March’s First Friday adds an art fair to the evening’s gallery rounds.
Artist April McAnerny, co-director of the Main Street gallery and founder of the Slap-n-Tickle gallery in the East Crossroads, is turning the west end of the gallery’s building at 504 E. 18th St. into a monthly showcase for artists and entrepreneurs.
The new Locust Factory First Friday Art Fair will fill the 3,000-square-foot space formerly occupied by the Locust Factory gallery and studio spaces.
From 6 to 9 p.m. on First Friday and noon to 4 p.m. on first Saturdays, you can view a selection of works and wares by ceramicists, photographers, floral designers and other artists and vendors.
Recently McAnerny held a benefit auction in the space to help with a child’s medical expenses.
“I put the word out to people in the auction and spread the word through Facebook,” she said. “The artists have to go through a submission process to be accepted. I want high-quality work.”
Art fair participants pay $50 for 6 feet of table or wall space for those two days, McAnerny said. “We don’t take commission. It’s all artist run.”
The first fair will feature Hitched Wedding & Events, which will have a table displaying floral arrangements and information about their business. The Kansas City Academy also will have a table and wall space with student work, McAnerny said.
Participants include ceramic artists Erick Bachmann and Mike Cerv, photographer Sadie Jane and painters Ben McCarthy and Betsy Barrat. Chris LaValley will show mixed-media collages.
McAnerny, a 1991 graduate of the Kansas City Art Institute, says the fair “is perfect for new artists — high school, college or anyone who has never shown their art — in that they can learn the submission process, how best to present and display their work and get feedback from the public and learn how to discuss their work with the public.”
“This will help prepare them for submitting and showing at larger galleries,” she said. “I have a background in teaching art and after almost seven years in the gallery business, I am quite adept at holding their hand through the whole process in a kind and generous manner that they may not receive at other galleries.”
“It’s also,” she said, “a fabulous opportunity for entrepreneurs and local small businesses to reach a wider audience and test out their products.”
McAnerny plans for the fair to be a monthly event featuring 10 to 20 participants.
“I have a face painter wanting to come and several other photographers and ceramic artists. Sazzy’s lingerie is hoping to become involved,” she said.
Kate E. Burke of the Honeytree Gallery is helping McAnerny with the project, and Honeytree, Tickle and Plenum Space, which all share the building, also will be open on First Saturday afternoons, she said.
By adding responsibility for the monthly art fair to her duties at the Slap-n-Tickle and Main Street Gallery, McAnerny, who had been making ends meet by painting houses and doing faux finishing, hopes to make art her full-time job.
“I’ve been running the Slap-n-Tickle for six and a half years. Main Street opened last fall, now I’m launching this,” she said. “It’s all commission-based sales.”
LaToya Ruby Frazier at Nelson-Atkins
First Friday goers may want to make their first stop of the evening the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, where renowned American photographer LaToya Ruby Frazier will speak at 6 p.m.
Frazier, who showed in the 2012 Whitney Biennial and the 2009 triennial, “Younger Than Jesus,” at the New Museum of Contemporary Art, is known for her social documentary work, most notably a series of searing images about the decline of her hometown of Braddock, Penn.
Frazier tells a story of our times.
As summarized by the Whitney Museum, “Exposing the underbelly of corporate practices — rapid de-industrialization and outsourcing, environmental negligence and inner-city gentrification — Frazier’s work examines the crises of postindustrial communities and the class divisions wrought by capital.”
This spring, Frazier will have a one-person show at the Brooklyn Museum.
Admission to her lecture, which will be in Atkins Auditorium, is free but tickets are required and can be reserved. Call 816-751-1278 or go to nelson-atkins.org.
To reach art critic Alice Thorson, call 816.234.4763 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
14 places to see art on First Friday
At the galleries, look for a preponderance of big works in many shows, including Mike Lyon’s “New Drawings” at Sherry Leedy, Clint Metcalf’s abstract paintings at the Slap-n-Tickle Gallery and a 5-1/2 by 6-foot work on paper by Malory Ward at The Late Show.
Blue Djinn Gallery
When: Friday (reception 6-9 p.m.) through March 30.
Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday
Where: 1400 Union Ave.
March group exhibition
When: Friday (reception 7-9 p.m.) through March 30.
Hours: 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and by appointment
Where: 118 Southwest Blvd.
City Ice Arts
“365 + one: Photography by Fred Trease”
When: Friday (reception 6-9 p.m.) through April 13.
Hours: 2-6 p.m. Thursday, Friday, Saturday and by appointment
Where: 2015 Campbell St.
“A Touch of Spring: Group Show”
When: Friday (reception 6-10 p.m.) through March 28.
Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, noon- 4 p.m. Saturday and by appointment
Where: 1820 McGee St.
Kemper at the Crossroads
When: Through June 7. Conversation with Bo Joseph at 6 p.m. Friday.
Hours: Noon-10 p.m. on First Friday
Where: 33 W. 19th St.
“Courtney Kenny: Look Again”
When: Friday (reception 6- 9 p.m.) through March 29.
Hours: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: 310 W. 20th St.
The Late Show
“The New Kids on the Block”
When: Friday (reception 6-10 p.m.) through March 30.
Hours: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and by appointment
Where: 1600 Cherry St.
Leedy-Voulkos Art Center
“Ada Koch-La Piazza: Praising Architecture and a Balanced Life”
“Michael Stack: Eagleman and 9/11 Series”
“Vanishing Circles: Portraits of Disappearing Wildlife of the Sonoran Desert Region” and “The Art of a Desert Recluse by Sheridan Oman (c.1926-1996),” two shows presented by the Arizona Sonora-Desert Museum
When: Friday (reception 6-9 p. m.) through April 27. Museum shows close April 26. “Cheryl Gail Toh: Linger Still” continues through March 30.
Hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday
Where: 2012 Baltimore Ave.
Locust Factory First Friday Art Fair
Various artists and vendors
When: 6-9 p.m. Friday and noon-4 p.m. Saturday
Where: 504. E. 18th St.
I nfo: 816.716.5940
Main Street Gallery
“Triple Play: Landscapes by Debra Payne, Diana Werts and Carol Zastoupil”
When: Friday (reception 6-9 p.m. Friday) through March 29
Hours: 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Monday through Sunday
Where: 1610 Main St. (upstairs at Anton’s Tap Room & Restaurant)
Mattie Rhodes Art Gallery
“Artifacts of Immigration”
When: Through March 22. Second reception 6-9 p.m. Friday.
Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday
Where: 915 W. 17th St.
Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art
“Caleb Taylor: Near/Far”
“Mike Lyon: New Drawings”
When: Friday (reception 7-9 p.m.) through April 27
Hours: 11 a.m.-5p.m. Tuesday through Saturday
Where: 2004 Baltimore Ave.
** Slap-n-Tickle Gallery
“Vibes: Past & Present Paintings by Clint Metcalf”
When: Friday (reception 6-11 p.m.) through March 17
Hours: Noon-4 p.m. Saturday and by appointment
Where: 504 E. 18th St.
Todd Weiner Gallery
Art Madness Group Show
When: Friday (reception 5-9 p.m.) through April 1
Hours: 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday
Where: 115 W. 18th St., Suite 101