Art & Kansas is a place to call home!
by Nancy Lovendahl
I just returned from Kansas City and Lawrence last month, driving a sculpture there for inclusion in The Lawrence Arts Council Sculpture Show. This big show was juried by gallerist Bill Haw and the town was ready for their annual show of 8 well-scaled sculptures. The city works team helping me was experienced and fun, which made a big pick-up load a pleasure to install! While making the delivery, I had the chance to visit Haw Contemporary, a beautiful Kansas City gallery in the warehouse district, The Nerman Museum, The Kemper Museum plus The Sherman Museum back in Lawrence. I can’t express how much I enjoyed the hospitality from everyone. My meetings were cordial and relaxed to show my work to new faces. I do hope I get the chance to come back soon and work with some of these consummate professionals.
Part-time Aspenites and Kansas City friends Sharon and John Hoffman were fantastic hosts in getting me to the best of the arts in Kansas City. I had lunch with long-time friend of Anderson Ranch Arts Center artist and board member Lee Lyons catching up on his move into a new house there. His gorgeous collection looked great. He showed me his favorite historic latin illuminated manuscript from his stash. His collecting is a passion. Everyone told me not to miss the new wing of The Nelson Adkins Museum and holy schmoly…just get into your car and GO NOW! The sculpture of Judith Shea, Ursula Von Rydingsvaard and Roxy Payne are being shown off in the the best way I have ever seen. Massive works on flowing green lawns amid the largest privately held Henry Moore collection in the U.S. Kansas City is home to many of the long time philanthropists for a few centuries now.
I was corrected by the extraordinary collector, curator and fabulously humorous director of The Nerman, Bruce Hartman, that “Kansas City is the real gateway to the west.” The contrary was said by me, a born Chicagoan, reflecting my own prejudices. Kansas City feels like a mature grown-up to the young teenager that Denver is growing into. I got a city-fix the likes of New York without the hassle and bump. Its got Chicago-style friendliness, beauty and cultural sophistication but I might get corrected on that, too… very soon! Kansas is a one of a kind home land. http://nancylovendahl.com