Final Friday, October 30
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 (in progress).
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 (in progess)
View Online Interactive Map of All Venues in Wichita (in progress)
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 October 30. Participating venues will be listed on this website no less than a week before the event.
Remaining 2015 Final Friday dates: October 30 and November 27
How can I find out about all the Downtown activities & events?
Join our confidential email list here. Click on "Special Events News" to receive weekly Downtown Events Emails.
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.
Elizabeth Stevenson on Downtown Development
Final Friday Transportation
Final Friday 9/25
1203 E. Douglas Ave.
Hours: Regular Business/ Venue Hours: Mon - Sat: 11am - 8pm, Sun: 11am-6pm
8pm - midnight
Featuring artwork by Tara Wilson, Patrick Hogan, Jake McDerra, "Liu", Scott Flutnasty.
Free Food by Anthony Trupia and Michael Guerrero.
Live glass blowing will be performed in the back and paint exhibit in the front.
511 E. Douglas Ave.
Phone: (316) 260-9522
Hours: Regular Business/ Venue Hours: By Appointment
The "HeART" of Sculptures & Oils
Featuring art by Greg Johnson, Charles Leonard and Gregory Walker
Full exhibition on display from September 25 - October 27
829 N. Market
The Inspiration Imagination - Images of Hope
Featuring artwork by Hope Community Church
Smoky Hill Winery wine tasting, including the unveiling of their Christmas 2015 vintage, and a performance Southcentral Kansas SmorgasChorus.
at (316) 264-9303 for more property information.
5014 E. Central
Phone: (316) 686-2177 website
Hours: Regular Business/ Venue Hours: Mon - Fri 10am to 4pm, Sat by appointment.
A Walk in Time
Featuring artworks by Jasmine Gutierrez Massions
Jasmine is an award winning photographer, based in Wichita, KS. Specializing in commercial and portrait work, Jasmine also has an eye for fine-art as well.
"Modern, simple, and down to earth" is how Jasmine describes her approach and style.
Her work has been featured and published in many national distributed magazines, billboards and vastly across the world wide web in a variety of mediums.
Jasmine's unique vision and skillful, intuitive approach forces viewers to challenge their perspectives and view the world differently. Truly, bringing the ordinary to life.
at (316) 518-9399 for more property information.
334 N. Mead
Phone: (316) 350-3245 website
Hours: Regular Business/ Venue Hours: Mon.-Fri. 9am-9pm, Saturdays 9am-4pm
Main Gallery: "Yard Work," ceramics and paintings by Charlotte Martin
Charlotte Martin loves that moment when inspiration comes to mind in an instant. A complete painting can appear on the screen of her brain, and all that's left for her to do is copy it with paint. "Yard Work" started as a moment of inspiration but kept her busy and inspired for over a year and a half. Some of Martin's pieces show everyday life depicted in one's yard. Martin studied painting at Arizona State University and received a BFA in painting and drawing from Wichita State University. She has been an instructor at CityArts for 15 years.
Boardroom Gallery : "Backyard Almanac," photo posters by Glory Benacka
Glory Benacka specializes in natural, on-location photography for businesses, artists and people. "Backyard Almanac" is a documentary project of four backyards in Salina, Kan. captured throughout 2014. The collection shows images that highlight scenes from some of the most beautiful moments in these Kansas backyards throughout the seasons. With each photograph she takes, Benacka hopes to capture the shadow of a memory and freeze the breath of a moment to be preserved for people to remember. Benacka holds a BFA in Art and Photography from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Main Hall Gallery: CityArts Photo Competition, Level 5 DSLR Photography Class
Students from the Level 5 DSLR photography class at CityArts will showcase their finest work to the Wichita community. Ninety-four large prints, ranging from intimate portraits to eye-popping action shots, that will be part of the exhibit/photography competition judged by three professional photographers from Wichita - Wichita Eagle photographer Travis Heying, landscape and fine jewelry photographer Jerry Burnell and U.S. presidential photographer Howard Eastwood. The public is invited to add their opinions to the judging and cast their votes for the People's Choice Awards. The digital photography program at CityArts is led by Douglas Robertson.
