In Memoriam: Ronald Chaney, the Artist – KC STUDIO

In Memoriam: Ronald Chaney, the Artist - KC STUDIO

Ron Chaney and Selina ONeal, September 2020, in entrance of EthnicArt Gallery, website of the historic Jones Barber Store & Billiard Parlor, 1516 E. 18th Road. (picture by Marty Marley)

This isn’t THE story on Ron Chaney. That is A narrative.

Do you bear in mind your first go to with him? On the EthnicArt Gallery on 18th & Vine, or the second flooring of the Troost constructing, or the spot on Gillham? What about when he was actually attending to know in regards to the type of artwork he would go on to champion for 3 many years, when he was working with the ladies of Culturally Talking again when the Historic 18th & Vine Jazz District was simply reemerging?

These have been the times, he instructed me, when he began to see what was actually attainable relating to Black artwork — artwork about Us, for Us, by Us. Artwork that proved we have been right here, that we belonged and that we might outline that belonging for ourselves.

Do you bear in mind while you have been first subjected to the bottomless properly of questions? How in regards to the honest depth that made it clear that he actually wished to find out about YOU — who you have been, the place you got here from? What was it wish to stroll away from the interplay realizing that he was going to recollect your tackle the newest political scenario affecting our neighborhood, or what you considered Black folks accumulating artwork? Did that change problem you to assume slightly deeper about what you probably did assume, figuring out he’d reengage you the subsequent time you met?

When he confirmed you the artwork on the partitions at EthnicArt Gallery, did you are feeling the delight he took in sharing the work with you? Collectors of all shades have been inspired to assist Ron Chaney in his mission to straight assist artists with exhibitions and gross sales and to increase the data of and appreciation for accumulating authentic work throughout the Black neighborhood.

One thing stunning for his youngsters’s partitions. One thing that represented their inherent value. Photographs that allow them know they have been timeless, that they have been seen. Artwork like that wanted a worthy presentation, a noble framing, and so he realized how to do this for them.

After years of working within the Higher Kansas Metropolis space as an engineering skilled and arithmetic educator in KCMO Faculty District, Ron took his pastime of framing and married it to his love of authentic artwork.

How many people instructed him that, in his consideration to the standard and aesthetic of the frames he constructed, he too was the artist?

2018 EthnicArt Interiors, LLC, opens again up on the Vine. In a constructing owned by the Metropolis of KCMO, and with the assistance of numerous mates and colleagues, legacy artists and constant collectors, vacationers and neighbors — the partitions began to hum.

There he’d be on the Blue Room, posted up on the bar, taking a load off after hanging a present or entertaining a visiting artist. Reside music from the cool, darkish room giving a soundtrack to the newest gossip from the District, as he watched the folks from all around the metropolis — from all around the world — having fun with Black Tradition.

And he belonged.

Ronald L. Chaney (1950-2020),
proprietor, EthnicArt Gallery,
handed away September 19.

A Brown Bowtie Celebration in honor of Ronald L. Chaney (Nov. 19, 1950 – Sept. 19, 2020), proprietor of EthnicArt Gallery within the Historic 18th & Vine Jazz District, can be held October 11 from 3 to six p.m., with a toast at 4 p.m., at Soiree Steak & Oyster Home, 1512 E. 18th St. The host of this Artistic Black Tie Affair is Chef Anita Moore; in lieu of flowers, for donations towards occasion bills or to Household, please contact Selina ONeal by textual content 816-721-5311 or

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