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An Artist's Perspective: Another Look, Diane Thomas Lincoln

On June 5, 2012, the Wichita community suffered a huge loss when one of our great local artists, Diane Thomas Lincoln passed away. The loss was sudden. This beautiful soul and talent, with a heart as big as the sun was here smiling one day and simply gone the next.

The art community felt the instant vacuum. A hugely gifted painter, professor, mentor to so many, and specialist in the restoration of liturgical work, historical buildings, and objects, Diane could never be replaced, and everyone in the Wichita Arts community knew it.

What hurt the most was her husband, Gary Lincoln, himself a hugely talented artist with an equally huge heart, was left to carry on and try to preserve Diane's huge legacy. A tall order for anyone with a broken heart.

And now, after 4-1/2 years, Gary Lincoln has gone through Diane's studio, found and re-opened long wrapped paintings and mixed media collages, and generously presents them in an exhibit titled Another Look--Diane Thomas Lincoln, 1948 - 2012.

And when you see this glorious exhibit, showing at Fiber Arts Studio through December 30, you will recognize that it is a labor of love.

A colorful and soulfully rich collection of religious maquettes, Kansas landscapes, prints, and collages done on Japanese fans makes this show a treat for the eye. And these works are for sale.

Gary Lincoln explained how hard it was for him to sell Diane's work, but reconciled himself to the fact that they would go to wonderful homes where they could keep on living... and he might have a chance to visit them from time to time.

I'm thinking of you Gary Lincoln, artist, teacher, and also mentor to so many.