Tuesday, January 30, 2018

First Friday at Studio Above in the Crossroads, KCMO

First Friday at Studio Above in the Crossroads, KCMO:

Your sweetheart wants art and chocolates for Valentines ❤️ Day. . .

Join us and find your little jewel. Join us for February First Friday 2/2/18 in the Crossroads! 

This is an excellent opportunity to invest in an intimate original Teresa Dirks. Fine art makes a unforgettable gift for Valentine's Day. A variety of new small intimate works and price points are being offered. Add to your collection or wow someone with a truly spectacular gift.

Come get acquainted with me, hear about my inspiration and my process, and visit with my family and friends in a welcoming environment. Come share the love. 

If you haven't discovered my work yet, February First Friday is the perfect time. We are upstairs above the Leedy Voulkos Gallery at Studio Above with several other artists. See you soon!

Studio Above

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Good Morning!

Good Morning!

Back in the studio this week painting smalls for a trip to California. Just so you know, I have started having private art shows again in homes and what I like to call "Art House." It has been several years since I have done this, but it is always a good time.

Here's how it works:
1. We set a date that works for you and I come look at your home to decide what art will work for your space.

2. You invite your friends. We plan for our cocktails and music. I clean your toilet, joking, you have to clean your toilet! :)

3. The day of, I show up early and hang.

4.Your friends show up, pour a cold one and the rest of the day is a party. What a better way to spend the day?

BTW, this is my first flying trip, so I am working out details on how best to travel with art. Do you have any suggestions or best practices when traveling with art? Please do tell.

In the meantime, share your love and a smile with a stranger. Let love win! Cheers to love!

My best,

Monday, July 31, 2017

Open Studios August 2017

Open Studios at the Livestock Exchange Building , 1600 Genessee, Kansas City MO, Friday,  are August 4, 4:30-9 & Saturday, August 5, 10-2 pm. Artists and businesses in the Livestock Exchange Building are excited for you and your friends to join them in the second event of 2017. 
Teresa Dirks' Open Studio April 2017

Friday, July 7, 2017

Love in Summer Show at 2016 Main

Haven't had much time to talk about this show, Love in Summer, and my art in this show . . . so I wanted to share a bit today. 
In my work, I investigate relationships and envision a world where we are all giving and given respect. This show is a perfect fit for my work. My work is about harmony. My work is about lines and those intersections or parallels in life and art . . . those intersections are where good things happen. We cross each others lives and make the world better. 
(*Yes, I am obsessed with lines and I can explain more in person or here at a later date.)
Please join us tonight, July 7, 6-9 2016 MAIN Gallery. Artist intros begin at 7.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

4 Women, 4 Perspectives . . . at Cafe Trio


4 Women, 4 Viewpoints – Art at Cafe Trio

Enjoy Work from 4 Wonderful Local Artists

Teresa Dirks – Nina Irwin – Elisabeth Sauer – Karen Steen

Local Art has always been part of Cafe Trio and we’re always thankful to have the opportunity to share and enjoy some of the area’s very best artists.
For the current show we have works from 4 fabulous ladies; Teresa Dirks, Nina Irwin, Elisabeth Sauer & Karen Steen.  Please stop in and enjoy the current show and as always everything on display in the main dining room is for sale (Cafe Trio does not mark-up or charge a fee for any of the art we display – all funds go directly to the artist).

Teresa Dirks

fullsizeoutput_16bbGrowing up in the rural quasi-south, around seamstresses, quilters, gardeners, and farmers, I learned to love nature, nurture, growing and making. This made me. Creative. So now, when I create art, my aim is to reconstruct those experiences from my life, from my environment, and share the connection that I have. I strive to recreate a conceptional experience whether it is the complexity of urban decay, the intensity of the sky, or the linear connection to cultivation and the horizon. The proportions and structure I portray within my works comes from my subconscious need to create with some sense of balance, and also with a tension that is derived from the power of my experiences, and the sense of my being a part of something bigger. The awe. Over the years, my work has developed gesturally, texturally and organically by using the visual elements and principles of color, line, texture, movement, and pattern. The resulting variants and contrasts reflect the complexities and tension of my experiences. My art has come to symbolize my inner strength and connection with my world and years spent watching the brilliance of the world around me.
Find me on Houzz, Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram, and Art Stack . Thank you for supporting the arts!

Nina Irwin

Nina Irwin’s work, predominantly landscapes, suggest the subjects of spirituality and the search for truth and beauty. They are conceived from memories of her exotic travels combined with ancient places she has studied in art history. These places are pure and quiet– the stillness broken only by the silent dialogue between place (painting) and the viewer. “I strive to convey, through my paintings and sculptures, the actual feeling of a place–much more than its physical characteristics. Here, the painting suggests a place and feeling – which is expanded through texture and color. I want to transport the viewer to another place and time.”
Nina Irwin works from her painting and ceramics studio in the historic stockyards of Kansas City. She received her B.A. in Studio Art from UMKC and is currently working on her M.A. in Art History. In addition to her studio work, Nina teaches art and art history classes at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. She is represented in collections regionally, nationally, and globally.

Elisabeth Sauer

Fall Fires 36 x 36 Oil Sauer (1)
Elisabeth Sauer is a Kansas artist who has lived in Missouri, Illinois and Kansas. Her work reflects her passion for the expansive nature of the landscape and the sweeping skies of the Midwest and the West. The subjects of many of her paintings are the permanent features of the Midwestern and Western landscapes – their prairies, rivers, fields, rock formations, and skies. She sees man-made structures, such as silos and grain elevators, as integral parts of the landscapes as well.
Sauer finds inspiration in the brilliant and ever-changing colors found in nature. The intensity of the color in her paintings conveys nature’s raw power and evokes the sense of awe one feels seeing a beautiful sunset or a glorious blue sky stretching far to the horizon.
She paints landscapes outside directly from nature [en plein air], as well as in the studio. Places where she has painted en plein air include Kansas, Missouri, Montana, Arizona, New Mexico, California and Italy.
Sauer is primarily self taught but has studied art in Italy, at the Kansas City Art Institute, and at various plein air workshops. Collectors from all over the United States own her work and she has exhibited widely. Her paintings have won awards including First Place in the Raytown Arts Invitational [2008], and the State Street Bank Purchase Prize at the Northeast Cultural Commission, “Cultures Without Borders”, juried exhibit [2007].


