KCUR Arts
12:33 pm
Mon March 6, 2006

Decoupage and Tulips on Troost Avenue

Durwin Rice owns a decoupage store on Troost. As part of his plan to fill the avenue with tulips, he's organizing a group of children and adults to march in Saturday's St. Patrick's Day parade in Brookside holding big paper tulips.

Kansas City, MO – A new storefront on Troost and 55th might catch your eye . . . if you happen to turn your head. The big glass windows are lit up at night to show rows and rows of colorful Italian wrapping paper. The store belongs to Durwin Rice, who also lives upstairs. Rice literally wrote the book on decoupage --it's the art of creating papers designs on glass plates, platters, tables . . . even refrigerators. Rice is from Kansas City originally, but for 20 years, he lived in New York, where he sold work in department stores and even appeared on the Today show demonstrating his craft. He's now turning his artist's eye to Troost Avenue; he'd like to see businesses and organizations united to beautify the street. KC Currents host Delores Jones paid a visit last week to his studio.

Durwin Rice owns a decoupage store on Troost. As part of his plan to fill the avenue with tulips, he's organizing a group of children and adults to march in Saturday's St. Patrick's Day parade in Brookside holding big paper tulips.