Michael J. Malone
Douglas County Law Library

Judicial and Law Enforcement Center
111 East 11th Street
Lawrence, Kansas 66044
Phone: (785) 838-2477
Fax: (785) 838-2455

Michael J. Malone
Douglas County Law Library
Art Gallery

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The Michael J. Malone Douglas County Law Library maintains gallery space for local artists to display their original work. Exhibitions for individual artists usually last for two months. Information on current and future exhibitions is below. Information on how to exhibit in the Gallery is at the bottom of this page.


Current Exhibition:

April/May 2015 -- Pastels by Cris Chapin.

Artist's Statement

Art has always been a part of my life. I began my career as a junior high school art and photography teacher. I studied textile design, spent many years as a graphic designer and finally taught for several years at the college level. During all of these career changes, art was the common thread. After many detours, I discovered pastels. I love the vividness and tactile softness that pastels offer and the interplay of layers of color. I often use a watercolor underpainting as a basis for the pastel layers in my work. This creates the interaction of transparent and opaque mediums which adds to the visual quality of the final piece.

One of my favorite things to paint is the Flint Hills. I grew up in south central Kansas and now live in northeast Kansas. I frequently travel through the Flint Hills, often stopping to take photos. I have painted scenes from both Waubunsee and Chase Counties. I love the vibrant colors and the softly rolling hills.

About Pastels:

Pastels are made with pure pigment, pure color, which accounts for their richness and brilliance. These fine pigments, without the liquid binders found in oil paints, will not fade, crack or yellow over time. Since the 16th century museums have collected pastel works that remain as vibrant today as the day they were created. Famous pastel artists include Degas, Cassatt, Renoir, Gauguin, Manet and Da Vinci. I use only archival materials for my paintings. If properly taken care of, a pastel painting will last for many lifetimes. Pastel is one of the most permanent art mediums in existence. The 100% rag board or sanded paper support for my pastel paintings is made of the same natural fibers as artist’s canvas and will last as long or longer.

All of the pieces in the exhibit are for sale from the artist.

Next Exhibition:

June/July 2015 -- Oil Paintings by Charlotte Neese.

Future Exhibitions:

August/September 2015 -- Paintings by Alice Minghsiang Kuo.

Recent Exhibitions:


January -- Photography by Tony Peterson.
February/March -- Paintings by Mary Jane Grinter.

Past Exhibitions: 2004 - 2014

To Exhibit:

Contact the Law Library at (785) 838-2477 or info@douglascolawlibrary.org. An Exhibition Agreement will need to be completed and signed by the artist and a representative of the Art Gallery no later than the day the exhibition is installed. Copies of the Agreement are available from the Law Library.

For more information, contact the Law Library at: info@douglascolawlibrary.org.

Comments to: Webmaster: Kerry Altenbernd, Law Librarian, Michael J. Malone Douglas County Law Library, Judicial and Law Enforcement Center, 111 East 11th Street, Lawrence, KS  66044.

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Created: April 6, 2004; Revised: April 7, 2015