Flatfile review in Pitch Weekly Sept 13, 2012
Five Flatfile artists to look for as you leaf through the latest Artspace sprawl
by Theresa Bembnister
2012 Kansas City Flatfile
Through September 29 at H&R Block Artspace at the Kansas City Art Institute, 16 East 43rd Street,
Every other summer, the H&R Block Artspace assembles the Kansas City Flatfile, an invitational exhibition of two-dimensional work stored in two metal chests of drawers in the main gallery. A rotating cast of artists and curators selects individual works from the artists' portfolios to display on the walls, but the best way to experience the Flatfile is to put on white cotton gloves (the gallery has them for you) and page through the drawers at your own pace. It's like an art version of a Choose Your Own Adventure novel. Here are five cul-de-sacs worth wandering into on your own Flatfile artventure.
Artist: Sandra Van Tuyl
Education: B.A., Carthage College, 1980
What's in her portfolio: Van Tuyl writes that her work is about "dialogue (or lack thereof) in society." She paints slender, ropelike lines that interweave and knot together, forming nets in some places, dead ends elsewhere. You don't have to buy her dialogue metaphor to appreciate her brushwork and palette, though. Tiny strokes of brilliant, kaleidoscopic color blend to create umber-toned ropes. (Pictured above: "Bound/Unbound" [detail], 2012)
Women In Design KC - Monster Drawing Rally March 2, 2012
THIRD ANNUAL WOMEN IN DESIGN-KANSAS CITY
MONSTER DRAWING RALLY TO BE HELD MARCH 2, 2012
to benefit Sheffield Place, a non-profit supporting homeless mothers & children in Kansas City.
Local artists will create art live to be auctioned off with all proceeds benefiting the charity.
Free & open to the public, for more information visit www.widkc.org/mdr
For Immediate Release:
KANSAS CITY, MO (February 3, 2012) -On March 2, 2012, in conjunction with the Crossroads Art District first Friday, Women in Design-Kansas City (WiD-KC) will present the third annual Monster Drawing Rally, a live art and fundraising event featuring local artists, designers, architects and creatives to benefit Sheffield Place.
Guests of the Monster Drawing Rally will have the rare opportunity to watch art come to life before their eyes. 22 local artists with media ranging from screen prints, acrylics, watercolors, and tapestries will have one hour to complete Resilience-themed artwork, which will then be included in a silent auction. Additional photographs and art work will also be available as part of the silent auction. Past events have drawn crowds of 250+ and raised over $4000 for the selected charity.
WiD-KC chose Sheffield Place, a 501c3 not for profit, in conjunction with their 2012 theme of Resilience. Sheffield Place opened its doors in February 1991 as a community response to the growing population of homeless mothers and their children in the Kansas City area. Since then, Sheffield Place has assisted more than 560 families in making the difficult journey from homelessness to self-sufficiency.
"We are excited to host our third Monster Drawing Rally in a much larger space with a wide variety of artists. We will have artist's drawings, painting, and even sewing. Pre-made pieces will also be available in the silent auction that range from handmade jewelry to photography to knitted hats. We hope to drawn an even larger crowd & raise more money for our selected beneficiary Sheffield Place." - WiD-KC Programs Committee Chair Amanda Scott.
The Monster Drawing Rally will be held the First Friday, March 2, 2012, 6:30- 9:00pm at One 8 Oak event space, 1814 Oak Street, Kansas City, MO. Admission is free & open to the public. Music will be provided by Sounds Fantastic. Other event sponsors include, the Naked Grape, Boulevard Brewery, Key Lighting, Bolyu, Lankford + Assoc, The Naked Grape, and East Market Studios.
About Women in Design - Kansas City (www.widkc.org)
Women in Design-Kansas City (WiD-KC) is a community of women involved in architecture and the design professions who have come together for mentorship, support, and advocacy for women in design. WiD-KC provides opportunities for working with our community to educate, enhance, explore and celebrate the historic and present contributions of women in our professions through community outreach, mentorship, programs and research.
For additional information about the event, members of the media can contact Amanda Scott, Women in Design-Kansas City programs chair, at email@example.com.
Transitional Dimensions Opening Feb 4 Carter Art Center KCMO
February 4-March 4, 2011
This exhibit explores the concept of depth within space that is both real and suggested. Through the works of three local artists you'll see a range of two-dimensional paintings with dramatic architectural space, constructional textual collages, high-relief sculptural paintings, and three-dimensional constructions. The artists, Steve Mayse, Ellen Wilkins Wolf and Sandra Van Tuyl, have a combination of multiple art and educational awards in their professional fields, both nationally and internationally.
