Monthly Archives: February 2017

sandra van tuyl

Things are settling back into our normal routine over here at KCAC as the dust clears from the 34th Annual Art Auction. BUT, the KC Artist Lifestyle plugs right along so, without further ado, we are very excited to share the work of long time KCAC member and friend Sandra Van Tuyl (@sandyvantuylpaintings) with you all this week and over the weekend!

Sandra has been a familiar face around KCAC for several years. Her work has been featured here at the Artists Coalition in a solo exhibition in 2010, various group shows over the years, and most recently in the KCAC Auction just last week! SO, here are a few words from Sandra about her work and inspiration…

“We live in a world of patterns; they can be discordant or syncopated, they can point to course changes or static systems, but they always surround us. My paintings reconfigure elements from the physical world, and turn them into rhythms and reflections of how we structure our lives.”

We are very excited to see what the world looks like through Sandra’s eyes and to see what she will be sharing with us on her Instagram journey, so here are a few images of her artwork and past Instagram photos…

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Be sure to follow Sandra on her KCAC Instagram story starting tomorrow Thursday, February 23rd – Tuesday, February 28th!

If you missed any of our previous Artist Lifestyle Artists you can always catch up on the KCAC Instagram (@kcartistscoalition) to see what has been happening or search social media with the hashtags: #kcartistlifestyle #kcacartistlifestyle

neil goss

We are one week away from the Sweet Art Reception which formally kicks off the 34th Annual Art Auction weekend here at KCAC and amidst all the chaos, we can always rely on the amazing artists of the KC Artist Lifestyle to help us find the calm in the storm. With all of that, we are thrilled to be able to share the artwork of local weaving artisan Neil Goss (@backstrapweaver).

Neil’s work caught our eye a little over a year ago when he was presenting his work at the Artist INC program. His approach to art and the way it functions in the surrounding environment struck a cord with us and we wanted to know when the next project was going to pop up in Kansas City or the surrounding area. SO, without further ado here are a few words from Neil about his work and inspiration…

“I am interested in the Earth and the natural surroundings because I want to live with and utilize them through reciprocity. I don’t want to live like contemporary human beings, working against the land and building on top of it while owning and conquering it at the same time. I don’t need nor want that much control, dominion be not for me. As Chief Seattle said, “the Earth does not belong to man; man belongs to the Earth.” As soon as that is recognized, if it is recognized, true progression can ensue.  And until then, I will continue to regress and simplify my life within this forward-driven world.

I’ve spent the past 6 years researching and working with fiber, natural dyes and hand dug clay and other foraged art materials. My experience has led me to desire something deeper and more relatable within my materials and processes than those found in purchasing canvas, brushes and paint from the store. I want to more thoroughly understand and develop a real relationship with the materials and processes that I use.

My creations are offerings to the Earth, made and borrowed from the Earth. They are extensions of my spiritual and physical self, embodying all that I possess. The Earth provides me life and I must attempt to give it life and energy. I utilize the Earth as my art supply store. Through the use of natural materials like hemp, wool, fallen tree limbs, medicinal natural dyes and hand dug clay I utilize the bounty our Earth offers to create sustainable and biodegradable works of art. My art does not need to be permanent, as I do not intend it to last forever. My work can of course be preserved, but it possesses a desire to be ephemeral. The evolution and progression of age and degradation reflects our lives and my life. Why should the artwork that I create be any different? I believe it should, like me, have a birth, life and death.”

We are very excited to see what the world looks like through Neil’s eyes and to see what he will be sharing with us on his Instagram journey, so here are a few images of his artwork and past Instagram photos…

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Be sure to follow Neil on his KCAC Instagram story starting tomorrow Thursday, February 9th – Tuesday, February 14th!

If you missed any of our previous Artist Lifestyle Artists you can always catch up on the KCAC Instagram (@kcartistscoalition) to see what has been happening or search social media with the hashtags: #kcartistlifestyle #kcacartistlifestyle

kristin powers nowlin

The 34th Annual Art Auction is finally upon us here at KCAC, and we are so excited to feature one of our contributing Auction artists this week on the KC Artist Lifestyle! Joining us this week from Manhattan, Kansas is the spectacular print-maker Kristin Powers Nowlin (@kristin_powers_nowlin) this week!

Kristin has been a long time friend of KCAC. She has had solo exhibitions of her print work in both the Charno Gallery and the Underground Gallery. She has also, been an award winner and participant in the juried River Market Regional Exhibitions. Kristin’s works explore how American culture defines and determines race. Her artwork has represented the various ways that popular, scientific, or academic cultures have identified the race of a given individual. Skin color, hair type and color, facial features, and bloodline have all been explored and exploited as ways to include or exclude people from one category or another. We have greatly enjoyed watching Kristin’s work change and evolve over the years and we are very excited to see what a day in the life looks like for her. Here are a few words from Kristin about her work and inspiration…

“My current body of work responds to images used in print paraphernalia of the 1920’s-1950’s, including, among others, Norfolk and Western Railroad travel brochures promoting Virginia as “the land of romance, hospitality, and beauty”; other travel brochures carrying the slogan, “Carry Me Back to Old Virginia”; and Maxwell House Coffee ads. The original, idealized images that these advertisements featured are challenged and expanded in the black and white woodblock prints, perhaps showing a more accurate reality; research into many African American family trees can reveal multiple generations where children were born to slave women and fathered by slave owners. Additionally, the series includes collages which are a fusion of the original woodblock prints. New narrative possibilities are explored and questions raised, often with no clear answer or story. While these are open to interpretation, my underlying criticism of that era of our nation’s history comes across in subtle, yet derisive ways. This history played a significant role in shaping America, both economically and socially, and has had a lasting impact on both individual families as well as America’s complex social fabric.”

We are very excited to see what the world looks like through Kristin’s eyes and to see what she will be sharing with us on her Instagram journey, so here are a few images of her artwork and past Instagram photos…

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Be sure to follow Kristin on her KCAC Instagram story starting tomorrow Thursday, February 2nd – Tuesday, February 7th!

If you missed any of our previous Artist Lifestyle Artists you can always catch up on the KCAC Instagram (@kcartistscoalition) to see what has been happening or search social media with the hashtags: #kcartistlifestyle #kcacartistlifestyle