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Independence Historical Museum & Art Center 8th and Myrtle
PO Box 294
Independence, KS 67301


10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
--Tues - Sat
Closed Sunday and Monday

Admission Fee
$5.00 Adults
$3.00 Ages 6-18
Free - Ages 5 & Under
Free Active Military

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Art Center

About the Art Center

The Independence Historical Museum and Art Center is proud to expand its mission to focus on an "Art Center." The museum has over 100 permanent artworks that adorn the Exhibit Hall and the lower level hallways. The annual Verdigris Valley Art Exhibit is in its 65th year and offers an opportunity for area artists to enter an adjudicated show. Click here for the VVAE 2018

Artists meet every two weeks from 9AM to 12 noon. Artists are welcome to come paint watercolors in a group environment. Each artist brings their own equipment and talents for a fun time. Fill out request to be put on the notice of meeting dates.

Fun activities of our Members

Painting the carousel at Riverside Park and Zoo.

Artists that have provided training sessions for our members

Monte Toon

In 1969, Monte Toon began his career as a watercolorist. He credits the late Charles Sanderson of Wichita, Kansas, with setting him on his life-long path of watercolor painting. Sanderson inspired new approaches and techniques. Later, the works of Winslow Homer, Andrew Wyeth and Edward Hopper would influence Toon's work. More than 41 years experience has defined Toon's style in his exclusive use of watercolor.

In 1991, a turning point occurred in Toon's work. Travels in Canada, New England and the east coast broadened his range of subject matter. By setting goals and directions of purpose, Monte enhanced and elevated his works to new heights resulting in numerous solo shows of merit. He refers to this change as a re-dedication to his watercolors.

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Dwane Taylor

Dwane Taylor, watercolorist of the Yukon, Oklahoma, Moon River Studio. Having lived in Sedan, Kansas, in 1985 to '91, Taylor looks forward to returning to the area. Taylor is well-known for the vivid colors he uses in his landscapes. Having given a number of workshops in Independence while living in Sedan, Taylor's inspirational talents still echo in the works of local artists.

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Cristine Sunquist

Originally from St. Louis, Cristine has studied drawing and painting from the age of 12. Her early art education came from private art instructors and workshops at Washington University and the St. Louis Art Museum. She later studied Fine Arts and Art Education at the University of Kansas. Her appreciation for the uniqueness of people, as well as nature, is conveyed in each portrait or landscape painting. Cristine has a constant fascination with solving the problems of light, composition, and color in each painting and drawing endeavor.

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Rob Morgan

Rob Morgan is a local professional photographer. He hosts the Photography Club at the museum. He also is a part of and teaches classes at the Eclectix Art Gallery in Independence, KS where his work is on exhibit Tuesdays - Saturdays