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Re: “

Pride & Joy is all that and more

Thank you for the kind words. I am fond of this show and hope that folks will come out a laugh for a good cause. You just helped that cause tremendously.

With gratitude,

Kelly Main

Posted by Kelly Main on 04/07/2010 at 10:34 AM

Re: “

Pride & Joy is all that and more

Thank you for the kind words. I am fond of this show and hope that folks will come out a laugh for a good cause. You just helped that cause tremendously. With gratitude, Kelly Main

Posted by Kelly Main on 04/07/2010 at 7:34 AM

Re: “Musical Theater Heritage and Quality Hill Playhouse put on dueling musicals

We are the parents of Katie and we are both physicians. At one time we thought that Katie would become a physician, but we extremely proud of her as a singing musician and are eternally grateful to you for your very positive review and your affirmation that she has made the correct career decision. Our "unbiased" opinion is that she is perfect. Thanks,
Kathryn Kenders-McCreary, MD and Maurice McCreary,MD

Posted by Maurice McCreary on 03/25/2010 at 3:18 PM

Re: “Musical Theater Heritage and Quality Hill Playhouse put on dueling musicals

We are the parents of Katie and we are both physicians. At one time we thought that Katie would become a physician, but we extremely proud of her as a singing musician and are eternally grateful to you for your very positive review and your affirmation that she has made the correct career decision. Our "unbiased" opinion is that she is perfect. Thanks, Kathryn Kenders-McCreary, MD and Maurice McCreary,MD

Posted by Maurice McCreary on 03/25/2010 at 12:18 PM

Re: “Mikal Shapiro's Ripe moves to Leedy-Voulkos

The Pitch has evolved into a trashy tabloid. After reading this article I remember why I NEVER read The Pitch magazine. I have heard they are not doing to well these days do to fewer advertisers and the new Ink Magazine.

In relation to the "Ripe" show I know that The Leedy-Voulko's only allows adults 18 and over to see this exhibition. At The Keyhole we welcomed people of all ages to see this show. This is just one example of how The Keyhole continues to expand the potential of the Crossroads Art District.

Good work artist's all we can do is keep pushing relevant art in the Crossroads!

Posted by Jessica Logsdon on 03/09/2010 at 5:39 PM

Re: “Mikal Shapiro's Ripe moves to Leedy-Voulkos

The Pitch has evolved into a trashy tabloid. After reading this article I remember why I NEVER read The Pitch magazine. I have heard they are not doing to well these days do to fewer advertisers and the new Ink Magazine. In relation to the "Ripe" show I know that The Leedy-Voulko's only allows adults 18 and over to see this exhibition. At The Keyhole we welcomed people of all ages to see this show. This is just one example of how The Keyhole continues to expand the potential of the Crossroads Art District. Good work artist's all we can do is keep pushing relevant art in the Crossroads!

Posted by Jessica Logsdon on 03/09/2010 at 2:39 PM

Re: “Mikal Shapiro's Ripe moves to Leedy-Voulkos

I find it funny that so many people who have never run a business and have never taken any of the steps to actually form a legitimate business can have so many powerful opinions about a subject they clearly know nothing about. Funny.

As for the Keyhole, and the professionalism that the Keyhole has or has not shown, let me just state that Chris Packham has never once been there. Period. All of the "artists" (to use that term very loosely) who claim that there were damages have no legitimate grounds for complaint, as Mikal took the artwork from the space in the middle of the night without my permission. Funny, again.

And, as for telling people they should not show at the Keyhole, well, where else are they showing?

To be blunt, the Ripe show consisted, for the most part, of a bunch of lamers who have no talent slamming together a bunch of "works" at the last possible second. Mariaurora, I am looking directly at you when I say that, if you are an artist, and if what Ripe represents is "fine art", then we are living in a dark age where the blind are leading the stupid.

There is only one fine artist in this city that cuts the mustard as far as I am concerned, and his name is Charles Varnal. The rest of you hacks out there could learn a thing or two from him.

