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First Friday Opening
January 3, 2014

            Studio Portrait of Tony Naponic              Out of the Blue, 1985, acrylic on canvas, 66" x 54"
Gorgeous & Outrageous: The Art of Tony Naponic

January 3 - March 1, 2014

Main Gallery


b. 1954 - d. 2003

Choosing to use a narrative (story-telling) approach, I have been making expressive paintings...that are derived from my perception of social situations. The characters are set within a tactile environment drawn from my experiences, the origins of which I may not totally understand. I hope the work opens another dimension which will include and prompt the viewer to be part of the communication.  


- Tony Naponic, c.1980 

Tony Naponic's exuberant abstract and figurative paintings were first shown in Kansas City, where he lived from 1973 - 84. Nobody had really seen anything like them. They were brash, big and totally confident. Naponic was making Neo-Expressionist artworks before that term was officially coined in the 1980s, and his works were as good, or better than anything being exhibited in that style, anywhere. When he had a solo show at the Zolla-Lieberman Gallery in Chicago in 1980, critic David Elliott wrote in the Chicago Sun-Times "Naponic shows that at 26 he needs lessons from no one."

He handled paint with gusto, often blending pigment, encaustic, enamels, and pastels. But what made Naponic's artwork singularly compelling was his story-telling abilities, his edgy, over-the-top narratives that defy easy explanation.

The subjects of his representational works were mostly drawn from his own life story. They came from his childhood growing up in Adamsburg, Pennsylvania, where his father was a coal miner and his mother a cook at a Howard Johnson restaurant. They embraced his pool - playing abilities and his love of cars. Some of his most inspired paintings and works-on-paper revolved around the crazy antics of customers at the restaurants where he worked. The hardest art-works to decode are his narratives concerning sexuality and relationships, in which conflict, anger and vulnerability often co-exist.

It's not surprising that Naponic was also a prolific writer of short, surrealist narratives. He made hand-carved and painted wooden books, with strange little stories which ARTnews critic Victoria Melcher in 1981 called "scatological tales...straight out of Naponic's funny but alarming vision of life." Black and white drawings, powerfully sketched, often accom-panied his text pieces in catalogues and notebooks.

From 1976 - 1985 Naponic had 6 major one-person shows throughout the Midwest, and his work was included in 14 group exhibitions, including two at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. When he received a National Endowment for the Arts Emerging Artist Grant, he moved to New York in the mid - 80s.

Naponic, who graduated from the Kansas City Art Institute in 1974, was an abstract painter while in school. In New York his paintings and pastels gradually shifted back to painterly abstraction. He often experimented with sandpaper as a base for these works. The glittery surfaces of his later pieces were as flamboyant, in their own way, as his figurative art from the preceding decade.

Tony Naponic died of congestive heart failure in New York at age 49. All of the work in this exhibit has been generously lent by a variety of collectors, many from the Kansas City region.


by Alice Thorson



 P&M Artworks presents



A Juried Exhibition


January 3 - March 1, 2014

Front Gallery   


Divine: A Juried Exhibition, is the 3rd Annual themed group exhibition of its kind presented by P&M Artworks. Artists applied to an open call and were accepted based on how the work connected to the theme of "Divine." This show features twenty-four emerging artists from the KC Metro and Lawrence areas including:  


Alicia Kelly
Alison Moyna Greene
Allison Ice
Allan Winkler
Amy Fredman
Andrew Burkitt
Andy Ozier
Anson the Ornery
Benjamin Parks
Cecilia Otero
Charlie Mylie & Lindsey Griffith
Elizabeth Howe

Jason Needham
Joe Bussell
Madeline Gallucci
Megan Mantia & Leone Anne Reeves

Rachel Forrest
Scott Lachlan Dickson
Skye Livingston
Steph Toth Kates
Sydney Pener
Teal Wilson
Thayer NG Bray
Thomas Woodward


Two special guest jurors helped accept this exceptional group; University of Kansas Professor and artist Michael Krueger, and art writer/critic Blair Schulman


Photo by: Tom Styrkowicz 

Rane Bo Nutsch Cross of Paraplui Productions unveils  


The Fishnets Experiment: Chapter 3


A multi-layered sensory art experience  

January 3 - March 1, 2014

Lower Level Gallery


The Fishnets Experiment is interactive, social, traveling art experiment infusing attendees in a performance art experience. The show will make its third stop at the Leedy-Voulkos in January and February 2014 displaying the work made from the first two Experiments, and hosting a third event completely unique from the others that will produce new images for the next event location. Featuring the work of:


Jenifer Cady, Jenifer Cady Photography

Megan Wyeth, artist

Tom Styrkowicz , 53Tom

Andrew Pritzker, Qikfinger Films


The Fishnets Experiment is comprised of many layers of sensory stimuli designed to leave strong imprints in the brain of the participant. It is a social art experiment utilizing several photographers and a filmmaker who are simultaneously on the stage they document. The guests are part audience for the performances, part fodder for the artists to document, and part characters in the loosely sketched plot for each evening's experiment. Each Experiment reflects, absorbs and feeds the essence of the community and neighborhood in which it is hosted.

What is the purpose of the Experiment? A loose framework in which professional or amateur hobbyists, work; an excuse for people to play, and be the true expression of your spirit. The art made from the Experiments also sheds light on the way collaboration happens between creative people and the ways they inspire each other.


Fiber - Glass


January 3 - February 1, 2014

Opie Gallery


Three local artists display a selection of beautiful textile
wall hangings accompanied by an assortment of art glass.

Featured Artists


Debbie Barrett-Jones

Textile Artist 



Kim Eichler-Messmer

Textile Artist 



Dierk Van Keppel

Glass Artist
















Joe Gregory
All the Same

December 6, 2013 - February 1, 2014
Back Gallery
Artist Statement

Joe Gregory Joe is a contemporary realist painter, born in Kansas City, MO, and has been painting since 1997, with his first solo show in 2000. He has shown work in Kansas City and New York. After suffering years of depression, he found his passion in painting - primarily still-life and landscape. His early years have been described as Rubenesque and figurative in nature. His early paintings were larger than life pears - purposefully arranged to mimic human form, voluptuous and sexy. 

His work has evolved from focusing on the flesh of pears and still-life objects, to the flesh of human bodies. Recent work portrays the human figure, more specifically flesh and what happens to our bodies throughout the course of life. This includes natural aging, wrinkles, scars, injury, illness, disease and surgery. This focus is in reaction to the unrealistic portrayal of the human body in media - movies, television and magazines.

Joe's work has always been narrative, whether multiple subjects, or single subjects with props - masks, toys, etc. The masks add an element of mystique and ambiguity which imitates his personal view of his work - being exposed to the world, while keeping the depths of his personality hidden beneath cover. Despite being narrative, he purposefully does not over elaborate, he likes to allow the viewer to interpret his work based on their own experiences. 

Joe's recent work is influenced by Gottfried Helnwein, Jenny Saville, Lucian Freud and Francis Bacon.