Highlighting and showcasing the works of artists living or working in Prairie Village and/or Johnson County is the goal for JCPRD’s newest art gallery space.
The new Gallery at Meadowbrook Park Clubhouse opened in mid-January at the Meadowbrook Park Clubhouse and represents a partnership between JCPRD’s Culture Division and 50 Plus Department and the Prairie Village Arts Council.
“The community response has been wonderful; people are really excited to see art in a new space,” said Fine Arts Coordinator Ryan Bell. “We’ve had patrons who come with the specific intention of seeing the art exhibition and many who just stumble upon it while visiting the clubhouse as part of the park, or for a JCPRD activity within the clubhouse or an event rental.”
Located in the clubhouse’s central corridor just past the front desk, the gallery involves about 100 linear feet of wall space on the left side.
“Overall, with MBPC being one of the newest JCPRD parks and a destination for people in the area, we really want people to know about all the amazing opportunities within the clubhouse that JCPRD provides, this gallery being just one of them,” Bell said. “The location of the gallery in Meadowbrook Park Clubhouse is great because there are so many patrons in and out of that building for different reasons; taking classes, social events like weddings and parties, and coming in and exploring the building after enjoying the park. It provides an avenue to access art in a location where there is already a lot of foot traffic, so it’s great for both the patrons and the artists.”
“Celebrating Strength in Diversity” is the name of the gallery’s first exhibition, which opened Jan. 18 and will run through April 1. As described in a summary from the Prairie Village Arts Council, this exhibition “focuses on the rich and diverse contribution BIPOC (Black, indigenous, and people of color) and LGBTQ artists make to the contemporary American art scene.”
This is the first of five exhibitions planned at the gallery during 2022. Others include: “Art of Photography Local Artists Preview,” April 4 to June 24; “Senior Arts Show,” June 27 to Sept. 30; “State of the Arts 2022 Women’s Showcase,” Oct. 1 to 28; and a Curated Artist Show from Oct. 31 to Dec. 30.
Also available at MBPC is information about exhibits at the R.G. Endres gallery at the Prairie Village City Hall, which the Prairie Village Arts Council maintains.
“We’re very excited to have a new gallery space within JCPRD, adding to our gallery at Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center and the gallery space at Roeland Park Community Center,” Bell said. “It’s yet another way we can provide enriching cultural experiences for our patrons. We’re looking forward to establishing gallery spaces within more of our JCPRD locations throughout all of Johnson County and forging future partnerships with other community organizations and municipalities as we do this.”
For more information about the Gallery at Meadowbrook, go to JCPRD.com/1806/The-Gallery-Meadowbrook-Park-Clubhouse.