Rare Visions/Detour Art Exhibit…Opening Night

March 9, 2009 at 11:11 pm Leave a comment

(Erika Nelson’s “World’s Largest Collection of the World’s Smallest Versions of the World’s Largest Things” from Lucas, Kansas)

Rare Visions. Detour Art Exhibit
March 6, 2009 – May 1, 2009
Belger Arts Center
2100 Walnut
Kansas City, Missouri

(Bob Smithy “Angel” from the collection of Kelly Ludwig)

Opening with record-breaking crowds (they stopped counting at 750) this exhibit has been named one of the “10 to watch for” this year by Kansas City Star art critic Alice Thorson. There are over 160 pieces of outsider, folk and visionary art currently on display, making it quite possibly one of the largest, if not the largest exhibit, of this genre of art west of the Mississippi.

After a snow just 5 days earlier, the 65+ evening brought everyone out.  The night couldn’t have been more perfect.  On the first floor of the old brick building, Erika Nelson brought the “World’s Largest…” out of retirement and handed out hundreds of wooden nickels, despite those old warnings.   Ed Root sculptures that had been saved by the folks at KGAA and now cared for at The Grassroots Art Center were on pedestals.  Masks by Jerry Coker, a flag by Ab the Flagman and sculpture by John Woods also greeted guests.  Good friend, Narrow Larry Harris made the trek from Houston for the opening and shared his Orange Show “Eyeopener” tour stories.

As the freight elevator reached the 3rd floor, you could chose to go first to the “Midwest” Gallery or the “Rest of the Country”…but you had to walk through the rest of the country to get to “Hell”  a gallery filled with devil imagery.

(Jesse Howard bed frame from the collection of the Kansas City Art Institute)

Midwest Gallery

Some of the artists represented:
Clarence & Grace Woolsey, Lincoln, IA
“M.T.” Liggett, Mullinville, KS
Jesse Howard, Fulton, MO
Robert E. Smith, Springfield, MO
Bob Smithy, Plevna, MO
Ralph Lanning, Republic, MO
Dr. Evermor, Baraboo, WI
Kathy Ruth Neal, Kansas City, MO

(Minnie Atkins Animals, from the collection of Kelly Ludwig)

“Rest of the Country” Gallery

Some of the artists represented:
Howard Finster, Summerville, GA
Mose Tolliver, Montgomery, AL
Purvis Young, Miami, FL
Minnie Adkins, Isonville, KY
Homer Green, Murfreesboro, TN
Karl Mullen, Philadelphia, PA
James Harold Jennings, Pinnacle, NC
Melissa Polhamus, Virginia Beach, VA
Mamie Deschellie, Fruitland, NM
Gregory Blackstock, Seattle, WA

Linvel Barker, “Rabbit” and Squirrrel” from the collection of Kelly Ludwig
the coopers Opening night for Rare Visions, Detour Art Exhibit

Ronald Cooper “Devil with Too Big Shoes”
 Artwork in photo on the right by Ronald Cooper, Theresa Disney and more from the collection of Kelly Ludwig.

“Hell” Gallery

Some of the artists represented:
W.C. Rice, Prattsville, AL
Leroy Almon, Tallapoosa, GA
Sulton Rogers, Oxford, MS
Carl McKenzie, Nada, KY
The Coopers, Flemingburg, KY

Stanley Greer “Bird on a Nest”, from the collection of Kelly Ludwig

Opening night for Rare Visions, Detour Art Exhibit by you.
Melissa Polhamus, Paul Darmafall “The Baltiore Glassman” and Bill LaCivita, from the collection of Kelly Ludwig
Opening night for Rare Visions, Detour Art Exhibit by you.
Kathy Ruth Neal, “Mrs. Audobon’s Lament” from the collection of Susan Sanders
Opening night for Rare Visions, Detour Art Exhibit by you.
John North, “Harpist” from the collection of Mike Murphy

Opening night for Rare Visions, Detour Art Exhibit

Rare Visions’ Mike Murphy and myself, Kelly Ludwig, curated the show, which is exhibiting over 160 pieces from their personal collections, plus borrow works from artists and organizations including The Kansas City Art Institute and The Grassroots Arts Center of Lucas, Kansas.  
Contact Mo Dickens  mdickens{at}belgerartscenter.org at Belger Art Center for tours and addtional information.

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Entry filed under: art exhibit, belger art center, detour art, erika nelson, kansas city, kelly ludwig, mike murphy, missouri, rare visions, self-taught art. outsider art.

Rare Visions/Detour Art Exhibit…Opening Night Rare Visions, Detour Art Exhibit

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