Have I told you how much I love our neighborhood?


Columbus Park mapOur neigh­bor­hood of Colum­bus Park is a 1/2 square mile right in the cen­ter of the city with a sto­ried past. One of the old­est neigh­bor­hoods in Kansas City, it has a long his­to­ry of hous­ing immi­grants, and by 1920 there were 10,000 new­ly arrived Ital­ians liv­ing in the neigh­bor­hood. That even­tu­al­ly changed in the 1970’s as orga­nized crime rid­dled the neigh­bor­hood with vio­lence, lead­ing to an exo­dus of many Ital­ian res­i­dents. Colum­bus Park, the neigh­bor­hood cathe­dral, and a local non-prof­it once again opened their arms to new immi­grants, and a dis­placed Viet­namese pop­u­la­tion was wel­comed to begin their pur­suit of the Amer­i­can dream. Most recent­ly the neigh­bor­hood has become a des­ti­na­tion of a new sort of immi­grant. Drawn by the amaz­ing his­to­ry, the diverse com­mu­ni­ty, and the old archi­tec­tur­al bones, the cre­ative class has now tak­en hold in the neigh­bor­hood. From my stu­dio door I can see an Ital­ian restau­rant that has been in one fam­i­ly since the 1920’s, one of the city’s new col­lec­tive stu­dios, KC Tex­tile Stu­dio, and a ware­house filled to the ceil­ing with huge bags of rice to sup­ply the local Asian mar­kets. And if I were to have X-ray vision to see through the trees (and per­haps the new glass­es that I have yet to pick out), I could also see the Mis­souri Riv­er and a very, very busy train track.

It is in that spir­it of inclu­sion, diver­si­ty, and neigh­bor­hood pride, that the Trap Gallery, the nexus of the Colum­bus Park art com­mu­ni­ty (and our next door neigh­bor), will host the third annu­al Prox­im­i­ty show. I am pleased to share the gallery with 11 oth­er artists from the neigh­bor­hood as it show­cas­es our tal­ent­ed res­i­dents, and share with you two new pieces from my nascent Reli­quar­ies series.




May 16, 2014

Trap Gallery
525 Gillis


If you are in KC, please come down and vis­it our fab­u­lous neigh­bor­hood and enjoy the tal­ent that abounds!

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