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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, October 3, 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. 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

BicMedia (2130 Washington):  Open First Friday 4:30pm – 9pm. Natosha Keefer. Keefer receives her inspiration through various types of passionate, upbeat energies. Music, dance, the creativity of other people’s artwork, as well as the movement of life all inspire her, “It’s as if I am translating the passion and creativity of what I see and hear into my creative process and my work.” bicmedia.com

Belger Art Center (2100 Walnut): Open First Friday, 6pm - 9pm. Expanding the Perimeter. This exciting new exhibit will feature a dozen large scale 2D and 3D artworks from the Belger Collection but which are rarely on public view. Among the artists in the exhibit are John De Andrea, Chris Cross, Stephen Fleming, Sara Mast, James Morphesis, David Parrish, Robert Stackhouse, William T. Wiley, and Terry Winters. The exhibit will run through February 7, 2015. belgerartscenter.org

Blue Gallery (118 SW Blvd): Opening Reception First Friday, 6pm – 9pm. Preview + Artists’ Talk, Thurs, Oct 2, 6pm-8pm. Maura Cluthe: PLAY: Part One + Bernal Koehrsen: The Map is Not the Territory. Cluthe states that her, “original intention with this body of work was to make several interactive pieces that could be changed by the viewer. I love the idea of a piece being customized and rearranged by anyone who interacts with it.”  Returning to Koehrsen's core inspiration of Astronomy, the pieces included in this exhibit focus on a sense of spaciousness – not only in composition but in theme. bluegalleryonline.com

Buttonwood Art Space (3013 Main): Open First Friday 5pm – 9pm. Vision of the Flint Hills – 6th Annual Art Benefit + Sale benefitting the Friends of Konza Prairie.  Sweeping paintings of sky and native prairie grass dominate the show that features art of the Flint Hills. Sculpture pieces, fiber works, fused glass and photos will also be featured. Last year, over 60 artists, both local and national, joined efforts to preserve the prairie and shared their “vision” of the Flint Hills, its inspiration and presence in their lives through their art.  buttonwoodartspace.com

The Gallery at Christ Community (1708 Baltimore): Open First Friday 5pm – 9pm.  JT DANIELS: Bangin’ Hair, a solid arts community contributor in Kansas City, will present his collection of portraits and invites the viewer into a playful cultural dialogue. As the current Youth Development Coordinator at The Mattie Rhodes Center and father of a newborn, finding the luxury of time to paint freely can be challenging. Daniels continues to hone his creative talent, which has won the Kauffman Young Creatives Award in the Streets of Kansas City, empowering youth to create art. ccefc.org

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

Faultless Linen Building Parking Lot (19th Terrace + Broadway Blvd): Performance on First Friday from 6pm – 8:30pm. Defy Dance Project a newly formed pre-professional dance company of KC Crossroads will host a First Friday event. Come meet + greet Defy Dance Project. Find out who they are + what they will be doing in KC! Appetizers, wine, beer + music!

Imagine That! Kansas City (2040 Central Street): Open First Friday 6pm – 10pm.  Southwest x Central Street Fest. Join this community art and music event in support of IT!KC, an innovative and creative non-profit art studio supporting adults with developmental disabilities. Featured: Photography Exhibition curated by Archive Collective, music by Katy Guillen and the Girls,  and on street activities including screen printing, face painting and mask making demos, local artists Dominique Jones, Dustin Hawkins, Adam McBride, Geoff Pratt, Mark Allen, and work from two other art programs in St. Louis that support individuals with developmental disabilities.

