Tuesday, August 4, 2015

The Nelson Atkins Spencer Art Reference Library began an artists' file initiative in 2014 and through the Kansas City Artists' Coalition, I was preselected to join the official launch. According to the Nelson Atkins Spencer Library Website, "The artists’ file initiative documents the careers of artists who are part of Kansas City’s creative community. These files are as unique as the artists’ careers they document and may include artist statements, gallery announcements, resumes and exhibition checklists." 

The Kansas City Artist Coalition stated: 
The Artists Initiative File is working to archive local contemporary artists
 in Kansas City, Kansas and Missouri. By creating individual files for each artist, the Library is helping to document the arts community and serve as an active archive for artists who are currently working and have worked in the area. Each artist’s profile will contain an artist statement,
resume, list of exhibitions, exhibition cards and more. Not only does the Spencer ArtReference Library catalog your file, but they also submit the information to the WorldCa.org database, which is the world’s largest online catalog and available to anyone with access to the Web!

Teresa Dirks Artist File can now be found on worldcat.org. Here is a link to my worldcat.org page with info on my career. For those of you who have acquired my art in the past or if you are looking to acquire Teresa Dirks' art, (thank you!) You can now research and validate, just like in the movie "Oh Brother Where Art Thou" that I am a "bonafide" artist. 

On a side note, I would love to thank the Nelson Atkins Spencer Library's Marilyn Carbonell and Amelia Nelson and the wonderful staff at the Kansas City Artist Coalition. Thank you, thank you!

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Modern Abstract Painter Teresa Dirks at the Margaret Harwell Art Museum

What a month! I traveled over 2200 miles and carried over 60 paintings to the Margaret Harwell Art Museum in Poplar Bluff, MO. Thank you to Tina Magill and her staff for a wonderful experience and opening! Follow this link to see my album and my drive.
Modern Abstract Painter Teresa Dirks at the Margaret Harwell Art Museum 

I had a great time coming and going . . .

My best to you all,

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

The Linear Continues...as Summer Begins.

Finishing up two pieces and my linear lines continue. To be honest, I am having a difficult time staying focused this month. June is such a favorite month for me. Gardening, swimming, family and cooking keep me distracted from painting and doing the work I need to do. One of my summer tasks is to revamp my website. Big chore. If anyone with the skills wants to barter art for design, let's do it soon! My garden beckons...

Go soak up some sun friends and enjoy,

P.S. These pieces are headed to the Parkville Artisans Studio in Historical Downtown Parkville, Mo. Stop by later this month and say hello to Tricia!
Untitled (at the moment)
2 (10x20") 
Acrylic, Latex, Oil Pastel and Love . . .

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Traveling Back Home...

Margaret Harwell Art Museum

Packed my blue VW wagon with 60 plus pieces and delivered my art work this week to the Margaret Harwell Art Museum, or MHAM, in Poplar Bluff, MO. My car was jammed. Every inch was covered with art. Barely had room for my toothbrush, but not to worry I squeezed it in too. 

Headed out from KC and I traveled down through the Ozark's, I could not believe the color of the huge trees and foliage. Hyper-green from all the rain this spring. Wish I could have stopped more and soaked up the vividness, but I had a mission and had to keep moving. Took a few shots from the road and I will share below. 

After arriving in Poplar Bluff, I turned on to Main Street. It is still a brick paved road. The sound of the wheels on brick is always hypnotic. And loud! Pulled in front of the MHAM and its historical presence and realized, yes I am back home. Jumped out of the VW and then I got hugs from Tina at the MHAM. Had not seen her in close to 10 years. Too long. 

Monday, I had traveled over 400 miles to  drop off my art and then spend the evening with family. Yes, I was back home. Stayed up late laughing with my baby sis and her kiddos. Woke up and turned the empty wagon around and headed to my KC home. Another 400 miles down the Missouri road. . . 

Loaded VW

Big Skies of Missouri/Highway 60
Hyper Green
Current River in Van Buren, MO
Mingo National Wildlife Refuge . . .Getting Close to Home

Headed back to KC

Thursday, May 28, 2015

It won't be long now . . . Margaret Harwell Art Museum

Please join us! The opening reception is June 6, 6-8 p.m. at the Margaret Harwell, 421 N Main, Poplar Bluff, MO. 

Much of what I paint comes from back home. Growing 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 and share the connection that I have.

I look forward to sharing it with you. Some of you will not be able to make it I know, but wanted you to know I appreciate our connection. 

My best,
Teresa Dirks' Art

Saturday, May 2, 2015

So, thank you so . . . to those who believe in me and support what I love!

Life. So fun, so busy, so unpredictable. Late 2014 and early 2015, saw many changes in my own private Idaho. We sold a home that we loved, we moved into a new community for the second time in 5 years, began the settling in process, my hair turned silver, (just seeing if you are paying attention) and I unexpectedly had my first corporate sale to PNC Bank of Pittsburgh, PN. 

Yes that is right, I sold 3 large pieces of my collection for the new PNC Tower that is being built as the greenest skyscraper in the US. 

Rhonda Goodall Gallery contacted me via email in early December and from past experiences I was extremely skeptical. Artists are targeted everyday with scam email and it had jaded my trust. However after some research, I discovered this query was legit. Early January, I shipped these three pieces to the framer.  

So far, so good, right? No actually . . .so far, so great! So yesterday, I sold my fourth large painting this year! It has been a wonderful year. So, thank you so to those who believe in me and support what I love!

Moreover, December was a great month with friends here in Weatherby acquiring a few pieces. I am grateful to say the least for their friendship and support!

I look forward to this year with optimism and know I must be diligent and focused. My world is busy with family, art, gardening, and taming this silver addition on my head. Additionally, I am busy painting for the Margaret Harwell Art Museum. My show opens June 6, in Poplar Bluff, MO, and this near perfect spring weather has made it difficult to focus. 

My work is changing and evolving from straight-forward lines to bold expressive movement. My world is changing and evolving. Sometimes for good and sometimes completely maddening. Within my art, I am torn between the simple and the complex and I know my work reveals that. My hope is to bring some joy back as the world evolves around us and to make us pause and believe that we can do better and let’s start here. Again, thank you to everyone who has supported me in my journey over the past ten years, . . .thank you, thank you! I look forward to the good ahead.

Cheers to you my friends!

Teresa Dirks,
Visual Artist


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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Been busy...

Completed this work this morning by punching more color, some gray, and black. What do you think about the focal point? Not something I usually do. 

Cheers and health my friends!    

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