Since its inception in 1962, the Lawrence Art Guild has strived to support the many artists and art events in the vicinity of Lawrence, Kansas. This "midwest oasis" has been calling to creative individuals for many years. It is interesting to find that in the early 1960s there were over 100 artists living in the Lawrence area. The creative energy and support of the arts in Lawrence continues today. At last count, there were more than 1,000 artists living in the Lawrence area and almost 270 of them are listed as Lawrence Art Guild members.
In 1961, when the organization was forming, so did the Guild's vision of creating a large art show. This new mass of artists pieced together the largest art event in the Lawrence area and so was born "Art in the Park." Little did they know what a tradition they had created. Memories abound of warm spring days, children playing and laughing in the green grass and hundreds mingling to find wonderful art, food and music. Art in the Park is an annual, juried event held each May in South Park.
Along with organizing and producing Art in the Park, the Lawrence Art Guild hosts the Holiday Art Fair each December and art shows at the Lawrence Public Library. In addition, the Guild produces sends a weekly newsletter with updates on calls for artists and event information.
The Lawrence Art Guild meets on the third Monday of each month at the Lawrence Public Library or at it's new gallery (this information may be found under Upcoming Events - there are no meetings in July, August and December}. In May of 2009 the Lawrence Art Guild opened 1109 GALLERY at 1109 Massachusetts in beautiful downtown Lawrence. Located only a stones throw from South Park, the 1109 GALLERY hosts many shows benefiting members and non-members alike. Many of the art shows benefit the Art Guild as well as other non-profit organizations in the Lawrence Community. As Lawrence continues to be a place where so many are drawn and devoted to the arts, so will the Guild continue its tradition as an integral part of this special community.
Mailing Address: The Lawrence Art Guild
P.O. Box 1357
Lawrence, Kansas 66044
Lawrence, Kansas 666044