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First Friday Opening
March 1, 2013

Ada Koch painting  Montmarte, mixed media on canvas with paper, acrylic paint, oil pastels, 48" x 60"


Opening Artist Reception

Thursday, February 28th



Ada Koch

The Piazza: Praising Architecture and a Balanced Life

March 1 - April 27, 2013

Main Gallery


Exhibition Statement - Excerpt


This exhibition demonstrates the idealized piazza by pulling famous examples of architecture from three locales where I have been charmed by the balance, pace, and sense of community - Kansas City, Paris, and of course, Italy.  Each element of my idealized square shows a well-known representation of one major aspect of civilized life pulled together for my inclusion in the perfect piazza.  A gathering place in the middle provides the social merger of the diverse elements, a focal point where ideals, issues and controversies from the four aspects can be shared. 


Artist Statement


While in art museums, I have always preferred the artist's sketch rather than the "finished work". A sketch provides the freedom and movement that shows the artist's true style.  This body of work provides numerous layers and media but maintains the freedom, fluidity, and fresh playfulness of the sketch.  Classical three dimensional sculpture and architectural monuments are especially prone to two dimensional representation in an exacting method, so the freedom of my impressions of these striking structures is meant to impart my passion in providing a quick emotional awakening where details are elaborated only fully enough to capture the full, dimensional quality of the moment.  



Artist Bio


Raised in Delaware, Koch won scholarships to the Delaware Art Museum before studying art in Washington, DC and Chicago.  Later studies with David De Rousseau of the KCAI and personal studies in Paris and Rome preceded Koch's exhibitions in US and Italian galleries.  She has been invited regularly to the Biennale Internazionale (a juried show in Florence, Italy), and was just invited to the premier of the Effetto in Merido, Mexico as part of the United Nations Dialogue Among Civilizations.  She teaches at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and Holy Name School.  A board member of the Kansas City Artists Coalition, she was founder of Open Studios in KC.  Her art is in collections both corporate and private throughout the world.


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Mike Stack Eagleman 
Eagleman #9, oil on canvas, 69" x 57"
Mike Stack 9/11  
9-11 Triptych: Assault, Descent, Ascent, oil on canvas, 80" x 207"

Opening Artist Reception

Thursday, February 28th


Michael Stack
Eagleman and 9/11 Series

March 1 - April 27, 2013

Main Gallery




Michael Stack has been making paintings, drawings, prints, and sculpture for fifty years. Stack has held eight one-man exhibitions and participated in many group exhibitions throughout the United States. His work can be found in private and public collections throughout the United States, Europe, Japan, Brunei, and Saudi Arabia. He was also included in the 1984 publication of Who's Who in American Art.




a phantasmagorical emissary

from the land of whenwhy

careening through a hedonistic

miasma of painstench

searching for morsels of pleasure

in an endless plain of carrion

entering an amnesical sea of consciousness

meeting a blue calm

renewing him

as an acolyte of relevance

soaring through mists of uncertainy

toward a new nirvana



Alessandra Dzuba Megan Gallant champions of the forgotten show
Sonora-Desert Museum  
Top to Bottom, Left to Right: 
- Michael James Riddet, "Western Yellow-Billed Cuckoo" Coccyzus americanus occidentalis, acrylic, 17" x 23"
- Richard Sloan "Western Burrowing Owls" Athene cunicularia hypugaeaacrylic, 15 "x 25"
- Alessandra Dzuba, "Wolf Eye" graphite on paper, 18" x 12"
- Megan Gallant, Small Environment Series
- Sheridan Oman, "Bobcat on Boulder" copper plate etching
- Megan Wyeth, "Liatris Punctata" photograph, 20" x 30" 


Vanishing Circles K.C.


Four spaces within the Leedy-Voulkos Art Center complex are kicking off March First Friday with a celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the Endangered Species Act. Two exhibitions are from the permanent collection of the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum; Vanishing Circles: Portraits of Disappearing Wildlife of the Sonoran Desert Region portrays threatened and endangered species through traditional painting and illustrative media. This exhibition shares the natural history of southwest Arizona, and is meant to inspire the viewer to ponder conservation issues in their own region. Vanishing Circles will be on display in the Front Gallery and also above the Leedy-Voulkos Art Center in the Beggars Table Gallery. In the Opie Gallery, a debut of historic copper plate etchings titled The Art of a Desert Recluse is a preview to a retrospective in the works by the artist Sheridan Oman. For many years Oman expressed his passion for wildlife through the obsessive study of desert animals. In the Lower Level Gallery, eight local artists share intimate expressions of how humans relate to the dwindling resources of the natural world in a show entitled Champions of the Forgotten. This contemporary drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, and written word exhibition is meant inspire the viewer to ponder the overlooked reality of the human connection to the earth and the living things who inhabit it. All exhibitions are curated by Holly Swangstu, former curator of the Leedy-Voulkos Art Center and current Director of the Art Institute at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum in Tucson, Arizona.

Vanishing Circles:
Portraits of Disappearing Wildlife of the Sonoran Desert Region
Presented by the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

March 1 - April 27, 2013

Front Gallery


The Art of a Desert Recluse

by Sheridan Oman

Presented by the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

March 1 - April 27, 2013

Opie Gallery


Champions of the Forgotten
Partnering with the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

March 1 - April 27, 2013

Lower Level Gallery


Participating Artists

Alessandra Dzuba

Jose Faus

Megan Gallant

Kristin Goering

Vince Latona

Json Myers

Troy Swangstu

Megan Wyeth















with gray middle strip


 Wondrously Amazed, 2012 Acrylic paint, pigment marker, acrylic resin on panel 36 x 74 diptych


Artist Reception and Talk

Saturday, March 9th



Cheryl Gail Toh

Linger Still

February 1 - March 30, 2013

Back Gallery




Toh a professional, mixed media artist working primarily in drawing and painting. Originally from Connecticut, she holds a Bachelor of Arts from Elms College in Massachusetts with additional training at Penland School of Craft, Penland, NC; Gage Academy and Pratt Fine Art Center in Seattle, WA. Toh regularly show throughout the U.S. and her work is found in public, corporate and private collections.




I draw inspiration from various sources - nature and organic forms converge with ideas of community, communication and connectivity. I address these concepts through a reliance on deliberate mark-making and intuitive forms, incorporating a variety of materials within my work.


Subtle gradations of graphite and pen & ink evidence the development of form while serving as markers of time in my drawings, while the sewn elements directly reference interconnectedness. My mixed-media paintings echo these qualities while creating subtle dialogues between the rich hues and drawn compositions.


Within this work, consideration is given to line and form through the use of repetition. This emphasis actuates the communal relationships hinted at by the "dialogues" within the compositions of my paintings and the "time markers" of my drawings.