On Sunday I took a walk with some good friends and a bulldog to downtown Overland Park. I fought off raindrops to draw the Rio Theater. When the movie house opened on Christmas Day in 1946, it was called the Overland Theater. People piled into the theater's 600 wooden seats to see the John Wayne movie "In Old California." Adults paid 50 cents, kids paid 20. After years of neglect, the single screen theater was restored and reopened in 2000 complete with neon marquee, glass block box office, movie poster cases, peach tiles and stainless steel detailing. Those parts that couldn't be restored were cobbled together from the remains of other historic theaters in the Kansas City area. Ticket prices are higher today, but I hear the seats are more comfortable. #DrawKS#urbansketchers#riotheater#downtownop#overlandpark#ks#nationalregisterofhistoricplaces#sketchbook#historictheater#johnwayne
The @gavindedraw ancestral home in late fall. Mom and Dad have put the garden to bed for the winter. Leaves blanket the front yard and acorns cover the deck. Tomato cages are piled high against the chain link fence. Moles turn the lawn spongy underfoot. Cardinals sing on nearly empty branches. Kansas sky is blue and endless.
As the year winds down, I thought I'd share some of my favorite projects of 2017. The University of Kansas School of Medicine Calendar for @kuendowment is one of them. It features buildings new and old from Kansas City, Wichita and Salina, not to mention a classic Jayhawk statue. #DrawKS#DrawKC#RockChalk#Jayhawk#KU
On this day in 1859, John Brown was executed by the Commonwealth of Virginia. The abolitionist believed that armed conflict was the only way to end slavery in the United States.
His violent raids in Kansas and Virginia escalated tensions between the free states and slave states that, two years later, led to the Civil War. #BleedingKansas#JohnBrown#DrawKS
Repost from @gavindedraw
The Marais des Cygnes Massacre was the bloodiest incident of the Kansas-Missouri border struggles. Eleven Free State men were shot at this site by Pro-Slavery Missourians in 1858. Five were killed. Weeks later, John Brown built a fort on the site. He made a raid into Missouri, freeing eleven slaves and killing one slaveowner. Of the retaliation, he said, "Hell is stirred from beneath." I drew the site of the massacre four years ago today. #DrawKS#urbansketchers#sketchwalker#fbf
Mulvane, Kansas was founded at the junction of five rail lines on the Santa Fe railroad. The Santa Fe Depot was built in 1910, replacing the old depot, which was just two box cars pushed together by the railroad tracks. The Santa Fe Depot is still a part of our historic downtown today. It houses the Mulvane Historical Museum, dedicated August 19, 1983. #DrawKS
Mulvane Old Settlers Days starts tomorrow, for the 144th year in a row. Get some funnel cakes, hang out in Main Street Park, ride a couple weird rides, go see the rodeo, wake up early Saturday morning, run in the Road Race, watch the high school band march in the parade. While you're downtown, check out the mural I designed a few years back, painted by the community of Mulvane. Thanks to the Mulvane News for the great photo.
Amanhã é dia de #Drawks e o tema da vez é "Participação em Concursos", nossos convidados são @pedropanetto e @diegocarneirotype! Vai ser massa. Defina o lembrete com o link que está na bio e venha participar conosco! A transmissão começa amanhã às 19h. 😊
Tá com dúvidas sobre ser freela? Estaremos marcando presença no #Drawks da semana que vem, um talk realizado pelo blog @drawtheirideas e transmitido ao vivo pelo YouTube deles. Venha participar e bater aquele papo massa.
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The Round Barn was built in 1910 by Benton Steele, a innovative draftsman, carpenter and architect. His designs were in high demand. After a 1902 tornado devastated the region but left one of his barns standing, people started to call the structures "cyclone proof." Of the 5 round barns he built in Kansas, only two remain. Here's one of them, on a rainy spring morning three years ago between Mulvane and Derby, Kansas. #DrawKS
Outside a grove of black jack oak trees near Baldwin City, John Brown began his armed insurrection to end slavery. The 1856 Battle of Black Jack was America’s first armed conflict between anti-slavery and pro-slavery forces.
Brown’s Free State militia forced Henry Clay Pate and his men to surrender, one of the many events in the struggle to establish Kansas as a free state. North and South alike saw the Bleeding Kansas battle as evidence of impending Civil War. #KansasDay#DrawKS
Sad American Night is back on February 6th at @goldsoundsbar in Bushwick. We're excited to share the stage with our old friends @laguerremusic straight outta Lawrence on the Brooklyn leg of their WORLD TOUR. @tomdimenna and @barbaricyawpmusic round out the night, with mobster folk and jazz funk in full effect. We hope to see you there!
Tauy Jones Hall is the oldest building on the campus of Ottawa University, and the only one on the National Register of Historic Places. It was built in 1869 and named for the university's most notable founder. John Tecumseh "Tauy" Jones (also called Ottawa Jones) came to Kansas as an Indian interpreter, and negotiated with the white settlers for a university for his people, the Ottawa Indians. He also supported the free state cause. During the Border Wars, pro-slavery Missourians burned down his house and shot up his bedroom searching for the abolitionist John Brown. Tauy narrowly escaped in his nightclothes into a nearby field and lived to tell the tale. He's buried 3 miles north of town on the Ottawa Indian Burial Grounds. #DrawKS
Look what came in the mail today! I’m honored to have illustrated the cover for this fall’s KU Giving magazine. Drawing the historic buildings and striking new additions to Mount Oread was truly a trip down memory lane, or at least down Jayhawk Boulevard. The cover celebrates the success of the Far Above campaign, both on the Lawrence campus of the @universityofkansas and the Kansas City campus of the @kumedcenter.
