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.