First Friday opinion


Sam Pryke

The pond at Loose Park

Sam Pryke, Reporter

First Fridays in downtown Kansas City are best explored on foot. Even in the harsh winter conditions, the first Friday of March did not disappoint.

Based in the Crossroads Art District, First Fridays is where artists and craft-makers showcase their work in outside stalls or art exhibit inside cool and vintage buildings.

Typically, there is an array of food vendors and entertainers outside. Unfortunately, due to the cold temperatures there were not many outside attractions, but inside was a different story.

I first explored the dentistry building, where there were oil on canvas portraits in abundance. A favorite of mine was a piece by Stephen Dinsmore, whose flower on canvas was priced at $2,400.

I then explored an exhibit near the famous Town Topic Hamburger, which played host to some photography work. I was very fond of an underwater photo by photographer Joe Kelly in the NYC ’81 gallery.

My final destination was the Eric Zener exhibit. The standout work was his Golden Summer II collection, which had multiple artistic pieces of the beautiful locations around Kansas City.

A painting of Loose Park, old Westport and lakes were the highlights of the exhibit. The price for this collection was $37,000.

To end the evening in style, I headed to the Bauer where you can see some fantastic pottery and lose yourself in awe of some of the finest individual crafts by local Kansas City natives. Once there, you can go to the top and see a beautiful view of downtown. It’s definitely the place for the picture-perfect moment.

The beauty about First Fridays is that it happens every month. The next one happens April 5.