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  • Ken Dela
    Ken Dela Ken Dela
  • Ken Dela
    Ken Dela Ken Dela

Now Showing at Lackman: Ken DelaKen Dela

Sunday, Jan 6, 2019 to Sunday, Apr 21, 2019 at Lackman Library

Currently the Art Director at The Culture House in Olathe, KS, Ken Dela’s main passion, aside from his own art, is mentoring young artists. He experiments with different media and is stylistically versatile. Whether it’s street art or more detailed portrait work, Dela says, “I am always learning and am forever a student. I feel that the minute you stop learning is the minute you stop growing and improving, not just in your craft, but also in your life.” Dela's work will be on display at the Lackman Library through April 21.

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Introduce yourself and describe your work and the genre you work in.

I am a Kansas City Freelance Artist and also the Art Director at The Culture House in Olathe, Kansas where I love to mentor young artists and watch them grow. When I'm not mentoring our youth, I'm a freelance artist who enjoys seeing what combination of mediums he can put together. My goal in art is to share my vision with the world. I enjoy experimenting with different mediums while using a lot of stencils and shaker cans. I am very versatile with what  I can do, that’s what keeps things interesting, anywhere from a street art style to more detailed portrait style work. 

 

Talk about the work on view. What would you like people to know about it?

Currently, I am working on a series of paintings which are inspired by quotes, sayings, feelings or advice. With our world today so hectic, crazy, busy and bullyish, I use bright contrasting colors with lines and patterns. I am always hoping to capture the attention of someone racing by; encouraging them to slow down, even if it’s just for a second. I feel if I can touch just one person with one of my paintings, then the painting was successful

 

What’s the most challenging thing about your creative process?

I am always learning and am a forever student. I feel that the minute you stop learning is the minute you stop growing and improving, not just in your craft, but also in your life. The challenge is too not fall into the trap of complacency but to continue pushing yourself, even on the days you don't want to.

 

Who are the other artists you look to for inspiration?

I have always been inspired by those who pushed the envelope a bit or figured out how to stand out in the crowd. Some of my influences are Andy Warhol for his ability to take his art, mass produce it and make it affordable for the masses. Romero Britto, who is based out of Miami, for his ability to bring happiness through the big, bright, bold paintings and Rene Magritte for the way he could create these dream like illusion pieces without them looking too over the top.

Currently the Art Director at The Culture House in Olathe, KS, Ken Dela’s main passion, aside from his own art, is mentoring young artists. He experiments with different media and is stylistically versatile. Whether it’s street art or more detailed portrait work, Dela says, “I am always learning and am forever a student. I feel that the minute you stop learning is the minute you stop growing and improving, not just in your craft, but also in your life.” Dela's work will be on display at the Lackman Library through April 21.

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Wasted Food Documentary

Wasted: The Story of Food Waste Screening

Johnson County has a generally affluent population yet food waste and food insecurity are problems here. According to a study from The Food Policy Council of Johnson County, food waste here is estimated at about 1.6 million pounds annually, valued at approximately $7 million. During the past five years it has been estimated that 11.6 percent of Johnson County households experienced some kind of food insecurity. 

Join Johnson County Library to examine the issues of hunger. We'll be screening two documentaries, Wasted: the Story of Food Waste, and A Place at the Table on several dates in two locations. Plenty of seating will be available. For an extra-comfy viewing experience, bring your blankets and lawn chairs. Refreshments will be provided. See all of our coming food, food budgeting, and food insecurity-related programming » 

Presented with the Food Policy Council of Johnson County. Licensing provided by After the Harvest.

Johnson County has a generally affluent population yet food waste and food insecurity are problems here. According to a study from The Food Policy Council of Johnson County, food waste here is estimated at about 1.6 million pounds annually, valued at approximately $7 million. During the past five years it has been estimated that 11.6 percent of Johnson County households experienced some kind of food insecurity. 

Join Johnson County Library to examine the issues of hunger. We'll be screening two documentaries, Wasted: the Story of Food Waste, and A Place at the Table ... Continue »

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Your Gift Makes An Impact

The Johnson County Library Foundation’s mission is to build an endowment for the Library’s collection and secure support for life-long learning programs offered at Johnson County Library.

The  Foundation does this by securing and managing donations from individuals, businesses, and foundations to support the Library above and beyond what public funding provides. Special thanks to all of you who have made a donation, participated in a fundraising event, or volunteered! The Foundation counts on the financial and in-kind support of individuals, businesses, and charitable foundations to grow to meet the ever-changing needs in Johnson County.

In 2018, more than 500 individuals, couples, corporations and foundations made a point of making a donation to the Foundation to support the Library's programs. Go here to see the impact your gift has made. 

Since its establishment in 1996, the Foundation has supported the Library’s lifelong learning programs including:

  • Collection and resource enrichment
  • 6 by 6 Ready To Read
  • Summer Reading
  • Homework Help
  • Tutor.com
  • elementia Teen Literary Program
  • Black & Veatch MakerSpace
  • Civic Engagement
  • Joan Berkley Writers Fund 

Thank you for your continued support. Your gift has the power to change lives! 

