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Lowell Smithson Art Show and Sale Benefiting The Writers Place

  • The Writers Place 3607 Pennsylvania Avenue Kansas City, MO, 64111 United States (map)

Artist Lowell Smithson is a faithful supporter of The Writers Place. His works are currently on display on our first floor. Come meet the artist and have an opportunity to purchase original art while supporting your local literary center! Lowell is generously donating 20 per cent of the proceeds of his sale to the operating fund of The Writers Place.


March 2016

            Winston Churchill, a personal deity of mine, experienced “a joyride in a paint box”—me too! I paint what see, imagine, hear, taste, or feel—resulting in oil, acrylic, watercolor and gouache landscapes, portraits, expressionist work and abstracts.  These can be stimulated by Jazz, classical music, Gregorian Chant, the Andes, Macchu Piccu, Iguasu Falls, Galapagos, northern New Mexico, Portugal, Italy, Sicily, Maine lighthouses, Bahamas, Grand Canyon rafting, fall along the Missouri River, Mt. McKinley, polar bear at Hudson Bay, grandchildren’s smiles, greyhounds, poetry, politics, movies or just anything. Drawings include gesture and contour drawings of figures, abstracts expressionist faces, music, Feng Shui symbols with Chinese color combinations, and so on. Summing up—I heartily join Mr. Churchill in envying Methuselah—as do all of us who know we will not live long enough to paint and draw everything we want to.


            Visits to my KC studio (1215 West 65th Street) are welcome, but please call first (816-926-0866). See 12 paintings in colorat (and do a name search using “Lowell Smithson”).

                                                        BRIEF RESUME

            Native Kansas Citian.  Retired lawyer. Member of Kansas City Artists Coalition for 18 years. Have exhibited in the New Works Gallery of the Coalition, in five galleries in the Crossroads (the Pi, Apex, Images, Mattie Rhodes, and Rime Galleries), in the Kansas City Unitarian Gallery thrice, in all of the Home Studio Shows of the Coalition

in poetry depiction show at the Spotlight Gallery in Overland Park (a reproduction of the painting and discussion of the painting was thereafter included in Potpourri, a literary magazine featuring fine arts), in the 2002 Missouri Bar Meeting Show (won first prize in mixed media [pen and acrylic]), in several shows at Makiatos Expresso Café and Linda’s Winged Cup, and in the annual Philomene Bennett Workshop Shows since 1997.

            Have studied and painted 18 years principally with Philomene Bennett, a Kansas City and Sante Fe artist, though significantly with William Hook of Santa Fe and Carmel CA, with Steve Quiller of Creede CO, with Peggy Zehring of LaVeta CO, with Hugh Greer of Wichita, with Leonid Gervits of New York and St. Petersburg, Russia, with Sparky LeBold in Peru, Portugal, and Sicily, with Maddine Insalaco and Joe Vinson in Tuscany, with Joseph Fitzgerald in the Bahamas, with Mike Untiedt on the Barrier Islands, South Carolina, with Jeffrey Watts in Taos, and with Kim English in Taos.