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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.
This month, to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Komen Race for the Cure, the 2014 race has been moved to WaterWalk in Downtown! The race will take place on Saturday, September 27, 2014, the day after Final Friday on September 26. To help Komen celebrate the the anniversary and the move of the race, select galleries are a "Final Friday for the Cure" location. Final Friday for the Cure venues feature works by a female artist, use the color pink in their works, the subject matter may be related to Komen Race for the Cure, breast cancer, or a portion of the sales for the evening may be donated to the Komen Foundation. Learn more about Race for the Cure
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 (Sept. 26 map currently in progress) 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 August 29 and the next Final Friday Gallery Crawl set for Friday, October 31.
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. The cash award will be presented to the artist at the annual Arts Council Art Awards Dinner in November. Learn More
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Final Fri 9/26
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Komen Race for the Cure, the 2014 race has been moved to WaterWalk in Downtown! The race will take place on Saturday, September 27, 2014, the day after Final Friday on September 26. To help Komen celebrate the the anniversary and the move of the race, select galleries with "**" before their titles are a "Final Friday for the Cure" location. Final Friday for the Cure venues feature works by a female artist, use the color pink in their works, the subject matter may be related to Komen Race for the Cure, breast cancer, or a portion of the sales for the evening may be donated to the Komen Foundation.
334 N Mead
Phone: (316) 350-3245 website
Main Gallery: "Celebrating the Diversity of the Natural World from California to Kansas and Beyond," photography by Brad Schelton
Andover resident Brad Schelton uses his photography to give viewers a renewed visual perception on life. His photography reveals how magical our world truly is, and also promotes an improved environment as well as animal welfare.
** Final Friday for the Cure Exhibit - Main Hall Gallery: "She…," new works by Amanda Pfister
Wichita artist Amanda Pfister uses a slip - a usually unseen female undergarment – as a stand in for the female model in this body of work. The slips communicate presence, yet they are empty shells embodying the struggles women still face in today's contemporary society. Viewers are left to decide what kind of woman the slip in each work represents.
Boardroom Gallery: "OZ," mixed media works by Brian Swayze
Brian Swayze's work brings familiar characters to life through realistic drawings on concrete-covered cement board. The Wichita artist's works are inspired by characters that left an impression on him at some point in his life, through books, movies, TV or real life.
Balcony Gallery: "Narratives & Abstractions," works by individuals from Envision's Art Education Program
Envision is a local organization that provides support and programming to individuals with vision loss. By using their imaginations and creativity, the Envision artists were able to create works of art that share their stories and show their feelings and ideas in a variety of ways.
All exhibits will be on display from Aug. 29 through Sept. 28. Admission is free to CityArts' exhibition galleries that are open 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Monday-Thursday; 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday; 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Final Friday; and 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday. For more information call 316-350-3245.
412 E Douglas
Phone: (316) 267-5915 website
New works by Diane Curtis featuring assemblage sculptures by Robert Schmidt.
Show on display though October 28. Regular business hours are 10am-4pm M-F
FINAL FRIDAY FOR THE CURE - Gallery XII is thrilled to be a participating gallery in this year's "Final Friday for the Cure" which is being held in conjunction with the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, a national fundraiser for Breast Cancer Research. The race will be taking place downtown on the morning of the 27th but our participation will be the night 26th during the Final Friday reception.
Many artists in the gallery will have select pieces for sale that will be designated with special pink tags, indicating that a portion of the sales of those pieces will be given to the Komen Foundation, to help in the fight against breast cancer.
We hope you will consider the purchase of one of these works. Not only does the money go to an incredibly important and worthwhile cause but you will also be the owner of a beautiful, original work of art! A win win all around!
3224 E Douglas
Phone: (316) 691-9966
"The Art of Coral Hartl" featuring Coral Hartl
Coral Hartl is a watercolorist and presently featured artist at the Riverwind Gallery New Burgh Indiana. She is a Swope Musem award winner.
Refreshments will be provided. All in store items will be 15% off.
