First Friday Gallery Crawl

The First Friday gallery crawl is a unique opportunity for thousands of students, families and art lovers to engage with local art each month at unique locations in Downtown and throughout the city. This grassroots event continues to thrive because of the collective vision and collaboration of galleries and artists.

As the name implies, First Friday happens the first Friday of each month. Hours vary between galleries, but most are open during the core hours of 7pm to 9pm. Most galleries use First 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.

Transportation Options
Explore the core and gallery hop using the free Q-LINE Trolley shuttle service that runs up and down Douglas Avenue. Electric scooter and bicycle rentals are also available. Discover additional transportation options.

First Friday Events

This month's First Friday will occur on September 6, 2019. Participating venues will be listed on this website no less than a week before the event.

Art House 310
310 South Laura Street 

Title of Exhibition: Aida Bell & Sheldon Draper

Featured Artists: Aida Bell & Sheldon Draper

Description: 

Art House 310 First Friday – Aida Bell & Sheldon Draper
Opening Reception | First Friday June 7th, 2024 | 6-10pm
This event is free to attend and open to the public. Show hangs through June 23rd, 2024.

Art House 310 is located at 310 S. Laura. Two blocks SE of Douglas & Washington in downtown Wichita.

Artists in Old Town Studios
412 East Douglas Avenue 
(316) 267-5915

Featured Artists: Studio Artists

Title of Exhibition: Studio Artists

Event Description: Come see us at Artists In Old Town Studios in the back of Gallery 12, 412 East Douglas in Wichita Kansas for First Friday, June 7. Check out the Gallery XII wonderful artists.

Exhibition Hours: 6 to 8 p.m.

CityArts
334 North Mead Street 
(316) 350-3245

Featured artists: Glen Ediger, Various Artists, Patrick Clement as Dr. Cos McEvil, Angus Durfee

Featured exhibits:

Environmental Exposures: Art Influenced by Nature by Glen Ediger - Main Gallery
Printed Vision: A ZINE Exhibition by Various Artists, curated by Hugo Zelada Romero - Main Hall Gallery
Toys 'ART' Us by Various Artists, featuring Patrick Clement as Dr. Cos McEvil - Boardroom Gallery
Rust & Reverie by Angus Durfee - Balcony Gallery

Event hours: 5-8 p.m.

Full Exhibition: On view June 7 through July 21, 2024

Envision Arts Gallery
801 East Douglas Avenue 
(316) 440-1699

Title of exhibit: Colorful Connections

Featured artists: Envision Arts After School Art Club and the children of the Cathy G. Hudson Envision Child Development Center (ECDC)

Opening reception:  First Friday, June 7th, 5 to 9 p.m.

On display June 7th-28th in the Patricia A. Peer Window Gallery.

The Envision Arts Gallery is excited to celebrate the Cathy G. Hudson Envision Child Development Center’s 3rd Annual Youth Arts Exhibit, Colorful Connections on First Friday, June 7th, 2024. 

Be inspired by the enchanting artworks on display in the 3rd Annual Youth Arts Exhibition, where the young children of the Cathy G. Hudson Envision Child Development Center and Envision Arts Gallery workshop participants have embarked on a collaborative journey of friendship and creativity. Each vibrant and multi-colored piece in this exhibition reflects the unique talents and personalities of young creators, who have lovingly crafted these artworks with their friends. As you wander through this display, you will be captivated by the joy, energy, and sense of wonder that permeate these artworks, showcasing the power of unity, diversity, and shared expression in creating bright and beautiful art that celebrates the essence of connection and collaboration.

Featuring works created by the Envision Arts After School Art Club and the children of the Cathy G. Hudson Envision Child Development Center (ECDC). On display in the Patricia A. Peer Window Gallery.

First Friday Pop Up Markets at Hopping Gnome Brewing Company
1719 East Victor Street 
(316) 771-2110

Title: First Friday Pop Up Markets at Hopping Gnome Brewing Company

Welcome to our First Friday Series of Pop Up Markets at the all new Hopping Gnome Brewing! Hopping Gnome Brews, a delish food truck favorite, local artisans & small businesses — you name it, its there!

From 5 to 8 p.m. at 1719 East Victor Street Wichita, Ks.

Reoccuring monthly event: June 7th, July 5th, August 2nd, September 6th, October 4th

Forty Two Below
1203 East Douglas Avenue 

Title of Exhibition: First Friday

Featured Artist: ICTPottery, YaBoiFarley, Psyclops, Traperinas, Tdubbery. Sir Charles III

Event Description: Join us for First Friday at 42 Below on June 7th 5 to 9 p.m. at 1203 E. Douglas Ave. This exciting event features live glassblowing, pottery, and painting demonstrations. Enjoy local salsas and jerky from Buck Wild and delicious tacos from Tacos Betos. Our featured artists include Tdubbery, ICTpottery, YaBoiFarley, Psyclops, and The Traperinas. Plus, don't miss an electrifying DJ set by Sir Charles. Don't miss this vibrant evening of art, food, and music!

