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!!