Lee’s Summit students will be competing in a live mural project this weekend called “Stuck on Art,” where students will create murals from black masking tape. Photo provided
Lee’s Summit students will be competing in a live mural project this weekend called “Stuck on Art,” where students will create murals from black masking tape. Photo provided

Lee's Summit Journal

Summit Art Festival celebrates a decade in Lee’s Summit

By Kaitlyn Schwers

kschwers@kcstar.com

October 05, 2017 07:31 AM

A three-day festival dedicated to fine arts is returning to downtown Lee’s Summit.

The Summit Art Festival, which will be celebrating its 10th year, is scheduled Oct. 6-8.

The festival, which is free to attend, will feature nearly 90 local, regional, and national artists.

Artists will descend on downtown Lee’s Summit from other parts of Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, Texas, Arkansas, Iowa, Illinois, and Oklahoma. Art pieces shown at this year’s event will include paintings, jewelry, ceramics, wood art, sculptures, glass art, digital art and photography.

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Attendees will also see work from local high school students at the Lee’s Summit R-7 Student Art Pavilion.

Additionally, middle and high school students will compete in a live mural project, “Stuck on Art,” where students will create murals from black masking tape.

Metropolitan Community College-Longview’s art department and Summit Theatre will also have booths at the festival.

Teresa Keene, co-director of the festival, and her husband, Jason, have been planning the event throughout the year.

Keene said she has been involved with the festival since 2010, when the event was formerly known as the Longview Art & World Music Festival and was located near View High Drive and Longview Road before moving downtown.

Keene is a part of Summit Art, the organization that runs the festival, and is also the gallery director of GOT Art Gallery on Third Street.

“This event is for the community,” Keene said. “We do it because it’s part of our mission to give opportunities for artists and give the community an event, and also to partner with our local school district.”

Art is at the forefront of the annual festival, but it will also feature live music, local food and drink vendors, and a kids zone that offers hands-on art activities.

Last year, organizers estimated that 20,000 people attended the festival.

This year’s featured artist for the festival is Megan Leong, a Lee’s Summit native. Leong graduated from Lee’s Summit High School, and went on to study art at the University of Central Missouri and has a bachelor’s degree in fine art painting and art education.

She completed her master’s degree in fine arts for painting at Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids, Mich.

Leong, who is currently a stay-at-home mother and part-time artist, painted a tiger for her signature piece at the festival.

“I chose to use a calm, pensive profile view (for the pose) that puts myself into the painting in a way,” Leong in a news release. “I painted the piece as I am anticipating the arrival of our baby boy this August.”

Keene said Leong’s local connection was a big reason she was chosen as the feature artist.

“I love (Leong’s) work,” Keene said. “She’s shown here at the gallery a couple times and she’s connected in the art world. With her being a graduate of Lee’s Summit schools, I thought it would be fun.”

For more information about Summit Art Festival, visit www.summitartfest.org or go to its Facebook page, Summit Art Festival.

Want to go?

Summit Art Festival, a three-day event dedicated to fine arts, is celebrating 10 years in Lee’s Summit.

When: 4-8 p.m. Oct. 6, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Oct. 7 and noon-4 p.m. Oct. 8

Where: Downtown Lee’s Summit

Admission: Free

For more information, visit www.summitartfest.org.