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Now @ Leawood: Cynthia ChandlerCynthia Chandler

Wednesday, May 1, 2019 to Wednesday, Aug 21, 2019 at Leawood Pioneer Library

Art is fun—even when Life isn’t.  I like to make things. I enjoy life and believe in art that entertains, delights the eye and engages the mind.  My work involves nature, family or a sense of place that is infused with a playful spirit.  I try to produce my impressions of  life that I find entertaining and worthy of a closer look and appreciation. I enjoy painting in oil on canvas as well as working in mixed media using  fabrics and other items I have saved or discovered.

 

I work to capture moments in everyday life.  My work frequently shines  a light on unsung heroes whose work—whether raising offspring,  farming, doing chores inside or outside—has dignity and is deserving of respect. Their work may have been a meditation while creating,  done to serve a purpose, practice a skill, or just something to fill  time productively.

 

I seek to recall the memory of those who came before us while also adding my own interpretation…and remembering not to take things  too seriously.  Often items I use are either from my own childhood or culled from shopping flea markets, antique stores or garage sales.

I hope you enjoy viewing my art. I  certainly enjoyed making it.

 

Enjoy this exhibition through August 21.

http://www.cynthiachandlerart.com/

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Introduce yourself.  How long have you been a painter?

 

I’ve been an artist as long as I can remember.  I grew up taking art classes at The Mulvane Center for Art at Washburn  University in Topeka.  In school I always enrolled in art classes when they were offered as electives. At The University of Kansas I earned a Bachelor of  Art Education, which allowed me to take a wide variety of art classes from silversmithing​ to textile printing and of course, drawing and painting. 

 

When I was unable to find a teaching job when I graduated, I submitted my portfolio to Hallmark Cards International here in Kansas City.  I was lucky enough to be hired and went to work for Hallmark eventually advancing to the  Book and Calendar department.

 

What would you like people to know about the work on display at the Leawood Library?

 

I enjoy painting in oils and especially like to paint animals or people with eyes looking back at me.  Painting can be  lonely at times and I think having your subject gazing back at you helps keep you engaged.  There are so many  amazing animals in the world. I continue to explore animals we here in the midwest may not see outside of a zoo. There are four animal paintings at the Leawood Library (an elephant, pigs, fish and sloths), although only the sloth painting of the mother holding her baby is in oil.  The other three are archival prints of the original paintings which I 

have sold. 

 

I love reading and am so grateful to have some of my work on display at the library. Naturally, I had to do a painting of children reading a book (“The New Book”) hiding out under a table. The two panel painting of the family with the  piggy bank (“Saving $ = Family Fun”) was an experiment combining acrylic paint and vintage fabric from the 40’s and 50’s in keeping with this particular style of illustration. “Julia Cooks” represents Julia Child and her joyful attitude to creating in the kitchen. “Packing Nightmare” is a feeling everyone who travels has had at some time or other—either  when getting ready to go somewhere and not knowing what to pack, or when having to come back from a vacation  and not really wanting to!

More of my art can be seen at my studio at The Interurban Arthouse in Old Overland Park.

 

 

Describe your creative process.  How long does it typically take you to complete a painting?

I think my creative process goes on even when I’m not aware of it.  As an artist I think we are constantly looking and observing the world and people around us, thinking “Would that make a good painting? Should I take a quick photo for future reference?” I take photos a lot, as well as make a quick sketches just to serve as a reminder for later. I tear out of magazines for reference material and visit museums and galleries to see what others have done or are doing. When I finally start a painting I know in my mind what I want the finished work to look like.  I don’t think  I have a typical amount of time I spend on a painting—everyone of them is different. Some happen easily and others can take much longer than I think they should, but in the end it's always worth the time invested in it. I continue to take drawing classes, as drawing is the basic building block that everything else depends on. And it’s fun to draw!

 

 

What books, movies and/or music have inspired you recently? 

Mary Poppins Returns is my most favorite movie I have seen recently. The combination of live action and animation, as well as the amazing color palette, were delicious to see. The colors, music and story just made me happy. Where  the Crawdads Sing is the book I read most recently that I am hoping is made into a movie because of the descriptions of all the illustrations of nature the heroine created. I loved reading about her cataloging of various plant species  once she learned how to read and had books available to her. Reading is the key to everything.  I always am reading art magazines and new books about creativity and finding joy, because I think for me I want my art to create joy for the  viewer.

