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Now @ Gardner: Kris Devlin

Wednesday, January 9 to Sunday, April 21, 2019

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

Hello My Name is Kris Devlin

I was born in NJ in 1979.  I graduated from Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in painting in 2008 with a partial scholarship funded by Hallmark.  During the day I am pleased to work with adults with developmental disabilities making art at Skills to Succeed in Olathe, KS.  My studio is located in Kansas City, MO. I work in watercolors, acrylic, and oil.

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

This series is an energy study.  I started a health coach program in August. I am diving into reading  about energetic lines in the human body, the science of habit change, and the awesome power of the human brain. Thinking about mindfulness and tools for  becoming grounded and the oceans that flank the US and what they have been witness too. These paintings are what I’ve been thinking and learning about. Please feel free to reach out with any questions.  

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

To acknowledge doubts and address them. To respect my painting time as work and non negotiable on my calendar.  Writing artists statements. It is my goal for that to be a fun natural process.

Who are the other artists you look to for inspiration?

Ari Fish, Jillian Youngbird, Heart of Gold Designs, Liz Luisada, Carmen Moreno,  Devany Amber Wolfe, Jennifer Sullivan, Charline Bataille, Muffy Brandt, Emily Sall, Paula Wilson, Sjulle, Whitney Manney, Amanda Guerra, Christina Muniz …  and so many more that I’m forgetting.

What are your book/music/movie recommendations? 

Self help

Energetic Boundaries by Cindi Dale

The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel van der Kolk M.D.

The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg

The Artist Way by Julia Cameron


Ideas moving forward

Murder Incorporated by Mumia Abu - Jamal  and Stephen Vittoria

The Future of Humanity by Michio Kaku

The Rooftop Revolution by Danny Kennedy

The Third Industrial Revolution by Jeremy Rifkin



The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley

House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende

Exit West by Moshin Hamid

The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri



Our Newest Picture Books

These are our newest picture books, ordered during the month of February and early Marc»


Music Monday Local Music Spotlight

Eddie Moore has been called "one of the most important young musicians" in Kansas City. His music is all over the map, encompassing everything from jazz to prog rock to funk, especially as showcased on such internationally acclaimed albums as Kings and Queens (with The Outer Circle) and his new band We the People on 2018's Bando. Moore has been recognized for his music highly collaborative, genre-pushing music as well as the many different music classes he teaches on a regular basis in and around Kansas City.


Homework Help, Interviewing, and Gregg's Picks

We dedicated this episode of Did you hear? To! Your Library card is your ticket live resume help, live homework help, test prep and more.

So you think you can interview? Marty Johannes & Dave Carson talk career and finance with and Janet Barrow from the Society for Human Resource Management of Johnson County. Later, Gregg Winsor recommends the best books that haven’t even hit the market yet!


Browse Our Book Sale

For more than 30 years, the Friends of the Johnson County Library have been supporting the Library’s collections and programming through sales of gently used items that have been “weeded” from circulation. The Cabin Fever Book Sale is your chance to purchase the best sellers you’ve been meaning to get your hands on. 

Come browse the Cabin Fever sale going on now at the Central Resource Library!

You’ll find great deals on a broad selection of books, music and movies. Most items priced $2 to $5 and cash, check and credit cards are accepted. All proceeds from the sale go to the Friends, which support the Library’s early literacy programs, staff professional development and special events. 

Sale hours are:

  • Friday, March 22, 9:30 am to 5:30 pm
  • Saturday, March 23, 9:30 am to 3 pm

The Friends are a membership organization with almost 1,000 participants. Their primary activities are operation of 3 bookstores at the Antioch, Blue Valley and Central Libraries, online sales and their annual book sales, such as the Cabin Fever Book Sale.


Throwback Thursday: Strang Car Barn

Some of the most interestingly unique architecture in downtown Overland Park is the historic Strang Car Barn. This curved-roof building today houses Vinyl Renaissance & Audio. is your place for Johnson County, Kansas history! Follow our hashtag on Twitter.  


Now @ Cedar Roe: Sophia Reed

Monday, January 7 to Sunday, April 21, 2019

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.


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


Music Monday Local Spotlight

Kemet the Phantom is Kemet Coleman, Vibe Maker, urbanist, rap artist, CEO and performer. His reach as a positive social and entertainment force in Kansas City seemingly knows no bounds. As both a solo performer and a member of The Phantastics, Coleman's music (which he has called a "winding river of sound") is as multi-disciplinary and energetic as his work on social and entrepreneurial endeavors. We are honored to share an exclusive interview with the man himself about the origins of The Phantom, his creative process and much more. Enjoy!


Staff Picks, Free Lunch Exhibition, Music

We dedicated this episode of Did you hear? to Staff picks! Find out what our professional readers approve. You can find Staff Picks at 

Today Dave Carson, Bryan Voell and Michelle Holden host the Minister of Information and his partner in art Sara Star in our “What’s Happening” segment. Spoiler alert! They’re related. They discuss their exhibition and programs based on the topic of food insecurity. Then, Matt Fuegen joins Bryan & Dave to talk music we recommend.