The 2nd Ave Art Guild is comprised of a group of area artists who are dedicated to creating a greater awareness of the visual arts.



Dee Maurer


I live in Montezuma, KS.  I have lived there since 1973.  Before coming to Montezuma, I lived in Kansas City, the Los Angeles area, Chicago and Ames, Iowa.  I have three children who live away from this area.  


My life in art started when I was 6 years old.  My mother enrolled me in an art class at the Nelson Art Gallery in Kansas City.  I still have a vivid remembrance of those summer Saturday mornings.


When Ye Wang was at Dodge City Community College, I got brave enough to try his watercolor class.  I found much to my surprise that it wasn't so hard and I loved it from the beginning.  I am very pleased with what I accomplished in his class.


Through the years, I have done everything art or craft oriented that I could possibly get lessons or training to do.  I have taken many classes, have taught myself many crafts and have taught classes in Macrame, wheat weaving, ceramics, oil painting, and many other crafts.

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Jack Stuart


Jack Stuart grew up in Dodge City Kansas, and graduated from Dodge City High School.  While in high school, he took his first sculpture class.  His love for sculpture and ceramics grew from that first class and has continued for forty years.


Jack uses the potter’s wheel to make his functional pieces, but most of his work is hand built.  He will often embellish his had built pieces with textures, natural objects, beads, special stains or glazes, and sees a face in everything.  His family and friends are his greatest supporters and they all claim to have the largest collection of “Jack Art”.


He hopes you enjoy looking at and touching his art as much as he enjoys producing it.  Jack has been heard to say, “touch it, it’s only dirt”, but he has certainly done wonders with “dirt”.

Kris Ball


I would describe my jewelry as vibrant splashes of color.  My inspiration comes form travels to the Caribbean, Hawaii, Russia and from growing up in Western Kansas.  I work in weaving with Japanese seed beads, and making jewelry with lampworked glass beads which I’ve created in my home studio.  


I enjoy creating wearable art, like my hand-dyed silk scarves and jewelry to add splashy touches to everyday life.  I also contribute lampwork beads to the Beads of Courage Program, which provides beads for children receiving cancer treatments to recognize milestones in their journey.

Linda Burke


My name is Linda Burke and my passion for Jewelry making began while admiring a friends’ handmade jewelry.  Growing up, I was always around metal as it was the family business.  It was not the new material that was intriguing. but the many shapes, sizes and colors of the scrap metals that inspired me.


I began taking Jewelry Making classes at DCCC over 3 years ago and I am a founding member of the 2nd Ave Art Guild.  I most enjoy working with silver and copper because they are malleable and have a natural beauty that I find appealing.  The addition of beads, leather or other materials makes an interesting dynamic in the jewelry.


I enjoy the whole process of Jewelry Making.  Doing the work is relaxing, challenging, fun and the finished pieces are rewarding.  I think the best part of it is getting to know the many artisans that are a part of my community.


TaShane Lerch


I miss clay everyday.  So today is what you see when I put a paintbrush in my hand.  I’m interested in keeping things simple, in an organized chaotic manner.  I’m not a planner and I like to use my fingers when I paint.  I’ve been searching for a relationship that works.  For each painting, I used two different colors to convey my ideas.  It’s perfectly fine if you don’t understand.


Art makes me melt like crayons on canvas.  I’m in love with the process of making.  It will never leave me.  It’s one of those things you might find in this life that you get to enjoy until the day you die.  Is this art?  I’m an artist and this is only the beginning.


Patty McGee


Patty has always seen beauty in flowers, trees and nature.  Her art career as a child had a humble beginning with a box of crayons and a “Big Chief” tablet.  She admits are and design are her passions and are reflected in everything she does.


She taught art classes at Happiness Is and Carnegie Center for the Arts, and is a former Executive Director of the Dodge City Area Art Council.  Her career has been associated with the marketing field at Arrowhead West, Inc., as Marketing and Public Relations Manager, owner of Expressions Interior Design, Presbyterian Manor of the Plains as Marketing Director, and with Presbyterian Manors of the Mid-America Corporate Office as Special Projects Coordinator of the “Art Is Ageless” program.


She studied art at Dodge City Community College, Kansas State and Emporia State Universities.  Patty enjoys painting in oil, watercolor, colored pencils and pastels.  Additionally, she has painted with a group called “The Painted Ladies” for the past ten years and became a member of the 2nd Ave Art Guild in 2011.


Patty grew up in Ensign, Kansas, attended schools there and lives in Dodge City with her husband, Duane McGee.  She also creates art in her love for garden design as evidence by the gardens surrounding her home and the creation of her wonderful children, Michelle, Cammy, Michael and Christa and 8 beautiful grandchildren.


Margaret Butcher


Margaret lives her life through her experiences.  Her art is a reflection of the people she meets, and the everyday encounters which she finds herself in


She believes in the simple things:  a bloom, a garment, the smile of a child, the beauty in the presentation of a meal she didn’t prepare.


Margaret gets her hands into whatever art form she can try.  She currently enjoys Lampworking, ceramics, metalsmithing and her favorite, photography.  


