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Sneak Peek: Second Fridays In Kansas City

courtesy: Belger Arts Center

So — maybe First Fridays in the Crossroads Arts District is a little too crowded for you. How about Second Fridays?

Some Kansas City metropolitan area galleries have started opening their doors on the second Fridays of the month to host new exhibitions or simply provide a less elbow-to-elbow opportunity to view the artwork.

Here's what's on tap:

Belger Arts Center: Word Play: Selections from the Collection and 2014 Resident Artist Exhibition,  July 11 to Oct. 4, opening reception 6 - 9 p.m.

The Word Play exhibition spans 1960s to the present, including prints by famed painter and graphic artist Robert Rauschenberg. Other artists include Terry Allen, Betty Grable, Luis Jimenez, ClaesOldenburg, Renee Stout, William T. Wiley and others. Resident artists at the Belger Crane Yard Studios also have works on display, from sculptures to architectural objects.

Belger Arts Center, 2100 Walnut St., Kansas City, Mo. 816-474-3250.

Credit courtesy of the artist
courtesy of the artist
Genevieve Flynn, 'Octopus Vessel #1'

Kansas City Artists Coalition: 2014 River Market Regional Exhibition, July 11 to Aug. 22, opening reception from 5 - 8 p.m.

The annual juried competition is open to artists in the Midwest — in all media. This year's juror, Antonia Boström, director of curatorial affairs at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, selected 35 artists. Four of them received cash prizes. Kansas City silversmith Genevieve Flynn garnered the top award of $1,000.

Kansas City Artists Coalition, 201 Wyandotte St., Kansas City, Mo. 816-421-5222.

Credit courtesy: Sherry Leedy Contemporary
courtesy: Sherry Leedy Contemporary
Keith Jacobshagen, Cut Brush Fires (Salt Valley).

Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art: Keith Jacobshagen: Embracing the Golden Hour and Judy Onofrio: Full Circle, through July 26, reception from 7-9 pm.

Painter Keith Jacobshagen, a native of Wichita, Kan., explores "the golden hour" in his new series, capturing the moments of soft daylight or shadows in the early morning or late evening. For years, Judy Onofrio has incorporated animals bones into her work. Her latest sculptures are constructed entirely of oil painted bone.

Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art, 2004 Baltimore Ave., Kansas City, Mo. 816-221-2626.

Kansas City is known for its style of jazz, influenced by the blues, as the home of Walt Disney’s first animation studio and the headquarters of Hallmark Cards. As one of KCUR’s arts reporters, I want people here to know a wide range of arts and culture stories from across the metropolitan area. I take listeners behind the scenes and introduce them to emerging artists and organizations, as well as keep up with established institutions. Send me an email at lauras@kcur.org or follow me on Twitter @lauraspencer.
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