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Special Exhibits 2018

Don’t miss these special exhibits at the Gem Show March 9-11, 2018.

FEATURE EXHIBIT

FAMOUS ROCK FOOD TABLE – Presented by the East Texas Gem and Mineral Society

An amazing meal featuring rocks and minerals that mimic food items.  Hosts for the meal will be Kinney and Vicky Polve.

INVITATIONAL EXHIBITS

MR. BONES – Tim Seeber; Louisville, CO

Once again the Kansas City Gem & Mineral show is proud to present Tim and his friendly dinosaur puppets.  They can be seen wandering the floor during show hours.  Beware or you will be eaten!

MISSOURI MINES STATE HISTORIC SITE – Art Hebrank; Park Hills, MO

A display of minerals from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources Museum.

CALCITE:  A MINERAL OF MANY FORMS – Dr. Charles Spencer, Lees Summit, MO; Ken Stalder, De Soto, KS; and Bruce Stinemetz, Independence, MO

A display featuring the many forms and colors of calcites from around the world.

THE ART OF FLINT KNAPPING – Demonstrations by various local artists

Flint knapping is the art of shaping rocks such as flint and chert into weapons and tools.  Demonstrations will be given continuously throughout the Show.

WALK THROUGH STORY BOOK – Judy Oetting; Levasy, MO

A geological experience geared to the younger set, but of interest to everyone.

A HISTORY OF MINE LIGHTING – Marv Dahmen; Carl Junction, MO

A display of the equipment miners have used to illuminate their work area over the years.

PHOSPHATES AND ARSENATES – Friends of Mineralogy, Mississippi Valley Chapter

A display of mineral specimens containing the phosphate (PO4) or arsenate (AsO4) group.  These minerals tend to be somewhat rare and are frequently brightly colored.

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2018 Spring Show and Coupon

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The 2018 Spring Gem and Mineral Show in Kansas City is coming soon! Here’s a flyer in PDF format in case you want to print one, and here’s the coupon as promised.

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Association Picnic Photos 2017

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Shelter House 3, although many people had already left. Photo by Stephanie Reed

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Jim Ray, Stephanie, Martin, Valerie, and Jeanna. Photo by David Reed

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Looking at something shiny. Photo by Stephanie Reed

Despite the rain, there was a sizeable turnout at the picnic, with members from Show-Me, IGAMS, the Bead Society, and more. Bruce, Martin, and Jim Ray grilled, with plenty of umbrella helpers keeping the rain off. Every picnic table in Shelter #3 was covered with interesting items during swap time, but it was cleared off quickly to make room for food and auction action. There was a lot of good food and if anyone went away hungry they have only themselves to blame. Kara was the auctioneer and sold things like trilobites, ammonites, calcite crystals, Dr. Gentile’s book (he was at the picnic, so the winner got it signed!), a specimen of garnets on chlorite schist, necklaces, beads, and even a set of all-beef hot dogs with matching buns. The proceeds will go towards the Scholarship Fund, which will be awarded next March.

Spring 2017 Gem Show Photos

The Spring 2017 Gem and Mineral Show was very successful. The parking lot was filled to capacity and we made over $3000 for the scholarship fund. I think it helped that it was so cold on Saturday, because people wanted to do something indoors. Here are some of the highlights.

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My favorite exhibit: The Earth’s Rainbow by Maple Woods Community College. It shows minerals of every color and how they get their colors. Photo by Stephanie Reed

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Geological features of Missouri made out of minerals by Susan Judy (Stone Quilt Design) Unfortunately, it was already sold when I saw it. Photo by Stephanie Reed

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Mr. Bones was wondering what was so interesting on this person’s phone. Photo by Stephanie Reed

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David and Stephanie Reed showing off the new Association banner. Photo by Bob

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Cretaceous fossils from Kansas, displayed by KU. The iridescent baculite is especially nice. Photo by Stephanie Reed

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Selenite crystal from Kansas. I sold it at the Association Booth. Photo by Stephanie Reed

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Shea Oak slab in UMKC’s petrified wood exhibit. This specimen usually lives at the Sutton Museum at UMKC. Photo by Stephanie Reed

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A blue morpho butterfly seen at Butterflies by God. Photo by Stephanie Reed

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The Bead Society had a lot of great cases. Photo by Stephanie Reed

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Keshi pearls (i.e. non-nucleated pearls) from Avian Oasis. Photo by Stephanie Reed

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Jeanna and Jim in foreground, Chet and Bob in background. Photo by Stephanie Reed

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Agatized Dinosaur bone from the Morrison Formation in Utah, seen at Science Leads the Way. We met the person who found it. Photo by Stephanie Reed

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Australian Boulder Opal cabs from Dreaming Down Under. Photo by Stephanie Reed

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This otherworldly glass sculpture was at Madagascar Gemstones. Photo by Stephanie Reed

Special Exhibits 2017

KANSAS CITY GEM SHOW SPRING 2017 FEATURE EXHIBIT

ROCK ART –Stone Quilt Design; Susan Judy; Denver, CO and WKP Accent Tables; Bill Peterson; Boulder, CO
Colorado artists Judy and Bill have brought some of their creations to the Kansas City Show.  Judy inlays natural materials in a stone mosaic to create pictures and Bill uses natural materials to create tables.

INVITATIONAL EXHIBITS (more…)

Gem Show Pictures Fall 2016

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The Gem and Mineral Show was once again at the KCI Expo Center

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The view from behind the Association booth.

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This yellow geode is from Keokuk in St. Francisville. They call it “Lemoness”.

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This huge crinoid (Scyphocrinites elegans) fossil is from Morocco.

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There were also fossils from Kansas available.

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Plenty of beads for sale at the show.

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Fossil Brittle Star from Morocco, sold by Schooler’s Minerals. Fun fact: a brittle star is from the class Ophiurida and starfish are from the class Asteroidea, so they are not really related to starfish at all.

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Bob models an official Association apron and holds a pufferfish.

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The preserved pufferfish close up. It is hollow and light as a feather. I don’t think anyone bought it so it will be for sale again in March.

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Some of the mineral, fossil, and jewelry-related books we had for sale this year.

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Carved skulls made of semi-precious minerals.

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Is this a giant dinosaur showing off a giant agate, or a very small dinosaur with a tiny agate?

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Martin selling pottery that he made

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Everything is packed up into our big blue cube until the next show.