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ArtworkArtworks by Kaycie Booher are on display at the Alcott Arts Center, 180 S. 18th St., starting Sept. 14.
The Alcott Arts Center will present Shakespeare’s “The Merchant of Venice” at 3 p.m. Sept. 14-15 and Sept. 21-22.
Directed by Anna Jennings, the “Shakespeare in the Parking Lot” play will be presented rain or shine. It was originally scheduled to be presented outdoors, but because of the weather, the play most likely will be moved to the indoor theater.
Admission to the production is $5 per person with a nonperishable food donation. Those attending may also view the Alcott art gallery exhibits. Alcott is at 180 S. 18th St., Kansas City, Kan.
Appearing in the production will be Jeff Shehan, Aaron Gotzon, Frank Presler, London Smith, Khalid Johnson, Liz Swick, Timothy Willett, Erik Johnsen, Kelsey Matthias, Heather Hare, Jen Morris, Sean Hill and Ronald Davis.
While at the Alcott, guests are invited to view the two art exhibits. A new exhibit in the East Gallery, “An Eclectic Collection,” is from Kaycie Booher. It opens Sept. 14.
Booher received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Central Missouri in 2009, and works in the commercial printing and graphic arts industry in the Kansas City area.
Her work is considered impressionistic and is inspired by her personal life experience and her other interests, such as horseback riding, yoga, volunteering and gardening. She paints, draws and sculpts. Many of her pieces are for sale and she is donating a percentage of the purchases to the Alcott.
A reception for Booher will be at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 14.
Also on display at the Alcott are works by Cecil Mashburn, a self-taught professional fine artist specializing in Western impression. Mashburn started doing art by decorating the bulletin board at the Alcott Grade School in Kansas City, Kan.
From that beginning the life experiences have had an influence on his art. Having lived on ranches in Montana and western Kansas, he developed a love of painting ranch life and livestock. While in Montana he competed in rodeos as a bareback rider, and many drawings reflect his experience as a contestant.
He also is known for native American and landscape art. He has won honors at several shows and still competes at selected shows. He has offered to help Alcott make some money by selling a big part of his artwork through the years and is donating a percentage of the money to Alcott.
The Alcott Arts Center is not yet ADA accessible. For more information, visit www.AlcottArtsCenter.org or call 913-233-2787.