Heather Collinsworth is a teacher, artist, art director, curator and art representative. In 2016 she co-founded Paper Birch Landing Gallery with Polly McCann and Tessa Elwood. Polly and Tessa moved on in 2017 to new adventures in art and writing. Polly has her studio at Interurban Art House in Overland Park Kansas and is a professor of writing and English. Tessa is a published author of YA literature and is a website designer through her company Pop Color. Find her two published books on Amazon or at Barnes and Noble retailers.
Heather proudly runs Paper Birch Landing, serving as Art Director. The mission of Paper Birch Landing is to showcase and highlight emerging and midlevel career artists along with providing the community a place to buy local art, take classes and enjoy the arts!
Heather is an art curator through her business More Than Art Enterprises for KC Skyline Realty, Spa on Penn, IWerx, Edward Jones at Briarcliff, KC Direct Primary Care, Calibration Brewery and Opal and Orchid Hair Studio. Through her off site art direction, she helps give artists additional venues to showcase and sell their work – along with providing networking opportunities.
Heather proudly teaches art classes for Edgerton, Kansas Parks and Recreation, Spring Hill, Kansas Parks and Recreation, North Kansas City Parks and Recreation and We Rock the Spectrum Kids Gymnasium.
Heather teaches on going classes through Paper Birch Landing for artist career instruction, ongoing education classes, children’s classes, wine and paint and more. In addition to this, she helps with Arts in the Park – the North Kansas City Arts Festival and 2nd Saturdays in NKC.
Kristine Fotland, aka Wonder Woman, came into the Paper Birch Family in 2017 when Paper Birch Landing started its relocation into its new home in North Kansas City. Paper Birch is now housed in the same facility as Kristine’s other company Warrior Body Work and Massage. Kristine is an artist at heart and you will find her giving classes, running social media for several companies, working her massage businesses and helping run operations of the gallery.
She gained the name Wonder Woman after fixing just about any cosmetic or organizational issue that the gallery had, once they moved into the new space. Anticipating the needs of the organization as a whole, Kristine keeps the very busy space humming. The team is happy to be with Kristine on this adventure!
Natosha Keefer of NDK’s designs, joined the team in 2017. She is the curatorial pro at hanging shows. She helps with the install of many shows at Paper Birch Landing and is part of the team for offsite curation at Heather’s More than Art Enterprises.
“We are stronger in the Arts together! We achieve each others dreams as a team, supporting one another every step of the way. Strive everyday to be better than yesterday, work hard, live with passion – be authentic and keep learning! And remember to love yourself and those around you!” – Heather Collinsworth