ARTSPEAK RADIO with Rachelle Gardner-Roe, Mike Miller, and TL Sanders

Wednesday October 23, 2019, noon – 1pm CST, 90.1fm KKFI Kansas City Community Radio, streaming live

Producer/host Maria Vasquez Boyd welcomes artists Rachelle Garner-Roe and Mike Miller, and writer/poet TL Sanders.

RACHELLE GARDNER-ROE-Roe’s latest exhibition, Portal, serves as both an extension and a counterpoint of her previous solo show in June of 2019. The forms in Portal once again eschew the traditional square in favor of the circle and the viewer may recognize some of the imagery of plants, flowers, animals, and bones representing the artist’s countless fragmented memories of growing up in rural Missouri (Adrian, MO.) There the similarities to the metal lace in muted tones recently exhibited at The Bunker Center for the Arts ends.
Portal brings us back to the literal textile by utilizing the sewing machine as a drawing tool, with which Gardner-Roe has infused her particular method of lacemaking with a notable addition — a thin layer of hand-dyed wool, sourced from the Gardner family farm, trapped between the threads. The resultant riotous, swirling color celebrates both beauty and decay and creates a portal into the artist’s memory. This in turn functions as a melding of historical handcraft, contemporary textile practice, and a Midwestern regionalism that refuses to ignore ruralism in favor of urbane city-life.
Rachelle Gardner-Roe has been working as an artist in Kansas City for 13 years. She grew up in the rural countryside outside of Adrian, MO and received a Bachelors in Interior Architecture from Kansas State University in 2004. Since then, Gardner-Roe has exhibited regionally and nationally. Her textile work is represented by Weinberger Fine Art and she exhibits her sculptural work at The Bunker Center for the Arts. A three-time Inspiration Grant recipient and Charlotte Street Residency alumna, Gardner-Roe has been awarded local and national commissions, grants, and residencies and is currently based in Mission, KS.
First Friday reception November 1, 6pm – 9pm Leedy Volkos Art Center 2012 Baltimore Ave. Hours: Tuesday -Wednesday 11 AM – 3 PM and Thursday – Saturday 11 AM – 5 PM.

“Feather as a Machine ” Sculptures by Mike Miller Main Gallery September 6 – October 26, 2019

Mike Miller is best known for his Machine-Nature Interface series of sculptures. These machine-nature forms combine a natural object with a manmade object, creating a machine that produces an original movement or action. Most of Mike’s works are kinetic, whether powered by a motor and salvaged gears, hand crank, the wind, or kids on a swing set. The movements produced echo the machinations of nature itself- plants’ production of oxygen, the orbit of a moon around a planet. As manmade machines and nature made machines advance the difference between the two becomes indistinguishable. Mike was born, raised, and educated in Kansas and finds inspiration and materials for both the machine and the nature aspects of his work around his home and studio in rural Butler County.

​Kansas City’s, Poet T.L. Sanders, AKA Àtwist – The Language Artist, is a modern-day renaissance man who lives to build minds and loves to body build. He speaks French. He plays bass. He is a cage fighting martial artist. He educates. Give him a stage, he articulates. Lend him an ear, he motivates. As a National Writing Project Teacher Consultant, a current curriculum director, and former elementary, middle, and high school English teacher, Sanders embraces the value of our shared stories. Whether he is public speaking, teaching, writing or breathing, he has a passion for empowering people.

His book, “kNew” (Flying Ketchup Press) is a hybrid– a poetic screenplay at the heart of open mic night. “Intense, gripping… a one-two punch…written in fire and delivered with thunder,” writes reviewer Kelly Luck. “kNew” is a hybrid lyrical screenplay in the heart of open mic night at the famous Blue Room in Kansas City’s Jazz District. These poems are part of a story woven around Dr. James Dean, a quiet family man who arrives in Kansas City to mourn the death of a father he hardly knew. There, in the old neighborhood where his father Terry the Canary performed, The Blue Room holds just another stage where anyone can spit some lyrics. But this night, a new vision awakes when a community grieves a prodigal father. Something new emerges in the hearts of those willing to speak their truth . . . and just who takes the stage might surprise you.

Flying Ketchup Press is a Kansas City Publisher for the epic acceleration of great literature, poetry, children’s books, and fine arts materials. Flying Ketchup Press– to discover and develop new voices in poetry, drama, fiction and non-fiction with a special emphasis in new short stories. We are a publisher made by and for creatives in the Heartland. Our dream is to salvage lost treasure troves of written and illustrated work– to create worlds of wonder and delight; to share stories. Maybe yours.

Ever wonder why it’s hard to find a good story, something satiable, satisfying, and just plain good? Sometimes, don’t you wish you could be transported to another world, just for a moment? Wish you could read something, but you can’t find what you are looking for? Maybe you are a writer who has worked for decades on your craft, but still, your audience is undiscovered? Is your high-quality work left unpublished? No worries. Here our worlds collide. Readers meet new authors. Authors meet your readers.


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