October First Friday


2012 Baltimore Ave.   I  Kansas City, MO 64108  I  816.474.1919   Thurs-Sat. 11 am-5 pm
October 7, 2016
6 pm 9 pm
Unspoken; an art installation by De bbie-Barrett Jones

October 7 - November 26, 2016
Front Gallery

As our devices become more immersive, we find ourselves in an echo-chamber. Our own biases are fed to us through algorithms of likes, memes, tweets, and news stories. Instead of human connection, we bath ourselves in dopamine that never feels warm enough. Rather than the depths of our humanity, we give our attention to the litany of messages that never answer our inmost questions. This "curtain" of 32,000 pieces of yarn thrusts the viewer back into the physical world. The mirage of multi-tasking is shattered. The hand-dyed color gradation asks the viewer to let in the richness of human connection, to let stillness fall before us. The viewer's search for identifiable images or shapes is the interior search for presence.


Since graduating from Kansas City Art Institute with a B.F.A. in Textiles, Debbie Barrett-Jones has exhibited her work throughout the United States. Along with weaving large-scale pieces for homes, businesses, and sanctuaries; she also creates small, intimate pieces such as scarves and shawls. With each weaving, careful consideration goes into color, composition and material. Because color is such an inspiration, Debbie uses carefully calculated hand-dyes on all her fabrics.

Barrett-Jones has her work installed throughout the Kansas City area, including such locations as; Children's Mercy Hospital in North Kansas City, Truman Medical Center, Community Christian Church and now, Lead Bank in the Crossroads. She weaves her textiles from her art studio at home and her new studio/retail space located at 633 E. 63rd, in Brookside Kansas City.


Fernando Achucarro

October 7 - October 29, 2016
Opie Gallery

Fernando Achucarro is an artist who has recapture the mystical line and the visceral aspect of painting which seem so mistreated in the modern era. He is a crude expressionism where desperate persons are shown with an extreme vulnerability, tortured by ghosts that inhabit the unconscious.

Fernando uses a magical symbolism. His tortured bodies, sharp objects and carnal devils tell a story without words. He is the executioner of the romantic ideal of beauty. Religion is a constant obsession in his work, one that oppresses life and the natural impulses of man. In Fernando's work, woman are a difficult muse to obtain and every kind of obstacle appears. Love is constantly lost in the universe of madness and desire.

Ghostly visions in Graphite, they move between heaven and hell in search of the absolute. Dark angels protect the condemned prophet who observes life in his dark kingdom of loneliness.

The testimony is honest and painful. Love cannot be bought.

KCAI Undergrads Underground

Immaculate Immersion in the City of Florence: KCAI at Studio Arts College International

October 7 - October 29, 2016
Lower Level Gallery

This exhibition is the result of a faculty led study abroad program to Florence where 12 students were guided by their instructor towards discovery of form and research in the City of Florence. Students worked in a variety of media in the designated studio in addition to using drawing and photography at on-site locations. The focus of the work was not as much on a specific media as a tradition but on a contemporary interdisciplinary approach. In addition the SACI designated studio space operating as an investigative space to experiment and synthesize the experience of being a student in Florence. In the field, we used the City of Florence as our studio and source for form and content.
Adora Bax
Hannah Brown
Jacob Buchanon
Emma Charles
Monica Dominguez
Ru Engel
Madelyn Girard
Melissa Gonzalez
Hannah Kaplan
Sebastian Thomas
Monica Turner

Eclipsed Reflections
Revisiting the Installations of Dale Eldred

Co-curated by Roberta Lord and Stephanie Leedy

September 2 - October 29, 2016
Main Gallery


This exhibition is a retrospective of Dale Eldred's installation work from 1976 to 1995. The gallery will be darkened to showcase multiple slideshows of Eldred's installations involving light, reflection, location and time. His installation work was mostly "temporary" and now exists through memory, essay, and photographic documentation. This exhibition is an opportunity not only to remember but reintroduce his work and concept to a new generation of people, artists, and students.
Dale Eldred was an internationally acclaimed sculptor renowned for large-scale sculptures that emphasized both natural and generated light. He collaborated with composers and choreographers and created installations that created sacred spaces in familiar landscapes through reflecting lights.
Eldred taught at the Kansas City Art Institute and was the chairman of the sculpture department. In 1993, Eldred was killed in a fall trying to rescue equipment and artifacts from his West Bottoms studio during the "500-year" flood that summer.
Common Threads: Anatomy of the Wound

Sonie Joi Ruffin and Arzie Umali
September 2 - October 29, 2016
Back Gallery

Recent violence in this world has wounded us. We are hurting. We are in pain. 
We need to heal. Join us in art-making to transform the hurt and the pain.

