February took my breath away and the month isn't over yet. Michael Smith Restaurant hosted a reception for me and my work which was celebrated with friends, artists and collectors. If you missed Nancy Smith's red carpet roll out (Prosecco and eight hour pork roast!) on February 7th, you can drop in anytime before March 31st to see my paintings and enjoy a James Beard Award-winning meal of your own.
After a month of filming by producer Julie Denesha, the Arts Upload segment featuring me working in my studio aired February 16th on KCPT. Julie's presence was a great motivation to me and I was able to complete two large paintings as she recorded their progression. My friend Garry Noland (who I secretly call my Artist-Hero - don't tell him) drops by the studio and gracefully offers his perspective on what many of us are seeking to accomplish in the realm of abstract-minimalism. Deacon does not make an appearance in the segment, though he was always at the top of the spiral staircase keeping track of the goings-on. The bottoms of my well worn, paint encrusted slippers show up and I manage two sports analogies in relating my painting process. All in all, I'd call it a home run!
And finally, after months of work by many folks, I served as 2017 Auction Chair at the Kansas City Artists Coalition annual fundraiser on Saturday, February 18th. An organization that is near to my heart, I have been donating my paintings and time there since moving to Kansas City in 2004. Please take a moment to read my program essay and maybe it will convince you to get involved.
Now let's see what March blows in.
Auction night 2017, Kansas City Artists Coalition