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Third Friday in Columbus Park, September 21

 

The trap Gallery

525 Gillis, 6:00 p.m–10:00 p.m.

The trap Gallery opened in 2001 and is the cornerstone of art in Columbus Park.
Open 3rd Fridays, the trap's season is April–November.

Introductions
Photographs by Reagan D Pufall

In these portraits the viewer is invited by the mantis’ illusory gaze to anthropomorphize them. This gaze, along with their distinct head and shoulders, are akin enough to our own that an uncomfortable tension is created between the mantis and viewer. Superficially the tension is with their inhumanness — the way they feed, their distinct lack of consciousness, and their sexual cannibalism — but more subtly the tension is from their incidental nascent mimicry of our form. As a species we mimic one another in society while struggling to remain an individual; homogeny is valued even at the threat of losing ways to distinct individuality. The mantis by being alien yet relatable erodes the viewer’s sense of self. As the number of acceptable others are eroded and ways differentiate ourselves become more limited we are threatened with losing ourselves to homogeny, and viewing the remaining the other balefully.

 

the eight one five gallery

815 E. 5th Street, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Lost Pages
Works by Tate Owens

Tate Owen is an arts teacher, and the Chair of the Fine Arts Department at Rockhurst High School in Kansas City, MO. Tate grew up in Dodge City, KS and and received a BSE in art education from Emporia State University. He received his master's degree in Visual Art Education from the University of Kansas and has been producing and displaying art for as long as he can remember. Tate is married and a proud father.

"Having been born and raised in Western Kansas, my work is heavily influenced by my rural roots. I’ve always had a bond with nature. My family has used land to farm. I now use it as an artistic and spiritual resource. Because of this connection, recycled materials and found objects play a major role in my work. As an artist, books serve a dual purpose for me. They contribute to the theme and the covers provide a unique color background. Over the years, I’ve collected thousands of books that others have discarded from homes and libraries. I give these stories new life in my work."

 

 

Street Party with music by DJ Biscuit
Gillis and Missouri, 6:30 – 8:30

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Grand Opening
Welch Agency
915 E. 5th Street

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And while you're in the neighborhood

Columbus Park Ramen Shop, 549 Gillis

 

The North End, 910 E. 5th
3rd Friday drink specials,
kitchen until 10 p.m., bar until 1:30 a.m.