This exhibit is a community art project that includes our own original works as well as more than 50 additional works submitted by artists and individuals in the community that we invited to use art to dissect the emotional wounds caused by recent violence in the world. Each piece is unique and personal to its creator and the feelings they communicate are palpable. Grief, anger, frustration, loss, despair and even hope are felt in many of the works. Constant news of violence, especially in communities of color, in our LGBT community, and towards women, has left many of us traumatized. Even if we are not directly affected, we feel the pain. For us, making art has been comforting. It allows us to communicate feelings we cannot put into words, to transform the pain and help heal the wound. We wanted to share that with others who are wounded. The common thread in this exhibit is the RED HEART. We believed that it takes love to end the violence; and with love and art we can heal our wounds.

Sonié Joi Thompson-Ruffin is a renowned fabric artist, fabric designer, author, and lecturer. She has conducted workshops, lectures and exhibitions on African American quilting at the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, New England Quilt Museum, Holter Museum of Art, Bethesda Medical Center Rotunda, Harvard, Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral, Bates College, Lincoln University, Mulvane Museum, UMKC African American Culture House, Truman Medical Center Healing Arts Gallery and a host of quilt guilds, galleries, and museums in the United States, Europe and Africa... Her artwork is held in private, corporate, museum and gallery collections.
Sonié is a Charlotte Street Visual Arts Fellow, Art Omi Fellow, Storyteller's Inc.Fellow, Kansas Master, recipient of Arts KC Inspiration Grant, and Alliance of Artists Community Scholarship, she was a finalist for the Women to Watch National Women's Museum in Washington, D.C. 
Sonié is the curator for the American Jazz Museum located in Kansas City's historical jazz district and serves on the board of the Kansas City Artist Coalition. She is the author of Soulful Art of African American Quilts and Opening Day. Her fabric collections have appeared in McCall's, Better Homes and Garden Quilting and Quilter's Quarters magazines. Her latest artwork to date is the public art design project with Helix Architectural firm and Arts Tech which appears on the front of the Leon Mercer Jordan East Patrol and Crime Lab Campus in Kansas City, MO.

Arzie Umali has been a passionate member of the Kansas City arts community exhibiting her art, organizing arts events, and volunteering for a number of local organizations for the past 20 years. Arzie's paintings and collages reveal her command of color and texture (as well as her love of primates) and have been exhibited in galleries around Kansas City including the UMKC Gallery of Art, Mattie Rhodes Art Center, the Event Space at JavaPort, the Leedy-Voulkos Art Center, La Esquina, and the Faso Gallery of Contemporary Art. Arzie has also donated her works to a number of local charitable organizations including the ACLU, AIDS Walk KC, and the Humane Society. Arzie currently serves as the Assistant Director of the UMKC Women's Center where she founded the Her Art Project in 2010, a campus and community-wide initiative that addresses gender discrimination in the arts. Through this program she conducts research, develops programs, and lectures on the status of women in the arts.
Arzie is also a certified healing arts facilitator and she offers workshops for the UMKC community that use art as a tool for healing and transforming trauma. As a volunteer, Arzie has served a number of local organizations including ArtsKC, the Municipal Art Commission of Kansas City, Missouri, One Percent for Art, Charlotte Street Foundation, InterUrban ArtHouse, the Arts Council of Johnson County, the Carter Art Center, the NAACP, and the ACLU. Arzie currently serves as the Secretary and Board Development Chair for the Friends of Art Leadership Council at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and has been a member of the museum for over 20 years. Arzie holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Painting from the University of Kansas and a Master of Public Administration degree in Organizational Behavior from the Bloch School of Management at the University of Missouri, Kansas City. She makes her home in Kansas City, Missouri.