December First Friday


2012 Baltimore Ave.   I  Kansas City, MO 64108  I  816.474.1919   Thurs-Sat. 11 am-5 pm
December 2, 2016
6 pm 9 pm
Where the Spirit Meets the Bone

Diane Henk

Curated by Elisabeth Kirsch

December 2, 2016 - January 28, 2017
Front Gallery

Photograph by EG Schempf



This exhibit consists of selections from several different bodies of work I created throughout a 25 year period, dating from approximately 1990 to the present. My BFA degree was earned in painting, but through the creative process the canvas's two-dimensional surface intuitively evolved into three-dimensional sculpture and installations, usually with the figure as form. It has only been within recent years that the work has returned to a wall-mounted format incorporating everyday objects and materials.


Although each series has been created individually, most of them possess similar elements -- the layering of materials, repetition of form, absence of color, and an unfinished or incomplete look. As an artist I will always be concerned with the problem-solving aspect of art, as this generates new ideas that unfold and present still new challenges to be addressed. I hope some of the work will be as equally challenging and fulfilling for its viewers. 



Diane Henk received a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute and has been a full-time practicing artist for approximately 30 years. She predominantly exhibits in university galleries, nonprofit spaces and small museums. Within the past few years her work has been included in the Flatfile Exhibit at H&R Block Artspace, a group show of works on paper at the Moberg Gallery in Des Moines, Iowa and a solo-exhibition at Upper Iowa University in Fayette, Iowa. Her work has been collected by the Sioux City Art Center, Barkley Advertising, The Kansas City Collection and private individuals. She is represented by the Moberg Gallery and locally by Douglas Drake Fine Arts.

Look Again

Marshall Maude

November 4 - December 30, 2016
Main Gallery


I believe the most fundamental questions, those of origin and finality that humanity asks itself are unanswerable, yet this inquiry is central to every aspect of our lives. It is the quest to answer what remains unanswerable. With every discovery, new questions arise and the mysterious expands.
This great paradox fascinates me and resides at the core of my work. I make ceramic sculpture that explores this paradox not to answer, but to illustrate in physical form the power and significance of inquiry itself.
Clay, which is weathered and decomposed rock, is an amorphous material that invites the exploration of origin and finality. Using this material and traditional ceramic technologies, practices, and objects as constants, I delve into a direct, visceral relationship with firing process, construction, and basic forms such as the slab and the vessel to re-contextualize them.
Connections to the work of past makers, such as the amphoras of nameless Greek workmen or the tea bowls of Japanese masters, the blue-and-white paintings of Chinese Ming Dynasty decorators or the drawings of the Anasazi potters signify a continuum and an infinite timeline. I contrast ceramic history and processes with new technologies and ideas, not to challenge but to embrace. A reincarnation of concept, image, pattern, and form reinforce my intention to look again, as inquiry without answer.


Marshall Maude is a ceramic artist and Associate Professor of Ceramics at the University of Kansas. Marshall has designed, built, and fired wood kilns around the world. He has exhibited his work in solo and group shows nationally and in China, Denmark, Korea, and New Zealand. In 2013, Marshall was an artist-in- residence at the Sanbao Ceramic Art Institute in Jingdezhen, China, and in 2014, at Guldagergaard - International Ceramic Research Center in Denmark. He is not on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. He does own a telephone and a hammer and concentrates his energy in the studio and on livin'.


Josie Mai

November 4 - December 30, 2016
Back Gallery

Hand-rubbed collage on canvas, 36" x 36"

Josie's primary medium is collage material from National Geographic magazine. Pieces are hand-torn. Paper and adhesive are applied with fingertips and palm. The rich colors and textures from all over the globe remind us that we are citizens of the world, and that it's crucial for an artist to travel and explore. She is inspired by the life of artist Georgia O'Keeffe and her respect for the desert and abstraction. In addition, inspired radial design and mandala forms represent meaningful symbols from countless cultures over countless centuries. The ones she creates with collage and occasionally acrylic are personally meaningful, but do not represent a particular cultural construct.
Josie Mai earned an MFA from Parsons School of Design in NYC. She taught art K-12 in Kansas City, KS, Kansas City, MO, MSSU in Joplin, and PSU in Pittsburg, KS. Currently she is the Executive Director of Spiva Center for the Arts and a Carthage resident.

Handcrafted Holiday

November 4 - January 7, 2016
Opie Gallery

Rachel O'Flannagan
Travis Porter
Kristopher Clark

Diane Lublinski
Lori Raye Erickson
Diane Tompkins

This invitational group show includes a variety of artwork,
offering unique gift ideas for this holiday season for under $300.

Participating Artists

Kristopher Clark
Lori Raye Erickson
Christel Highland
Jenny Meyer-McCall
Rachel O'Flannagan
Angie Pickman
Travis Porter - The Porterhaus
Diane Tompkins - Tag Team Tompkins
KCAI Undergrads Underground


Elizabeth Derstine
Robert Woodworth  

December 2 - December 30, 2016
Lower Level Gallery


Contingencies  is an exhibition intended to initiate questions about how people perceive functional objects one encounters in everyday life. By looking beyond the function of furniture and domestic objects, Woodworth and Derstine , create forms that hold a residue of influences and experiences to create new meaning and emotion.