April 5, 2017

Sousa Returns to Kv, 4-4-2017

Posted by jana @ 8:00 am


Another wonderful Lunch ‘n Learn Lecture by Dr. Tom Trimborn,

with slides, music, and stories about Sousa, when he was here in Kirksville.


There is always something to learn from these Lectures.


As usual, a good turn-out of folks bringing in their own brown bagged lunches.


In this lecture, a Guest Speaker, Glenn Novinger, told of his experiences.


Again we thank Dr. Trimborn for his expertise and

willingness to share it with us.


All Images and Text © Jana Russon Apr 2017


April 4, 2017

Matthew Middle School Exhibit, 4-2017

Posted by jana @ 11:00 am

Here is a brief preview of the artwork produced by Matthew Middle School.

Come by soon to see the whole exhibit.















All Text and Images of artwork  © Jana Russon

March 23, 2017

Brainstorming, 3-22-2017

Posted by jana @ 8:00 am

On March 22, 2017 an interested collection of persons gathered to Brainstorm

the possibilities of Kirksville Arts Association.


Michael Gaines, Hannibal Arts Council Executive Director, came over

from Hannibal to discover and develop ideas this Kirksville community

might want.


Linda Treasure shares her concerns.




Andrea O’Brian is participating as a quilter who lost some quilts.


Judy Neuweg, General Director of Kirksville Arts Association, has

kept it ALL together during this ordeal! . . . guiding us thru it.




Jane Theobold considers the discussion.


Our votes on the wall mean something.

What direction do most of us want to go?


Great Ideas abound, and so does the Commitment.


All Text and Images © Jana Russon Mar 22, 2017

March 20, 2017

Celebrate, 3-20-2017

Posted by jana @ 8:00 am

Celebrate The Artist in You, March 2017. Here is some of the artwork displayed during the exhibit.









Photos of artwork by Jana Russon Mar 22, 2017

March 15, 2017

Demolition Finale, 3-15-2017

Posted by jana @ 8:42 am

The task seems to be done, except for the bright green grass.

These last two days finish things up.


The whole North Wall has been completely removed.

All the debris has been hauled off in big trucks.


There IS that pit in the North East Corner. What will they do with that?

Fill it in. Level it off. Plant seed.

So Now they can take down the Chain Link Fence.

They can open all the roads.


So here you have it, exactly:

The Before and After

After the Asbestos was removed safely,

After the Mosaic from April 2013 was removed as carefully as possible,

THIS is what the burned out KAA building looked like, dated Feb 9, 2017.


Notice Pickle’s Abstract, the little yellow building.

And on March 15, 2017 it was no more.


All the roads are now open.

Pickle Abstract has been given their permission to begin their

clean-up and restoration.

Next Phase begins. No doubt, it will include finance, quilt claims,

fundraising, and so many generous people with ideas that will endure.

The Phoenix Arises.


All Images and Text © Jana Russon March 2017


March 10, 2017

Demolition, 3-8-2017

Posted by jana @ 12:57 pm

These pictures cover Wed Mar 8 and Thu Mar 8, 2017.

Don’t miss the videos. Always short. Always interesting.


Well, now you see the corners are down. Only 4 Windows from the

3rd floor remain on the North Side. They have carried away in big trucks

tons of detritus.


The fellow in the cage is at the very top, loosening mortar and tossing

the bricks into the heap.


Notice the brick in flight. He is making progress by the minute.


Today the corner is almost clear. You can see the sand they poured over

the sidewalk for protection from the heavy equipment. You can see the

bales of hay they used on top of Pickles Abstract Building to soften the

blow of debris that may fall that way.

The 3rd Story is almost down.

Now Thu Mar 9, 2017 starting out with just a tad left on the 3rd Floor

North Wall. He is at it right now. See on top of the building?

Notice also the courthouse with her “Lady Justice” atop.


The Three Men have a short business meeting right there in the pile of bricks.


The scoop loads the truck with the demolished KAA building bricks,

sand, mortar, rocks, walls, floors, equipment destroyed in the Dec 2, 2016 Fire.


To see a short video of the crane filling the big 16-Wheeler up with the

building materials CLICK HERE.

Now the final piece is all that is left standing.

Before the end of day, it’s Gone.


Last piece now gone.


The corner is stripped. The mess and the bricks and I-Beams are almost all

picked up and hauled away. It stood for 107 years. Good Bye.