"This is Jeff Helkenberg, and I approve of this message."


Posted by Jeff Helkenberg on 03/09/2010 at 1:37 PM

Re: “Mikal Shapiro's Ripe moves to Leedy-Voulkos

I find it funny that so many people who have never run a business and have never taken any of the steps to actually form a legitimate business can have so many powerful opinions about a subject they clearly know nothing about. Funny. As for the Keyhole, and the professionalism that the Keyhole has or has not shown, let me just state that Chris Packham has never once been there. Period. All of the "artists" (to use that term very loosely) who claim that there were damages have no legitimate grounds for complaint, as Mikal took the artwork from the space in the middle of the night without my permission. Funny, again. And, as for telling people they should not show at the Keyhole, well, where else are they showing? To be blunt, the Ripe show consisted, for the most part, of a bunch of lamers who have no talent slamming together a bunch of "works" at the last possible second. Mariaurora, I am looking directly at you when I say that, if you are an artist, and if what Ripe represents is "fine art", then we are living in a dark age where the blind are leading the stupid. There is only one fine artist in this city that cuts the mustard as far as I am concerned, and his name is Charles Varnal. The rest of you hacks out there could learn a thing or two from him. "This is Jeff Helkenberg, and I approve of this message."

Posted by Jeff Helkenberg on 03/09/2010 at 10:37 AM

Re: “Mikal Shapiro's Ripe moves to Leedy-Voulkos

I am one of the artists who had work at the RIPE exhibit, and one of my drawings is one of the drawings that was damaged.

Over the last couple of days, I tried to establish a dialogue with Jessica to understand what happened, why the show was cancelled, and what recourse the artists have to get compensated for the damaged artworks. Her responses were evasive and unprofessional at best, saying that she would "neither conform nor deny" whether censorship had taken place, yet she "can have a live pig-fucking-virgins show if [she] wanted to (on First Friday). That has always been the deal." When I asked her if she maintains that the work was not damaged while in the Keyhole, and the damaged was done after Mikal took the work back?, her response: "I maintain that the appropriate time to deal with that question has passed."

Clearly, until the artists have been compensated, the time has not passed. But here's the kicker: she informed me that, should I wish to continue the conversation with her: "I charge $200 an hour from here on out. I am worth every penny of it."

Let me recap: Art was damaged in a gallery. The owner of the gallery, when approached by an artist to get clarification on what happened, wants to *bill the artist whose work was damaged* $200 an hour.

I ran the Green Door Gallery for 7 years. I put out my share of fires, dealt with pain-in-the-ass artists, curators and patrons. But I have never dealt this level of unprofessionalism with anyone, ever. It is beyond insulting.

Posted by H�or Casanova on 03/01/2010 at 2:33 AM

Re: “Mikal Shapiro's Ripe moves to Leedy-Voulkos

I am one of the artists who had work at the RIPE exhibit, and one of my drawings is one of the drawings that was damaged. Over the last couple of days, I tried to establish a dialogue with Jessica to understand what happened, why the show was cancelled, and what recourse the artists have to get compensated for the damaged artworks. Her responses were evasive and unprofessional at best, saying that she would "neither conform nor deny" whether censorship had taken place, yet she "can have a live pig-fucking-virgins show if [she] wanted to (on First Friday). That has always been the deal." When I asked her if she maintains that the work was not damaged while in the Keyhole, and the damaged was done after Mikal took the work back?, her response: "I maintain that the appropriate time to deal with that question has passed." Clearly, until the artists have been compensated, the time has not passed. But here's the kicker: she informed me that, should I wish to continue the conversation with her: "I charge $200 an hour from here on out. I am worth every penny of it." Let me recap: Art was damaged in a gallery. The owner of the gallery, when approached by an artist to get clarification on what happened, wants to *bill the artist whose work was damaged* $200 an hour. I ran the Green Door Gallery for 7 years. I put out my share of fires, dealt with pain-in-the-ass artists, curators and patrons. But I have never dealt this level of unprofessionalism with anyone, ever. It is beyond insulting.