Balcony Gallery: "Endear," drawings by Angela Kerner
Fascinated by the fairy tale images contained in magazines, Angela Kerner uses these periodicals as a jumping off point for her project about women. She draws directly on top of magazine images and traces the drawings that soon develop. Kerner received a Bachelor's of Fine Arts in Art History from the University of Kansas. She currently lives and works in Salina.5-8pm
Full Exhibition: September 25 - October 24
710 W. Douglas
Hours: Regular Business/ Venues Hours: 11am-8pm
"Like It or Not" A Conspiracy Theory
Featuring artwork by Chuck Dooms.
10% of the restaurant sales between 3-8pm will go to Parkinson's Association of the Plains.
200 S. Walnut
The Adventure Lovers, Photos & Films of Martin & Osa Johnson, Safari Museum
Featuring photos and films by Martin and Osa Johnson.
"The Adventure Lovers", an award winning documentary of the life and work of Martin & Osa Johnson, two world renown explorers, photographers, authors, and aviators from Chanute, Kansas, who traveled the world, shared their adventures through books, photos, and films, and left an unmatched photographic record of the wildernesses of Kenya, the Congo, Borneo, and Solomon Islands for future researchers at the Safari Museum in Chanute, Ks.
412 E Douglas
Phone: (316) 267-5915 website
Hours: Regular Business/ Venue Hours: Mon - Sat, 10am - 4pm
Skies, Scapes and Water
Featuring paintings by Sally Allen
Full Exhibition: September 25 - October 27
508 S. Commerce
CHROME , SMOKE AND FLAMES
Featuring artwork by various Kansas Artist
215 N. Washington
Phone: (316) 530-2203 website
Hours: By appointment.
Pessimist's Index by Ann Resnick & Shared Shadow by Von Hansen
Featuring artwork by Ann Resnick and Von Hansen
Ann Resnick & Von Hansen respond to April resident, Christine Wong Yap's exhibition: All the Steps in the Process. For Resnick's response, The Pessimist's Index, she invited participants to read a hard copy of the front page of the Sunday Wichita Eagle, or their own local Sunday paper, and then rank the articles on how pessimistic (or optimistic) they make you feel. Her instructions asked participants to use a range of greys, black and one yellow and assign a color to each article based on their ranking, and apply that color directly to the paper. In Hansen's response, Shared Shadow, two audience members control different variables of a single sound using modified golf video game controllers. The game controllers use tethered joysticks to map three dimensional space. Hansen's project also takes into account Ann Resnicks exhibition, The Pessimist's Index, by allowing the players to type into the keyboard whether they are feeling optimistic or pessimistic and is designed to encourage exhibit goers to communicate directly with someone whom they may never have met before.
204 S. Main
Kansas History Through Opera
Featuring a performance by Virginia Revering, Rebecca Zepick-White, Gina Gouchenour, Anthony Perkins, Sherri Pilgreen
The fifteen minute performances are meant to introduce opera as a part of Final Friday. Kansas Opera will perform the concert twice allowing audience members to take advantage the diverse offerings of the Wichita art scene. The performance will include highlights from the operas "John Brown" and "Carry Nation"
430 S. Commerce, Suite 200
Phone: (316) 512-5045 website
Hours: Regular Business/ Venue Hours: Fri - Sat: Noon-4:30pm, Sun - Thurs: By Appointment
HUE Gallery's 1 Year Anniversary
Featuring artwork by H.M. Saffer II, Eduardo Ford, Sean Christopher Ward & Lindy Wiese
H.M. Saffer, an artist from New York City, is featured in 17 galleries across the United States and Canada and will be making his Midwest debut for the first time ever at HUE Gallery! He owns three restaurants in Paris and Ibiza. He was a musical producer for Warner Brother Records and helped write the international hit song, "Look What They Done To My Song, Ma" and went on to owning his own recording label. Throughout all of his career, and his great success, he has continued to create outstanding pointillism works of art that are highly sought after throughout the world.
Eduardo Ford, an artist from South Beach, Miami, Florida, is an up and coming artist whom has studied art throughout Spain, Belgium, Argentina, and now, has finally ended up in Miami, Florida. His portraits are filled with emotions and unlike most you have ever seen before!
Along with these two artists, Sean Christopher Ward and Lindy Wiese will be bringing brand new work to the gallery, and to celebrate the one year anniversary of the gallery opening, we will be serving food and wine.
