In Moon Over Vine, Sheron Smith provokes the mood of Kansas City’s historic 18th and Vine jazz district. Smith has been researching the phenomenal jazz history of the “Paris of the Plains,” as Kansas City was once known during the 1930s and 40s. As a common juncture of east to west travel, Kansas City boasted more than 150 entertainment venues that birthed the Kansas City jazz style. Smith’s research into this part of Black history has become her KC Jazz Collection, an ongoing series of vibrant paintings that capture what she imagines this flourishing Black community to have looked like. Moon Over Vine is also part of the book Rhapsody In Blue on Canvas, which Smith illustrated. She will be presenting her book on Sat. Feb 27th between 10am – 2pm at the West Wyandotte Library in KCK.
Sheron Smith’s work is on permanent display at Waldo’s Pizzas’ Tap Room. She also has abstract work at the Central Exchange building, West Wyandotte Library, and the Buttonwood Art Space. Smith is a participant in the ArtsKC Now Showing Program.
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