First Friday offers early taste of summer

It’s only April, but this month’s First Friday exhibits bring beaches, barbecue and blue skies.

First the beaches and blue skies, which can be found on new Artboards by Kansas City artists

Cory Imig Erika Lynne Hanson Missouri Bank Crossroads Branch

, 125 Southwest Blvd.

The circular format of Imig’s images of curdled clouds in a blue sky derives from the way they were made: the artist shot them with a cellphone camera attached to a set of binoculars. Divided between the two west-facing billboards, the circle of blue appears as an oculus.

Hanson’s two east-facing images are video stills of a group of objects she set up on a beach to document what happened to them over time. A block of ice melts; a plant topples from a table.

•  Down the road, at 1000 W. 25th St., you can eat, chat, read and drink coffee at “The Speakeasy,” an exhibit at

La Esquina
Sean Starowitz Andrew Erdrich

. The two describe their project — it includes a table for meals, a bar that also serves as a lecture podium, and a reading and research room — as an “evolving, experimental temporary cultural center.”

On opening night,

Eric May


•  At the

VML Wise Gallery

, you can help Hope Lodge, which provides free housing to KC cancer patients and their caregivers, at the “Shave Some Bucks” auction of artworks by more than 20 Kansas City artists. Friday’s preview party, which begins at 5:30 p.m., includes free beverages and and hors d’oeuvres. A silent auction runs from 6:30 to 7 p.m., with all of the proceeds going to Hope Lodge. Admission is free, and there are no minimum bids. The gallery is on the third floor of the 2020 Baltimore building.

•  The auction is just a few doors down from the

Leedy-Voulkos Art Center David Goodrich


Goodrich’s tempestuous figurative paintings are inspired by myth.

“Political matters and technological advances are all worthy of commentary, but too often represent temporary situations which retain little significance after a period,” he writes in his artist statement. “I maintain that the cultural mythologies of our society are still significant to us and affect our vocabulary, thoughts and philosophies.”

•  Block Artspace Project Wall

at 43rd and Main streets deals with cold political realities.

The plane it shows flying through the air is a U.S. drone. It was captured in the skies above North Waziristan in a photograph by

Noor Behram

, who has been documenting the missile campaign since 2007.

The image went up the last week of March in conjunction with the ongoing “On Watch” exhibit at the Artspace, which focuses on the role and scope of surveillance in contemporary culture.

Behram’s image offers “a rare and eerie glimpse from the other side of the controversial U.S. drone missile campaign,” says Block Artspace director Raechell Smith.

Although a majority of Americans support the use of these unmanned aircraft as part of the war on terror, many are concerned about civilian casualties, for which estimates vary.

Last summer, Behram showed graphic images of civilian casualties in an exhibit in London, organized by the human rights organization Reprieve UK, which also assisted with the Project Wall.

The Artspace connected with Behram through New York artist

Trevor Paglen La Esquina The Speakeasy

April 6-May 13


6-9 p.m. Friday, with “BBQ Migration” featuring Eric May’s E-Dogz truck


Noon-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday; noon-5 p.m. Sunday

1000 W. 25th St. (816-221-5115)

VML Wise GalleryShave Some Buck$: Group exhibition and auction in support of Hope Lodge

April 6 only


5:30-7 p.m.; silent auction 6:30-7 p.m.

2020 Baltimore (third floor) (816-665-8118)

Leedy-Voulkos Art CenterDavid Goodrich: Lucifer Rising

April 6-May 26

StoneLion Puppet Theater: Community Puppetry Art

April 6-May 26

And in the center’s (KCAI) Undergrads Underground Gallery:

Autumn Randell: Parts

April 6-28


6-9 p.m.

Continuing Leedy-Voulkos exhibits: Vanguards and Visionaries

Through April 21

Lynn Benson — Acid Wash: Playing With Consequences

Through April 27


11 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday-Saturday

2012 Baltimore Ave. (816-474-1919)

Mattie Rhodes Art Center Juan Chawuk

Through April 20

Closing reception:

6-9 p.m. Friday


10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday

919 W. 17th St. (816-221-2349)

Slap-n-Tickle GalleryIn His Place: New Photos by Sandy Woodson

April 6-15


6-11 p.m. Friday with music by Whiskey for the Lady bluegrass band, 8-10 p.m.


Noon-4 p.m. April 7, 14 and 15 and by appointment

504 E. 18th St. (816-716-5940)

Hilliard GalleryFifth Annual Human Form Show

April 6-28


6-10 p.m.


10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday

1820 McGee St. (816-561-2956)

The Late ShowMelange: Kent Davis, Emily Connell, Kwanza Humphrey, Carlyle Raine, Hannah Lodwick

April 6-28


6-10 p.m. Friday


11 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday and by appointment

1600 Cherry St. (816-474-1300)

MLB Designs Boutique, LLCLampo Leong: Wild Cursive

April 5-May 28


7-9 p.m. Friday.


10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday

2020 Baltimore Ave., Suite 105 (816-531-3133)

Blue GalleryJ ohn Folsom: How to Disappear Completely Patricia Kochaver: Planetary Influence

April 5-30


6-9 p.m. Friday


10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and by appointment

118 Southwest Blvd. (816-527-0823)

Art at the Center GalleryArt at the Center Juried Exhibition

April 6-June 3


5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday; award presentations at 6 p.m.


5:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Friday; 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday.

Tomahawk Ridge Community Center, 11902 Lowell Ave., Overland Park (913-344-8656)