This Weekend’s Big Art Fair: Plaza in Kansas City


Like most big art fairs in other cities Kansas City is host not only to the Plaza Art Fair this weekend but also the Unplaza Art Fair takes place this Saturday and Sunday, September 22 and 23, on the grounds of the All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church at 4501 Walnut Street hosting more than 85 artists.

Want to know more about the Unplaza, billed as “a little more crafty, a little more crunchy and less slick?” Read Tony Millett’s story at this link.

There are definitely differences between the two events: the Unplaza does not have corporate sponsors or food from fancy restaurants, nor frankly, the quality of art you will find on the Plaza. What is cool about it though is that it benefits PeaceWorks Kansas City, a nonprofit, all-volunteer group. “Percentages of the artists’ income also benefit “Adopt-A-Minefield,” a U.N. sponsored effort to clean up some of the debris American adventuring has left behind.”

At the Plaza you will see some of the best of the nation’s touring artists (especially good is the painting), winners of the juried competition to be present in K.C. this weekend. 230 exhibitors meet the public at the Friday night festive opening.

Watching them setting up in the heat of Friday afternoon it is quite amazing to see the transformation of a somewhat motley gang of workers become sophisticated purveyors of fine art by the end of the day.

Have you ever been present during the setting up of an art fair? It might make you realize that the price tags on the artwork is much fairer than you thought at first glance.

To read more about the Plaza Art Fair on the Country Club Plaza visit the Kansas City Star at this link.


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