After 10 years of mentoring kids at Sumner–a great college prep school in downtown KCK–they decided to name a gallery after me. So I said, Hot Damn! Thanks so much to everyone at Sumner. I adore you all. What do I do as a mentor? Reassure kids from the city that they’re just as bright as their white counterparts–and HELP THEM GET INTO COLLEGE. Thanks to all my clients for writing big checks.
Blown-glass sculpture we did for a client in Leawood. Vernon Brejcha blew the glass–brilliantly; we designed and installed. Client lives in Tuscany Reserve. Told him we used to race motocross there when it was just a field. He loved that. Photo credit Michael Robinson. LEOPOLDgallery.com
One of my Denver clients recently commissioned this Flint Hills landscape by Phil Epp. We installed it last month in his downtown condo, overlooking City Park. What a great excuse for going to CO!
Barnett Helzberg is a legend in the world of philanthropy and business. He sold Helzberg Jewels to Warren Buffet 20 years ago, and with the money built a lavish K-12 school for kids from the inner city, helped build the Kauffman Performing Arts Center in KC, and has given away millions to various nonprofits that he and his wife Shirley believe in.
We were commissioned to create a very cool sculpture for this generous couple, and this film tells the story. I think you’ll dig it:
Arlie Regier installation, stainless steel, University of Northern Iowa. Thanks to Peter Goulet and President Ruud. Arlie created this piece for a Leawood collector years ago. Dude moved to Carmel and asked us to sell it for him. No problem–and it sold for much more than what he paid. Arlie, you were and always will be a genius.
We periodically make brief videos about our various art projects. Our clients love that, as do the artists. It’s good for regional culture, and for everyone involved. If you can glean any ideas from this process, feel free. UKH has been a great client since 2002. Because of their vision and generosity, we’ve been able to place work by scores of regional artists. Be sure to approach hospitals your area about doing the same. Here’s a link to the film.
When I’m not running the gallery, consulting, or working on a book, I love doing stuff that spikes the adrenaline–such as climbing. Devil’s Tower is my highest climb. Couldn’t have done it without Felipe top-roping. Put the smaller image in to convey the 900′ height. Of course for all you know I’m just sitting on top of a bluff in WY. Believe my sons and I will climb Zion in Aug.
Delivered another check to Paseo recently–our 10th such. Note smiles. Superintendent Green gave us an award. We’ve been underwriting the needs of the art dept since 2006, who wouldn’t have sufficient art supplies or books without our assistance. Same for Sumner Academy in KCK. Thanks again to all our clients who make this possible, and to Pamela Sahl, teacher par excellence. Many of these kids will be going to college who otherwise wouldn’t. Damn straight!