Artspeak Radio + Juan Perez, Alexej Savreux, and Jeanne Beechwood

Artspeak Radio, Wednesday, January 18, 2023, noon – 1pm CST, 90.1fm KKFI Kansas City Community Radio, streaming live audio

Producer/host Maria Vasquez Boyd talks with Juan Perez, Alexej Savreux, and Jeanne Beechwood.

JUAN PEREZ is an artist who sets his own standards. Using light and shadow, he paints as his brush and paint direct him. Perez believes an artist at any level, should paint with a mindset that the artists knows how to paint not that the artist is learning how to paint. “An artist’s brush work and use of color should be deliberate and thoughtful” says Perez.
Having virtually no art education background, he is self-driven. As a young man, Perez liked to draw and even painted a few paintings. He took an art class in high school and an art class in junior college. In his early twenties, he married and put art aside for 34 years and worked hard to raise a family, and completed his undergraduate and graduate education, earning a Bachelor of Arts Degree and a Law Degree. Upon his retirement, he wondered if he could still draw and paint. He started painting one day a week. However, paintings were taking too long to complete. Two years ago, he decided to paint every day.
“Art is either liked or disliked. Art is loved or hated. Either way art invokes a reaction. The reaction helps define the art” – Juan Perez

He paints primarily in oils and prefers to paint people. He is driven by the challenge of creating a three-dimensional painting using a blank canvas and several layers of paint. “In art, satisfaction is not defined and it can be very elusive. As elusive as satisfaction can be, an artist should keep striving for it” says Perez.
Today, Perez works at his studio in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, a city that elected him mayor and where he served for four years as mayor.

ALEXEJ SAVREUX Poet and satirist announces the release of his fifth poetry collection, The Ballad of Lady Vigilance, from Spartan Press this month, available on Amazon, from Barnes and Noble, Alex’s website, indie bookstores around Kansas City and nationwide, and other online vendors. Savreux’s new collection of poetry and satire has been called “a great crime against capitalism, thought control, and consumerism.” Alexej will be one of three centerpiece artists at the InterUrban ArtHouse “Art Heals” exhibit in late January, with a reception date of Friday, February 17, 2023, from 5-7 p.m at the InterUrban ArtHouse in downtown Overland Park, Kansas. The work was in part sponsored by an NEA grant and special project designation for the centerpieces for social justice iterations at the InterUrban ArtHouse involving Kansas City area artists in numerous disciplines from 2022 through 2023.

Alexej Savreux is a poet, journalist, and satirist based out of Kansas City, Missouri, and upstate New York. He is the author of the critically acclaimed books, Graffiti on the Window and Eat Me & Other Short Poems. He is a regular contributor to KC Studio and The Pitch and is a special correspondent for The Kansas City Star.

insta @alexejsavreux

JEANNE BEECHWOOD – Martin City is on the road, partnering with Englewood Arts! Martin City is looking for cast members for their upcoming spring performances of The Wizard of Paws at the Englewood Arts Center. This Vaudeville esque show will feature the Martin City Melodrama senior rescue dog troupe. This original family musical has roles for everyone! Professionals, uniquely abled, all ages, and community minded performers.

Auditions: Jan 14 & 15, 1-4pm
The Wizard of Paws rehearsals: starts Feb 1
The Wizard of Paws performances: April 14, 15, and 16

Englewood Arts Center
10901 E. Winner Rd.
Independence, MO 64052


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