So — maybe First Fridays in the Crossroads Arts District is a little too crowded for you. How about Second Fridays?
Some Kansas City metropolitan area galleries have started opening their doors on the second Fridays of the month to host new exhibitions or simply provide a less elbow-to-elbow opportunity to view the artwork.
Here's what's on tap:
Belger Arts Center: Word Play: Selections from the Collection and 2014 Resident Artist Exhibition, July 11 to Oct. 4, opening reception 6 - 9 p.m.
The Word Play exhibition spans 1960s to the present, including prints by famed painter and graphic artist Robert Rauschenberg. Other artists include Terry Allen, Betty Grable, Luis Jimenez, Claes Oldenburg, Renee Stout, William T. Wiley and others. Resident artists at the Belger Crane Yard Studios also have works on display, from sculptures to architectural objects.
Kansas City Artists Coalition: 2014 River Market Regional Exhibition, July 11 to Aug. 22, opening reception from 5 - 8 p.m.
The annual juried competition is open to artists in the Midwest — in all media. This year's juror, Antonia Boström, director of curatorial affairs at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, selected 35 artists. Four of them received cash prizes. Kansas City silversmith Genevieve Flynn garnered the top award of $1,000.
Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art: Keith Jacobshagen: Embracing the Golden Hour and Judy Onofrio: Full Circle, through July 26, reception from 7-9 pm.
Painter Keith Jacobshagen, a native of Wichita, Kan., explores "the golden hour" in his new series, capturing the moments of soft daylight or shadows in the early morning or late evening. For years, Judy Onofrio has incorporated animals bones into her work. Her latest sculptures are constructed entirely of oil painted bone.