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ArtFest brings together community, showcases local talent

Nearly 20 artists set up booths a Zimmerman's Kill Creek Farm to participate in the third annual Sunflower ArtFest on July 8-9. The festival, which is sponsored by the De Soto Arts Council, featured local and regional artists as well as a special, sunflower-themed exhibit. "We're so pleased with this year's results," said De Soto Arts Council member and event organizer Carrie Dvorak. "The festival has grown from past years and we have such a variety of artwork and we've really gotten the community involved, it's wonderful."

Nearly 20 artists set up booths a Zimmerman's Kill Creek Farm to participate in the third annual Sunflower ArtFest on July 8-9. The festival, which is sponsored by the De Soto Arts Council, featured local and regional artists as well as a special, sunflower-themed exhibit. "We're so pleased with this year's results," said De Soto Arts Council member and event organizer Carrie Dvorak. "The festival has grown from past years and we have such a variety of artwork and we've really gotten the community involved, it's wonderful." by Laura Herring

The third annual Sunflower ArtFest took place July 8-9 at Zimmerman's Kill Creek Farm in De Soto. The event, sponsored by the De Soto Arts Council, showcased nearly 20 local artists and included a sunflower-themed exhibit.

"We're so pleased with this year's results," said De Soto Arts Council member and event organizer Carrie Dvorak. "The festival has grown from past years and we have such a variety of artwork and we've really gotten the community involved, it's wonderful."

In addition to the local artists showcasing their work, area musical groups performed throughout the weekend, the Pioneer 4-H club operated a craft booth for children and various food vendors set up shop.

"There's something special about the intimacy this festival provides," said area resident Bonnie Montgall. "You can walk up and talk to the artists and they'll explain their work to you, some of them are even your neighbors."

Because the artists participating in the festival were mostly local, De Soto and Johnson County were represented in the artwork on display. One exhibit, the plein air work, showcased work created on the scene at Kill Creek Farm on Friday morning.

"This work is special because it represents our neighborhood and where we live," said De Soto Mayor and festival patron Dave Anderson. "It's fun to know that you can point to a photo or a painting and say 'I've been there' and to know that my kids and grandkids will be able to say the same thing."

The festival was also an art competition for the participating artists with the following best-in-show awards presented:

  • Plein Air: Diane Burchette, Olathe
  • Photography: Jim Walker, De Soto
  • Sunflower Exhibit: Michelle Wade, Kansas City, Mo.
  • 3D Art: Sherri Hanna, Edgerton
  • 2D Art: Kathleen Kirch, Gardner

Each winner felt a sense of honor and pride for being recognized among such a group of artists.

"I knew that with the number of talented photographers we had exhibiting this year the competition would be very keen," Walker said. "I'm very pleased to have won and I hope that as a De Soto artist and member of the [De Soto Arts Council] this will elevate our festival and show people that we do have a great pool of local art talent."

For the judges of the festival, art teachers Dan Dakotas and Deb Ashlock, of De Soto and Lawrence respectively, choosing so few winners from the talent present was difficult.

"It was very hard to narrow down the winners," Ashlock said. "We wish we could have given more prizes and more awards, maybe that can happen in the future as the festival continues to grow."

"This show is so unique. It has such local flavor and great diversity," Dakotas said. "It's easy to feel connected to the art because there's such a hometown flavor to it, it's not a high-falootin show like so many art festivals can be."

More photos can be viewed here.

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Plein Air event underway for Sunflower ArtFest

Carol Rudsam of Olathe paints leaves on her grape vines during the plein air painting event as part of the Sunflower ArtFest on Friday, July 8. Rudsam and other artists will spend the morning creating works of art before the festival opens to the public at 6 p.m. "This is my first time painting outside like this, Rudsam said. "I'm looking at this as a way to stretch myself and my painting."

Carol Rudsam of Olathe paints leaves on her grape vines during the plein air painting event as part of the Sunflower ArtFest on Friday, July 8. Rudsam and other artists will spend the morning creating works of art before the festival opens to the public at 6 p.m. "This is my first time painting outside like this, Rudsam said. "I'm looking at this as a way to stretch myself and my painting." by Laura Herring

Scattered among the pop-up tents full of hung canvases and photographs, a handful of artists at Kill Creek Farm are creating paintings in the open air.

"I'm looking at this as a way to stretch myself and my painting," said veteran artist Carol Rudsam. "I've been painting for about 30 years but always pretty detailed from photos, this is more free painting."

Rudsam's view of the grape arbor at Kill Creek Farm will go on display along with canvases from other area artists as part of the Sunflower ArtFest taking place at Kill Creek Farm tonight and all day tomorrow.

The festival opens to the public tonight at 6 p.m. In addition to display booths for more than a dozen local artists of all mediums, there will be food vendors and live music from a variety of local performers.

Winners will be selected for the following categories and announced before the opening of the festival for viewers: plein air; sunflower art; painting/pastels and photography.

Tents are open from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. on Saturday, with more food and live music and a supervised craft area for children. The festival is free and open to the public and sponsored by the De Soto Arts Council.

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Sunflower ArtFest kicks off Friday

The fifth annual Sunflower ArtFest will kick off at 6 p.m. on Friday, July 8 at Zimmerman's Kill Creek Farm.

In addition to the 20 artists who will have display booths of their work set up, the festival will showcase live music, a special sunflower-themed art competition and a plein air competition. The plein air artists, who will create artwork at the farm in the open air, will begin their work Friday morning.

Friday's entertainment will feature Rich Berry, a noted Kansas City blues singer. The festival will run until 9 p.m. on Friday.

