Visual Arts

June’s First Friday brings affordable art

“Missouri Valley (Rain),” by Keith Jacobshagen, is part of his exhibit, “Keith Jacobshagen: Embracing the Golden Hour,”at Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art.
“Missouri Valley (Rain),” by Keith Jacobshagen, is part of his exhibit, “Keith Jacobshagen: Embracing the Golden Hour,”at Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art. Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art

Affordable art is a time-honored way to attract new collectors, and for June’s First Friday, Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art is giving the idea a whirl with a “two-day hot shop.”

Gallery assistants Maura Wright and Dean Roper invited two dozen artists to participate, and 19 agreed.

“Some are from the gallery, and others are young artists we went to school with at the Kansas City Art Institute,” Wright said. “We liked their work and thought it was a good opportunity to have it here.”

One emerging talent is Joey Watson. “He makes zig-zag ceramic straws that are functional,” Wright said. “They are multicolored and literally a zig-zag and they’re really fun.”

Lea Griggs is another young artist who will be featured in the exhibit, showing ceramic and wood jars, and necklaces of small ceramic animal heads.

Wright hopes these artists will help attract a new generation of buyers.

“We invited a lot of younger people, so I think that will encourage people who know them to come,” she said. “We asked the artists to create or provide small works and to keep prices under $250. It’s a price point that’s accessible to a younger generation and people who don’t always buy art.”

Established artists in the hot shop include ceramicist Paul Donnelly, who will show cups, mugs, plates and serving dishes, and Rain Harris, who made small ceramic and resin wall sculptures for the event.

“Tom Huck provided some of his bug prints from his series of 8-by-8 prints of bug creatures,” Wright said. “We have some small paintings by Anne Pearce that she recently completed on Orcas Island off Seattle. We also have Jesse Small shot glasses and small ceramic versions of his ghosts.”

Gallery artists Misty Gamble and Caleb Taylor will also have works on view.

In addition to ceramics, prints, paintings and jewelry, the exhibit will feature fiber works. Prices range from $17 to $250, and the event will run 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday.

“It’s a new event for us,” Wright said, “but if it’s successful, we’re going to continue doing it a few times a year.”

Kansas City Flatfile at Block Artspace

Art buyers looking for affordable work will also want to check out the biennial “Kansas City Flatfile” exhibition at H&R Block Artspace, where visitors can don white gloves to explore drawers full of drawings, paintings, prints and photographs by more than 150 area artists.

Missouri Bank Artboards

Peregrine Honig’s name is on the hot-shop list at Sherry Leedy, but that’s not the only project the well-known Kansas City artist has going Friday night.

Look for Honig’s “Analogue Tendril” images of deaf twin saints, delivered in her inimitable drawing style, on the east-facing Artboards above the Missouri Bank Crossroads Branch.

The blond-haired, blue-eyed twins with flowery collars are based on a silkscreen print that Honig began in KC and completed during a Proyecto Ace artist residency in Buenos Aires. Positioned at the far ends of the two billboards, the twins are linked by a tarnished gold line, or cord, that travels from the ear of one to the other.

The cord “mirrors the dirty and oxidizing metallic patinas you see all over Argentina in depictions of their public saints and in the decorative arts,” Honig said in a statement. “There is a sense of lost wealth and damaged capital that is particular to Argentina and applicable to America.”

The west-facing artboards feature “Angelmaids of Mer-County.” It’s a team effort by Megan Mantia and Leone Reeves, who donned mermaid costumes they designed themselves — the bodice is patterned after the KC fountain symbol — for the 2013 Mermaid Parade at Coney Island in Brooklyn.

The two attended the event as part of their “Year of Dreams” project, in which they document themselves attending famous mass gatherings around the world.

Read what they think about Mardi Gras and Burning Man in their online journal:

Alpha Gallery

“Maria S. Martin: New Works on Canvas”

When: Friday (reception 6-9 p.m.) through June 29

Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday

Where: 2014 Main St.

Info: 816-421-3336

Beggars Table Church & Gallery

“Gabriela Perez: Amor Medicinae Artis Amor”

When: Friday (reception 6-9 p.m.) through July 30

Hours: By appointment

Where: 2010 Baltimore Ave.

