All year long our staff here help the artists we support create so they can express themselves and exhibit work. In February, we're celebrating all of their hard work by giving you a taste of their own talents and expression. The IT!KC staff show will display works from all of our amazing staff in the gallery, while work from our artists will still be available for viewing/purchase upstairs!
...Only a cup, a pot, a mug will do.
Join us December 7th for I Want a Cup, a Pot, a Mug for Christmas! A special holiday sale and cup show. Come in and find your perfect mug - with a purchase you'll receive a free hot drink to sip on while you do some holiday shopping upstairs. We'll have drawings, paintings, fiber pieces, and more for sale so you can give the gift of art this year to your friends and family (or keep for yourself!).
We've also collaborated on some special ceramics with The Object Enthusiast that will be for sale!
Silly Cups is a collection of work made by Stephen Proski and Brandon A., in which both artists ask the question, “is that shaded in properly?”
Working together in a sort of tug-o-war fashion, the two artists exchange information throughout the day, like passing notes in the classroom. Intricate yet all at once humorous.
Each individual cup contains its own secret – a deeply personal, internalized language that has developed over the course of time. To keep the joke funny, the information contained within the cup must never be repeated, but instead built upon. What makes the cup silly – according to Brandon – is the fact that they aren’t shaded in properly.
All at once abstract, decorative, and representational. The cups oscillate to the beat of chaos. A rhythmic kind of turbulence, the call and response is accelerated into action. Brandon’s work is as much of a reaction to Stephen’s and vice versa. Processing each other’s data at disparate levels and flipping it on its head. Treating the cup form as merely a surface to draw upon, as well as expand, each artist invokes color and pattern in way that creates tension through playful, yet careful consideration.
For the exhibition, Brandon will show a selection of 50 or so small-scale drawings, occupying one wall of the gallery. The other wall will be devoted to a number of hand-sewn constructions made by Stephen in response to Brandon’s silly cups. Contained in the center of the gallery on pedestals, will be three-dimensional, painted ceramic cup forms made in collaboration with another artist from the community. The introduction of the three-dimensional cup form will be the leaping off point for where this body of work escalate into the future.
Join Imagine That! November 2nd in welcoming the traveling exhibition, The Road Ahead, as it makes it's 2018 midwest premiere!
Artists with developmental disabilities step into the limelight as they claim their place in the world of contemporary art during a collaborative art show. The national exhibition merges the artists and interests of Art Enables, Creative Trails, Hozhoni Foundation, Imagine That!, MOSA Museum of Special Art, N4th Gallery, Sophie's Gallery, and Suzie Cappa Art Center.
Together they celebrate the talents of persons with developmental disabilities while helping them to forge an identity as a person that is creative, original, sensitive, independent, imaginative, and as someone who can affect an emotional response in others with their art.
Featuring the artwork of 32 individual artists, The Road Ahead will touch many lives across the country as it travels for over a year from coast to coast, stopping in eight cities along the way.
Gallery hours: 10am - 3pm Mon. - Fri.
Or by appointment by calling 816.421.1481
12TH ANNUAL OUTSIDER ART INSIDE THE BELTWAY EXHIBIT
Area’s largest exhibition of outsider, folk, and self-taught art, featuring both locally and nationally selected artists.
Beginning September 8, 2018, and running through October 19, 2018, Art Enables—a studio/gallery dedicated to creating opportunities for artists with disabilities to make, market, and earn income from their original and compelling artwork—will host the 12th annual exhibit “Outsider Art Inside the Beltway” (OAIB). OAIB showcases self-taught, folk, and outsider artwork created by artists living and working throughout the U.S. Collectors, enthusiasts, and aspiring artists are invited to view the exhibit during its opening reception on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Art Enables Studio. Light refreshments and wine will be provided. The opening reception is free and open to the public.
Now in its 12th year, OAIB began as a way for D.C.-area groups working with self-taught artists to exhibit together. Six years ago, Art Enables opened the show nationally and invited over two dozen groups to participate. This year, the open call expanded to include independent self-taught artists as well as national organizations from across the U.S. Participating organizations include Pure Vision Arts (New York), Imagine That! (Missouri), Interact Center for the Visual and Performing Arts (Minnesota), Matheny Arts Access (New Jersey), as well as annual local favorites from Studio In-Sight(Bethesda), Bethesda Health and Rehab (Bethesda), Saint Elizabeth’s (D.C.), Arundel Lodge (Maryland), VisAbility Art Lab (Rockville), CREATE Arts Center (Silver Spring), and Make Studio (Baltimore), along with 7 independent self-taught artists.
