Interior Design

7 Ways to Use Your Creativity


You don’t have to be a professional artist to make use of all of the art resources in the Kansas City area. From suppliers to creative painting classes, you can experience it all.

Story by Maggie Young.

Here’s some local Kansas City businesses that offer services to get your artwork printed, feature supplies for specific crafts, help you host art parties with friends or allow you to just relax and take a painting class.

The Lazarus Group (pictured above - 3212 Gillham Road) offers many services and acts as a “one-stop shop” for artists. The company helps customers develop every aspect of a project from web design to art prints. The Lazarus Group can expand businesses for artists, produce digital copies of work and print giclée-quality art on a variety of mediums.

“Besides traditional methods, there are a lot of other options for printing and we help individuals find new materials and new mediums for their designs and artwork,” says Laz Potter, company president, founder and programmer.

Urban Arts & Crafts (4165 N. Mulberry Dr.) provides customers with yarns, fabrics, beads, jewelry and paper arts. In addition to the basic and boutique craft supplies, the store offers classes in jewelry making, knitting, crochet and sewing.

Urban Arts & Crafts cultivates a rainbow of yarn.

Owner Karen Roark says, “The goal was to blend in a modern touch with traditional art and bring something fresh to the crafting world.”

KC Clay Guild (200 W. 74th St.) is a volunteer-run clay center with storage, gallery and firing space. The nonprofit potter’s studio provides public access to clay creation for adults and children.

On Friday and Saturday nights, KC Clay Guild offers family fun nights open to anyone. Cherish Pageau, the publicity chair of KC Clay Guild, says that the goal is to promote the learning of ceramic arts in the community. The studio also offers workshop classes and clay creation parties for adults and children.

The New Dime Store (314 W. 63rd St.) is the ultimate supply store located in Brookside. It’s fully stocked with stationary, crafts, candles and seasonal finds for all of your crafting needs. In addition to providing everything from Slinkies and wood model kits to doorstops and felt pads,

The New Dime Store holds crafting classes. Classes feature opportunities to create your own animals out of ties and spare socks, learn the art of the Kumihimo braid, crayon iron-on transfers and how to make slime and quicksand. These classes are offered on weekends throughout the year.

The New Dime Store does in-house imprinting on invitations, makes keys, giftwraps and creates decorative bows.

“I think we have the best ribbon by the yard selection in the city,” says Kim Harris, co-owner at The New Dime Store.

Joley Wiley Fine Art is a business run by a self-taught artist with a flair for teaching beginners how to create art freely. Wiley teaches Grumbacher acrylic workshops for beginners and intermediate skill levels.

With more than 60 workshops under her belt, Wiley continues to teach as well as offer paint parties for both children and adults.

“If I can teach one person how to tap into their creativity and have that translate as art onto a canvas, my goals have been met,” says Wiley.

The workshops take beginners step-by-step through the basics of acrylic painting. Wiley’s paint parties are perfect for holiday celebration gatherings, girls’ night, baby showers, corporate events and various other social functions.

Callista Bond Art & Photography services include portraiture, wall murals, faux finishing, chalk and street painting for festivals or parties, graphite drawings, watercolors and acrylic paintings. Bond started her business in hopes of reaching the community with art.

Not your average playground doodle, at Callista Bond Art & Photography.

“Sometimes you just need a place to have a creative outlet and express yourself,” Bond says. “That’s what Callista Bond Art & Photography is for me.”

This fall, Bond will be creating chalk street paintings at the Kansas City Chalk and Walk Festival located at Crown Center. The event is free and donations to the event support art education outreach programs in the Kansas City area.

Artist & Craftman Supply (229 Southwest Blvd.) is an employee-owned company that sells art supplies for professionals, students, children and crafters. Products range from paint and canvas materials to sculpture and printmaking tools.

Artist & Craftsman Supply also takes special orders for specific crafting needs. The store offers easy online purchasing from Whether you’re a knitter, painter or creative type of another stripe, Kansas City offers many artistic outlets. Discover your creative abilities and preferences while supporting the community’s art culture.