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12 TOPEKA BUSINESSES Mulvane Mountain/Plains Art Fair

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An annual art fair on the Washburn campus draws national talent and highlights local artists

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hether it rains or blows, shines or storms, the Mulvane Mountain/Plains Art Fair will be held on the Washburn University campus in June. An annual tradition that began as the Mulvane Art Fair in the 1950s, the art fair is now in its 17th year under its current name and is expected to attract nearly 100 artists and approximately 5,000 viewers.

The Mulvane Mountain/Plains Art Fair becomes the city’s largest open-air art gallery at the end of each spring. Photo courtesy Peggy Clark

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this event is also an opportunity for local artists to share their work with the community. But

The art fair has always been about bringing some of the best artists to Topeka, and the exhibits shown to the public are part of a competition to be judged this year by Washburn adjunct professor Gary Woodward and Washburn visiting artist Betsy Knabe Roe. But this event is also an opportunity for local artists to share their work with the community. Several Topeka artists, such as Larry Peters and Doug Sheafor, are regular competitors and exhibitors at the art fair.

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TOPEKAMAGAZINE Spring 2009

STORY BY Nancy Vogel | PHOTOGRAPHY BY Jason Dailey

Topeka Magazine Spring 2009  

Topeka Magazine Spring 2009