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First Fridays Art Walk – Kansas City Crossroads August 2, 2008

The first Friday of each month, the Crossroads Art District in Kansas City has a big event where art galleries, restaurants, etc. stay open late for the crowds of people who flock there for interesting forms of art, live street music, food and an eclectic mix of Kansas City residents.

Jeff and I started off, naturally, with a quick photo shoot in an alley. It was interrupted by another photographer doing a modeling shoot in the same area, who asked me to pose for a photo…ha ha! Jeff snagged a photo of the process below.

The revitalization in the district is really great, and we love seeing the awesome renovations of old buildings into really neat studios and galleries. The galleries showcase both local and national artists. The photo below is of the Mojo Gallery, one of my favorites in the district — I wish I had some photos of the awesome glass bead jewelry and unique art items to show…next time!

Only in the Crossroads District would you find artistic birdhouses nailed to light poles, and a chalk-board painted car with a box of chalk for people to decorate with.

Jeff and I found one of our new favorite galleries, Archival Designs, which has really awesome hand-made ceramics. This is where I was able to cross item #95 of my list of things to do (more on that in an upcoming post).

The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art is opening up a gallery in the Crossroads as well. It will celebrate its grand opening on November 7th, which is actually a First Fridays event. We’ll hopefully be checking that night out, too. Check out the Kemper press release for the details.

Hammerpress is probably my new favorite place in all of Kansas City. It offers outstanding graphics work and paper products, a really fun atmosphere, plus unique and creative products. More on that as well in an upcoming post.

After all of our visiting galleries and shops, we made our way to The Coffee Girls for a drink. I thoroughly enjoyed my “Blue Crush” fruit smoothie — with fresh oranges, blueberries, honey, and some other yummy things. The coffee shop has some really interesting flavors and drink varieties — check it out!

Definitely check out the September event if you’re looking for something interesting to do in KC. The heart of the district is basically at 20th and Baltimore in KCMO. Here are some good tips and extra information about visiting First Fridays in Kansas City.

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5 Responses to “First Fridays Art Walk – Kansas City Crossroads”

  1. Chris Says:

    How does it feel to be on the other side of the camera for once?

    Fun fun shots! So awesome that the business side of photography has not affected your passion for taking pictures!

  2. Jeff Says:

    It is so fun to be able to look at the fun things we do from this perspective. I feel like I’m reading your diary. :)

    I had a great weekend with you!

  3. Abby White Says:

    Erica – I love your photo of the Mojo Gallery! My horse trainer’s wife owns it and makes fabulous glass beads. I hope you went inside and explored! I’ll send her a link to your blog so she can see your amazing pictures!

    Abby

  4. Rebecca Witte Says:

    The pictures are great, obviously. But what I’m really loving is that red shirt you’re wearing! :)

  5. ericamay Says:

    ha ha, thanks rebecca! it was a jc penney special, $7.99! :)


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