The opening receptions take place every second Friday with complimentary live music and beer from our next-door neighbor, the Stockyard Brewing Company.
Vanessa Lacy is a full time painter in Kansas City and is the owner of the Vanessa Lacy Gallery. Her plein air and studio paintings can be seen in KU Med’s permanent collection, Westport Art Fair, and her gallery located in the Livestock Exchange Building in Kansas City’s Stockyards District where she paints full time. Her Kansas City landmark themed paintings hang in homes and businesses across the city and the country. She paints in oil on panels as small as 4” x 4” and as large as 72” x 48”, making her work appealing to private collectors and corporations alike. She has 9 years of art teaching experience in the Belton School district along with private studio painting lessons. She earned her BFA with Emphasis in Drawing from Missouri State University and a BSED in Art Education K-12th grades in 2007 and a Masters in Education from Baker University in 2009.
Allison Olsen was born in Manhattan, Kansas in 1996. Being surrounded by the Flint Hills her entire life has opened her eyes to many different species of plants. The natural forms made by native prairie life are what initially inspired her abstract compositions. Recently she has been studying plant forms from north western areas of the United States and rainforest climates such as the Amazon. Allison grew up traveling every summer with her family to places including, but not limited to, Yellowstone National Park, the Redwoods of California, and Hilton Head, South Carolina. In these unique places, she could experience the beauty and wonder of nature first hand. Each place offered new types of plants and wildlife, whether it be forest or sea life. Studying and recording different forms and elements from nature is what fuels her work today. Allison graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Studio Art with a concentration in Painting from Kansas State University in 2017. She currently resides in Overland Park and has a studio in the Kansas City Livestock Exchange Building.