|Shown here is the final rotation in The Phantom Art Gallery Project's initial location before the start of renovation and occupation by a new tenant, an antique shop. An abstraction in oil by John Nichols of Wichita (left), a cast paper relief by Ty Smith of Wichita and a colorful abstraction by Chris Poelma inhabit the foreground in this photograph of the Project. A posthumous display of framed paintings from the 1940's by the late Fred Wassall, graciously loaned by his poetess wife, Irma, are seen in the center. A landscape by Valley Center painter Carol Robbins is flanked by a somber abstraction by John Nichols of Wichita and a seascape in oil by Lee Mann of Valley Center (far right).|
|On September 20, 1990, Channel 10 News aired an expanded story on the new Phantom Art Gallery Project and its Director.|
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CHANNEL 10 NEWS AT 6 O'CLOCK SEPTEMBER 20TH, 1990
ROSE STANLEY: "If we're talking about artists and we are..."
MARK ALLAN: "KAKE's Chris Frank explains from the scenes of despair come works of art."
(Footage of C. Matthew Foley painting)
C. MATTHEW FOLEY: "My paintings are designed to titillate, to excite..."
CHRIS FRANK: "The excitement Foley and other Wichita artists are creating is in downtown."
(Footage of Phantom Art)
FOLEY: "The Phantom Art Gallery Project is a project to enhance downtown, to work as an educational tool, to expose the citizenry of Wichita to contemporary art, which is sometimes harder to see in the Midwest, than, say, a major cultural center like New York."
FRANK: "Several downtown store fronts, which once displayed merchants' wares are now displaying the talents of local artists."
(Footage of Foley hanging artwork)
FOLEY: "We're going to provide this, what we call Strategic Urban Edification, for the benefit of the community at large, and we hope everybody appreciates it."
FRANK: "Foley also says the New Art Examiner, a major art publication, will soon be coming to Wichita to review the exhibitions, so we're going nationwide."
STANLEY:" All right! And I'm going to remember that term too. Strategic Urban Edification."
ALLAN: "I've never heard it called that before, but I like it!"
STANLEY: "We'll call it SUE for short. (Laughter) We'll see you again tomorrow. Thanks for joining us."
(END OF BROADCAST)
[Paintings by Don Secondine, C. Matthew Foley, Dan Beck, Ian Ratowski, and Mark Zimmermann were featured in this story.]
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