There are at least 125, and still counting, damn good reasons to go see Impressionist France at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.

“Fields in the Month of June” by Charles-Francois Daubigny is one excellent reason to visit France via an art exhibition at a museum in the American midwestern state of Missouri, the Nelson-Atkins. Who knew there was great art in and flowing through Kansas City, the home of a basically defunct public school district? Ouch, irony’s knife-edge is getting a tad sharp these days. No matter, the point of this missive is the wonderful art that has come to visit from October 19, 2013  to February 9, 2014.  The sheer size of “Fields in the Month of June” surprised me, as did the dimensions of a number of the other pieces you often view in print and sometimes online.  There are the LARGE Daubigny and Dore pieces to a small round photograph of a local regional girl in this exhibition. This serves as a certain metaphor for the entire show–large scope rendered with precise attention paid to small details in the same way painters used photographs to enhance their depictions of whatever was catching their image loving eyes. It’s all absolutely delicious eye feasting as far as I’m concerned.

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The number one reason, in my opinion: Gustave Dore’s “Deer In a Pine Forest” (Vosges) 1865.  Which seems to have disappeared from cyberspace since I first found a version of it to serve as a tempting main course.  In lieu of that incredible image itself, just toss the red figure out of the image below, darken the light, heighten the trees, give the huge painting a wall to own all by itself and you’ll have some notion of why Dore’s painting alone is worth paying the price of admission to the current exhibition at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art: Impressionist France, Visions of Nation From Le Gray to Monet. Note: “Figures by a Woodland Stream,” shown below, is not on display. But it gives a decent notion of the painting that you can almost walk right into-though I wouldn’t turn my toes out of this one either. No way.

The exhibition concentrates on mid 19th century France’s city-scapes, forests, rural areas, trains, water-scapes, artists and the people they painted–no, not the wealthy upper classes wanting their fashionable personages preserved for posterity, but such as “Washerwomen of the Breton Coast,” 1870 by Jules Breton. Oh, yes, the washerwomen are another major reason to catch this exhibition. There’s also Breton’s “The Wounded Seagull,” 1878 and his wonderful take on his wife, “Elodie With a Sunshade”; Bay of Dourarnenez (Woman with Parasol), 1870-71.  Hmm, yes, I took a fancy to Breton’s paintings.  He has a way with the ladies’ eyes and how they engage the viewer.  The Mona Lisa smirks. So what. She’s getting her face done by a painter while she sits around doing nothing except, possibly considering the recent gossip regarding sexual scandals. Breton’s women are not passive objects of affectation. They’re engaged in the landscapes in which they’re consciously inhabiting. They’re magnificent in their own right.  Men make war. Women wash clothes. Which one really keeps the world in some state worth living in? So, got it, Jules Breton’s Women are another major reason to see this art show.

Here’s another major reason to go to the art show: a Wet-plate Field Camera w/ Dallinger lens, tripod and equipment from France circa 1870s. For all you digital camera junkies, this huge field camera is a sight to behold. Imagine hauling around over one hundred pounds of wood, glass, metal and what all else in order to take a few pictures. It’s a magnificent specimen of artistic creation you can walk around–no touching allowed–and imagine getting yourself up close to “click” this huge beast’s “buttons.” Yeah, dream on. The products of such burdensome camera beasts are also in evidence in this exhibition–and they are dazzlers in their own rights. Gustave  Le Grey’s “Factory,” Terre-Noire, 1851-55, Joseph Vigier’s “Saint Sauveur, Port de Sia, Gavarnie Route,” 1853, along with the photos of Charles Nigre and the unknown photographer Giraudons Artist offer much for the eye and the intellect to consider of times and people long gone, yet glimpsed because these men turned their huge cameras’ lens towards them and pulled the imaging trigger.

Oh and there’s Berthe Morisot’s “The Harbor at Lorient,” 1869. It’s a wonderful study in light, water, white, blues and browns all rendered in the bright light of day with her sister dressed in white. It’s a gorgeous work displayed with some seascapes depicting some seaside people notions modern bikini bathers may find incomprehensible. Those are by the usual Impressionist guys.