 

 

 

 

 

Art is fun—even when Life isn’t.  I like to make things. I enjoy life and believe in art that entertains, delights the eye and engages the mind.  My work involves nature, family or a sense of place that is infused with a playful spirit.  I try to produce my impressions of  life that I find entertaining and worthy of a closer look and appreciation. I enjoy painting in oil on canvas as well as working in mixed media using  fabrics and other items I have saved or discovered.

 

I work to capture moments in everyday life.  My work frequently shines  a light on unsung heroes whose work—whether raising offspring,  farming, doing chores inside or outside—has dignity and is deserving of respect. Their work may have been a... Continue »

Mike Massimino climbing

Hello Throwback Thursday!

It's an out-of-this-world Throwback Thursday! This week marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing. On July 16, 1969, Apollo 11 was launched, and it returned to Earth 8 days later on July 24, splashing down in the Pacific Ocean. Astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin set foot on the moon while Michael Collins orbited the moon in solitude.

 

We're celebrating our Summer Reading theme A Universe of Stories with an astronaut visit of our own: Mike Massimino! In 2002 and 2009, he took part in four space walks over the course of two missions to service the Hubble Telescope. Listen to our interview with him on our Did you hear? podcast episode on Monday, July 22, and then come meet him in person:

It's an out-of-this-world Throwback Thursday! This week marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing. On July 16, 1969, Apollo 11 was launched, and it returned to Earth 8 days later on July 24, splashing down in the Pacific Ocean. Astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin set foot on the moon while Michael Collins orbited the moon in solitude.

 

We're celebrating our Summer Reading theme A Universe of Stories with an astronaut visit of our own: Mike Massimino! In 2002 and 2009, he took part in four space walks over the course of two missions to service the Hubble Telescope. Listen to our interview with him on our... Continue »

Science Cafe

Science Café: Astronomy in Kansas City

Our skies are filled with vistas of planets, stars and galaxies. Learn about these and other astronomical wonders in the Kansas City skies in a riveting visual lecture.

Presented by Dan Johnson, founder of Astronomy Night & Day.

Mr. Johnson volunteers at the Powell Observatory, one of the largest public telescopes in the Midwest. He is a lifelong amateur astronomer and member of the Astronomical Society of Kansas City.

Our skies are filled with vistas of planets, stars and galaxies. Learn about these and other astronomical wonders in the Kansas City skies in a riveting visual lecture.

Presented by Dan Johnson, founder of Astronomy Night & Day.

Mr. Johnson volunteers at the Powell Observatory, one of the largest public telescopes in the Midwest. He is a lifelong amateur astronomer and member of the Astronomical Society of Kansas City.

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Central Resource Library
Casi Joy

City Center Live: Casi Joy

Join up-and-coming pop singer, YouTube sensation and The Voice contestant Casi Joy for an energizing solo performance at the Community Forum auditorium in the Lenexa City Hall, 17101 W 87th St Pkwy, Lenexa, KS 66219.

City Center Live is a partnership with the Lenexa Arts Council.

Join up-and-coming pop singer, YouTube sensation and The Voice contestant Casi Joy for an energizing solo performance at the Community Forum auditorium in the Lenexa City Hall, 17101 W 87th St Pkwy, Lenexa, KS 66219.

City Center Live is a partnership with the Lenexa Arts Council.

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Tamicka Monson

Friday's Featured ArtistTamicka Monson

Tamicka Monson describes herself as a "storyteller who uses her own life experiences to bring healing to others." A rapper whose latest song "Miry Clay" is a gospel-rap collaboration with singer Christa, Monson is also an inspirational speaker and accomplished songwriter. Enjoy our interview with this multitalented Kansas City artist.

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Please introduce yourself. Describe your music for new listeners.

My name is Tamicka Monson. I am from Chicago, IL, but currently live in Kansas City. I describe my music as “Music for those who know they are far from perfect, who desire change.” My music is real and raw, edgy, yet classy. I touch topics and go places others are afraid to.

