September First Friday gallery guide: 16 shows in the Crossroads and beyond
Sherry Leedy Gallery and Cerbera Gallery
Two galleries have collaborated to present the works of a renowned French photographer in Kansas City for the first time. Nicolas Dhervillers’ work is often reminiscent of Nicolas Poussin and Gustave Courbet, 19th century French realists. A press release explains his process: “His landscape photography is subjected to a digital process adapted from the cinematic ‘day for night’ technique, lending an eerie look to pictures taken in broad daylight.”
Dhervillers’ “Rétrospective Works” transport viewers into fictional spaces outside of time. The large pieces will show at Sherry Leedy, the smaller ones at Cerbera through Oct. 21. Opening reception at Sherry Leedy, 2004 Baltimore, on Sept. 1, 7-9 p.m.; regular hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Cerbera, 2011 Baltimore, is open from 1 to 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday or by appointment.
KCAI Crossroads Gallery
Kansas City Art Institute presents “Red Dirt Rug” by Rena Detrixhe and “Works on Paper” by Dale Eldred. Detrixhe strives to invoke stories that are inherent to the soil of Oklahoma. She works to understand the beauty and sorrow of the Oklahoma land by “refining and sifting of the soil and the imprinting of pattern.” Eldred taught sculpture at KCAI from 1959 until his death in 1993. He crafted ideas for vast on-site conceptual landscape installations — this exhibition will highlight the most dramatic. Some of his visions were realized, some were not. Regular hours for the gallery, 1819 Grand, are Tuesday through Friday from 12-5 p.m.; First Friday 6 to 8 p.m.
Weinberger Fine Art
Laura Berman’s new body of work “Setting Space,” is on display at Weinberger Fine Art. A masterful colorist, Berman’s works to “describe the dynamics of time and distance. Forms grow together, settling into each other and creating new worlds,” according to the gallery. Her use of layers defies the tradition of what constitutes a landscape. Show runs through Oct. 28. Opening reception is August 31 from 5 to 8 p.m.; artist talk begins at 6:30 p.m. Regular hours at Weinberger Fine Art, 114 Southwest Blvd., are Tuesday through Friday, 10 to 6 p.m. and Sat. from noon to 5 p.m.
Helix Architecture & Design
The photography of Megan Peters will appear for one night only. Her work showcases Bê Sînor-Sinatex Cultural Center, an informal school at a refugee camp for Kurdish Syrians in Greece. The camp is assisting 300 Kurdish Syrians fleeing he civil war in Syria. According to Peters’ artist statement, photographs from her 2016 trip have been used in academic research to showcase the reality of education opportunities for refugee children. Proceeds from the show will be split between the Bê Sînor-Sinatex Cultural Center and KC for Refugees, a local group that works with refugees who have been settled here in Kansas City. The First Friday showing is from 6 to 8:30 at Helix, 1629 Walnut.
Flying Pig Local Mercantile
Eudora-based graphic designer, painter, and illustrator Laura Reaka is showing her latest paintings. The artist, who goes by “Lulu,” has worked in graphic design for 25 years, and began showing fine art seven years ago as a creative outlet. In her artist statement, she says her hope is to brighten her viewers’ days and bring smiles to their faces with her whimsical characters. First Friday hours at Flying Pig, 1919 Wyandotte, are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Regular hours are Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
18th and Vine Jazz District
What: First Friday with music, art, dancing, storytelling and more. 4-9 p.m. Sept. 1. Free.
Info: Paseo Boulevard to Woodland Avenue. americanjazzmuseum.org, 816-474-8463
Beggars Table Church and Gallery
What: “A Study of Sky and Structure” by Adam Crowley. First Friday opening, 6-9 p.m. Sept. 1.
Info: 2010 Baltimore. beggarstable.com
Belger Arts Center
What: “Shalene Valenzuela: Weights and Measures.” Opening reception, 6-9 p.m. Sept. 1. Also, Jasper Johns (through Sept. 2).
Gallery hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, noon-4 p.m. Saturday.
Info: 2100 Walnut. belgerarts.org, 816-474-3250
Belger Crane Yard Studios
What: “White Gold: Montana Dreams” by Robert Harrison and “Clay, Lines and Fire” by Russell Ferguson and Shane Lutzk. Opening reception, 6-9 p.m. Sept. 1.
Gallery hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday.
Info: 2011 Tracy. belgerarts.org, 816-474-3250
What: Melissa McCracken, John Ferry and Amy Abshier. Runs Aug. 31-Oct. 2.
Gallery hours: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. First Friday, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday.
Info: 118 Southwest Blvd. bluegalleryonline.com, 816-527-0823
What: “A Life’s Journey”: A Retrospective of David Gross. Opening reception, 6-10 p.m. Sept. 1; runs through Nov. 27. Also, “She & Her” by Teresa Magel (through Sept. 29).
Gallery hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, noon-4 p.m. Saturday.
Info: 1820 McGee. hilliardgallery.com, 816-561-2956
What: “Dreamlike Reality” by Yeqiang Wang. First Friday show 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Sept. 1; runs through Sept. 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: “Red Dirt Rug” by Rena Detrixhe and “Works on Paper” by Dale Eldred. Run Sept. 1-Oct. 28.
Gallery hours: 6-8 p.m. First Friday, noon-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday.
Info: 1819 Grand. kcai.edu/crossroads-gallery, 816-914-5394
Leedy-Voulkos Art Center
What: “Portal” by Emily Nickel. Through Sept. 30.
Gallery hours: 6-9 p.m. First Friday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday-Saturday.
Info: 2012 Baltimore. leedy-voulkos.com, 816-474-1919
Mid-America Arts Alliance
What: Chiyoko Myose. Opening reception, 6-8 p.m. Sept. 1; runs through Sept. 21.
Info: 2018 Baltimore. maaa.org
Reactor Design Studio
What: “Coming Home” by Megh Knappenberger. First Friday, 5-9 p.m. Sept. 1.
Info: 1817 Grand. reactorkc.com/events, 816-841-3682
Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art
What: “Unearth” by Judy Onofrio, “Cast Metal Scuplture” by Wayne E. Potratz and “Retrospective Works” by Nicholas Dhervillers. Opening reception, 7-9 p.m. Sept. 1; runs through Oct. 21.
Gallery hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday.
Info: 2004 Baltimore. sherryleedy.com, 816-221-2626
Todd Weiner Gallery
What: “Left Behind” by Nicolas Gadbois. Opening reception, 5-9 p.m. Sept. 1; runs through Sept. 30.
Gallery hours: 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday.
Info: 115 W. 18th. toddweinergallery.com, 816-984-8538