Friday, December 7, 2012

Local Artist Shows in Lawrence

By Becky Davis
Mary Foley Gorman, a local artist in South Kansas City, is currently enjoying a showing at Do’s Deluxe in Lawrence, Kansas. Gorman, a former art teacher, taught for a total of 33 years, 31 of those in the Grandview district, which included 15 years at Grandview’s former East Junior High before moving to Grandview High School. Since retiring in 2003, she has had more time to work on her own creations.
From her home studio,Gorman works in various mediums. The showing in Lawrence is of her highly-manipulated photographs and oil paintings, using bold splashes of bright colors. She has received inspiration from her 10-year-old niece, Emma, making her an angel every Christmas. Each angel is unique, and Gorman has made stained glass, wire, and hand-made paper angels, to name a few. All of Emma’s angels have coppery, curly hair just like their namesake.
Gorman’s warm and cozy home is a reflection of the artist and the works of her friends and family. Artwork is everywhere, and each piece has a story or sentiment attached, including a trio of Italian scenes she painted in watercolor during a trip to Florence, and the oil still life over the mantel painted by her good friend, artist Rod Schuch. From her cheery studio overlooking her woodsy back yard, she has a constant work-in-progress under the careful watch of her rescue companions, lab-mix Margo Joy, and cats Kelly Green and Miss Lydia.
Gorman has had several showings during the past few years, including the Community Christian Church, Unity of Overland Park, a coffee shop on Wornall, and East Market Studios in downtown Kansas City. Her current show at Do’s Deluxe, 416 East 9th Street in Lawrence, opened last week and runs through December 29, 2012.


  1. Congratulations to Mary for this show. Thanks for covering it. Very soon Grandview and SKC artists will be able to submit their work for consideration in the City Hall's entranceway and at The View thanks to work being done behind the scenes by the Grandview Arts Council. The Council invites all artists to a Jan. mixer at the View on Jan. 23 from 6-8 PM to learn how to become more involved.
    Brenda Clevenger, Grandview Arts Council Secretary