ARTSPEAK RADIO with Bruce Burstert and Clarissa Knighten

ARTSPEAK RADIO, Wednesday, March 3, 2021, noon – 1pm CST, 90.1fm KKFI Kansas City Community Radio, streaming live audio

Producer/host Maria Vasquez Boyd welcomes artist/singer/performer/designer Bruce Burstert, Clarissa Knighton jewelry designer.

BRUCE BURSTERT was born in Marceline, Missouri. He is known in Kansas City through his 20 year operation of Smith and Burstert Antiques where he was known as an Oriental Rug Dealer and Interior Designer. Bruce has an affinity for the state and for Missouri history.  He has owned a home in Lexington, about an hour east of Kansas City, for the last several years.
More than that, Bruce is known as an artist, singer, performance artist and much more. Growing up in the 1960’s , Bruce observed major historical events: JFK’s assassination, arrival of the Beatles and MLK’s “I have a Dream”  speech. Because of these historical occurrences’, Bruce believes he “caught the resurgence of that time and people fighting for civil rights,” along with growing  up in  Missouri and seeing the visual elements that the Midwest has to offer.
History has been a continual element in his life and tradition is an important constituent in his research and art. His interests involve culture, sacrifice, ceremony and how all of those have affected and driven artists and cultures.
The Center for HIV Law and Policy participated in a panel discussion on HIV criminalization as part of the educational programming accompanying GK Callahan’s exhibit, Mapping Stigma: An Archive of the Contracting Issue Project at Leedy-Volkous Art Center in 2019.
Follow Bruce Burstert on Instagram bruceburstert33

CLARISSA KNIGHTEN, jewelry designer; Clarissa’s inborn creativity for design and embellishment lead her to become an entrepreneur in 2007. Her business, Rissa’s Artistic Design (R.A.D.) is a haven for those who seek something special and unique. As a self-taught artist, she hand crafts one-of-a-kind original masterpieces that will inspire your creative side. Designs range from Earthy to Edgy to Elegant. Utilizing artistic wire and gemstones. Custom made pieces can transform any outfit into a creative expression that is made just for you.


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