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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
View Online Interactive Map of All Venues in Wichita or view the "Resources" above
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.
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 July 31. Participating venues will be listed on this website no less than a week before the event.
2015 Final Friday dates: August 28, September 25, October 30 and November 27
How can I find out about all the Downtown activities & events?
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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 7/31
Old Town Square
#QuitTheCuts Final Friday Rally Event
Celebrate Sedgwick County's arts, culture and services that make our home a great place to live, work and play!
Arts, culture, and services are a vital part of our county's future, we all know that. We also know that funding for many programs in Sedgwick County is slashed in the current budget proposal.
This is an all-inclusive event for every organization's supporters to show their displeasure with the County's decision to drastically cut the funding of groups essential to our community.
The organizations being cut enhance our quality of life, promote economic development and help build vibrant and connected communities. Contact your County Commissioners today to let them know why they matter to you! Come out Friday and show them!
Entertainment includes: Emcee Power 93.5's Miranda Watkins, D.J. Carbon, Operas Kansas, Phlox Fire Troupe, SmorgasChorus, Blue Moon, Richard Crowson, Pax the Magician.
1203 E. Douglas Ave.
Hours: Mon - Sun: 11am - 8pm
Glass Demo and Paint Exhibit
8pm - midnight
Featuring demonstrations and artwork by Aerone LA, Ric Dunwoody, Crystal Moody, Aaron West, Brandin Lee
Live glass blowing will be performed in the back and paint exhibit in the front.
511 E. Douglas Ave.
Phone: (316) 260-9522
Sculptures & Paintings
Featuring art by Greg Johnson, Charles Leonard and Gregory Walker
Full exhibition on display from July 31 - August 25
829 N. Market
Phone: (316) 264-9303 website
Art is Ageless
An exhibit by Wichita Presbyterian Manor, recognizing and honoring the many talents of seniors
209 E. William
Makeup on the Walk
Featuring artwork by Raquel Aquilar-Reyes, Monica Bush, Mitchel Amaya, Stephanie Barrera and Gabriela Canas.
Inside the studio will take you on a photographic journey through the "Evolution of Rebellion" Inspired by the fashions of the past. Created by a local photographer in collaboration with local makeup artists and stylists. As you leave the exhibit, you will exit to see a live offering of Makeup Artistry on the Sidewalk of Market Street. This live form of artistry is representing the movement of makeup and its transformative properties as an art. The Artist at large are current local You-Tube beauty video-bloggers (vloggers). They will be conducting makeup demos on guest visiting the show. The demos will be of rising makeup trends to the Midwest!
307 N. Mead St.
Phone: (316) 265-0667 website
Beadazzled Final Friday
Featuring artwork by Susan Wright.
120 E. 1st St
Final Friday at the Lux
Featuring artwork by Johnny Freedom and Brickmob
Brickmob produces raw art, hand printed in the American Midwest on high quality materials and stylized gear while using eco-friendly techniques whenever possible.
Johnny Freedom brings repurposed life to pieces others have discarded.
334 N. Mead
Phone: (316) 350-3245 website
Hours: Mon.-Fri. 9am-9pm, Saturdays 9am-4pm
Main Gallery: "REMIX", artwork by Kathleen Shanahan and Ranal Harrell Young
Kathleen Shanahan has a long list of credentials having taught art at the University level for several years. Her work has been exhibited all over the world. Through her work, her passion for art is evident. Her images combine elements and characters in unlikely contexts. Her "methodology" often involves juxtaposition and collaging in order to arrive at an image that implies a narrative. She uses the viewer's interpretation to further shape and solidify her work. Ranal Harrell Young's thought provoking work is diverse and imaginative. His process of finding and manipulating materials add another level of meaning to his pieces.
Boardroom Gallery : "Overcoming Together"
CityArts is excited to partner once again with the Arc of Sedgqick County for the 3rd annual art show in honor and celebration of Ruthie Spriggs who for 30+ years taught and inspired children and adults of all abilities. Through her love of art she sparked their inner artists and taught them to express themselves through their work. Featuring work by those with developmental disabilities across the state of Kansas this multimedia show is one of CityArt's favorite of the year.
