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Happy Thursday, Friends! 

It's time again for the monthly 2nd Saturday Showcase of arts, entertainment, food and brewing going on in North Kansas City!

We really lucked out this weekend considering the unpredictable wind/rain/snow/summer behavior of Fall weather in Kansas City! We'll be catching Mother Nature on a good day of sunny skies and 60 degrees! Why not take advantage of the lovely weather and go see 8 local artists popped-up along NKC's downtown Armour Road mainstreet!

It's all part of DesignWerx Art Expo-- which also brings 14 more local artists and artisans to DW's Saturday marketplace at their Atlantic Street studio on NKC's industrial west side!

Visitors to the Art Expo on Atlantic, and to Tyler Kingston and OmniLife VR on Armour will be given a passport with room for all combined 22 artists to sign... The more artists you visit and talk to, the more tickets you get towards raffle prizes at the Expo's prize drawing at 4:00!

Artists will be set up at OmniLife VRMitch e Amaro, Colony KC, Screenland Armour, BG Law Firm, Tyler Kingston Mercantile, and Expressive Studio!

Check out all the other live music, beer tappings and more going on at


**Appearing at DesignWerx:

The Art Studio of Gloria Heifner: Abstract Acrylics, Portraits, & Decoupage on Glass

Polly Alice's New Thing Art Studio LLC: Oil Paintings, Portraits, Soft Sculptural Paintings

GrooveWasher: vinyl record cleaning system

Stew Langer: Stained Glass Glassmaster

Dane Wisner: Pottery

Alexis Webb Bechtold: eco-art of X37Adventures & Curiosity Passport

Michelle Degraw Allred : mixed media art

BJ Bigham-Trupp: 3D Art, Windchimes, Sun Catchers

Bob Trupp: Photography

Christianne Bohannon: Pet Portrait Painter

Ron Brown: Drawings

Judy Crissey: abstract painting

Kat Ramsey: fine art painting and prints

Jane Borcherding: acrylic painting

**Appearing Along Armour:

at OmniLife VR:
Socorro Reyes Illustrator: children's storybook illustrations and watercolor

at Mitch e Amaro:
Nathaniel Wendt: ink sketch

at Colony KC:
Aaron Scarbrough: life-like portrait sketches

at Screenland Armour
Robert Hoops (Hoopsphoto): ink sketch, screen printing and photography

at BG Law:
Ken & McKenzie Stanley: Driftwood Ceramics

at Tyler Kingston Mercantile:
Allyson Lassiter: ink sketch and comic book illustration
Heather Van Wyk: Bespoken Tees

at Expressive: 
Kim Rausch : Art & Music: Nature Photography
Ri Svetlana : Moody, whimsical art
Kim Rausch and Tim Clark (ukelele duo) at 2 PM


Screenland Armour is playing the critically-acclaimed, eerie, and bizarre black and white thriller tale "The Lighthouse" with Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson, plus Stephen King's 'Shining' sequel "Doctor Sleep" starring Ewan McGregor;  Linda Hamilton's kick-ass return to action stardom with "Terminator: Dark Fate";  and another critical darling and awards favorite, Bong Joon-Ho's "Parasite". Tickets can be bought online at


More arts, crafts and antiques can be found at Treasurers of the Past's 2-Year Anniversary and Christmas Showcase this weekend. T.O.T.P. is located down Swift Street at 13th Ave, catty-corner from Velo Garage and Tap House.


Driftwood Ceramics will also be hosting a daytime and late-afternoon class on making a hand-made planter for potting your own cactus down at their studio on Swift Street near Christine's Firehouse! Class price is $74 and includes finished product, 2-hour part one class and a follow-up 2-hour part two class on 11/23 to teach the potting of your cactus. Makes a unique gift for the holidays!!


And as with every Saturday in NKC, LIVE Music can be found down at Old Shawnee @ Repeal 18th (acoustic by day and some electric indie-folk at night), Restless Spirits Distilling (Irish tunes mid-day), Paul & Jack's Tavern (a funky nighttime motown and blues set on their backyard stage) and the always blues-jamming Christine's Firehouse!

The RINO will also be hosting a show for Bandwaggn Showcase, featuring 4 all-female bands taking the stage for the 21+ show ($10 suggested donation at the door).


Looking forward to seeing you this weekend, Kansas City!

Welcome PETE DULIN to the RiverNorth Business League's content department!
A 30-year veteran writer for the Kansas City food & drink scene, Pete freelances for regional publications like Feast Magazine and KCPT's Flatland. Pete, a Northland Native, is releasing 1-2 articles per month for, including coverage for the 2nd Saturday Newsletter! Check out his most recent post! 

