Thanks to all the family, friends, and strangers who came to the Yankey Family Show last Friday. Here is the welcoming write up that our dear friend composed for the event.
Yankey Family Show
I remember walking onto the Yankey family’s farm for the first time when I was fifteen and feeling as if I had been transported completely out of time. The property was covered with work stations, installations, and galleries, some intentional and some not. From Kiv’s ceramics studio on the back porch, to Halsey’s wood-working shed, to the bedroom walls Lindsey and Kelsey covered in paint and collage, the farm was a preternatural place where artistic expression and production was king. There were robots formed from two by fours, surrealistic landscapes spread across bedroom ceilings, and paper mobiles comprised of dreamy-eyed, long-beaked birds. As you tour the Yankey Family Art Show, I am sure you will also experience the magic that occurs when these distinct talents coalesce in one place.
Emily Hensley, Yankey Family Friend
Kivel Yankey studied visual arts at Wichita State University and the Kansas City Art Institute. His artwork is on permanent collection at both the Wichita Art Museum and the Sheldon Museum of Art (Lincoln, NE). He has produced commissioned works for the Dwight D. Eisenhower Nuclear Training Center, Wolf Creek Generating Station, as well as public art for Garden City, KS and the historic Delano neighborhood of Wichita, KS. He lives in Leon, KS.
Kelsey Yankey earned a BFA from Kansas University’s School of Fine Arts, majoring in Painting. She lives in Lawrence, KS and works as a caregiver in the community. She will have work on display at The Merc from November 1st-30th.
Lindsey Yankey earned a BFA from Kansas University’s School of Fine Arts, majoring in Visual Communication. Lindsey lives in Lawrence, KS and is a published writer and illustrator. She also works at the Dusty Bookshelf. She currently has more of her work on display at WheatFields Bakery, which will be up thru the month of November.
Halsey Yankey earned a BFA from Kansas University’s School of Design and Urban Planning, majoring in Photography. He lives in Lawrence, KS and works at the Lawrence Humane Society. In addition to working with high needs animals, he is currently building a stand-up bass in the kitchen of his house, also known as the “Slanty Shanty.”