Booths will reopen at 8 a.m. on Saturday and be open until 6 p.m. that evening. Saturday's entertainment will be the Kaw Prairie Worship Band, beginning at 9:30 a.m.. followed by the jazz duet of Riley Day and PJ Stephenson from 11 a.m.- 1 p.m. Neva & the Quicksilver Band will play from 1:30- 4 p.m. and Clifton Boje on guitar from 4- 6 p.m. Food vendors will also be open at the festival and there will be a special craft area for children.

This event is free and open to the public.

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Sunflower ArtFest calling for participants

The De Soto Arts Council will be hosting the annual Sunflower ArtFest on July 8-9, a Friday evening and all-day Saturday event. At this time the council is looking for artists to display at the event and sponsors.

Artists can download the application form here and may submit orks for consideration for a standard art booth and/or for the special sunflower-themed competition and/or plein air event.

Because the event is a community activity, the council is also asking for volunteers, according to council president Carrie Dvorak. Individual volunteers for the children's craft area and other duties such as registration and event set-up are needed, as are any community groups interested in providing food. Interested parties should contact Rose Burgweger at rmbgraphics@earthlink.net or Carrie Dvorak at c_dvorak@earthlink.net.

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ArtFest winners

The Sunflower ArtFest awarded cash prizes to the top pieces in multiple categories in the weekend's art festival held at Zimmerman's Kill Creek Farm. The winners are as follows:

Sunflower themed exhibit: First Place, Chun Wang; Second Place, Jim Walker; Third Place, Alynn Jackson.

Plein air exhibit: Chun Wang

Best in Show: Painting/pastel, Elaine Lierly Jones; 3D, Kathy Horniman; Photography, Jim Walker.

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Silent art auction raises $250 for Zimmerman's Barn

The Sunflower ArtFest silent auction raised $250 for the reconstruction fund for Zimmerman's Kill Creek Barn. Four artists donated works for the silent auction that took place during the two-day art festival held at Zimmerman's farm.

The barn, which was destroyed in a storm in early May, was supposed to be the location of the festival. When word got to the De Soto Arts Council of the loss of the barn, the committee decided to help.

"We knew immediately that we wanted to continue with our plans to use the farm and the sunflower theme and that we wanted to do something to help Darrel (Zimmerman) rebuild. The idea for an auction followed shortly," said co-chairman of the council Carrie Dvorak.

Zimmerman is still researching options for the future barn and funding options to help cover the costs that will not be covered by insurance.

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Sunflower ArtFest draws crowd despite heat

Visitors to the Sunflower ArtFest admire the special exhibit of sunflower-themed work.

Visitors to the Sunflower ArtFest admire the special exhibit of sunflower-themed work.

The fourth annual Sunflower ArtFest took place over the weekend at Zimmerman's Kill Creek Farm. Despite an ozone alert and an excessive heat warning, people from Lawrence to Parkville, Mo., came out for the Sunflower ArtFest.

More than 20 artists had work on display at the event, in all mediums ranging from watercolors to pottery to photography.

"We had a great time; there was a great variety of beautiful artwork," said attendee Traci Klasing of Parkville, Mo.

Many of the artists were returnees from previous festivals, but there were first-time presenters as well.

"I heard about the festival from a fellow artist friend of mine and decided to try it out. It's a smaller show than many I go to, but I'm hoping for a good turnout and it seems to have a lot of potential," said artist Peter Smokorowski of Shawnee.

Local artists and citizens enjoyed the festival as well.

"I come to the festival every year. I like to see what the art community around (De Soto) is doing and I like to buy local art when I can," said De Soto resident Chrissy Behee.

"We really do have a great art community here; there are probably way more of us than most people would guess," said De Soto artist Kathy Horniman, "I have at least three neighbors alone who are all local artists at this show."

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Rotary sunflowers available during Sunflower ArtFest

The De Soto Rotary Club sunflower sales tent will be open during the Sunflower ArtFest on Saturday and Sunday, July 17-18, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Zimmerman's Kill Creek Farm. There are five different varieties ranging from traditional to chocolate colors. The prices are $1 for each stem or $10 for a dozen sunflowers of your choice. When you are purchasing sunflowers, mention the De Soto Explorer and receive a free bottle of water. The De Soto Rotary Club thanks everyone for helping them with the Rotary International's efforts to eradicate polio.

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Artists can still register for plein air event at ArtFest

The Sunflower ArtFest is holding a "plein air" event in conjunction with their show this weekend. Artists may register to create "plein air" pieces over the weekend. Beginning Friday morning at 7 a.m., artists may choose any location on Zimmerman's farm to set-up their materials and create a work of art. They may work until 2 p.m. Friday afternoon and during the same hours on Saturday. At 2 p.m. Saturday, the finished works will go on display with the rest of the art at the festival.

The festival is open to the public Saturday and Sunday, July 17-18, from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m at Zimmerman's Kill Creek Farm.

Any artist interested in registering for the event should contact Kathy Horniman at kathycoppertree@aol.com.

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Silent auction to benefit Zimmerman's barn rebuilding

A silent auction will be held in conjunction with the Sunflower ArtFest this weekend with all proceeds to go to the fund for rebuilding Zimmerman's barn on his Kill Creek Farm. The De Soto Arts Council is holding their annual art festival at Zimmerman's farm for the second year in a row.

"We were all upset when the barn was destroyed, but we decided to go ahead with our plans for the festival. Darrel (Zimmerman) was very encouraging and really wanted us to still come," said co-chairwoman of the arts council Carrie Dvorak.

Just weeks after the loss of the barn, the council came up with the idea to hold a silent auction at the event to help with rebuilding the barn.

Three pieces by different artists have been donated for the auction. Don Dane donated a painting, Kathy Horniman donated a 3D copper-wire tree and Jim Walker donated a print of his photo of the old barn with a windmill and sunflower in the foreground, the image being used to promote the festival.

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