So, what did you do last weekend? Just the usual.. hmmm?
Well if that is your answer, then you need to change something up a little.
You have a bit over 4 weeks until the next First Friday in the Crossroads District of Kansas City. Yep.
Bet you're excited now.
The next First Friday is May 6th.
Why should you care?
Well, if you like the fun of rubbing shoulders with people in the streets, watching fire jugglers, listening to bands, checking out dancers, and exploring the many galleries that are holding openings - then you should care.
Too busy to get down to the Nelson Atkins Art Museum? Never fear, the library, once again, is here! We are very lucky to be displaying paintings created by students of West Platte High School. Seascapes, landscapes, snowscapes…we feature them all. Come in and browse our gallery.
The "Bingham Lady", Patricia Moss, presented a genealogical abstract using the paintings of George Caleb Bingham on March 22, 2011. Bingham, who painted in the 1850s and 1860s, is well known for his portraits of local families and his political prints, including Order #11.
Last year, over 80 works of art were submitted to our Young Artist Exhibition at the Blue Springs North Branch. This year, we are hoping for even more!
Artists between ages 7-18 may submit art in categories ranging from drawing, painting, photography, graphic art, and mixed media. Submissions will be accepted from May 16th through July 30th. Local teachers, artists, and professionals will judge the submissions. Prizes will be awarded.
For complete details, drop by the Blue Springs North Branch to pick up the complete rules and registration form.
Last month, I went to visit my son and his family in Raleigh, NC. I had a wonderful time catching up on all the new accomplishments of my two North Carolina grandchildren, a girl aged 7 and a boy aged 2. My granddaughter couldn’t wait to show me the art museum in Raleigh. Her class had taken a field trip to the museum, and she learned a lot about the sculptures displayed there.
If it's June, it must be watercolor paintings! Come check out works by the talented artists in the Smithville Watercolor Class. The group meets every Wednesday at the United Methodist Church and includes a wide range of skill levels, from beginning to advanced. This month's paintings feature light houses, local tractors and barns, flowers and other unique images. If you are interested in the Watercolor class, call 532-3722.
The Second Annual Teen Art Show was a huge success this past Saturday. We had 34 entries, ranging from watercolors to pencil drawings to paper art. Every piece was beautiful and unique. Visitors to our art gallery were able to vote on their five favorite pieces, and the winner will be receiving a special prize. Many of these wonderful pieces will be displayed throughout the summer at the branch, so please stop by and see how talented our Lee's Summit teenagers are. Please follow our blog as I will be announcing the winner and runner ups in the next day or so.
The winner is announced!!! The first place favorite from the LS Teen Art Show is Veronica G.'s piece entitled, Pugsly. You can see this wonderful piece and many others on display at the branch through the end of July. Please take some time to come in and see how talented the Lee's Summit teenagers are.
Claude Monet's most famous life work was his collection of Water Lilies, a series of paintings that was the focus of the last 30 years of his life. There are over 250 paintings in the Water Lily series, several of them painted in triptychs. A Triptych is a tri-paneled work of art, and only two completed sets of triptychs of Water Lilies are housed in the United States. One complete triptych is on display at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art now through August 7.
Traveling Tammy Visits the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
This summer, my family and I created a "bucket list" of fun things we wanted to do this summer around the Kansas City area. When warm weather gets here, it’s easy for the best laid plans to become abandoned as the weeks of summer seem to fly by, and our bucket list helps remind us to get out of the house every once and awhile.