'Art is a feeling experience'


Marione Martin

Virgil Penner's work is known for bright colors and sensse of movement. His paitings are on display this month at Graceful Arts Gallery in Alva.

Artist Virgil Penner likes to tell people he's so sweet because he had eight years of Candy, Candy School that is. Growing up on a farm east of Newton, Kansas, he attended a one room school named Candy. He has lived around the Newton area all of his life.

In the seventh and eighth grades, Penner had a "grandma teacher," a woman who volunteered to teach when they couldn't fill the position. Twice a week, their teacher would have them go outside for an hour and look at nature. Then the students would come back inside and write a poem or draw a picture based on what they saw. "That really kind...

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