1855 Harris-Kearney House Museum re-opens and welcomes KC artist Katheryn Krouse

Westport Historical Society News Release

Contact: Alana Smith, President

(816) 561-1821, (913) 231-6749

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1855 Harris-Kearney House Museum re-opens and welcomes KC artist Katheryn Krouse

After closing for the winter season, the 1855 Harris-Kearney House Museum will re-open March 5. The museum is pleased to welcome the first visiting artist of 2014 to the recently-renovated upstairs art gallery.

Katheryn Krouse is a realist painter who celebrates Kansas City by using rich color and texture, inspired by her eye condition known as Stargardt's Disease. This disease effects the way her retinas process light. Her eyes interpret light values significantly brighter, and dark values significantly darker. This naturally makes its way into her artwork as she communicates how she sees her changing world. Her condition is somewhat disabling, as she can no longer drive. Instead, she now makes use of public transportation, which inspires her to focus on a pedestrian’s perspective of urban city scenes. To emphasize contrasting light, she often looks to the Impressionists and Post Impressionists.

“My world is beautiful,” Krouse said in an interview, “It is just different...It is a gift to continuously and publicly communicate how I see the world.”

Krouse's work will be on display from March 5-29, during regular museum hours, Wednesday-Saturday, from 1 to 5 pm. Admission to the gallery is free.

About Katheryn Krouse
Krouse Graduated from KU with a BFA in 2012. Since graduation, she has participated in numerous local art fairs, galleries and restaurants. Her work was recently recognized in Art Ability, a juried show in Philadelphia, where she was awarded best in show. Krouse has been nominated for the 2014-1015 Kansas City Collection III, a prestigious title for select Kansas City artists. 

For more information, visit katherynkrouse.com, and facebook.com/katheryn.krouse.art 

About the 1855 Harris-Kearney House Museum and the Westport Historical Society
Located at 4000 Baltimore in Kansas City, MO, the 1855 Harris-Kearney House is the oldest remaining residence in Kansas City. The house was built by the Harris family in 1855, and is now a museum owned and operated by the Westport Historical Society. The WHS was founded in 1956 to promote, preserve, and foster public interest in the significant history of Westport, Missouri, the Town of Kansas, Missouri, and their founders.

The 1855 Harris-Kearney House Museum will re-open for tours on March 5, 2014. Museum hours will be Wednesday-Saturday, 1-5pm. Please note: the museum routinely closes for the winter season in late December, though tours can be scheduled throughout the year by calling the museum.

For more information, visit our Web site, www.westporthistorical.com. Contact us at (816) 561-1821, or westporthistorical@gmail.com. Like and follow us on Facebook.

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