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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, September 5, 2014

AlphaGraphics (1717 Oak): Open House First Friday 5pm – 9pm. Join us as we celebrate our move to the Crossroads. We'll have food + beverages and works from Rob Schamberger (Official Artist for the National Wrestling Hall of Fame) will be on display. We're looking forward to seeing friends new and old, so stop on by! Visit www.facebook.com/alphagraphicskc to learn more about the event and check out contests and drawing as the event grows near. alphagraphics.com

Gallery at 19 Below (5 W. 19th Street): Open First Friday 6pm – 9pm. Bret Gottschall is SHIRTNSWEET. Compromising self-portrait photographs in wonderfully ridiculous tee shirts, hot pants, and short shorts. Interactive tee shirt "photo booth" & flipping sweet GIF animation projections! Supporting the launch of www.shirtnsweet.com.You won't want to miss it! 19Below.tv

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. 2010gallerykc.com

Apex Art Space (1819 Wyandotte): Open First Friday 6pm – 9pm. Come and enjoy some of the best in local and national art. Talented artists, great space, wonderful crowds! 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

Belger Art Center (2100 Walnut): Open First Friday, 6pm - 9pm. Word Play: Selections from the Collection. Before the 21st Century, "text" was a noun, and often found on artwork. Focused on American artists active from around 1960 until the present, we find artworks that feature text in varying degrees and take a look at how artists incorporate words, phrases, or complete sentences into their imagery. Final chance to also see William Christenberry’s works in various mediums, from his earliest drawings to some of his most recent two- and three-dimensional work. belgerartscenter.org

Blue Gallery (118 SW Blvd): Opening Reception First Friday, 6pm – 9pm. Preview + Artist’s Talk, Thurs, Sept 4, 6pm-8pm. William Rainey, DANGER: Don’t Try This at Home!! and Lori Raye Erickson Lead By Circumstance. Rainey's acrylic on canvas paintings grasp the imagination and transforms it to everyday life, emotions and beliefs. Erickson’s work reflects her longstanding love of working with lead,” Its malleable ability lends itself readily to textures, patinas and shapes. Much like effects of incidental or intentional conditions.” bluegalleryonline.com

Boveri Realty Group (1819 Wyandotte): Open First Friday, 5pm – 9pm. Boveri Realty is pleased to host painter Nicholas K. Clark. Clark’s work is a direct reflection of his optimistic personality. From vivid oranges to metallic silvers highlighted by passionate reds, his art displays a mastery of color that cannot be taught. "I pull my inspiration from fashion and music and I love working with figures because they are always so challenging - the detail of a hand, the curves of a body and the capturing of natural movement and expression." theurbanpulse.com

Buttonwood Art Space (3013 Main): Open First Friday 5pm – 9pm. 2nd Annual Save the Fountains Art Exhibit & Auction. Area artists are painting some of the nearly 50 iconic Kansas City fountains to help raise $2,500,000 for nine aging fountains that need immediate and critical repair. A percentage of funds from each purchase will go to the City of Fountains Foundation which works in partnership with the Parks and Recreation Department to operate and maintain Kansas City Missouri’s publicly-owned fountains. buttonwoodartspace.com

The Express Gallery (404A E. 18th Street): Open First Friday from 6pm – 9pm. Come and visit one of the newest additions to the neighborhood!

Kathy Barnard Studio/Locust Street Gallery (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

Kendal King Group (1925 Central): Open First Friday from 5:30pm - 9pm. Hello Art'sFirst Friday makes its annual return to Kendal King Group! Stop by to see some of the best watercolor artwork in the area by Kendal King Group's own Don Gore along with other artists within the company. A lively trolley tour to local galleries led by local artists Carrie Riehland Emily Kenyon will depart every 30-45 minutes throughout the evening. Creative catering and complimentary drinks will be available. kendalkinggroup.com

Kultured Chameleon Street Art Gallery (1739 Oak). First Friday Opening Reception 6pm – 11pm. Featuring Minneapolis Graff Legend Jonah "STUN" Anderson creator of artwork for such celebrities as: Chris Rock, Martin Lawrence, Jon “B”, Brian McKnight, Salt-n-Pepa, 2 Live Crew, Brand Nubian, Fuschnickens, and Common Sense. Also involved in the graffiti world, he created the floodwall project, which later become now known as “Paint Louis”. Live Music Showcase sponsored by Shameless Management, Inc. KulturedChameleon.com

Leedy-Voulkos Art Center (2014 Baltimore): Open First Friday 6pm – 9pm. Gallery highlights include: Kim Eichler-Messmer + Kristin Goering: Echoes of Earth & Sky (in Main Gallery); Why We Travel, hosted by Redpoint Collective and featuring: Carol Barlau, Dick Flanigan, Shari Hartbauer, Brud Jones, Lon McCroskey, Jeffrey Piehler, Joel Sartore, Rick Solberg, Patti Trabon, John Valentine, Dale Wassergord and Mary Winter (Front Gallery); Mark Farris: Brave New World, a print installation (Back Gallery until Sept 27);Charlie Mylie + Lindsey Griffith: OMG Mail (Opie Gallery until Aug 30); and Structure, Story & Flow, hosted by Pele Prints and featuring: Laura Berman, Sarah Hinckley, Benjamin Pierce, Jessie Van der Laan, Amanda Verbeck and Ken Wood. (Lower Level Gallery). leedy-voulkos.com