Marilyn Williams


Passion, creativity, clay, paint, pen, ink, pencils, paper metals and glass come together as a winning plan for Marilyn’s art.  Her inspiration is from the beauty of God’s creation.  She has always been intrigued with the process of recreating in all forms of art.


In her early years of art exploration she was fascinated with painting pictures of friends and family homesteads.  Then she grew brave enough to paint her mother and father-in-law’s portrait.  Her grandchildren are her latest challenges of portrait painting, with pieces hanging in each parents’ homes.  


She has encouraged art in her family and has enjoyed spending time with family members working with them on art projects.


As a preschool teacher, she enjoyed finding new ways to teach open-ended art, which gave the children a sense of accomplishment and art to be proud of.  She would put on an art show for the parents and children.  


Art fills every aspect of her life, including drawing and writing books for her kindergarten Sunday School Bible Class.


Her inspiration with all media comes with thankfulness for the people who have come into her life to teach, inspire and encourage along the way.

Chris Stein


What is art?


I question tat on a daily bases.  I try evoking the work that I do.  When the viewer has an emotional connection to the work or even takes a second look then I believe a connection has been made.  The desire to be in this world and question our surrounding is a good things.


What is inside the box?  There is art.  The question is does it match the couch or wallpaper?  To me, it does not matter, but it may matter to you.  Spending my life in constant turmoil is not always a good thing.  I realized that I can produce painting or sculpture, but can I produce feeling.


Born in Dodge City, went to Sacred Heart, first art class in Jr. High, then High School, then DCCC, then on to Pittsburg State, worked construction for 30 plus years, in between I taught design, painting, weaving, ceramics, drawing, metal-smithing, etc. at Community College and St. Mary’s.  Donated countless works of art ot a number of charities.


I have enjoyed the 2nd Ave. Art Guild being with other artists learning and exploring.

Jennifer Nolan


My ceramic sculptures focus on the impact of the Atomic Age on American society beginning in 1939, continuing through the Cold War era to the present day.  World War-2, along with social and economic changes, led women into and then out of what were previously male dominated roles.  Soldiers returning from WW-2 transitioned into civilian roles as husbands and fathers, with a strong commitment to providing for his nuclear family.  The new flourishing economy of the 1950’s allowed families for the first time to afford private homes such as in the Levittown communities, the first structured, suburban type of housing developments.  Along with being affordable, these communities also came with rigid rules for living in the new society.  This newly reestablished desire for domesticity was over shadowed by the development and use of nuclear weapons.  The ensuing weapons race between the Soviet Union and the United States and our interest in using “our friend the atom” to generate bountiful cheap nuclear energy firmly established the nuclear age.


My interest in these specific eras is a result of my studies of our Nation’s history.  The stories of the people who were directly affected by the development of nuclear technology and the social changes of the last century are so memorable and rich in historical significance.  That these events are so relevant to us today leads me to imagine that we, as individuals, are shaped partially by the decisions of our ancestors, no matter how many generations removed.  Our lives are like transparencies in a stack.  Though the two might not touch, the images overlap and show through, creating a new identity.  I am a product of the contributions of family members past, of our society, of our world and of my own choices.  My work illustrates in a narrative fashion those stories and historical elements of our Nations’ past that have contributed to my identity as an American.


Jewelry is the art form that is worn against the body.  Artists who design jewelry have the added tasks of not only making an attractive piece of work, but it must also function well, be comfortable to wear and have durability.  A well-designed piece of jewelry must adorn the wearer without causing discomfort or added concern.  These are the many angles I consider in these works.  Hot molten glass, gas fueled torches, hammers and anvils are my tools.  The direct manipulation of raw materials is the attraction.  The glow of glass hot enough to run, the sound of metal striking metal and the hiss of hot metal plunged into water.  Acid eats and etches into metal. Stones from the earth.  The colors, subtle and romantic, bright and toy like, warm copper, cool silver…they all have their own appeal, all of these tactile personalities against the skin are undeniable attractive to me as an artist.


Jennifer Mettlen Nolan earned her Bachelor’s of Fine Art degree with her certification in Art Education and her Masters of Fine Arts degree from Fort Hays State University under Linda Ganstrom.  She has images included in five books, the newest title, 500 Ceramic Sculptures:  Contemporary Practice.  Singular Works.


Jennifer continues to be an active member of the arts community through her memberships to the National Council on the Education of the Ceramic Arts and the International Society of Glass Bead makers.  She is also a board member of the Kansas Artist and Craftsman Association.


Recent regional and national juried exhibitions include the 2007 Beyond Nemesis at the Strecker-Nelson Gallery, Manhattan, Ks., The Orton Cone B9x Show 2008 and the KACA Material Mastery Exhibition in 2009.

Jennifer is currently an Instructor of Art at Dodge City Community College teaching Ceramics, Metalsmithing, Lampworking and Design.  He body of work includes ceramic sculpture, jewelry design, Lampworked glass beads and silk dying.



Katie Hendrix Long