6422 E. Central Ave
Featuring artwork by Aaron Michael and Ann Hathaway
125 S. Washington
Hours: Regular Business/ Venue Hours: M-F 8am - 5pm
Icon: The Famous in Print
Featuring artwork by Jeffrey Peirson
Full Exhibition: September 25 - October 28
Jeffrey Pierson, born in Newport, New Jersey, earned his B.F.A. in Printmaking from Wichita State University and M.F.A. in Printmaking in South Dakota. His Icon series makes imagery that has the look and feel of the traditional intaglio, a type of fine art print making at which Pierson is a master. This exciting series of prints, displayed at Integrated Facilities Group, provides the viewer with a fresh look at celebrity through iconic images created by the artist.
147 S. Hillside
Featuring artwork by Katie Brown, Eric Carbrey, Reb Green, Matthew Chesebrough
Full exhibition: September 25 - November 21
414 S. Commerce
Hours: Mon-Fri, 9am - 5pm
Reception @ 6, 7-10pm
Featuring artwork by Charles Baughman.
This show contains images of a very graphic and sexual nature. We do not recommend for anyone under 18-years-old.
630 E Douglas Suite 100
Hours: Regular Business/ Venue Hours: Mon - Sat: 12-8pm, Sun: 12-6pm
The Sirens Calling
Featuring artwork by Sesho The Siren
The Sirens Calling - An innocent child is lost in the shadows. She is too weak to fight and is locked away in the shadows. Her heart and soul is slowly consumed by the darkness and she becomes The Siren.
Full Exhibition: September 25 - October 24
121 N. Mead
Phone: (316) 262-5192 website
Hours: Regular Business/ Venue Hours: Mon - Fri: 10am - 4pm, Sat: 10am - 3pm
Featuring artwork by gallery members: Nancy Arroyo, Lesia Beard, Tulia Callanan, Dena Griswold, Curtis Newby and Donna Walling.
3100 McCormick - De Mattias Fine Arts Center
Phone: (316) 942-4291 website
White, Et Cetera
Featuring drawings by Gehry Kolher
Gehry Kolher received his BFA at the Kansas City Art Institute in 1990 and received his MFA at Alfred University in 1992. In the past year, his work has been acquired and placed in private collections in Boston, New York, Dallas, Los Angeles and Kansas City.
"The 'Diamond Series' and 'White Oaks' initiate the use of light and the reflective qualities of line, which become sculptural in their effect," Kolher said in a prepared statement. "Form does not exist without line, which is the essential element to every process."
According to the statement, Kolher's process involves "building heavy layers of pencil, ballpoint, conte and pastel; then removing, erasing and rebuilding as the drawings develop through buffing and surface abrasion. One of the essential aspects is to take everything into consideration; build as far as you can, reduce and re-build again. The repetitive process of this work involves several years of work on one drawing."
An "Art for Lunch" presentation by the artists will be held Tuesday, Sep. 29 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.
121 E. Douglas
Pop-Up Urban Park Grand Opening
Featuring artwork by Doug Billings, Sean Ward, Matthew Hilyard, Kansas State University landscape architecture students, and Nick Mercado.
Together Wichita, an initiative of local businesses and the Wichita Eagle, donated three “Keepers on Parade” statues, which have each been distinctly painted by local artists Doug Billings, Sean Ward, and Matthew Hilyard.
Kansas State University landscape architecture students designed and produced several custom furnishings for the park, and Nick Mercado, a recent K-State graduate, created a 16’ x 8’ art installation titled “Sunflower,” that will also be hung in the park. During Final Friday, food trucks will be on site serving food, with live music throughout the evening.
Live music by Slow Ya Roll
1144 N. Bitting
Phone: (316) 882-4899
Mediums in Abstract
Featuring artworks by Josh Johnico and photography by Raquel Reyes
Full exhibition: September 24 - October 28
2611 E. Douglas Ave.
Hours: Regular Business/ Venue Hours: Mon - Sat 8am-8pm, Sun 10am-6pm
Featuring artwork by Sean McFarland
Full Exhibition: Art on display through October 27
We will be going through a bar renovation between 9/20-9/25, but will be serving a pop up bar in front of Reverie that week. Our cafe reopen is aiming to be Saturday 9/26, also the art reception. If something changes we will be sure to post it.
