"What art offers is space - a certain breathing room for the spirit." - John Updike

Arti Gras - Leawood Foundation Opening Night Gala



Friday, February 17, 2017
6:00 - 9:00 pm
The Lodge at Ironwoods Park
14701 Mission Road, Leawood, KS 66224 www.leawood.org

Inclement weather date: Saturday, February 18 - 6:00-9:00 pm

Reservations are not necessary.
Opening Night Reception Attendees
are asked to pay $15 at the door.

An Opening Night "Mardi Gras" themed Reception will feature music, appetizers and beverages. The Arti Gras Reception is sure to be the event of the season in Leawood again this year. We hope that you will join us for a fun evening of art and great company. The Reception will be open house style, reservations will not be taken.

Buy art from local artists. Visit with the selected artists who will be competing for top prizes. Winners will be announced at 7:30 during the Arti Gras Reception.


Guest Juror- Valerie Phillips - Owner of Gallery V Fine Arts

Valerie Phillips has over twenty-five years of experience in the art and design industry. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Graphic Design from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's School of Art and Design. She worked for Fleishman-Hillard Inc. where she handled various graphic design accounts, including their top client, Anheuser-Busch and its subsidiaries. She also designed for Ackerman, Hood and McQueen and worked as a freelance makeup artist for three leading cosmetic companies. Most recently, Valerie has managed three independent art galleries in the Kansas City area over a span of fifteen years.

With a lifelong passion for art, an entrepreneurial spirit and a slice of her own personality, Valerie Phillips is living her dream and "in her element." She opened Gallery V Fine Arts in 2014 at Mission Farms West in Overland Park, Kansas. She now represents approximately 50 artists from local to international talent. Not only has she built a place of inspiration for others, Valerie has passed along the art genes to her son, Matt, a current painting major at the Kansas City Art Institute. Together, they creatively collaborate to educate, entertain and create a memorable experience for guests of Gallery V Fine Arts.

Valerie Phillips has juried the Hidden Glen Art Fair at Cedar Creek in Olathe, Kansas, as well as the Art Comes Alive arts competition in Cincinnati, Ohio.


Arti Gras proceeds will go to the Leawood Foundation to fund a new
Inclusive Playground for City Park and other 2017 project priorities
and to the Leawood Stage Company.

Planned improvements to the City Park Playground will include a new play surface to improve safety and inclusive playground structures that accommodate those with intellectual and physical disabilities. Inclusive playgrounds offer alternatives for people at all levels of ability and challenge them at their own developmental stages.

Attendees can purchase voting tokens to select the "King's Choice" Award.
The "Kings Choice" Award winner will also receive the option to be displayed in City Hall for a period of 3 months following the event. The "Kings Choice" winner will be announced at the close of the Exhibition.


You and/or your company
can also become an event sponsor.

For information on how to become a sponsor click the "Become a Sponsor" button.


City of Leawood