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According to Jackie Warren, art director at the ARTichokes gallery, there will be 80 paintings on display for the invitational, and admission to the gallery is free.
The invitational will feature artists from 31 states, she said, and 12 of them are from the region, and four are from the Kansas City area, including Kelley. The paintings on display, Warren said, are all professional quality pieces and they are traditional in style. "It's a pretty traditional show," she said.
Jackie Warren, an owner and art director of ARTichokes, said the gallery is an ideal addition to Mission Farms' shops because the Leawood area lacks in art accessibility.
"I think this area just north of I-435 is really lacking in art space, whether you have kids who want to take classes or people who want to buy artwork of all types, so we're opening a resource for that," she said. ARTichokes is designed as a yearlong art fair, Warren said, and combines both gallery space and an education space that will host classes on various topics, including landscape design, songwriting and performance art. The gallery space accommodates 12 artists at a time, and displays will refresh every three months. That way, Warren said, visitors are continually viewing work that's fresh and varied. "We don't want it to be a stuffy place," she said. "We think people are hungry for education, and want to find out more about what they love and be exposed to something other than the usual with which they've played it safe," Warren said.
Art Director, ARTichokes
After adding another local artist, Jackie Warren, to the mix, the three women created ARTichokes, a functional art space including unique artistic classes and an original fine art gallery with varied mediums and styles.
ARTichokes offers 16 different creative classes throughout rotating five-week schedules. Session 6 is set to open Sept. 10 with classes continuing until Oct. 12. Each session is unique, providing a learning experience for people of all ages and of all artistic levels. From scrapbooking to interior design, pastel painting to abstract art and song writing to casual choir, classes at ARTichokes truly offer something for everyone. Each class fee ranges from $55 to $145, which includes all art supplies, space and instruction. The gallery at ARTichokes features 12 artists' work including two resident artists - Pashia and Warren themselves. Warren said the space is so versatile because each display is on wheels, providing that the gallery could be used in many different ways.
ARTichokes in Mission Farms was founded by Megan Sutherland and two local artists, Rebecca Pashia and Jackie Warren.
Who is Jackie Warren? Jackie has been involved in the art community her entire life. After moving to Kansas City 15 years ago, she completed her Fine Arts degree at the University of Kansas with a background in business. Her love of art and the desire to support local artists led her to start an art consulting business that tries to place artists' work into the collections of businesses and individuals. She has been on an assortment of business and art related boards, given workshops on marketing for artists, as well as written articles in various publications on the process of acquiring artwork. ARTichokes is a perfect venue for satisfying her commitment to art and promotion of artists and their work.