April First Friday


2012 Baltimore Ave.   I  Kansas City, MO 64108  I  816.474.1919   Thurs-Sat. 11 am-5 pm
First Friday Opening
April 3, 2015
6 pm -9 pm


P&M Artworks Presents



Fourth Annual Juried Exhibition


April 3 - May 30, 2015

Front Gallery


Featured Local Artists 



Cecilia Otero

Rachelle Gardner-Roe

Carie Musick

Steph Toth Kates

Tim Pott

Benjamin Parks

Gloria Heifner

Karen Steen

Shenequa Brooks

Maggie Starcher

Zachary Zakibe

Linda Lighton

Andrew Erdrich

Celina Curry

Nathan Sutton

DeAnna Skedel

Deanna Dikeman

Alison Moyna Greene


P&M Artworks his highlighting 19 regional artists from Kansas City, to Lawrence, KS to Manhattan, KS for its fourth annual juried exhibition. A variety of artwork has been selected that reflects the artists' interpretations of the theme HEAT. The works range in visual art media, including painting, works on paper, photography, ceramics, sculpture, textiles and digital video.


Guest jurors, Burton Dunbar, Ph.D., Professor of Renaissance Art at The University of Missouri-Kansas City, and Jan Schall, Ph.D., Sanders Sosland Curator of Modern Art at the Nelson-Atkins Museum, with P&M Artworks' Patricia B. Glenn, MA in Art History, author, educator, appraiser and gallery co-owner Michael J. Pronko, MD will be awarding the artists during the Thursday preview event prior to the First Friday debut. 



Featured Article in the

Kansas City Star by Alice Thorson












Adriana Luna, Bloom Pink II, archival paper, dye, and cotton crepe paper, 15" L x 15" W x 3" H


Directions in Paper

 Curated by Mark Stevenson   

April 3 - April 25, 2015
Opie Gallery

  Jennie Frederick
  Quinn Kavanaugh
  Adriana Luna
  Art McSweeney
  Catherine Vesce
 This group exhibition highlights approaches that a range from
 traditional flat media, to raw fiber to three-dimensional sculpture.
  In Conjunction with
A Biennial Exposition Celebrating the Ink and Paper Arts in Kansas City
April 17 th - 18 th
  Friday: 4 pm -8 pm
  Saturday: 10 am -4 pm












Peyton Pitts

Daiana Oneto

Ben Davis
KCAI: Undergrads Underground

The Stillness of a Former Hour

A Thesis Exhibition by Peyton Pitts, Daiana Oneto, and Ben Davis


April 3 - April 25, 2015

Lower Level Gallery 


This show is a culmination of all three artists' undergraduate bodies of work from the Kansas City Art Institute and is connected through implications of the human form, space, and history.


Peyton Pitts, expecting BFAs in Printmaking and Art History, makes a range of drawings/collages wherein a small number of objects and images are carefully composed in relation to each other and set in almost totally void or isolated spaces. These are a combination of images drawn heavily from art history and objects from a personal lexicon of visual symbols or metaphors for culture, history, humor, and death.


Daiana Oneto, also expecting BFAs in Printmaking and Art History, makes drawing/print-based work motivated by the effects of the "Disappeared Ones" in Argentina's Dirty War. The idea of disappearing plays a major role in her work as she focuses on the body's relationship to the earth and the idea of burying or covering something up, and how that can create a sense of simultaneous absence/presence as well as relate to suppression.

Ben Davis, expecting a BFA in Sculpture, explores the relationship and evolution of man and technology. Constructing sculptures using organic and industrial materials, he attempts to address the symbiotic nature of man and technology and how society has been affected as a result.


Falling Memorial, 2002, oil on canvas, 20" x 16" 

Samuel Bak in Studio
Illuminations: The Art of Samuel Bak
Works on loan from Facing History and Ourselves


March 6 - April 25, 2015
Main Gallery



Select paintings provided by the Pucker Gallery in Boston
Exhibition made possible by the support of the Sosland Foundation and Bryan Cave, LLP

In cooperation with the Midwest Center for Holocaust Education




The art of Samuel Bak weaves together personal and Jewish history to articulate an iconography of his Holocaust experience and his perceptions of a world that lives in the shadow of the crematoria chimneys. Across seven decades of artistic production, Bak has explored and reworked a set of metaphors, a visual grammar, and vocabulary that ultimately poses metaphysical questions. His art depicts a world destroyed, and yet provisionally pieced back together. "As I was a witness to this darkness, my art chose to mirror it.  But it always speaks for the Hebrew word Tikkun 'repair' as well" he says.  "I hope, I have grandchildren" Samuel Bak was born in 1933 in Vilna, Poland, to an educated, cultured, middle-class family. As Vilna came under first Soviet and then German occupation in the early 1940s, Bak and his family, along with the other Jews, were moved to the Vilna Ghetto.  It was there, at the age of nine, that Bak had his first exhibition of drawings.  His family was then sent to a labor camp, from which he and his mother were smuggled out and given refuge in a Benedictine Convent.


Of the 55,000 Vilna Jews, less than 2,500 survived. He and his mother were the only members of his extended family to survive.  After a couple of years in a Displaced Persons camp in Germany, Bak immigrated to Israel, where he studied at the Belzalet Art School in Jerusalem. In 1956, he moved to Paris to continue his studies at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, and subsequently lived in Rome, New York City, Switzerland, and since 1993, outside of Boston, Massachusetts where he became an American citizen. 


Since 1959, the artist has had numerous exhibitions in major museums, galleries, and universities throughout Europe, Israel, South Africa, and the United States. Bak has been the subject of numerous articles, scholarly works, and fifteen books. In 2001, he published his touching memoir, Painted in Words, which has been translated into several languages. He has been the subject of two documentary films and was the recipient of the 2002 German Herkomer Cultural prize.  Samuel Bak has received honorary doctorate degrees from the University of New Hampshire, Seton Hall College, and this coming May, the Massachusetts College of Art.


The artist and his wife, Josée, together with Bernie and Sue Pucker, donated the paintings for the ILLUMINATIONS exhibition to Facing History and Ourselves, an international educational organization whose mission is to engage students and adults of diverse backgrounds in an examination of racism, prejudice, and anti-Semitism in order to promote the development of a

more humane and informed citizenry. 






The Kansas City Jewish Chronicle

"Bring an Open Mind" by Barbara Bayer


PDF        ONLINE 




Jean Van Harlingen: Passion for Paper

Curated by Don Lambert


March 6 - April 25, 2015

Back Gallery



On the forefront of the hand-made paper movement beginning in the mid-1970s, Jean exhibited her art locally, nationally and internationally.


She and others elevated paper making from craft to art by infusing the traditional with contemporary ideas of abstraction, experimentation, and scale. At the same time, giving  a nod to those who had gone before them.


These new paper artists were often not so much interested in shows and sales, as in process. That messy but exhilarating effort of making art. In pulp and pigment up to their elbows, their tired bodies were often covered with flecks of color.


Empowered by the women's movement, she bashed the confines of the medium, gender roles, and herself. When progressive bad health tried, she bashed right back. She had much to do and would do it her way.

 Jean Van Harlingen died last year at the age of 67. She had MS for 45 years.


A portion of the proceeds will benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society,

Kansas City Artist Coalition, and Human Rights Campaign.