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Provocative. Exquisite. Curious. Captivating. Magnifique! Talented local artists supply us with some amazing art. Come into your neighborhood Library and see what's hanging around. Bring an espresso, speak a little French, munch on a baguette and you'll swear you're at the Louvre!

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JCDS Emerging Artists
Monday, January 13, 2020 to Tuesday, April 21, 2020

The JCDS Emerging Artists Program exists to develop the skills of Emerging Artists so that they may reach their full potential and receive income through the sale of their art.

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Francisco Gabuardy
Tuesday, December 17, 2019 to Tuesday, April 21, 2020

When working on his art, Francisco Gabuardy  draws from a lexicon of personal symbols. Many symbols allude to family ties, but also to larger concepts such as freedom and survival. He considers himself a mixed media artist who can create something out of anything he can get my hands on. However, he likes to re-explore the plethora of information and techniques that he’s confident with. This is why his work carries a playful knowledge of color, material, composition and attention to detail, which is infused with symbolism and narrative. Come view some of his work currently on display at Gardner Library.


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Miguel Rivera
Friday, November 22, 2019 to Sunday, December 22, 2019

Venture into Optics is a collection of abstract, video, 2-D mixed media and 3-D printed art by well-known local artists. Works by Barry Anderson, Jose Faus, Mol Mir, Hunter SaxtonMiguel Rivera, Nathan Neufeld and his Kansas City Art Institute 3-D printing students are presented in an immersive arts experience the whole family will enjoy. These renowned artists expertly explore optical phenomenon as a path across the distance between seeing and thinking.

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Kris Schmolze
Monday, July 1, 2019 to Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Artist statement: I want to make a non-destructive and positive impact in the world through sustainable art and sustainable living.

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Larissa Uredi
Wednesday, May 1, 2019 to Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Larissa Uredi is an award-winning and internationally recognized fiber and mixed media artist. She has exhibited regionally and internationally and has won several artist residencies in Spain, Estonia, Italy and beyond.

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Paige Davis
Wednesday, May 1, 2019 to Wednesday, August 21, 2019

I think of my drawings as specimens that have not yet been identified, as in they are abstract organic forms based on textures found in nature with an emphasis on mark making and mapping out larger spaces to find potential areas for detail and elaboration.

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No Divide KC
Thursday, October 4, 2018 to Thursday, December 6, 2018

Artists of color, immigrant or refugee artists, LGBTQ artists, artists working through mental health struggles all bring unique perspectives to the discussion of culture and creativity.

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Leslie Norman Hubble
Friday, September 21, 2018 to Friday, December 21, 2018

Leslie Norman Hubble’s work is inspired by content that disturbs her. She then constructs or manipulates those ideas into aesthetic images and objects.  She works to express a truth and raise questions about “mind and body, as well as concepts of time, culture, and technology.”

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Hugo Ximello-Salido
Tuesday, September 4, 2018 to Friday, December 21, 2018

What comes first - the medium or the message? Tell me a little about the work that is on view.

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Jessica Kincaid
Saturday, September 1, 2018 to Saturday, December 22, 2018

Jessica Kincaid creates pictorial beaded textiles based on nature scenes and surrealist imagery. As her medium of choice, beading brings an abstract quality to concreate images.