Karen Steen
My art is a celebration of nature’s web, its diverse life forms and interconnected systems. Humans are tearing at the web, damaging the balance. My work offers a perspective on the intricate network of life — one I hope might contribute to a shift in our relationship with the natural world. Images of plants, insects, microscopic life, zoology and human anatomy inspire my drawings and the shapes I incorporate into my collages and wall sculptures.
As a child, I loved poking around tide pools.  Peering down into small worlds filled with life delighted me. I searched through seashore guidebooks to identify shells, anemones, and urchins.
So began my fascination with biology, now the subject of my art.  Experimentation with materials is essential in my art practice. Through it I search for ways to portray the qualities of the biological world: diversity, repetition, intricacy, rhythm, balance, interconnectedness.  I began my art career as an illustrator. Many assignments were for magazine articles about health and medicine. Now, I combine the technical and conceptual skills I learned as an illustrator with the intuitive approach of a fine artist.
My recent solo exhibition Networks in Nature showed at Cottonwood Center for the Arts in Colorado Springs and the Kansas City Artists Coalition. I won first place in the 2015 group exhibition, HEAT, at Leedy-Voulkos Art Center in Kansas City. I have completed commission works for Lehigh Valley Health Network in Allentown, Pennsylvania and Kaiser Permanente’s Largo Medical Center in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. My work has appeared in solo and group shows in the mid-Atlantic, Southern California and Kansas City regions.

Friday, February 3, 2017

First Friday Events in Kansas City, MO

Stay tuned for First Friday Events in Kansas City, MO scheduled for April 7&8 (Open Studio at the Historical Livestock Exchange Building) and May 5 in the fabulous Crossroads Arts District. Details to come.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Press Release for 2016 Southeast Missouri State University Alumni Merit Award

Seven alumni and one faculty member will receive Merit Awards presented by the Southeast Missouri State University Alumni Association Nov. 4 at the Copper Dome Society/Merit Recognition Dinner during the University’s Homecoming celebration. The dinner will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Show Me Center.
Alumni Merit Awards have been presented annually since 1958 to Southeast alumni who have brought distinction to themselves and the University.
This year’s alumni recipients are: Teresa Mosley Dirks, ’98, of Kansas City, Missouri, award winning artist in the Kansas City area; Dr. Jerry D. Durham, ’68, of Waterloo, Iowa, chancellor of Allen College; Janet Perez Eckles, ’75, of Orlando, Florida, inspirational speaker and author; William T. (Bill) Gamewell, ’72, of Ballwin, Missouri, senior vice president with Commerce Bank in St. Louis, Missouri; Pamela Macke Johnson, ’77 and ’00, of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, criminalist supervisor and forensic scientist with the Missouri State Highway Patrol Troop E Crime Laboratory in Cape Girardeau; Pamela McClune, ’72, of Denver, Colorado, retired compliance manager with the Colorado Housing and Finance Authority and retired attorney and U.S. Navy captain with the Judge Advocate General’s Corps, U.S. Navy Reserve; and Dr. Pernell Witherspoon of St. Louis, Missouri, and Huntington Beach, California, associate professor of criminal justice at Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri.
Receiving the Faculty Merit Award will be Dr. Julie Ray, professor and chair of the Department of Elementary, Early and Special Education at Southeast. The Faculty Merit Award is presented for excellence in teaching.
Teresa Mosley Dirks
Teresa Mosley Dirks
Dirks, an artist, painter and former educator, graduated summa cum laude from Southeast in 1998 with a Bachelor of Arts in English with a minor in art. In 2005, she earned a master’s degree in education from William Woods University.
Born in Kennett, Missouri, and raised in Malden, Missouri, Dirks spent most of her life in southeast Missouri, absorbing the essence of rural, farm life and the relationship between life and nature, a theme she has captured in her photographs, poetry and paintings.
She taught environmental education and then art education in public schools for several years, but her passion for painting inspired her lifelong career.
When creating her artwork, Dirks’ aim is to reconstruct those experiences from her life and environment, and to share that connection with others. She strives to recreate a conceptual experience whether it is the complexity of urban decay, the intensity of the sky, or the linear connection to cultivation, nature and the horizon. The proportions and structure she portrays within her works come from her subconscious need to create with some sense of balance, and also with a tension that is derived from the power of her experiences, and the sense of her being a part of something bigger.
Over the years, her work has developed texturally and organically by using the visual elements and principles of color, line, texture, movement and pattern. The resulting variants and contrasts reflect the complexities and tension of her experiences. Her art has come to symbolize her inner strength and connection with her environment and the years spent watching the brilliance of the world around her.
Dirks is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2011 Missouri Arts Council Poster Award. Her work was featured in the 2012 MAC publications. Her work is held by private and corporate entities.
She has served on the Art in Public Places Committee in Warrensburg, Missouri; organized Paint with Your Girls, a fundraiser for breast cancer research; and served on the advisory boards of Southeast Missouri State University-Malden and the Bootheel Youth Museum where she was also a volunteer programmer. Dirks lives in Kansas City, Missouri, with her husband, Dave. They have two sons and four grandchildren.