Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Kim Weinberger, Weinberger Fine Art curator/art adviser, answers The Pitch's questionnaire

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Name
: Kim Weinberger

Occupation: Curator/art adviser, Weinberger Fine Art

Hometown
: Born in KCK. Lived in Rome, Italy, off and on for four years, then NYC for nine years. I moved back to Kansas City 20 years ago with my husband and first son.

Current neighborhood: Overland Park. But now we are empty nesters and on a quest to find a new home, from Hyde Park to the West Plaza.

What I do (in 140 characters): As a gallerist, representing emerging and museum-quality artists locally and nationwide, I am a critical link between the artist and the art patron.

What's your addiction? Surrounding myself with interesting and open-minded people who enjoy finding the best in everything, including all art forms, food and travel, which I never get enough of. My secret addiction is watching Food Network from bed.

What's your game? I don't play games. I've been called "no-drama momma" before. Even if I go to Las Vegas, it's all about the food and the shows. Being an entrepreneur and in the art business is enough of a gamble.

What's your drink? Water and wine, not necessarily in that order.

Where's dinner? I love to cook, and I know I'm in the zone when the music goes on and the chopping board comes out. When there's no time, I'm a big fan of the Jacobson, Café Provence and Extra Virgin.

What's on your postcard? We have so many interesting places and stunning architecture now. I guess I would have Michael Regnier, the photographer I'm showing currently, create a collage of the Crossroads Arts District with the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in the background. His cityscapes are delightfully revealing. His show, Sex and the City, is at my gallery through March 31.

Finish this sentence: "Kansas City got it right when ... " We started revitalizing the downtown and Crossroads. We're ahead of the game in the arts, and so many Kansas/Missouri residents don't even realize it, but that is finally changing.

"Kansas City screwed up when ... " They let outside developers take over the Country Club Plaza.

"I've been known to binge-watch ... " House of Cards, Sherlock on PBS and Iron Chef.

"I can't stop listening to ... " Blog radio on Stitcher, mostly Tara Brach. My Pandora hit list right now is Portishead, Lorde and Annie Lennox.

The best advice I ever got: Say please and thank-you, and look both ways before you cross the street. But now it's about being in the moment and finding time to meditate.

Worst advice: Going to a restaurant suggested by a hotel concierge in Rome instead of doing my own research. Silly me! I thought if I asked in Italian, he would do the right thing. Never again.

My brush with fame: Meeting Eric Clapton on the way back to New York from London at 16 years old. I finally got the nerve to ask for an autograph, and he made his manager change seats, and we talked and drank screwdrivers while crossing the Atlantic as he told me his life story. He was headed back to marry George Harrison's ex-wife, Pattie Boyd.

My 140-character soapbox: Be art. Buy art. Think art. Love art. Breathe art. Live art. Eat art. Drink art. Believe in art.

My recent triumph: I am now eight months cancer-free from stage IV breast cancer. Accolades to my family and incredible friends who enabled my triumph. I continue to learn every day from this triumph. Thank you, all, for your loving support - you know who you are.

Visit Weinberger Fine Art at 1800 Baltimore, 913-940-0104, weinbergerfineart.com.

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