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ArtWalk of life

Featured artist’s work combines metalsmithing, memories By Nadia Imafidon


hen it comes to Gina Westergard’s art, she finds creating functional objects most fulfilling, as she appreciates the memory that gets tied in with the object. “Inherently there is memory in objects,” Westergard says. “So if you were to get a gift, you would think about the person, or if you got an object while traveling, you would think about the place.” Westergard is the 2013 Lawrence ArtWalk Featured Artist award winner, showcasing oneof-a-kind jewelry and mixed-media vessels. This is the ninth year the award has been given out, determined by peer voting among more than 45 artists who will be displaying their art in homes, studios and other art spaces in the Lawrence community. In Westergard’s featured body of funerary urns and reliquaries, she addresses memory by taking the painful subject of death and turning it into a celebration of that person’s life. “The urn is one of the most significant objects you can make as a functional object,” Westergard says. “It’s such an honor to make an object that holds a person and holds all the memory that goes along with that person.” Please see ARTWALK, page 3C


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GINA WESTERGARD, ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF METALSMITHING/JEWELRY AT KANSAS UNIVERSITY, was voted this year’s Lawrence ArtWalk Featured Artist Award. Westergard’s current body of work is comprised of jewelry as well as funerary urns and reliquaries, which are functional objects that have great significance to her.

The 19th Lawrence ArtWalk, a self-guided tour of Lawrence artists’ studios and other art spaces, will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. Artists’ receptions will be held from 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday. For a Google map of the Lawrence ArtWalk 2013 and more information about the participating artists, visit


Art teacher works with youths to unlock their creative voices

By Sara Shepherd

Cathy Ledeker sees her job teaching art to at-risk youths as “unlocking” the ideas in kids. That goes for the ones who come willingly and the ones who are reluctant. “I know that every person has a creative voice — everyone,” Ledeker says. “It’s a responsibility, but it’s also an honor to be with these kids and to see those voices emerging.” Ledeker, who retired this summer from her position as art director

2013 PHOENIX AWARDS This is the third in a series of five stories highlighting winners of this year’s Phoenix Awards. Watch the Journal-World’s A&E section for profiles on the other awardees. The Lawrence Cultural at Van Go Inc., won this year’s Phoenix Award for educator in the arts. When Ledeker walks into a woodworking class on a recent visit to Van Go, several students’ faces light up. The students,

Arts Commission bestows the awards annually to local artists and art supporters. The public is invited to a free reception recognizing the winners at 2 p.m. Nov. 3 at the Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire St. whom she taught last spring, walk up to hug her. Ledeker’s artwork, and work by students she coached, graces most rooms in the Van Go facility at 715 New Jersey St. The huge, brightly col-

ored, swirling and sparkling sculptural mural inside the front doors? That’s hers, as is the smaller mural covering one wall of the computer room. The art gallery is full of work students created when she was their teacher. Her mark extends beyond the walls of Van Go, too, from the Pinckney Tunnel mural to hundreds of colorful benches designed by her students Richard Gwin/Journal-World Photo and auctioned to community members and busi- CATHY LEDEKER, WHO RETIRED THIS SUMMER from her position as art director at Van Go Inc., won the 2013 Phoenix Award nesses. for educator in the arts. She’s also a professional calligrapher, Please see LEDEKER, page 4C painter and illustrator.

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