The mission of the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center art exhibitions program is to celebrate the diversity and rich culture of our home. It is our goal to create thought-provoking exhibitions that encourage a new perspective of Johnson County’s place within the global community. Exhibitions are diverse in medium and artists with a five-show rotation throughout the year.
Many of the works in the exhibit are available for purchase directly through the artist, and all proceeds are retained by the artist.
Place of Peace, April 2019-July 2019
Place of Peace brings to light the veteran experience and benefits of the arts to veterans as they transition into a state of well-being and return to civilian-life. Any person, with specific acknowledgement of veterans, who has experienced trauma is unwillingly forced into a processing stage which often involves severe anxiety and depression. It is all too common that this leads to suicide. Prevention is key. Finding a “Place of Peace”, be it a spiritual center, a garden, painting, theatre performance, or spending time with friends and family, we hope you find yours.
Reception Friday, April 19th, 6pm. This reception is free and open to the public.
Sgt. Gary L. Walker, USAF (Ret.) is an Air Force Veteran who served from 1983 to 1990 and was stationed in West Germany and was injured in the line of duty. Years later Walker faced contemplation of suicide, but painting ultimately saved his life.
Gary Walker, Ready For Spring 2019 (detail), 2019, 12" x 12" acrylic on canvas, unframed
MAJ Kirsten T. Vallinmaki (Hesterberg), U.S. Army (Reserve) is a single mother of two boys, Intelligence Officer in U.S. Army Reserve, OIF/OEF Disabled Veteran, and artist. Her work is about stepping out of the wild and into new growth.
Kirsten T Vallinmäki, Untitled (detail), 2018, 18" x 24", digital media, unframed
SSG Zeke Crozier, U.S. Army (Ret.) is a retired Chinook helicopter Flight Engineer and founder of Handy-Cappin' LLC. Crozier sustained catastrophic injuries including a TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury). Bottle cap art acted as a bridge back to life.
Zeke Crozier, Freedom Doesn't Come Without A Price (detail), 2019, 24" x 30", Artist Resin, Acrylic Paint, Plywood, Bottle Caps, Framed
3rd Congressional District State Art Competition, April 2019
Each spring, a nation-wide high school arts competition is sponsored by the Members of the U.S. House of Representatives. The Artistic Discovery Contest is an opportunity to recognize and encourage the artistic talent in the nation, as well as in Kansas' Third Congressional District.
The Artistic Discovery Contest is open to all high school students in our District. The winning artwork of our district's competition will be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol. The artwork of the runner-up will be featured in our District office in Overland Park. The exhibit in Washington will include the winning artwork from all participating districts from around the country.
You can learn more about eligibility and how to apply by visiting https://davids.house.gov/services/art-competition
Rachel S. Park, Happy Times, 2019, 16" x 20", acrylic on canvas