Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art presents “Water Stories by Lynn Benson”

It was a bright warm day when I delivered final artwork for “Water Stories by Lynn Benson” to The Beach Museum of Art in Manhattan, Kansas. You can imagine my excitement when Registrar, Sarah Price, showed me this banner, installed in advance of opening day, February 13th. (Show closes Saturday, May 26th)

Both the banner image above, featuring Ganges Delta, and the image below, Kansas City 1951, are beautifully adapted within publicity materials for the exhibition.

You’ll see individual Drops in Petri Dishes (as above) cleverly displayed alongside Waterplaces, a suite of 101 drawings on paper vellum, being unveiled for the first time in their new home at the Beach. The photos don’t convey the gorgeous deep blue background color which, along with the expert lighting, make the works pop!

Second graders learning about water and more from Education Director, Katherine Schlageck. This makes me happy!!

More expertise from the exhibit design staff! Total surprise!

Thanks to Museum Director, Linda Duke, and to Curator, Aileen Wang, for developing an extended calendar (below) including exciting collaborative events with The Volland Store Gallery where a second solo show goes up May 5, 2018, providing a month of overlap through May. Please note details below…


Telling Water’s Story: Art, Science, and Narrative, featuring Cynthia Barnett, Peter Dorhout, and Lynn Benson  Thursday, March 8, 2018, 5:30 pm.    Presentation by journalist and author Cynthia Barnett, followed by a conversation on how the visual arts, scientific practice, and journalism intersect in tackling environmental challenges. Panelists include K-State Vice President for Research and Professor of Chemistry Peter Dorhout and 2018 Gift Print artist Lynn Benson. Cynthia Barnett’s most recent book is award-winning “Rain: A Natural and Cultural History.” Moderated by Beach Museum of Art Director Linda Duke.

Artist Talk by Lynn Benson Thursday, April 5, 2018, 5:30 p.m   Artist Lynn Benson will share details about making the 2018 Beach Museum of Art Gift Print and other recent projects. Light refreshments served.

AT THE VOLLAND STORE GALLERY, 24098 Volland Road, Alma, Kansas:

Telling Water’s Story: Art, Science and Narrative Saturday, March 10, 2018, 1 p.m.   Presentation by journalist and author Cynthia Barnett, followed by a conversation with Jeff Davidson, K-State watershed specialist….Sign up for a pre-event lunch with the speakers on the “Happenings” page at, or call 785-499-3616.

River Compositions by Lynn Benson  May 5 – July 15, 2018   Exhibition of new works by Lynn Benson. Open Saturdays and Sundays, Noon-5 p.m., and by appointment. OPENING RECEPTION: Sunday, May 6; Artist will speak at 2:00 p.m.

Curator’s Talk by Aileen June Wang on the art of Lynn Benson  May 20, 2018, 2 p.m.

Come experience these beautiful and smart venues in the Flint Hills!!

“Dancing on the Table” at the Beach Museum of Art

The Friends of the Beach Museum of Art, at Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas, commissions a limited-edition print by a recognized Kansas artist for sale to Friends and the public each year, starting in 1934…

A hearty thank you to curator Aileen June Wang for inviting me to be the 2018 Friends of the Beach Museum of Art Gift Print Artist!

Herein are a few notes and photos from this delightful adventure:

I worked in collaboration with thoughtful and inspiring master printer Aaron Shipps at Bedrock Art Editions in the Crossroads arts district of Kansas City.

Here, I am sharing with Aaron my concept for the first time, sure of the basic design, unsure of how to get there. I had long worked in relief printing and some etchings, but never lithography. There was one element of which we were sure, and that was that there would be actual gold leaf where the “feet” of the wavy vertical lines were in contact with the implied water below.

At one stage I drew a gradated layer which ultimately would be a subtle nuance, bringing a creamier tone to the lower gold/water section and to the lower left hand portion of the print. The drawn lines were to extend beyond the edge of the template. We shifted the upper horizon and sky lines shown here into a higher, broader, smoother effect.

Many sessions later this is one of the final mock-ups. You can see the gold leaf, the “gold chunks” tissue strip which weaves through the cut-out “legs.” The paper layer showing through the “legs” in the large off-white lower section feature three separate applied colors blending into each other and angled from upper left to lower right through Aaron’s expertise!

The sky section has four separate papers above the very dark rich green litho ink stretching across the print. I then hand-applied colored pencil on top of that dark green on each print, employing as many as 5 colors on some, always leaving the original darker color to show at the bottom, up against the snappier inked horizon colors.

Leftover legs from the table dancers………………

Lined up and ready to sign.

There (were) ten available for purchase through The Beach. For information about purchasing a gift print, call 785-532-7718 or go to

It’s official when you see it framed and hanging on the wall!!  (The Gift Print Artist gets a SOLO SHOW!!)