Joyce Veazey & Diane Brown are Displaying at Roeland Park City Hall

Our longstanding and talented Raytown Artists Association members Joyce Veazey and Diane Brown are displaying at the Roeland Park City Hall during the month of March with a reception on Friday, March 23rd from 5pm to 8pm.

Mary Maude is showing at the Drury

Several of member Mary Maude’s ceramic sculptures will be part of the group show, “Synesthesia of Song” at the Drury on C-Street Gallery with an opening this coming Friday, March 2nd and continuing through March 30th. Mary Maude’s sculptural creativity derives from music and fits right in with the “Synesthesia of Song” theme of putting music into other mediums of art.

Drury on C-Street Gallery is located at:
233 E Commercial St, Springfield, MO 65803

David Alston Visits the RAA

Our RAA program on Thursday, February 15th featured artist David Alston, formerly of Baltimore, who shared his paintings and history. Thank you David, we were awed and inspired by you!

Visit David’s Facebook for more examples of his talent.

Dawn Thomas is Teaching a Watercolor Workshop

Member Dawn Thomas will be leading a watercolor workshop at Images Art Gallery for artists who are familiar with watercolor and want to improve on their composition and technique. The cost is $100 dollars due on or before the first session, Monday March 5th from 1pm – 3pm. There will be a total of four sessions each meeting on a Monday in March.

Images Art Gallery: 7320 W 80th St, Overland Park, KS 66204. Also, visit on-line to view more of Dawn Thomas’s art work or download the flyer for further details about this workshop.

Nancy Mathis Teaches Caricature Drawing

Thank you Nancy Mathis for making our monthly meeting so much fun!

Kicking off our first monthly meeting of 2018 was Nancy Mathis demonstrating the art of caricature drawing. Nancy had an adept model in our own Jodi McGee. After Nancy shared her best caricature teaching points she guided our group, step-by-step, with everyone learning how simple and revealing caricature drawing can be.

Make Your Own “Tipsy Tree”

This is going to be a fun ceramics class…anytime there’s a combination of wine and clay you’re guaranteed lots of smiles. And what fits better than creating a “Tipsy Tree”? Sign up for my class and I’ll show you how easy it is to create this unique holiday decoration.

Sign up here (costs $40) includes glass of wine and all supplies as well as kiln firings and electronic tea light candle to illuminate your tree. This one-time 2 hour class will be held at Got Art on 3rd, Friday November 17th from 7 to 9pm, in downtown Lee’s Summit, MO.

Now, can’t you imagine a Tipsy Tree softly glowing in your home?

Deborah Wallen

Thank you Deborah Wallen, for a friendly and informative live demonstration of your fine art skills working with pastels at our last Raytown Artists Association meeting, held October 19th.

Deborah, who has studied art all of her life, currently works from her studio in the Englewood Row Gallery & Art Space located at 10922 East Winner Road in Independence, MO.

Visit on-line to view Deborah’s artwork.

Field Trip Empty Bowls

A few of our fellow Raytown Artists Association members are arranging a field trip to enjoy this year’s annual Empty Bowls event to be held Friday November 3rd at Art Tech from 5:30 to 9pm. Buy a bowl, get some soup and enjoy the community support of Harvesters Food Network here in Kansas City. Members and interested parties can reach out to Dawn, our club President, or use our contact, form for more information.

Announcing the 2017 Invitational Winners!

2017 Invitational Winners

Thank you for everyone’s support! The talented artists, wonderful volunteer staff and the Sugar Ridge Band for providing entertainment. Another successful Invitational spearheaded by the Raytown Artists Association.

Best of Show – Ellie Behrman
People’s Choice Award – Shirleen Ogan
1st Place Drawing – Jerry Swartz
1st Place Watercolor – Phil Schmidt
1st Place Acrylic – Ken Downs
1st Place Mixed Media – Gayle Faulkner
1st Place Black & White Photography – Paul McMillian
1st Place Color Photography – Jana Stoebick
1st Place Pastel – Karen Stair
1st Place Sculpture – Mary Lynn Swafford
1st Place Oil – Ron Raymer
1st Place Jewelry – Gayle Faulkner

2017 scholarship recipient Davion Turner

FEATURED RAA Scholarship Chairperson Jodi McGee hands Davion Turner his 2017 scholarship award.

Davion Turner’s Winning Statement of Purpose:

Why Art?
Ever since I was a little kid, I have always had an eye for art. Whether it be from watching hours of cartoons after school or making my own comic books, the entire concept of drawing stuff was fun and has been at the center of my life forever. Thanks to my many inspirations such as; Captain Underpants, Eddsworld, and the early 2000’s era of cartoon shows, I have become hooked to the genre of art. These pieces of art helped me forge my own comic stories, style of drawing, and has exposed me to all different kinds of art. I have become interested in Photography, Graphic Design, Animation, and Film-Making, and thanks to a local Art Institute I am able to delve into each category with ease. The Kansas City Art Institute was my dream school to attend, and after recently being accepted, one of my dreams has become a want to try it all, I want to share my art with the world and inspire others to escape from their comfort zone, and achieve every dream they have bottled up want to become, the forever expanding artist.

2016 scholarship recipient Rachel Krulls