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Jim Hamil

Press Release

   James Russell Hamil at the Muchnic Gallery The Muchnic Gallery at 704 North Fourth in Atchison, Kansas is currently featuring Kansas artist Jim Harmil, a former "featured artist" at the Riverbend Art Show. The Muchnic Gallery is located in an ornate Victorian Mansion that features intricate woodwork and beautiful stained glass windows. The first floor of the mansion is furnished as a show home and the Gallery space is on the second floor. The mansion was built in 1885 and features intricate woodwork, detailed parquet floors, hand tooled leather, beautiful stained glass windows and opulent furnishings. It has 14 rooms in three stories and is designed in the Shaw-Nesfield style with charming eyebrow windows high on the roofline and unusual balconies including a widow's walk.

   This exhibition includes 31 paintings created in Hamil's Overland Parks studio. In additions to his well known Midwestern themes that appear as illustrations for the book Farmland USA and Return to Kansas, the show will also present his watercolor impressions of California, the Greek Islands and Switzerland as well as those from a recent trip to Southern France. The artist will greet guests and speak about his travels and his work at an artist's reception on July 13 from 5:30PM to 8:OOPM at the Gallery. Jazz pianist, Jeremy Gragaier, will provide the musical setting for this gala reception. This event is free and open to the public. Hamil's exhibition will be at the Muchnic through August 29. Gallery Hours are Wednesday 10-5 and Saturday and Sunday 1-5.

   This exhibition is sponsored by the Atchison Art Association, a not for profit organization that not only maintains the Gallery exhibition spaces, but hosts art related social and educational activities throughout the year. If you would like membership information, have questions regarding this exhibition, would like to schedule a tour of the Muchnic Gallery or plan a luncheon or special event, please contact Gloria Davis, Executive Director of the Atchison Art Association at 913-367-4ART, Fax 913-367-2939, e-mail atchart@ponyexpress. net.

(Image Gallery of Jim Hamil)

Complete Artist History

   Jim graduated from the University of Kansas in Is 95 8 (BFA), He worked for Hallmark Cards from 1958 to 1973 when he began his career as a free lance artist.

    Since 1973 Jim has devoted full Time to painting for commissions and exhibitions, and to related artwork. His dealer, the American Legacy Gallery, sells both originals and Prints in the KC area. He is represented by Galleries in Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma other galleries in Missouri and elsewhere. In addition to painting, Jim conducts workshops, does painting demonstrations and does work for a variety of publications His prints, books and calendars are available in galleries and stores, and can be found in homes across the country.

   Among the books and articles published are Farmland, USA (over 15,000 sold), Return to Kansas (over 17,000 sold) and "Bringing Life to Your Skies" Artist's Magazine.

    His illustrations have appeared in many other publications including Colorado Mountains, Nebraska, There's No Place Like It, Telephone Talk, KC Star magazine, Homes and Gardens Magazine, The K C Journal magazine and Omaha National Bank, Annual Report (which won the gold award Chanter Banks Annual Report (a history of Missouri which won the Omni award), Kansas Medicine, the publication n of the Kan as Medical Society), yearly agricultural reports fork the Kansas Dept. of Agriculture Kansas Geological Survey publications and many others.

   Jim has published over fifty limited edition prints. Many of them illustrate the beauty of Kansas, Missouri, Colorado and the Caribbean. In 1990 Governor Hayden named Jim "Governor's Artist" and presented a print of the Flint Hills to all members of the Kansas Legislature Jim's prints have been used as fundraisers by a number of organizations including Campaign Kansas-- schools of education and KU Alumni Association, K-State Alumni Association, Baker University, the Shawnee Mission Indian Mission, Bethany Hospital, Liberty Lions Club, Johnson County Arts Council, and other civic groups He also has done note paper cards and specialty prints for the JC Nichols Co., Black and Veatch, Gillis Home St Mary's Hospital Bethany Medical Center, Johnson County Bard,, City of Overland Park, the NCAA and several schools in the KC area.