922 E. Douglas Ave
Hours: Regular Business/ Venue Hours: Tue - Sat: 10:30am-5pm
Native America Art
Featuring artwork by various artist
412 E Douglas
Hours: Regular Business/ Venue Hours: Mon - Sat: 10am - 4pm
Art for Arthritis Preview Show; ZenXpressions; The Clay Cartel
Featuring artwork by Art for Arthritis, ZenXpressions and The Clay Cartel
Full Exhibition: September 25 - October 21
1720 E. Douglas
Pedestrian Works by Andrew Unruh
Featuring artwork by Andrew Unruh
Photographer Andrew Unruh takes a look at areas of Wichita, witnessing some changes happening downtown. All photographs made on film.
Full Exhibition: September 25 - October 26
Phone: (316) 303-1996
Hours: Regular Business/ Venue Hours: By Appointment
Venus Talks, Figurative Ceramic Sculpture by Michaela Valli Groeblacher
Featuring artwork by Michaela Valli Groeblacher
Full Exhibition: Sept 18 - October 30
612 E. Douglas
DeafKAN presents Final Friday at The Renfro Studio
Featuring artwork by children in the DeafKAN program.
Auctioning their Community Canvas Projects on which a numerous variety of individuals have painted and signed their canvases during visits at the Old Town Farmer's Market.
150 N. Cleveland
Hours: Regular Business/ Venue Hours: Mon-Sat 10am-5pm
Final Friday @ The Workroom
Featuring artwork by Poverty Farms, Kaitlyn Wall, Scott Allan Knost
142 N. Mead
The Art of Recovery
Featuring artwork by consumers of MHA's Adult Case Management and Addictions Services
Refreshments will be provided.
1845 Fairmount St
Living Between Cultures
Reception at 5:30pm - Ulrich Museum
Artist Talk Program at 6:30pm - CAC Theatre
Featuring photography by Annu Palakunnathu Matthew
Photo-based artist Annu Palakunnathu Matthew will present artwork that explores her experiences of living between cultures - England, India and the USA. Her work is influenced by this transnational experience and includes concepts related to being an immigrant, assimilation and living as a hyphenated American.
Annu P. Matthew is Professor of Art and Director of the Center for the Humanities at the University of Rhode Island. She is the recipient of a Fulbright fellowship, John Gutmann fellowship, MacCall Johnson fellowship, Rhode Island State Council of the Arts fellowship and the American Institute of Indian Studies Creative Arts fellowship. Matthew's work has been exhibited worldwide, including the RISD Museum, Newark Art Museum, Guangzhou Biennial of Photography, China, and the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.
1123 E. Douglas
Phone: (316) 295-7674
Hours: Regular Business/ Venue Hours: Mon - Tues 11am-5pm, Wed - Fri 11am-6pm, Sat 11am-3pm
Featuring artwork by Nanetta Maria.
Nantetta Maria will be a live art demo.
232 N Market
Featuring artwork by Bernardo Trevizo Jr., Erin Kathleen, Patrick Calvillo , Heidi Cruz, Robyn D.S., Hannah Scott.
Full Exhibition: September 25 - October 9
515 S. Main St. Ste. 115
Hours: Regular Business/ Venue Hours: 8am - 5pm
Final Friday at Visit Wichita
Paintings, Jewelry and Floral designs by Helen Cherry
623 W. Douglas Ave
Hours: Regular Business/ Venue Hours: Mon - Friday 9am-5pm
"Paisley on the Prairie"
Featuring artwork by Abbey Parrish
Full Exhibition: September 25 - October 21
Gallery viewings are also by appointment after normal business hours.
617 W Douglas Ave
Featuring artwork by Cornell Bell-Steele
Snacks and beverages will be provided
416 S. Commerce Suite 102
Hours: Regular Business/ Venue Hours: Wed - Sat: 1-4pm
Inception: Project RunAway Category Winners
Featuring artwork by Mia Nguyen and Minh Nguyen.
1601 E. Douglas
Hours: Regular Business/ Venue Hours: Mon - Fri: 9am-5pm
Youth Horizons: My Story
Featuring artwork by children from the mentoring and residential programs.
Children from the mentoring and residential programs will be displaying artwork on the theme, "My Story." Also included in the evening will be art pieces from mentors, as well as professional, local artists on the subjects "youth" and "mentoring."
Live music and refreshments will also be provided.