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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 trolly 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

 

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 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 March 27. Participating venues will be listed on this website no less than a week before the event.

2015 Final Friday dates: March 27, 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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5 A B C D E F G H J M N P R T V W
511 E. Douglas Ave.
Phone: (316) 260-9522 website
Oil on Canvas

5:30-8:30pm

Art by Charles Leonard and Gregory Walker

Music by the Student Loans

Full Exhibition: February 28 1-5pm or through March 24 by appointment

5014 E. Central Ave
5-7pm

Art by:
Vicki McIlroy, acrylics and watercolors
Jo Zakas, acrylics
Bruce Robinson, photographs and oils

111 S. Ellis
Phone: (316) 682-5600 website
Hours: Fridays 11:00am - 4:00pm, and by appointment
Fabulous February Super Sale
40% off artwork by Bob Schwan and Brian Hinkle

6-10pm

Art by Bob Schwan and Brian Hinkle

CityArts    
334 N. Mead
Phone: (316) 350-3245 website
29th annual Art Show at the Dog Show

5-8pm

This unique show features pieces of original canine art by national and international artists. It is the only exhibit of its kind anywhere that is dedicated solely to man's best friend. The show includes drawings, paintings, photographs, sculptures, fiber and other exclusive artworks that are available for purchase. This is a special event where both the public and their dogs will be welcome inside CityArts to enjoy the show’s opening. Treats will be served to all four-legged visitors; begging is encouraged.

Art Show at the Dog Show is being held in conjunction with the Sunflower Cluster Dog Show that will take place April 3-6 at the Kansas Coliseum Pavilion in Valley Center. Both events are sponsored by the Sunflower Cluster Dog Shows, which is made up of the Wichita Kennel Club, Wichita Dog Training Club, Hutchinson Kennel Club and the Salina Kennel Club. Purina is the corporate sponsor.

Full Exhibition: February 27 - March 21

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

5:30-7:30pm

Art by Wayne Clarck

Full Exhibition: Art Available through March 25th

424 S. Commerce
2015 Spring Pledge Drive Art Reveal

7-9pm

Art by Wade Hampton

Music by the Student Loans

Also on exhibit, select artworks from the KMUW Series Artist Collection.

El Vaquero    
1320 E. Central
Phone: (785) 477-6066 website
The Army of Artist's One Year Anniversary Party

10pm-2am

Art by various work by members of the ICT ARMY of Artists

All ages- $2 cover- all proceeds will be used to create more community public art by ICT ARMY of Artists members.

300 N. McLean Blvd.
Hours: Monday: Closed Tuesday-Saturday: 10am - 5pm Sundays: Noon - 5pm
Bridging Art and Science featuring Wildlife Art by The Independent School Visual Arts Students

5:30-8pm

The students' art pieces use various media and methods from scratch art to acrylics. Many of the student artists have won state and national acclaim for their art. The student artists were honored to create their own vision of wildlife for display that corresponds with Exploration Place’s national traveling exhibit, Wildlife Rescue.

The Independent School is a private, Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade college-preparatory school with a commitment to academic success and individual excellence. For details about the school or its Visual Arts Program, go to www.theindependentschool.com.

Full Exhibition: February 27 - June 21

524 S Commerce
Phone: (316) 200-5200 website
Living Statues meets Hairball

7-10pm

Art by Denise DiPiazzo

Living Statues by Ballet Wichita

412 E Douglas
Phone: (316) 267-5915 website
Hours: Regular Gallery Hours: Monday-Saturday, 10am - 4pm
New Works by Carolyn Denver

5:30-10pm

Oil paintings by Carolyn

Full Exhibition: February 27 - March 24

508 S. Commerce

6-10pm Curiously Odd Fashion and Art Show

Skeletons in the Closet is sponsoring an exhibit at Go Away Garage, as a fundraiser to benefit CreativeRush. The Final Friday closing reception includes a fashion show of Steam Punk and Gothic clothing, art sale and fundraiser. Money will be raised for CreativeRush through the sales of a Curiously Odd T-Shirt, designed by Steve Barnes of Savant Signs, a silent art auction and donations.

To reflect the theme, ten local artists will show work embracing their odd side. Tattoo art paintings by Alexa Bailey, tramp tins by Desi Conner, manipulated storm photos by Brian Johnson and skull and bone sculptures by Atom Clark are some of examples the art that will be displayed at the show. Skeletons out of the Closet are also bringing some of the store's quirkiest items, including popular oddities like wet specimens, traditional taxidermy, antique medical supplies and articulated skeleton pieces.

Full Exhibition: February 20-27

1865 W. Museum Blvd.
Phone: (316) 530-2203 website
Sounds & Color/Noise & Light

7-10pm

Art by Levente Sulyok & Aaron Wirtz (Cutter J the Absurdist). The evening will include a performance by Cutter J the Absurdist and a sculptural sound installation by Levente Sulyok titled Forming the Sound of Color. Cutter J's performance will inspire the minds with a multi-media pseudo-motivational presentation to be performed at 7:30 and 8:30pm. Levent Sulyok's sculpture aligns with the visual and auditory experience by emitting sounds produced from the frequency of the colors used in the installation. Following the performance, the sculptural elements will move to the Frame Guild (506 E. Douglas) and remain on display through mid March 2015.