    He has had shows throughout the Midwest -- at the Birger Sandzen Gallery in Lindsborg Bowlus Fine Arts Center in Iola Wichita Arts Association, the Morton Galleries in Hutchison and at their Fine Arts Center, the Northwestern Savings and Loan in Clay Center, KU Regents Center, Mission Hills and Prairie Village City Halls Kansas National Bank, Johnson County Bank; and the Rotunda, Capitol Building in Topeka.

   During the years , Jim has received awards in national and regional shows He has exhibited in Watercolor USA, in the Watercolor USA Honor Society shows, both on site and traveling, Brownsville Art League Shows, Kansas Watercolor Society shows, American Royal, Art Shows, and has been featured artist for the Riverbend show in Atchison and is represented by two works in their local Muchnic Gallery featured artist for the St. Joseph show and Cedar Creek commissioned a painting to be used as a poster to publicize their shows. He has been honored as the recipient of the American Royal Western Artist of the Year award and the Kansas Governor's Arts Award as of the year. He was included in the book of Kansas Arts and Crafts and one of his paintings traveled to Washington, DC as part of the Kansas Landscape exhibit. Jim M. has served on juries for regional and national shows. A few include Atchison River Bend Show, the KC Museum Heritage Show., Cedar Creek's Hidden Glenn.

    Jim has conducted workshops and done demonstrations for a variety of watercolor societies, art guilds and art associations across the country in California- the Wine Country Workshops (Calistoga, Sutter Creek), Santa Rosa Arts Association the Marin County Watercolor Society, Saratoga Watercolor Society, in Oregon, Newport Arts Association, in Colorado, Steamboat Springs Aspen, Colorado Springs Art, Guild: "in Nebraska, art guilds in Fremont Scott's Bluff, O'Neill, Norfolk, Hastings, and Ogalalla: ill Kansas, Russel, Manhattan, Overland Park., Lindsborg, Wichita, Topeka, Clay Centel, KC Ks., Hutchinson, Prairie Village, Garden City, in Arkansas, Bella Vista, War Eagle, in Oklahoma, Bartlesville; in Texas, Richardson.

    He also does demonstrations/teaching for school age _groups (elementary, secondary, and college age), He has done so in dozens of schools in the Kansas City area and in districts in Texas, Colorado, Oklahoma and across Missouri and Kansas. He has produced a video showing a series of painting demonstrations with elementary students. Sharing the love for the medium helps to inspire young people. "Thank you for your gift of sharing ... it was most valuable because my students could see that your 'magic' is very real. Your talent and style promoted lots of learning among us all." Kathleen Murphy, teacher.

   Jim shares his talents in other ways as well. He makes numerous donations of paintings, prints and books to charities for fund raising events. For example, Public television (channel 19), church groups, MS Society, Cancer Society, Alzeimers's Association, Cystic Fibrosis Assoc., Gillis Home, Osanam Home, PTA/school groups and many other organizations.

    His works are represented in the corporate and personal collections of the Eisenhower family, Senators Dole, Pearson, and Langworthy, American Telephone and Telegraph, Boatman's Bank, Omaha National Bank, the Garney Companies, E.I. DuPont Company, Sprint, Farmland Industries, Hesston Corporation, Home State., Bank, Weston Electric Company, 'Marriott Hotel (Overland Park), Johnson County National Bank, IC Nichols Company, Watson Ess Marshall and Enggas Shook Hardy and Bacon, Shughart Thomson and Kilroy, Holbrook Ellis and Heaven, Niewald Waldeck Norris and Brown and many others.

    Senator Dole, in a letter to Jim, said, "Jim, keep up the good work. You have done a great job in showing the rest of the world the beauty or our home state."

   Senator Kassebaum said: I've given copies (of Return to Kansas) as gifts to the presidents of Senegal, Botswana, Sudan and Somalia, "...My admiration and, appreciation for such a beautiful work of art about a Very special place - Kansas!"

(Image Gallery of Jim Hamil)

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