Head to DesignWerk on Saturday, November 9, to peruse and shop for paintings, pottery, photography, and more at the DesignWerx Art Expo and Armour Art Walk (1313 Atlantic, North Kansas City). The event brings together outstanding area artists and includes raffles, a caricature artist, food, drinks, and live music by Linda Morrison and Ric Gordon. Funds from the grand prize raffle will benefit The Rabbit Hole, a children’s literature museum being built in North Kansas City due to open in 2020.

In addition to the marketplace with 14 artists set up in the DesignWerx studios on Atlantic Street,  more artists will show work along Armour Road. Artists will be set up (west-to-east) at OmniLife VR, Mitch e AmaroColony KCScreenland Armour, BG Law Firm, Tyler Kingston Mercantile,  and Expressive Studio. Visitors to the Expo will be given a passport with room for all 20+ artists to sign. The more artists you visit and meet, the more raffle tickets you earn towards donated art at the Expo drawing at 4 pm.

Gloria Heifner is one of many featured artists exhibiting work for sale at the show. She produces abstract acrylic paintings, reserve decoupage on glass, and a series of acrylic paintings that showcase strong women. 

Heifner using a turkey baster to blow air onto
a student’s acrylic pour painting

“My paintings are created using acrylic paints thinned down to a pourable consistency,” Heifner says. “I use a wide variety of techniques to apply the paint, such as pouring, dripping, flinging it onto the canvas and then manipulating it once it is on the canvas. I use tools to spread and blend the paint creating compositions that are dramatically active and colorful.”

Heifner selects images from old books to create a “dynamic composition on clear glass bowls, vases, or platters” for her glass-based reverse decoupage work. She adheres images to the outside of the glass piece and uses fine art paper for a background. Multiple layers of poly-acrylic are applied to the finished piece and retains a glassy [look] inside and out. 

One of Heifner’s Reverse Decoupage Bowls

“My reverse decoupage is a very process-driven,” Heifner says. Old images which are cut apart and recombined to create unique compositions with a wonderful finished surface of glass. “These pieces provide the viewer with a variety of compositions depending on the many possible angles they are from which they are seen.”

Heifner’s “Strong Women” paintings is an ongoing series that honors women in history, “who have stood up and fought for the rights of women in the United States,” she says. “Each painting is an image of one of these amazing women along with a quote attributed to them that displays their strong feelings about women’s rights.” 

From Heifner’s “Strong Women” Series

The series highlights the history of an ongoing fight for women “to have equal opportunities and protection under the law,” Heifner says, “while honoring the women who have put their lives on the line to make this equality a reality for future generations of girls and women.”

Polly Alice McCann, another participating artist at the expo, has an art studio called New Thing Art Studio. She’s also a freelance writer and editor as well as editor of Flying Ketchup Press, where she “curates galleries of talent inside small shareable packages.”

A collection of Poetry and Short Story Anthologies from
McCann’s Flying Ketchup Press

“My favorite thing is to tell stories – other people’s, my own, and maybe yours,” McCann says. McCann won the 2014 Ernest Hartmann Award from the International Association for the Study of Dreams from Berkeley, California, for her research on self-awareness for writers and artists through dreamwork. Her soft sculptural oil painting has been published in U.S. newspapers and magazines and is showing internationally. 

DesignWerx Art Expo and Armour Art Walk is an opportunity to meet the artist and visit her studio at DesignWerx in North Kansas City. Regarding the art expo, McCann shares an encouraging call-to-action: “Shop local. Support local artists, give back to your community, have fun, explore, get creative, and have a little down home fun right next door.”

Heifner adds, “The DesignWerx Art Expo is a wonderful opportunity to introduce people to many artists and makers. These pieces will provide them with the satisfaction of having their own unique piece of art while also supporting and encouraging local arts.”

DesignWerx artist Alexis Webb-Bechtold’s Curiosity Passport Series– mixed media medallions with layers cut from old big box store giftcards into clues about unique landmarks around KC. Participants find hidden letterboxes to collect stamps in this experiential art experience.

Other artists and exhibitors appearing at the expo include Stew Langer with stained glass work, pottery by Dane Wisner, Alexis Webb Bechtold’s eco-art of X37Adventures & Curiosity Passport, mixed media art by Michele Allred, photography by Bob Trupp, paintings by Kat Ramsey, Judy Crissy, Jane Borcherding, and much more. Artists along Armour Road include Allyson Lassiter, Socorro Reyes, Robert Hoops, Nathaniel Wendt, Aaron Scarbrough, Ken and McKenzie Stanley from Driftwood Ceramics, Kim Rausch and Ri Svetlana, and Heather Van Wyk of Bespoken Tees!

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