Fredy Jose Gabuardy Montealegre was born in Boaco, Nicaragua in 1989. He moved to the United States after 2000. In 2006 he was accepted to Miami, New World School of the Arts. In 2009 he attended the Kansas City Art Institute with a full scholarship and graduated in 2013 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting. Fredy has exhibited his work in Miami and Missouri. His work has been reviewed in Artsceen gallery space, the Lawrence and Kristina Dodge Painting Gallery, H&R Block Artspace and more. In 2015 Fredy was involved in the Charlotte Street Foundation Studio Residency in Kansas City. At the end of his residency Fredy moved to The Drugstore studios and is now continuing his research for the growth of his work.
Rae Peterson has an early school memory of painting with temperas at an easel in her one-room country school. She later went on to teach K-12 art in Michigan and Missouri. "I am always wanting to pull back the curtain to see what is underneath." She paints as meditation/active imagination in self exploration. In many of her paintings her interest in fibers and textiles are revealed.
Rae is active in community having worked on the World Peace Celebration in Kansas City from 1987 thru 2000, is one of the founders of the Troost Avenue Festival, and currently serves on the Jump Start Art board and on the advisory board for the Jackson, Clay and Platte counties Foster Grandparents program. She also works with small businesses and nonprofits to develop a presence on the web, as well as restoring her 1906 home in the Old Hyde Park midtown neighborhood.