Artists laud Prairie Village Art Show’s intimate feel

Jay Senter - June 6, 2011 10:00 am
Debbie Little-Wilson welcomed browsers to her tent at the Prairie Village Art Show Saturday.

So, we all probably could have done with about 10 fewer degrees. But despite the heat, artists who displayed at this weekend’s Prairie Village Art Show were singing the event’s praises.

Debbie Little-Wilson, a Dripping-Springs, Tex., multimedia and print artist who’s been showing here for nearly a half-dozen years, said she keeps coming back for the intimate atmosphere it provides. She was this year’s featured artist.

“Prairie Village is such a sweet place,” she said. “It’s got a nice community feel. We always have repeat customers stop by.”

Rusty Leffel, a Mission Hills photographer, displays at the Plaza, Brookside and Prairie Village art shows, but travels around the country as well. Between chatting up browsers in his tent on Saturday, he offered a local perspective on the Prairie Village event’s place on the national scene.

“We get people here who are very interested and curious,” he said.

No, the Prairie Village Art Show isn’t as big as some of the national events he attends around the country — or the Plaza show locally — but its size affords some benefits to artists and browsers alike.

“People here love to look and learn and ask questions,” he said. “And because it’s a little smaller venue, the pace is a little more relaxed, and you’ve got the time to really talk to people. It’s great.”

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