Prairiebrooke Gallery at the 47th Symphony Designers’ Showhouse

Prairiebrooke Gallery was honored to be selected to be a part of the 47th Symphony Designers' Showhouse in Kansas City, Missouri. The Showhouse is hosted by the Kansas City Symphony Alliance, a nonprofit volunteer organization which promotes an interest in classical music throughout the Kansas City area. The annual Showhouse is the group’s primary fundraising project, and is the longest running of its kind in the country. It features the work of a curated selection of local designers and craftsmen. This year, the space we designed was the grand staircase and second floor hallway.

Prairiebrooke’s art selections for the grand staircase utilize a cool and refreshing color palette. We chose to place more modern artwork to fill the traditional style staircase and hall. The final look offers an unexpected but harmonious aesthetic mix.

On the staircase wall, a larger-than-life, dynamic abstract brings bold color, movement and emotion to the airy space, and can be appreciated from both the first and second floor of the home. We designed a custom mirror to place at the top of the grand staircase, which allows guests to appreciate the artwork from all angles.

Straight ahead of the stairs, two original Kevin Hobbs landscapes offer a bright color palette, under which a carved vase on a sleek pedestal provides visual interest and breaks up the long hall. Across the hall hangs a mesmerizing wooden sculpture. This oversized, ribbon-like piece provides movement and texture, and also solves a tricky design problem. The thermostat for the second floor was installed in the center of this wall, making it difficult to hang any artwork. The dimension that this sculpture provides, is a perfect cover up and solution for this pesky thermostat.

On the opposite side of the hall hangs a large piece of art that offers a sense of calm to counteract the movement and color provided by the oversized abstract and sculpture. With a figure of a girl walking through a field of golden grasses, it can be appreciated from far away, or up close. Two small Julie Hansen pastels are placed adjacent to compliment those golden tones. The sweet and delicate nature of these pieces’ pair nicely with the rest of the artwork in the hallway.

Showhouse tours are open to the public and will run from April 23 through May 15, 2016. Tickets are required and may be purchased in advance at Prairiebrooke or at the door. 

Written by Nicoletta Niosi-Ortiz and Rachel Prentiss