Of course you’ll get your fix of Monet and Manet–with more of each in the permanent collection on display for nada all the time.  But you will also get to meet and greet some artists you might not think of when wanting to wade into the famous “Waterlilies.” Discover Frederic Bazille, represented by his “Porte de la Reine at Aigues-Mortes,” 1867–a depiction of a 13th century gate to the city. There’s Paul Huet’s beautifully rendered lighting in “The Ruins of the Chataeu of Pierrefonds,” 1867-68. Yes, there are more than a few castles in temporary residence and they’re wonderfully depicted, complete with splashes of red and white to draw attention to the local people en route to other places beyond the paintings’ scopes.

This is a show about context of place and the place is France from her seashores to her Alps–and what a showing it is in the darkened exhibition area with plenty of something for everyone’s taste palette, in my view. There are bright lights, muted atmospheres, and quiet farm scenes complete with bovines.  There are even some digitalized art books of glaciers and river scenes. The large and weighty originals rest under glass while your oily human fingers get to flip the their contemporary counterparts by running your fingertips across the glass. What a wonderful statement about the evolution of the photographic art form this is all by itself.

A very nice feature of this show is that once your ticket is bought you can enter and linger as long as you like, go forage for food, and return for another go around the exhibition as often as you care to –on the same day, of course. This isn’t set up to be a line of pushers and shovers roped off from the offerings. You can wander and loiter through the thoughtfully walled spaces with whatever engages your heart and mind–including the pieces on the prehistoric forests which no longer exist as they once did. Theodore Rousseau’s “The Rock Oak” (Forest at Forentainbleus), 1860-67.

One other very lovely surprise for me was a delightfully refreshing street scene of blues, greens and whites by Renoir, “The Grand Boulevard,” 1875. It is simply gorgeous. Go see the exhibition paths for yourself. What are you waiting for? France to come to you? This is about as close to that as you’ll get. But don’t forget, most of these images are long gone. If not for the artists, they wouldn’t exist.

Oops, I almost forgot, in this exhibit there are 125 pieces to view. That’s 125 reasons to go, at the very least.  Every reason thereafter is icing on the French Impressionist Cake Walk.

Impressionist France at the Nelson-Atkins

http://www.nelson-atkins.org/art/exhibitions/impressionist-france.cfm

Spencer Art Library Guide
Impressionist France: Visions of Nation from Le Gray to Monet

http://www.nelson-atkins.org/images/PDF/Education/Library/2013_Impressionist%20France.pdf

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Impressionist France: Visions of Nation from Le Gray to Monet

‘Fruitvale Station’ is now showing at Tivoli Cinemas in Kansas City, Missouri.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hello folks. As far as I can presently determine, the ONLY movie theater in Kansas City, Missouri currently offering ‘Fruitvale Station’ is the independently owned Tivoli Cinemas. Hats off to Tivoli’s  Jerry Harrington for bringing the film to Kansas City, Missouri. There’s a reason why this non-chain theatre continues to exist amidst all the big box chains and this is one of them–it brings things to us that we’d never otherwise get to see until they’re in little red envelopes.

 

Without further ado by moi:

Now Playing July 26 – August 1, 2013

2013 Sundance Grand Jury & Audience Award Winner
“FOUR STARS” – Kansas CIty Star
FRUITVALE STATION
RATED R  •  RUNNING TIME 1:25

FRI – SUN:  1:00, 3:15, 5:30 & 7:45
MON – THUR:  1:00, 3:15, 5:30 & 7:45

BUY TICKETS  | Watch Trailer

 

Discover Tivoli Cinemas  –>> http://www.tivolikc.com/

If anyone knows of another movie theater featuring ‘Fruitvale Station’ at this time in Kansas City, Missouri, please share where and leave a link in a comment.  There may be one because it is not designated as an “exclusive” on Tivoli Cinema’s website as is “A Highjacking”.  Thank you.

 

 

 

The Urban Farming Guys — “It Get’s Real in the Hood! Crazy!”

 

The video says it ALL.

Another world IS possible! A better world where people grow gardens and feed each other with love and caring.

