It’s a busy weekend in the visual arts, beginning with a series of artist talks Thursday at the Downtown Council, 1000 Walnut St., Suite 200. A dozen artists and artist groups who participated in Art in the Loop’s 2014 Downtown Street Art/Placemaking Pilot Project are to gather there at 5 p.m. for a reception and will speak about their work from 6 to 7 p.m.
The project, mounted by Art in the Loop in collaboration with the Downtown Council, Downtown Community Improvement District and local businesses, sought to enliven and add an element of surprise to the downtown experience through 2-D installations and performance works.
Artists included Mark Allen, Phil Shafer, Madeline Gallucci, Laura Isaac, Rachelle Gardner and Robert Bustamente, Mnemosyne Quartet, Charlie Mylie & Lindsey Griffith, J. Ashley Miller & Quadrigarum, Jose Faus & Emily Evans Sloan, Sean Starowitz, Caitlin Horsman, Mara Gibson and Mark Lowry.
Thursday night also brings a new show at the UMKC Gallery of Art. “Acadia Bound,” an exhibit of works by Colby Jennings, assistant professor of digital art and computer animation at Missouri State University in Springfield, opens with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m.
On Friday, don’t miss “I Will Always Love You,” an exhibit of photographs, videos and photographic gifs by Jaimie Warren, opening with a reception (including a short performance by Warren), from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Studios Inc., 1708 Campbell St.
If you haven’t taken a selfie yet at Peregrine Honig’s “Unicorn” exhibit at Haw Contemporary, 1600 Liberty St., you can shoot yourself and meet the artist Saturday, when Honig will give a talk about her work at 1 p.m. For more information, call 816-842-5877 or go to HawContemporary.com.
Opening Sunday with a reception from 1 to 4 p.m at the Epsten Gallery is a group show, “Phenomena: The Material Image,” featuring works by Timothy Amundson, Jon Scott Anderson, Dan Frueh, Michael Pointer, Paul Anthony Smith, Kati Toivanen, Raïssa Venables and Mary Wessel.
The artists will speak from 2 to 3 p.m. during the reception. The gallery is in Village Shalom, 5500 W. 123rd St. (at Nall Avenue), Overland Park. For more information, call 913-266-8414 or go to EpstenGallery.org.