Ogerita

Here’s something completely different.

This is the Ogerita, a gas electric trolley car that ran on the Missouri and Kansas Interurban Railway, known as the Strang Line, from 1906-1908.  The railroad was owned by William B. Strang Jr., a land developer in Johnson County, KS.  The car was named after his niece.

This image was created in Adobe Illustrator using historic black and white photos as references.  (Thank you to the Overland Park Historical Society for those reference images.)  Period news clippings mention at the railroad painted their trolleys vermilion, so that’s the color I used.  I also consulted David Holland, an amateur railroad historian and my father, for additional references and explanations of how it all looked.  (Thanks, Dad.  I finally drew a train car like you’ve been wanting me to do for years.)

A print can be purchased here.

Ogerita
Edit:  I had previously stated the car was named after his wife.  It was actually named after his niece.

“Hey, Kansas City” Art Show

Friday I took pictures of the “Hey, Kansas City” art show at Paper Birch Landing.  I think I got the whole exhibit here, but please forgive me if I missed one or two.  Cell phone camera shots, so sorry for the quality.  The show runs until the end of the month.  Go to my previous post for more information on that.  Of course, all these images are copyrighted by the artists who created them.  I think just about everything here’s for sale. So, contact the gallery if you’re interested in purchasing.

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Judged An Art Show Last Saturday

Last Saturday I went downtown to an art gallery called Paper Birch Landing to jury their “Hey, Kansas City” art show that will be running all through the month of August.  That was fun.
Paper Birch Landing
The gallery is located on Broadway near the Uptown Theater.  It’s directly behind Woody’s on the third floor.  The space has a lot of light and a nice view.  I got to have a peek at their current show and talk shop a bit before we started to go through the entries.

 

Although, we were surprised (and a bit disappointed) to not get a single entry on the subjects of cows, barbecue, or fountains!   I mean, come on Kansas City!  By the end, Heather Collinsworth (one of the gallery owners) and Jesus Vasquez (the other judge for the show) were both considering painting a cow just for the show to make up for the obvious oversight.  I might draw something additional as well if I get around to it.

Mayor Sly JamesThe submissions were lighter than expected, which made this show a great opportunity for artists who may have otherwise not had an opportunity to show in a gallery before.  I’d say more about what will be on display, but the winners haven’t been announced yet and I don’t want to spoil anything.

As judges, Jesus and I will both also be contributing at least one piece each to the show.  I’ve already dropped off a signed archival print of my Sly James caricature and they let me leave my portfolio and some cards out for display.  It looks like I’ll be attending a couple more events at the gallery throughout the month of August, but I’m not quite sure of the dates.  I’ll post when I have more information.

Happy City Illustration

This is an illustration of several happy skyscrapers from the Kansas City skyline.  It’s an illustration for the August issue of 435 Magazine.  The buildings are cartoon versions of real buildings downtown.  If you’re on the Liberty Memorial hill looking towards Union Station, you can see this view over Union Station’s roof.  I needed tall, skinny towers grouped tightly together, which is why I chose this group of buildings. 435 - August '14 - page 73