"Some artists may want to hide how the pieces are connected; I like showing them. It seems more honest." -Steve Mayse
"I hope my art is thought provoking; not outwardly confrontational, but quietly insinuating and laced with humor. I hope each viewer is intrigued enough to stop a moment to ponder not only how the art is made but also what it might have to say." - Ellen Wilkins Wolf
"My paintings are an act of recording the emotional landscape." - Sandra Van Tuyl
This show is sponsored by: The Friends of the Carter Art Center
February 4th, 6:30 p.m.
February 4th, 6 to 9 p.m.
1 - 5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday
Noon - 3 p.m. Saturday
GALLERY AND PROGRAM
(816) 604-4ART (4278) or visit www.mcckc.edu/pvart
The first class for Artist, INC Workshops Announced
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Contact: Paul Tyler
First Class of Artist, Inc. Workshops Announced
New seminars for artist teach entrepreneurial skills
Kansas City Metro - The first class for Artist, INC, an eight-week series of Monday night seminars for individual artists, was recently announced by the program administrators: The Arts Council of Metropolitan Kansas City, the Charlotte Street Foundation, KCSourceLink and the UMKC Small Business and Technology Development Center. The first session will begin in May 2009.
Artist INC, developed through the UMKC Small Business and Technology Development Center, is designed to provide artists with small business skills to manage the business end of their art careers. Artist, INC, a series of in-depth entrepreneurial seminars that will reach more than 100 area artists over the next two years.
The first class of artists are from a diverse range of arts disciplines and ethnic backgrounds. Artists represent the visual arts, music, film/video, theatre, and dance.
Artist, INC Artists:
Nicole P. Esquibel
Elton J. Gumbel Jr.
Reilly D. Hoffman
Elaina Wendt Michalski
Lyndsey E. Ogle
Karen R. Schory
Charles F. Stonewall
Sandra Van Tuyl
The creation of Artist, INC has been funded by LINC, a ten-year national initiative to improve conditions for artists by providing knowledge, information and financial resources to organizations in 15 communities across the country. The Arts Council of Metropolitan Kansas City, in partnership with Charlotte Street Foundation, is the lead Kansas City participant in the Creative Communities program of Leveraging Investments in Creativity, funded by the Ford Foundation. Many thanks are due also to our local funders, whose match of the LINC support over the past two years has been vital to making Artist, INC a reality: Muriel McBrien Kauffman Foundation, Francis Family Foundation, Hallmark Cards, Bank of America, American Century Foundation, Steve and Karen Pack Family Fund and the Missouri Arts Council.
For more information about applying for the Artist, INC seminars, please go to www.LINC.ArtsKC.org.
2008 - New public art in Blue Springs
By Alex Robichaud
Blue Springs, MO
For the third year in a row, the Blue Springs Public Art Commission is hosting a public art exhibit. Mayor Carson Ross, City Council members, one of the artists and citizens filled Rotary Park for the dedication last night in an effort to make art a defining aspect of Blue Springs.
A lot of people feel they have to visit art, Sandra Van Tuyl, the creator of one of the four pieces in the park said. This brings art into peoples lives. It comes out to meet you, taking down those barriers between people and art. When art is there with kids, they grow up realizing they deserve art, (making it) a part of peoples lives.
This years theme was Reflections, and pieces came from artists from Bogota, N.J.; Fairfield, Iowa; St. Louis; and Kansas City. Van Tuyl, the Kansas City area artist, was the only artist in attendance.
We picked the theme because of the site, Eleanor Frasier, acting chair of the Blue Springs Public Art Commission, said. Vesper Hall and Rotary Park is a place where you often reflect on your life. Mothers and children in the park and citizens who walk the trail (can come here to) meditate or contemplate, reflecting on life.
The commission asked artists from all over to send in slides or examples of their art in an effort to find four artists who would best fit the theme. Frasier said a selection panel, separate from the commission, chose artists based on their entire bodies of work in order to find the best pieces Blue Springs could get. Jan Duffendack, an architect, was on the panel.
We gathered and went through slides on all the artists and talked about the things that appealed to us. I was telling Sandra that the appealing thing about her was that she responded very personally and very specifically to Blue Springs needs. That was really important and was noticed by everyone (on the panel).
Duffendack said Van Tuyls piece entitled Convergence, along with Judy Bales piece Weave-Through, were created for this event.
I love this process, Duffendack said. Ive done this for two years, and I hope they ask me again. Ive had a blast.
Convergence is attached to a bridge in the park and is a painting that Van Tuyl said was solely about Blue Springs.
When we talked about the work we wanted to talk about Blue Springs past, present and future, how we reflect on the past and present and how we look forward to the future. Theres not an iconic building here that defines Blue Springs. But (Blue Springs) has art and several parks, and thats why the gazebo was in my piece. The gazebo is a drawing place that pulls the community together. Thats why I use structural pieces as a metaphor for abstract ideas.