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Carole Duh - December 27, 2011 - 9:08 am

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Hallmark Artist, Maura Cluthe, creates Giant Robot.

Maura Cluthe, is one happy go lucky smiley illustrator who knows her robots inside and out. She is not the off the grocery shelf, Betty Crocker type artist. No, she invents everything from scratch. If you ever get to meet her and you witness a momentary blank stare, rest assured, she is not about to have a seizure. She is more then likely dropping into a robotic time warp where by her noggin gears start firing synapses brain sparks. This action typically concludes with an idea kaboom that is heard far and wide.

You never know what will be creatively born from moments like those. All you need to know is that it is a total intergalactic phenomenon known far and wide as Maura’s imagination. Her world is a charming habitat filled to the brim with squiggly lines that morph into really cool fragmented things that simply make you laugh and think.

The Biggest Robot to date for Maura is a 11-foot blinking and grinning android, known as KBOT. HE-SHE-IT lives in the land of our purple hallways at Kaleidoscope. And, contrary to popular belief, is not made of sugar and spice, but 100 lbs of plywood, nails, screws, diodes and LED’s that were chopped, hammered and fused into shape. When all the electronic dust settled, Maura invited her legendary crew of brushes and markers to doodle all over the creature in a flurry of well rehearsed moves that ended in what you see below.

 Above video reveals behind the scenes making of a KBOT. Video was created by Henry Bergin.

Fabrication of KBOT was created, one gear part at a time, in Kaleidoscope’s wood shop.

After construction was completed, KBOT was moved piece by piece to Kaleidoscope’s hallway. Parent volunteers, working in Kaleidoscope’s studio, can store their personal belongings on one of the robots cargo shelves.

Maura and her brushes working their magic one paint blob and line doodle at a time.

Hallmark artist, Maura Cluthe, stands confidently in front of her 11- foot blinking and grinning android, known as KBOT.

If you are interested in how the final image was shot, visit: to see a lighting set up diagram. 

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A heartfelt project for CASA.

I love my family dearly. I love returning home, from work, greeted by my 3-1/2 half year old son’s outstretched arms. I love my other son, too young to talk, bounce up and down with an ear-to-ear smile when he wakes up next to my wife and me. I love my wife. I love her desire to find balance in work, personal well-being and 24/7 unconditional mothering of our children.

These days I do not take anything for granted. I breathe in and out with gratitude for the life I live. When I was younger, life was not always so great for me. Various inner personal struggles made it hard for me to have wholehearted relationships with nearly everyone. What got me through those years was support from my family. If it were not for them, I would have probably made a lot of painful decisions along the way. I feel so appreciative of all the care I’ve been shown over the years. Unfortunately, I have seen and heard a lot about children who have had to go through incredibly painful experiences. Horrible mistreatment and neglect issues forced upon them by the people who they trusted the most.

Sadly, there are way too many children that do not have someone to love and care for him or her like I was cared for. Since 1983, Jackson County CASA has safely guided thousands of children through the Jackson County court system. CASA services are vital in this area, which reports the highest number of abused and neglected children of any Missouri county. Their mission is to be a child’s voice in court. They recruit; train and support lay volunteers who act as advocates on behalf of the best interest of abused and neglected children.

A few weeks ago I, along with a construction team, completed the new Child Interview Room for CASA. It’s main purpose is to provide a friendly “safe” environment during the difficult experience of interviewing abused children. I took on the role of interior designer and asked my wonderfully imaginative artist friend, Meg Cundiff, to lend her colorful whimsy to the mix. Meg graciously donated her time and talent to create the dreamiest artwork.

I am humbled to have been asked to work on this incredibly meaningful project. Every child deserves a loving caring family like my children have. For those who don’t have it so good, thank goodness there are CASA volunteers who work tirelessly to help children in need.

If you would like to know more about the CASA organization, go to:

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Beginning transformation of 8 x 16 foot room. Modular carpet by Flor.


Reading nook bench built by Kaleidoscope employee Ron Worley.

Completed Reading nook shows Pier One pillows, IKEA pendant light fixture, soft sculpture veggies and children's stool. Hallmark Cards' Kaleidoscope provided used children's books through its book donation program.



Phenomenal artist, Meg Cundiff, created wonderfully lyrical digital art for the Interview room. Artwork printed locally at ARC, by brother-in-law, Matt Weiss.



