The Van Witt Fine Art Conservation studio is a high-ceilinged, light-filled, airy space in downtown Overland Park. Salon-sized canvases hang high on the walls, with smaller paintings displayed below both on the walls and on easels. There are large counters for examining or conserving works of art on each side of the main room. One might easily overlook the child’s blue apron hanging in the back corner of the studio.
The story almost sounds like a tale from the “Antiques Roadshow”: a large closet full of art objects stored in a disorganized fashion. Mysterious works acquired over many decades from all around the world, of different ages, media and stylistic approaches. Many lack documentation; most need further research. But the biggest surprise here is that the location of this treasure trove was the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College in Leavenworth, Kansas.
Most artists spend their lives honing their techniques and striving to make a name for themselves. Far fewer develop expertise in areas such as taxes, contracts and copyright law. But understanding such issues can help artists make a living, especially since so many are self-employed and don’t have corporate legal and accounting departments to rely on.
Kansas City continues to attract conferences from nationally and internationally prominent arts organizations. Spring of 2016 brought the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts, and this fall the International Sculpture Center holds its 27th conference here, under the organizing topic of “Intersections + Identities.”
Many longtime Kansas City-area gallerygoers have fond memories of the Joseph Nease Gallery, which operated from 1998 to 2003 at 1819 Central Ave. The gallery attracted attention from the outset, when one of its earliest shows featured James Brinsfield, a well-established Kansas City-based abstractionist. Nease gave painter Eric Sall his first major show, and featured […]
Before the American Jazz Museum opened in 1997, it could be difficult for jazz lovers to connect with the golden era of Kansas City jazz in the 1920s and 1930s. In the late 1990s, outstanding local musicians performed regularly at clubs around town — just as they do today — providing proof plenty of how lively the jazz scene is here for a metropolitan area as small as ours.