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sonya williams

We know you missed us, but don’t worry the KCAC Artist Lifestyle project IS BACK, and we are jumping back into the art swing of things with St. Louis based artist Sonya Williams (@sonbean)!

Sonya contacted us several weeks ago to see if she might be a good fit for the KCAC Instagram takeover and we took one look and we were hooked! Originally from the KC area and now in the St. Louis area we thought it might be a good time to see what our friends to the east are getting into!

We are looking forward to what Sonya has to share with us, so here are a few words from her about her work and current art practice…

“As a painter I am less concerned with exploring a particular subject matter’s literal qualities; I am moved by pushing and pulling texture and color across initial blank space. An instinctively pressing visual curiosity is why I paint. The cathartic process allows me to work through my personal experience and development.

Designing and illustrating allows me to combine my love for 1. working with people and 2. making things. Beyond its satisfying visual impact, good design has the ability to challenge perspective. It solves and can just as easily create problems. Problems that need to be created to engage people and better our world. I believe in the power of design and want to make relevant work that reaches people.

I am especially inspired by the intricacy of nature, the powerful women in my life and my responsibility as an artist to stand, speak and make for what is just.”

We are excited to SEE what Sonya has in store for us, so here are a few images of her artwork and past Instagram photos to get things kicked off…

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Be sure to follow Sonya on her KCAC Instagram journey starting tomorrow Thursday, October 19th – Tuesday, October 24th!

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

rachelle gardner-roe

The KCAC Artist Lifestyle project is back with Kansas City artist Rachelle Gardner Roe (@rachellegardnerroe)! We are thrilled to see what a day in the life of Rachelle looks like for the next several days.

Rachelle works in a variety of mediums including installations, fiber works and drawings that focus on repetition and repeated forms. Rachelle has exhibited regionally and nationally, including The Mulvane Art Museum, The Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles, The Leedy-Voulkos Art Center and The Chautauqua Institution, among others.

We are looking forward to what Rachelle has to share with us, so here are a few words from her about her work and current art practice…

“I consider all my work to be works in lace. I mean this literally, abstractly and sculpturally, whether I use a sewing machine as a drawing tool to stitch pictorial lace, write layer upon layer of cursive text to create portraiture with a lace-like effect, or combine lace fabric with resin to create dimensional sculpture.

In its construction, I see more than kitsch doilies or superficial decoration. Lace represents countless individual threads intertwined to create interdependent networks with the nuance of  connection shaping endless possibilities of pattern. As broad as this cultural metaphor might be, lace also represents the intimate and delicate, as well as the domestic and historic traditions in handcraft.

My work has always been grounded in this nature of dichotomy and the oscillating exchange that occurs by combining dissimilar media and processes is an expression of the desire for and in search of balance in body, mind, and action.”

We are excited to see what Rachelle has in store for us, so here are a few images of her artwork and past Instagram photos to get things kicked off…

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Be sure to follow Rachelle on her KCAC Instagram journey starting tomorrow Thursday, September 28th – Tuesday, October 3rd!

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

jane bowness johannsen

The KCAC Artist Lifestyle project is back with painter Jane Bowness Johannsen (@janebojo). Jane will be sharing a peek into her traveling art world for the next six days!

Jane is yet another talented featured KCAC artist currently exhibiting in the 34th Annual River Market Regional Exhibition: Truth, Trust, Transcend. The show and Jane’s painting are up at KCAC through THIS FRIDAY, September 22nd during gallery hours Wednesday – Saturday from 11 am – 5 pm, so come on down and enjoy Jane’s work and many others!

We are looking forward to what Jane has to share with us, so here are a few words from her about her work and current art practice…

“I am a Steelville, Missouri native. As a young girl growing up in the rural Ozark Mountains, I developed the ability to be a keen observer of my natural surroundings. As an adult, I strive to communicate the introspective connection I gain from my environment into an artful form.

I received my Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting from Northwest Missouri State University in May of 2010. Since graduation, my husband Trevor and I have traveled to many places and accomplished many arduous adventures. From each of the places and adventures, I have translated the experiences into a painting series.

In order to translate the experiences into paintings, I construct off the emotional connection to the subject. Each series requires time for reflection to create a foundation from which to build a cohesive body of work. Each experience has created an alternative perspective from it’s predecessor; in turn must the paintings.

In March 2017, my husband and I returned from two years living and working in rural southwest Ethiopia. To help digest and understand the experience, I am working toward two different artistic translations. The first translation is a direct documentation of the time and people in Ethiopia; and the second transcribes the emotional experience and how it affects my outlook on life in America.”

We can’t wait to see what Jane has in store for us, so here are a few images of her artwork and past Instagram photos to get things kicked off…

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Be sure to follow Jane on her KCAC Instagram journey starting tomorrow Thursday, September 21st – Tuesday, September 26th!

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

matthew garcia

The KCAC Artist Lifestyle project is rolling along with local printmaker Matthew Garcia (@matthewwilliegarcia). Matthew will be sharing a peek into his art world, his graduate studies and more with for the next six days!

Matthew is ANOTHER amazing featured KCAC artist in the 34th Annual River Market Regional Exhibition: Truth, Trust, Transcend. The show and Matthew’s two prints are up at KCAC through September 22nd during gallery hours Wednesday – Saturday from 11 am – 5 pm, so come on down and enjoy amazing art ASAP!

We are looking forward to what Matthew has to share with us, so here are a few words from him about his work and current art practice…

“We have not become civilized just well organized; we can no longer be distinguished from the beasts that surround us. We work with a pack mentality and destroy the weakest so that the strongest can prevail. We have been wild from the beginning though we walk in human skin. We strive to understand the subtleties of the universe and yet we fail to understand the subtleties of ourselves.

Throughout time we have used the natural world to explain the way of our own, in myth, religion, folklore and science. We personify, dissect, observe and interact with nature to understand a little more about ourselves. We have a natural connection with flora and fauna because we see our own reflection, yet we have made them a commodity.

I am trying to exemplify some of the subtleties of the universe and the connections we cultivate with nature that surrounds us. My work touches on the beauty of life by juxtaposing it with death, the idea that life becomes more beautiful with the realization of our own mortality. I am also striving to create imagery that questions the eternal, the temporal and the present. I utilize space, both the physical negative of the image plane and celestial, to create a tension between the idea of “everything and nothing.” I am trying to force the viewer to question the world around the subject.”

We can’t wait to see what Matthew has coming up, so here are a few images of his artwork and past Instagram photos to get things kicked off…

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Be sure to follow Matthew on his KCAC Instagram journey starting tomorrow Thursday, September 14th – Tuesday, September 19th!

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