Kansas City public art administrator Porter Arneill spends the work week running the city’s public art program, but at his Waldo home he has embarked on a new adventure: raising backyard chickens with his wife, Cheryl Herzog-Arneill, and their daughter Lainey.
Kansas City artist Jonas Sebura and Alex Gartelmann from Chicago have built a ramp sculpture that is meant to be skated. The piece was made at Hufft Projects in Kansas City and will be featured in a fall exhibit at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboyan, Wis.
The Nerman Museum’s former gift shop space will be renovated into a gallery with funds from the Barton P. and Mary Davidson Cohen Charitable Trust. The new Kansas Focus Gallery, scheduled to open later this year, will present works by artists associated with the state of Kansas.
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John Balistreri’s sculptures at Belger Crane Yard Gallery resemble totem poles, with large outstretched arms and segmented bodies. Viewers familiar with his work will recognize his iconic structures, but “By and Large” diverges from past work in its primary color palette and smooth, glossy surfaces.
Kansas City textile artist Kim Eichler-Messmer started sewing as a child, but at 34, she has turned what started as a hobby into a multifaceted career. At her Kansas City Textile Studio, Eichler-Messmer leads novices and experienced artists through the intricacies of quilting and dyeing.
British artist/designer Tom Price follows where the materials lead him in “Presence & Absence,” an exhibit of new sculptures created from coal and resin. The show includes glimmering columns of fractured resin, blocky geometric forms of coal combined with metal and plastic, and fragile figures, inspired by casts of bodies buried in lava following the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in Pompeii.
Many galleries in the Crossroads are celebrating July Fourth First Friday opening receptions. The Late Show will be selling posters to benefit the National Committee to Free the Cuban Five and will also feature portrait-based works by Kansas City artist Kevin McGraw. The Leedy-Voulkos Art Center has extended the run of its five shows from last month through July 5, and the art center will be open by appointment only for the rest of the month.
Anne Lindberg’s drawing with thread and graphite on paper explores the physical and metaphysical nature of being, and Anthony Baab’s brooding marker-on-inkjet prints seem to excavate the dark, mysterious, and unfamiliar places we can be drawn to.
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art’s “Conversations – Marking 20 Years,” offers a fresh and rewarding take on the museum’s evolving permanent collection on the occasion of its 20th anniversary. The show features 29 pieces, including works by Georgia O’Keeffe, Richard Mosse, Keltie Ferris and Malcolm Morlely, organized in clusters intended to spark dialogue.
Large-scale sculptural works by Karen McCoy, Miles Neidinger and Matt Jacobs explore environmental themes in “(Re)imagine,” exhibit at the Epsten Gallery. Charred plaster worms, plastic straws, bubble wrap and mesh onion bags are just some of the materials they use to create their commentary.
The bronze inhabitants seem to be around every corner at Powell Gardens: Dan Ostermiller’s popular wildlife sculptures, gathered from across the country, have found a summertime home in ‘habitats’ at the botanical garden.
“If Da Dirt Could Talk,” a collaboration between pre-eminent Kansas City quilt-maker Nedra Bonds and Kentucky-based playwright, quilt artist, and performer Nancy Dawson, looks at heroes and history in Wyandotte County and the community of Quindaro, once a stop on the Underground Railroad. Quilts by Kansas City schoolchildren, featuring portraits of famous people from Wyandotte County, serve as backdrops for a play by Dawson.
Made in India in the 16th century and used for domestic worship, the piece from the Nelson-Atkins collection goes on public view for the first time Friday. The piece, part of the collection since 1932, has been cleaned and refurbished and will be displayed in Gallery 203 with a video and other information about what the museum’s conservators did.