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Local art movement brings free art to streets

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Ruthie Becker started Free Art Friday Kansas City by hiding art around the metro for strangers to find it and keep. Ruthie Becker started Free Art Friday Kansas City by hiding art around the metro for strangers to find it and keep.
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

A local artist who lost her mother to cancer decided during the grieving process she wanted to give back to her community.

Ruthie Becker started Free Art Friday Kansas City by hiding art around the metro for strangers to find it and keep.

Her effort was inspired by a global movement called Flood the Streets with Art.

"I do it because I love it," Becker said.

During her own art show at a gallery, Becker decided to make her first Free Art Friday drop.

"I thought, 'alright, I'm going to stick this one right outside the door.' In 15 minutes, it was gone," she said.

Each piece of Free Art Friday artwork comes with a note that says, "free take me. I am yours. I hope this painting brings joy to your heart."

During her second drop, Becker caught a glimpse of the stranger who found it.

"We were walking away, and my granddaughter says, 'look they're grabbing your painting,'" Becker said.

Strangers found Becker's paintings in Olathe, Gardner, Mission and outside the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.

Becker says each week she is going to pick a different area every week all around the metro.

"For me, it is such a blessing to know something so trivial, like that, can brighten someone's day. If I can just do a little piece of something, that is what counts for me," Becker said.

She is asking other local artists to join Free Art Friday.

All they have to do is create artwork, place it somewhere a stranger can find it and upload a photo to Free Art Friday's Facebook or Twitter page.

Anyone who finds the art is encouraged to drop a line on those same websites to let the artists know their work found a good home.

Here is one of the responses from a stranger who found Becker's artwork:

"Thank you so much Ruthie Becker! My husband Lawrence Peel was the proud finder of this beauty! We will treasure it always," Torri Peel said.

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