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First Friday Opening
April 5, 2013




MONEY: A Juried Exhibition

Presented by P&M Artworks

April 6 - 27, 2013 

Back Gallery


P&M Artworks is proud to present its second annual juried group exhibition featuring art by 16 local artists themed around "Money." Each annual juried show centers around a one word theme and artists apply to an open call to participate. This year we were so honored to have guest jurors David Immenschuh (Principal FIBA at BNIM Architecture) and Eg Schempf (fine art photographer) assist P&M Artworks in selecting the works for the show and will award Best of Show cash prizes ($600/1st, $400/2nd, $200/3rd) to three lucky artists. This year's MONEY artists are: Christopher Bell, Lynn Benson, Jennifer Boe, Kate Clements,  Emily Connell, Tyler Galloway, Rachelle Gardner, Linda Lighton, Megan Mantia & Leone Anne Reeves, Mary Nichols, Benjamin Parks, Erica Peterson, Max Pond, Stephen Proski, Maegan Stracy and Erica Voetsch.  


P&M Artworks is an new gallery helmed by husband and wife team Patricia B. Glenn (art historian) and Michael J. Pronko, MD. Currently, they do one curated show and one open call/juried exhibition per year, both with a tight focus on emerging local KC talent. Their mission is to create opportunities for exposure and patronage for KC artists through exhibitions, press and sale via their online gallery year-round. P&M have held exhibitions at The Frame Gallery, The Spyn Gallery and their first annual juried exhibition was themed around "Home" and held at The Writers Place. 




Speak 'N Critique

with the artists

Saturday, April 27th


Ada Koch Installation view

Ada Koch paintingSt. Peter's Square with the Apostolic Palace and the Basilica,

mixed media on canvas with paper, acrylic paint, oil pastels, 48" x 60" 



Ada Koch

The Piazza: Praising Architecture and a Balanced Life

March 1 - April 27, 2013

Main Gallery



Exhibition Statement - Excerpt 

This exhibition demonstrates the idealized piazza by pulling famous examples of architecture from three locales where I have been charmed by the balance, pace, and sense of community - Kansas City, Paris, and of course, Italy.  Each element of my idealized square shows a well-known representation of one major aspect of civilized life pulled together for my inclusion in the perfect piazza.  A gathering place in the middle provides the social merger of the diverse elements, a focal point where ideals, issues and controversies from the four aspects can be shared. 


Artist Statement

While in art museums, I have always preferred the artist's sketch rather than the "finished work". A sketch provides the freedom and movement that shows the artist's true style.  This body of work provides numerous layers and media but maintains the freedom, fluidity, and fresh playfulness of the sketch.  Classical three dimensional sculpture and architectural monuments are especially prone to two dimensional representation in an exacting method, so the freedom of my impressions of these striking structures is meant to impart my passion in providing a quick emotional awakening where details are elaborated only fully enough to capture the full, dimensional quality of the moment.  


Artist Bio

Raised in Delaware, Koch won scholarships to the Delaware Art Museum before studying art in Washington, DC and Chicago.  Later studies with David De Rousseau of the KCAI and personal studies in Paris and Rome preceded Koch's exhibitions in US and Italian galleries.  She has been invited regularly to the Biennale Internazionale (a juried show in Florence, Italy), and was just invited to the premier of the Effetto in Merido, Mexico as part of the United Nations Dialogue Among Civilizations.  She teaches at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and Holy Name School.  A board member of the Kansas City Artists Coalition, she was founder of Open Studios in KC.  Her art is in collections both corporate and private throughout the world.


Ada Koch Blurb Book 

Click image to preview and purchase Ada's book on Blurb.com


Mike Stack installation view
Mike Stack 9/11  
9-11 Triptych: Assault, Descent, Ascent, oil on canvas, 80" x 207"


Michael Stack
Eagleman Series and 9/11 Triptych Series

March 1 - April 27, 2013

Main Gallery



Michael Stack has been making paintings, drawings, prints, and sculpture for fifty years. Stack has held eight one-man exhibitions and participated in many group exhibitions throughout the United States. His work can be found in private and public collections throughout the United States, Europe, Japan, Brunei, and Saudi Arabia. He was also included in the 1984 publication of Who's Who in American Art.



a phantasmagorical emissary

from the land of whenwhy

careening through a hedonistic

miasma of painstench

searching for morsels of pleasure

in an endless plain of carrion

entering an amnesical sea of consciousness

meeting a blue calm

renewing him

as an acolyte of relevance

soaring through mists of uncertainy

toward a new nirvana



L: Michael James Riddet, "Western Yellow-Billed Cuckoo" Coccyzus americanus occidentalis, acrylic, 17"x 23"
R: Richard Sloan "Western Burrowing Owls" Athene cunicularia hypugaeaacrylic, 15 "x 25"
Vanishing Circles
Portraits of Disappearing Wildlife of the Sonoran Desert Region
Presented by the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

