KC Art Lounge

KC Art Lounge

Conversations with our Resident Artists

Join Jan Jensen, founder of Jan Jensen Artists, as she sits down with some of Kansas City’s greatest talent to talk all things creative. Through casual conversation, discover what inspires these incredible visual virtuosos, learn how they got their start and their ties to the area, and gain a stronger understanding of important messages in their works. Settle onto your sofa with your favorite beverage, and join the audience via Facebook Live every other Tuesday evening to immerse yourself in the Kansas City art scene.

BJ Bigham-Trupp, KC Art Lounge, August 24

BJ Bigham-Trupp, KC Art Lounge, August 24

BJ allows the energies of natural items such as crystals, bones, and semiprecious stones inform and inspire her artistic creativity. She fashions dreamcatchers, chimes, and crowns that bring positive energy into the lives of her collectors.

Bob Trupp, KC Art Lounge, July 27

Bob Trupp, KC Art Lounge, July 27

An interview and works of art unlike any we’ve seen on KC Art Lounge. Bob’s skills take his photography down an intriguing path . . . rather like his life! Bob found his passion for art at a very young age, starting with painting, drawing, and sculpting, and then later becoming a professional photographer once he joined the U.S. Navy. He would go on to experiment heavily with composition, lighting, and exposure, which are all expertly reflected in his current works.

Bob Trupp, KC Art Lounge, July 27

Jeanine Cobler, KC Art Lounge, June 29th

Originally born in Leavenworth, KS, Jeanine’s artistic journey has taken her from the Midwest all the way out to the east coast. She is a published poet, photographer, and painter who has used every medium under the sun to create her evocative imagery. Jeanine’s abstract work is anchored in the beauty of the human body and other natural forms. From there she adds in geometric shapes and lines followed by colors, glazes, and textures.

Gloria Heifner, KC Art Lounge, May 11

Gloria Heifner, KC Art Lounge, May 11

Gloria was born on a working farm about 60 miles east of Kansas City. She found her passion for art in high school, taking her first class in her junior year where her teacher saw her raw talent on display and encouraged her to pursue it. At Central Missouri State, Gloria studied both traditional art and new media. Post-graduation, Gloria spent much of her professional career as a graphic designer. She now applies those skills to honor powerful women who have changed the course of history. She also creates stunning works of reverse decoupage art by transforming glass bowls.

Carol Rondinelli

Carol’s use of colored pencils and her attention to detail bring the beauty of nature to life in her delightful works.

Ken Downs

 Using watercolor, acrylic and oil paints, Downs captures the unassuming detail of everyday life that we often miss or take for granted.

Marcus Dowty

The art of photography lies not in what is captured, but what is left out of the photo. 

Hugo Ximello-Salido

Hugo Ximello-Salido

Hugo Ximello-Salido’s playful yet poignant works seamlessly incorporate ancient and colonial Mexican tradition within a contemporary practice.

Barb Mizik

Barb Mizik

Barb uses Encaustic, an ancient art medium made from melted bee’s wax, and oil pigments to create works that radiate light, color, and joy.

GK Callahan

GK Callahan

For GK, producing art is about more than just making stuff. In a world where we have too much stuff, the desire to contribute has become the driving force that pushes his creativity.

Polly Alice McAnn

Polly Alice McCann is an artist, author, and speaker who combines oil painting and soft sculpture with imperfect stitching to demonstrate the improvisational and beautiful nature of our relationships to each other, our faith, and our environment.

Taj Mattingly

Taj Mattingly

Taj’s work uses bold, expressive marks to give the work a sense of movement that is both purposeful and unavoidable.

Gil Rumsey

Gil Rumsey

Watercolor, acrylic, stained glass, sculpture, woodblock printing… Gil Rumsey has done it all, and created works that reflect the light, color, and spirit of his native Kansas.