All Images and Text © Jana Russon Mar 2017

March 7, 2017

Demolition, 3-6-2017

Posted by jana @ 12:52 pm

Well, the demolition continues, and by the end of the week, you will see

they are serious.

Here is a Corner Profile of how it was on Mon Mar 6, 2017. The images

have the exact date on them for your usefulness.


I like to observe closely. While the claws went down in the small basement

area below what used to be the kitchen, the claw-pincher tool came up

with reams of colorful paper! Yellows, Pinks, Blues, Green. Fluttering

around, taking flight!


Did that, in the past, belong to the printing company? Maybe it was an

inventory of colorful paper for the youth activities. Gone now.


Here they fill a dumpster with what looks like salvageable metal. It is

amazing how the claw-pincher tool can delineate the differences between

metal and brick. A skilled Operator, there.

And HERE. See what the contraption has in it’s grip. I believe it is a whole

scoop of folding tables we had stashed in the back. We brought them out

for events that used rectangular tables – – like Jana’s Camera Class.

You like these pictures? Take the class. contact:  jana@janaphotos.com


Bricks and boards and metal are not at all the same things. This claw’s

capability to separate things may surprise you.

Now Begins Tuesday, Mar 7, 2017:


Three corners are still standing. The North Wall 3rd story is still hovering

over Pickles Abstract Building. There are still the interior and front exterior

I-Beams standing.


Now they discuss the I-Beam which they are about to remove from the

front of the building.

To see them remove the Front I-Beam in this short Video CLICK HERE.


There is still quite a bit of building to remove from this site, before the

Green Grass Grows.


Check in often to see the whole picture story of this Demolition.

So there you are. Two days of progress, demolishing the former

KAA Building.


All Images and Text © Jana Russon Mar 2017


March 3, 2017

Demolition, 3-3-2017

Posted by jana @ 8:00 am

This week has seen some real progress.


As I watched, I was amazed at how precise that claw could be.

To see a short Video of this Heavy Equipment actually working, CLICK HERE.

They are sorting metal from the bricks and filling trucks with (my guess)

salvageable metal.


Brick by Brick in some places.


Throw the lentil over the edge, 2 stories.


The hull of the building still stands on 2 sides. Two Huge I-Beams remain;

the others removed just now.


Notice the brick in mid-air in the image below, then you may see the little man!


They would really like to get this North Wall down, before it blows down!


So you see, the bricks are coming down. The Building is reducing it’s volume.

The Rubbish is being removed, one Full Truck at a time.


Stay Tuned. I will show you the progress till it’s a Clean Green Lawn!


All Images and Text © Jana Russon Mar 2017.

March 1, 2017

Demolition, 2-28-2017

Posted by jana @ 11:53 am

A big bite has been taken from the KAA Building.

Forget the Brick-By-Brick method. Now it’s Crunch-N-Move.


It is amazing how precise a huge claw arm can be.


You can see this claw taking out a whole wall, the floor, and doors in one bite.


Come on in. The Door is Open.

Oh, But WAIT! It has been closed off some long time ago, back when

they didn’t need that door anymore! Now. They still don’t need that door.

We are looking into a secret chamber!


Hey, come on in, the Door is Open. Watch your step.


Things change, don’t they.


All Images and Text © Jana Russon Feb 28, 2017


February 24, 2017

Demolition, 2-24-2017

Posted by jana @ 8:00 am

This week I had to dig to find progress on the demolishing of the Former

Kirksville Arts Building. Though no one has told me, I can make some

assumptions, like everyone else.


This picture above shows the leaning North Wall toward Pickles Abstract,

the white building. The next picture shows closer what a mess the electric

wiring provides, to work around.


This could actually be a good reason to re-build elsewhere.


I notice that a 6-inch layer of sand has been poured on the whole south

sidewalk, I am assuming to protect the sidewalk from falling detritus.

And the bales of straw are protecting the drain from the sand, it seems to me.


By standing level with the third floor, I am able to show you a glimpse

into the inside of the building. The wood wall with the door which we are

looking at was part of the hallway on the third floor, and the door opened

into an office area.


This image shows many multiple layers. The first door on the left shows

the room behind is completely filled with bricks, third floor.


To the right and mid area of the image you see the white building which is

Pickles Abstract.


The next building over, of brick, must be the dance studio. Then you can

see, top right corner of image, is the back of Beard’s Decor, and on across

Washington Street.


All Text and Images © Jana Russon

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