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.
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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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
"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."