KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The organizers and performers of the Brookside Art Annual are hoping that possible extreme weather conditions won’t put a damper on this weekend’s show.

Show manager Donna Potts said all booths are well secured with weights and covers to withstand wind and rain and are ready if performers have to close their booths to leave in the event of inclement weather.

This year’s show is at full capacity for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic began. There are 180 participating artists from all over the country. Last year’s show in September consisted of 140.

“Hopefully everyone will support them because they’ve had a tough few years during Covid,” Potts said.

Potts is hoping for good turnout among community members.

“I think everyone’s ready to go out, and I think people love the Brookside Art Show. It’s the first art show of the year. It’s right before Mother’s Day, so it’s Now is the perfect time to pick up your Mother’s Day gift.” Potts said.

Featured artist Jennifer Cavan is thrilled with the in-person exhibit, which is helping attract new customers for her original oil pastel pieces depicting sites in northern New Mexico.

“It’s a really fun show to do. It’s really kind of a neighborhood show, and it’s fun to see everyone get together and find their friends on the show,” Cavan said.

Cavan said the past few years have been difficult as an artist.

“It was kind of weird at first when it was like, how long aren’t we going to be doing shows? And at first everyone thought a couple of months and then reality set in,” said said Cavan.

The show continues until 9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.