Riney Fine Arts Gallery Features Wichita Teacher, Artist

News Date: 
Tue. 01/24/2012

Wichitans may recognize the name and works of the artist currently displayed in Friends University’s Riney Fine Arts gallery. 

Tara Hufford-Walker has not only made her name for herself as an artist, but she’s also educated many of Wichita’s young artists over the past few decades. 

“I spent my formative years in Dodge City, where I grew up knowing that whatever I ended up doing, it would have to do with art,” Hufford-Walker said. “I graduated from Wichita State University in 1979 with a degree in art education, with an emphasis is drawing and painting. I have been teaching art ever since.”

Tara has worked with preschool children at the Wichita Art Association, in Andover as an elementary school teacher, and then Marshall Middle School in Wichita.

“And for the last 11 years, I’ve worked at Wichita North High School,” she said. 

Hufford-Walker’s exhibit features more than 50 works. The paintings and drawings are mostly portraits or scenes from everyday life, said Adam Achey, adjunct professor of art at Friends University. 

“Walker’s approach to most of her subjects embodies a representational, yet uniquely stylized quality,” Achey said. “Use of media is multifarious, and her newest works are beautiful watercolor paintings. Subjects range from well-know celebrities to anonymous individuals.”

Hufford-Walker’s work will be on display in the Riney Fine Art Gallery through Feb. 10. There will be a Final Friday reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 27 in the gallery. The reception is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided. 

For more information on this exhibit or other Fine Arts events, please contact the Fine Arts box office at 316-295-5677 or finearts@friends.edu.

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