Prairie Village Art Show kicks off this weekend

PRAIRIE VILLAGE, Kan. (KCTV) – The Prairie Village Art Show, now in its 65th year, opened on Friday.

A section of the Prairie Village Shops on 69th and Mission roads is lined with white tents and 100 performers displaying their talents this weekend. People started flocking Friday night before it was even officially open.

The Plaza Art Fair may be the oldest and largest in the city, but this fair is the second oldest in the metro. The mall where it’s happening was developed by the same people behind the Plaza. The stores opened in 1947 and the art exhibition started 10 years later.

Artists come from all over the country. There’s a kids’ art space, and plenty of adults can be spotted sipping summer sangria or a cold beer.

“What is it? About the fifth or sixth time we’ve been here. And it’s always fun to see all the different art here. We always buy a little bit here and there. It’s just fun to hang out and of course have a little fresh sangria as you walk around,” said attendee Tom Tarbutton.

“I can’t remember the last time I missed one except for the one they didn’t have during the pandemic. So, I think we love each other right now because that didn’t happen. And we just can’t wait to feel normal again,” said Akiko Kubo, who has been coming for 20 years.

Organizers said they typically had 15,000 visitors over the three-day event. Not to be sneered at, but a fraction of the typical 250,000-person attendance at the Plaza Art Fair. For some, that’s what they like. They go to both, but Prairie Village‘s is a bit more relaxed and they can find art for a more modest price.

“The Plaza Art Fair is beautiful, but it’s crowded and hugely crowded. Here you can take your time to look at things a little better,” Tarbutton said.

Below is the schedule for the weekend:

Friday

  • Art exhibition: 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Live music: 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Saturday

  • Crepes Chris Cakes: 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
  • Art exhibition: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Live music: 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Sunday

  • Art exhibition: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Live music: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.