Kansas City Rescue Mission (1520 Cherry, north of Late Show): Open First Friday 6pm—9pm.  Local artists’ street exhibits; hot music and grilled food; bounce house, interactive street chalk plus kid’ s mural canvas on Cherry; an adult interactive 140’ mural on Truman Road; and a “TP TOWER” CHALLENGE RALLY AND COMPETITION.  Bring your toilet paper and join the fun—plenty of parking!  http://kcrm.org/works-in-progress/

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

Kemper at the Crossroads (33 W. 19th St):  Open First Friday 5pm – 9pm. Make Your Mark features ten works from the Kemper Museum Permanent Collection that emphasize the individual tropes and gestures employed by a selection of artists in making their signature mark. This exhibition celebrates the distinctive marks that define the identifiable styles of these individual artists. kemperart.org

Gallery at Wallace Engineering (1741 McGee): Open First Friday 5pm – 9pm. Featured artist, Evelyn Haaheim. Haaheim works with acrylic paint, primarily on unstretched canvas. She has a BFA in Glass art from California College of the Arts in Oakland. Her husband, Kip Haaheim, will provide the soundscape for the evening. A composer and digital artist, his electro-acoustic works have been performed nationally and internationally. He is on the School of Music faculty at University of Kansas.

Leedy-Voulkos Art Center (2014 Baltimore): Open First Friday 6pm – 9pm. Gallery highlights include: KCAI: Undergrads Underground featuring work by Jon Bennett, Molly Dillon, Andrew Dwyer, Muriel Fogarty, Ben Gould, Patricia Graham, Bo Hubbard, Marie Krikorian, Gabriella Lacza, Mary Reeves, Jacob Robinson, and Taylor West; the International Friendship Art Exhibition for Edgar Snow Symposium; Travis Pratt's The Joplin Paintings; and David Slone's Aberrations. 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.  Millage Gilbert Blues Band concert begins at 7pm. maaa.org

Missouri Bank (125 Southwest Blvd): Open at 5:30pm for the annual Rock * Paper * Scissors Competition. Come join the fun! Spectators welcome!

MLB Designs & Boutique (2020 Baltimore Ave, Suite #105): Open First Friday 10am – 9pm. Deconstructivist Vortographer Shane Blindt exhibit features imagery from well-known area landmarks. Vortography was the first completely abstract kind of photograph, built by kaleidoscopic forms which was achieved by photographing objects through a triangular arrangement of mirrors. Blindt’s experimentation with a digital take on the vortographic style began in2004 while working at the KCAI.. mlbdesigns.com

Outpost Worldwide (1919 Baltimore): Open First Friday 6pm – 9pm. KC Connect 2014 4th Exhibit sponsored by Harriman-Jewell Series.  The six artists featured in this show combine light installation, jewelry, sculpture and mixed media. These divergent styles offer the artists a chance to collaborate together while the First Friday crowd has the opportunity to see the fruition of those efforts. Artists include: Cheryl Eve Acosta, Siara Berry, Derek Dobbins, Dustin Downey, Bobby Howsare and Katrina Revenaugh.

Plenum Space Gallery (504 W. 18th St): Open First Friday 6pm – 10pm. Artist Kate Schroeder: POR-TRAIT.  A mixed media drawing exhibition, Por-Trait, explores the formal statement, meaning and significance of the word portrait and the connotations that it implies. Within that exploration the artist taps on the levels of intimacy that must be present to recognize the individuals in our lives without seeing their most recognizable features. plenumspace.weebly.com

REACTOR Design Studio (1817 Grand):  Open First Friday 5pm – 9pm. Join REACTOR and MAD Toy Design for, Modern HeroesJeremy Madl, toy designer and illustrator for MAD Toy Design, created this series of new work overlaying the "Modern Hero" character onto classic and iconic heroes from his childhood. Bourgmont Brewing Co. will serve their popular pumpkin beer during the show. Come savor the flavors of fall while you look at the awesome Modern Heroes art! yourreactor.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. 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 Absolutely No Nothing Is Be Permitted At Any Time in This Premises For Ever-I. King Boss by David Gant. Gant plans to urge the audience’s thoughts further into the realm of abstraction. Without pushing an opinion, Gant’s developed a mixture of three-dimensional pieces positioned to “create a melody out of the sense of impending doom” the world has felt looming over head for decades. toddweinergallery.com

Weinberger Fine Art (1800 Baltimore):  Open First Friday 6pm-9pm. 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

Wheat Photography (1803 Wyandotte): Open First Friday 6pm - 9:00pm. Lions In Four. Enjoy images from Jenny Wheat’s recent trip to India and visit the socially conscious luxury brand making a difference in the lives of underprivileged girls in Southern India. wheatphotography.com

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