The Incredible Winter Wonderland Coat Project!

from Yi-Ching Lin’s “waking up new” album

Tis the season of snow, wind, rain and cold for those of us without warm sandy beaches under our feet.  Tis the season of shopping too. Many folks use the gift giving holy days to update clothing needs for growing children.  In the Kansas City Metro area there’s a yearly winter clothing drive–”Project Warmth”–where people donate gently used coats at specially designated locations–check it out here –>>> http://www.projectwarmthkc.com/news-events/  .  Well, Cheryl Locke’s third graders do not live in the Kansas City Metro area, they live on the Pine Ridge Reservation, and hence will not be receiving any coats or blankets from “Project Warmth.” Having learned that approximately half of Ms. Locke’s students have no winter coats at all –that’s right these children have no coats to wear for a winter in South Dakota–I figured it’s worth putting out a call for a few coats for them.  So if your child is getting a coat upgrade this winter please consider sharing their outgrown winter wear with a coatless child. There’s no donation button. There’s no middleman. There’s just Cheryl Locke’s address, coat sizes and eight children in need of some winterizing like the little one in Yi-Ching Lin’s photograph. Thank you.

1-boy size 14/16
2-boy size 14/16
3-boy size 14/16
4-boy size 14/16
5-boy size small, one size below 14/16

6-girl size 10/12
7-girl size 10/12
8-girl size 10/12

If you can share a gently used winter coat, please mail it directly to:

Cheryl Locke

P.O. Box 264

Porcupine, SD  57772

Link to Yi-Ching Lin’s “width” http://yichinglin.com/2011/02/03/width/

POST UPDATE:   This particular Coat Crusade is Complete thanks to the Volunteers at the New American Shakespeare Tavern. See the Huzzahs! post for them. But if you’ve got coats which need children,  please see the One Spirit Needs list via the Okini list link here http://nativeprogress.org/index.php/en/ .

namaste

Two Headed Cow and an auction–only at KKFI–radio like you’ve never heard it before. They guarantee it.

Hey, whose up for some Two Headed Cow? That’s music not milk, folks. FYI, KKFI streams online at www.kkfi.org so you can listen to everything from Democracy Now! to JAZZ while surfing the cyberspace seas. If you’re a fan of jazz, blues, indie, folk, Latino, chamber –as in chamber music not chamber-pot, yes, that’s right, KKFI plays chamber music–rockabilly, Native Spirit, alternative news, Sprouts, L.A. Theatre Works, Bioneers, and just about anything else that it’s possible to shake a musical — or grass-roots–stick at, then there’s plenty to discover at 90.1 FM KKFI Community Radio Like You’ve Never Heard It Before. Yes, I’m willing to bet that this radio is not the usual airwaves ear fare. There’s no corporate influence yanking KKFI’s 100,000 watts and online streaming.  This is radio that people support with their pennies, dimes and dollars. It’s not a fluke.  It’s 20 something years young and still growing. If you’re already wired for sound then what’s stopping you from engaging? But to get the Live Two Headed Cow and The John McKenna party gig I think you need to haul azz to Kansas City today. Enjoy.

Bidding on the KKFI Holiday Online Internet Auction begins Friday, November 30th. Think of it!  No crowds, no driving, no nasty weather, no checkout lines…PLUS you get great unique gifts at bargain prices (the bidding starts 1/3 of the retail value). 
This will be the BIGGEST and BEST KKFI Holiday Auction! This year, we have over 300 gifts to bid on, including…

  • Auto Service: Winterize your car
  • Auto servicing, including five oil changes, tire rotation and more
  • Introductory Airplane Flying Lessons
  • Full body massage
  • CD Extravaganza (over 100 CDs by local and national blues, rock, folk, jazz, reggae artists…many autographed)
  • Books (autographed by Amy Goodman, Chuck Haddix, more)
  • Restaurant Gift Certificates
  • Home cooked Mexican meal for six
  • Music lessons (blues harp lessons by Levee Town’s Jimmie Meade, more)
  • Home made baked goods for your holiday party
  • Eight hours handyman work
  • Live theater tickets (Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre, American Heartland Theatre, Unicorn Theatre, Coterie Theater, 
  • Knucklehead Concert Tickets, Folly Theater Concert Tickets, Gem Theater Concert Tickets 

You can also show your support by donating goods and/or services to the KKFI Holiday Auction.  For example, maybe there are treasures in your basement or attic that you no longer need; or you can offer to bake a cake or pie; or offer your skills as a painter to paint a room or do a pedicure.    

