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krista jo mustain

The art keeps coming and the KC Artist Lifestyle just wont slow down! We are back this week and heading on a little trip over to Tulsa to hang out with the incredibly talented, Krista Jo Mustain (@printpartyprintparty)! We first came along Krista a few months back when we happened across her bold, bright and incredibly fun Instagram page. Her Instagram lead us to her website, which featured beautifully hand created quilts and art pieces all joined together with the charm and humor that seems to wrap up Krista and her artwork. We knew pretty quickly that we needed to include Krista in our Instagram project and have her share her world with all of us.

Krista attended The University of Kansas, where she discovered the mystical 5th floor of the Art and Design building, and quickly developed a passion for hand dyeing quilts and felting rugs. After receiving her Bachelor of Fine Art in Textile Design with a Minor in Art History, Krista moved to Kansas City where she had a studio residency at The Drugstore and further developed her obsession with covering every surface in head to toe pattern. In 2015 she was awarded a grant through Art in The Loop to cover a Kansas City Metro bus stop in vinyl renderings of her quilts and hand cut confetti. Krista has since relocated to Tulsa, Oklahoma where she is currently looking for the next public space in need of confetti and Print Party makeover.

We are very excited to see what Krista has in store for us this week about her artwork and day to day inspiration, so let’s get things kicked off here today with a few words from Krista about her work and motivation…

“I am a fiber artist and textile enthusiast who specializes in hand-dyed quilts for people who are serious about fun.

PRINT PARTY is the celebration of traditional textiles techniques, executed in unexpected colors and patterns, for people who are unafraid of all encompassing color. The process starts with 100% unbleached cotton, and is fueled by inspiration coming from a love of 80’s graffiti and vivid video game-esque dreams. PRINT PARTY is bold and bright; layering colors over each other and bringing to the surface pattern combinations that are often unexpected. My work, whether it be quilts, wall hangings or confetti, is all driven by an obsession with covering every surface in head to toe pattern, and a desire to celebrate everyday activities. I strive to create transformative environments, starting with your bed, to make everyday life a dreamlike oasis. Take a nap under a PRINT PARTY quilt and you’ll have the best dreams of your life.”

We are very excited to see what the world looks like through Krista’s eyes and to see what she will be sharing with us on her Instagram journey. 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 Krista on her KCAC Instagram story starting tomorrow Thursday, March 23rd – Tuesday, March 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

amy wright

KC Artist Lifestyle is back this week with another of KCAC’s currently exhibiting artists, Amy Wright (@thefleafarm_amy_wright)! Amy’s show opened at the beginning of the month to rave reviews and several purchases. Her process takes hours of time and requires a degree of patience and diligence that not all artists are able to achieve. Amy recieved her BFA in painting from the Kansas City Art Institute, and has since participated in shows at the Paragraph Gallery, Leedy-Voulkos, Kiosk Gallery and of course right here at KCAC. We are very excited to see what Amy has in store for us this week about her show, artwork and day to day inspiration.

Let’s get things kicked off here today with a few words from Amy about her work and motivation…

“In my life and in my art, I assign high value to the segments of a whole. My paintings and drawings (and the marks within them) are small to engage the viewer in an intimate link, like a secret is being divulged. Upon closer inspection, methods of fragmentation become visible. It’s the language I use to communicate and it’s my personal custom of coping. I believe that if I endow each tiny part with elegance, it will be reflected in the sum, revealing my affection for both.

My recent body of work began as an exploration of the lush patterns and colors found in food objects. As the project progressed, the tone of the work began to change. Food prompts a slew of emotions. There is too little, or too much. It can induce pleasure or disgust. It can simultaneously bind a community, and serve as a social divide. It’s a link to ancient humans. It’s been employed as a symbolic device throughout history. It’s a life, ending to advance another life. This body of work is populated with monuments to this collective consciousness. There are many altars and many sacrifices.

Most of the scenes depicted in my work have indications that productive, maybe intelligent, beings have intervened. Sometimes, the evidence is explicit. Occasionally, it’s a subtly placed clue. The beings are absent. Whether they have just stepped out, or whether they have been gone for some time is unknown. There’s something golden about a moment that exists outside the passage of time. There’s a delightful eeriness to a space not quite terrestrial. If such a crystalline state can be depicted visually, I hope to find it.”

We are very excited to see what the world looks like through Amy’s eyes and to see what she will be sharing with us on her Instagram journey. 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 Amy on her KCAC Instagram story starting tomorrow Thursday, March 16th – Tuesday, March 21st!

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

ada koch

KC Artist Lifestyle is back this week with one of KCAC’s currently exhibiting artists, Ada Koch (@artistakoch)! Ada’s show opened on March First Friday to a great crowd and critical conversations discussing her show, “Love, Loss and Violence”. We are very excited to see what Ada has in store for us this week about her show, artwork and day to day inspiration.

Let’s get things kicked off here today with a few words from Ada about her work and inspiration…

“My paintings are about layering – layering in the process, and layers of time passing depicted in the images. The process begins with papers attached to the canvas, and then sketchy figurative scenes done in muted dripping acrylic paints to establish the background. The contemporary scenes are done in bright oil paints and oil pastels, or sometimes with black silhouettes, on top of the acrylic base. I have also started incorporating fibers and fabrics into the layering process, taking those layers and separating them, adding a sculptural depth.

Since the tragic events of 9-11, I have been planning a body of work that expresses my fears about losing someone I love to a war. Two years ago, I started this work with the challenge of depicting love, violence and loss in a credible, affecting, and even beautiful way. The pieces incorporate famous art about war as a backdrop to contemporary life scenes with an often startling mix of violence, blood and playfulness.

As I started on the war series, I also began to work with a well-known local poet, Glenn North. Our collaboration has inspired new works and even led to a book combining my paintings and Glenn’s poems. This latest body of work welcomes input from the observer so that an on-going dialogue is established such that each piece is influenced by thoughts and stories brought together from the artist, the poet and the viewer.”

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

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Be sure to follow Ada on her KCAC Instagram story starting tomorrow Thursday, March 9th – Tuesday, March 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

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