Mid-America Arts Alliance (2018 Baltimore): Open First Friday 6pm – 8pm. A celebration of Mississippi’s rich musical heritage, "A Cast of Blues" features resin-cast masks of blues legends created by artist Sharon McConnell-Dickerson, as well as framed photographs of blues artists by photographer Ken Murphy. Featured musicians include B.B. King, Bobby “Blue” Bland, Ruth Brown, James Cotton, and Willie King. Visitors are encouraged to touch the resin-cast masks. The masks and images tell the story of the hopes, sorrows and triumphs of the men and women who lived and breathed the blues in Mississippi. maaa.org

MLB Designs & Boutique (2020 Baltimore Ave, Suite #105): Open First Friday 10am – 9pm featuring Nate Bogert’s: Confluence. Bogert’s series highlights his fascination with the intersection of the natural world with man-made places of energy and movement. Bogert holds a BFA in Photography, Printmaking, and Drawing. Cultivating a strong presence with his creative video installation, Bogert's multimedia work has been produced for fashion, music, corporate, and fundraising events in spaces like Baron Mini Cooper, Power and Light District and Union Station. mlbdesigns.com

Plenum Space Gallery (504 W. 18th St): Open First Friday 6pm – 10pm. Photographer Chad Cogdill presents Noiramatic, a new series shot on an iPhone using the Hipstamatic app, using the 'BlackKeys SuperGrain' film and the 'Americana' lens available within the app. No editing or post-processing was performed to any of the photos for a minimalistic approach and raw in-camera style." Captured at night, the glow from lights and shadows that are cast create shapes and compositions that exist only in the dark hours. plenumspace.weebly.com

Red Star Studios (2100 Walnut): Open First Friday 6pm – 9pm. An exhibition of new work by Shae Bishop and Emily Duke marks the culmination of their artistic residencies at Red Star Studios. Bishop’s application of pattern to ceramic surfaces and his figurative sculpture forms made of interconnected ceramic tiles, merge the physical characteristics of clay and textiles. Duke’s ceramic sculpture address concepts rooted in architecture, the American landscape and manufactured serviceable objects. .redstarstudios.org.

Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art (2004 Baltimore). Open First Friday 7pm – 9pm. The gallery is pleased to feature Hung Liu: Tilling the Soil. Liu's paintings depict subjects that have spanned his career, including young Chinese prostitutes from the early 20th century, modern young women from the 1920s, peasants working in the countryside, prisoners, adults longing for the past and day-dreaming children. Together, these paintings – along with new mixed-media works from Trillium Graphics – capture the courageous, historical, and often melancholic gaze toward the homeland that characterizes Liu’s sensibility as an artist. 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. Guest artists this Friday includeAnne Garney, Diane Boone and Beverly Aziere. Everyone is invited! Enjoy the art, snacks and ambiance! jackie4art.com

Todd Weiner Gallery (115 W. 18th St): Open First Friday 6pm – 10pm. Todd Weiner Gallery presents Mac McClanahan: Oak + Fire. Ceramicist McClanahan describes his firing process as “a true shake of the dice" McClanahan's procedure begins with a controlled method in the formation of the shape of the pieces, but more times than not during the firing process, the original shapes don't turn out the way the artist intended. Audiences will view the best out of the several hundred pieces that are developed, formed and fired, but don’t quite make the cut. toddweinergallery.com

VML Wise Gallery (2020 Baltimore): First Friday Artists’ Reception 5pm – 8pm. Artist Talk @ 6:00pm. Stefania Accardo (VML Social Insights Strategist) and Mars Denton (VML Junior Designer) were chosen out of field of artists to create a living canvas which visualizes how global events effect our daily lives. By tracking Tweets about global topics a world map displays the location and intensity of social conversation over time, shared through popular hashtags. Also to held, the unveiling of a recent acquisition from Guinotte Wise, Rare Mothballed 725 Discover. The artwork portrays a vintage airplane, similar to planes that used to frequent the downtown municipal airport. vml.com

Vulpes Bastille (1737 Locust): Open First Friday 6pm – 9pm. Join us for a new exhibit, transient by Ezra L. Michaels. vulpesbastille.com

Weinberger Fine Art (1800 Baltimore): Open First Friday 4pm-8:30pm. Featured artist,Hunt Slonem. New collection of paintings to celebrate ‘Bunnies’ release. “Ultimately Hunt takes the best dramatic choices from the past and twists and turns his idiosyncratic painted forms into a present day theatre of cuddly creatures that are seriously fun and handsomely made.' weinbergerfineart.com