Please check the Astra website and Facebook pages for announcements regarding events at the 2018 Astra Arts Festival--July 6-8, 2018, in Independence, Kansas.



Visual Arts - Mural Project--2016 Astra Arts Festival in Review

Dave Loewenstein of Lawrence, KS has produced community murals nationwide, all dynamic, richly-colored and beautifully reflective of the community in which they reside. Loewenstein has more than 20 public works in Kansas alone, and created another in Independence in honor of the first Astra Arts Festival and the local community. He created the mural with the help of community members and can be seen in downtown Independence.

Heidi M. Sallows, professional muralist, received a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.  Her studies focused in large format painting, greening art and culture monumental sculpture, history of mural arts, performance art and figure painting.  She has returned to her hometown of Port Byron, Illinois to paint.  In Heidi's words, "murals can inform a space, adding to its visual power.  Murals have a way of becoming landmarks on outdoor spaces, yet they can create an esthetically pleasing and inspiring interior environment."  

Astra is excited to have Heidi enliven our downtown with her beautiful, patriotic work.