August First Friday


2012 Baltimore Ave. Kansas City, MO 64108  I  816.474.1919   Thurs-Fri-Sat 11 am-5 pm
August 4, 2017
6 pm 9 pm
Finding Peace, Finding Center

Kansas City Society for Contemporary Photography

August 4 - August 26, 2017
Main Gallery

In such tumultuous times we move toward centeredness and strive for calm in our work and lives. This member's exhibit depicts individual artists perspectives on finding peace and center.

Cort Anderson
Kevin Anderson
Ron Anderson
Jeff Burk
Clinton Marstall
Chris Dahlquist
Jim Darnell
Chuck Davis
Kirk Decker
Chuong Dong
Adam Finkelston
Betsy Forcade
Tim Forcade
Dan Frueh
Teresa Grove
John Hans
Gary Hodson
Martyn Howgill
Roy Inman
Angie Jennings
Debra Keithly
Sarah Krawcheck
John Lofflin
Jim Mathis
Tiffany Matson
Lea Murphy
Rebecca Ofiesh
Jon Onstot
Phil Peterson
Jacia Philips
Emily Evans Sloan
Michael Spillers
Sabrina Staires
Michelle Wade

Debbie Barrett-Jones and Kristine Barret t

A Print and Sound Installation by Kristine Barrett
with Woven Textiles by Debbie Barrett-Jones

August 4 - September 30, 2017

Public Opening with a Live Performance on  August 3rd & 4th from 6-9pm

Back Gallery & Lower Level Gallery

(Top) Kristine Barrett, Muir Coast Barley 12 (detail), aluminum print, 11" x 61"
(Bottom) Debbie Barrett-Jones, Shades of Neutral Sheer, handwoven, 18" x 50"

"SANCTUARIES is a series of works that explore concepts of refuge: constructed and naturally occurring via the lands and spaces we inhabit and create for ourselves, rituals, and the resonate narratives that articulate our experience of being. Through sound, weavings, and print, sisters and KCAI alumni Kristine Barrett and Debbie Barrett-Jones create work that seeks deeply, navigating the intersections of darkness and illumination, ancient traditions and contemporary technologies, and personal and inherited narratives."

Public Opening with a Live Performance August 3rd & 4th from 6-9pm

Fellow Kitkat and singing sister  Natalie Bartlett will join Kristine Barrett in two live performances, featuring traditional music and ritual songs from Serbia, Lazona, the Republic of Georgia, Ukraine, Sweden, Estonia, and beyond August 3rd & 4th from 6-9pm. The performance will be part of a collaborative installation with Debbie Barrett-Jones.
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Saturday August 5, 2017
Leedy-Voulkos Art Center

Kristine Barrett presents an afternoon of music exploring the concept of refuge and resilience, featuring traditional music and ritual song from Norway, Serbia, Ukraine, and the Republic of Georgia. We will explore the various unique vocal techniques involved in Eastern European singing as well as delve into the history and meaning behind this haunting music. Singers of all ages, genders, and experience are welcome!

Emily Nickel

August 4 - September 30, 2017
Opie Gallery

I create elaborately sculpted and illustrated ceramic figures referencing Portal Fantasy: a literary genre which typically features a protagonist's journey to another world.  I use this journey as a metaphor for the anxieties, discoveries, and lessons of adolescence. In Portal Fiction, a protagonist might find herself in a world where nothing makes sense and she doesn't quite fit in. Her adventure in that unfamiliar land changes her forever.  Adolescence itself often follows a similar plotline. As Portal Fantasy tends to feature lush, magical worlds teeming with magical creatures and dreamlike landscapes, I lavish detail upon my pieces in order to recreate that sense of visual wonder. I either allude to illustration, or directly illustrate upon these figures, creating a visual link to images found in classic Portal Fiction novels, such as Alice in Wonderland or The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Thematically, I feature common struggles for adolescents, including the search for acceptance from peers, the challenge of forming one's own independent worldview, navigating the body's physical changes, and handling the sexualizing pressures of a consumer culture. Viewers are invited through a portal which reimagines the quest for belonging that we all experience.

Artist Bio

Emily is a ceramic sculptor from Saint Louis, Missouri. She has exhibited her sculpture throughout the  US, from Baltimore to Montana to Las Vegas. She is passionate about art's power to impact the  community, and has taught classes and led service learning projects for nine years across the US. She  was a 2016 artist in residence at Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts in Maine, and presented a panel  at the 2016 NCECA conference in Kansas City. She recently traveled to Japan to study photography.

E mbracing Simplicity

Wang Sha

August 4 - August 18, 2017
Lower Level Annex Gallery

Ceramics | Calligraphy | Chinese Paintings


July 7 - August 26, 2017
Front Gallery

This exhibition features several Kansas City area artists, as well as many national and international artists. The selected prints and photographs will be on display at the Leedy-Voulkos Art Center and will also be featured in the July (Issue #17) of The Hand Magazine celebrating their 4th Anniversary!

Johnny Adimando
Ron Anderson
Miguel A. Aragón
Francis Baker
William Barnhart
Patricia A. Bender
Thayer Bray 
Dustin Brinkman
Terri Cappucci
Troy Colby
Aaron Coleman
Ryan Cronk
Carly Fehlberg
Elijah Gowin
Jodie Hooker
Kirsten Hoving
Ellen Jantzen
Joshua Jay Johnson
Andy Julo
Mike Koerner
Emily Jane Macaux
David Manje
Hannah March-Sanders
Etta J. Martin
Bobbi McMurry
Maria Mineo
Yasaman Moussavi
Heather Oelklaus
Michael Pointer
Tatiana Potts
Emma Powell
Maria Razo
Barry Roth
Blake Sanders
Sara Silks
Andrew Sovjani
Henrieke Strecker
Anh Ta
Amanda Tomlin
Ani Volkan
Harrison Walker
Michael Weitzman
Ken Wood
Christine Zuercher

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