Posted by Héctor Casanova on 02/28/2010 at 11:33 PM

Re: “Mikal Shapiro's Ripe moves to Leedy-Voulkos

Re: Art Services Group, LLC

Art Services Group, LLC, Jessica Logsdon's presumed umbrella according to her most recent rationalizations, was only organized on January 16th, 2010. Long after the Keyhole had requested that Mikal do a show in February, and long after the terms of that show & the Keyhole's operational procedures had been established.

The purpose of Art Services Group is, get this:

"To create, maintain, and make available as a catalogue an inventory of fine art goods, art goods, art-related goods, raw materials, and services in such a format as to be available for viewing in the form of a document, said document being a vehicle for effecting the transfer of ownership in, lease or rental of, or otherwise, those fine art and other art-related products and services offered through the business resources and human resources held and employed by Art Services Group, LLC."

I see nothing in there about the Keyhole or what the Keyhole does. (The above is classic Helkenberg vernacular, btw.)

Seems to me like they tried to give Mikal the bait-and-switch in an effort to promote their new "services".

Criminal Attorney Vincent Esposito is the Keyhole's umbrella entity, not Art Services Group, LLC.

(The address of Art Services' registered agent is "Suite 1a" of Jessica Logsdon's home. This must be the pen where you can view the hybrid vigor & overdominance of MY cross-bed Filial 1 Red/Welsummer chickens, which are being "held or employed by Art Services Group, LLC". My chickens had better be listed in their catalog as "fine art" or "other art-related products", I wanna sell my well-crafted breeding experiment to the highest bidder [Tyson's Chicken].)

And this is to say nothing of previously undiscovered prime number sieving & integer factorization techniques! Your next story on Jeff & Jessica needs to be about the Moore-Otsuka-Helkenberg prime number sieve!!

Posted by Derek P. Moore on 02/28/2010 at 2:20 AM

Re: “Mikal Shapiro's Ripe moves to Leedy-Voulkos

Victoria,

In the history of the Keyhole, no whack tax schemes have ever been hoisted upon artists or shows, no requirements to "work with them regarding zoning" were an issue.

1903 Wyandotte has a commercial retail occupancy use group. An art gallery is a commercial retail entity. Perfect match. Jeff Helkenberg is feeding Jessica Logsdon a bunch of B.S. about "assembly use group" because he's heard that talk from me. The Stray Cat had to go through lots of legal issues regarding occupancy & use group when it was being shutdown by the Fire Marshall, and Jeff only knows this stuff because I've told him all about it (and he has a good memory). The Stray Cat, though, was a club, which falls under "assembly"; while the Keyhole is not a club, it is a venue for the exhibition and sale of art, which falls under retail. Which means they aren't going to have any problems with the Fire Marshall shutting down their shows. (They've not yet had the slightest hint of problems with vice squad or code enforcement or the Fire Marshall.)

Victoria, just like you didn't have a clue as to legal issues when you took Roger Ramjet MacBride to Division 31 Adult Abuse court for a restraining order against him, you don't have a clue as to legal issues in this regard.

Here's how the Keyhole has always operated: Artists sell their works negotiating directly to buyers, artists give 10% to Jeff & Jessica. I know this because I'm close friends with the 3 artists that have sold work out of the Keyhole.

If something changed for Mikal's show it's because Jeff & Jessica ran wild with some new scheme that deviates from the way they've treated every other show. (I've heard from friends that they've been pushing a "tax services for artists" business called "Art Services Group Helkenberg, Logsdon, Jarisch", where they'll list your work in their "catalog/database", and something about taking care of your sales taxes for you and maybe even doing your 1040EZ.)