OAIB has had such success that it has now grown into three gallery spaces at Art Enables, and features artists from across the nation alongside the resident artists of Art Enables. The show continues to be an excellent introduction for a community curious about outsider and folk art or looking to start their own collection with a selection of affordable art in a wide array of styles.
“Outsider Art Inside the Beltway” 2018 is curated by Art Enables Studio and Gallery Manager, Allie Frazier.
In the exhibition “Fancy Lady Boots” Imagine That would like to present the works of two of our artists, Beth Hartley and Lavon King. The works from both of these artists gravitate toward the figure in a number of different mediums.
Lavon’s paintings use muted tones, loose brush strokes, and ceremonious poses to create portraits of women that reflect both gentleness and strength. She describes the joy she gets from painting women who “look like her”, creating dark skin tones that match her own. She surrounds them with floral accessories, “fancy” hair styles and sometimes lavish settings, projecting nobility, while the nude figures themselves add to the vulnerability of the work. Lavon has been attending Imagine That! since 2015 and continues to expand her skillset in painting, especially oils.
In Beth’s smaller and more minimal works (which she calls Boots), she uses harsh angles, and
exaggerated body parts, to provide the playful side to the conventional nude. Basing her works around traditional figure study poses, her nudes are contorted into a humorous and dramatic parody. While these small ink figures don’t express the same regal mood as Lavon’s, each one is an example of her ideal figure abstracted from her reference material. The playful colors, poses, and facial expressions put off a sense of confidence and whimsy that you might not otherwise get from the traditional nude figure. Beth has been attending Imagine That! since 2012 and has since built a body of work showcasing her unique style and exhibited pieces nationally and internationally as far away as Ireland.
These works strive to create meaningful dialogue not only about inclusiveness in the arts, but also about the body - what people find to be beautiful, vulnerable, and powerful about it, regardless of the size, shape, or ability of that body - and the positivity that can come from that conversation.
B-Side Fest (Formerly Southwest by central street fest) is a community art and music event in support of Imagine That!. This summer’s event will mark our 5th year of putting on this festival! We will be showing work and performances of both our artists and local individual artists, giving them equal opportunity and shared space to present. Featured in the gallery space will be a music themed art installation with DJ performances. Our goal in hosting this event is to promote awareness of our program, the artists we support, and foster new and exciting connections to the arts community and population of Kansas City. There are so many great things happening in KC, and this is a celebration of our vibrant community!
Betty Rae's Ice Cream truck will be here as well as other food, beverages, live performances, artist tables, and more! Stay tuned to see a more detailed list of the exciting happenings we'll have going on that night!
Johnny is a story-teller at heart. Shortly after starting at the studio, John’s workbegan to encompass personal ideas and opinions, touching on his feelings about religion, geography, and politics. His work is highly influenced by his personal experience of historical events and pop culture high points from the 60’s through the 80’s. In his more current collages and fiber works, he focuses on prominent figures from his lifetime and his favorite foods. Working primarily through collage or map-making, he uses these references to make poignant and often hilarious statements about the world in which we exist.
In this solo exhibition, we will be showing collage works by John, as well as premiering his new short movie Miami Buice!
This month we're working together to make a collaborative puzzle - an exercise in play and experimentation. These pieces made individually and then brought together, are smaller pieces of a whole, and represent how all of our unique styles and techniques can create one collective piece.
Come out July 6th to see the result of these experiments, and even make your own puzzle piece to contribute!
Come join us for an afternoon filled with performances, visual art exhibits and creative activities!
We Move With You is a partnership between No Divide KC and the Kansas City Ballet School’s Adaptive Dance program.
The event celebrates children with disabilities and provides an opportunity for all kids to partake in the festivities and even participate in an adaptive dance demonstration!
Art exhibits from The Whole Person and the Imagine That! Gallery will be on display with some of the artists there to speak about their work. This event is focused on families and providing a fun and uplifting day for all people.
Come and go as you please! The event has a suggested donation of $5 and is open to all ages and ability-levels.
A signature Artspace event, the 2018 Kansas City Flatfile & Digitalfile is the 9th project in this popular biennial series. The Flatfile offers a uniquely intimate art viewing experience and a chance to discover new works by emerging and established Kansas City-based artists. Art lovers are invited to peruse flatfile cabinets filled with over 200 custommade artist portfolios holding an excitingly diverse range of flat works, and a screening station will feature time-based works included in the Digitalfile. Guest curators will be invited to curate salon walls and queues each month, creating a dynamic and ever-changing experience.
You can find information about gallery hours and appointments here