Topeka’s leading art gallery is expanding its brand to north-central Kansas through involvement in a student art exhibition organized by USD 379. The visit by Gary Blitsch, SouthWind owner, and Tyler Quintin, assistant gallery director, recently received top play in The Clay Center Dispatch. We love making headlines and thought we would share here.

Gary and Tyler¬†shared stories of their unique journeys in the art industry to a crowd of about 25 on Feb. 16,2017 . Gary’s knowledge about the art business and Tyler’s insight as an award-winning, up-and-coming artist provided guests with a well-rounded look at the art field.

The benefits of this outreach event for SouthWind are two-fold. The participants, mostly high school students, gained important information that will prepare them for the real world and received critiques of their works. SouthWind loves providing inspiration to artists.

Washburn University is a big part of Tyler’s story, and everyone witnessed Tyler’s passion for his alma mater, where he was a Barbara L. Buzick scholar, which is a four-year full tuition scholarship. It showed the high school students that there is financial help for art majors and that they don’t have to attend college too far from home to find an excellent program.

Gary and Tyler enjoyed learning more about the Clay Center community and its citizens.