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DSKC Spring Open Studios

  • The Drugstore KC 3948 Main Street Kansas City, MO, 64111 United States (map)

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SATURDAY, MAY 11TH, 2019 — Drugstore Kansas City (DSKC) will hold our final Open Studios in the Katz Building at 3948 Main Street. The Drugstore was purchased via auction in 2012 by Redeemer Fellowship. Since then, The Drugstore has served as a creative stronghold in the community by providing affordable studio space for artists to develop their skills, make and exhibit work, experiment with ideas, and be part of a vibrant community. In addition to the studio spaces, the gallery space has housed numerous fundraisers, exhibitions, performances, readings, concerts, music shows, and art lessons. Past events include Front/Space’s Annual HOT HANDS, Rocket Grants, Informality and Cut Your Hair in the Socialist Style, KC Urban Potter’s Midwest Pottery Fest, Talk Shop, and KC Zine Con to name a few.

Residents represent and are affiliated with various arts organizations across town including Kansas City Art Institute, Charlotte Street Foundation, Artists of Color Alliance, Open House, Front/Space, Alter, Informality, Art in the Loop, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Imagine That! And more. Through this involvement, The Drugstore has become an integral part of the Kansas City arts community.

Sadly, the Katz Building will be sold this summer thus marking the end of DSKC in its current location. In addition to our final Open Studio at this location, DSKC artists have numerous events planned throughout the summer and residents are actively collaborating to find another space. With recent artist space closures, we are interested in cultivating a city-wide conversation on how spaces like DSKC can provide a model of self-perpetuating artistic community that merges city and artist needs. Please join our twenty-six artists to celebrate the DSKC evolution and seven years of Open Studios at the Katz building! For this final event we are pleased to also host a recital by members of the UMKC Conservatory.

Open Studios is generously supported by Stockyards Brewing Co., a craft brewery located historic Stockyards District of the West Bottoms. Yerba Mate will provide beverages as well.

OPEN STUDIOS EVENTS IN GALLERY & MULTIMEDIA ROOM — Kota Hayton with the UMKC Conservatory has curated sound sculptures, installations, and a screening in the multimedia room located on the eastside of the DSKC building and in the front gallery space with a recital at 7pm in the gallery. The multimedia room will house the Community Synthesizer sound sculpture, as well as video art by Colin Mosley. The Community Synthesizer is a box with 4 stations of controls, and 4 spots for participants to lay their hands. Playing the sculpture without the full amount of people will leave the participants with a distorted sound; it takes all 4 people to come lay their hands on the sculpture together for the tone to turn pure and be playable. There will be 4 speakers in each corner of the room, so that all participants can hear the sculpture equally. The video art will be projected onto the white space on the wall. We are hoping for the projections to be influenced by the sounds made by the sound sculpture.

In the main gallery will be 3 Trash Chimes: Wheels, Strips, and Fans and Bikes. These sound sculptures are chime-like structures made from found materials in a junkyard, amplified by contact microphones through two speakers at the front of the room. Paintings and prints by Jacob Wold will be hanging in the gallery, with the recital performed at 7pm. The recital will include acoustic and electronic music, poetry reading, and dance. The sculptures will be turned off for the duration of the recital (approx. 45 minutes to an hour long).

Alex Savage
Amy Hixson
Andrew Erdrich
Andrew Ordonez
Boi Boy
Brandon Forrest Frederick
Carmen Moreno
Damon and Kari Heybrock
Don Wilkison
Dylan Mortimer
Emily Cramer
Francisco Gabuardi Montealegre
Fredy Gabuardy
Glyneisha Johnson
Kate Horvat
Max Wagner
Megan Pobywajlo
Melaney Mitchell
Patricia Bordallo Dibildox
Patricia Graham
Poet Jen Harris
Whitney Manney
William Plummer
William Toney
Yulie Urano

Earlier Event: May 1
Kansas City Poetry Slam ftg. AP
Later Event: May 14
Tuesday Writing Workshop