Randy and Lyn Sedlak-Ford stood under the cover of their tent at the Prairie Village Art Show Sunday afternoon chatting up patrons in the closing hours of the weekend-long affair about their multi-media contemporary collaborations. Randy does the glass work. Lyn does the painting and color. And the two of them work together on the metal elements.
They had shown their work in Denver the weekend before after a three-day drive from their home in Portland, Oregon. After they packed up Sunday, they were headed to Edina, Minnesota for another fair, and then on to Chicago. Long days and weeks away from home are the norm for many artists on the art fair circuit.
“We’re fortunate to have a bed in our rig,” he said. “Just like truck divers, if you’re tired you climb back in the sleeper… We like to attend shows as close to home in the northwest as we can, but there are a lot of shows out here we like to go to as well. It’s well worth it.”
The Fords were just one of 100 artists displaying at this weekend’s juried show, which attracted sizable crowds of people who, for the most part, got pleasant weather to enjoy the art, food and music of the Kansas City area’s second-longest running art fair.
Rusty Leffel, a Mission Hills photographer, had considerably less far to travel to show in this year’s fair. After showing at Prairie Village for around a decade, he says he’s come to appreciate local residents’ knowledge of and appetite for art.
“Our Prairie Village and Mission Hills and Fairway communities, [we have] people who are very interested in art,” he said. “This is an arts community. Prairie Village is a great place to show.”
Organizer Donna Potts said the event attracted a steady stream of attendees throughout the weekend, with Sunday drawing a larger-than-usual crowd. Saturday’s community pancake breakfast was busier than it’s ever been, she said, with more than 275 attendees.
“It’s become a really great family event,” she said.