Invitation to Opening of Exhibit “The Eyes of a Stranger”

(Banner in the shop, before hanging the show, with Bob Regier.)

It’s here. Finally. Some of you have been asking what and when is this art exhibit I keep hinting about.  Well, it’s now, or at least – tomorrow!

In my essay, “You might not have to die“, I posted a short “bucket list”:

I ALWAYS have a list of things to do…  If life is shorter than expected (or maybe, even if not..), I’d like to:

  • Put a lot more on my website that reflects the things I’ve thought about, as well as my journal from Chad, speeches, etc.
  • Write a lot more letters/respond to emails and be a lot better about keeping in touch.  Maybe even make some phone calls.
  • Have an exhibition of photos, primarily portraits.  It would be great to do it at a Final Friday gallery in Wichita since we went regularly for so many years.
  • Go home in time to have the house arranged like it will stay for the next five years after I’m gone.  Dave does not like change, and if the house is not “homey” when I go, it won’t be for a very long time after!

One of those, the “exhibition of photos, primarily portraits” has already happened once in India, at Woodstock School. Unfortunately, it happened after we left so abruptly. I was unable to bring those printed/framed photos home with me to show here.  Many thanks to Pete Wildman and the Woodstock Development Office for doing that show!

Now – tomorrow – the Final Friday part of that wish is coming true as well! Even before we were back in the US last summer, Marilyn Grisham, artist/owner of The Fiber Studio, offered to host a show for me! To us, this was absolutely the best possible option – Fiber Studio is one of the most well-regarded, best established galleries in Wichita! Marilyn’s fiber art has been featured in many places, including as KMUW’s design for donor premiums. An example of a woven tapestry is here.

With Marilyn offering the space, the idea just kept growing. Bob Regier, an art professor emeritus (one of MY art professors) from Bethel College joined the project, as did Chuck Regier, Joel Gaeddert, as well as Evan Fast and Abe Regier from Flint Hills Studio. Assistance with funding came from my dear sis & brother-inplaw, Birdie & Tim Vander Molen, Bob & Vernette Regier, Paul &  Wilma Friesen (another art professor in the day) and Dave and Marilyn Grisham.

It has all come together incredibly well, I simply could not have done all of this, so well, on my own! We hung the show yesterday and it opens with an artist’s (hey, that’s me!) reception tomorrow (Wed., June 22nd) from 4-9 pm at The Fiber Studio at 418 Commerce Street in Wichita, KS.


Some of you have an excuse for not coming… (other side of the world and/or out-of-state are both acceptable reasons for non-attendance…), but I hope many of you will be able to come, share some Indian goodies and enjoy the 30 portraits of ordinary, and not-so-ordinary people we encountered during our (far too short) one year in India.

Click the link below to see a flyer which includes the “Artist’s statement” which I will expand upon when I have time later today – after my doctor’s appointment.  I will add more photos later – but – “gotta fly now”.



These are the information boards that go with the photos. Each photo has a caption and a secondary photo that gives more context to the situation or person in the portrait. Several photos have QR codes that those with smart phones can use to view a short video related to the photo.

Click on this link  to read my  Artist’s statement


Below: Bob and Vernette figuring out where to hang the information panels.

Directions on Google Maps from Newton, KS: See map at

Take I-135 S until exit 6A.
Merge onto US-400 West /US-54 West
Take the exit toward Washington Ave (.2 mi.)
Turn Right onto S. Washington St. (.2 mi.)
Turn left onto E. Waterman St. (.3 mi.)
Take the 2nd left onto S. Commerce (266 feet)
The studio is on the left (east side of the street) and is handicapped accessible.

The exhibit is also open to the public for the Final Friday Gallery Crawl on Friday evening, 6-10 pm, or you can telephone Marilyn and David Grisham and set a time (they live above her studio/gallery). Their number is 316.303.1996, her email address is

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2 Responses to Invitation to Opening of Exhibit “The Eyes of a Stranger”

  1. Dana Crider says:

    Dear Cookie and Dave, We have arrived in Mechanicsburg, Pa, at my Mom’s house and will be here till 12th July when we head off to Indiana for Jonathan’s wedding. We hope to call you some morning or afternoon? We are late for your exhibit, but we need an address for delivery of your pictures from India. We have a 19.5 kg box of all pictures and some frames (minus the glass) to get to you ASAP. Please send us (or phone) your address & phone number.

    All Love, Dana and Judy

    • cookie says:

      Welcome “home”, I wish our paths could physically cross, but I look forward to a telephone visit! Will send an email with details for mailing photos.
      Love you much, Cookie

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