Martha Wherry’s art has been seen all over Wichita in nearly every artistic venue in the city. The current exhibit at Friends University brings her back to some of her earlier educational roots.
Though she is well-known across the state, especially in Wichita, for her multimedia works depicting everyday life, Wherry earned her bachelor’s degree (in information technology of all things) from Friends University.
After working in the IT profession at Boeing for several years, her job was outsourced to India.
“I saw the light and changed my life in quite a few directions. A major event was earning a grant from the Kansas Cultural Trust to paint in Montecastello, Italy, for a month,” Wherry said.
She has established herself as an artist of great energy, insight and creative consequence, said Adam Achey, adjunct professor of art at Friends University.
“Over her extensive career she remains truly connected to her upbringing as a Kansan, and more importantly as an example of the pioneer spirit, preserved with constantly evolving talent,” Achey said. “Nationally recognized for her work in various media, her hallmark remains her much sought after landscapes.”
The artist’s media includes photography, jewelry, glassblowing, torch work, handmade books, fiber, drawing and painting.
Wherry’s art comes from a unique perspective as she views the world through the eyes of others – literally.
“In my 30s I developed a serious eye condition, kerataconus, where I was losing eyesight, perception of detail and images. One of the more unique things about me as a visual artist is that I am the recipient of two corneal transplants from two different donors,” she said.
The exhibit, which runs from Feb. 13 to March 16, is free and open to the public. There will be a Final Friday artist reception at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 24 in the Riney Fine Arts Gallery.
For more information on this performance or other Fine Arts events, please contact the Fine Arts box office at 316-295-5677 or firstname.lastname@example.org.