“Art Lives” in Kansas


Photo: CityArts. Credit: Wichita state government. http://www.wichita.gov

CityArts has an upcoming show Art Lives. It will run from March 29th through April 21st.

This show is a reflection and collaboration of 24 artists. One year ago the state cut funding for the arts in Kansas. However, art is alive in Kansas and this show according to Rachel Epp Buller, “offers serious reflections on the state of the arts in Kansas.”

Be sure to stop by the gallery and support the arts in Kansas. It will be a wonderful show with something for everyone.


Art and Education

Are you an educator? An art advocate? Or a volunteer? You will enjoy an article written by Katherine Damkohler.

The article depicts the importance of knowing what schools need, the curriculum, and the core state standards. When the arts encompass the needs of the school then it is a win-win.

Please click here for the entire article on the Arts Blog website.


(We are back from spring break)

Ray Chen Rocks the Kauffman Center

Photo: Kauffman Center 1,394 Windows. Credit: Alie Preusser

The free concert at the Kauffman Center was wonderful. Ray Chen has great passion and talent playing the violin. He started playing a toy guitar with chop sticks at the age of four. His parents bought him a violin shortly after and he has been playing since.

Ray played with pianist Julio Elizalde. They are both excellent musicians. The performance consisted of:

Mozart, Sonata for Piano and Violin in B-flat major, K. 454.

Brahms, Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 3 in D minor, Op. 108.

Ysaye, Sonata No. 2 for Solo Violin in A minor, Op. 27.

Saint-Saens, Havanaise, Op. 83.

Saint-Saens, Introduction and Rondo capriccioso in A minor, Op.28.

The beauty of the concert is that it also included a Q&A after and then the musicians signed autographs. The Q&A was small and quaint. People asked good questions and it enabled the audience to get an inside look at how the musicians started playing, their tips and tricks of what they do on stage, and how they travel.

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It was Ray’s first visit to Kansas City and he flew from Vietnam on a very long flight. When he boarded the flight it was his birthday and once he landed in Kansas City his birthday was over. He just turned 23. Ray said that jet lag is the toughest part to overcome while performing.

The free concerts are first come and first served. So the first in line will be seated in the front. We were in the first row center stage. You cannot choose your seats, so be prepared. I heard several people complaining, but it is a free concert and they must have some sort of order getting everyone seated.

Please visit the Harriman-Jewell Series for more upcoming concerts.


Artist’s Magazine’s Annual Art Competition

Photo: Self Portrait. Credit: Alie Preusser.

It is the 29th Annual Art Competition presented by The Artist’s Magazine. There are several categories:

1. Portraits/Figures

2. Still Life/Floral

3. Landscape/Interior

4. Abstract/Experimental

5. Animal/Wildlife

Open to artists world-wide. Deadline is April 2, 2012.

Please visit this link for all of the details.

Good luck,

March is National Craft Month

March is here! Create Mixed Media and North Light Shop are offering free craft projects or mixed media tutorials every day during the month of March. Please click here for the giveaways.

There is something for everyone, many mediums will be covered. Also there are many art books available at deep discounts. Be sure to check it out.

Book: Pretty Little Things. By: Sally Jean Alexander. http://www.northlightshop.com/product/pretty-little-things/craft_month

Happy National Craft Month.


Gem and Bead Show: Kansas City, Missouri

March 9, 10, 11, 2012 will be the 51st annual gem, mineral and jewelry show. If you are in the Kansas City, Missouri area then be sure to stop by the Kansas City International Expo Center. For detailed information, please visit: Shows of Integrity.

Photo: Bead Show 2010. Credit: Shows of Integrity. http://www.showsofintegrity.com/

I really enjoy bead shows. The last show I went to I literally spent hours looking at all of the beads and gems. This time I will have an actual list of the supplies I need and am looking for.

Do you attend bead shows? What are some of your favorite items to purchase?