It’s not necessarily a bad thing that art in Kansas City is nothing more than an excuse to schmooze. In fact, the only thing worse than people blithely ignoring local art are the folks really focused on the often mediocre creations put on display in this Cowtown.
Still, Kansas City’s two biggest art fairs are coming up this month and I’ve got a few helpful hints to make them bearable for the kind of people who want to suffer through the artsy extravaganzas.
Let’s take a look.
First up, this weekend’s Westport Art Fair is great introduction to this kind of event that’s really about putting people on display. And that’s the trick. Local art exhibits are really about the people front and center. Westport art gawking is great because the booze is so close and plentiful. In fact, a smart guy could get away with turning an art outing into a drunken excursion . Just be careful not to knock over anything too expensive.
Best chances for artsy success at local art fairs:
1. Pretend to know the artist. Arsty folks are ditzy anyway and they’ll go along with your act.
2. Pretend that you’re going to buy something. If you put on a good act, your date might actually think you’re important.
3. NEVER BUY ANYTHING!!! Seriously, you’re not going to discover the next Picasso at these places. Most of it is really awful and the bright spots always make me sad because I know the art parade circuit never leads anywhere. There is little chance to find a hidden treasure here and anything more expensive than the lukewarm fare offered by restaurants is probably a mistake.
Still, Westport is just the warm-up for the Plaza Art Fair finale!!
This last art fair of the season is exceptionally fun because it features drunken MILFs in public, some really great artists that are dealing with stagnant careers and probably the best people watching in town.
Look for dogs sniffing into strollers, the best causal outfits in town from unhappily married 30 something couples, hotties who lament that passing of summer and probably just a bit under-dressed.
And especially around night time, the place becomes a hangout for local hipsters and poseurs who didn’t have the cash or the talent to purchase a booth.
It’s all quite fun and a nice way to finish out the Summer. Lamenting the lack of talent in others is sure to boost self-confidence during the changing seasons.