Artspeak Radio + Soto, Belger Arts, & Schliefke

Artspeak Radio, Wednesday, November 16, 2022, noon – 1pm CST, 90.1fm KKFI Kansas City Community Radio, streaming live audio

Producer/host Maria Vasquez Boyd welcomes artist/educator Vania Soto, Belger Arts, and artist Michael Schliefke.

VANIA SOTO Kansas City Artist/Muralist/Art Instructor was born in Juarez, Mexico and began selling paintings at age 13. Vania describes her style as realism with a pop of surrealism. She was named Best Local Artist in 2021 by Pitch Magazine.

Soto is the owner/founder of Monarca Art Space (MAS) an affordable studio and gallery space in the heart of Downtown KC.

MAS offers unique studio spaces for Artists use on a month to month basis to work their craft amongst their peers. MAS also offers, gallery space for artists to display their collections and a gift shop to sell their work.

802 Broadway Boulevard – 3rd Floor, Kansas City, Missouri 64105, United States

CONSUELO CRUZ Belger Marketing and Community Engagement Director
& PAUL MALONEY Belger Studio Manager
November 4, 2022 – December 31, 2022
at Belger Crane Yard Studios
2011 Tracy Avenue, Kansas City, MO 64108

Holidays at the Belger Crane Yard Gallery is an annual tradition. Artists from across the country are invited to create artwork for the holiday season that make the perfect gifts for family and friends. Shoppers can choose from an array of unique ceramics, glass, metal, and more. Artworks will be available for purchase through December 31, 2022.
This year’s artists include Rachel Akin, Miguel Alaniz, Nicole Aquillano, Ian Bassett, Conner Burns, Mike Cerv, Kate Clements, Josh Dickens, Chris Dufala, Genevieve Flynn, Annette Gates, Bianka Groves, Josh Goering, Pierce Haley, Katie Hogan, Annie Honn, Brian Horsch, Nell Hull, Tyler Kimball, Caroline Meek, Jacob Meer, Joe Meinecke, Didem Mert, Kelsey Nagy, Dan Ohm, Brent Pafford, Ashley Pedone, Ronan Peterson, Will Preman (Yum Yum Ceramics), Justin Rothshank, Jamin Shepherd, Lilah Shepherd, Lauryl Sidwell, Amy Smith, Madeline Steimle, Mike Stumbras, Wanda Tyner, and more.

Exhibition of work by Sharif Bey (opens in February 2023)
Heartland 5 (opens in April 2023) an exhibition of glass artists from Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, Nebraska, Oklahoma, or Arkansas A Call for Artists is open through Feb. 1, 2023
Resident Artist Exhibition opens June 2023

MICAHEL SCHLIEFKE is a Kansas City painter. When not working on new work, Michael puts together large art events and teaches private painting and drawing lessons.
I invite you to my 2022 Holiday Market at my studio in Northeast KC! It runs from Nov 26 – Dec 17 and features handmade art and art adjacent products from my studio!

In addition to real life, large paintings and drawings; a number of new drawings, prints and original t-shirts will be for sale. I will be debuting my Kansas City Magic Shrinks. It’s an old craft kit relic from the 70’s and 80’s where you color KC landmarks and then shrink the hard plastic in your toaster oven!

I’m also taking my deep, weird interest in Catholic relics to unveil a print-based art project that has been years in the making. It’ll be the crossroads for many of my odd interests: infomercials, Republican grift and empty consumerism.

The show will open on Saturday, November 26 from 10-7. The show will have open hours Wednesday – Friday 12-7 and Saturday from 10-7 through December 17th. It will also be open during those weeks by appointment. More information can be found at my website -Michael Schliefke


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