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"Thisnthat (Stanchions)" (2012), by Matt Jacobs, is part of the exhibit, "Playtime: New Works by Matt Jacobs & David Rhoads" at City Ice Arts.

"Sole (For Elizabeth Murray)" (2012), a work in oil pastel on torn paper by by David Rhoads, is part of the "Playtime" exhibit at City Ice Arts.

"Void #39," a painting by Fernando Pezzino, is part of his exhibit, "Filling the Void" at the Leedy-Voulkos Art Center.

Filmmaker Stacey Steers will speak at 6 p.m Friday at Kemper at the Crossroads as part of the museum's "Be Inspired!" series of artist lectures. The evening will include screenings of her film, "Night Hunter" (2011) (seen above in a still), at 6, 8 and 9 p.m. Friday at Kemper at the Crossroads.

Michael Hager "Arc" (2012), a sculpture by Michael Hager, is part of his exhibit, "Objects of Interest/Interest of Objects" at the Leedy-Voulkos Art Center

"Knucklesandwich (Botched)," (2012), by Matt Jacobs, is part of the exhibit, "Playtime: New Works by Matt Jacobs & David Rhoads" at City Ice Arts.

Matt Jacobs, "Knucklesandwich (A OK)" ( 2012), is part of the exhibit, "Playtime: New Works by Matt Jacobs & David Rhoads" at City Ice Arts.

This image of the Bartle Hall Sky Stations by Kansas City artist Vanessa Lacy is one of 32 artworks that have been reproduced as wine labels for the "Art of Giving" wine sale at the Mattie Rhodes Art Center. Proceeds from the sale will be used to fund a scholarship for a young Oaxacan artist.

This landscape by Octavio Aguilar Gutierrez from Oaxaca, Mexico, is one of 32 artworks that have been reproduced as wine labels for the "Art of Giving" wine sale at the Mattie Rhodes Art Center. Proceeds from the sale will be used to fund a scholarship for a young Oaxacan artist.

Art of listening

If the weekend finds you in a listening mood, stop by the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art on Thursday for “Art Tasting with Julián,” a conversation between Nelson director Julián Zugazagoitia and Alan J. Hirschfield, a major collector of historic Plains Indian art and the former president and CEO of Columbia Pictures. The talk is free (but tickets are required at nelson-atkins.org or call 816-751-1278) and starts at 6 p.m. in Atkins Auditorium, 4525 Oak St.

At 6 p.m. Friday, the Kemper Museum presents the latest artist’s talk in its “Be Inspired!” series at Kemper at the Crossroads, 33 W. 19th St. The featured speaker is Stacey Steers, who makes films from thousands of handmade works on paper. She used more than 4,000 images to create her film “Night Hunter” (2011), which will be screened at 8 and 9 p.m. Friday.

The Kansas City Star

On December First Fridays many gallery-goers keep an eye out for gifts, and the evening includes several shows and events geared to gift-giving.

Blue Gallery is back with its “Wonder Wall” of artworks priced at $500 or less. The Leedy-Voulkos Art Center is devoting one gallery to a Holiday Bazaar of small works and handmade goods, including paintings, ceramics, prints, scarves and jewelry.

At the Late Show, Tom Deatherage presents his annual “Naughty Elves” show of affordable works, including some new roosters and bunnies by Nora Othic priced at $150-$300. The artist sold 17 paintings from her November one-person show at the gallery, prompting Deatherage to cease making noises about getting out of the business.

When it comes to gifts, most people would say you can’t go wrong with wine, which is the focus of the Mattie Rhodes Art Gallery’s The Art of Giving event.

Featuring labels based on artworks by artists from Kansas City and Oaxaca, Mexico, wines from the local Jowler Creek Winery will be for sale for $25 a bottle. The selection includes several varieties: red and white, sweet and dry. The artworks reproduced on the labels also will be on display and available for purchase.

The Kansas City event is sponsored by the Culture Xplorers Foundation in partnership with the (no name) Art Group of Philadelphia. It was initiated by Jim Kane, founder of the Kansas City-based Culture Xplorers travel company.

“The company was founded on three pillars,” Kane said, “people, traditions and impact — getting to know the people in the local communities when you travel, participating in and experiencing their rich traditions and making a positive impact through travel.

“The foundation came out of that philosophy,” he added. “It’s a nonprofit which manages and creates positive impact partnerships, projects and programs.”

One of its most successful programs to date is an annual weavers awards celebration of indigenous textile artists at the Center of Traditional Textiles of Cusco in Peru.

Next year, Culture Xplorers will celebrate its 10th anniversary and will mark the event in March by endowing a scholarship for a young Oaxacan artist.

“It’s considered the city of painters,” Kane said. “It’s a hub of Mexican cultural and culinary traditions and art. It’s also Mexico’s second poorest state, so we felt we really wanted to give back.”

Proceeds from the wine sales as well as sales of $5 magnets with the wine label artworks will go toward the Culture Xplorers artist endowment; sales of the artwork will be split between Mattie Rhodes and the artists, Kane said.

Roughly 32 artists from Kansas City and Oaxaca have contributed works on the theme “Inspiration: The Love of Place.”

