Visual Arts

Crossroads ceramics gallery Cerbera celebrates the affordable & famous

Philipp Eirich has found success with his Cerbera Gallery by displaying affordable and pricey works side by side. Lili, his Hungarian Komondor, is a regular presence at the gallery, where most patrons mistake her for a wooly installment — until she snores.
Philipp Eirich has found success with his Cerbera Gallery by displaying affordable and pricey works side by side. Lili, his Hungarian Komondor, is a regular presence at the gallery, where most patrons mistake her for a wooly installment — until she snores.

From one detail to the next, Cerbera Gallery is a concept-driven establishment.

Originally intended as a pop-up gallery during the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts Conference in March, Philipp Eirich’s gallery at 2011 Baltimore Ave. in the Crossroads Arts District is now a slightly more permanent installment, though he’s taking it month by month.

He rented the space from Stephanie Leedy of Leedy-Voulkos and set out to display and sell the works of ceramicists from across the country. “It drew a lot of attention. And I have to say we had a really good concept because we’re focusing on rather affordable pieces.”

The affordable prices idea was so good that by the fourth day of the conference, he was sold out.

Just as intriguing as the notion of affordable fine art is Eirich’s salon style of displaying inexpensive pieces alongside pricey ones. He also displays well-known artists next to the unknowns.

“Enjoy a $25,000 Ruth Duckworth right next to a KCAI student,” Eirich says.

On Friday, Oct. 7, Eirich will be showing, but not selling, 18 pieces from his personal collection of Germany’s Group Zero: three artists who got together in 1957 to change the way art is made, displayed and enjoyed. Because the lithographs are mostly black-and-whites, he’ll intersperse black-and-white ceramics as a complement.

Eirich is calling the show “ 2/3 of Group Zero.” The original three were Heinz Mack, Otto Piene and Guenther Uecker; Mack’s work is not represented.

The artists who founded the movement wanted to “zero” out concepts in art until they were left with nothing but the materials, light and movement.

“Zero wanted to create works that were not informal, not spontaneous, not colorful,” Eirich explains. “They sought after a new beginning, a ‘zero hour,’ so to speak, which should be free of the past and an alternative to the informal painting movement, which was prevalent after World War II.”

The resultant work, at least in lithographic form, is stark and abstract.

“I would say that lithography was just a byproduct of what everyone in the group did because all three artists are not necessarily known for their paintings or their lithography or their drawings; they’re actually known for their sculptures,” Eirich says.

Eirich has met one of the three Zero founders, Uecker, in Dusseldorf. The artist, now 86 years old, still works 10 to 14 hours a day. He’s particularly fond of incorporating nails into his work, including images of nails in some of his lithographs.

“He’s very inviting. That was also a part of Group Zero — not to exhibit at galleries or shows but to open the artists’ studios and invite people in, literally from the street, and to have them take a look and experience their art,” Eirich says.

Sounds like Zero would endorse the concept of First Fridays.

First Friday

2011 Baltimore Ave. Open 4-9 p.m. on First Friday. Regular hours: 1-6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday or by appointment. 844-202-9303 or

18th and Vine Jazz District

What: First Friday with music, art, dancing, storytelling and more. 4-9 p.m. Oct. 7. Free.

Info: Paseo Boulevard to Woodland Avenue., 816.474.8463.

Belger Arts Center

What: “Humankind: The Sublime and the Ridiculous” by Paolo Porelli. Through Dec. 17.

Gallery hours: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. First Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, noon-4 p.m. Saturday.

Info: 2100 Walnut., 816.474.7316.

Boveri Realty Group Art Space

What: Art show benefiting Mission Project 2. 5-9 p.m. Oct. 7.

Info: 1819 Wyandotte.

Hilliard Gallery

What: “Warm Grey” by Jimmy Arroyo. Opening reception, 6-9 p.m. Oct. 7; runs through Nov. 23. Also, “Playlist No. 2” by Melissa McCracken (through Oct. 28).

Gallery hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, noon-4 p.m. Saturday.

Info: 1820 McGee., 816.561.2956.

Jones Gallery

What: “Detailed Spontaneity” by Dan Snow. First Friday show, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Oct. 7; runs through Oct. 29.

Gallery hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Thursday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday.

Info: 1717 Walnut. 816.421.2111.

KCAI Crossroads Gallery

What: “Policing Gender” by Lorenzo Triburgo. Through Oct. 21.

Gallery hours: 6-8 p.m. First Friday, noon-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday.

Info: 1819 Grand., 816.914.5394.

Kemper at the Crossroads

What: 2016 Charlotte Street Visual Artist Awards Exhibition by Shawn Bitters, Madeline Gallucci and Rodolfo Marron III. Through Jan. 7.

Gallery hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday, noon-4 p.m. Saturday.

Info: 33 W. 19th., 816.753.5784.

Lawrence Lithography Workshop

What: “Roger Shimomura: A Three Decade Survey of TLLW Prints.” First Friday, 6-9 p.m. Oct. 7; runs through Nov. 26.

Gallery hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday.

Info: 2011 Tracy., 816.471.4848.

Leedy-Voulkos Art Center

What: “Eclipsed Reflections” by Dale Eldred and “Common Threads: Anatomy of the Wound” by Sonie Joi Ruffin and Arzie Umali. Through Oct. 29.

Gallery hours: 6-9 p.m. First Friday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday-Saturday.

Info: 2012 Baltimore., 816.474.1919.

Mark McDonald Photography

What: Local author fall book festival. 5-8 p.m. Oct. 7.

Info: 517 Southwest Blvd. 816.221.6780.

Studios Inc. Exhibition Space

What: “When a Stranger Sojourns in Your Land” by Tanya Hartman. Through Oct. 14.

Gallery hours: 6-9 p.m. First Friday, 10 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, noon-4 p.m. Saturday.

Info: 1708 Campbell., 816.994.7134.

Todd Weiner Gallery

What: “My Way or the Highway” by Donnie Molls. Opening reception, 5-10 p.m. Oct. 7; runs through Nov. 26.

Gallery hours: 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday.

Info: 115 W. 18th., 816.984.8538.

Compiled by Dan Kelly,