Fine Art/Fine Craft at the Leedy-Voulkos Art Center

Fine Art/Fine Craft: New Work by the Kansas City Fiber Group | Webster Fiber Arts

Hi folks,

This is big!

The Kansas City Fiber Group has a show opening on May 3, 2019 at the Leedy-Voulkos Art Center in Kansas City’s Crossroads Art District. Fine Art/Fine Craft: New Work by the Kansas City Fiber Group includes work by 13 fiber artists. We use a variety of fiber techniques including crochet, weaving, stitching, printing, quilting, surface design, netting, felt making, indigo dyeing, cyanotype, and more. This show is going to be super cool!

The opening reception for Fine Art/Fine Craft is May 3, 2019 from 6PM to 9PM, part of Kansas City’s First Fridays. We will also be doing an Artists’ Talk on June 15, 2019 at 1:00 PM at the gallery.

Fine Art/Fine Craft: New Work by the Kansas City Fiber Group
May 3 – July 27, 2019
Leedy-Voulkos Art Center
2012 Baltimore Ave.
Kansas City, MO 64108
Hours: Wednesday – Saturday, 11AM – 5PM
Free Admission

Opening Reception: Friday, May 3, 2019, 6PM – 9PM
June First Friday Hours: Friday, June 6, 2019, 6PM – 9PM
July First Friday Hours: Friday, July 5, 2019, 6PM – 9PM

Artists’ Talk: Saturday, June 15, 2019, 1PM

I hope you’ll be able to come out to our exhibit!

Until next time,
Annie

Best of Missouri Life Market Fair

Hi folks,

Art Rocks by Annie Webster | Webster Fiber Arts

I’m excited to be heading back to the Best of Missouri Life Market Fair! I had a great time at this show last year, and I will have a lot of new work (including the art rocks pictured here) in my booth this time around.

This is the second year for this event at Powell Gardens in Kingsville, MO. Powell Gardens is one of my favorite places in the Kansas City area—there are beautiful flowers and trees and water features and architecture and, well, it is just great. And there are going to be more that 90 Missouri artists and makers there! It is sure to be a fabulous weekend.

Second Annual Best of Missouri Life Market Fair
April 27 – 28, 2019
Powell Gardens
Kingsville, MO 64061
10 AM – 4 PM
Festival admission applies: $12 Adult, $5 Youth (5-12), 4 & Under are free | Members are FREE

I will be indoors for this event, so weather won’t be an issue. I hope to see you there!

Until next time,
Annie

Fourth Friday Art Walk in Lee’s Summit

Hi folks,

Best of Missouri Hands On The Road Opening Reception

The opening reception for the Best of Missouri Hands “On the Road” Exhibit is this Friday, April 26. The reception is being held in conjunction with Lee’s Summit’s Fourth Friday Art Walk, so there will be art everywhere in downtown Lee’s Summit, Missouri.

Several of the exhibiting artists will have additional art for sale during the reception. I will be there with a lot of new pieces I’ve been working on since the beginning of the year. Yay!

Our reception is in the City Hall lobby, so weather shouldn’t be an issue. Again, yay!

Best of Missouri Hands On the Road Opening Reception
Friday, April 26, 2019
Lee’s Summit City Hall
220 SE Green
Lee’s Summit, MO 64063
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM

On the Road will be on display March 4 through May 24, 2019.

There will be a Closing Reception on Friday, May 24.

Until next time,
Annie

Best of Missouri Hands On the Road Exhibit

Hi folks,

I’m excited to be part of the Best of Missouri Hands On the Road Exhibit at the Lee’s Summit, Missouri City Hall. I’m in the show with 15 other Best of Missouri Hands members from the Kansas City region. We work in a wide variety of media, so there is a little bit of everything in this show!

I have three pieces in this exhibit, including Sunburst Mandala shown above. This piece is hanging next to Cash, a metal piece by Chess Lux. I’m hanging next to Johnny Cash! All is right with the world.

On the Road will be on display March 4 through May 24, 2019. Our work is in the Main Floor Lobby.

Lee’s Summit City Hall
220 SE Green
Lee’s Summit, MO 64063
816.969.1000
Monday through Friday, 8AM – 5PM (closed holidays)

If you’re in the area, I hope you’ll stop by and check out our art!

Until next time,
Annie

Meet the Artists & Fiber Demonstrations

Hi folks,

This Saturday is the Kansas City Fiber Artists’ Meet the Artists & Fiber Demo Day!

Meet the Artists | Kansas City Fiber Artists | Webster Fiber Arts

Come see us at the Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center in Kansas City to see our Reflections on Nature exhibit AND spinning, weaving, and stitching demos.

The Gorman Discovery Center is at 4750 Troost Ave in Kansas City, Missouri (64110). Our event runs from 10 AM – 1 PM on Saturday, December 1, 2018.

I hope to see you there!

Until next time,
Annie

Reflections on Nature Exhibit

Hi folks,

If you follow any of my social media accounts,* you’ve seen my work on this piece over the last couple of months. Now it is finished and it is hanging in an exhibit with work from some of my fellow Kansas City Fiber Artists. Yay!

