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‘Bohemian Painters’ exhibit work in benefit for Farris

Local artists Denice Belcher, Kat McKown, and Kelly Berkey – two from rural Orrick, one from Excelsior Springs – will hold a group Exhibit at The Friends Gallery this weekend.
The Bohemian Painters group show will be a collection of over 60 original works of art in oil, mixed media, and watercolor. Each painter in the group has a distinct style.
The dates for this show are Oct. 4-6. Friends Gallery is part of the Farris Arts District and is located at 110 S. Camden St. in Richmond.
Denice Belcher, Kat McKown, and Kelly Berkey formed their art group, The Bohemian Painters, which they describe as a “collaboration of minds and talent to promote creativity, artistic expression and individual growth.”
One of their goals is to help raise money to contribute to growing art in the community.
The group created a collaborative painting titled “Bohemian Rhapsody,” which will be raffled to raise money for Friends of the Farris Theatre, which supports theatre programming and promotion.
All proceeds from the raffle will go toward the Friends’ “Promise Campaign,” which was established to convert Farris films to a more modern digital format. It’s becoming more and more difficult to find film distributors dealing in the obsolete format.
Entries in the raffle are $5, and individuals can enter as many times as they wish until the drawing at 2 p.m. Sunday.  Those who’d like to enter the raffle but can’t attend the exhibit, can contact Kelly Berkey at kell...@gmail.com. The winner doesn’t need to be present to qualify.
The Bohemian Painters exhibit will open Oct. 4 with an artists’ reception from 5 to 8 p.m., then continue Saturday, Oct. 5 from 1 to 5, then again Sunday, Oct. 6 from noon to 2. The raffle winner will be announced at the close of Sunday’s exhibit hours..
To view a video of the artists working on “Bohemian Rhapsody,” follow the link to http://vimeo.com/73588953.
The Bohemian Painters include Belcher, who lives in the country outside of Orrick and paints in a home studio. She has been an artist for over 30 years and has won several awards with her representation of Missouri country life. Her favorite subjects include cowboys, old barns and animals, all of which evoke a slower-paced life.
Her work can be found on Facebook by searching for The Bohemian Painters group page.
McKown lives and works in Excelsior Springs. “I am intrigued with eyes,” she said. “It is said they are the windows to the soul.”
McKown’s art has been collected worldwide and can be seen at www.katmckownart.com.
Like Beclcher, Berkey works from a home studio in the country outside of Orrick.  She is described as being “captivated by people and capturing emotion and the human spirit onto her canvas. Her soulful approach to her work, love of mindful living and journaling her experiences as she grows as an artist has made her Online blog a huge success.”
She has been published in the Studio Voice and her art has been collected throughout the U.S. and Internationally. Her web site is www.kellyberkey.com.

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