Regular Business/ Venue Hours: 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM
126 N Mead
Phone: (316) 262-0600 website
Pre Final Friday and throughout the weekend:
Mrs. O'Leary's will be hosting the Victory in the Valley BeDazzled Bras. If you missed seeing these at the fair you won't want to miss seeing them at Mrs' O'Leary's as this will be your last chance! You can vote for your favorite bra, the bra with the most votes wins. Each vote is $1.00 and ALL proceeds go to Victory in the Valley. Votes can be made starting Thursday and will be counted on Wednesday!
Our feature artist this month is Taiomah Rutledge Ojibwe/Meskwaki 23 yrs. Taiomah is currently battling cancer and one of her creations will be featured in the BeDazzled Bra contest. You will also get to see her beautiful jewelry which will be featured throughout the store. We will also have Giizhig Rutledge 16 yrs. Ojibwe/Meskwak and Kineu Rutledge 21 yrs. Ojibwe/Meskwaki who will have their paintings along with t-shirts. You won't want to miss out on the "Breast Purses Ever" as well. These creative purses are made by our local artist and are some of the, well, Breast Purses Ever! As always we will have great products and samples through out the store and a great cover band called CityWide Spectacular. You'll want a CD after hearing them! Don't forget to Vote for the Victory in the Valley Bedazzled Bra contest! $1.00 per vote all proceeds going to Victory in the Valley.
430 S. Commerce
Phone: (316) 260-1121 website
In honor of Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, Shelter Salon will have photography by Kay & Bee Studios and music by Kalie Belt
Shelter Salon hair products will be 10% off Friday & Saturday. Glitter extensions will be available for purchase. Proceeds from extensions are going to Susan G Komen.
515 S. Wichita
Pre Party for the Cure
A shopping and art event featuring works of media art from local Mother/Daughter artists Crystal Hinnen and Chloe Henderson, shopping from local artisans and some of Wichita's favorite local food trucks.
Regular hours: M-F 9AM-5PM
5014 E. Central
Phone: (316) 686-2266 website
Charity Art Sale featuring Chaney Sisters Art Estate
Benefits Trees of Life & At Risk Kids
307 N Mead
Phone: (316) 265-0667 website
Beadazzled's featured artist will be Alan Fullrich with his large selection of glass marbles, pendants, and beads! Also, browse hundreds of handmade beads and homemade jewelry in the studio.
300 N. Mead St. #105
Phone: (316) 440-2590 website
Bella Luz features Wichita artists Zoe Porazka and Lana Carlson this Final Friday. Zoe works with mixed media to create unique pieces of graffiti-inspired art and Lana creates Day of the Dead silversmith jewelry. Both artists will be available to visit with the public
120 E. 1st St. N.
Phone: (316) 650-9646 website
"tonos de espana"
Andy McGinnis, Photographer will be debuting black & white photography from her travels in Spain. Espresso and light desserts will be available.
515 E. Douglas
Phone: (316) 201-1909 website
Featured artists will be Ju-Lynda Vaughn showing her pencil & ink drawings and Jarod May who will be displaying sculpture pieces which will also be for sale.
Core Strength will also featuring "The Art of Movement," which is a live demonstration of gyrotonic movement and the human form in motion.
424 S. Commerce
Phone: (316) 636-1295 website
Exhibition "In the Hands of Fools" by Sculptor Chris Brunner
The war theme of this monumental show makes it both timely and thought-provoking. Attend, meet the artist. Ponder and discuss.
Chris Brunner's work can be seen throughout Wichita, especially along the Arkansas River. You'll find his imprint upon the Drury Hotel plaza, the U.S.S. Wichita Memorial, veterans' memorial and Keeper of the Plains plaza. From Old Town CityArts signage to Sedgwick County Zoo environmental signage, Brunner engages the viewer. An active artist for more than 30 years, Brunner is equally adept with public art projects, private commissions and themed exhibitions. His work includes such large-scale commissions as a stone battleship for the City of Wichita to a monolithic sculpture for ABC-TV's "Extreme Home Makeover." He has been a featured artist for ArtAID and the Wichita Center for the Arts, and has participated in invitational exhibits for CityArts and Zoobilee.