 

How long have you been a songwriter and rapper? Who were some of your earliest musical influences?

I have been a songwriter and rapper for 18 years. I started off when I was 12, just re-making songs out of fun and later would freestyle and battle rap. I then started to actually write songs and melodies. My earliest musical influences were Eve, Eminem, Twista, and Lauren Hill.

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Space ... the final frontier

Throwback Thursday

The 50th anniversary of the first Moon landing is this month! 

Our summer reading theme is A Universe of Stories

It's almost like these two things were somehow related.

Got a little astronaut? Listen to our latest podcast episode!

The 50th anniversary of the first Moon landing is this month! 

Our summer reading theme is A Universe of Stories

It's almost like these two things were somehow related.

Got a little astronaut? Listen to our latest podcast episode!

Continue »

Read to a Dog

Read to a Dog

A child’s reading improves with practice. This relaxed, friendly session allows your kids to practice their reading-out-loud skills with a certified and well-behaved therapy dog as an audience. See the schedule »

Presented in partnership with Pets for Life, Inc.​ and Wayside Waifs​.

A child’s reading improves with practice. This relaxed, friendly session allows your kids to practice their reading-out-loud skills with a certified and well-behaved therapy dog as an audience. See the schedule »

Presented in partnership with Pets for Life, Inc.​ and Wayside Waifs​.

Red Cross

Red Cross Blood Donations

As of July 9th, the American Red Cross issued an emergency call for eligible donors to give now to stop an emergency blood shortage this summer. Based on current inventory levels, the Red Cross now has less than a two to a three-day supply of most blood types available – and in some cases, less than a day’s supply of type O blood. Blood donations are currently being distributed to hospitals faster than donations are coming in. Can you help? Search by zip code to find a location to donate »

Or swing by one of our locations to give:

  • July 23rd - Blue Valley Library - 10am-3pm
  • July 29th - Central Resource Library - 2pm-6pm
  • July 29th - Gardner Library - 1:30pm-5:30pm - This drive also has Free Worlds of Fun Tickets!
  • July 30th - Leawood Pioneer Library - 10am-3pm

As of July 9th, the American Red Cross issued an emergency call for eligible donors to give now to stop an emergency blood shortage this summer. Based on current inventory levels, the Red Cross now has less than a two to a three-day supply of most blood types available – and in some cases, less than a day’s supply of type O blood. Blood donations are currently being distributed to hospitals faster than donations are coming in. Can you help? Search by zip code to find a location to donate »

Or swing by one of our locations to give:

  • July 23rd - Blue Valley Library - 10am-3pm
  • July 29th - Central Resource Library - 2pm-6pm
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WRITERS UNITED

Writers United

Writers, unite. You might be seeking critique, a great prompt or just shared space to focus on your work-in-progress. Find inspiration and other local writers here at the Library. Connect with the Johnson County writing community and hone your craft. Light refreshments will be served.

Writers, unite. You might be seeking critique, a great prompt or just shared space to focus on your work-in-progress. Find inspiration and other local writers here at the Library. Connect with the Johnson County writing community and hone your craft. Light refreshments will be served.

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Central Resource Library
Fringe Festival

KC Fringe Festival Artist Reception and Sneak Peek

View works featuring local Fringe artists. Beginning at 6:30 pm, join us for a sneak peek of Fringe performances. The 15th annual KC Fringe Festival is a 14-day explosion of local, national and international unjuried, uncensored performing and visual arts. KC Fringe Festival is the biggest celebration of arts and culture in the Kansas City metropolitan region. Light refreshments will be served. Fun for the whole family. 2019 Fringe buttons will be available for purchase at this event.

View works featuring local Fringe artists. Beginning at 6:30 pm, join us for a sneak peek of Fringe performances. The 15th annual KC Fringe Festival is a 14-day explosion of local, national and international unjuried, uncensored performing and visual arts. KC Fringe Festival is the biggest celebration of arts and culture in the Kansas City metropolitan region. Light refreshments will be served. Fun for the whole family. 2019 Fringe buttons will be available for purchase at this event.

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Central Resource Library

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