January’s New Year’s Day First Friday turns the Crossroads into something like a secret corridor

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The first First Friday of 2016 is also the first day of the year, so lots of galleries are taking the holiday for what it is, a day off, instead of launching straight into the new. But more than a few spaces are open in the Crossroads for the evening, and you can probably get to most of them — and have room enough to see the art, as though you and way fewer people than the norm had made a group appointment.

%{[ data-embed-type=”image” data-embed-id=”” data-embed-element=”aside” ]}%So what’s new? Cuatro Estaciones (Four Seasons) by Claudia García Peña opens at Todd Weiner Gallery (115 West 18th Street) with a 5–10 p.m. reception. Peña is originally from Mexico, studied at the Academy of San Carlos and the National Institute of Fine Arts in Mexico City, and has worked with Diego Rivera’s grandson to teach mural-making skills to young people in her native land. When she came to Kansas City, now her home, she experienced something new: our very varying weather. So, for this exhibition, she presents a collection of modernist takes on the four seasons, using a limited palette to express how summer, winter, spring and fall can be felt as subtle variations of one another.

The Leedy-Voulkos Art Center (2012 Baltimore) is opening two new shows with a 6–9 p.m. reception: A to Z and More, by Charlie Paynter, and Love, Loss and Violence, a new series of paintings by Ada Koch, begun after the Boston Marathon bombing and in response to her fears of her children being sent to war. Paynter, meanwhile, is approaching 80 years of age an
d continues to make sculptures out of various found bits and pieces. We’re looking forward to seeing what he’s been up to.

Two exhibitions continue in the front and main galleries at Leedy-Voulkos. Take time to immerse yourself in Gloria Baker Feinstein’s luminous black-and-white photographs in The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter, then play tricks on your eyes staring at the glitter that coats Dylan Mortimer’s sculptural works in Cure.
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Plenum Space (504 East 18th Street) features Body of Thought by graphic designer Lance Pufahl, who uses bright colors to explore differences in how our minds interpret seemingly simple objects and ideas. This gallery is open 6–10 p.m. First Friday, then by appointment the rest of the month.

Pop Up Art Studios (1910 Walnut) will be open 5–10 p.m., as usual, with the requisite array of artists, performers and musicians.

Exhibitions continuing from November around the Crossroads include Photography of the Grand Ole Opry at the Box Gallery (Commerce Bank Building, 1000 Walnut, Suite 211; enter by the Charisse restaurant), open 8 a.m.–8 p.m.; Visage: a Portrait Exhibition, featuring Aaron Krone, Matthew Miller, Nicole Thibodeau, Shannon Trevethan and Amy Warfield, at the Jones Gallery (1717 Walnut), 5–8 p.m.; and the delicate and narrative altars in Flora Veil of the Mulberry Moth, by Rodolfo Marron III, at Garcia Squared Contemporary (Bauer Building, 115 West 18th Street, second floor), 6–10 p.m.

RE/WORK is still in progress, showing off process, at Vulpes Bastille (1737 Locust), which is open 6–9 p.m. so you can see works by Ami Ayars, Justin Border, Lydia Bryan, Colin Joseph Burke, Caranne Camarena, Lynn Collins, Jason Comotto, Dustin Downey and Brandon Forrest Frederick. The show is about midway through; it ends February 26.

Saturday, Main Street Gallery (1610 Main) hosts an opening reception 5–8 p.m. for Nabil El-Halawany, an Egyptian-born artist and poet who also happens to be a psychiatrist. Fittingly, Waves of Emotion is composed of paintings that reveal inner worlds of relationships, dreams and passageways.

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