On today's exploration of Kansas City we made it to Clark's Point. An area where the Corps of Discovery, led by Lewis and Clark, camped for 3 days in 1804 on their journey back home. Lovely views from up here, plus nice benches so you can sit and enjoy the sites from a shady spot.
As we explored the area further, I spotted a man unloading supplies from his truck with a practiced hand. While he drove off to park I ran over to confirm my suspicions that he was a painter getting ready to set up.
When I saw him walking back towards his supplies, I couldn't help myself. I had to go and talk to him for a few minutes. He said he was about to get set up. I asked if I could take his picture and he said "sure let me just walk over there". I assured him that this spot was perfect.
When I asked, he told me his name was Wilbur Niewald. How was I to know he was the former chair of painting and printmaking at the Kansas City Art Institute? Actually, I could tell by the confident and unassuming way he went about his business he knew just what he was doing.
I love crossing paths with people like this. Just the kind of greatness I want to run into. At the confluence of the Kansas and Missouri rivers no less.
Paint on Mr. Niewald. Paint on.