The Johnson County Library Foundation’s mission is to build an endowment for the Library’s collection and secure support for life-long learning programs offered at Johnson County Library.

The  Foundation does this by securing and managing donations from individuals, businesses, and foundations to support the Library above and beyond what public funding provides. Special thanks to all of you who have made a donation, participated in a fundraising event, or volunteered! The Foundation counts on the financial and in-kind support of individuals, businesses, and charitable foundations to grow to meet the ever-changing needs in Johnson County.

In 2018, more than 500 individuals, couples, corporations and foundations made a point... Continue »

Kadesh Flow

Music Monday Local Music SpotlightKadesh Flow

Kadesh Flow is an amazingly multifaceted artist whose creative drive seemingly has no end. Describing him as an "emcee, trombonist and producer" only scratches the surface. He not only has performed in support for artists such as Janelle Monae, Dave East, The Revivalists and Tech N9ne, he is an avid reader and member of the NPC (Nerdy People of Color) Collective, a "community for underrepresented nerd enthusiasts." Enjoy our interview with Kadesh Flow about these subjects, how gaming and anime have influenced his music, and much more.

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Introduce yourself and describe your music for new listeners.

I'm Kadesh Flow, an emcee, trombonist, and producer hailing from Spanish Fort, Alabama. My music is a combination of my love of jazz and my affinity towards southern and Midwest hip-hop. Lyrically, my content is about life, but from the lens of a blerd/geek who plays a lot of video games, consumes a lot of anime and sci-fi, and was heavily impacted by the fantasy worlds I consumed and am consuming. A lot of my music can be considered nerdcore, while some of what I do is just plain old socially conscious rap.

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Mark your calendar!

This Week at the Library

This week at the Library, you can

swap recipes and tips for party food at An Edible Discussion, Monday, Feb 11, 6:30pm @ Central Resource Library

Find Your Dream Career (register here) Tuesday, Feb 12, 6pm @ Monticello Library

learn about food waste at our documentary screening of Wasted: The Story of Food Waste Wednesday, Feb 13, 6pm @ Central Resource Library

enjoy music with Opera 180 at City Center Live Friday, Feb 15, 7pm @ Lenexa City Hall

& much more »

This week at the Library, you can

swap recipes and tips for party food at An Edible Discussion, Monday, Feb 11, 6:30pm @ Central Resource Library

Find Your Dream Career (register here) Tuesday, Feb 12, 6pm @ Monticello Library

learn about food waste at our documentary screening of Wasted: The Story of Food Waste Wednesday, Feb 13, 6pm @ Central Resource Library

enjoy music with Opera 180 at... Continue »

Tax Help is Here

Your Tax Help Central

Tax season is here, and just getting started can be taxing. Need a form or a bit of assistance filling out those forms? The Library and AARP are here to help with services at our Central Resource Library.

Tax forms

  • Online forms: We're happy to help you print any form at any location for 15 cents per page.
  • Paper forms: Starting late January, Central Resource Library will have a limited supply of federal paper tax forms.

Tax assistance

Avoid the anxiety. Get your tax season off to a good start at the Library.

Tax season is here, and just getting started can be taxing. Need a form or a bit of assistance filling out those forms? The Library and AARP are here to help with services at our Central Resource Library.

Tax forms

  • Online forms: We're happy to help you print any form at any location for 15 cents per page.
  • Paper forms: Starting late January, Central Resource Library will have a limited supply of federal paper tax forms.

Tax assistance

  • AARP Tax-Aide volunteers: Get help preparing individual tax returns for middle- and low-
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Legislative coffee

Legislative Coffee Series

Discover what's percolating in the Kansas Legislature. Representatives and Senators with constituents in Johnson County will discuss the new legislative session, followed by Q&A. You bring the questions, we provide the coffee and doughnuts. Presented with the League of Women Voters.

Panelists will include:

  • Senator John Skubal, District 11
  • Senator Molly Baumgardner, District 37
  • Representative Brett Parker, District 29
  • Representative David Benson, District 48
  • Representative Megan Lynn, District 49
  • Representative Kellie Warren, District 28 

Discover what's percolating in the Kansas Legislature. Representatives and Senators with constituents in Johnson County will discuss the new legislative session, followed by Q&A. You bring the questions, we provide the coffee and doughnuts. Presented with the League of Women Voters.

Panelists will include:

  • Senator John Skubal, District 11
  • Senator Molly Baumgardner, District 37
  • Representative Brett Parker, District 29
  • Representative David Benson, District 48
  • Representative Megan Lynn, District 49
  • Representative Kellie Warren, District 28 
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Central Resource Library Carmack Community Room Accommodates up to 150 people. Meeting Rooms are free and available for use by government agencies and nonprofit groups engaged in educational, cultural, intellectual, recreational, or charitable activities - Spherical Image - RICOH THETA

Reserve a Room

We're here to serve you. Not just with our remarkable collection of materials for you to check out. Not just with our impactful programs and events. Sometimes you just need space. Whether it's to study, have a conference, meeting, class, whatever, the Library has rooms for you! From 1 person to 150 people, you can reserve a room that suits your educational, cultural, intellectual, recreational, or charitable activities. 

