The Alcott Arts Center has extended the run for the Cecil Mashburn art exhibit through Sept. 7.
Mashburn, a fine artist, is an 1940s alumnus of the Alcott Grade School in Kansas City, Kan., and chose the Alcott Arts Center to exhibit about 40 of his paintings.
According to a spokesman for the Alcott Arts Center, most of his paintings and drawings depict events and places he has experienced, or early Native American history.
His work shows his gentle nature, and many of the places he has visited in his 76 years are depicted in his work.
"His work, when I look at it, especially his landscapes, it takes you there," said Chris Green, Alcott executive director. "I just feel like i could step into the painting at any moment. i love his work, it's just so gorgeous."
Mashburn has said he got his start in creating art when he decorated the bulletin board for one of Alcott's past principals, Ms. Mapes Davis, when he was a young boy. At that time he lived at the end of Homer Street, just south of Alcott School.
Mashburn moved from Kansas City, Kan., to the Piper area, where he finished high school. Later he moved to Russell, Kan., where he lived 40 years and raised his sons and cattle while enjoying the beautiful landscapes around him.
He painted many of his artworks while in Russell. He now resides in Linwood, Kan., and continues to work on his art, exhibiting what he feels can bring in the most attention for the venue.
He has had his art exhibited throughout the country and still has art hanging in the Clay County, Mo., courthouse, among other places.
Mashburn has offered to sell his paintings in this Alcott exhibit to help raise operating funds for the Alcott Arts Center. His paintings have been priced to sell and a large portion of the price will go to Alcott. They are all original artworks.
A public open gallery will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Aug. 30 at Alcott. The winner of the membership drive painting, "A Foggy Morning in the Kansas Flint Hills," painted and donated by Cecil Mashburn, will be announced at 7 p.m.
A private reception and fundraising sale will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 7 at Alcott.
No reservations are necessary to attend the Aug. 30 event, and reservations for the Sept. 7 private event should be made to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The galleries are open to the public from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Alcott Arts Center, 180 S. 18th, Kansas City, Kan., telephone 913-233-2787. Alcott's website is www.alcottartscenter.org.