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We believe that everyone should have the opportunity to express themselves through the arts, regardless of their abilities. Our exhibitions are designed to provide a platform for artists with disabilities to share their unique perspectives with the world.

2024 Envision Arts Gallery Events Calendar Summary

JANUARY 5 - MARCH 29

 Art & Science Intertwined: A Physician/Artist's Visual Journey

5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
ENVISION ARTS GALLERY AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT CENTER | MAIN GALLERY

Nancy Tilson-Mallett in partnership with Envision University

Art Mediums: silk paintings and complex cloth adorned with embroidery, felting, and beading.

As a retired academic physician, Nancy Tilson-Mallett brings her expertise in Internal Medicine and Hospice and Palliative Care into her vibrant artwork. At the heart of this exhibition is her personal encounter with glaucoma, diagnosed at age 45. Fascinated by the technical images of her retina and optic nerve, she translates these diagnostic studies into a series of unique and visually stunning interpretations on canvas. The exhibition showcases her deep connection with the microscopic and biological aspects revealed in medical imagery.

First Friday, January 5

5:00 - 9:00 PM

801 E. Douglas Ave, Suite 106

Wichita, Kansas 67202

Free and open to the public

On display January 5 through March 29 in the Main Gallery.

FEBRUARY 2-23

Amazing Discoveries by Verlene Mahomes

5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
ENVISION ARTS GALLERY AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT CENTER | PATRICIA A. PEER WINDOW GALLERY


Art Mediums: tactile paintings

Verlene Mahomes is a multi-disciplinary artist whose works in painting, sculpture, and ceramics have been widely shown globally and throughout the Central Great Plains. Based in Wichita, Ks, Mahomes was born in Haskell Ok. and studied painting at Langston University, where she earned her BA degree in Education. She has also studied painting and ceramics at Wichita State University’s Graduate Program in Studio Art. Verlene Mahomes is the owner and CEO of Passionate Petals Fine Arts LLC. 

Mahomes has exhibited work through the Kansas African American Museum, the African American Museum of Dallas, the Wichita Art Museum, Owen’s Museum in Guthrie, Ok, as well as being included in the Smithsonian Museum's Companion Exhibitions A Place for All People

Verlene and her art have been featured on KAKE News, The Wichita Beacon and other newspapers throughout the Midwest. 

First Friday, February 2

5:00 - 9:00 PM

801 E. Douglas Ave, Suite 106

Wichita, Kansas 67202

Free and open to the public

On display February 2 - 23 in the Patricia A. Peer Window Gallery.

MARCH 1 -29

Dancing Colors by Denae Adwell

5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
ENVISION ARTS GALLERY AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT CENTER | PATRICIA A. PEER WINDOW GALLERY


Art Mediums: paintings

Solo exhibition in the Patricia A. Peer Window Gallery featuring artist Denae Adwell. 

First Friday, March 1

5:00 - 9:00 PM

801 E. Douglas Ave, Suite 106

Wichita, Kansas 67202

Free and open to the public

On display March 1 - 29 in the Patricia A. Peer Window Gallery.

APRIL 5 - 26

Heartspring 

5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
ENVISION ARTS GALLERY AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT CENTER | PATRICIA A. PEER WINDOW GALLERY


Art Mediums: open

In 1934, Heartspring was founded as “The Institute of Logopedics,” a nonprofit organization in partnership with Wichita State University. The early service model prioritized children experiencing speech, hearing, and mobility challenges. Located on a beautiful 35-acre campus in Wichita, KS, it is now known as one of the most groundbreaking therapeutic schools and pediatric service centers in the world. Heartspring serves children and young adults with multiple intellectual and developmental needs such as: living with autism; challenges with speech, language, or communication; challenges with mobility and other motor functions; a limited ability to regulate emotions during times of stress; and other pediatric healthcare complexities. Whether your child requires our outpatient services or our intensive therapeutic school, Heartspring paves the path to greater independence.

First Friday, April 5

5:00 - 9:00 PM

801 E. Douglas Ave, Suite 106

Wichita, Kansas 67202

Free and open to the public

On display April 5 - 26  in the Patricia A. Peer Window Gallery.