We're here to serve you. Not just with our remarkable collection of materials for you to check out. Not just with our impactful programs and events. Sometimes you just need space. Whether it's to study, have a conference, meeting, class, whatever, the Library has rooms for you! From 1 person to 150 people, you can reserve a room that suits your educational, cultural, intellectual, recreational, or charitable activities. 

Historic Hats Throwback Thursday

How many hats can you find in the collections at jocohistory.org? Discover the story behind these images and get all the details. It's your place for Johnson County, Kansas history! Follow our hashtag on Twitter.

How many hats can you find in the collections at jocohistory.org? Discover the story behind these images and get all the details. It's your place for Johnson County, Kansas history! Follow our hashtag on Twitter.

  • Sophia Reed
    Sophia Reed Sophia Reed
  • Sophia Reed
    Sophia Reed Sophia Reed
  • Sophia Reed
    Sophia Reed Sophia Reed
  • Sophia Reed
    Sophia Reed Sophia Reed

Now @ Cedar Roe: Sophia ReedSophia Reed

Monday, Jan 7, 2019 to Sunday, Apr 21, 2019 at Cedar Roe Library

Sophia Reed’s work challenges the traditional function of portraiture by creating an unusual perspective that incorporates scenes from everyday life. She primarily uses unusual framing techniques to lead the viewer toward a visual experience that explores art history, the abject, the provisional and the everyday. Reed received a BFA from the University of Central Missouri in 2014 and has studied and taught in New York.

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Introduce yourself and describe your work and the genre you work in.

I graduated from the University of Central Missouri in 2014 with a Bachelors of Fine Arts and another degree in Art Education. After graduation I moved to New York City for a couple years to learn from exposure to a new environment while challenging and stepping fully into my art practice. In 2016 I decided to move back to Kansas City in order to focus further on my work in a city that was more affordable and livable. I now live in Kansas City, KS and work in Kansas City, MO. I have a day job as an Assistant Distiller, the rest of my time is spent in my artist studio.

In undergrad I spent most of my time painting in oils, more recently I have started using an airbrush which gives a better sense of atmosphere in my work. This past summer I was able to take a Digital Fabrication intensive at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where I learned how to use a laser cutter. I have been using the laser cutter in order to make unique frames and play with my old ways of working using a new media.

 

Talk about the work on view. What would you like people to know about it? Do you have a favorite piece?

In these works I am reimagining portraiture to be more inclusive, everyday images of the world I see. The important thing to know is a lot of these frames are inspired by famous works of art but I change the subject matter whether its a man holding a flower or a woman cutting her finger nails its about a more recognizable image. While in Chicago this summer I was disappointed by the images that filled the walls, they did not represent the world I saw. One kind of people group was represented, those with wealth are the common figures in portraiture of the past. I don’t have a favorite piece but Nail Clipper is the first Airbrush piece I ever did. King and Queen was made for a man I met at Home Depot. Mona in Space was the result of a frustrating day where the model I was originally going to paint never showed.

 

What’s the most challenging thing about your creative process?

Being an artist is not easy, it is the thing I most love yet it rarely pays. I have to spend a lot of time doing something I had to learn to be skilled at in order to make money in life. I have had countless jobs trying to make enough to pay my bills. Art making takes time and its hard sometimes to give so much of your time to someone else. Even though its hard, I am thankful to have a job. The creative process is not always as glamorous as people might think, I spend a lot of hours taking care of logistical everyday tasks in order to get a few hours into the studio. Its worth it though, it keeps me going and I am incredibly fortunate to be able to express myself through art.

 

Who are the other artists you look to for inspiration?

To name a few: Marisol Escobar, Robin F Williams, Catherine Haggarty, Anthony Cudahy, Nina Chanel Abney, Katsushika Hokusai, Titus Kaphar, Emilie Stark-Menneg.

 

What are your book/music/movie recommendations?

Books: Homegoing by Yah Gyasi, Another Country by James Baldwin, The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer

Music: Waxahatchee, Yo La Tengo, Tops, Car Seat Headrest, Little Dragon, No Name’s Telephone album.

Movies: Maniac the Netflix series, Black Panther, Lady Bird

Sophia Reed’s work challenges the traditional function of portraiture by creating an unusual perspective that incorporates scenes from everyday life. She primarily uses unusual framing techniques to lead the viewer toward a visual experience that explores art history, the abject, the provisional and the everyday. Reed received a BFA from the University of Central Missouri in 2014 and has studied and taught in New York.

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Introduce yourself and describe your work and the genre you work in.

I graduated from the University of Central Missouri in 2014 with a Bachelors of Fine Arts and another degree in Art Education. After graduation I moved to New York City... Continue »

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