Category Archives: Community Partnership

polly alice mccann

We are kicking the arts back into high gear this week with KCAC Artist Lifestyle KCAC member Polly Alice McCann (@polly_artist)!

Polly received her Bachelor of Arts from Messiah College in Painting and her MFA from Hamline University in Writing. Today her visual artworks often incorporates the two mediums as Polly tells her visual arts story and we can’t wait to share her world with you all!

We are very excited to see what Polly has in store for us this week, so here are a few words from her about her current work and artistic inspiration…

“I’m an artist who loves words. After being an active part of the arts communities in Harrisburg and the Twin Cities. I moved back home to Kansas City and opened New Thing Art Studio in 2015. I paint lots of things. Portraits of friends and famous people. Large scale neo pop illustrations. And rag tag meditations of textile collage. I like to create my art to be more like poetry—to have symbolic meanings layered from dream images and memories. You could say my work centers on the themes of healing, the everyday journey, and women’s work.”

We just can’t wait to see what Polly 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 Polly on her KCAC Instagram journey starting tomorrow Thursday, December 21st – Tuesday, December 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

robin vanhoozer

The KCAC Artist Lifestyle is back this week with long time KCAC member and friend Robin VanHoozer (@robinvanhoozerart)!

Robin received her Masters of Arts in Painting from the University of Missouri at Kansas City and has been pursuing a successful arts career ever since! Her focus has over time shifted from painting to encaustic works and most recently shifted to encaustic 3D work. Robin’s works have a free flowing and abstract feeling to them that often give the viewer a sense of ethereal imagery floating along in the currents.

We are very excited to see what Robin has in store for us this week, so here are a few words from her about her current work and artistic inspiration…

“Just as we must live in both a “real” world and in the world of our minds and imaginations my work interlaces what I see and what I imagine.  I strive to find the link between the reality and my inner being.  Woven throughout my work are glimpses of what I see and what I can imagine. Building a visual tapestry by collecting a texture, a shape, a color, or a particularly nice line is a powerful tool in my art making. The constant transformations that occur over the course of creating inspire me to observe the extraordinary in the ordinary.

The use of encaustic wax in my art practice allows me to explore multiple layers of translucency.  Materials such as thread often become part of the tapestry in the layers of wax.  The transparent and translucent layers allow me to choose what I reveal or conceal.  When I enter my studio I weave what I have captured, glimpsed, or noticed from the corner of my eye. The evolutionary path I travel with each image is a unique perplexity.  The revelations that are unveiled surprise and delight.”

We just can’t wait to see what Robin 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 Robin on her KCAC Instagram journey starting tomorrow Thursday, December 14th – Tuesday, December 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

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