APRIL 5 - JUNE 28

The American WAY Words by Clarke Reynolds 

5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
ENVISION ARTS GALLERY AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT CENTER | MAIN WINDOW GALLERY


Art Mediums: Painting, Multimedia 

In partnership with VICTA 

Clarke Reynolds, born with limited sight, has navigated a path defined by both challenges and triumphs. His early inspiration from Franz Marc's "The Yellow Cow" ignited a passion for art, leading him to pursue a BA honors degree in model making. Despite setbacks, including the loss of his sight and a career in dental model making, Reynolds' artistic spirit remained undiminished. His discovery of textiles and Braille transformed his creative process, allowing him to explore art through touch and sound.  

His use of dots, inspired by pointillism and Braille, is a recurring motif, symbolizing his journey and the evolving nature of his vision. Through his innovative use of Braille, Reynolds challenges its conventional boundaries, using it as a medium to express the descriptive power of the English language. 

The American Words is more than an art exhibition; it's an interactive experience that invites us to perceive language and communication in new, inclusive ways, emphasizing the joy of discovery through tactile and visual means. 

First Friday, April 5 

5:00 - 9:00 PM

801 E. Douglas Ave, Suite 106

Wichita, Kansas 67202

Free and open to the public

On display April 5 - June 28 in the Main Window Gallery.

MAY 3 - 31

Mental Health Awareness 

5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
ENVISION ARTS GALLERY AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT CENTER | PATRICIA A. PEER WINDOW GALLERY

Mental Health Awareness Month has been observed in the U.S. since 1949 and every year during the month of May, the Envision Arts Gallery will be committed to joining this national movement to raise awareness about mental health. Art is a powerful tool for self-care and mental health. Studies have shown that expression through art can help people with depression, anxiety, and stress. Art has also been linked to improved memory, reasoning, and resilience in aging adults. Together, we will aim to fight stigmas, provide support, educate the public and advocate for policies that support the millions of people in the U.S. affected by mental illness.

Art Mediums: open

Group exhibition in the Patricia A. Peer Window Gallery promoting mental health awareness. 

First Friday, May 3

5:00 - 9:00 PM

801 E. Douglas Ave, Suite 106

Wichita, Kansas 67202

Free and open to the public

On display May 3 - 31 in the Patricia A. Peer Window Gallery.

JUNE 2 - 30

3rd Annual Youth Arts Exhibition 

5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
ENVISION ARTS GALLERY AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT CENTER | PATRICIA A. PEER WINDOW GALLERY


Art Mediums: multimedia and collage 

Group exhibition in the Patricia A. Peer Window Gallery featuring participants from the Envision Child Development Center and After School Art Club.

First Friday, June 2

5:00 - 9:00 PM

801 E. Douglas Ave, Suite 106

Wichita, Kansas 67202

Free and open to the public

On display June 2 - 30 in the Patricia A. Peer Window Gallery.

JULY 5 - 26

American Tapestry Alliance 

5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
ENVISION ARTS GALLERY AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT CENTER | PATRICIA A. PEER WINDOW GALLERY


Art Mediums: open to all mediums

Group exhibition in the Patricia A. Peer Window Gallery featuring participants from American Tapestry Alliance. 

The American Tapestry Alliance (ATA) proudly dedicates itself to a multifaceted mission, fostering a deep appreciation and understanding of the art of tapestry. Through our diverse programs, we aim to shine a spotlight on the intricate and expressive world of tapestries, crafted by individual artists with unparalleled skill and creativity. 

First Friday, July 5

5:00 - 9:00 PM

801 E. Douglas Ave, Suite 106

Wichita, Kansas 67202

Free and open to the public

On display July 5 - 26 in the Patricia A. Peer Window Gallery.

JULY 5 - SEPTEMBER 27

Colors of the Wind by George Mendoza 

5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
ENVISION ARTS GALLERY AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT CENTER | MAIN WINDOW GALLERY


Art Mediums: paintings

The Envision Arts Gallery in partnership with Mary Lynn Oliver and the Ellen Noël Art Museum is proud to welcome George Mendoza and his world-famous exhibition Colors of the Wind. Artist, athlete, and motivational speaker, George Mendoza is famous for creating colorfully vivid dreamscapes that capture the surreal essence of his experience. 

