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Kansas City artist paints and paddles his way through the entire length of the Missouri River

Beneath an overcast sky, Snell makes a final check before setting off. Rivers are a frequent theme in Snell's artwork.
Julie Denesha
KCUR 89.3
Steve Snell stands with his canoe as the Kansas City skyline stands tall in the background.

It took local artist Steve Snell 88 days to paddle all 2,341 miles of the Missouri River. Along the way, he recorded video of his journey and painted more than 100 pieces of art.

Kansas City Art Institute associate professor Steve Snell took a sabbatical this summer to travel the length of the Missouri River, from its headwaters in Three Forks, Montana, to where it meets the Mississippi River in St. Louis, Missouri.

While on the river, Snell encountered rough weather, angry cows, swarms of mosquitoes and hard paddling. Snell painted and recorded video throughout his trek, telling the story of his adventures.

Snell joined KCUR's Up To Date to talk about what he saw, what he learned and the artwork that came of his journey.

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