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Arts are the focus of Final Friday

Final Friday — As the name implies, Final Friday happens the last Friday of each month.  Art galleries, museums, restaurants and retail shops around Wichita stay open late and welcome visitors. Recognizing that Downtown is the artistic and cultural center for the region, the Q-Line trolley service transports art lovers to the concentration of venues in Downtown. The ride is free and allows attendees to park once and visit several galleries. View the trolley route on the printable Downtown venues map.

Hours vary between galleries but the majority are open during the core hours of 7pm to 9pm Most galleries use Final Friday to unveil and debut new shows or as a closing reception. All venues are free and open to the public and several galleries incorporate artist demonstrations and/or live music. Not only does this event give guests the opportunity to view creative art space, it also is an excellent time to purchase one-of-a-kind artwork directly from artists.

Download Printable Map with Concentration of Downtown Venues & Q-Line Route

View Online Interactive Map of All Venues in Wichita or view the "Resources" above

Art Day of Giving 2015

Join the Wichita Community Foundation and create community through art during ArtDOG 2015 on April 24. The project, which will span from 12:01 a.m. to 11:59 p.m., is centered around raising both awareness and funds for local art nonprofit organizations. In its inaugural year, ArtDOG raised $548,372 for 38 art organizations. Visit the all-new ICTArtDOG.org to see the current list of 52 participating organizations, as well as additional events happening on Final Friday in April.

What galleries participate in Final Friday?

Galleries, museums, restaurants, and retail shops from across Sedgwick County often participate in this event. A full listing may be seen under the "Resources" tab. You may also download a reference map (currently in progress) of the concentration of galleries and shops that are in Downtown with the Q-Line trolley route.

Are you an artist or gallery owner intersted in being included on the Final Friday list? Email the WDDC or call at 316-264-6005.

Can I buy art tonight?

Absolutely. Not only does this event give guests the opportunity to view creative art space, it also is an excellent time to purchase one-of-a-kind artwork directly from artists.

Plan to attend next time

Next month Final Friday will occur on April 24. Participating venues will be listed on this website no less than a week before the event.

2015 Final Friday dates: April 24, May 29, June 26, July 31, August 28, September 25, October 30 and November 27 

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Sculpture Walkabout

The Sculpture Walkabout was initiated by Mayor Carl Brewer and showcases area artists. The art is chosen from a juried competition and is available for purchase. Sculptures are located in Old Town on north Mosley and Mead between Douglas and Second Street and on the Intrust Bank Arena plaza. The cash award will be presented to the artist at the annual Arts Council Art Awards Dinner in October. Learn More

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Listings with "**" signifies locations with participating ArtDOG events.

Join the Wichita Community Foundation and create community through art during ArtDOG 2015 on April 24. The project, which will span from 12:01 a.m. to 11:59 p.m., is centered around raising both awareness and funds for local art nonprofit organizations. In its inaugural year, ArtDOG raised $548,372 for 38 art organizations. Visit the all-new ICTArtDOG.org to see the current list of 52 participating organizations, as well as additional events happening on Final Friday in April.

Morningstar Community Church - 11010 E Kellogg Dr
CYT Encores - An Art Day of Giving Concert Event

6:30-10pm

Join the Christian Youth Theatre for CYT Wichita's first annual Encores concert event! Enjoy a free evening of musical performances featuring cast members from past CYT Wichita's productions.

**CityArts    
334 N. Mead
Phone: (316) 350-3245 website
Hours: Mon.-Fri. 9am-9pm, Saturdays 9am-4pm
Big evening includes exhibit openings plus ArtDOG festivities

5-8pm

There's only one word that can describe Final Friday, April 24 at CityArts, and that word is "supersized." As expected, the evening will include the opening of new art exhibitions from 5-8 p.m. in five CityArts galleries that highlight the amazing talent of local artists. But that's only the beginning.

This Final Friday coincides with the 2nd ICT Art Day of Giving (ArtDOG), a 24-hour online fund-raiser for local nonprofit arts organizations that is led by the Wichita Community Foundation. There will be ArtDOG activities in CityArts' Main Gallery where visitors can meet special guests from Exploration Place and Camp Allegro, take part in CityArts' first-ever Urban Sketch Night (paper and pencils provided) and experience a durational art demonstration by portrait painter Carlos Soto that will take place over the course of several hours. Just outside CityArts' doors in Old Town Square will be nonstop arts and culture activities and stage performances sponsored by the Arts Council as well as the introduction of "I Make Art Happen" or I(MAH), a new community wide program to bring awareness of the arts in Wichita all year long.