Based in Las Cruces, NM, George Mendoza is a world-renowned artist and writer and the CEO and President of the Wise Tree Foundation, Inc., which was established in 2013 to promote the arts for the disabled. Mendoza went blind when he was 15 and broke the world record for blind athletes running the mile in 4 minutes and 28 seconds in 1980. His art exhibit Colors of the Wind is on view with the National Smithsonian and he has also written a children’s book based on the exhibit. He was the producer for two nationally televised PBS documentaries based on his life story and has won many awards in the arts. Currently, a screenplay based on Mendoza’s life is being developed by writer Daniel Landes. 

First Friday, July 5

5:00 - 9:00 PM

801 E. Douglas Ave, Suite 106

Wichita, Kansas 67202

Free and open to the public

On display July 5 - September 27 in the Main Window Gallery.

AUGUST 2 - 30

Starkey Inc. 

5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
ENVISION ARTS GALLERY AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT CENTER | PATRICIA A. PEER WINDOW GALLERY


Art Mediums: open to all mediums

Group exhibition in the Patricia A. Peer Window Gallery featuring participants from Starkey Inc. Founded in 1930, Starkey is a steadfast supporter of nurturing development and promoting independence for individuals with intellectual disabilities. Through a range of comprehensive programs encompassing employment, residential living, life enrichment, and case management, Starkey has empowered over 500 individuals to lead fulfilling lives. 

First Friday, August 2

5:00 - 9:00 PM

801 E. Douglas Ave, Suite 106

Wichita, Kansas 67202

Free and open to the public

On display August 2 - 30 in the Patricia A. Peer Window Gallery.

SEPTEMBER 6 - 27

The Looking Glass 

5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
ENVISION ARTS GALLERY AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT CENTER | PATRICIA A. PEER WINDOW GALLERY


Art Mediums: open to all mediums 

Group exhibition in the Patricia A. Peer Window Gallery featuring participants from The Looking Glass. The Looking Glass is an arts and education day service program for individuals with cognitive disabilities located in Wichita, KS. 

First Friday, September 6

5:00 - 9:00 PM

801 E. Douglas Ave, Suite 106

Wichita, Kansas 67202

Free and open to the public

On display September 6 - 27 in the Patricia A. Peer Window Gallery.

OCTOBER 4 - 25

Disabled Veterans 

5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
ENVISION ARTS GALLERY AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT CENTER | PATRICIA A. PEER WINDOW GALLERY


Art Mediums: open to all mediums 

First Friday, October 4

5:00 - 9:00 PM

801 E. Douglas Ave, Suite 106

Wichita, Kansas 67202

Free and open to the public

On display October 4 - 25 in the Patricia A. Peer Window Gallery.

NOVEMBER 30 - DECEMBER 14

9th Annual Holiday Market 

5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
ENVISION ARTS GALLERY AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT CENTER | MAIN WINDOW GALLERY


Art Mediums: multimedia, collage, painting, fabric, ceramics, craft, jewelry 

This is a unique event that the Envision Arts Gallery holds yearly during the holidays as an opportunity for artists with disabilities to sell their artwork exclusively from the Envision Arts Gallery. 

First Friday, November 30

5:00 - 9:00 PM

801 E. Douglas Ave, Suite 106

Wichita, Kansas 67202

Free and open to the public

On display November 30 - December 14 in the Main Window Gallery.


Envision, in partnership with the Chicago Lighthouse for the Blind, is proud to introduce a one-of-a-kind artist series of clocks.

Chicago Lighthouse for the Blind has been producing high-quality clocks, made by people who are blind or visually impaired since 1977. And recently launched these special edition clocks, featuring artwork created by people who are blind or visually impaired that are a part of the Envision Arts Program at Envision in Wichita, Kansas.

Each clock is made in the U.S. by people who are blind or visually impaired. To learn more and purchase the clocks, please click here

Two clocks display with artwork from Envision artists. Text says, NEW! Artists series clocks featuring original works by artists who are blind from Envision Arts Gallery. Proceeds support career opportunities for professionals who are blind.

Envision Arts is proud to showcase and exhibit artwork from exceptional artists who are blind or visually impaired. Thank you to all our partners who continue to support the program:

Exploration Place

Magnolia Cafe

ARSI

Liquid Art Winery

A Window into Wichita Art

Downtown Wichita - Gallery Alley

Aloft Hotel - Showcasing over 60 works of art year-round

Colorful paintings by Savannah are displayed in the lobby area at the Aloft Hotel.