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ARTicipation Pop-Up Studio 2015 Set To Open April 12


ARTicipation Pop-Up Studio 2015 is an integrative, dynamic exhibition program in which children, adults of all ages and abilities and their families can participate in creative, fun and enlightening projects that bring people and ideas together.  Visitors will have the opportunity to contribute art they make in the gallery to a large, site-specific tree sculpture, share ideas on a Thought Bubble Wall, create organic Zentangle designs, and explore a Natural Materials Creative Station.  

ARTicipation Pop-UP Studio 2014:  Perception & Reflection Installation View, Epsten Gallery

Now in its fourth year, ARTicipation Pop-Up Studio 2015 will once again transform the Epsten Gallery into a studio and exhibition environment for individual and group creation and exploration. With a theme of Transition, Experience, Adventure (Finding Your Voice), the show will feature artwork by Village Shalom residents who participate in individual and group art therapy sessions along with self-guided areas for individuals and groups to create.  Selections of personal objects with individual stories from the collections of Village Shalom residents will also be featured.  

A series of collaborative workshops co-led by area artists, creative professionals and art therapists will occur throughout the exhibition.  Participating organizations and individuals in the Kansas City area include:  Hadassah; Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy; InterUrban ArtHouse; Johnson County Developmental Supports (JCDS); Kansas Art Therapy Association (KATA); Jewish Federation of Kansas City, PJ Library; Kansas City Senior Theatre; Enhanced HomeCare; Operation: Art 501(c)(3) & The Endowment for Veterans Art Campaign (EVAC) LLC; Village Shalom; Casey Whittier; Beniah Leuschke; Tanya Hartman; Michael Schonhoff; Hugh Merrill and his Community Arts Class at the Kansas City Art Institute; Debra Campbell; Kelly Reichman; Lynn Kaufman; Nicole Emanuel, Lauren McGill, Adriane Herman, Joseph Williams and Linda White.  Art Therapists, Kaley Wajcman and Sherri Jacobs will lead the following workshops supported by student Art Therapy interns, Courtney Cox and Katelyn Brewer.


ARTicipation Pop Up Studio 2015

Transition, Experience, Adventure (Finding your Voice)

April 12 – June 21


Workshop Calendar:                                                        

All workshop dates and times are subject to change. 

Please contact Heather Lustfeldt, Curator at the Epsten Gallery for questions or to make a reservation.

913-266-8414 or 

Check the Epsten Gallery website: for updates (Starting April 6, 2015)


Sunday, April 12 (1 – 4 p.m.)

Epsten Gallery Public Opening Reception


Opening Day Palm Petal Workshop (Noon -  4 p.m.)

Village Shalom staff, residents, families and members of the community are invited to participate in the creation of flowers made by molding clay into one’s palm to form individualized petals.  This simple, tactile gesture produces beautiful, personal flowers in a group context to compose a community garden that will be on view throughout the exhibition in a celebration of life, memory, growth, individuality, beauty and generosity. The flowers will be available for the creators at the close of the exhibition. 

Led by Artist, Casey Whittier, KCAI students and Art Therapist, Kaley Wajcman


Thursday, April 16 (3:30 – 5:30 p.m.) 

Holocaust Remembrance Day Program 

What Was Beautiful Today?

Participants will share positive thoughts and experiences to affirm the power of beauty and joy as a way of coping and overcoming anguish and tragedy. 

Led by Artist, Tanya Hartman and Art Therapist, Sherri Jacobs, MA-ATR


Sunday, April 19 (1 – 4 p.m.)

Kansas Art Therapy Association Meeting 

President, Amber Davis


Wednesday, April 22 (2 – 4 p.m.)

Earth Day Workshop 

Led by Artist, Michael Schonhoff and Art Therapist, Sherri Jacobs, MA-ATR


Thursday, April 23 (1 – 3 p.m.)

Portrait-of-Self Workshop 

Led by Artist, Hugh Merrill with his KCAI Community Arts Class, Village Shalom Residents and Art Therapist, Kaley Wajcman


Friday, April 24 (10 a.m. – Noon)

Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy Workshop 

Led by Kelly Reichman, Instructor and Art Therapists, Kaley Wajcman and Sherri Jacobs, MA-ATR

Intergenerational program with HBHA middle school students and Village Shalom Residents


Sunday, April 26 (1 – 3 p.m.)

Finding Your Voice 

Led by Deb Campbell, Founder and Executive Director of Kansas City Senior Theatre, Kansas City, MO and Art Therapist, Kaley Wajcman)

Intergenerational Workshop for children and families 

Limited space:  Please RSVP to reserve your spot.


Sunday, May 3 (1 – 3 p.m.)

Grump Meter Workshop 

Led by Lynn Kaufman, L.C.S.W., and the creator of The Grump Meter: A Family Tool for Anger Control

Intergenerational workshop with Art Therapists, Kaley Wajcman and Sherri Jacobs, MA-ATR

Limited space:  Please RSVP to reserve your spot.


Wednesday, May 6 (3 – 6 p.m.)

The Art of Self-Care: An Open House Experience for Caregivers 

Led by Art Therapist, Kaley Wajcman. 

Partnering organization:  Enhanced HomeCare, Overland Park, Founder, Cindy Singer and Randy Block, Village Shalom nursing staff, Hadassah: The Women’s Zionist Organization of America


Wednesday, May 20 (10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.)

Finding Your Spirit Creature 

Led by Artist and Founder of InterUrban ArtHouse, Overland Park,

Nicole Emanuel, Artist, Lauren McGill and Art Therapists, Kaley Wajcman and Sherri Jacobs, MA-ATR

Partnering organizations:  InterUrban ArtHouse, Overland Park, and Johnson County Developmental Supports, Overland Park. Cary Odell, Emerging Artists Program Coordinator


Sunday, May 31 (1 – 3 p.m.)

Goods Riddance Workshop 

Led by Artist, Adriane Herman and Art Therapist, Kaley Wajcman  Intergenerational workshop for children, families and Village Shalom Residents 

Limited Space:  Please RSVP to reserve your spot.


June 7 (Time TBD)

Veterans Intergenerational Exchange 

Partnering organization: Operation: Art & The Endowment for Veterans Art Campaign, founded by veteran and artist, Joseph C. Williams.

Led by Joe Williams and Art Therapist, Sherri Jacobs, MA-ATR