Large crowds, great weather on tap for 87th Plaza Art Fair

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Large crowds are taking advantage of the great weather during the 87th annual Plaza Art Fair Saturday.

Thousands of people are expected to come check out the art, food and live music.

Many of these artists are from around the nation and Kansas City.

"Being land locked in Kansas City actually inspired me to start painting this way. I was always traveling and this is a great part of the country to live in," said Overland Park artist, Seth Smith.

Many local artists make sure this fair is on their list to attend each year.

Some of them even do special pieces for the event.

"For the Plaza Art Fair, I always do some special KC scenes. Joe's, Southwest Boulevard, the old White Haven motel when it was around," said Smith.

Smith said it's the people that make him want to come back each year.

"There are groups that get together that only see themselves once a year and have a party all weekend. It's just a celebration of music and art and food and the city really. Taking a lot of pride in Kansas City," said Smith.

The artist who did the art work for the t-shirts and displays is from Virginia. She is a mixed media artist, that focuses on copper etching. 

"I do a drawing on a piece of copper and etch my drawn lines in acids. So, they are deep enough to hold the ink later. Then, I'm hand sawing it out to give it that irregular edge. Once, I have this made, I rube ink into it and it stays in all my etched drawn lines," said featured artist, Amanda Outcalt.

From there, she presses it against a piece of paper and it transfers her image onto a piece of paper.

She gets her inspiration from life and her teaching background.

"A lot of my pieces reference relationships, what one gives to a relationship, I use a lot of tread and rope to symbolize that connection in my work. A lot of my stories tell kind of a personal narrative," said Outcalt.

The festival runs until 10 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday.


 

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