Opening reception from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7. Curator’s remarks at 6:30 p.m.
Curated by Michael Schonhoff
For immediate release: On March 3, 2012, as a retreat from their studio practices, the Kansas City Plein Air Coterie’s (a.k.a. ‘KC PAC’ or ‘the PAC’) founding members, Robert Josiah Bingaman, Lee Piechocki, and Nicole Mauser met to paint en plein air, eat breakfast, discuss contemporary art, and examine their studio practice. Adding fellow founder Kelly John Clark, the gathering continued, each Sunday, gaining momentum and relevance. As the outings continued, the identity of KC PAC began to take shape, and they have continued to gain momentum and recognition. Since their original outing, the roster of KC PAC participants has swelled to more than 100. This exhibition features works by Elvis Achelpohl, Corey Antis, Jane Ashcraft, Christopher Bell, Wes Benson, Molly Bingaman, Robert Josiah Bingaman, Matt Bollinger, Hillary Carlson, Kelly John Clark, Jonah Criswell, Molly Kaderka, Krystal Kuhn, Melissa Lenos, Tom Matt, Nicole Mauser, Lee Piechocki, Rachel Rolon, Scarlett Schonhoff, Tristan Telander, Jennifer Wetzel, L!ucas Wetzel, and Ruby Wetzel.
Throughout the exhibition, KC PAC will complete five outings and mark the beginning of their third year while continuing the rich legacy celebrated through the show. Under the guidance of its Council Members, the PAC creates a framework that guides the experience and ensures its sustainability. Sunday Painter provides a holistic view and interpretation of their artworks and practice. It does this by presenting multiple selections from the vast body of works created during the PAC’s sessions. In tandem it presents the rigorous traits and cooperative ephemera t!hat shape the Kansas City Plein Air Coterie.