Henry Bloch, the 94-year-old philanthropist from Kansas City and founder of H&R Block, shares stories behind acquiring some of the 29 impressionist and post-impressionist paintings that he has donated to Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. The Bloch Galleries open March 11.
Since leaving The White House, former President George W. Bush has become an avid painter. He's also made it his own mission to get to know the armed service members who served him. And through a series of paintings called "Portraits of Courage," he is raising money for The Military Service Initiative, helping vets transition to civilian life.
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art previewed its $12 million Bloch Galleries space on Friday. The new galleries feature Henry Bloch’s 29 donated pieces, which include paintings by Vincent van Gogh, Claude Monet and Paul Cezanne displayed using cutting-edge methods.
Olathe photographer Sharon Rodriguez, 70, focuses her camera on the homeless in Johnson County, the most affluent county in Kansas. Rodriguez, a mom, grandmother and a great-grandmother, is a former IT worker who has found her passion as an artist photographing the homeless and bringing awareness to those who struggle to get by. Her black and white photographs coupled with short, hand-written stories, are on display at the Johnson County Library’s Lackman branch, 15345 W. 87th St. Parkway in Lenexa. The exhibit, "Shining the light on the homeless of Johnson County," is part of “Bear Witness,” exhibitions across several branches that explores art as activism. The photographs are on display through Dec. 23, 2016.
Donald J. Ross, a Kansas City artist who signs his artwork with the name, "Scribe," describes balancing his two artistic endeavors: a staff artist at Children's Mercy Hospital and a street artist who's work appears throughout much of downtown.
This survey of American Watercolor from 1860 to 1960 features a rarely shown Edward Hopper. The show is on display at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art through Nov. 20. Curator Kate Crawford previews three seascapes.
The Country Club Plaza opened its 85th Art Fair festival Friday evening, September 23. Nine street blocks were filled with booths featuring 240 artists and thousands of visitors coming to enjoy the vitality of the district.