October First Friday


2012 Baltimore Ave.   I  Kansas City, MO 64108  I  816.474.1919   Thurs-Sat. 11 am-5 pm
First Friday Opening
October 2, 2015
6pm - 9 pm
Left: Argus, 2012_2015, oil on linen, 84" x 80"
Top: Crucifixion, 2014-015, oil on linen, 62" x 54"
Bottom: Skeletons with Watermelons (detail), 2013-15, oil on linen, 86" x 82" 
Jessie Fisher
Recent Allegories and Nudes

October 2 - November 28, 2015
Main Gallery

This exhibition marks the completion of a cycle of recent paintings and sculpture, ranging from intimate portraits and nudes to large-scale allegorical scenes. Moving between observation and construction, the images are tied together by a linear sensibility that creates the armature for a muted and permeable surface. Portraits, both pictorial and sculptural, provide models for the construction of mythological scenes, tied together through a scattering of objects which move fluidly through the studio to the forest.

Jessie Fisher is an associate professor in Painting at the Kansas City Art Institute and a visiting critic at the International Center for the Arts in Montecastello di Vibio, Italy. Fisher lives in Kansas City with the painter Scott Seebart and their son Valentine.

Loose Park, 2012, oil on linen mounted on panel, 16" x 18"
Onions with Red Obi, 2013, oil on linen mounted on panel, 16" x 20"
Scott Seebart
Paintings: 2005-2015
October 2 - November 28, 2015
Front  Gallery

I paint from observation, the things of the world and the spaces they inhabit form the vocabulary from which I construct a visual narrative.  Painting from life takes the temporal, fleeting objects of the world and attempts to make them whole, permanent and timeless.


Studio Morning, 2015, oil on linen,  29" x 38"
Richard Mattsson
Recent Figure Paintings
October 2 - December 19, 2015
Back Gallery

Typically, my work is inspired by the subject/event that I encounter or discover in my immediate environment, studio, home, and neighborhood. While I paint and draw from a variety of source stimuli, landscape situations are preferable as a starting point. They are somewhat overwhelming in their elusiveness.
When one works on site from landscape, the subject of study is constantly in flux. I paint/draw what I see in so far as that includes the sum of looking outward and inward. The process inevitably requires that I take a decisive position with respect to my choice of formal direction and personal expression. I rarely execute work directly or quickly in spite of my intentions. If I am not satisfied, I continue editing and changing the form until I feel I can go no further.  
Each subject/event situation is different. The situation informs me. I try to be led by it. The process of painting is meditative and experiential in nature. It's more about discovery than demonstration. Ultimately, the works are fictional and their resolution is intuitive.

KCAI: Undergrads Underground
Dreaming in Magyar:
Study Abroad in Hungary
October 2 - October 31, 2015

Featured Artists
Maggie Demeulmeester
Leah Nelson
Melanie Johnson
Angelina Yang
Donut Goshorn
Erika Hiebert
Six students from the KCAI Ceramics department joined George Timock on his final study abroad trip to Kesckem├ęt, Hungary. Informed by a class in architectural drawing and research into Hungary's manufactories, the students used slip casting and hand building techniques to experiment with the qualities of one of the most delicate ceramic materials: porcelain.
Self in Red Shirt, 2000, watercolor on paper, 12" x 14"
  Me, Myself and I:
Self-Portraits by Janice Atkins

September 4 - October 31, 2015
  Opie Gallery

Janice Atkins paints pictures of herself.  Reflected in a mirror.  In a TV.  In a coffee pot.  In a spoon.  She uses her self to make wry comments about us.  Don't we all want and need to diet, battling those Snickers and Pringles.  She questions society for its narrow views on the likes of religion. And its desire to always buy new and expensive everything--everything but art.
Janice is a Kansas City resident, a UMKC art grad and member of the Kansas City Artists Coalition where her watercolors are featured in exhibitions and auctions.
Janice paints pictures of herself because she is, well, always available.  She fills every space around her with pattern and decoration. No "less" here, only more "more." 
      - Don Lambert