Final Friday, January 29
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 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. View the trolley route on the printable Downtown venues map.
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 January 29. Participating venues will be listed on this website no less than a week before the event.
Remaining 2016 Final Friday dates: January 29, February 26, March 25, April 29, May 27, June 24, July 29, August 26, September 30, October 28 and November 25.
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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.
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Final Friday 1/29
5014 E. Central
Phone: (316) 686-2177
Hours: Regular Business/ Venue Hours: Monday - Friday: 10am - 4pm, by appointment evenings and weekends
Artist Central Final Friday
Featuring artwork by Holley Faye Schmidlapp and Jan Klassen.
Full Exhibition: January 29 - February 21
701 N. Amidon St.
Phone: (316) 264-0448 website
Garden After Dark: Celebrating Black Art
Featuring artwork by Art That Touches Your Heart, Charles Davison, Verlene Mahomes, Janica Burden and more.
Full Exhibition: Art will remain in Botanica's lobby through Black History Month (February)
In honor of Black History Month, Botanica welcomes you to enjoy a night of black art. Hosting the works of multiple local artists. Enjoy the smooth sounds of Kevin Harrison live. Light refreshments will be served.
334 N. Mead
Phone: (316) 512-5045 website
Hours: Regular Business/ Venue Hours: Monday-Thursday 8am-8pm, Friday 9am-5pm, Sunday 9am-4pm
CityArts Final Friday
Main Hall Gallery
Full Exhibition January 29- February 20
400 S. Commerce
Phone: (316) 260-6015 website
Recent Pastels of a Recently Retired Art Teacher
Featuring artwork Martha Fitzwater.
710 W. Douglas
Featuring photography by Emilie Leivian
For Emilie Leivian, art began as a hobby. The hobby grew, as did her enjoyment of it, and now photography is her future career. Portraits - wedding, newborn session, toddlers, engagements, senior portraits - help pay the bills but the intense focus of her lens is on sports photography and specifically, baseball.
305 S. Elizabeth St.
Hearts and Roses
Featuring Jewelry Botanica by Becky Miller
524 S. Commerce
Featuring artwork by Rachel Epp Buller
Dr. Buller will invite Bethel College students from her January interterm Book Arts course to exhibit their final projects. Working with poems by Elizabeth Schultz and Catherine Anderson, Dr. Buller's students will select compelling phrases to inspire their book creations - much as she has done in the work on exhibit at Fisch Haus this winter.
412 E Douglas
Phone: (316) 267-5915 website
Hours: Regular Business/ Venue Hours: Mon - Sat, 10am - 4pm
Featuring small works various artists.
Full Exhibition: January 27 - February 23
215 N. Washington
Phone: (316) 530-2203 website
Hours: By appointment.
MMeA #6 by A.P. Vague & The Nightmare by Megan St. Clair
Featuring artwork by A.P. Vague and Megan St. Clair.
Join us Final Friday as A.P. Vague & St. Clair respond to August resident, Robert Bubp's exhibition: Wichitopolia. For Vague's response, MMeA #6 the artist explores the relationship between raw data and formalized visuals and sound. This work uses handmade electronics and custom software to manipulate sound recordings made in various locations in Wichita, resulting in a collection of drawings and real-time audio related to individual sites within the city.
In St. Clair's response, The Nightmare: A nightmare is defined as: an evil spirit formerly thought to oppress people during sleep; a frightening dream that usually awakens the sleeper; or something (as an experience, situation, or object) having the monstrous character of a nightmare or producing a feeling of anxiety or terror.
Looking at the history of Joyland, the wooden roller coaster became an object of anxiety and terror. The roller coaster exemplified the uncanny as it summoned memories of past trauma; a muted sense of horror. The ride was fittingly named The Nightmare. Through the use of video, projections and sound, I will examine the various tropes of haunted locations and nightmares.
1710 E. Douglas
Hours: Regular Business/ Venue Hours: 3pm - 12am midnight
Hopping Gnome Final Friday
Featuring artwork by Caryl Morgan
Lil' Bit Burgers food truck will be out front for dinner from 6 to 8pm.
430 S. Commerce, Suite 200
Phone: (316) 512-5045 website
Hours: Regular Business/ Venue Hours: Fri - Sat: Noon-4:30pm, Sun - Thurs: By Appointment
Featuring artwork by Andi Alexander, Jo Thomas Blaine, Michael Campbell, Carol Carter, Lindsay David, Robyn Duarte-Specht, Phil Emerson, Eduardo Ford, Rachel Foster, Kelsy Gossett, Matthew Hilyard, Autumn Leslie, H.M. Saffer II, Jeanne Ward, Stephanie Ward, Sean Christopher Ward, Lindy Wiese and Ernest Vincent Wood III.
Full Exhibition: January 29 - February 20
HUE Gallery is now changing its business model into a managed Co-Op gallery. This exhibition, Interdependent, with be the opening exhibition of the new gallery style. Each artist has 5 feet of wall space and they transform their wall into however they see fit. There are works in multiple mediums and each month, there will be new works, and new artists, to be seen.
1010 N Kansas
Phone: (316) 293-3534 website
Hours: Regular Business/ Venue Hours: Monday - Friday: 8am - 5pm
Featuring artwork by Jessica Eaton and Jonathan Eaton
Full Exhibition: January 29 - March 31
Wichita artists Jessica Eaton and Jonathan Eaton will display individual art pieces in the William J. Reals Gallery of Art - West. Enjoy wine and light hors d'oeuvres while you view their mixed media works.