Final room styling featuring Meg Cundiff’s original 4'x4' digital art, IKEA table, chairs, soft sculpture barn, storage and floor lamp. Upper right photo detail of Meg Cundiff’s acrylic laser cut bird sculpture. Bottom right photo: iBoo mp3 player,


Photography:  Chris Duh – copyright 2011
All artwork images used in this document are the exclusive property of Meg Cundiff. All rights reserved. Any other use of these artwork images, without the expressed written consent of the Artist, is strictly prohibited.


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Mary Marquez - July 22, 2011 - 3:18 pm

Thank you again Chris for all of your hard work. I echo Bill’s comments. The work that CASA and Family Court employees perform is difficult, heart wrenching, and lonely sometimes. But knowing that people like you would take the time to share with us and the children we serve helps immensely. Thank you and Meg and Hallmark again.

William Jackson - July 22, 2011 - 2:57 pm

I can’t say enough about how much we appreciate everything you and Kaleidoscope did for us, Chris. Our attorneys are thrilled to have a facility like this where children and youth can be interviewed regarding these sensitive cases. The friendly environment is a really important part of making them feel comfortable and secure during this difficult process. Your blog is pretty cool too! Onwards and upwards.

Chris - July 5, 2011 - 10:13 pm

Thanks for your kind words Bubs.

Shan - July 5, 2011 - 9:43 pm

what an amazing contribution. beautiful, beautiful space and beautiful you.

Pictures are worth a thousand words!


Acrylic paint on watercolor paper.

There are so many wonderful experiences being a father. Today was no exception. My 3-1/2 year old handed me a haphazardly wrapped box. Inside, was a painting he made and a story that went along with it. It is said that pictures are worth a thousand words. In this case, words are equally worth the same weight in gold. He is an inspiration to me, full of fun and imagination.
Happy Father’s day to all those dads that accept that role open-heartedly.

Art created by Kestan Duh – copyright 2011


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Hallmark Cards’ Kaleidoscope adds a new unique door.

When Hallmark Cards’ interactive art studio needed a door to open into a new expanded exhibit space my imagination took over. I set out with pencil and paper in hand sketching away until a grinning character, I named E-Door, was born. “E-Door,” pronounced eeee-doooor, stands for “entrance” and “exit” door. This 9-foot B&W painted-wood, one-arm, waving-welcome-portal (say that ten times fast!) smiles at every guest who passes through its gateway.
I know you have heard it takes a village to raise a child. Well, it takes three villages of engineers, woodworkers and laser cutting specialists to build this one-of-a-kind door. The following video and photos show the parts, pieces and a few of the many team members who helped in the creation of the giant door.

My original E-Door sketches.

My original design translated by friend, John Bergin, into a jigsaw puzzle of interconnected pieces.

Friend, John Bergin, translates my design into a jigsaw puzzle of strategically placed pieces. The layers, marked by color, make up the door's internal skeleton.

Hallmark design technician, Dean Donnell, prepares John Bergin's illustrator documents for laser cutting 3/4 inch plywood.

Hallmark technician, Curtis Woods, supervises laser cutting of E-Door plywood parts.

Kaleidoscope employee, Darrel Harden, installs 1-1/12 angle iron door panel brackets.

8X10 foot finished doorway is open for business.

Annually, 175,000 guests pass under E-Door to and from Kaleidoscope's art studio.

*Video produced by Henry Bergin and John Bergin.
*Blog photography and video stop motion animation photography by Chris Duh

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Kelly Johnson - May 22, 2011 - 7:07 am

I think your behind the scene videos are such a rich addition to the finished artwork. Letting the average Joe person glimpse in these small vignettes a fraction of what it takes to create pieces of artwork. Thanks for sharing!! I am eager to walk through this way cool portal.

Chris - May 21, 2011 - 8:52 pm

Too many projects so little time. I’m am so happy to be digging in the dirt today and watching Ashton soak up the sun.

Chris - May 21, 2011 - 8:50 pm

Why thank you amazing sis! There is a lot of interesting projects going on. Hopefully I will be able to keep up on blogging about them.

Meghan - May 21, 2011 - 7:58 pm

Big Bro

E-Door is so cute!!!
I am so proud of you and your amazing talent. Kaleidoscope sure is lucky to have you!!
Love, your lil’ sis.

mary kinney - May 21, 2011 - 5:46 pm

Chris, that door screams Welcome to the most exciting and creative adventure beyond this door! Amazing.

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