All Final Friday and ArtDOG activities are free to the public. The following art exhibitions that open inside CityArts on Final Friday will be on display through May 23:

Main Gallery and Main Hall Gallery: "Fourth District 2015 Congressional Art Competition"
sponsored by the Office of Congressman Mike Pompeo

Boardroom Gallery: "Disassemblance", oils by Darren Morawitz

Balcony Gallery: "Primary Colors", paintings by Ginny Young

Extended Balcony Gallery: "Photographs of the Century", photography by James Mitchell

Full Exhibition: April 24 - May 23

Century II, Concert Hall Lobby - 225 W. Douglas Ave.
Final Friday Public Reception
Century II Concert Hall Lobby

4:40-6pm

Featuring performances by USD 259 K-12 Students

Student Music Performances will also be featured and information about the Education Edge Fine Arts Gift Fund will be available.

The Renfro Studio - 612 E. Douglas
Pawcasso Gallery

6-9pm

PAWCASSO Gallery - a collection of artwork created by ECC members four-legged family members! Enjoy the colorful and very creative canvasses, special treats and refreshments!

524 S. Commerce
Phone: (316) 200-5200 website
Fisch Haus Women's Invitational Exhibition

5-7pm

Featuring art by:
Dorothee Davoise
Claire Greenshaw
Yoonmi Nam
Merav Tzur
Julie Ward

The XX series, now in its seventh edition, is a bi-annual invitational exhibition series that features five different female artists each year; every new group of participants being chosen by the previous five. This "tag" structure should, through its natural progression, offer the Wichita community an expansive range of work, both geographically and stylistically. There is no set criteria for acceptable medium or genre, as long as the work is unique and exceptional. The intention of this exhibition is not to focus simply on art made by women (just as a show featuring only male artists isn't presented as a "men's show"); rather, to highlight the work of five extraordinary artists that happen to be women.

Fisch Haus's not-for-profit arm, Fisch Bowl, Inc. will be participating in the Art Day of Giving (ArtDOG) again this year. Please Support them, as well as all of the other nfp cultural organizations in Wichita on April 24th!

215 N Washington
Phone: (316) 530-2203 website
All the Steps in the Process

7-10pm

Featuring art by April resident, Christine Wong Yap

Harvester Arts welcomes the inaugural artist to our new space, Christine Wong Yap, in residence April 8-26th. Queens-based Wong Yap creates sculptures, installations, participatory projects, and drawings that spark and sustain attention to emotional experiences including optimism and happiness. Using everyday materials - ribbons, vinyl, mirrors, and gel pens - Wong Yap lends accessibility and abundance to elusive sentiments. Increasingly, she creates projects that invite interaction - such as organizing and offering artist-created activity sheets to the public - to cultivate agency, mutualism, and generosity. For her capstone exhibition, All the Steps in the Process: a research project on collaboration, she has interviewed and gathered data from artists near and far on collaboration - touching upon ups and downs, personal development, and best practices. She employs this content to create an installation inspired by publication layout and featuring hand-lettered works on paper and a zine. A zine (/ˈziːn/ ZEEN; an abbreviation of fanzine, or magazine) is most commonly a small circulation self-published work of original or appropriated texts and images.

As a participating arts non-profit in ArtDOG2015, Harvester Arts will be launching their first membership drive.

Full exhibition on display from April 23 - May 2.

Old Town Square
Share the Stories: American Indians thru Storytelling, Music & Film

6-7pm

Listen to the stories from the elders and the sound of the flute under the big evening sky. Then join us inside CityArts to watch a 17 minute short from our film, "Indians in Aviation"

Old Town Square
Old Town Stage Performance

5:30-6pm

Featuring performance by Music Theatre for Young People

Sneak preview of songs from Oliver!

200 N. Broadway
ICT ArtDOG Restoration Reception

5:30-8:30pm

Head over to the Orpheum Theatre for an ArtDOG Final Friday Restoration Reception! Enjoy some snacks and drinks, and get a sneak peek of restoration in progress.

2611 E. Douglas Ave.
Tyler Longfellow

6-9pm

Featuring art by Tyler Longfellow

April 24th at 10am Reverie will be hosting a classical music duo from the Delano Chamber Players, advertising that April Final Friday is the Arts Day Of Giving. That evening, they will also be featuring Stephan Bishop and Evan Ogborn of Animal Parade, and supporting Bike Walk Wichita to kick off May's Bike Month.

730 W. Douglas
MTYP's Art Dog Day of Giving Chris Cakes Pancake Feed

5-7pm

Featuring a preview performance by MTYP's Cast of Oliver.