March 1 - April 27, 2013

Front Gallery  


Vanishing Circles is a collection of paintings and drawings acquired for the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum by the Priscilla and Michael Baldwin Foundation. Over the last several years, works by artists well known for their skills have been commissioned by the foundation. Each of the animals, plants, and habitats portrayed in this collection is endangered, threatened, or otherwise compromised in the Sonora Desert Region. In a few cases, a portrayed species may not be in danger in another region but will have all but disappeared in the Sonoran Desert Region due to habitat destruction or one of the many other environmental impacts that civilization has brought upon the natural world.


Excerpt By Michael Baldwin




Curator's Talk with Holly Swangstu &

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum Executive Director Craig Ivanyi 


Friday, April 5th, 5pm


Saturday, April 6th, 3pm




Come to the Crossroads before First Friday crowds for a private tour of the exhibits Holly Swangstu curated for the Leedy-Voulkos. Doors open at 4:30pm on Friday for a casual gallery walk scheduled to begin at 5pm. Holly Swangstu, Director of the Art Institute and Ironwood Gallery at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, will walk you through these exciting exhibits, giving you an insider's view of the artists in the exhibition, the fine art techniques employed in the artworks, and the live desert installation transported from Tucson, Arizona. ASDM's Executive Director, Craig Ivanyi, will join Holly, sharing insight on the natural history subject matter of the paintings and how these works of art relate to the museum's conservation efforts. Some artists from the regional component of this exhibition, "Champions of the Forgotten," will be present to discuss their artworks. This gallery walk will also take place on Saturday afternoon. Light refreshments will be served.















Sheridan Oman full wall shotSonora-Desert Museum
"Bobcat on Boulder" copper plate engraving


The Art of a Desert Recluse 

by Sheridan Oman

Presented by the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

March 1 - April 27, 2013

Opie Gallery


Sheridan Oman is an artistic enigma. While we can trace his artistic evolution over decades, and his artwork speaks to us about his passion and skill in multiple genres, his voice is largely absent from any official record. An intensely private person, loyal to a fault with those in his inner circle, Oman never had an exhibition of his work while he was alive. In fact, he rejected some of the opportunities many artists would eagerly solicit during the length of his career.


The more we dig into Oman's legacy-the artwork that was left behind, and the stories from family members and friends, we are able to understand the forces and experiences that shaped him as an artist. However, that image is created in a vacuum without the artist's own perspective to coalesce the threads together. We are therefore left to imagine a character almost obsessed with the natural world and the skills to render it in amazing detail.


Sheridan Oman was born on a farm in New Jersey in 1926. He studied under artists George Grosz and Kenneth Hayes Miller in New York at the Art Students League where he acquired much of his formal training. A stint working at the Bronx Zoo for two years, set in motion his passion for capturing wildlife in art.


Oman's life work, and perhaps his true calling, took flight when he became the "staff artist" at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. In the early 1960's Oman created a variety of artworks for commercial application while honing his craft and creating an impressive trove of work. Following his departure from the Desert Museum, Oman continued to obsessively study and render the diverse wildlife he saw in the desert. It is from this time that the artwork in this exhibition is drawn from.


The work here, 40 images drawn from decades of output, and select sketches, represents one facet of an impressive career that is marked by its dedication and near obsession to capturing the beauty of the creatures he observed. It is hard to not think of certain art historical references when viewing Oman's work such as Albrecht Duher and others who have come to define our interpretation of nature.


In November, the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum's Ironwood Art Gallery will present a large retrospective exhibition of Oman's work in conjunction with the publication of a book that traces his artistic evolution over his career.


Essay by Herb Stratford















  Megan Gallant champions of the forgotten show
    Alessandra Dzuba
TOP: Megan Gallant, Small Environment Series
LEFT: Megan Wyeth, "Liatris Punctata" photograph, 20" x 30" 
RIGHT: Alessandra Dzuba, "Wolf Eye" graphite on paper, 18" x 12"


Champions of the Forgotten

Partnering with the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

March 1 - April 27, 2013

Lower Level Gallery


Participating Artists

Alessandra Dzuba

Jose Faus

Megan Gallant

Kristin Goering

Vince Latona

Json Myers

Troy Swangstu

Megan Wyeth


Eight local artists share intimate expressions of how humans relate to the dwindling resources of the natural world. This contemporary drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, and written word exhibition is meant inspire the viewer to ponder the overlooked reality of the human connection to the earth and the living things who inhabit it.