Archive for Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Part-time artist, full-time mom

January 11, 2006

If artist Angela Lexow has her way, Lansing some day could be the home to a cooperative gallery for burgeoning local artists like herself.

Lexow, 31, a mother of two young sons and a part-time art teacher at Carnegie Arts Center in Leavenworth, says people would be surprised to learn that she would like to open her own cooperative gallery for the Lansing area.

"We just don't have very much in the area," she said, in reference to the lack of opportunities to display art.

She envisions a co-op of 20-25 local artists who would be able to display their work at the gallery and also work there part-time. However, because her sons are only 4 years old and 11 months old, she will postpone her plan until they are both in school.

Lexow has had her artwork, which includes abstract paintings and landscapes, available locally at Abierto Puerto in Leavenworth and galleries in Topeka, Lawrence and Kansas City. Currently, her work is available at a gallery in Wamego and also decorates her home.

Recently, she has begun working with a new medium, gourds, and makes decorative bowls out of the dried fruit because she can complete them in smaller amounts of time.

"For painting, I need large chunks of time, which is hard with two small ones," she said.

Lexow, whose husband Mike is a doctor in Leavenworth, has worked teaching painting and drawing to all ages at the Carnegie Art Center since 1999.

Name: Angela Lexow

Occupation: Stay-at-home mom and artist

Family: husband, Mike; sons, Mark, Mason

How long have you lived in Lansing and what brought you here? We moved here in 2001. We came to the area because my husband joined a medical practice, Flanner and McBratney, M.D.s

What do you like most about Lansing? I like the smallness of it, but that we are still close to Kansas City, shopping, etc.

What do you do for fun? I work on my art; I paint and make gourds. I have been going to more shows lately.

What would surprise people most about you? I would like to start my own gallery- maybe a co-op gallery.

What's the best advice you've ever received? I guess the old saying "Don't sweat the small stuff."

To what organization or clubs do you belong? Being a mom of two young kids, I don't get out much! I teach at the Carnegie Arts Center some.


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