The Ellerman Team at ReeceNichols

The Kansas City region is home to some of the most attractive and affordable housing in the nation. However, as in any city, it also is home to victims of abuse who need help to put their lives back together.

Behind the Brush: Phil Schmidt

Phil Schmidt, a local artist whose work can be seen around Lee’s Summit as well as the greater Kansas City area and beyond, first found his love of art as a young child doodling in class. That love of art continued to grow, as his mother fostered it by supplying him with drawing pads, oil paints and a canvas. 

Natures Art

Flower arrangements are the perfect way to freshen up your space and add a pop of color to the room. Learning to arrange flowers is a fun way to add personality and artistic vision to your home. Here's a simple step-by-step guide for how to arrange flowers. 

For the Love of Food!

Tamara Wise’s kitchen emits delicious, tantalizing, inviting aromas every hour of the day. Depending on the event or occasion, she is preparing food to serve. Whether grating garlic, sautéing shrimp, roasting peppers, drizzling salad dressing, or creating magic on a cake plate or stand or cookie sheet, she performs each step effortlessly. Cooking to her is almost like breathing.

ReNue Home Studio: 
Furniture Built With Faith

For Anna and Norman Bannister, every piece of furniture tells a story. The creative process that results in their line of custom-built, hand-painted furniture is often an adventure. It means plodding through the weeds at area farms and scouring vintage markets for unique pieces to reimagine in a fresh light for their reclaimed furniture line, ReNue Home Studio.

Painting Petunias is a Creative Company that Inspires

Michelle Spigarelli embraces the artsy fartsy, crafty, crazy side of life, and her painted tea towels emulate her personality with flair and originality. The idea came about after her life journey led her to a particular place in her imaginative spirit.

D.E. Uhlig

D.E.Uhlig is an award-winning illustrator whose work has appeared in numerous publications including the Kansas City Star, Christian Science Monitor, University Daily Kansan, Editorial Humor Magazine, and World Policy Journal. Commercial illustration and design clients over the years have included Samsung, Sprint, and the Los Angeles Times Syndicate, among others—and his Starbucks RedCup illustrations have been featured on the company's…

Costumes by Sarah Lodge

Many of my favorite childhood memories revolve around Halloween. Not so much the candy (I was a saver, not a binger) but the costumes. If we ever had a store bought costume, it was not one I remember. Growing up, my parents encouraged creativity in all things, and Halloween was no exception. There were wigs, face paint, paper mache heads…

Katie Curruthers

Growing up on Lake Lotawana, close to the outdoors, is a way of life that influenced local artist Katie Carruthers, in her love of science and nature as well as in her artwork. The subject matter in her work ranges in both abstract environments with large brush strokes and an array of colors, as well as realistic natural imagery, such…


Jim Ware, a local Lee’s Summit artist, has been fine tuning his art style for the last 10 years. He is active in the art community. He has appeared on multiple local television programs, participated in many juried art shows in the greater Kansas City area including a one-man show last year. His paintings have also appeared on local magazine…

Drawing Our Town and Beyond

When Cole Soucie and his wife moved to the Longview area, he was amazed at the history of the area as well as the farm. A few years later, a committee at the Longview Chapel asked Soucie to draw the church for its100th anniversary and he was thrilled to be a part of the celebration. Cole would eventually like to…