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First Fridays

Join us on the first Friday of every month to experience all the sights, sounds and tastes the Crossroads has to offer — with an event that could only happen here.

First Friday Events, April 4, 2014

2010 Gallery (2010 Main):  Open First Friday 5pm – 10pm. 2010 Gallery continues the fine tradition of exhibiting art on local, national and international levels. 2010gallerykc.com

ArtsTech (1522 Holmes): Open First Friday 5:30 – 8:00pm. Brush Tips and Wine Sips - Spring Edition. Like to paint or want to try? Come by yourself or bring a few friends! Canvas boards, paper mache eggs, acrylic paints, smocks, brushes, and light refreshments. Gift bag raffle, art for inspiration & instruction if requested. Tickets $15/Indiv, $25/2Adults, $35/Family (max.4).$10/Under 21. Featured artist, Michael Toombs. artstech-kc.org

Apex Art Space (1819 Wyandotte): Open First Friday 6pm – 9pm. dentistryart.com

Archival Design (2014 Main): Open First Friday 6pm – 10pm. Jake and Julie Bond have created a business based on bringing unique ceramic designs into the lives of their customers.  From a salad bowl to hand carved tiles for an entire kitchen, their work is created using a wide range of original colors and patterns. archivaldesignskc.com

Beco Gallery (1922 Batimore). Open First Friday 6pm – 9pm. Liz Black: Presence in Touch. Collected organic structures, landscape, networks, and macro/micro systems inform Black’s work and serve as an entry point to her paintings and work on paper. becoflowers.com

Belger Art Center (2100 Walnut): Open First Friday, 6-9pm. Belger Arts Center is pleased to announce the William Christenberry exhibition, a selection of works in various mediums, from his earliest drawings to some of his most recent two- and three-dimensional work. Also on view Change of Velocity, a collaborative work by architectural historian Cydney Millstein, and photographer Richard Welnowski .Both exhibits on view through May 3, 2014.belgerartscenter.org

Blue Gallery (118 SW Blvd): Open First Friday 6pm – 9pm. New paintings from Stephen Dismore and Rich Bowman bluegalleryonline.com

Buttonwood Art Space (3013 Main): Open First Friday 9am – 5pm. Native American, Western, Civil War and Figurative paintings by the late artist Ernst Ulmer will fill the gallery for this special exhibit that will run during April and May.  buttonwoodartspace.com

Kathy Barnard Studio/Locust Street Gallery (1605 Locust): (1605 Locust). Open First Friday from 5pm - 9pm. Kathy Barnard, Master Glass Artist; Genevieve Flynn, Master Metalsmith & Jeweler; and Kitty Sondern Snyder, Custom Dress Designer & Milliner. kathybarnardstudio.com

The Gallery at Christ Community (1708 Baltimore): First Friday Artist Reception 5:30pm – 9:00pm. Peter Crane’s contemporary works My Creative Nature explores a wide range of subject matter with strong focus on landscapes and seascapes with an abstract twist. ccefc.org

Kultured Chameleon Street Art Gallery (1739 Oak). First Friday Opening Reception 6pm – 11pm.Fashion, Photography, Music, Toys, and Technology meet this First Friday at Kultured Chameleon Street Art Gallery!  Come experience a Pop Up Fashion Forward Night filled with Music, Photography, Clothing, and Designer Art Toys!! KulturedChameleon.com

Leedy-Voulkos Art Center (2014 Baltimore): Open First Friday 6pm – 9pm.  Steve Joy, Icons and Elizabethans: paintings from 2012 to 2014; Chinese artist Lei Yan, When a Dream is Not a Dream; One Thread at a Time, Hand-woven Textiles by Debbie Barrett-Jones; KCAI Undergrads Underground: The CAN Show featuring Caleb Gebel, Austin Gober and Nathan Hall; and Amanda Lechner, SIGNALS. leedy-voulkos.com

Mid-America Arts Alliance (2018 Baltimore): Open First Friday 7pm – 9pm. 7-9 p.m., Friday, April 4, Imprinting the West: Manifest Destiny, Real and Imagined features hand-colored engravings and lithographs that explore depictions of Westward Expansion throughout the 19th c. and the influence artists had on the perception of the wild west. The works explore the potent imagery of the time that shaped how the American Indians and the West were understood.Live! In the Crossroads will feature The Alferd Packer Memorial String Band, maaa.org

MLB Designs & Boutique (2020 Baltimore Ave, Suite #105): Open First Friday 5pm – 9pm. Artist Christel Highland’s: NEW WORLD CURRENCY Still Current examines the values and materials of an exemplary society." Highland presents a poetic journey through paper and sculpture in which she explores the clash of European values upon the New World and its people and continues to question and engage our perceptions of the past. mlbdesigns.com

Plenum Space Gallery (504 W. 18th St): Open First Friday 6pm – 10pm. plenumspace.weebly.com

Red Star Studios (2100 Walnut). Open First Friday 6pm – 9pm.redstarstudios.org.

Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art (2004 Baltimore). Open First Friday 7pm – 9pm. The gallery is pleased to feature artists Barbara Rogers: Botanica Exotica and Carol Stewart: Light & Pattern. sherryleedy.com.

Studio Above (2016 Baltimore, 2nd Floor). Open First Friday 6pm - 9pm. Enjoy artwork by Ada Koch, Nancy Clay, Jackie Warren and William Rose. With guest artists Majo, a Weinberger Fine Artist, and glass jewelry artist Maria Wurtenberger. jackie4art.com

Todd Weiner Gallery (115 W. 18th St):  Open First Friday 5pm – 9pm. Artists reception 5pm – 7pm. Ghosts: Mentors and Students. An exhibition of 4 KCAI Faculty and Selected Alumni. Participating artists: Misty Gamble, Ross Redmon (ceramics); Hugh Merrill, Krystal Kuhn (printmaking and painting); Kelly Clark, Robert Howsare (printmaking); and Michael Wickerson, Araan Schmidt (sculpture). toddweinergallery.com

Vulpes Bastille (1737 Locust): Open First Friday 6pm – 9pm. vulpesbastille.com

Weinberger Fine Art (1800 Baltimore):  The Flow Paintings of Jonas Gerard: A Tale of Two Cities. First Friday Opening Reception: 5-9pm, Artist Talk + Reception: Saturday, April 5, 5-7pm. Jonas continues to impress with his unique flow paintings. This exhibits highlights and expands the creative energy that now links Kansas City and Asheville through this exceptional artist. weinbergerfineart.com

Wheat Photography (18th & Wyandotte): Open First Friday 6pm – 10pm featuring artist/photographer Kale Van Leeuwen whose work is a process that starts with a photo, edited heavily, then collaged onto canvas. As this process has many steps, he usually works about 10-15 paintings at a time. wheatphoto.com/#!/HOME