For Kane, cross-cultural collaboration was central to the project.

“We started from scratch,” he said. “We reached out to the Art Institute and the Kansas City Artists Coalition, and Mattie Rhodes sent out a call for artists.”

He envisions making The Art of Giving an annual event in Kansas City and bringing new artists into the mix each year.

The Mattie Rhodes exhibit of wine label artworks will be followed by a digital presentation of the works in conjunction with next year’s scholarship event in Oaxaca.

Friday night, don’t miss Mattie Rhodes’ “Small Apparitions” side gallery show of artworks devoted to the Virgin of Guadalupe, Mexico’s most ubiquitous religious icon. And if you buy a case of wine at The Art of Giving, you’ll be invited to an Oaxacan mole and mescal fiesta in January at Kane’s Brookside home.

Blue Gallery

What : Wonder Wall: Works of art for $500 or less; Group exhibition and Lacey Lewis New Works

When : Friday through Jan. 26. Reception 6-9 p.m. Friday.

Hours are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and by appointment.

Where : 118 Southwest Blvd.

Info : 816-527-0823

Leedy-Voulkos Art Center

What : Michael Hager: Objects of Interest/Interest of Objects and Fernando Pezzino: Filling the Void

When : Through Feb. 26

What : Holiday Bazaar, Jose Santa Cruz, Amber Ward: Panty Pennants

When : Through Dec. 29

What : Stacie Chappell: Mindful Movement

When : Through Jan. 19

Reception 6-9 p.m. Friday

Hours are 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.

Where : 2012 Baltimore Ave.

Info : 816-474-1919

Mattie Rhodes Art Center

What : The Art of Giving and Small Apparitions

When : Friday through Jan. 18. Reception 6-9 p.m. Friday.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

Where : 915 W. 17th St.

Info : 816-221-2349

Kemper at the Crossroads

What : Be Inspired!

When : Through June 7. Conversation with Stacey Steers at 6 p.m. Friday.

Hours are noon-10 p.m. on First Friday, except in January and February.

Where : 33 W. 19th St.

Info : 816-753-5784

West Bottoms Art Society

What : Second Star to the Right

When : Through Dec. 15. Reception 6-10 p.m. Friday

Where : 1414 Wyoming St, Suite 11

Hours : noon-6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday

Info : 816-474-2229

Main Street Gallery

What : Diana Werts: Seeking My African Self — House of the Head

When : Friday through Dec. 30. Reception 6-9 p.m. Friday

Hours are 11 a.m.-1:30 a.m. Friday and Saturday; 11 a.m.-midnight Sunday through Thursday.

Where : 1610 Main St, second floor of Anton’s Tap Room and Restaurant

Info : 816-210-6534

Todd Weiner Gallery

What : John Bukaty: 24 Thoughts in 24 Hours

When : Friday through Dec. 30. Reception 6-9 p.m. Friday

Hours are 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday; 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday.

Where : 115 W. 18th St., Suite 101

Info : 816-984-8538

The Late Show

What : Mark McHenry Sculptures and Paintings by Kevin McGraw; Naughty Elves group show

When : Friday through Dec. 24 for paintings and elves; McHenry sculptures through Jan. 26. Reception 6-10 p.m. Friday.

Hours are 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and by appointment.

Where : 1600 Cherry St.

Info : 816-474-1300

Barbershop Gallery

What : Shared Language: Anne Mulvihill & Susan Hill

When : Friday through Dec. 8. Reception 6-8 p.m. Friday

Hours are noon-4 p.m. Dec. 8.

Where : 33rd & Gillham

Info : 816-665-8118

VML Wise Gallery

What : 20/20 Vision —What a Sight

When : Friday through Dec. 14. Reception 6-9 p.m. Friday

Hours are noon-2 p.m. Dec. 8 and by appointment.

Where : 2020 Baltimore

Info : 816-665-8118

City Ice Arts

What : Playtime: New Works by Matt Jacobs & David Rhoads

When : Through Jan. 19. Reception 6-10 p.m. Friday

Hours are 2-6 p.m. Thursday, Friday, Saturday and by appointment.

Where : 2015 Campbell St.

Info : 816-820-4105

Studios Inc Exhibition Space

What : Resident artists group show

When : Friday through Feb. 8. Reception 6-9 p.m. Friday

Hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; noon-4 p.m. Saturday.

Where : 1708 Campbell

Info : 816-994-7134

Hilliard Gallery

What : Small Works Show

When : Friday through Dec. 29. Reception 6-10 p.m. Friday

Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; noon-4 p.m. Saturday and by appointment.

Where : 1820 McGee

Info : 816-561-2956

Red Star Studios

What: Silver and Gold group show

When: Friday through Jan. 26. Reception 6-9 p.m. Friday

Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday.

Where: 2100 Walnut St.

Info: 816-474-7316

Kansas City Artists Coalition

What: Shawn Bitters, Matthew Derezinski, Chris Teeter and Mike Sleadd

When: Friday through Jan. 11. Reception 6:30-8:30 p.m. Friday; artist talks begin at 6 p.m.

Hours are 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.

Where: 201 Wyandotte St.

Info: 816.421.5222

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