I am blown away by the talent that Kyle and I are surrounded by.
When we are traveling to shows, we are surrounded by tons of talented visual artists, some of which I have already introduced you to. But in contrast, because of the solitary nature of my studio work, when we are back in KC we are surrounded by Kyle’s people — performers.
Kansas City is becoming the hotbed of the performing arts that it once was, in the days of Charlie Parker and free-flowing, prohibition defying liquor. The moniker “Paris of the Plains” is beginning to take hold again. Living right in the center of it, we can sometimes forget what a special place and time this is. Having one of the most talented actors in town, Katie Gilchrist, spend the day working with us in the studio; renovating a house with one of the most lauded guitarists in town, Marco Pascolini; receiving texts from our close friends Erin and Jeff, who are touring the west coast as Victor and Penny, but are soon to return to KC where they choose to reside; this familiarity makes it easy to forget the extent of the artistry that surrounds us, and that it is our friends and peers that are leading this creative renaissance.
So while the tour buses pass by the stunningly beautiful Nelson-Atkins museum to awe the passengers, and the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts continues to get international press, the local press knows that it is the home-grown talent behind the walls that is making Kansas City really special! Sometimes it takes the local press to remind us. Not to tell us something we don’t already know, but to allow us the perspective — an arm’s length view to see it with. It’s like re-kindling your home-town pride by taking a first time visitor to all the best sites in the city.
So to our crazy talented friends that are changing the face of Kansas City, I say a big THANK YOU! I am proud of
you us! (and thank you Tim Finn for the reminder!)
Really and truly — take a few minutes to read about our remarkable friends!
And btw, Kyle has a show opening tomorrow night (Friday, June 20<sup class="ordinal">th</sup>) as part of the KC Fringe Festival with yet another group of very talented people!