About the Artists
Kristen Garlow Piper, a Hutchinson Kansas native, graduated in 1976 from the William Allen White School of Journalism at the University of Kansas with a degree in Photojournalism. She worked for several newspapers before going into freelance work in the 1980's.
Kristen returned to Hutchinson in 2009 where in addition to her freelance work she documents historic renovations that have included the Wiley Building, the Catalyst Lofts, the Hutchinson Art Center and the restoration of the Fox Theater's vertical marquee.
Garlow Piper is a guest columnist for Hutchinson Magazine ("Through Her Eyes") and is a regular contributor to The Hutchinson News and Kansas! Magazine. She is the photographer for the Hutchinson Symphony Orchestra, the Cosmosphere and Hutchinson's community Theater group Stage 9.
Kristen owns her own photography business "Kristen Garlow Piper Photography" and has twice been the artist-in-residence at Lester Raymer's Red Barn Studio in Lindsborg, Kansas.
Visit www.kristengarlowpiper.com to see her porfolio.
TECH ART GALLERY ARTISTS
In 2015, TECH purchased the former Midwest Feed Building and moved our Adult Life Skills (ALS) program to this location. With the early success of our art program, TECH had the vision for an on-site art studio in the unused portion of the building but needed to raise the funds before completing this remodel project. Through fundraising efforts, which included a benefit concert featuring Suzy Bogguss, as well as a generous gift from the Bobby Megli Estate, the TECH Art Studio quickly became a reality. TECH artists began creating artwork inside of the studio in May of 2016. When a TECH artist chooses to participate in the art program, they receive coaching from a TECH Art Coach, who guides and teaches them about different art media, expanding their abilities every day. Our artists are continually growing their skills.
The process to create one piece may take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months. Subject matter for each painting range from flowers to houses and landscapes with one painting event including mixed media art. The artists have really expanded their reach on what type of artwork they are working on in an effort to grow their skills and continually bring new things to the community.
Artists retain 80% of the proceeds from their sales and are excited for the community to stop by the Art Gallery and view their beautiful paintings. The Art Gallery is open from 8AM - 5PM, Monday through Friday.
The TECH Artists participating in the current the Chamber ART Gallery include the following: