Mary L. Martin Gallery

The Mary L. Martin Gallery is located on the lower level of the building's east classroom wing, just adjacent to the Bowlus' main office. Exhibits are FREE and open to the public during the Bowlus' normal office hours, Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.  

Please enter the Bowlus through the SOUTH (alley) doors and follow signs downstairs to the office and gallery.

We are happy to open the gallery for a private viewing for a club meeting or similar outing. Please contact the Bowlus office at (620) 365-4765 to make an appointment.

  • Generations of Marta
    Generations of Marta

Generations of Marta, an exhibit of works in a variety of mediums created by three members of the Marta family, will be on display in the Mary L. Martin Gallery from Friday, January 19 – Saturday, February 10, 2018.  This exhibit is FREE and open Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. during the Bowlus’ standard office hours, or by special appointment.  

Raymond J. Marta
Born in Butte, Montana, Ray moved to the San Francisco bay area as a youth, where he studied at the California College of Arts and Crafts and the Academy of Advertising Art. After serving in the Army Air Force during World War II, Ray enjoyed a distinguished 40 year career with the Oakland Tribune, including 20 years as Art Director. His work in the fast-paced newspaper business demonstrated his mastery of a wide range of illustrative styles, from cartoons and courtroom drawings through portraits and editorial illustrations. At the end of a long, hectic day at the paper, Ray enjoyed nothing more than relaxing in his garden at home with his beloved wife and four daughters. Ray passed away in 2006, but leaves a lasting legacy through his work.

Michelle Marta-Drake
Since earning her BFA degree from San Francisco State University, Michelle has enjoyed working in a variety of art fields, such as; fabric and stationary design, mural and decorative art commissions, illustration, and teaching. This varied and colorful career has not only kept her on her toes but has also contributed to the expressive style of her own studio paintings. Her current body of work explores and celebrates the diversity of California landscapes. From the shores of the Pacific and the redwood forests, to the mountains of the Sierras and Yosemite National Park, Michelle is grateful to live near such awe-inspiring wild places. For Michelle, art and nature are entwined in reverence to life.

Denise Marta-Burch
Denise studied illustration at the Academy of Art in San Francisco and the Art Institute of Southern California in Laguna Beach where she explored a variety of styles and techniques. Denise has applied her skills to commissioned murals, portraits, and hand-painted furniture, as well as visual displays for retailers like Saks Fifth Avenue. Denise’s work appears in a variety of corporations, private homes, schools, and fitness clubs. For her studio work, Denise creates both delicate watercolors and bold acrylic paintings with subjects drawn from nature and observation. Recently relocated from California to the beautiful Ozark mountains, she is currently working in her new studio surrounded by wildlife in the woodlands she loves. 

Join us at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, January 19, the for a reception and talk with sisters Denise Marta-Burch and Michelle Marta-Drake. The Marta sisters will provide an introduction to their work along with the work of their late father, Raymond J. Marta.  Doors will open at 5:30 p.m.

Make plans to stay and enjoy the unique and intriguing comedy stage show FANCIFOOL! scheduled in the Bowlus' Creitz Recital Hall at 7:00 p.m.  Click here to learn more about FANCIFOOL! and to purchase tickets.