 

If you are interested in donating goods or services to the holiday online auction, contact Bill Clause, KKFI Special Events Coordinator, (816) 994-7869 or email BillC@kkfi.org.

 

KKFI Holiday Party Features Barbecue, Liquid Refreshments, and Live Music by The John McKenna Band and Two Headed Cow
Two Headed Cow It’s the last Thursday in November. Thanksgiving is over and before long, it’s Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, Winter Solstice and, oh yeah, Chrsitmas.  TIME TO PARTY!
KKFI’s holiday party begins at 6pm at KKFI Studios. 39th & Main, KCMO, with barbecue and drinks,  followed by LIVE music featuring Two Headed Cow and The John McKenna Band. 
Holiday shopping Alert:
New CDs for Sale!
What do the bands Two Headed Cow and The John McKenna Band have in common? In addition to playing great music, both bands have new CDs for sale.
Tickets: $5 Door (barbecue, drinks and CDs extra)
KKFI 90.1 FM Community Radio | 3901 Main St. | Suite 203 | Kansas City | MO | 64111

Not so breaking news: Monet’s Water Lilies, Evolving Magazine, and I suspect the Sahara is invading North America.

It’s time to grab your favorite libation, wear as little clothing as is socially acceptable when meandering in public and lounge in some deep shade. Hola to everyone willing to leave their tracks via comments, silent lurker types and just plain quiet folks.  I wish I could say I’ve been vacationing on a pristine Pacific Island, but I haven’t been. But I can wish it, can’t I? We can all visualize oil free beaches with gorgeous blue-green water playing kiss tag with fine-grained sand. Engage in group collective day-dream NOW!

"coastlines" @ eva wojcik

 Yep, it’s HOT here in the land of Missouri where the twisters twirl when hot air meets cold front and the two dance.  I beat the heat one day at the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art where three of Monet’s Water Lilies panels are keeping company, as they ought, for the first time in decades. While this exhibit tends to be a tad full of admirers, some of whom like to get really CLOSE to the canvas, it’s worth making the effort to either wait them out or make multiple visits on the day of your ticket for those moments when there is a fully open view. Without obstructions like huge strollers and worshipping groupies the luminous quality of the painted water is easy to soak up.  Monet’s panels are really lovely. If you’re in the KC Metro area via residence or vacation the Water Lilies are worth dipping into–especially if you grab a discount online coupon worth a fiver.  Then again, if you’ve got the funds to fuel your gas tank for a vacation then a fiver probably doesn’t concern your wallet much at all. While there’s a price for the Water Lilies exhibit everything else is free for viewing as there is no general admission price. There’s plenty to see: the new Native American Collection (about which I may rant in the future), the wonderful Oriental and Egyptian exhibits, the Cricket accessories–no, not the game, but those musical little insects which were once all the rage with feeding bowls, homes, and toys, and the impressive Photography collection portions of which are on display in regularly changing exhibits. Oh yeah, there’s also a few tons of Henry Moore sculptures among the beautifully shaded outdoor grounds.  Frisbee, tai chai and picnics are allowed on the lawn, under the trees and on the steps. It’s easy to make a  day of it at the nicely air-conditioned Nelson if you’re so inclined. Hmm, I didn’t start this out as a promo for the Nelson but rather as a getting back into the land of blogs “howdy” to all. Really, I didn’t.

