There are no people like show people!

I am blown away by the talent that Kyle and I are surrounded by.


Katie Gilchrist

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.

Marco Pascolini





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.


Erin McGrane and Jeff Freling as Victor & Penny

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.


Kyle and Erin

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!


Katie Gilchrist


Marco Pascolini


Victor & Penny



And btw, Kyle has a show opening tomorrow night (Friday, June 20th) as part of the KC Fringe Festival with yet another group of very talented people!


  1. Erin July 19, 2012 at 1:49 pm #

    Yes! perfectly said. And thanks to you, Chris, our award winning, wonderful visual artist!! We miss you and KC and will see you all very soon.

    • Chris July 19, 2012 at 4:28 pm #

      Erin – hope your birthday yesterday was a beautiful as you are. Oh, how we love Oregon too!

  2. bigjim July 20, 2012 at 12:01 pm #

    thanks AGAIN for sharing all your peeps with me!! i am so lucky to have met so many talented people in KC and seen so many shows and performances and presentations
    i wish i was there for kyle’s show!! i love to see the myriad facets of his talent. miss you. xoj

    • Chris July 20, 2012 at 1:33 pm #

      Wish you were here for tonight’s show too. Miss you!

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