Info: 913-558-9039

H&R Block Artspace at the Kansas City Art Institute

“Kansas City Flatfile Exhibition” and “Digitalfile”

When: Friday (reception 6-8 p.m.) through Sept. 27

Hours: Noon-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday

Where: 16 E. 43rd St.

Info: 816-561-5563

City Ice Arts

Jeran Avery: Drawing on Form”

When: Friday (reception 6-9 p.m.) through June 28

Hours: Noon-5 p.m. Friday and Saturday and by appointment

Where: 2015 Campbell St.

Info: 816-820-4105

The Gallery at Christ Community

“Barbara Kenyon: Patient Pursuit”

When: Friday (reception 5:30-9 p.m) through June 30

Hours: By appointment

Where 1708 Baltimore Ave.

Info: 816-523-2425, ext. 2401.

Garcia Squared Contemporary

“Juan Chawuk: Un Ser Universal Maya”

When: Friday (reception 6-10 p.m.) through July 26

Hours: Noon-3 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and by appointment

Where: 115 W. 18th St., second floor

Info: 816-916-4266

Hilliard Gallery

“The X-Toys: Toys From Another World”

When: Friday (reception 6-10 p.m.) through July 27

Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, noon-4 p.m. Saturday and by appointment

Where: 1820 McGee St.

Info: 816-561-2956

Kemper at the Crossroads

“The Center Is a Moving Target”

When: Friday (open for First Friday 5-10 p.m.) through Aug. 1

Hours: 5-10 p.m. Friday; noon-5 p.m. Saturday

Where: 33 W. 19th St.

Info: 816-753-5784

The Late Show

“Songs of our Ancestors: Chris Miroyan and Corey McGhee”

When: Friday (reception 6-10 p.m.) through June 27

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

Where: 1600 Cherry St.

Info: 816-474-1300

Leedy-Voulkos Art Center

“Dialoghi dell’Arte” 2014-15 International Tour

“Skin and Bones: Marcy Lally & Apryl McAnerney”

“Dominator: New Work by Skyler Bieberly”

“Travis Porter: Syncretized Patterns”

When: Friday (reception 6-9 p.m.) through June 28

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

Where: 2012 Baltimore Ave.

Info: 816-474-1919

Locust Factory KC

“Digital Photography by Kristy McKnight”

“Paintings by Abby Howe and Ruthie Becker”

“Mixed Media by Gina McLain“

When: Friday (6-9 p.m.) and June 7 (noon-4 p.m.)

Where: 504 E. 18th St. (east end of the building)

Info: 816-716-5940

Main Street Gallery

“Subject to Change Without Notice: New Works on Paper by M. Scott Torri”

When: Friday (reception 6-9 p.m.) through June 28

Hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Sunday

Where: 1610 Main St. (upstairs at Anton’s Tap Room & Restaurant)

Info: 816-210-6534

Mattie Rhodes Art Gallery

“The Beauty and the Beast”

When: Friday (reception 6-10 p.m.) through July 18

Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; noon-6 p.m. Saturday

Where: 915 W. 17th St.

Info: 816-581-5631

Mid-America Arts Alliance


When: Friday (reception 6-8 p.m.) through June 27; papermaking with Combat Paper Project 2:30-4:30 p.m. Saturday. Free and open to the public.

Hours: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday and Friday through June

Where: 2018 Baltimore Ave.

Info: 816-421-1388

Mod Gallery

“Group Show: Chris Frye, Jon Munden and JT Daniels”

When: Friday (reception 5-10 p.m. with live music by Patrick Woolam) through June 27

Hours: 1-5 p.m. June 8; 5-8 p.m. June 27 and by appointment

Where: 1809 McGee St.

Info: 913-530-2897

Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art

“Keith Jacobshagen: Embracing the Golden Hour” and “Judy Onofrio: Full Circle”

When: Friday (7-9 p.m.) through July 26

Hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and by appointment

Where: 2004 Baltimore Ave.

Info: 816-221-2626

Todd Weiner Gallery

“Inner & Outer Limits by Michael and Ian Young”

When: Friday (reception 5-10 p.m.) through July 26

Hours: 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and by appointment

Where: 115 W. 18th St.

Info: 816-984-8538

Vine Street Studio

“Luke Rocha”

When: Friday (reception 5-8 p.m.) through June 27

Hours: 3-5 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday; 4-6 p.m. Friday

Where: 2033 Vine St.

Info: 816-645-1052