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
(A)Ward... Or Two

6-10pm

Art by Stephanie Ward and Jeanne Ward

Full Exhibition: February 27 - March 25

Will also have works by: Mary Bechtol, Carol Carter, Brett Freund, Matthew Hilyard, Anita Lewis, Dale Martin, Sean Christopher Ward, Lindy Wiese, Ernest Vincent Wood III, Mark Yearwood

414 S. Commerce
Hours: Monday - Friday: 9am-5pm
Reception at 6pm, 7-10pm

Art by James Jerde

Full Exhibition: February 24 - March 24

630 E Douglas
Hours: Tuesday - Saturday: Noon - 8pm Sundays: Noon - 6pm
Urban Imagery

6-9pm

Photography by Xavier Raul

Full Exhibition: February 27 - March 20

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

Join us for Final Friday, Feb. 27th, from 6:30 - 9:00 pm. Mead Street Gallery's Final Friday reception will feature artwork by gallery members. Our back wall this month has original framed art at discounted prices.

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

5-7pm

Photography by Larry Schwarm

An “Art for Lunch” presentation by the artist will be held Tuesday, March. 3 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: February 27 - March 20

151 N Rock Island, Suite 1D
Phone: (316) 214-7566 website
Hours: Monday-Friday: 9am-5pm and by appointment
Kansas Landscape Photography

6:30-9:30pm

Photography by John D Morrison

7724 E Central Ave
Phone: (316) 682-1481 website
Hours: M - F 10 am - 5:30 pm and Sat 10 am - 4 pm
6-8pm

New oils by Nancy Whitaker and Judith Mackey.
Stone sculpture by Don Lind.

Also will feature recent acquisitions in their Estate Art Collection including "Chili" Capps, Charles Sanderson, Lyman Byxbe, Grant Reynard, George Marples, and Birger Sandzen.

2611 E. Douglas Ave.
Hours: Regular Business/ Venue Hours: Monday-Saturday 8am-8pm, Sundays 10-5pm
New Works by Sara Crow

6-9pm

Art by Sara Crow

Music by the Student Loans

Full Exhibition: Art Available through March 25th

412 E. Douglas
Phone: (316) 262-2435 website
Hours: Monday - Saturday; 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
5:30-9pm

Featured artist is Eric Carbrey

Full exhibition: February 27 - March 21

418 Commerce
Phone: (316) 303-1996
The Zig Zag Stream

6-10pm

Featured Artists: Kathleen Shanahan and Ranal Harrell Young

Open between Final Friday's by Appointment or by chance.

150 N. Cleveland
Hours: Monday - Friday: 10am-5pm Saturday: 10am-2pm
February Final Friday

6-9pm

Art by Jose Alvarado

Music by Byron J. Love

228 N. Market
Phone: (316) 516-5455 website
Hours: 9:30am-5:30pm
Art of Love/Love of Art
Benefit for Wichita Area Sexual Assault Center
Sponsored by West High School & Wichita Public Schools

5:30-8pm

Art by USD 259 students and local artist donations including performances

Mayoral proclamation of February as Teen Dating Violence Awareness & Prevention Month. Silent auction for art & other local business merchandise & packages.

Free to the public. Donations accepted to benefit Wichita Area Sexual Assault Center. Sponsored by West High School Leadership Advisory Council.

204 S. Main
Hours: Tues-Fri: 11am-4pm Sat-Sun 1-5pm
Two exhibits:
"Authenti-City" Downtown Wichita Paintings
"Wichita’s Downtown Modern Art Galleries of Mid Century"

5-8pm

Art by Bill Goffrier (Authenti-City) & Group Show – (Wichita’s Downtown Modern Art Galleries of Mid Century)

Celebrate our local built environment with the paintings of Wichita Artist Bill Goffrier. Here is an artist using the old world (old school?) technique of painting in the open air from direct observation (en plein air). The art work featured is from the artist’s ongoing series of oil paintings entitled "Authenti-City" which seek out and capture fresh perspectives of Downtown Wichita. This work, large and small is displayed together for the first time. Artist Bill Goffrier says he "will on hand to provide the backstory". These works will be available for sale in the Museum’s gift shop; a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Museum.

6-10pm Full Exhibition: Art available through March 22nd

416 Commerce #102
Phone: (316) 978-7706 website
Hours: Regular Business/ Venue Hours: Wed - Sat: 1 - 4pm
Current VII: Juried Undergraduate Exhibition

6-9pm

Art by:
Michelle Calhoun
Corbie Leiker
Autumn Leslie
Tyler Rosenbom
Calie Shivers
Dale Small
Taylor Swanson
Brandon VanZandt
Sarah Wolfe

Full Exhibition: February 18 - March 6

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