Posted by Derek P. Moore on 02/28/2010 at 1:49 AM

Re: “Mikal Shapiro's Ripe moves to Leedy-Voulkos

Re: Art Services Group, LLC Art Services Group, LLC, Jessica Logsdon's presumed umbrella according to her most recent rationalizations, was only organized on January 16th, 2010. Long after the Keyhole had requested that Mikal do a show in February, and long after the terms of that show & the Keyhole's operational procedures had been established. The purpose of Art Services Group is, get this: "To create, maintain, and make available as a catalogue an inventory of fine art goods, art goods, art-related goods, raw materials, and services in such a format as to be available for viewing in the form of a document, said document being a vehicle for effecting the transfer of ownership in, lease or rental of, or otherwise, those fine art and other art-related products and services offered through the business resources and human resources held and employed by Art Services Group, LLC." I see nothing in there about the Keyhole or what the Keyhole does. (The above is classic Helkenberg vernacular, btw.) Seems to me like they tried to give Mikal the bait-and-switch in an effort to promote their new "services". Criminal Attorney Vincent Esposito is the Keyhole's umbrella entity, not Art Services Group, LLC. (The address of Art Services' registered agent is "Suite 1a" of Jessica Logsdon's home. This must be the pen where you can view the hybrid vigor & overdominance of MY cross-bed Filial 1 Red/Welsummer chickens, which are being "held or employed by Art Services Group, LLC". My chickens had better be listed in their catalog as "fine art" or "other art-related products", I wanna sell my well-crafted breeding experiment to the highest bidder [Tyson's Chicken].) And this is to say nothing of previously undiscovered prime number sieving & integer factorization techniques! Your next story on Jeff & Jessica needs to be about the Moore-Otsuka-Helkenberg prime number sieve!!

Posted by Derek P. Moore on 02/27/2010 at 11:20 PM

Re: “Mikal Shapiro's Ripe moves to Leedy-Voulkos

Victoria, In the history of the Keyhole, no whack tax schemes have ever been hoisted upon artists or shows, no requirements to "work with them regarding zoning" were an issue. 1903 Wyandotte has a commercial retail occupancy use group. An art gallery is a commercial retail entity. Perfect match. Jeff Helkenberg is feeding Jessica Logsdon a bunch of B.S. about "assembly use group" because he's heard that talk from me. The Stray Cat had to go through lots of legal issues regarding occupancy & use group when it was being shutdown by the Fire Marshall, and Jeff only knows this stuff because I've told him all about it (and he has a good memory). The Stray Cat, though, was a club, which falls under "assembly"; while the Keyhole is not a club, it is a venue for the exhibition and sale of art, which falls under retail. Which means they aren't going to have any problems with the Fire Marshall shutting down their shows. (They've not yet had the slightest hint of problems with vice squad or code enforcement or the Fire Marshall.) Victoria, just like you didn't have a clue as to legal issues when you took Roger Ramjet MacBride to Division 31 Adult Abuse court for a restraining order against him, you don't have a clue as to legal issues in this regard. Here's how the Keyhole has always operated: Artists sell their works negotiating directly to buyers, artists give 10% to Jeff & Jessica. I know this because I'm close friends with the 3 artists that have sold work out of the Keyhole. If something changed for Mikal's show it's because Jeff & Jessica ran wild with some new scheme that deviates from the way they've treated every other show. (I've heard from friends that they've been pushing a "tax services for artists" business called "Art Services Group Helkenberg, Logsdon, Jarisch", where they'll list your work in their "catalog/database", and something about taking care of your sales taxes for you and maybe even doing your 1040EZ.)

Posted by Derek P. Moore on 02/27/2010 at 10:49 PM

Re: “Mikal Shapiro's Ripe moves to Leedy-Voulkos

The pitchit weekly goes through these phases. It is sometimes excellent, and oftentimes trash. The editorial staff seems to be asleep at the helm these days as we are seeing more attempts at elevating not very newsworthy disagreements to the level that they have been raised all in an effort to get a bunch of people to read the column. It seems boorish hipsterism is replacing valid commentary on the arts community and in this city garbage is being held up as art all for the same reasons ... so that people can get laid. Unfortunately, patrons and average folks alike know when they are being confronted with bullshit, and their legs and wallets will walk away, which is bad for the arts community as a whole. I respect when people make a valid effort at running a business, which is needlessly complicated in this city and country. The simple truth is, if somebody wants to show art, or play music or do anything in this town, they need to play ball with the people providing the space. That is a very simple concept -- no drama. I think, understanding all this, no one blames Jessica and Jeff for the way they have behaved in this situation.

