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

First Friday Opening
September 5, 2014

Photo � Joel Sartore, Gentoo Penguins, from the Omaha Zoo, 24" x 30" 

Why We Travel

 Presented by

Carol Barlau
Dick Flanigan
Shari Hartbauer
Brud Jones
Lon McCroskey
Jeffrey Piehler
Rick Solberg
Patti Trabon
John Valentine
Dale Wassergord
Mary Winter

September 5 - September 27 , 2014

Front Gallery


"One's destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things."
 - Henry Miller


With the inspiration of Henry Miller's profound words, the photographers in Redpoint Collective capture images from around the world as well as their own backyards.

Redpoint Collective and National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore open photo exhibit, Why We Travel.

This is the second exhibit for Redpoint Collective, an event which is used to raise funds for charity. All proceeds from this exhibition will go to The Photo Ark.

Redpoint Collective is a select group of individuals who love photography, travel and exploring the world with their cameras.

Redpoint Collective was founded in 2011 by local photographers Shari Hartbauer and Brud Jones. Learn more at redpointcollective.com

The plain truth is when we save species, we're actually saving ourselves. 

For many of Earth's creatures, time is running out. Half of the world's plant and animal species will soon be threatened with extinction. The Photo Ark is a collection of photographs that documents the worlds species that we have a chance of losing.  It is a visual connection between the animals and people who can help protect them. By isolating animals on black and white backgrounds, we can look them directly in the eye and quickly see that these creatures contain beauty, grace and intelligence. Perhaps some even hold the key to our very salvation. Learn more at photoark.com












Sarah Hinckley 
Laura Berman

Structure, Story & Flow

In Collaboration with

Curated by Heather Lustfeldt

Featured Artists
Laura Berman
Sarah Hinckley
Benjamin Pierce
Jessie Van der Laan
Amanda Verbeck
Ken Wood

September 5 - November 1, 2014
Opie Gallery

Printer's Statement

Pele Prints is a collaborative fine art printmaking studio dedicated to creating limited edition prints and original works of art. At Pele Prints, we take a non-traditional approach to each project and encourage experimentation. Here artists are free to explore their ideas in the studio, using multiple print processes as a jumping-off point. While the print medium is the primary focus, finished pieces may also include three-dimensional components, collage, handwork, and/or various other elements. The goal is to create a unique body of work that displays the curiosity, learning, and constant discovery exemplified in the collaborative process at its best.

In addition to being an artist, Amanda Verbeck is the collaborative printer and publisher at Pele Prints. She is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis and has 14 years of experience as a printmaker. After working with several presses in the St. Louis area, Amanda started Pele Prints in 2006.

Exhibition Statement

Featuring a selection of new and recent work created at Pele Prints by a range of artists, these exhibitions will explore related themes of design, structure and narrative inspired by organic forms, nature and humanity.

Structure, Story & Flow presents imagery inspired by nature, form, and human fantasy. Opulent, large-scale prints invoking waves, wings, landscapes and atmosphere juxtapose intimate, textural works reminiscent of cell struc-tures and light. These formal, more abstract adventures of color and gesture complement fantastical narratives merging aspects of human, animal and architecture within psychologically charged vignettes.

This exhibition is curated by Heather Lustfeldt, a curator, writer, educator and collection consultant in Kansas City. Heather is currently Curator at Epsten Gallery Foundation in Overland Park, KS.












Kim Eichler-Messmer
hand dyed quilt
65" x 35"
Kristin Goering
acrylic on panel
48" x 52"


Echoes of Earth & Sky 

Kim Eichler-Messmer


Kristin Goering


August 1 - September 27, 2014

Main Gallery

Kim Eichler-Messmer

My quilt-based work is entirely hand dyed and explores color transition and gradation as inspired by the landscape. In particular, I am interested in capturing and abstracting certain qualities of light that occur at sunrise, dusk, sunset, and during different weather events in the Midwest. My primary aim is to visually abstract the landscape while also bringing it into sharper emotional focus. Diligent photographic documentation of the sky forms the starting point for decisions about composition and color, which are then shaped by memory, mood, and personal associations with the places I am representing.

Kristin Goering

Kristin Goering's paintings emphasize layers of rich color and texture.

She finds interest in the wild and under-populated areas of the Midwest and hopes to build awareness of these vanishing landscapes by presenting them from a novel perspective. Through the use of stylized brushstrokes and an intensified palette she strives to move beyond typical represen-tationalism and extend the viewer's concept of what is natural.
















A Print Installation by

Mark Farris


August 1 - September 27, 2014

Back Gallery



Mark Farris was born and raised in North Carolina, where he received his MFA in 2012 from the University of North Carolina Greensboro. In 2006 Mark received a certificate in Printmaking from the Academy of Fine Arts in Wroclaw, Poland. He is currently the Assistant Professor of Printmaking at the University of Central Missouri. His work has been exhibited at numerous venues in North Carolina and the Kesting/Ray Gallery in Brooklyn, New York. This is his first solo exhibition in the Midwest.


The prints that comprise this installation reflect an amalgam of personal interests ranging from museum dioramas, Avant - Garde set design and DaDa to works of science fiction with dystopian or post apocalyptic themes to German Naturalist illustrations from the 18th - 19th century. The scope of influence these illustrations in particular have had on my work is evidenced in the overall aesthetic of the prints themselves.

Through appropriation and restructuring, I am utilizing the visual language of scientific illustration to create new "hybrid" forms that exist as a visual documentation of physical specimens. The origin of these specimens is that of a possible future, a fictitious alternate reality much like one that might be found in a work of science fiction.

From this vantage point, the prints or "specimens" are to be seen as the perverse byproduct of a world in which science and technology has gone awry, resulting in the creation of artificially engineered organisms that defy classification, possessing attributes from almost every phylum and thus greatly upsetting the ecology of our planet.

The basis for this satirical envisioning of the future stems from a deeply personal reverence for the natural world, in all of its beauty and mystery. I understand, yet will never fully comprehend the delicate inter-workings of nature, how unbelievably interconnected everything is. This understanding has manifested itself in my work, through the creation of images that can be interpreted as cautionary figures, grotesque caricatures occupying some possible future.