Art on a Monday with Reuben Saunders
Monday, March 4, 2019
Noon lunch in the Dr. S. Jim and Darla Farha Great Hall
1 pm program in the Howard E. Wooden Lecture Hall
The Friends of the Wichita Art Museum again offer their popular program combining luncheon and lectures on Monday.
In 1978, Reuben Saunders realized that while there was a wealth of fine art being created in Kansas, no gallery in Wichita was featuring and promoting regional talent. He opened a small art gallery with regular monthly exhibitions featuring local artists, supported by a small custom framing business. Along the way, his framing business grew into a commercial endeavor, delivering framed pictures to restaurants and hotels from coast to coast.
But his first love was in the gallery promoting Kansas art and artists. With downturns in the economy, increased overhead, the proliferation of art fairs nationally, and the shift of sales to the internet, many brick-and-mortar galleries across the country closed. While even successful galleries nationwide have much shorter lifespans, Reuben will talk about what helped him persevere over a 40-year career—wonderful artists, a talented and dedicated staff, loyal customers, long hours, and the willingness to innovate, diversify, and adapt to new technology and market trends.
This veteran gallerist is doing what he loves best—studio visits with existing and new artists and traveling to other galleries to continue to learn and deepen his expertise.
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