I just read in a newspaper that it makes a difference to take children ages 5 through 9 to an art museum. This comment certainly rings true for me. I grew up in the midwest. I’ve been away for many years. Last month I returned to a place I consider where my interest in art, specifically Asian Art began.

I wanted to see the contemporary art wing that had been added to The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Missouri. A journey through the snow brought me to this place of memories. I enjoyed this new contemporary art building. A good collection of paintings and sculpture.

I also wanted to visit the Asian Art rooms. I felt emotional as I approached the displays. This room with a life-size presentation of a temple has stayed in my memory. I lingered here for a while.

The other rooms were changed. I found out that instead of putting all the paintings together, the rooms were arranged by period. This made a beautiful presentation with paintings, ceramics and furniture combined. I was alone in these rooms and enjoyed the quiet. I was young when I took art classes here. The building itself is amazing. I got to hang my paintings on the wall.

I ventured into an exhibit called, “Cultivating Nature: Printmaking for Painting in 17th Century China.” I like how Asian Art expresses so much using a few strokes. In High School I used to copy famous Asian paintings using watercolor and ink. I like how the scrolls often include poetry. I studied the poetry too. All of this is a part of who I am today as an artist.


~ by fiberverse on February 18, 2011.


  1. Cindy,

    Thank you for sharing your wonderful pictures and info regarding your life. I really loved visiting your roots. Very special to see the visuals, since I had heard to story.


  2. I recognized the Shuttle Cock, having been to that Museum several times. I lived in K.C., Mo, from 1 to 8, small world. I remember the museum as an adult, how lucky you visited as a child.

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