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  • Blue Springs Art Show this weekend

  • It’s not easy to show art in a respected venue.

    That’s why the Blue Springs Fine Art and Student Art Show was created.

    That pleases Teddy Jackson.

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  • It’s not easy to show art in a respected venue.
    That’s why the Blue Springs Fine Art and Student Art Show was created.
    That pleases Teddy Jackson.
    “I’ve always thought it was a beautifully done art show,” Jackson said of the event, which runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m to 4 p.m. Sunday at Vesper Hall in Blue Springs.
    A talented painter, Jackson will serve as the event’s co-chair for the second year. She’ll also serve as unofficial gawker when the 199 items by 101 artists are put out on display in the dining hall.
    “What we’re trying to do is put on an indoor show for the hobbyist  to the professional artist,” Jackson said. “There are many able artists who are planning to show. This gives those persons who don’t do art show circuits an opportunity to show.”
    Unlike many exhibitions, artists wanting to show at Vesper Hall don’t have to get prior approval from a panel of judges. Instead, their admittance is based solely on whether they contact organizers fast enough.
    Judging by the number of works, people obviously heard the call.
    “It’s always packed on both days,” she said. “We had more inquiries than we had room for.”
    Judges will award prizes in each category, including transparent (water color), opaque, drawing, pastel, photography, animal/wildlife, mixed media, and portrait. By far the most popular category is photography, where 54 entries have been submitted.
    “Photography is usually the most popular,” Jackson said.
    Photographers Jim Ryan, of Independence, Tom Mallot and Raymon Magee will show in that category.
    The second most popular is opaque, with 43 submissions.
    For its 31st year, organizers will also offer demonstrations. The 2008 Best of Show winner, Carol Wilson, will be displaying artwork, and Mike Walsh, a well-known local painter of oil landscapes, will offer demonstrations at 2 p.m. on Sunday.
    In addition to the exhibition, organizers will have an artist reception dinner from 7-9 p.m. Saturday. Tickets for the event are $5 and can be purchased in advance or at the door.
    As many as 600 people attended the event last year during its two-day run, Jackson said.
    “We’re hoping to exceed that this year,” she said.
    The event is sponsored by the Blue Springs Art League and the Blue Springs Art and Recreation Department.
    For more information contact Vesper Hall at 816-228-0181.
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