MEET THE NORTHEAST ARTS KC BOARD
Member Mgr., St. John Gardens
Rebecca Koop has been a resident of Northeast since 1967, has served as the Executive Director of the Northeast Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, and currently holds the position of Business and Community Events Director with that organization. She was a founding member of the KC Clay Guild, an active supporter and volunteer for the 12 year run of the NE Chamber’s “Historic Northeast Fall Festival”, and has been a driving force behind many of Northeast Arts KC’s programs.
Rebecca holds a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute, where she graduated in 1979. An accomplished professional potter and ceramics instructor, her work may be found in specialty shops and galleries around Kansas City. The majority of her work is functional - kitchenware in Stoneware, Porcelain, and Terra Cotta earthenware. A love for Japanese Koi Fish has turned her focus to playful, colorful fish forms. She produces pottery and teaches classes at her studio, Back Door Pottery, located at 3922 St John. More info is available at www.backdoorpottery.com.
"Tea For One"
Stoneware by Rebecca Koop
Scott "Rex" Hobart is a local musician / artist who came to KC in 1989 from St.James, Mo. to study at the Kansas City Art Institute.
Curator, Summer Dusk Concert Series
Still an active local musician, Scott fronts his original Honky Tonk band, REX HOBART AND THE MISERY BOYS (Bloodshot Records Chicago, IL / Little Class Records Kansas City, MO). He has been Technical Director / Master Carpenter and Resident Artist at The Coterie Theatre since 2006. He also curates the Northeast Arts' SUMMERDUSK Summer Concert Series.
"Wanted: The Chalk Dust Bandito"
Chalk Art by Scott Hobart
After spending more than a decade as a nationally touring road musician in rock and country bands, he discovered theatrical scenic design and construction by way of a passion for "silly haunted funhouses" - the portable/reusable haunted house he designed and built for Scarritt Renaissance Neighborhood's annual Halloween celebration has been a big hit with kids and adults of all ages.
Donna Miller-Brown moved to Kansas City in 1999 to pursue an MFA in Sound Design at UMKC. After graduating she began working at the Folly Theater and around town as a freelance sound designer and mixer. She has designed at the American Heartland Theater, the Unicorn Theater and Metropolitan Ensemble Theater among others. Donna served as the chair of the Kansas City chapter of the Audio Engineering Society for many years, and as treasurer for IATSE Local 31. Some of her additional experience includes adjunct teaching and studio work.
Donna and her husband Greg were living in Liberty and looking to move closer to downtown Kansas City. They were attracted to the energy and vibrancy of Historic Northeast as well as the number of artists they already knew in the neighborhood. They moved into a big old 1926 Dutch Colonial in 2015 and spend their evenings stripping paint and repairing plaster. When the weather is fine, you can see them on the rails of Kessler Park or gardening at the St. John garden.
Donna has been employed at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts for the last five years and her current role is Audio Supervisor. Her duties include equipment maintenance, crew scheduling, and advancing and mixing shows. She is also one of the organizers of the annual Future Stages Festival at KCPA and works to educate Kansas City schoolchildren about exciting careers in technical theater.
Shane Rowse is a 1988 graduate of Indianola, Iowa's Simpson College, where he earned a BA with an emphasis in Theatre Arts. An established professional in the Kansas City theatre community, he is best known for his work as a lighting designer, having designed lighting for in excess of 200 productions.
He is a photographer who has worked both in a professional capacity, shooting publicity photography for theatre, and who employs photography as a self guided mode of creative expression that serves as a complement to the collaborative give and take of theatrical production.
Shane and his wife Marianne (also a Northeast Arts KC board member) have been residents of the Historic Northeast since 1998, where they are raising two kids while pursuing the ongoing restoration of a KC Shirtwaist house built in 1913.
Photograph by Shane Rowse
Advisory Board Member
is a resident of the eclectic Historic Northeast area of Kansas City. She is a creative, enthusiastic small business owner and community activist who strives to partner the efforts of citizens, investors, businesses, KCPD, and KC Parks & Rec, as well as the City of Kansas City with community organizations, service providers and KCMO Schools. Employing an holistic collaborative approach to improve the economic development of a culturally diverse community, reduce crime and improve quality of life and sustainability of our urban communities is her desire.
Bobbi is a real estate broker and a member the Missouri Board of Realtors and currently serves on KC City Planning Commission, serves on the boards of Guadalupe Center, Historic Northeast Events (HNE) and Independence Avenue Community Improvement District and is the current CEO/ president of NE KC Chamber of Commerce.
"Indian Mound of Bissit Bay"
Sculpture by Bobbi Baker
Advisory Board Member
"South Lake, October"
Acrylic on canvas by A.J. Hoyt
A half-track army truck was A.J Hoyt's first drawing at age three and a half. He's been doing some kind of creative work since he was a child: Painting, drawing, carving wood, modeling clay.
As an adult, A.J. has studied with local artists including Soussille Hogan, Deanne McMillian, Rebecca Koop and Barbara Stoll and has taken classes in life drawing, acrylic, oil, and watercolor painting, and bronze casting at Johnson County Community College. He's also worked in and studied wood carving, pottery on the wheel, and clay sculpture.
His award winning work has been shown at various art fairs and shows, and through ArtsKC.
Darlene Victoria de Lyon
Darlene Victoria de Lyon is a practicing fine artist who holds a BFA from Pacific Northwest College of Art with a major in painting, and a minor in photography. She has also studied at the Art Students League of New York City, and Columbus College of Art and Design. Ms. de Lyon is a teacher of art classes and workshops for all age groups and is the Founder and Creative Director of Red Chalk Studio.
Advisory Board Member
As an artist she works in multiple media including painting, drawing, illustration, collage, assemblage, and installations; additionally she has created a line of greeting cards. She has served on the board of Northwest Artist Workshop as a member of the exhibition committee, on the board of Kansas City Contemporary Art Center as Chair of the exhibition committee, as the President of Kansas City Gurdjieff Foundation, and as a board member of Kansas City Friends of Jung.
In the Northeast neighborhood, Ms. de Lyon is the driving force behind the Scarritt Renaissance Coffee Club, a monthly gathering that builds bonds within the Northeast commnity and the community at large by bringing neighbors and others together in celebration of life in the urban hamlet.