The South West Boulevard Drive IN here in Kansas City is one of my go to favorite spots to slip back in time and soak up nostalgia. The play ground just as it was when I was a kid, car window mounted speakers, the feeling that everyone is outside together enjoying the stars and the movie. Pallets made in backs of cars for kids to snuggle up outside... how can you beat it. One of my favorite things about summer. Thank God for Wes and his family who own the drive in for keeping it real all these years.
6 months ago my daughter moved into my office/studio to begin her adult pursuit of post graduate job hunting. This has been the view from my desk. My artistic dream, silk panels hanging, perfectly framing the person that is precious to me. What a view. Some days I didn't appreciate the view or the presence, as in ahhhh give me my space, but most days I saw it as a wonder that I had this opportunity to watch her pursuit of accomplishing her dreams. We experienced the heavy cold winter days when it seemed like no one was answering a single email to "Can you believe it! So much is happening!" She has found the job now and will be moving to Austin this month. My faith and thankfulness are greatly increased by seeing how things unfold as they should, that I get to be so blessed as to watch it. I am one proud mama of this girl. She is a strong one. Bitter sweet joy... oh how good it feels.
Finn Bullers journalist | disability rights activist
Finn Bullers was the epitome of a fire eating journalist. But what he had to deal with and never complained about, was his own progressive neurological disease called Charcot Marie Tooth. After 15 years with the Kansas City Star, Finn became a policy adviser and full time advocate for people with disabilities. He fought for changes in KanCare that limited the amount of in-home care that he and other Kansans were allowed. Finn brought a tenacious approach for fighting for a number of key advocacy issues including customized wheelchairs. He was a member of the President's Council on Disabilities. Because of his efforts , the United Spinal Association named Finn its 2014 Advocate of the Year.
When his voice began to go he continued to speak loud which was a huge expression of the intense belief in causes for justice. When he could no longer type, he used the one finger he could control and continued to write furiously to his congressman as well as moving articles that articulate exactly what he needed to tell us. He made no excuses himself or for the rest of us. Finn became my friend and cheerleader. I followed him to protests. I followed him to the capital in Topeka to speak several times. I followed him through the hallway of the capital to find a piece of tape to hold is breathing tube together after one rally. What a trip. Finn had no fear.
I miss him.
Born in Klamath Falls, Oregon, Bryan Buckingham boarded a Greyhound bus with no destination in mind and ended up in Lawrence, Kansas where he decided to major in teaching at KU. His first brewery job was at Free State Brewery. Brian decided to change his major from teaching to beer. He became head brewer 8 months later at 75th Street Brewery. When he joined Cinderblock Bryan had been in the beer business for over 20 years.
Livin the dream.
Patricia Gray | yoga guru | adventurer
Patricia is a founding member of Kansas City's first yoga studio, The Yoga Center. In 1999, she traveled to India with Rotary International, where she was exposed to yoga's roots. Since 1974 she has practiced meditation and pranayama. "Yoga is all about renewal. When depressed, yoga enlivens. When stuck, yoga helps untangle. When in pain, it softens the blow."
Puffin Foundation- Teaneck, New Jersey- March 3 - April 30th
"Where We Are Now".
In recognition of Women’s History Month in March, 2017, the Puffin Cultural Forum will display artworks that speak to issues of feminism and state of women’s rights in light of the current social, political, and historical climate.
My portraits of the Women's March in Kansas City are a part of this exhibition.
Albrecht-Kemper Museum- Saint Joseph, Missouri- April 7th - June 30
"A Sense of Place"
Kansas City Society of Contemporary Photographers group show: Sense of Place explores the relationship between place and culture, in addition to individual and collective identity. I will have two pieces from the COMING HOME series in this exhibition. There are many wonderful photographers in this show. If you can make it to Saint Joseph, it will be worth the visit!