Artists retrospective exhibit to begin at Mercer Gallery

GARDEN CITY — The Mercer Gallery at Garden City Community College will host a 50-year retrospective of Elwyn Vatcher’s mixed media artwork from Monday, Oct. 18 through Friday, Nov. 5.

Vatcher has a wide range of abilities, from realistic oil paintings to stained glass windows to whimsical found-object sculptures.

Vatcher has committed his entire adult life to pursuits in the visual arts. Born in Exeter and raised in Hampton Falls, N.H., he became inspired by art as a boy while working on a dairy farm. He would enjoy the farmer’s wife’s pie and ice cream during breaks while watching her paint. This inspired him to take up painting.

He won several awards during high school, including a state competition that sent him to nationals, where he won honorable mention. After serving time in the U.S. Marine Corps, he attended the Art Institute of Boston and received an Associate of Fine Arts Degree.

Currently residing in Goodland, Elwyn and his wife, Rosalee, moved to Kansas in 1989. Since then, he has exhibited art all over western Kansas and won numerous awards, including Grand Champions at the Northwest Kansas District Free Fair.

Currently, he owns his own studio, Elwyn Road Studio, and exhibits his art at the Carnegie Arts Center in Goodland, where he has served on the board of directors for over a decade.

A closing reception will take place on Nov. 5th from 4 to 6 pm in conjunction with the First Friday Arts Walk put on by Garden City Arts.

The Mercer Gallery is open Monday through Wednesday, from 9 am to 4 pm, Thursdays from 9 am to 10 pm, and Fridays from 9 am until 4 pm. For information, contact Gallery Director, Michael Knutson at