Phone: (316) 303-1996
New Work In Glass featuring glass artists Scott Garrelts and Joe Fernandez
The exhibit continues thru Final Friday, September 27
Open between Final Friday's by Appointment or by chance. Contact: Marilyn Grisham, 316 303-1996, firstname.lastname@example.org
7724 E Central Ave
Phone: (316) 682-1481 website
Plein air paintings by Kim Casebeer, Cally Krallman and Elizabeth Rowley; oils by Brian Hinkle and exotic wood working by Roger Pollard.
508 S. Commerce
Phone: (316) 263-9455 website
"Chrome Smoke and Flames Art Show"
The Show Finale will be on Saturday, September 27 from Noon-8 or 9pm. The Rumble will take place right outside the Go Away Garage along Commerce street. Along with the car show there will be pin stripe panel jams, auctions and much more relating to hod rod culture at large.
430 S. Commerce
Phone: (316) 518-0044 website
"Beyond the Norm" Grand Opening Celebration!
HUE Gallery, Wichita's newest contemporary art gallery has opened it's doors! HUE Gallery will be featuring nationally recognized artists along with local artists. It's current exhibition features ten artists, two of which are the owners, Sean Christopher Ward and Lindy Wiese. Alongside these artists are: Tom Budzak: Tempe, Arizona, Carol Carter: St. Louis, Missouri, Anita Lewis: Oceanside, California, James C. Leonard: San Francisco, California, Tyler Longfellow: Wichita, Kansas, Phyllis Pacin: Oakland, California, Jan Schachter: Portola Valley, California and Ernest Vincent Wood III: Wichita, Kansas.
829 N. Market
Phone: (316) 264-9303 website
Legacy Ministries in partnership with Church of the Savior will host a Final Friday art display on September 26th at Inter-Faith Ministries' C.A.F.E. Gallery. Legacy Ministries uses creativity and community to reach out with the love of Christ to youth in detention facilities and in at-risk neighborhoods of Wichita. This innovative exhibit will combine for the first time the pottery, jewelry, paintings, paper craft, and other creative ventures from both the art educators and the at-risk youth. The display will continue through October 24th.
Contact: Kathleen Webb
121 N Mead St
Various mediums by multiple artists
At 7pm Opera Kansas will present a short program of Women Composers featuring Lily Guerrero, Paul Brodene Smith, Traci Hutchinson
Phone: (316) 942-4291 website
"LARGE," curated by Matthew Hilyard
The exhibit features printmaking, mixed media, installation, drawing and painting. This is Hilyard's second curatorial effort at the Steckline Gallery. The show features artwork from Hilyard (Andover, Kan.) and seven other artists: Valerie Haring (El Dorado, Kan.); Gensine Janzen (Bozeman, Mont.); Kevin Mullins (Wichita, Kan.); John Oehm (Wichita, Kan.); Elizabeth Rowley (Lawrence, Kan.); Genevieve Waller (Denver, Colo.), and Erin Wiersma (Manhattan, Kan.). The show will be on display through October 24.
The Steckline Gallery is located inside the De Mattias Fine Arts Center on the Newman campus, 3100 McCormick. The gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., or by appointment. For more information, call 316-942-4291, ext. 2199.
151 N Rock Island
Phone: (316) 214-7566 website
"Kansas Landscape Photography" by John D. Morrison
Regular hours: 9-5 M-F and by appointment
2611 E Douglas
Phone: (316) 201-1144 website
Featured Artists will be Kristyn Chapman, Tom Murillo, Kerry Burrow and Kaitlyn Wall
Full exhibition will be on display until October 29
Regular Business Hours: Mon-Sat 8am-9pm, Sundays 10am-5pm
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Reverie is booking artists and musicians at email@example.com
509 E Douglas
"Salon Teased Fall Premier" featuring the Salon Teased stylists. Inspiration comes from Halloween and fall colors for the stylings and live demos of hair and nail art.
922 E Douglas
Phone: (316) 303-1005 website
"Life Direction and the Spirit Within"
The Spirit, Life and Hope of Kachina Dolls of the Hopi and Navajo People and Fetishes of the Zuni People
232 N. Market
Phone: (316) 264-2450 website
Closing reception for "Entangled Gardens" featuring the diverse works of Lauren Baldwin, Heidi Cruz, and Michelle Crownover. Art mediums include painting, photography, textiles, etc.
