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ARTicipation to Open May 7


The Epsten Gallery is pleased to present ARTicipation Pop-Up Studio 2017: Connections, an open-studio, art-making environment for audiences of all ages and abilities. The exhibit will run May 7 through June 30. The public opening reception will take place on Sunday, May 7 from 1 to 4 p.m.

Launched in 2012, ARTicipation Pop-Up Studio is an annual, evolving exhibition featuring a dynamic salon-style installation of artwork created by Village Shalom residents and other senior citizen groups who participated in art therapy sessions and workshops sponsored by The Epsten Gallery during the year.  In addition, art-making or “exploration” stations invite visitors and groups to create work on-site and contribute to a growing, community-based show that highlights the joy of shared creative, intergenerational experiences. 

Jackie Slutsky makes her mark on a previous ARTicipation exhibit. 

With a theme of “Connections,” ARTicipation Pop-Up Studio 2017 features a range of art and non-art materials for participants to discover and repurpose into unique creations.  The Epsten Gallery will host a series of community art workshops in conjunction with the show collaboratively organized by registered art therapist, Kaley Wajcman, MA-ATR, with a range of creative professionals and community partners. 

While aspects of ARTicipation Pop-Up Studio demonstrate art therapy techniques utilized within workshops and sessions for senior citizens, the workshop calendar offers many opportunities for children and families to participate in art-making events in the gallery, which Wajcman hopes will introduce new faces to the innovative programs offered by The Epsten Gallery.  “We want you to come make art IN the gallery, and hope it (the gallery) remains a familiar space for you and your families throughout the year.  We want to be a part of helping foster a love for the arts.” 

Collaborators and partners for ARTicipation Pop-Up Studio 2017: Connections, include: Ahoovim, Misha Kligman, Midwest Jewish Artists Laboratory – Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City with Sherri Jacobs, MA-ATR and Rabbi Rockoff, JCC Art Camp, Cary Odell & Johnson County Developmental Supports-Emerging Artists Program, Esty Perman, Amy Ravis-Furey, Scraps KC (Founder, Brenda Mott), and The Shul of Leawood. 

The Epsten Gallery dedicates ARTicipation 2017 to the memory of Shirley White, an avid supporter and patron of the arts who served on the Board of Directors for the Epsten Gallery. 

Schedule of Community Art Programs 


May 7: Opening Reception 1-4pm

May 11: “Mommy and Me” 11am-12pm; circle-time lead by Esty Perman, art workshop facilitated by Kaley Wajcman.

                  Public workshop, geared for ages: 18 mos.-3 years old.

May 14: CLOSED for Mother’s Day

May 18: Workshop with Johnson County Developmental Supports-Emerging Artists Program, 10-12pm. [private workshop]

May 21: Workshop in partnership with ScrapsKC, 10am-12pm; facilitated by Brenda Mott and Kaley Wajcman

                Open studio in the gallery: 1-4pm, all ages.

May 25: Workshop in partnership with The Shul of Leawood 2-4pm

May 28: CLOSED for Memorial Day

May 31-June 1: CLOSED for observance of Shavuot


June 1- CLOSED for observance of Shavuot

June 7 – Workshop in partnership with Jewish Artists Lab, led bySherri Jacobs & Rabbi Rockoff. 11am-12pm at the JCC Heritage Center.

June 8 – Ladies’ Craft Night, 7-9pm; Partnership with Amy Ravis-Furey

June 4 – Open Studio, 1-4pm.

June 11 – Kids’ Workshop, 10am -12pm; Partnership with Amy Ravis-Furey

June 11 – Misha Kligman & Ahoovim, 4pm [private workshop]

June 15 – Ladies’ Craft Night, 7-9pm; Partnership with Amy Ravis-Furey

June 18- CLOSED for Father’s Day

June 21 – JCC Camp; 9:30am-11:30am

June 30-ARTicipation closes