#TBT to the mural I designed for my home town of Mulvane, Kansas. Old Settlers Days is this weekend. Watch the MHS band in the parade, go to rodeo and see the calf dressing, hang out under the trees in Main Street Park then check out the mural downtown. It was painted by volunteers from the community. #DrawKS
The Ottawa University Administration Building was completed in 1902. A day before its dedication, the building burned to the ground. It was hastily rebuilt according to the same plans, and has stood for more than a century on the beautiful campus of this Kansas town. #DrawKS
I finally made it to Mulvane last week to see the mural I designed. It's downtown at the corner of Second and Main Street. I remember this building well. It was known to the kids in my grade school as "that building someone drove a car into." Looks better now. Thanks to everyone back home who made this project a reality.
If you're like me, you haven't started your Christmas shopping yet. Don't worry. I've got posters of all your favorite places (especially if they're KC, NYC or Mulvane) available at gavinsnider.com/shop. But that's not all. If I've posted a drawing on social media or put it on my website, I can make a print of it. Any order before December 20th should arrive in time for Christmas. Now pardon me, I've got to go do some Christmas shopping.
My hometown of Mulvane, Kansas has a beautiful downtown and a great group of people who want to make it better.
This mural is their latest effort. It features the five rail lines that Mulvane was founded around, the historic depot that anchors downtown, and the Arkansas River valley beyond.
Even though I designed the mural, the real creators were a team of volunteers who worked by night to map it out and by day to paint it. I can't wait to make it back home for Christmas to see it in person. #DrawKS
Mulvane was laid out in August of 1879 by the Mulvane Town Company. The city was founded at the junction of five rail lines on the Santa Fe railroad. The Santa Fe Depot is still a part of our historic downtown today. #tbt#DrawKS
The Jayhawks are in Maui tonight, but with Diallo back in action and the season in full swing, I’ve got Allen Fieldhouse on my mind.
It gives me chills to think about the beginning of a game in Lawrence, watching the lights go low and the video board light up, the air filling with torn up newspaper, the crowd’s anticipation rising turning into a frenzy as each name of the starting lineup is called.
I’ve got prints of the Fieldhouse up at gavinsnider.com/shop. I bet the cardboard tube they ship out in would fit perfectly inside a stocking.
The Walnut Valley Festival starts today in Winfield, KS, and I wish I was there. Instead I'll be getting my bluegrass, folk and flat picking fix through my dad's text message updates. Here's The Wilders playing on Stage 5 in the shady Pecan Grove. #tbt#DrawKS
@theeldridge was built on the site of the Free State Hotel, which burned down twice during the border wars. It was named after Colonel Eldridge, who vowed to add another floor each time he rebuilt it. Today's Eldridge was constructed in 1925. While it was recently renovated, many say that the ghosts remain. Stay in Room 506 and see for yourself. #DrawKS#LFK
The Kansas Jayhawks beat the Texas Longhorns on the court of Allen Fieldhouse yesterday, a fitting way to celebrate the 60th birthday of this hallowed hall of basketball. I'm sending out a few prints today for the occasion. More available at gavinsnider.com/shop. #DrawKS#Jayhawks
The Turnhalle (say “Turnhalluh”) may be the oldest community structure in Lawrence. The limestone walls and the blue doors and windows haven’t changed since it was built in 1869. The building was a gathering place for German-American settlers. It helped them integrate into American society while preserving the customs of their home country. As the LJWorld tells it, the foremost of these customs were gymnastics and beer drinking. People also gathered here for theater, music, celebrations and social events. Recent efforts by the Lawrence Preservation Alliance have saved the Turnhalle for many years to come. #DrawKS#LFK
St. John the Evangelist Parish was founded in 1859 in Lawrence, KS. In August of 1863, Quantrill’s Raiders stormed through Lawrence, burning down buildings and killing hundreds of civilians. The parish was a safe haven for people of all faiths during the raid. Bishop Miege was in town during the massacre and confronted Quantrill himself, saving the church and everyone in it from destruction. St. John’s on 12th and Kentucky is the parish’s third church building. It was dedicated in 1925. #DrawKS
Some of my best childhood memories are of the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, playing on the hill and watching bluegrass with my family. While I can't make it this weekend, I'll be there in spirit, hanging out at Stage 5 in the Pecan Grove and watching John McCutcheon under the stars. #DrawKS
The Historical Museum was Wichita's original City Hall, built in 1892, only 20 years after the city was incorporated.
While Wichita was founded in 1863, the land on the confluence of the Arkansas and Little Arkansas rivers was a trading center for nomadic tribes as long ago as 3000 B.C.
Wichita's first permanent settlement consisted of grass houses built by the Wichita tribe, who moved back from Oklahoma during the Civil War to reclaim their home in a free state. #DrawKS