Kansas City boasts huge helpings of hometown pride and homegrown creatives, and those two elements play together nicely at Mid Coast Modern in the Crossroads Arts District.
The store carries prints, paintings and photographs that celebrate life in the big KC on both sides of the state line. Owner Matt Bramlette, formerly a designer and art director at local ad agencies, curates the selection from a growing roster of makers and their handcrafted goods.
“As a designer myself, I love carrying graphic design and art prints by artists and designers locally and from around the country,” Bramlette said. “A lot of designers have been able to take the current KC-love trend and turn it into some really nice work. It’s what Kansas Citians respond to the most right now. It’s also a way to introduce people to other non-KC themed work.”
Often, handmade, artist series prints are a limited edition, which makes them even more exciting to own. A few examples from Mid Coast Modern:
▪ Icons of KCMO by local designer and illustrator Kristin Smith, black paperstock screenprinted with gold ink, 12 by 12 inches, $25.
▪ Power & Light tower by Kevin Deen, a print in saturated colors meant to give a “proud-chested feeling” of the iconic art deco building downtown, $45.
▪ Prints by Porterhaus of Kansas City, featuring an array of geometric patterns in vivid colors, from $40 for the 12-by-18-inch “Dazzler” to $112 for the 19-by-25-inch “Four Seasons.”
Mid Coast Modern is at 2119 Washington St., midcoastmodernkc.com.