Featuring music by Evasive Flowers
209 E. William
Phone: (316) 737-2115
"Election Apocalypse" featuring local artists and poets
This is an interactive art exhibit and poetry slam. The theme revolves around politics and elections and the negative influence money has in politics. The art and poetry represent the voice of the people expressed thru various art forms.
144 S Emporia
"Survivorship Up Close" featuring artwork from Blood Cancer Survivors
There will be wine and appetizers to enjoy. A $5 donation is suggested to help local Kansans living with a blood cancer.
412 E. Douglas
Phone: (316) 262-2435 website
5:30 - 9:00 PM
Featured Artist(s): Eric Hayes, Donna Davis, Kayann Ausherman
Exhibit shown through October18
Regular Business Hours: Monday - Saturday, 10 am - 4 pm
Contact Teressa Sliger for more property information.
414 S. Commerce
Phone: (316) 263-2214 website
Featured artists will be Ted & Anne Krone.
Exhibit will be on display through October 24. Regular hours are Mon-Fri, 9am - 5pm
216 N. Mosley
"Awakened Reality" featuring artist Micky Maddux and Topeka artist Nate Rightmeier, aka N8. Presented by The Labor Party and Printpop
There will be music, food and drinks
535 W. Douglas #120
Featuring photographer JC Kirk of Old 81 studios, photographer Dawn Koalskey, and pinstripe artist Shane Arpen "Shane 2" of Kool2ville
Regular hours are Tuesday - Thursday 9am-9pm, Friday 9am-7pm, Saturday 9am-4pm
3700 E. Douglas #59
Exhibition: GOTHIC. The Dark Side of Beauty
All things GOTH, GOTHIC, OFF-BEAT, WEIRD, ENIGMATIC, PERPLEXING, INSPIRING, BEAUTIFUL. This Gothic fashion collection showcases the beauty of being different & unique, celebrating "flaws" instead of hiding from them.
An introspective look into the struggles and triumphs of self-discovery and inner beauty. This is an Open Mic night and gallery with poetry, essays, mood boards, art journals, collages and more by Wichita locals. Come and go as you please and have some dark chocolate, black tea and coffee. An expressive expresso kind of night!
1010 N. Kansas
"As Above, So Below"
Featured Artist: Jane Beilman, in collaboration with students from Wichita Collegiate school
Full Exhibition Date: Friday, Sept. 26-Friday, Nov. 28
KU School of Medicine-Wichita, KU Wichita Clinical Trial Unit, and Wichita Collegiate School have teamed up to highlight Mental Health Month. It is estimated that 1 in 4 Americans over the age of 18 experiences mental illness in a given year. During the month of October, activities across the country are done to fight the stigma associated with having a mental illness, provide support for those affected and their families, deliver education to the public, and promote equal care. Mental Health Month also serves as a reminder to everyone to enhance their mental well-being.
Not only is art a source of happiness in many people's lives, it can also be a source of healing. Artwork is used as an emotional outlet allowing expression without words, emotional growth, and self-discovery. Art therapy has been used in the treatment of mental illness for close to 100 years. Those people who enjoy art are absorbed by it and can lose track of time doing it, possibly even for hours. Through artwork, friends can be made, either other artists or audience members from shows. This promotes self-confidence and enhances psychological well-being.
The artwork seen in this gallery was created by Jane Beilman, who was diagnosed with Asperger's at an early age. Asperger's is characterized by social interaction and nonverbal communication difficulties with restricted and repetitive patterns of behavior and interest. As an adult, Jane received her Bachelor's in Art and carries a part-time job. Jane has spent the past few years practicing handling change and learning planning and troubleshooting through daily tasks. Artwork has been an outlet for Jane throughout her life. The piece shown here was originally inspired by a favorite science fiction novel about intelligent microbes.
The children at the Wichita Collegiate Lower School (grades 1-4) added color to the ink drawing to show their interpretation. Some worked in teams while others worked individually. The use of dramatic color makes these pieces irresistibly eye-catching. The children's artwork inspired adults to join in and color as well. Around the gallery you may also see interpretations by Wichita Collegiate staff and members of the KU Wichita Clinical Trial Unit.