Harvest Meditation | Annie Webster | Webster Fiber Arts

This piece is called “Harvest Meditation” and it is one hard piece to photograph. I’ve been trying to color correct the photos I took of it yesterday for a while now and I have given up and am showing you that “good enough” one above. Reds and oranges are always hard for me to capture. I wish I didn’t like using those colors so much.

Anyway…I dyed the yarns for this piece with natural extracts and food scraps that I had been storing in the freezer for a few months. I used spent tea bags, assorted herb scraps, red and yellow onion skins, avocado, turmeric, madder, logwood, and iron. I think my favorite yarn is the green, which comes from the red onion skin (weird, I know). I love pulling green yarn out of a pot of reddish-purple water. It is just so cool.

“Harvest Mediation” is on display at the Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center in Kansas City, along with beautiful pieces from other artists in the Kansas City Fiber Artists group. There is some really cool stuff in our exhibit. Please go check it out!

Gorman Discovery Center
4750 Troost Ave
Kansas City, MO 64110
Monday through Friday, 8 AM – 5 PM
Open until 7 PM on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month
Open 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month, 9 AM – 4 PM

Our exhibit runs through December 1, 2018. On that day, there will be a “Meet the Artists” reception with some fiber technique demos. That event runs from 10 AM – 1 PM.

Until next time,
Annie

*And you totally should, because I am much better about posting things to them to than I am to this blog because I don’t have to write as much/give it as much thought. Instagram is my favorite, because it is pictures, but I’m on Facebook and Twitter, too.

The Market Fair Was Awesome!

You guys! The Best of Missouri Life Market Fair was so good! I sold a few things, I got a lot of compliments (thank you!), I talked to a bunch of cool kids, I met a lot of the Missouri artists I follow on social media, I saw a lot of amazing art, and I just generally had a good time. Yay!

I never got nervous before this show, which is great, but I was expecting to have at least one freak out. I think the terrible show I did last year helped keep my expectations very low. (I just realized I should have read that blog post from last year earlier—there were some good ideas in there. Oh, well.) I have been working on talking about my work so I feel a bit more confident when folks walk into my booth. Still, standing around talking to strangers is not where I am most comfortable. I am most comfortable sitting by myself with yarn in my hands. I decided to keep the yarn in my hands and I crocheted in my booth through most of the show. I did this at the show last year and it helped, and there were actually people there to see me doing it this time.

Missouri Life Market Fair Doodles | Webster Fiber Arts

I went into this crochet knowing that I would probably not come out with a great finished project—it was just something to keep my hands busy. Mike called these pieces yarn doodles, which is pretty accurate. I did the multi-colored one on Saturday. You can tell that the two sides of this scarf-ish thing aren’t the same width. I wasn’t really counting my stitches, I was just stitching. I always like to see the artists working when we go to art and craft shows, and I think people responded well to it, especially the kids. I even had a couple that made stitches on the teal piece. Good stuff!

Now that the show is over, I’m back to unpacking. Mike and I are going to plant some flowers this weekend. I’m also working on getting my studio set up in the basement. We’ve misplaced some critical furniture hardware, which means I haven’t been able to put together the table, so that is no good. Hunting down those nuts and bolts is another project for the weekend.

Until next time,
Annie

Playing with Walls

I got some grid walls for my booth for the Best of Missouri Life Market Fair. I have a number of wall art pieces I want to take to the show and these walls seem like an easy and relatively inexpensive solution. I really like them!

Playing with Walls | Webster Fiber Arts

I thought I would display the hanging pieces in the back of my booth, but I now realize I have more hanging art than I thought I did, so I think the back wall is going to have to become a side wall so I can hang things on both sides. I made the mandala pieces you see here while we were camped out at the hotel last month.

Right now, I have two guys installing blinds in the house. This is a project I thought I could handle myself, but Mike convinced me to have professionals do it. Seeing how quickly and easily they are installing them, I admit it was the right move. I haven’t heard them curse once! I’m not sure I have ever been involved with blind installation that didn’t involve some serious cussing.

Until next time,
Annie

Best of Missouri Life Market Fair

Best of Missouri Life Market Fair at Powell Gardens - April 28 and 29

Hey there, folks! We are in our new house! Hooray! All of the buying and selling and moving stress is behind us. There’s still some unpacking to do, but we have forever to get all of that done.

The house is awesome and all I want to do is unpack and figure out where things go, but…I have a show next weekend. Eeek! When I applied for this show back in December, I had no idea what the beginning of the year had in store for us. I am so thankful that we are in a home now, and I am not trying to pull all of this together from a hotel room.

This show is going to be so cool! It is the Best of Missouri Life Market Fair and it is at Powell Gardens in Kingsville, MO. I’m pretty excited just to go to it—I’m hoping I can convince Mike to man the booth for an extended period of time so I can check out all of the art and the flowers and maybe chat with Mark Twain and Daniel Boone(!).

Here are the details:
Best of Missouri Life Market Fair
April 28 – 29, 2018
10 AM – 4 PM
Powell Gardens
1609 NW US Highway 50
Kingsville, MO 64061
General admission tickets available at the door.

I hope to see you there! My booth (along with many others) will be inside, so even if we have another weird April snowstorm next weekend, there will be plenty to see and do at the show.

Until next time,
Annie