Jessica Eaton is a Kansan born and raised, and has always been interested in creative processes. Self-taught at nearly everything she does, Jessica is a seasoned fiber artist, from carding and spinning to knitting. She has recently been exploring color expression with paint while touching on subtle characteristics of her forte.
Jonathan Eaton has spent most of his life in Kansas and has always had an ear on creative endeavors. While attending Wichita State University (BFA 2010) he became interested in the use of street-found objects to create pieces that reimagine and put discarded or unwanted items right back into people's lives.
121 N. Mead
Phone: (316) 262-5192 website
Hours: Regular Business/ Venue Hours: Mon - Fri: 10am - 4pm, Sat: 10am - 3pm
Featuring artwork by Roxanna Mercer.
3100 McCormick - De Mattias Fine Arts Center
Phone: (316) 942-4291 website
Featuring paintings by Gregory Folken
Full exhibition on display through February 19.
Folken is a Wichita resident who creates paintings as well as drawings and monotype prints. The "Interpersonal" exhibition will feature all new work. Like much of Folken's work, the paintings in the exhibition will all be black and white.
"My work is about the search for meaning beyond the surface of everyday life," Folken said. "It begins by placing myself in front of another being. I meditate on thoughts, feelings, and the reasons behind them. I draw and wipe into black ink, peering into the darkness to search and reveal inherent beauty and mystery. The lack of color resonates the directness and sincerity essential to introspection. Through the examination of interpersonal connections, in particular my own with others, a broader understanding of myself and the world around me is achieved."
Folken has exhibited his work at galleries, festivals, juried exhibitions and businesses in Kansas, Texas and other states, and has won many awards. In June, he received the Best of Show award at Liberty Arts Squared Art Festival in Liberty, Mo.
Folken received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Studio Art - Printmaking from Texas A&M University at Corpus Christi, Texas, in 2006. In 2015 he earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in Studio Art - Printmaking from Wichita State University, where he also worked as a graduate teaching assistant and art instructor. He is currently a lecturer in art at WSU and Emporia State University.
An "Art for Lunch" presentation by the artist will be held Tuesday, Feb. 2 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.
414 S. Commerce
January Final Friday
Featuring artwork by various artists
Live bluegrass music performance by The Fun Girls beginning at 6:30pm.
151 N. Rock Island, Suite 1D
Phone: (316) 214-7566 website
Prairie Grasses in Autumn
Featuring artwork by John D. Morrison
Full Exhibition on display through March 15.
3215 East Douglas Avenue
Phone: (316) 682-1481 website
Kansas by Nine
Inaugural Final Friday open house of the new Reuben Saunders Gallery location.
Featuring artwork by Kim Casebeer, Louis Copt, Phil Epp, Brian Hinkle, Cally Krallman, Joseph Loganbill, Todd Matson, Judith Mackey and Matthew Richter.
2611 E. Douglas Ave.
Hours: Regular Business/ Venue Hours: Mon - Sat 8am-8pm, Sun 10am-6pm
Featuring artwork by Katie Maher & Dewayne Horner
Full Exhibition: January 29 - February 22
B.S. Sandwich Press will be serving dinner from 6-8pm in front of Reverie.
412 E Douglas
Phone: (316) 262-2435 website
Hours: Regular Business/ Venue Hours: Mon - Sat: 10am - 4pm
New Works by Vicki McIiroy
Featuring artwork by Vicki Mcliroy
Full Exhibition: January 29 - February 15.
Phone: (316) 303-1996
Hours: Regular Business/ Venue Hours: By Appointment
Personal Reverie and TEC - Splorations
Featuring paintings by Novelene Ross and Jewelry by Meredith Trewolla.
216 N. Mosley
A series of speakers featuring Toby Kriwiel, Elizabeth Hotaling, Aaron Wirtz, Dustin Thiry, Claude Puntel-Sessions, Blake Edwards, Joseph Pajor, Jean Gonzalez, Zachary Lawrence, Kenton Hansen, and Seth Etter.
A relaxed environment to share your ideas and passions with the community. An eclectic and insightful series of lightning talks with a twist. Twenty slides auto-progressing every fifteen seconds.
232 N Market
Cabinet of Curiosities: Volume II
Featuring selected works by Rachel Foster, Hallie Linnebur, Meghan Miller, Mike Miller, Philip Nellis, Heather Powell, Brittany Schaar, Peter Shoemaker, Megan St. Clair, Wendi Valladares, Mark S. Walker, and Tara Walker.
Live music by Mr. Machine.
1845 Fairmount St
Phone: (316) 687-9568 website
The Art That Touches Your Heart: It Doesn't Cost a Dime
Featuring artwork by USD 259 Students, Frank Frazier, Randy Leger, Vernell Mohones, Janice Burdine and Lucky Easterwood.
This exhibition is presented by the Wichita State University Office of Diversity and Inclusion and by Burdine's Art.
416 S. Commerce Suite 102
Hours: Regular Business/ Venue Hours: Wed - Sat: 1-4pm
Featuring artwork by Heidi Cruz, Melanie Bindon, Mike Miller, Tim Stone, Toby Dai, and Trish Van Osdel.
Full Exhibition: January 20 - February 13
The fourth installment of co-collaborators, CreativeRush and WSU SHIFTSPACE, present: "STRATIFICATION: an exploration in curatorial collaboration"
Co-Curators, Kylie Brown and Lisa Rundstrom, feature six artists in a multilayered installation exploring insight into our humanity through a responsive, shared and collaborative artistic journey. Each artist has been selected based upon their own strikingly divergent investigations into the human condition.