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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, December 5, 2014

2010 Gallery (2010 Main):  Open First Friday 5:30pm – 9:00pm. 2010 Gallery continues the fine tradition of exhibiting art on local, national and international levels. First Friday musical performance by Cucharada. 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. This First Friday will feature a Holiday Open House group exhibit with artists Cecilia Labora,

Aaron Coleman, Danton Rezos, Kale Van Leeuwen, and Patrick Andrew Adams. 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 Wintersbelgerartscenter.org

Blue Gallery (118 SW Blvd): Open First Friday, 6pm – 9pm. Works of Art: Wonderwall. Join us for a very special holiday event - all works $500 and under. Featured artists include Amy Abshier-Reyes, Cynthia Bjorn, Jamie Chase, Lori Raye Erickson, Bernal Koehrsen, Lisa Lala,Sarah Williams and more. Exhibit runs through January 31. bluegalleryonline.com

Buttonwood Art Space (3013 Main): Open First Friday 5pm – 9pm Art & Legacy of Ernst Ulmer. For over 65 years, artist Ernst Ulmer painted the people, places and history of the Midwest with historical accuracy and loose realism.  His series of Native Americans, Civil War scenes and pioneer experiences bring beauty to our common history.  In conjunction with donations of key pieces to museums and charity institutions, this show will mark the last opportunity to purchase one of these paintings. A portion of all sales to be donated to local charities and institutions. buttonwoodartspace.com

Gallery 122 (122 Southwest Blvd, 1st Floor): Open First Friday 6pm – 9:30pm + Saturday, Dec 6th from 12pm – 5pm. PATCHWORK: Vintage American Quilts + Japanese Boro Kimono Exhibit and Sale. From the collections of Suzie Aron + Elizabeth Wilson/Asiatica.

Kathy Barnard Studio/Locust Street Gallery (1605 Locust): Open First Friday 5pm - 9pm. Master glass artist Kathy Barnard talks about her trip to China and shares new glass designs and techniques at this year's Holiday Open House. Also featured will be: Genevieve Flynn, metalsmith and jewelry maker; internationally renowned recording artist Gerald Trimble's with his new release Uncharted; and Bruce Matthew as he presents his 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 an examination of the ambiguous region that stretches between opposite extremes of human behavior; Edward Navone: A Passion for Painting includes several bodies of work created throughout Navone's 50-year career;  Angie Pickman: Merry Menagerie - Paper Cuttings reflects a philosophy of achieving simplicity, winnowing away at all the things that are not needed so that the individual can be reduced to the rawest, purest being possible. Also featured KC: America’s Creative Crossroads: A National Lifestyle Campaign by the KCADC featuring Portrait Photography by Cameron Gee; and KCAI: Undergrads Underground Plays & Penalties by Paige Beltowski and Max Adrian. leedy-voulkos.com.

Mid-America Arts Alliance (2018 Baltimore): Open First Friday 6pm – 8pm.  Backstage Pass: Baron Wolman and the Early Years of Rolling Stone. An intimate view of rock ‘n’ roll history through the lens of Baron WolmanRolling Stone magazine's chief photographer in the late 1960s. The exhibit explores how the lens of one artist’s camera captured and helped define one of the most important eras in rock ‘n’ roll history. Live! In the Crossroads will feature the Kansas City Blues Rock Collective, with Fast Johnny Ricker, Patrick Recob, Joy McClamrock, and Matt Ronan. maaa.org

MLB Designs & Boutique (2020 Baltimore Ave, Suite #105): Open First Friday 10am – 9pm. Artist Weaver Debbie Barrett-Jones’, woven objects reveal the elegant, vibrant communication that passes between intersecting threads of carefully selected and calculated hand-dyed colors. Her work lets the viewer see not only the complete, clean finished project, but also a glimpse of the pre-weaving process, much of which can be painstakingly tedious. Since graduating from KCAI with a B.F.A. in Textiles, Barrett-Jones has exhibited her work throughout the United States. mlbdesigns.com

Plenum Space Gallery (504 E. 18th St): Open First Friday 6pm – 10pm. Featuring textile artist Rena Detrixhe. Detrixhe, currently studying at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, creates drawings, sculptures and installations combining found materials with repetitive processes. Her work is strongly influenced by the act of gathering, collecting, and observing. Working in and with nature, as a way of understanding self and environment, has become a recurring theme in her practice. Detrixhe has received numerous fine art awards and scholarships including one to attend the prestigious art school at Hongik University in Seoul, South Korea. 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: Cosmic Wanderlust 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..jackie4art.com

Todd Weiner Gallery (115 W. 18th St):  Open First Friday 6pm – 10pm. “Duality” by Alessandra Dzuba+ Heinrich Toh. This new exhibit is a collaborative exhibition which showcases a shared theme, seen regularly in both artists’ bodies of work. Dzuba and Toh not only worked collaboratively for this exhibition, they are also studio partners in the Crossroads Arts District print studio, Fraction. Housed inside the fine curiosities shop ORACLE, Fraction is a printmaking studio and exhibition space.. Toh explores past versus present, and East versus West in a lifetime of cultural experiences, while Dzuba likes to bring the theme to its core.  toddweinergallery.com

VML Wise Gallery (2020 Baltimore, 3rd Flr). Open First Friday 6pm – 9pm. HEARTS – Group Exhibit + Art Auction benefit for Children’s Mercy Guest Services. Artist, Scribe, his wife Alisa Ross, and others encouraged local and Midwest artists to create custom art pieces utilizing heart-shaped wood in recognition of everyone's motivation to support the project -- from the heart. A series of Hearts Social Club gatherings -- "purposeful drink and draws" -- have been held at Tower Tavern over the past several months to encourage artists to design "heart-work", listen to music and spend time in creative fellowship. The result is more than 100 beautiful and unique Hearts by over 25 artists that will be exhibited and available for purchase.

Weinberger Fine Art (1800 Baltimore):  Open First Friday 5pm-9pm. Self-Aware – a group exhibition featuring new work from Jodi Lightner, Amber Stene, and Janet Davidson-Hues. Artist reception 5-8  + a brief artist talk at 7 pm. Lightner + Stene, recently finding themselves in new environments and surrounded by new attitudes, developed a body of work that reveals different responses to the idea that the reinvention of one’s self is necessary to gain acceptance in society.  Davidson-Hues has dedicated herself to examining different facets of language. The combination of word and image through improvisational paint application results in a visual energy that both conceals and reveals meaning in her work. weinbergerfineart.com

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