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.
Benjamin Cottrell is in his third year at the University of Missouri – Kansas City, majoring in Communication Studies and minoring in Studio Art with an emphasis in Photography. He has been taking photographs since 2010. During that time, Benjamin has gained experience capturing weddings, senior and family portraits, engagement, lifestyle, and commercial photography. His work has been shown in the UMKC Student Art Exhibition in 2016 and 2017 and he has pieces published in the Photographer’s Forum magazine and the Dossier Student Art Magazine at UMKC. Benjamin remains motivated by an innate desire to create and to show others the world through his eyes. He is inspired by works of surrealism and the avant-garde because they provide him with the same escape that he aspires to give others through his artwork.