Kansas artists Stan Herd and Louis Copt joined me for the book-signing at Topeka’s SouthWind Gallery. That’s my friend Amy (!) on the right. She’s a childhood friend who is mentioned in the book several times.
Stan and Louis were mentioned in the book as well. I wrote about them in 2003 when they came to Emporia to paint the mural at 7th & Merchant. That piece is called “Hangin’ With Louis and Stan.”
They are both incredible artists. Stan is well-known for his crop art around the country. And Louis, who grew up in Emporia, is famous for his prairie fire paintings. I’m partial to Louie’s Kansas landscapes because no one paints a Kansas sky like Louis Copt.
Friends Carol and Max Yoho came in and Max brought in one of his new books and signed it as I signed theirs. Max has just released With the Wisdom of Owls and I look forward to reading that. I met Max and Carol probably about 10 years ago at the Tallgrass Writing Workshop which is held every summer at Emporia State University.
A few Topeka cousins dropped by. That’s Jane. And look at the gorgeous Kansas landscapes that I had for a backdrop at SouthWind Gallery.
Had a surprise visit from a TV photojournalist.
SouthWind Gallery sure knows how to get the word out to media. Great job, you guys! They had me on TV, in the paper, on the Internet.
Also, yesterday Kansas Public Radio aired an interview with me and that had reached a lot of the folks who came in. You can listen to that interview here.