Larry Peters has a bachelor of fine arts degree from Washburn University and a master of fine arts degree from Southern Illinois University. Now retired, Peters was director of the Alice C. Sabatini Gallery at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library and has been a curator, juror and panelist for the Kansas Museum Association.
Peters’ work has been featured in numerous exhibitions, including the Art in the Embassies program in Afghanistan, Singapore and Greece.
Peters is exhibiting a new sculptural series he calls “Fetish Jars,” that depicts various birds as lid handles, as well as a collection of mixed-media work inspired by his readings on the Holocaust of World War II, in which more than six million Jews were murdered by the Nazi regime.
The collages incorporate watercolor and printmaking papers, wine bottle wrappers and roofing felt to create blue and gray striping that represents “the pajama-like clothing issued in concentration and extermination camps,” Peters said.
“After reading so much material, I knew something had to come out of it,” he said. “Many people don’t want to remember the Holocaust or have it thrust in their faces. I wanted to help keep the memories alive.”