Main Hall Gallery: "#stuffsyddraws" drawings by Sydney Peter
She may be under ten-years-old but you wouldn't know that looking at her artwork. Sydney Peterson has been drawing since the age of four. One of her favorite past times, she finds drawing dragons and animals to be her favorite. "Making art makes me feel happy, calm and relaxed." Peterson uses her art to help others. She has an understanding of art that is pure and inspiring.
Full Exhibition: July 31 - August 22
710 W. Douglas
Hours: Regular Business Hours: 11am-8pm
Featuring paintings by Andy Tyler Rosenboom
10% of the night's proceeds benefit the St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital.
Final Friday shows at Delano BBQ are always family friendly. We also bring out the S'mores Bar on Final Fridays.
412 E Douglas
Phone: (316) 267-5915 website
Hours: Regular Gallery Hours: Monday-Saturday, 10am - 4pm
"Sixth Annual Crazy Eights Small Works Invitational "
The Crazy Eights Small Works Invitational welcomes Charles Baughman, co-owner of MonArt Art Academy as this year's judge. Over 75 artists have submitted small works that will be on display for this Final Friday event.
Full Exhibition: July 31 - August 25
508 S. Commerce
"FOR THE LOVE OF ART" A Tribute to Ruthie Spriggs
Featuring artwork by Greg Turner, Dustin Parker, Marc Bosworth, Ted Krone, Arron Krone, Ann Krone, Tara Hufford Walker, Mark S Walker, Jack Wilson, Ed Langston, David Christiansen, Greg Johnson, Webster Johnson, Karen Scroggins, Jessica O'Brian, Charlotte Martin, Chad Droegemeier.
Greg Turner has organized a very special Summer Art Event for Wichita.
Ruthie Spriggs was an Art teacher at USD 259, City Arts and Arts Partners. She has touched many lives teaching Art to so many. She past away this last September. This exhibit is a tribute to Ruthie Spriggs.
215 N. Washington
Phone: (316) 530-2203 website
Hours: By appointment.
Featuring artwork by Bernardo Trevizo Jr., Patrick Calvillo, Mike Miller, Meghan Miller, Michelle Calhoun, Alli Sutton, Emma Ehart, Richard William Kopp, Jon Ashton Rushing, Jordan Kirtley, Drew Davis, Jessica Wasson and Robyn D.S.
May Resident Artist Wayne White said his Wichita crew of assistants was "one of the best I've ever worked with, I wish I could take them with me everywhere." Now, some of this amazing group of local artists have taken the experience of building cardboard puppets for the Riverfest's Sundown Parade and are now hard at work creating something of their own. Using the materials and processes learned from Wayne, these artists are creating sculpture, animation, and cardboard environments in an exhibition titled Corrugated Cellulose.
Full exhibition will open Friday July 24 with a reception featuring the sculptures being created by the group. On Final Friday July 31 an animation created with the sculptures will be screened.
The exhibition will be open by appointment through early August.
430 S. Commerce, Suite 200
Phone: (316) 512-5045 website
Hours: Wed - Sat: Noon - 5pm
MATERIAL & INTENTION
Featuring artwork by Matthew Hilyard
Full Exhibition: July 26 - August 22
There will also be a fire sale of a select group of Sean Christopher Ward and Lindy Wiese's works during Final Friday.
125 S. Washington
Hours: M-F 8am - 12pm/1pm - 5pm
Featuring photography by Mike Michalski.
Full Exhibition: July 31 - August 25
147 S. Hillside St.
Eye of the Beholder
Featuring art by Tyler Ross, Briana Sharpe and Dani Poe.
Tyler Ross uses his minimalistic approach to photography to show the beauty of nature, buildings, and Kansas.
Briana Sharpe honors Pina Bausch's life with this series of joy, color, and movement displaying beauty in the form of dancers.
Dani Poe brings to view her memories of the Kansas prairie, and the beauty of the world around her.
Full Exhibition: July 31 - September 26
414 S. Commerce
Hours: Mon-Fri, 9am - 5pm
Crazy, Not Crazy In Color
Reception @ 6, 7-10pm
Featuring artwork by Donna Davis.
