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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
5104 E. Central
Phone: (316) 686-2266
National Artist Joyce Crowley exhibiting her "One-of-a-kind" Bas-Relief Wall Sculptures, a media she developed over 46 yrs. Joyce was a Hallmark artist out of high school, and a KC Midwest area artist to start. Her best friend, Charles Sanderson, Master artist of Wichita, invited her to the Wichita Library Show, and first Century II shows in the '80's.and '90's.
300 N. Mead St. #105
Phone: (316) 440-2590 website
Hours: Regular Business/ Venue Hours: 10am-11pm
Featured artist is Leah Ward
3805 East Harry – Suite 105
Phone: (316) 928-8559 website
Closing reception for photographs by Sarah Mathia and recent ceramic works by Christina Engel.
Mathia is currently an instructor teaching design, animation and visual affects at Bethany College at MindFire here in Wichita. She has traveled across the U.S. and Canada taking photographs of natural fauna and environments. The photographs in this show are large color prints of flower formations including the various insects that call them home.
Engel is a recent graduate of Bethany College with a degree in visual art administration. The ceramic works are from her graduating senior exhibition and are primarily small cups and vessels including a variety of colorful coffee mugs. Christina has recently married and now lives in McPherson.
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.
111 S Ellis
Phone: (316) 682-5600
Hours: Fridays 11:00-4:00 and by appointment
Closing reception for the exhibition: "Four." Featuring artists Emily Brookover, Eric Carbrey, Miller, Amanda Pfister
Refreshments will be served. Parking and entrance on the south side of our building.
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, email@example.com
412 E Douglas
Phone: (316) 267-5915 website
Hours: Regular Gallery Hours: Monday-Saturday, 10am - 4pm
"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.
430 S. Commerce, Suite 200
Phone: (316) 512-5045 website
Hours: Regular Business/ Venue Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 12:00-6:00pm
Title of Exhibition: Full Spectrum
Featured Artist(s): Sean Christopher Ward and Lindy Wiese. There will also be works by: Dale Martin, Mary Bechtol, Tom Budzak, Carol Carter, Anita Lewis, Tyler Longfellow, Phyllis Pacin, Bethany Prideaux, Ernest Vincent Wood III and Mark Yearwood.
"Full Spectrum" is an exhibition about colors and their usage. Sean Christopher Ward’s works for this show separate white space and the full spectrum to create portraits and designs that go seamlessly together in an op art style of painting. Lindy Wiese's paintings use a wide spectrum of colors, spread throughout a canvas to create contemporary impressionistic works of still lifes and landscapes.
Full Exhibition Date: November 28 – December 22
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
414 S. Commerce St.
Hours: Monday -Friday, 9a-5p
Title of Exhibition: Gertrude’s Tahoe Adventures in Time featuring artist Jess Bechtelheimer
Special Storytime for children and families at 7pm
Full exhibition on display from Nov. 26- Dec. 19
151 N Rock Island, Suite 1D
Phone: (316) 214-7566 website
Hours: 9-5 M-F and by appointment
Kansas Landscape Photography by John D. Morrison
2611 E. Douglas Ave.
Hours: Regular Business/ Venue Hours: Monday-Saturday 8am-8pm, Sundays 10-5pm
Paintings by Rachel Foster and Ceramics by Joseph Rincones
Rachel Foster received her MFA from WSU in painting, and is currently an adjunct professor of drawing and painting at WSU. Her painting technique is unique and inspiring; layering colors to build up form and light. She focuses on unassuming, personal moments, and plays with skewing perspective, and patterns. This month we are also featuring ceramic works by Joseph Rincones, a local potter who received his BFA from WSU in 2010.
Full Exhibition: November 28th- December 23rd
416 Commerce #102
Phone: (316) 978-7706 website
Hours: Regular Business/ Venue Hours: Wed. Fri. Sat. : 1 - 4pm Thurs. 4 - 7pm
“Various States of Repair” BFA Show
Featured Artist(s): Bernardo Trevizo Jr., Carolyn Hemminger , Hannah Scott, Jamie Ford , Philip H. Nellis
Full Exhibition Date: November 12th - December 6th
Phone: (316) 942-4291 website
Opening reception of "Jataka Tales" by Cody Seekins
Paintings inspired by Buddhist allegories. On display through Dec. 19.
412 E. Douglas
Phone: (316) 262-2435 website
Hours: Monday - Saturday; 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
"Small Works for the Holidays"
Featured Artist(s): Phyllis Abraham, Janet Aiken, Shari Bevan, Jan Butler, Arlo Casper, Janice Crotts, Judy Dove, Rosemary Dugan, Robert Elliot, Lisa Graham, Jo Harris, Brian Hinkle, Nancy Lutrell, Dennis McKay, Naita Moss, Cheryl Myer, Faye Neil, Ann Sanchez, Shauna Shelton, Teressa Sliger, Carol Stibal, Jill Stromberg, Sue Vautravers, Diane Warta, Harry Williford, and Mary Ellen Williford.
Full exhibition on display through January 17, 2015.
612 E. Douglas
View handcrafted local crafts from Black Cat Jewelry, Ashlee Burlie, LGB Skateboard ART, Vertical Violet and more plus live music by Francis Moss and tasty treats to snack on.
The Cow and Sow Deli will be open next door for more eating choices, delicious drinks and other gift options.