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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.
Hours vary between galleries but the majority are open during the core hours of 7p.m. to 9 p.m. 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 of the concentration of galleries and shops that are in Downtown with the Q-Line trolley route.
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
Make plans to attend this month's Final Friday on November 28. The WDDC does not produce a Final Friday list for December, as most galleries are closed during the holidays. However, there are some galleries that will be open on a case by case basis. Final Friday listings will resume publishing in 2015 on January 30.
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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. 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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Final Fri 11/28
106 S. Emporia
Phone: (316) 250-4730 website
"Boudoir Bombshells" Photography by David D. Wallace Jr.
Reg hours: 10 AM - 6 PM. Contact: Ben Backes.
Phone: (316) 303-1996
New Works in Clay
Featured Artists: Daniel Gegan & Bruce Van Osdel
Open between Final Friday's by Appointment or by chance. Contact: Marilyn Grisham, 316 303-1996, firstname.lastname@example.org
412 E Douglas
Phone: (316) 267-5915 website
"Backroad to Anywhere- Paintings by Brian Hinkle"
Featured artist is Brian Hinkle. Also featuring ceramics and fiber art by Susan deWit. Works will be on view through Dec. 23.
Show on display though Nov 25. Regular business hours are 10am-4pm M-F
508 S. Commerce
Title of Exhibition: "ID IS WHAT ID IS"
Group exhibit featuring:Chris Frank, Ed Langston, Greg Turner, David Christansen, Greg Johnson ,Ted Krone, Mark S. Walker with Special Guest Artists Lauren Fitz Miller, Brandi Frank and Carlos Wheelhouse.
829 N. Market
Phone: (316) 264-9303 website
Exhibit: "Hidden Treasures," Artwork from the Adorers of the Blood of Christ (ASC) Wichita Center
The exhibit is called "Hidden Treasures" because the art, all from the Wichita Center where many Adorers in Wichita live, is seldom seen by the general public. The exhibit will include oil, watercolor and acrylic paintings, and works of print media. The collection also features textile pieces and metal work.
Reception will include free refreshments and beverages, and live music performed by several of the ASC sisters. The artwork will be on display through Dec. 19.
121 N Mead St
Phone: (316) 262-5192
Join Mead Street Gallery Final Friday, November 28th, for our 9th Annual Small Works Show. We are excited to present original artwork in a variety of mediums, all by local and regional artists. This show will be judged by Steve Murillo and will be on display through December 31.
Normal hours: M-F 10am-4pm, Sa 10am-3pm