2012 Baltimore Ave I Kansas City, MO 64108 I 816.474.1919 I Thurs-Sat, 11am-5pm

First Friday Opening
July 5, 2013
Clear Skies
2012, stoneware, porcelain, wall texture, paint, foam, air filters,
22" H x 18" W x 12" D
(Partial Installation View)  

Center Pivot
2012, hand built stoneware, foam, paint, 30" H x 20" W x 18" D

Domestic Conglomerations (Detail)
2011, bisque porcelain, 84" H x 120" W
(Installation Arrangement and Dimensions May Vary)

2013, 3D CAD rendering, inkjet print on vinyl, 36" H x 60" W

Dylan J. Beck
Flyover Country
July 5 - August 31, 2013
Front Gallery



My artwork explores the interaction of built space with the natural environment and the idea that manmade landscapes express a society's material and political priorities. Within this domain, my interests range from concepts of land use and automobile-centered planning to the psychological effects of living in the "non-places" of a hypermodern world. Hypermodernity has created places that have no relation to the natural environment in which they reside. These places include airports, shopping malls, and various housing developments, among others.


Many decisions regarding spatial relationships within our built environment depend on the flow of goods and consumers from place to place. Unmanaged growth, known as sprawl, has been the cause and/or effect of problems with transportation, the environment, and the economy. At the same time, this growth has created new housing and employment opportunities. I situate my work between criticism and veneration. Likewise, there is a dichotomy in my aesthetic attraction to images of built landscapes and my feelings toward the issues they illustrate.


I use several tactics to illustrate this dialectic. My sculptures are constructed with materials that are found in the retail and domestic setting along with those used in home construction. Through the examination of the world around me, aerial photography and satellite imagery I select ubiquitous forms and imagery. I then use the same spatial relationships that are inherent in our built environment to create sculptural installations.




Born in southeastern Ohio, Dylan J. Beck attended The Ohio University in Athens where he studied ceramics and conservation biology. Upon receiving his bachelor of fine art in ceramics, he was awarded a post-baccalaureate fellowship at Illinois State University. In 2006, he moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to attend Tyler School of Art of Temple University for graduate school, earning a master of fine art in ceramics. From 2005 to the present, Beck has exhibited widely in the United States and is currently an Assistant Professor of Art and Ceramics Department Head at the Oregon College of Art and Craft in Portland, OR.




June July 2013 MG
Image List - Left to Right, Top to Bottom: Debbie Barrett-Jones,
Heinrich Toh, Laura Berman, Bill Cave, Skyler Bieberly, Joe Gregory,
Steve Joy, Scott Archie Gobber  


Preview Group Show

Featuring Artists with Upcoming Solo Exhibitions

June 7 - July 27 2013

Main Gallery   


Participating Artists

Debbie Barrett-Jones

Laura Berman

Skyler Bieberly

Bill Cave

Joe Gregory

Scott Archie Gobber

Steve Joy

Heinrich Toh


Christel Highland
We are Sorry You are Missed. Please Forgive Us. no. 2 (detail)
2013, Egg Tempera, Organic Mixed Media on Nepalse and Fiber,
approx. 74.5" x 34.5"

Christel Highland 

We are Sorry You are Dust. Please Forgive Us. no.1

2013, Egg Tempera, Organic Mixed Media on Nepalse and Fiber,

approx. 72" x 32"

Christel Highland
Becoming Free
Memorializes the individuals who died as direct and vestigial
result of military actions in taken against Japan in August 1945.

June 7 - July 27, 2013

Back Gallery


Artist Bio

Christel Highland's practice utilizes ecological techniques centered on creating community dialogue. She oftentimes consults history, poetry, literature, and music prior to conceptualizing a show or piece. Christel lives and works in Kansas City's Crossroads Arts District, and happily shares her studio and home with her two sons. 













May 2013 Opie Gallery May 2013 Opie Gallery   LEFT: Angela Burson, Twins, needlework cotton on linen, 7" x 7.25"
RIGHT: Angela Burson, Arm, needlework cotton on linen, 7" x 8.5"


The Opie Collection

Featuring Angela Burson

July 5 - July 27, 2013

Opie Gallery


Angela Burson's Bio

Angela Burson is an artist working in a variety of media including, painting, drawing and needlework. She is an alumna of the Savannah College of Art and Design where she received her B.F.A. in Painting in 1991. She was born in Kansas City and grew up in the near by town of Liberty Missouri. Angela has been a working artist since 1992 and has exhibited her work in Georgia, Florida, Missouri, New York, North Carolina, and West Virginia. She lives in Savannah, Georgia with her husband, artist Gregory Eltringham, and their two children.


Angela Burson's Statement

Color, pattern, memories and details.

My current body of work links elements of color and pattern with random images to create a vague feeling of memory and narrative within the paintings. I use a straightforward, simple composition, which is constructed featuring details of people, various objects or possessions. The subjects come from a personal collection of source material consisting of family photographs, photos and reproductions of tin toys, portrait miniatures, remnants of doilies, pillowcases, and towels from my family's closets. This personal inventory reoccurs in my paintings and needlework.

I simplify the ground into patterns or a solid color, which allows an ambiguous place for the subject to inhabit. The colors and patterns play an important role in invoking a specific mood and situate the objects in space. The colors chosen are inspired from old color photographs, vintage color schemes, and filtered through my personal aesthetic.