ArtDOG event to raise money for Music Theatre for Young People.

3700 E Douglas #59
Hours: Fridays 10am-2pm & by appointment only
Eco-Fashion Exhibit / ArtDOG

6-8pm

Featuring designs by local designers.

Support/donate to local arts organizations such as CREATIVERUSH!

Green smoothies, leafy green menu & embellish a major jar/plant seeds of creativity

Full exhibition on display from April 24 - May 24.

WSU Shiftspace - 416 S. Commerce
Love of Art

6-9pm

204 S. Main
Hours: Tues-Fri: 11am-4pm Sat-Sun 1-5pm
Final Friday Live Art Event Celebrating Art Day of Giving - ArtDOG

5-7pm

Join the Museum for a Final Friday Live Art Event - free souvenir! Also see the Annual Local Art History Exhibit - The Art of George Bellis and four floors of exhibits celebrating Wichita and Sedgwick County's history located in Wichita’s original 1890 City Hall building.

511 E. Douglas Ave.
Phone: (316) 260-9522
Greg Johnson Sculpture & Oil on Canvas

5:30-9pm

Featuring art by Greg Johnson, Charles Leonard and Gregory Walker

Full exhibition on display from April 24 - May 26

829 N. Market
Three's Company

5:30-8:30pm

Featuring watercolors, acrylics and oils by James Crawford, Sr. (1919-2010), Bob Neace and Paul Cavanaugh.

Enjoy music, food, drink and some of Wichita's best art.

5014 E. Central Ave
The Annual International Private Collectors Show

5-7pm

Featuring artists: Picasso, Alexandria Nichita, Calder and more!

Also featuring local artists.

211 N. Washington
Phone: (316) 518-3065 website
The Geometry of Light

7-9pm

Featuring mixed media art with an emphasis on hand cast lucite by Dean Young.

"The Geometry of Light " is a return for Dean Young, after 9 years, to the art of hand cast lucite sculptures and art tables. Hand colored lucite, steel, limestone and glass combine to create compositions that hold, bend, capture and reflect light. Layers of color merge, swirl and collide frozen in suspension within the sculptures. The juxtaposition between the organic and the manufactured are thematic throughout the work. Inspired by the fluid motions of wind and water and the sweeping drama of the sky, the art echoes the colors and movement of the world we inhabit. The intent is for the viewer to make additional discoveries within the art as the light and viewing angles change.

Beadazzled    
307 N. Mead St.
Paula Moore

6-9pm

Featuring photography by Paula Moore.

Bella Luz    
300 N Mead St #105
Josh Tripoli

5-7pm

Featuring acrylic paintings by Josh Tripoli

Josh works in acrylics to create eye-catching paintings that have been featured in local and national galleries. He has recently begun work with the Douglas Design District creating outdoor murals to beautify Wichita.

111 S. Ellis
Phone: (316) 682-5600 website
Hours: Fridays 11:00am - 4:00pm, and by appointment
Arrangments

6-10pm

Featuring paintings by Bill Goffrier and Richard Davies

710 W. Douglas
Hours: Regular Business Hours: 11am-8pm
Painting with Parkinson's, Healing Brush Strokes

5:00-7:30pm

Featuring art by Wayne Clark

10% of Delano BBQ's profits, and 100% of Wayne's prints will be donated to Parkinson's Association of the Plains

Show is kid friendly. A Lego table and Free S'mores will be available.

412 E Douglas
Phone: (316) 267-5915 website
Hours: Regular Gallery Hours: Monday-Saturday, 10am - 4pm
Flower Child

5:30-10pm

Featuring new paintings by Cathy Fiorelli

Also featuring Ceramics by Gary Lincoln.

Full Exhibition: April 21 - May 26

508 S. Commerce
Salmagundi: Works of Hodgepodge Proportions

6-11pm

Support your local artists this Final Friday for an amazing show with a variety of talents! You won't be disappointed!

Featured artists include: Addie Wise, Amy Turner, Andrea Stockdale, Art Scott, Bob Neace, Christine Young, Delilah Reed, Denise Grays, Echo Landscapes, Greg Turner, Jackie Billings, Jami Moore, Jason Flanders, Jessica O'Brien, John Wells, Jovana Johnson, Julia Crider, Kat Sickmon, Lisa Jimenez, Luke Swearingen, Mark Edwards, Melissa Slates, Molly LeBlanc, Nanetta Maria, Shellaine Kelley, and Steven Williams, Sydney Rickman, Valerie Lillich Tara Hufford Walker and more!