Posted by Stevo Svoboda on 02/26/2010 at 2:35 PM

Re: “Mikal Shapiro's Ripe moves to Leedy-Voulkos

Fair enough, but that's not what really happened.

The show was canceled because Mikal refused to work with them regarding taxes, city zoning requirements, and the necessary steps that they have to take to insure that they are in phase with the legal requirements put on them by virtue of the fact they are using a non-traditional space (a non-retail non-assembly space).

They have insurance which would have covered any damaged work (up to $50,000), however the work was stolen by Mikal in the middle of the night. Now, she denies this, but by using an electronic passcode without their permission and removing the works from the premises prior to establishing any damage, their insurance CANNOT process a claim. they saw the work after it was down there was no damage - also it was not taken down hastily.

Perhaps you are wondering why none of this was mentioned? Well, it was mentioned to Chris Packham, et al, and it was not relayed in the article, which makes Jessica look like a catty bitch and makes Mikal and the artists seem like innocent victims. Once again Mikal took the works without her permission, in the middle of the night. Now, that being said, Jessica works diligently to offer up opportunities for local artists to show work in a very busy area of the Crossroads. In order to do this, she had to go downtown, register as a LLC, get a federal employee identification number, get a commercial account at Commerce Bank, and get zoning clearance for a home business. For those who don't know, you cannot sell anything out of a home. Period. So, in order to sell things, she has to list them in a catalog (which is what my zoning clearance is for). She has to be a direct seller, and the Keyhole can ONLY BE an exhibition space. I am sorry, truly, that the city of KC imposes these restrictions, but they do. She told this to Mikal, told her she needed the price list before the show, and guess what, she got the price list after the show began. Then, on Saturdays, again, there was no ability to convey the need to use the methods she explained. So the show ended. Jessica was not going to jeopardize her ability to continue to use the space because someone found her process annoying

Now, to quote you, "Then again, when your panties are in a bunch and you are ripping art off the walls, you're probably not thinking about the big picture." Well, again , the big picture is one that includes zoning clearance, appropriate use, and covering your assets so that you don't get in trouble with the authorities that invariably become involved when you start to advertise big shows that have art for sale. This was all conveyed to Chris Packham. He quoted Jessica: "I feel you are overreacting for absolutely no reason and ONCE AGAIN your focus is not where it needs to be." To wit, Mikal's focus needed to be on addressing the very legitimate legal issues she confronted as the person running the Keyhole.

She failed to do this, the show ended.

Posted by victoria strong on 02/26/2010 at 1:45 PM

Re: “Mikal Shapiro's Ripe moves to Leedy-Voulkos

Victoria,
after your comment was posted I re-read the column. I could find no slander.
If your work was damaged and your show was prematurely taken down and your gallerist kept changing her story, you might feel very differently.
I have never heard of a gallerist anywhere, indulging in this kind of nonsense.

Posted by Maria on 02/26/2010 at 1:09 PM

Re: “Mikal Shapiro's Ripe moves to Leedy-Voulkos

I just want to say that Jeff and Jessica are one of the ONLY people in KC that show new and local artists instead of "the norm" and "what's popular" like many of the other Galleries. There's such an incestuous scene in the Crossroads, with the galleries, and other "Foundations", but they take chances and don't just follow what's popular and makes the most money.

Maybe they didn't handle this situation completely professionally, maybe they had no other choice. Everyone makes mistakes and learns from them. Whatever the reason, they've always been nothing but professional and open with me.

They gave me and many other artists a chance to show work that would have otherwise never been shown. They gave me and other artists a chance to get our name on a wall for the first time that probably would have never been given a chance any where else. In turn, it inspired confidence in others to keep showing and creating, such as myself. Many local galleries don't do what they do.

