This month’s First Friday in the Crossroads district has a surprise in store for visitors on September 6. The recently renovated space at Mid-America Arts Alliance, 2018 Baltimore has a full house of new paintings of Kansas City’s famous fountains that can be seen until 8 p.m. that evening.
The art is part of a campaign to raise funds for several local fountains in need of repair. Artists will be available during the First Friday event to interact with the visitors. Artwork will be viewable and available for bid from September 2-16 at www.kcfountains.com. Paintings will be available in oil, pastel, acrylic, watercolor or drawings created with ink or pencil and include the frame featured in the photo.
Artists began painting at local fountains on June 8 and completed their Plein Air works in August for submittal to an on-line art auction that will benefit the fountains.The artist and the City of Fountains Foundation will split the receipts of the work sold at the auction. The Foundation holds endowments for many local fountains and sculptures and works closely with KC Parks to help with their maintenance.
The repair of eight local fountains is the target of the Wish Upon A Fountain campaign that began in June to raise $2.5 million. The City of Fountains Foundation hopes Kansas City will open its pockets to help the City return the fountains to their original condition. Artists are certainly doing their share by offering 50% of the sale of their work for the fountains.
Visitors can view the large collection from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. on September 6 and from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays until September 16 when the bidding for the art at the on-line at www.kcfountains.com ends. Kansas City has an opportunity to help the fountains and get an original work of fountain art by purchasing it at the on-line auction.