430 S. Commerce, Suite 200
Phone: (316) 512-5045 website
Hours: Regular Business/ Venue Hours: Friday-Saturday: 11:00am-5:00pm, Sunday-Thurday: By Appointment Only
Day Dreaming

6-10pm

Featuring art by Sally Shisler, Lindy Wiese and Christopher Ward

Full Exhibition: April 24 - May 23

Sally Shisler, their main featured artist, is new to HUE Gallery from Orlando, Florida, whom is a multiple-award winning palette knife painter and known as one of the best in her field.

Will also have works on display in the back gallery from Mary Bechtol, Carol Carter, Matthew Hilyard, James C. Leonard, Dale Martin, Jeanne Ward, Stephanie Ward, Ernest Vincent Wood III and Mark Yearwood.

121 N. Mead
Phone: (316) 262-5192 website
6:30-9pm

Featuring the works of Laurie Mitchell.

Full exhibition on display through May 23.

126 N Mead
Mrs. O'Leary's Final Friday for April

6-9pm

As part of the ArtDOG events this weekend Mrs. O'Leary's will be featuring DogHouse Designs Charms. Choose from our fun stock sayings (Dog Mom, Less Bark More Wag and many more) or have a custom piece with your name or your pet's name. The entire amount goes to Save the Giants Rescue, a 501c3 rescue serving large breed dogs. Joni will also be doing an enamel bead demo. Don't forget to ask for your free bead! It will look great hanging next to your DogHouse! As always the will have plenty of new things to see and lots to shop from!

3100 McCormick - De Mattias Fine Arts Center
Phone: (316) 942-4291 website
Hours: Monday through Friday from 9am-4pm, or by appointment.
Two-Headed Beast

5-7pm

"Two-Headed Beast" features gritty abstract paintings and digital illustrations by Parker, editor and creator of Proteus Mag, and brightly colored paintings and found object assemblages inspired by the 1960s created by Turner. Turner's bright colors and imagery are meant to sharply contrast Parker's work to create a unique experience for attendees.

An "Art for Lunch" presentation by the artists will be held Tuesday, Apr. 28 from noon to 1 p.m. in the gallery. A light lunch will be served on a first-come, first-served basis. Guests can also bring their lunch. This event is also free and reservations are not required.

Full exhibition on display from April 24 -May 15 .

7724 E Central Ave
New Projection Relief Works

6-8pm

Featuring art Christopher Gulick.

Full exhibition on display from April 24 - May 23.

5500 E Kellogg
ART (Amazing Recover Tool) Show Supporting Survivors of Military Sexual Trauma

10am-7pm

Featuring art veterans and VA staff.

922 E. Douglas Ave
Oaxacan Wood Carvings From Mexico

5-7:30pm

Featuring art by Oaxacan artists.

611 S. St. Francis
Phone: (316) 308-3919
Linear Thoughts on Paper and Canvas

6-9pm

Featuring art by Nate Vanlandingham

418 Commerce
Phone: (316) 303-1996
The AP Art Exhibition

6-10pm

Featuring art by Wichita North High School Art Students.

417 E. Gilbert
Hours: Fri.-Sun. 10:00am-5:30pm
Floral Delights and Things Found in an Attic

7-9pm

Featuring art by Cristi A. McJack.

The theme of this art show is Things Found in an Attic.

Full exhibition on display until May 2015

232 N Market
Art of Love/Love of Art

5-8pm

Art Show & Silent Auction- Donations Welcome! USD259 community service project sponsored by West High Leadership Advisory Council to benefit Wichita Area Sexual Assault Center (WASAC)

225 N. Market
Wichita Bar Association Final Friday Event

1st Floor Conference Room, Parking on South side of Building

5-7pm

The Wichita Bar Association will showcase artistic works of its members. Exhibits will include paintings, photography, pottery, and wood carving. There will be live music performed by The Shoes.

Refreshments will be served.

416 Commerce #102
Phone: (316) 978-7706 website
Hours: Regular Business/ Venue Hours: Wed - Sat: 1 - 4pm
Graphic Design - BFA Graduate Exhibition: Cuboctahedron
14 artists, 1 epic show

6-10pm

Featuring art by:
Maria Brown
Sarah Diaz-Rivera
Chris Garcia
Dom Greene
Dayna Hoock
Christina Jacks
Ashlynn Lebeda
Carlos Palomino
Fidel Serrano
Gina Stevenson
Joanna Stock
Lupe Trevino
Joe Worley
Josiah Zimmerman

Full exhibition on display from April 23 - May 2.

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