Jeff and Jessica have shown me that taking chances within unfamiliar territory isn't always detrimental. They've been doing really well since they've opened and that is more important then some silly drama this month. Why try to slander them when any number of artists that have shown there weren't given a chance anywhere else??

I think people need to grow up. I think this article is ridiculous and uncalled for.

And as far, not letting certain people into the gallery there's always good reason for it. I may not have wanted them there either for personal reasons.

Posted by Victoria Strong on 02/26/2010 at 12:46 PM

Re: “Mikal Shapiro's Ripe moves to Leedy-Voulkos

The pitchit weekly goes through these phases. It is sometimes excellent, and oftentimes trash. The editorial staff seems to be asleep at the helm these days as we are seeing more attempts at elevating not very newsworthy disagreements to the level that they have been raised all in an effort to get a bunch of people to read the column. It seems boorish hipsterism is replacing valid commentary on the arts community and in this city garbage is being held up as art all for the same reasons ... so that people can get laid. Unfortunately, patrons and average folks alike know when they are being confronted with bullshit, and their legs and wallets will walk away, which is bad for the arts community as a whole. I respect when people make a valid effort at running a business, which is needlessly complicated in this city and country. The simple truth is, if somebody wants to show art, or play music or do anything in this town, they need to play ball with the people providing the space. That is a very simple concept -- no drama. I think, understanding all this, no one blames Jessica and Jeff for the way they have behaved in this situation.

Posted by Stevo Svoboda on 02/26/2010 at 11:35 AM

Re: “Mikal Shapiro's Ripe moves to Leedy-Voulkos

Fair enough, but that's not what really happened. The show was canceled because Mikal refused to work with them regarding taxes, city zoning requirements, and the necessary steps that they have to take to insure that they are in phase with the legal requirements put on them by virtue of the fact they are using a non-traditional space (a non-retail non-assembly space). They have insurance which would have covered any damaged work (up to $50,000), however the work was stolen by Mikal in the middle of the night. Now, she denies this, but by using an electronic passcode without their permission and removing the works from the premises prior to establishing any damage, their insurance CANNOT process a claim. they saw the work after it was down there was no damage - also it was not taken down hastily. Perhaps you are wondering why none of this was mentioned? Well, it was mentioned to Chris Packham, et al, and it was not relayed in the article, which makes Jessica look like a catty bitch and makes Mikal and the artists seem like innocent victims. Once again Mikal took the works without her permission, in the middle of the night. Now, that being said, Jessica works diligently to offer up opportunities for local artists to show work in a very busy area of the Crossroads. In order to do this, she had to go downtown, register as a LLC, get a federal employee identification number, get a commercial account at Commerce Bank, and get zoning clearance for a home business. For those who don't know, you cannot sell anything out of a home. Period. So, in order to sell things, she has to list them in a catalog (which is what my zoning clearance is for). She has to be a direct seller, and the Keyhole can ONLY BE an exhibition space. I am sorry, truly, that the city of KC imposes these restrictions, but they do. She told this to Mikal, told her she needed the price list before the show, and guess what, she got the price list after the show began. Then, on Saturdays, again, there was no ability to convey the need to use the methods she explained. So the show ended. Jessica was not going to jeopardize her ability to continue to use the space because someone found her process annoying Now, to quote you, "Then again, when your panties are in a bunch and you are ripping art off the walls, you're probably not thinking about the big picture." Well, again , the big picture is one that includes zoning clearance, appropriate use, and covering your assets so that you don't get in trouble with the authorities that invariably become involved when you start to advertise big shows that have art for sale. This was all conveyed to Chris Packham. He quoted Jessica: "I feel you are overreacting for absolutely no reason and ONCE AGAIN your focus is not where it needs to be." To wit, Mikal's focus needed to be on addressing the very legitimate legal issues she confronted as the person running the Keyhole. She failed to do this, the show ended.

Posted by victoria strong on 02/26/2010 at 10:45 AM

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