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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, November 7, 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

Belger Art Center (2100 Walnut): Open First Friday, 6pm - 9pm. Expanding the Perimeter  features a dozen large scale 2D and 3D artworks from the Belger Collection. 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. belgerartscenter.org

Blue Gallery (118 SW Blvd): Open First Friday, 6pm – 9pm. Group Exhibition running through December 1st, 2014 features a variety of artists including Cynthia Bjorn. 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

EventPort (208 W. 19th Stree): Open First Friday 5pm – 9pm.  The Bee’s Knees Urban Craft Show. Come join us for an evening of handmade crafts from local artists. Items include ceramics, local beeswax lip balm, jewelry, handspun yarn, letterpress, natural soap, paintings, beauty items, hand knits and more. eventport.com.

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

Freebox Movement Arts (1717 Wyandotte): Open First Friday at 6:30pm – 8:45pmJoin us for a FREE evening of dancing to live music by the Michael Shultz Trio! It's First Friday in the Crossroads so come out and enjoy the arts district and step in for some swing and Latin dancing! freeboxmovementarts.com

Immigration Professionals (214 W. 18th St): Open First Friday 5pm – 9pm. Local Latino artists, including the prestigious Vania Soto and Chico Sierra, will be featured. A portion of the art sales will be donated to support the work of MIRA (Missouri Immigrants and Refugees Advocates). The event is free, and wine and refreshments will be served.

Kathy Barnard Studio/Locust Street Gallery (1605 Locust): Open First Friday 5pm - 9pm. Master glass artist Kathy Barnard announces the World Premiere of internationally renowned recording artist Gerald Trimble's new release Uncharted. Trimble will perform from 6-7pm. Also on view, Bruce Matthew’s new book, Windows on Kansas City featuring work by Barnard. 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

Leedy-Voulkos Art Center (2014 Baltimore): Open First Friday 6pm – 9pm. Gallery highlights include: Patrick Duegaw: The Innumerable Anxieties - Studies in Disorder; Edward Navone: A Passion for Painting; Angie Pickman: Merry Menagerie - Paper Cuttings; KCAI: Undergrads Underground - Lilian Granados and Kiki Serna: Assemblage of Form; and David Slone: Aberrations. leedy-voulkos.com

Mid-America Arts Alliance (2018 Baltimore): Open First Friday 6pm – 8pm.  November Concert: Antique Pop with Victor & Penny. With tight vocal harmonies, fearless feats of guitar daring and a fiery ukulele, the duo brings a modern voice to Prohibition-era jazz and clever original tunes. Celebrating a time when style mattered, they impress and delight with charm and hot licks. And don't miss the final exhibit of KC+ Connect showcasing talented artists and creative entrepreneurs, presented by KC Studio magazine. maaa.org

MLB Designs & Boutique (2020 Baltimore Ave, Suite #105): Open First Friday 10am – 9pm. Holiday Showcase, November 6th – 8th features Artist Weaver Debbie Barrett-Jones, Jewelry Artist Flannery Grace and Millinery Sculptor Amina Hood. Barrett-Jones’ woven objects reveal the elegant, vibrant communication that passes between intersecting threads of carefully selected and calculated hand-dyed colors; Grace creates stunning, precious handmade jewelry and small sculpture utilizing top quality materials; and Hood designs unique are hand sculpted and sewn pieces of art are custom created to suit your hair and eye color, profile, and unique proportion. mlbdesigns.com

Plenum Space Gallery (504 W. 18th St): Open First Friday 6pm – 10pm. Featuring artist Amy Wright: A Temple for Particles. A collection of intricate paintings Wright, the works call attention to a fragmentation motif that spans a catalog of vignettes. The subjects are at once familiar yet strange, busy but quiet. Viewers are invited to examine this coming together of meticulous settings. To identify the common subjects, and to become acquainted with the subtleties and secrets instilled within them. plenumspace.weebly.com

Red Star Studios (2100 Walnut). Open First Friday 6pm – 9pm. Featuring Sean Erwin: Object Self. Join us for this solo exhibition of recent work by ceramic sculptor Erwin. His is a surrealistic look at the complexity of the human condition. Inspired by the effects of personal possessions on human behavior, Erwin composes sculptural narratives around concepts such as identity, sexuality, spirituality, beauty, and mortality. redstarstudios.org.

Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art (2004 Baltimore). Open First Friday 7pm – 9pm. Michiko Itatani: Tilling the Soil and Ruth Borgenicht: Homesites. Itatani is of her time in addressing the issues of fragmentation and continuity as an inescapable fact of twentieth century life. Themes of physical and spiritual confinement versus transcendence are effectively used as examples of duality’s within a united whole. Borgenicht’s unique ceramic works, at once solid and shifting, strong and fragile, often transform and reconfigure with subtle twists to reveal variations on the theme of organic geometry and visual poetry. Also on exhibit, new works by Jun Kaneko and Amy Myers. sherryleedy.com

Studio Above (2016 Baltimore, 2nd Floor). Open First Friday 6pm - 9pm. Enjoy an evening of art that explores color, line, texture and emotion. Jackie Warren's work is painted on acrylic, giving it a euphoric flowing affect. Ada Koch and Nancy Clay examine nature’s beauty in stylized application with both landscape and close-up imagery. William Rose uses the power of canvas size and fading images of female faces to evoke haunting work demanding the view to take a closer look. Guest fiber artist Joleen Goff displays her love of design and repetition in her current work.jackie4art.com

Todd Weiner Gallery (115 W. 18th St):  Open First Friday 6pm – 10pm. Heinrich Toh: Abundant Journey. The exhibition explores the artist’s past and present through his memory, current western environment and past eastern culture. Stylistically, the artist speaks through pattern, color, and imagery in his prints. Toh’s inspirations and explorations result in pieces that resonate a common desire to navigate from the past into the present. toddweinergallery.com

Weinberger Fine Art (1800 Baltimore):  Open First Friday 6pm-9pm. Featured artist, Hunt Slonem. Presents a 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

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