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First Friday Opening
December 5, 2014

KC: America's Creative Crossroads

A National Lifestyle Campaign by the

Kansas City Area Development Council


Featuring Portrait Photography by Cameron Gee


December 5, 2014 - January 31, 2015


The Kansas City region has a legacy of artistic and entrepreneurial innovation spanning more than 125 years. Much like the transformation Seattle went through in the 1990's and Austin in the 2000's, Kansas City is becoming a formidable lifestyle and career destination. Today, KC has one of America's most   inventive and creative cultures.


America's Creative Crossroads, highlights the Kansas City area as an intersection of artistry and technology. It is designed to elevate the KC region in the minds of potential residents, visitors, artists, talented professionals and businesses...while increasing awareness and participation in the unique arts and cultural assets throughout the greater Kansas City region.


This compelling new narrative for KC is told through the bold images, words and lives of some of our most inventive prolific and influential personalities - reflecting the passion and energy of our region's creative spirit.



Photographer: Cameron Gee

KC Creative Crossroads

Kansas City Area Development Council













KCAI: Undergrads Underground

Plays & Penalties

Paige Beltowski and Max Adrian


December 5 - December 27, 2014

Lower Level Gallery


Choose your team colors and get out on the field. Ready to play. See that ball? Kiss it. Kill it. Kick it. Does anybody know what Coach is talking about? Something about his truck. Who let that cripple keep score? Why are the cleats full of glitter? Nobody knows the quarterback's lucky secret is the pair of pink panties in his cup. Play to win! Play to lose! Play to play but don't forget the rules of the game and the first rule is there are no rules! Make diamonds in your head and watch them shine under the feet of inflated sneakers. Aim for perfection. Bullseye! Nailed it! Run on home, now! Knock on the door with a shiny, new bat over your skinny, little shoulder. Hiya, Mrs. Johnson, can Billy come out to play? Approaching first now! Second! Third! Uh oh, someone in the stands just puked in that lady's peanuts. Hit the showers now. I'd hate to be in the other team's locker room. Take a knee, boys-sorry, Linda-and girls. You were more than athletes on that field tonight. Practice makes perfect and all that jazz. A true underdog story, to the very end.













Patrick Duegaw
The Innumerable Anxieties: Studies in Disorder

November 7 - December 27, 2014  

Main Gallery



Thursday, December 4, 2014

5pm - 8pm, talk at 6pm




Patrick Duegaw presents The Innumerable Anxieties: Studies in Disorder, an examination of the ambiguous region that stretches between opposite extremes of human behavior. Stringent classifications of conduct, ratified by early Christianity into the Seven Deadly Sins and Seven Heavenly Virtues, have served as idealized guidelines for millenia, but Duegaw has chosen to focus on the mundane trials of the human condition that, while not considered mortally sinful, are also not particularly virtuous.


Ongoing since 1997, The Innumerable Anxieties portrays humorously nightmarish large-scale figures en-gaged in a myriad of circus-like spectacles; allegorical images illustrating the seemingly infinite, and uniquely personal, incarnations of mankind's primal relationship with anxiety. The circus becomes a backdrop for such largely self-perpetuated melodrama, since it offers an observer the luxury of anxiety without risk: in this con-text, the 'performers' in these paintings assume all liability and even provide an entertaining medium through which one may vicariously partake of danger, albeit the benign perils of manufactured stress. Integral to this commentary, is an intertwining second narrative illustrated by representational images from Duegaw's current Painted Theatre Project. The PTP is part installation, part theatrical event, incorporating highly rendered two dimensional characters, props and sets that replace living thespians, three dimensional objects and a stage. In this PTP production, the artist explores his unintentional self-destructive tendencies; the deliberately mis-leading and foreboding imagery reinforces the futility of any attempt we might make to rationalize, or even resolve, our fears and concerns.

*Intrinsic to the Still Play concept is its musical score, the Still Opera: this installation will include an exhibition-specific composition performed by composer Dan Racer (Professor of Music, Friends University; co-founder of Fisch Haus' annual KNOB New Music Festival).













Edward Navone

A Passion for Painting


November 7 - December 27, 2014

Front Gallery

I've been given a gift, and I'd better use it, not waste it. I'd be bored stiff without it. I have to do it. Art is my identity and I've never found anything to replace it.


I've always been an "art kid." My grammar school teacher bought me my first set of oil paints and encouraged my mother to let me pursue my love of art. And, so I did.




Navone's work, which has been shown in galleries and museums throughout the United States, incorporates religious, literary and political themes. This exhibit includes several bodies of work created throughout Navone's 50-year career. From his early period come religious works in oils inspired by French Expressionist Georges Rouault. Dynamic shaped canvases done in acrylics represent the beginning of abstracted imagery that continues throughout his artistic career. The exhibit also includes textured painting in sand and rope, silverpoint and cont´┐Ż crayon drawings, as well as self-portraits created from mid-career to the present. Of these, Navone said, "I plead guilty to indulgence in color and texture. A dietary approach to art is not mine."


Navone is not only a prolific artist and popular teacher, but also has devoted his time to expanding exposure to art in northeast Kansas communities through volunteer work on art councils and his development of 30 programs on Medieval Art History and 20 programs on Italian Renaissance Art for the university's public television station, KTWU. On several occasions, Navone guided students and art patrons through renowned galleries in Italy.




Born in 1937, Richmond, California native Edward Navone received his B.A. in 1959 from San Jose State University and his M.A. in 1961, followed by additional studies in art at the University of California at Berkeley. Navone joined the art department at Washburn University, Topeka, Kansas, in 1964 as a professor. He retired in 2007 and continues to paint.














Merry Menagerie
Hand Cut Papers by Angie Pickman


November 7 - December 27, 2014

Opie Gallery




I began cutting paper in 2003 after seeing "The Adventures of Prince Achmed" - a cut paper stop-motion silhouette animation from 1926 by Lotte Reiniger. I had always wanted to be "an artist" - I knew from a very young age that it was my life calling, but it took me a long time to figure out in which medium this would manifest itself. The traditional forms taught in school never felt quite right, but when I saw Lotte's work, something clicked.

My life philosophy revolves around 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. I think at this level, one is more readily able to truly observe and take in the natural beauty that exists around us. Cut-ting paper is metaphorical for this - the cutting away of all that is unnecessary to reveal the subject in a simple, bold form.

My tools of trade are a rubber gripped x-acto knife, acid-free paper, mechanical pencils, a self-healing cutting mat, and coffee - for consumption and for a few stains here and there.



Angie Pickman, originally from Atchison, Kansas, currently lives and works as a full-time cut paper artist in Lawrence, Kansas, often operating under the moniker, 'Rural Pearl'. She lived and worked in New York City for a number of years before returning to Kansas in 2009 to pursue her artistic career full-time. She exhibits at both galleries and art fairs nationally, does illustration work, and teaches various classes and workshops. She is a member of the Lawrence Art Guild and the Guild of American Paper Cutters.