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First Friday Opening

January 2, 2015

6pm - 9pm

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Garage, acrylic on printed fabric, 42" x 40"
Porch, acrylic on canvas, 12" x 14"

 

Travis Pratt

The Joplin Paintings Part 2

Sound in Collaboration with Chris McFall

 

January 2 - January 31, 2015

Main Gallery


 

 

STATEMENT

The Joplin Paintings Part 2, is a group of works referencing photos I took while in Joplin Missouri after the 2011 Tornado that devastated a large swath of the town including much of my family's property. These paintings are about those pictures becoming memory. Using mostly shades of grey I've softened the edges and pared the information to an essential structure while honing an emotional accuracy. I've relieved the burden of specificity from the image generating a subtle but immediate impact. Stripped as they are of any resolution or clarity, the sense of loss is pervasive.

           

The aim of the first collection of Joplin Paintings which showed at Leedy-Voulkos Art Center in October 2014 was to paint the experience back into the pictures through diverse mark making and vivid color in complicated arrangements. I wanted to pin down the strangeness of the whole situation as well as the visual shock and dynamism of so many wrecked homes and businesses. Such particularities in paint can only be generalized in the mind while overt reductions such as the paintings in Part 2 can be swallowed whole and remembered quickly.

 

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David Goodrich

Remembered

January 2 - January 31, 2015

Front Gallery

 

A solo exhibition of Goodrich's paintings were on display in the spring of 2012 at the Leedy-Voulkos Art Center. He traded a few paintings with Jim Leedy during this time and was a good friend and patron of the art center. Shortly following his unfortunate and untimely passing in July of 2014, the Leedy-Voulkos Art Center hosted a memorial service for his close friends and family, but now has the honor of presenting one more solo exhibition to commemorate and appreciate his natural artistic talent that lives on through his artwork.

 

 

Works from the Estate of David Goodrich:

The Artist and His Collection

 

Hosted by Dirk Soulis Auctions

 

www.dirksoulisauctions.com

Online bidding only. No live auction to attend.

 

Timed auction open for online bidding:

December 23, 2014 - January 12, 2015

 

Artwork Preview and Inspection:

Monday, January 12th from 2pm-6pm

at the Leedy-Voulkos Art Center

 

 

 

 

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QUOTES FROM UNDERGROUND

Justin Baldwin

 

January 2 - February 28, 2015

Opie Gallery

 

I believe in the experiential alchemy of art by which one can transform life’s lead into fool’s gold.

Values, belief systems, identity, socioeconomics, multiculturalism, and the mythology of modern life all inform my art.

I hope that what I make can return the kindness of people giving it their time by giving them something to make their own.

- Justin Baldwin

 

 

In Quotes From Underground Justin's attempt at "experiential alchemy" include images, objects, and words used to explore values, belief systems, socioeconomics, multiculturalism, and the mythology of modern life. 

 

Underlying issues of science vs. spirituality, money vs. religion, business vs. war, as well as the artist's own experiences of "art and life in transit" all inform the work.

 

Justin Baldwin's drawings, paintings, and sculptures mix visual vernacular borrowed from various sources, re-contextualizing icons and ideas originating in the ancient as well as the everyday to create implied narratives that speak in terms more poetic than linear, transforming more than telling, and asking more than answering.

 

 

www.justinbaldwin.net

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KC: America's Creative Crossroads

A National Lifestyle Campaign by the

Kansas City Area Development Council

 

Featuring Portrait Photography by Cameron Gee

 

December 5, 2014 -  January 31, 2015

 

The Kansas City region has a legacy of artistic and entrepreneurial innovation spanningmore than 125 years. Much like the transformation Seattle went through in the 1990'sand Austin in the 2000's, Kansas City is becoming a formidable lifestyle and careerdestination. Today, KC has one of America's most   inventive and creative cultures.

 

America's Creative Crossroads, highlights the Kansas City area as an intersection of artistry and technology. It is designed to elevate the KC region in the minds of potential residents, visitors, artists, talented professionals and businesses...while increasing awareness and participation in the unique arts and cultural assets throughout the greater Kansas City region.

 

This compelling new narrative for KC is told through the bold images, words and lives of some of our most inventive prolific and influential personalities - reflecting the passion and energy of our region's creative spirit.


 

LINKS

Photographer: Cameron Gee

KC Creative Crossroad

Kansas City Area Development Council

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 
 

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