagner is a practicing architect and artist and has been a Kansas City resident for three years. He studied both Architecture and Fine Arts at Iowa State University and graduated in 2009. He has been featured in group shows across Iowa but this marks his first solo exhibit. With an eye for detail his work often focuses on people, landscape, and the built environment. The use of layers and texture both in application and subject matter is a unifying theme.