Category Archives: KCAC Artist Lifestyle

jefferson blair

KCAC Artist Lifestyle is back this week with long time KCAC friend and artist Jefferson Blair (@jblair007)! Please help us in welcoming him and his spectacular glass sculpture to the KCAC Instagram account this week!

Jefferson has been a long standing supporter of KCAC for several years now and many of you may have actually met him in person at a variety of events here at the Artists Coalition! His countless volunteer hours and general rallying for staff, member artists and the organization have sometimes overshadowed the simple fact that he too is a TERRIFIC artist! We thought, it was long over due that he take a minute to share with everyone his own artwork and amazing glasses creations on the KCAC Instagram. Over the next six days we are looking forward to seeing what Jefferson have in store for us, but in the mean time, here are a few words about Jefferson, his art and his current inspiration:

“My current work focuses on innovative, sculptural, kiln-formed glass, metal and lighting design. All facets of work pay homage to light and its interaction with our senses. Within the final piece, the beauty of the art continually evolves via light and seasonal shifts. As the light source varies, the work itself embodies a new radiance, meaning, and ever-changing expression.”

We are very excited to see what the world looks like through Jefferson’s eyes and to see what he will be sharing with us on his Instagram journey. 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 Jefferson on his KCAC Instagram story starting tomorrow Thursday, April 27th – Tuesday, May 2nd!

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

beacon and bird

We are doing a little switch up this week on the KCAC Artist Lifestyle, and have a two person take over in store for you all! Please help us in welcoming local artists Bryan Werling (@BRD_Designs) and Jen Brown (@Artistchickster), collectively known as Beacon & Bird, to the KCAC Instagram account this week!

Over the next six days we are looking forward to seeing what Bryan and Jen have in store for us. Together they create handcrafted furniture, accent walls, and wall art all from reclaimed wood. These two artists are going to give us a look into how and why they make the artworks they do and give us a little peek into their day to day lives along the way!

We are very excited to see what the world looks like through Bryan & Jen’s eyes and to see what they will be sharing with us on their Instagram journey. Here are a few images of their collaborative artwork and past Instagram photos to get things kicked off…

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Be sure to follow Bryan and Jen on their KCAC Instagram story starting tomorrow Thursday, April 20th – Tuesday, April 25th!

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

elizabeth martinez

We are pretty excited for our next KCAC Artist Lifestyle artist, not only because she and her art are fabulous, BUT because her artwork is currently showcased in our Underground Gallery this month! Please help us in welcoming local print-maker Elizabeth Martinez (@lizmtzdesigns) to the KCAC Instagram account this week!

Over the next few days Liz will be sharing with us her Senior Thesis exhibition, her artwork inspiration and the in’s and out’s of navigating her senior year at KCAI with life, work and play. We are very excited to see what all Liz has in store for us, but here are a few words about Liz and her work in her own words…

“I create art motivated by my upbringing, which places overtly gendered expectations on Mexican women. My most recent work is a representation of my struggle between being my own person and wanting to pursue my dreams, while still feeling obligated to fulfilling the role of a traditional Mexican woman.

My work is influenced by vernacular arts such as woodcuts, talavera, Mexican ceramic tile, and the huipil, embroidered Mayan textiles worn by indigenous women in Southern and Central America. I approach these art forms and reinterpret them into meticulously carved relief prints. The moments I highlight are found in vibrant, floral Mexican patterns. These moments juxtapose appreciation for my culture while still choosing to not follow social constructs found within it.”

We are very excited to see what the world looks like through Liz’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 Liz on her KCAC Instagram story starting tomorrow Thursday, April 13th – Tuesday, April 18th!

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

chris lavalley

We are all pretty tired of these gray days here in KC, but for the next six days, the KCAC Artist Lifestyle project is going to brighten up your visual world with paintings, drawings and sculptures from local artist Chris LaValley (@clavalleyart). Chris came to us several months ago and asked us if we would consider her work for the IG Takeover and we thought her work was a great fit for the account!

Chris received her BFA in Painting and Drawing from the Kansas City Art Institute, her MA in Art Education and Ceramics from the University of New Mexico and currently teaches at Blue Valley Northwest High School. By day she helps kids dive deeper into the world of ceramics and painting and by all other hours, she works on her own 2D and 3D artworks. We are loving the good vibes and artwork coming through Chris’ IG feed, so without further ado, here is a little more information on Chris and her work in her own words…

“My work has always been inspired by the complexity and beauty of nature.  From the small, minute details of organisms, plant and animal cells to the large expanses of land and space.  The topography of the land, the open spaces, the small details, the rhythm and pulse of the earth, the rich tones of color, the regeneration of life, and my individual experiences have formed an unique partnership in forming my personal mythology of symbolism and marks.

Creating, for me, is a form of meditation.  When I work, I become completely involved in the experience.  These creative meditations have formed my visual vocabulary.  I work, for the most part, intuitively.  Starting with marks and movement, then improvising, transforming, paying attention to the subtle nuances and marks created at the beginning and throughout the process and building on what I see in the work.  I strive to develop a connection to the viewer, drawing them in for a peek at my experiences, a personal moment, and a quiet detail.

In my work, I find my focus is centered on discovering a sense of balance; balance in the types of mark – large and bold vs. smaller, controlled detail; balance in the movements used – full arm/body application and blending vs. small marks and attention to minute details; and balance in using more natural marks vs. geometric, architectural marks.  This balance in my working method allows me share a dialogue with my viewer, allowing them a view, a glimpse into my world.”

We are very excited to see what the world looks like through Chris’ 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 Chris on her KCAC Instagram story starting tomorrow Thursday, April 6th – Tuesday, April 11th!

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