Art gallery features local artists

Local artists Sasha Chapek of Wichita and Ethan Patrick Harris of Newton are displaying their distinctive and unusual styles in the Hesston College Friesen Center gallery through Oct. 28.

A reception and chance for the public to meet the artists will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Oct. 13 in the gallery.

Chapek received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting from the University of Kansas (Lawrence), studied printmaking in Florence, Italy, at Santa Reparata International School of Art and received her Master of Social Work from Wichita (Kan.) State University.

Animals, string and buttons can be found in many of Capek’s pieces, but each piece manages to maintain a uniqueness and give viewers something new to consider.

Harris’ illustrations feature imagined creatures and fictional worlds.

“I like the weird,” said Harris. “I strive for weird with my illustrations. I hope it’s that ambiguity that makes my work fun for the viewer, the myriad of stories one can interpret from the characters on the paper; a juxtaposition of odd creatures and objects found in curious situations, with several possible conclusions as to what the circumstances are.”

The gallery is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.