As we savor a gorgeous Indian summer in Kansas City, I’m so pleased that artists are reaping the benefits of bright blue skies and sunny afternoons at art festivals across the city. At the Longview Art and Music Festival last weekend, I didn’t just enjoy the art at the festival. The drive to and from Lee’s Summit was a treat. The hills around Kansas City have started to turn colorful with golden, orange and purple leaves painting the landscape.
Longview Art and Music Festival included lots of local artists. It was a great chance to catch up with friends and see what my “neighbors” are up to, especially ceramicists. One friend, Beth Costner, was there showing off new jewelry pieces and fun baubles. Her work is always varied and fresh and this weekend was no different.
I also enjoyed meeting a new artist whose fun animal pieces really spoke to me. Jill Flinn of Flinn Designs, creates whimsical pieces of animals prancing across their landscapes using a method called bas relief sculpture. It’s a combination of paper sculpture and acrylic paint that adds more depth to the painting surface. Not only does she do fabulous artwork, she and her husband also do amazing work for animals. They operate a no-kill shelter for dogs at their home in rural Missouri and the proceeds from Jill’s art help pay for the kibbles.