Alexej Savreux is a New England born graffiti artist and author now residing in Kansas City, MO. Savreux used to hang around the Jack Kerouac School for Disembodied Poetics, and briefly attended the Kansas City Art Institute where he studied digital photography and multimedia.
He is the author of the eccentric poetry book "Graffiti on the Window". Currently, he is involved in volunteer work as a graphic designer and multimedia artist for local social justice non-profits and mental health advocacy. Savreux's preferred medium is the computer as well as a legal wall or sidewalk and he considers his art to be "outsider art".
Alexej's poetry and artwork can be found in local bookstores, online, in small e-journals and zines, and on the streets of Kansas, Colorado, New York, Vermont, and Missouri.
Penny Fairman is a self-taught Kansas City based artist. Her award winning art features bold colors and joyful themes. Her work is exhibited regularly in Kansas City venues and held in private collections across the United States.
I have a deep seated love for textiles and stitching. This medium feels natural in my hands and provides a spiritual connection for me that is both grounding and inspiring. My work is inspired by my experiences and enhanced by a love of texture, dimension and color.
My Muse is the World around me and my thoughts responding to this in quiet ways.
My spiritual and creative journeys have led me to partner with God to learn how to express the seemingly inexpressible discoveries and stories found hidden in the invisible worlds. Along the way, I have learned to embrace, value and celebrate my natural gifts of sensing, perceiving and intuition which has led me to form my own unique painting techniques as I seek to chronicle the landscapes of the invisible worlds though instinctual, organic and map-less artistic expression.
Mary Kay Fosnacht
Mary Kay Fosnacht uses mainly commercial cotton fabric in a representational style, but also does an occasional abstract and more recently, is creating with a modern aesthetic. Mary Kay enjoys the entire process of art quilt making from conception to label, especially the creative aspect of taking a thought and making it tangible. The recipient of many local and national awards, several of her quilts have been juried in to gallery and museum exhibits around the country.
I work with oil paints and mosaic. My inspiration comes from the unconscious. I allow spirit to move my creative process and allow whatever is present to emerge. I work with canvas or wood on the ground with action painting in the style of Jackson Pollock. On the easel my paintings are abstract expressionist in nature. My mosaics are often inspired by nature and are sometimes sculptural in nature. I also like to repurpose other objects such as old windows and other items to give them new life.
Clarissa's inborn creativity for design and embellishment lead her to become an entrepreneur in 2007. Her business, Rissa's Artistic Design (R.A.D.) is a haven for those who seek something special and unique. A self-taught artist hand crafting one-of-a-kind original masterpieces that will inspire your creative side. These designs range from Earthy to Edgy to Elegant. She utilizes artistic wire, gemstones , cowrie shells, buttons, wood and even tree branches in order to create works of artistry.
I’m a Scanner described in “Refuse to Choose” by Barbara Sher. She explains there are individuals who simply cannot, and should not decide on a single path. They’re genetically wired to pursue many areas. They’re “Scanners” — people with unique minds that do not zero in on a single interest, but rather scan the horizons, eager to explore everything they see. In essence, inspiration and my inquisitiveness creates the path in what I enjoy doing that moment in time.
Helen Brewer is a self-taught mixed media collage artist who has been heavily influenced by eye-catching, high contrast graphic design. She has exhibited in the Kansas City area off and on for several years. For the last 2 years has worked on determining her style while experimenting with found and purchased papers, acrylic paints, ink and pencil.
After 25 years as an art therapist and counselor, JoEl Vogt is spending more time in the nature preserve in the Ozarks she shares with her husband. This sanctuary of beauty invites multiple opportunities for her creative pursuits and has inspired over a decade of paintings and fiber art filled with color and light. Most recently, she is using a more conceptual approach that goes beyond what she sees and clearly reflects her inner joy and love of the natural world that surrounds her.
I choose to focus on the positive in life. With watercolor, I try to capture that special look in a beloved pet's eyes or the beautiful fragility of a flower. I hope the joy I feel in painting comes through to the viewer.
Sharon Rodriguez is a photographer living and working in Olathe, Kansas. Her photographic documentary work focuses on the exploration of marginalized communities. She produced a book "Homeless Not Invisible" from her photographs.
Her photographs include travel, everyday life, and her family. She enjoys showing her work at local galleries and libraries.
Maura Garcia Dance
Dancer/choreographer Maura Garcia collaborates within communities to create stories of identity and place. She is fascinated by stories that have been hidden and the unexpected connections that arise when they are rediscovered. Originally from North Carolina, Maura is an Indigenous woman (Cherokee/ Mattamuskeet) who brings her own mixed-blood southern story to her work. Maura uses her art to form connections, to uplift Indigenous cultural values and to explore the rhythms of the natural world.
I work in water media for the spontaneity and space for the unexpected it provides. While my paintings present recognizable images I do not attempt to reproduce the source with absolute consistency. The qualities of the pigments, water, and paper are intrinsic to the expression. Much of my work focuses on the everyday, items or people, isolating them and creating a space to reflect and look more deeply.
Visual art and poetry have been in conversation since the time of the ancient Greeks. I pair original poems and photographs that speak to one another. I photograph the beauty that appears in front of me every day--sunrises, plants, animals, the moon. I am taken in by patterns and relationships that I see outdoors, like a drying blossom hugging a new bud or a pair of trees that look like parenthesis. The poems tell the story of what the photographs say to me.