So now onto personal art news. Monet I’m not. But my show at the Westport Coffeehouse in Kansas City’s Westport district is on through the end of June. Other work is on display at Frick Electronic’s Modern Art Gallery in the Englewood area of Independence. The little Englewood area is working hard to revive this shopping district with coffee shops, markets and businesses using their wall space for art gallery displays. There’s even the Vogue Salon and Spa with its walls covered in photography for view while they cut and style  your golden locks.  Every third Friday they host an Artwalk complete with music and munchies. All that’s missing is an evening Farmers’ Market. Links to Westport Coffeehouse and Frick’s are over at my energyscapes blogcasa  www.evaenergyscape.wordpress.com 

To complete all my yapping about myself….blah, blah, blah…. Hey, how’s your cold drink holding up wherever you’re lounging?  Okay last horn blow:   

I’m thrilled that “coming” is featured on the June cover of “Evolving, A Guide for Conscious Living.”  Much thanks to publisher Jill Dutton for the opportunity.  You can check out “Evolving” at www.evolvingmagazine.com  The current issue has an interesting piece on Women in Business. 

Hope everyone is staying sane in these insane times.  Yes, insane–dams, pipelines and oil rigs running rampant. Yep, it’s tough to not rant about our environment–especially with all this HEAT.  Iced gunpowder green tea is doing all it can to cool me off–but there’s only so much it can do.  What’s chilling your heels lately? 

Peace to all.

"coming" @ eva wojcik

City Market Coffeehouse Hosts “snow blue” & energyscapes at the River Market

snow blue @ eva wojcik 2011

If  you’re out roaming the Kansas City River Market for food and fun mid-March to April, catch “snow blue” and other energyscapes along with a cup of great java at the City Market Coffeehouse.  Show opens on Friday, March 18 with a reception 6-8pm. 

Click to view the City Market.

Stone Spirit Lodge hosts “energy-scapes” through March. ~Rock Inn fields “Spring Rain.”~

If you find yourself wandering down Westport Road in Kansas City, Missouri in search of a great grinder at Mario’s or The Best, bar none, cafe mocha at the Broadway Cafe, please do wander into Stone Spirit Lodge for some “Wild Joy” and a sighting of my energy-scapes.  From yoga to rain-sticks, Paul and Dawn have got whatever it takes to trip your joystick, including a Gratitude Open Mic night for poets and musicians every second Friday.

Hummingbird Kisses @ eva wojcik

 

Click to visit Stone Spirit Lodge

 

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Also, “Spring Rain,”  a collective work of nine watercolors with accompanying haiku has been fielded at the Rock Inn, Kearney, Missouri.

Spring Rain @ eva wojcik

 

“satisfying”

soaking deep soil sigh

comingling moist haze flows

water blurs all bounds

 

Rock Inn, Kearney, Missouri

Click the Inn to visit its cafe, rooms for rent and deli.

If cyberspace is your main mode of gallery travel, then please feel free to check out energy-scapes via the link on the sidebar to an online portfolio.

Peace all.

Stone Spirit Lodge offers the Wild Joy of Two Hawks Flute

Here’s a heads up for all lovers of Native American flute music in the Kansas City metro area:  John Two-Hawks will perform at Stone Spirit Lodge on January 29, 2011 (Saturday).  You can hear Two Hawks in concert and  explore the wild joy of Stone Spirit Lodge at 309 Westport Rd. A simple call to Paul and Dawn at               816-561-7900        can score you some incredibly affordable tickets ($15) for a concert by this award winning Oglala Lakota flutist.

Follow the link or click on the photo of John Two Hawks to visit his website for more music, photos and information.

http://www.johntwohawks.com/

John Two Hawks on Pine Ridge Reservation

 

click to savor Stone Spirit Lodge’s Wild Joy

Black Bull, Eagle Butte, 1922

Black Bull

 

Black Bull

 

Black Bull p. 2

   As with all other such documents posted here, this is from the National Archives in Kansas City, Missouri. All materials are in the public domain. This information is from Record Group 75.  Material is posted in order to make it available to those who would not otherwise have access. It is also posted, with respect for the people portrayed, in order to educate and inform others about the living conditions on the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation, South Dakota, in 1922.  The attitudes and perspectives presented in such documents are solely those of the ‘writers’ of the documents–who are so far unknown to me. I am willing to attempt to answer any questions about the materials to  the best of my ability.

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