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Kamp Gallery Opens Exhibit for Lester Goldman Paintings

Kamp Gallery celebrates its new location this week with a ribbon cutting and new exhibition.

One local gallery owner believes that everyone can, and should, claim a piece of art.

"Stop sitting on the couch; go out and get something that you that you can afford and that speaks to you," said Kamp Gallery co-owner Nick Vahlkamp. "If nothing speaks to you, well, keep looking."

Vahlkamp, along with his co-owner and wife Barbara, are polishing up their new gallery space at 996 Green Bay Road. On Saturday, 25 new pieces will debut and range in price from $2,000 to $10,000.

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"We're profiling for younger audiences," said Vahlkamp, who explained his belief that art is often more available to upper classes. "I feel very democratic about what art does: It lifts spirits."

Bloomberg reported earlier this month about the rising cost of art, as wealthy elite see art as a secure investment tool.

The 25 pieces of art are original oil paintings by the late Lester Goldman, who lived in Kansas City and specialized in abstract expressionism.

From 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, the unveiling party will feature free food and drinks for the public. At 2 p.m. Goldman's wife, Kathrin Goldman, will speak about the paintings.

Kamp Gallery moved to a new gallery space this year after more than 20 years on Lincoln Avenue due to flood damage this summer.

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