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: Mon - Sat: 12-8pm, Sun: 12-6pm
Featuring artwork by Aubrey Burgess
Full Exhibition: July 24 - August 21
121 N. Mead
Phone: (316) 262-5192 website
Hours: Mon - Fri: 10am - 4pm, Sat: 10am - 3pm
Featuring artwork from Kansas Academy of Oil Painters
Full exhibition on display from July 29 - August 22
151 N. Rock Island, Suite 1D
Phone: (316) 214-7566 website
Kansas Landscape Photography
Featuring photography by John D. Morrison.
7724 E Central Ave
Phone: (316) 682-1481 website
The Impermanence of Memory
Featuring ceramic works by Trisha Coates.
2611 E. Douglas Ave.
Hours: Mon - Sat 8am-8pm, Sun 10am-6pm
Featuring art by Charles Lavacek
Full Exhibition: Art on display until last week of August.
Musicians for Final Friday will be Jack Korbel.
509 E. Douglas
Phone: (316) 260-5203
"Off the Runway" - Evening of Beauty
Salon Teased will be having two Mirabella Make-up Artist in house doing make-up applications to walk-in attendees and their stylists will have models already made up with a distinctive artsy hair style, clothing from our boutique and makeup application.
Finger food and beverages will be provided for Final Friday guests.
922 E. Douglas Ave
Hours: Tues - Sat 10:30am -5pm
Final Friday Art Crawl
Featuring artwork by various Native America artist.
430 S. Commerce, suite 400
Shelter Salon Turns Two!
Featuring artwork by Candace Eck
Food will be provided by Cow & Sow Deli.
416 S. Commerce Suite 102
Hours: By appointment during the summer.
Seance Saturday In Our Sunday Best
Featuring artwork by Megan St. Clair
The root definition of paranormal breaks down into two parts: para - meaning beside, alongside of, beyond; and normal - meaning conformity, usual, regular.
It is the space of being alongside or beyond the normal that Megan has come to question. Currently she is researching what lies beneath the appearance of things; what is unknown and what is unseen.
412 E Douglas
Hours: Mon - Sat: 10am - 4pm
Featuring artwork by The Monday Group.
Full Exhibition: July 22 - August 15
129 N. Rock Island
KMUW 8th Annual Fill Your Mug
Bring your KMUW mug and Cero's will dish up handmade ice cream and sorbet. No mug? They'll have some of their classics available for purchase at the event, or a cup will be provided. Live entertainment will be provided by Back Porch Buddha (5:00 - 6:30 pm) and Nikki Moddelmog (6:30 - 8:00 pm).
This event is free and open to the public.
611 S. St. Francis
Featuring new custom silkscreen prints by Brad Clark
Phone: (316) 303-1996
Hours: By appointment.
Compassionate Clay, Work by Debi Cox
Featuring artwork by Debi Cox
Final Friday closing artists reception, July 31.
417 E. Gilbert
The Final Showing
Featuring artwork by Rania Dillon, Donna Phoenix, Michelle Jackson, C.A. McJack.
150 N. Cleveland
Hours: 10am - 5pm
July Final Friday
Featuring art by Nathan Williams and live music by Hailey Treas.
3700 E Douglas #59
Bohemian Beet Box: Works by Leanne Dougherty and TISSU's 1 Year Anniversary Party
Enjoy the acrylic-and-canvas stylings Leanne Dougherty at this opening reception. Sip on some wine and sample some gourmet, global, garden cuisine artistically prepared by TISSU's Chef Fred. Win door prizes including fabrics, sewing kits, free classes, and more!
515 S. Main St. Ste. 115
Hours: 8am - 5pm
Scenes of Italy by Rita Zaudke
5:30 - 9pm
Featuring watercolor and acrylic paintings by Rita Zaudke.
Rita Zaudke expresses her love for Italy through watercolor and acrylic paintings. She was born in Trieste and many trips to Italy provides here with rich material to create unique and beautiful paintngs.
The collection of paintings on display includes remote villages and places off the beaten path as well as popular tourist sites such as Varenna, Sirmione, the Cinque Terre villages and more.