King Street Art Festival (Alexandria, Virginia)

Photo: 10th Annual Art Festival Alexandria. Credit:

It is the 10th annual art festival in Alexandria on September 8th and 9th, 2012. Free admission. Times: Saturday 10 AM – 7 PM and Sunday 10 AM – 5 PM.

Come see the city’s main street become an outdoor gallery! Please visit for more information. The Torpedo Factory and The Art League will also be part of this great festival.

Sounds so fun. Have you been before?


The Beginning

Photo: U.S. Capitol Building. Credit: Alie Preusser.

We spent one day in DC and it was literally only the “tip of the iceberg.” There is so much to see and do it is incredible. I could spend a week in the Library of Congress. My kids could spend a month in the American Museum of Natural History. 

Photo: American Museum of Natural History.                Credit: Alie Preusser.

As timing would have it, we chose a day when it was a 103 degrees and with humidity about 110 degrees. We took the VRE to Union Station and then walked to several landmarks and browsed in a few museums. Despite the heat we had a great time.

Photo: Virginia Railway Express. Credit: Alie Preusser

Have you been to DC? Do you have any favorite places? I would enjoy hearing about your experiences.


Google Art Project

Photo: The Princess from the Land of Porcelain, James McNeill Whistler. Credit: Freer Gallery of Art.

Have you visited the Google Art Project? It was launched in February 2011 and includes seventeen galleries and 1,061 high-resolution images. They are displayed in 385 gallery rooms. Wikipedia has more details regarding the pixels used, opinions expressed about the project, and a few images from the gallery.

Recently, the Google Art Project visited the White House and created a 360 degree virtual tour.


What do you think about viewing art virtually? What about the White House project, do you think it is beneficial?


Crossroads Arts District: Kansas City, Missouri

Photo Courtesy of, Crossroads Arts District

There are two things that I am doing before we leave this area:

1. Visit the library in Kansas City. Read about it here.

2. Crossroads in Kansas City.

According to the Crossroads’ website it is home to “more than 400 local artists and 100 independent studios, the Crossroads Arts District is one of the most concentrated gallery districts in the nation.”

Did you read that? In the nation! Why have I been sitting in Lansing every weekend when the Crossroads is so close? I went to the gallery strolls in Salt Lake City and knew many artists and gallery owners, since moving to Kansas I have made excuse after excuse not to venture to the Kansas City Arts District.

No time like the present. I am going to venture over there, take photos, and get exposed to some art! Have you ever been to the Crossroads Arts District?


Kansas City Art Auction

The Kansas City Artists Coalition is having an art auction to help with funding their programs. It is Saturday, February 18th. For more information please visit this link: Kansas City Artists Coalition

Image by: Alicia Candiani-Fata Morgana-Mixed Media

They are also looking for volunteers to help with the event or artists willing to donate art.

Photo Courtesy of: KCAC

Support art in Kansas City and get introduced to a variety of art work. Auctions are a wonderful way to see a broad range of art, mingle with fellow art lovers, artists, and advocates, as well as an opportunity to pay forward to the community.


Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art

Courtesy of Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art

The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art has a family scavenger hunt every third Saturday of the month. It is free and at the end of the hunt they give kids a take home art activity.

Scavenger Saturdays for Families

Kemper Museum | Free, No Registration Required

Hone your art detective skills and discover something new about contemporary art at the Kemper Museum. The third Saturday of each month is Scavenger Saturdays for families. Children with adults may pick up a self-guided activity at the Visitor Services Desk and follow the clues on this “ART-astic” adventure. When finished with the activity, children may pick up a take-home, art-making activity kit. No reservations are required.

Scavenger Saturdays at the Kemper Museum are made possible with generous support from the R.A. Long Foundation.
~From the Kemper’s site

Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art is located in Kansas City, Missouri.

Scrivner’s Creative Center

If you are in the Leavenworth, Kansas area be sure to check out Scrivner’s Creative Center. The owner, Cricket, has an excellent business which offers art and music classes for kids, craft nights for adults, and runs the shop as a co-op for artists. You can find unique one of a kind items at reasonable prices. Artists volunteer at the shop in return for selling their items at the shop and receive 100% of their sales.

Store Front

Cricket's dress

Cricket is very talented and kind. She makes dresses from recycled materials, an example is pictured above. She also is an amazing teacher and works well with kids. As soon as I walked in the door Cricket made sure that I felt welcome. She is a retired military spouse and works very hard for the Leavenworth community.

Thanks, Cricket, for all you do.