Pastel Exhibit Reunites William Woods with Alumni

It’s been anywhere from 37 to 62 years since these women were students of William Woods University but now, as artists, these Kansas City area alumni return to shine in their university’s gallery.


The MidAmerica Pastel Society’s latest exhibit brings alumni Donna Aldridge, Carol Cordes, Tina Wilke and Martha Whorton back to WWU. Housed in the Mildred Cox Gallery of the Gladys Woods Kemper Center for the Arts, the exhibit showcases work from some of the society’s 170 members.


A public reception will be held 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8. About 3 p.m. Aldridge will give an informal tour and talk regarding pastel as a medium. The talk will target art students, but will be open to anyone interested. The exhibit runs through Sept. 29 and is open to the public, free of charge.


“It’s a delight, an absolute delight [to show at William Woods],” Aldridge said. “Members [of the society] who have seen the show have been thrilled and are in awe of how beautiful the campus and the gallery are.”


A 1962 William Woods graduate, Aldridge helped found and currently serves as president of the MAPS organization, which is headquartered in Kansas City.


Cordes, who attended William Woods in the mid 60s, has her own gallery and especially loves doing pet portraits. She is overjoyed to be back at William Woods.


Wilke, class of ’59, remarked, “It is exciting just to be showing [at the university].” She is a member of three pastel societies nationwide and is displaying three pieces in the show.


Although not an artist herself, Whorton, class of ’40, will be returning to her alma mater also on Sunday. Her husband, Art Whorton, is a member of MAPS and is displaying his work in the show.


For more information regarding the exhibit, call 573-592-4245.