Exhibition Hours: 5-9 p.m.

GALLERY XII
412 East Douglas Avenue 

Title of Exhibition: Kaleidoscope

Featured Artists: Gallery Member Jan Butler & Guest Artist Ernie Kind

Exhibition Hours: 6-9 pm

Full display: June 7th to June 29th

New Works on Paper by Jan Butler. Paintings using traditional watercolor techniques combined with rice paper batik. Also textile works by fabric artist Ernie Kind.

Hopping Gnome Brewing Company
1719 Victor Street 
(316) 771-2110

Featured Artist: Ryan Chenault

Exhibition Title: Test Flight

Description: Trying to get people to look at every day things, differently.

Full Exhibition: June 7th through the 30th

Reuben Saunders Gallery
3215 East Douglas Avenue 
(316) 682-1481

Exhibition Title: "WARPED"

Featured Artist: Group Exhibition

"WARPED" an invitational glass exhibit of works by artists in the United States and United Kingdom that will be on display at Reuben Saunders Gallery in Wichita, Kansas.

We hope you will join us for the opening reception on June 7th from 5:30 to 9 p.m.!

In conjunction with the opening weekend, there will be a panel discussion by Kate Clements, Dorie Guthrie, Erica Rosenfeld, & Alison Siegel hosted by the Wichita Art Museum on Saturday, June 8th 1 to 3 p.m.!

Bonus, a few of these glass artists have been featured on the Netflix original series, 'Blown Away'!

On Display: June 7th - June 29th, 2024

FEATURED ARTISTS:
-Emma Baker
-Jeff Ballard and Joe Tsoulfas
-Jason Bauer and Romina Gonzalez
-Jonathan Bolivar
-Brandyn Callahan and Pirahk Suon
-Kate Clements
-James Cockerill
-Brian Corr
-Daniel Coyle
-Jenny Crescuillo
-Darin Denison
-Element Ten
-Minhi England
-Dorie Guthrie
-Jason McDonald
-Kayla Ohlmer
-Morgan Peterson
-Julia and Robin Rogers
-Erica Rosenfeld
-Pam Sabroso and Alison Siegel
-David Schnuckel
-Megan Stelljes
-Austin Stern
-Elliott Walker
-Hoseok Youn
-Thoryn Ziemba

This exhibition is curated by Tyler Kimball, a glass artist working in the field of public glass installation and fine art in Kansas City Missouri.

He selected the artists for this show based on their ability to use glass in unconventional methods, pushing limits and creating work that bends perceptions and pushes viewers into undiscovered realms and identities.

Standard Issue Co.
924 East Douglas Avenue 
(316) 364-4958

Featured Artist: Eileen McNeill

Event hours: 6 to 9 p.m.

Standard Issue Co. is already geared up for their next First Friday event in downtown Wichita! Mark your calendars for June 7th from 6-9. They will be featuring artist Eileen McNeill, have snacks and drinks, as well as giveaways and good times!

TempleLive Wichita & No Craft Left Behind's Creative Community
332 East 1st Street North 
(316) 867-4300

Exhibit Title: The TempleLive & No Craft Left Behind's Creative Community First Friday June Art Exhibition

Featured Artists: Eden Quispe, Jennifer Weigel, Sara Grant, Hope Alcorn, Cathy Everhart, Kim Peck, Talia Bowman-Bekemeyer - Little Miss Artshine, Lou Hebert, Monika Stockton Maddux

Event time: June 7, 6 to 9 p.m.

Description: TempleLive Wichita and No Craft Left Behind present a First Friday June Art Exhibition featuring local and regional visual artists. Explore their artwork on the first floor main lobby at the Scottish Rite Center 332 E. 1st Street, Wichita, KS in downtown Wichita.

The Enchanted Mermaid at Muse Meridian
3201 East Douglas Avenue 
(316) 796-5383

Featured artist: Ruthanne Scudder, Gypsy Inspired Gourd Art & Jewelry

Event Hours: 6-10 p.m.

June 7th don't miss the FIRST FRIDAY Artisan Vendor Market at Muse Meridian with The Enchanted Mermaids and featured Artist Ruthanne Scudder. Come stroll the art, see a live demonstration. Get your face paint & photo with the Mermaids. Yummy Dinner options by Chef Pri, and others you don't want to miss. On the stage from 8 to 10 p.m. come be mesmerized by the Flow Foundry Poi & Fire entertainers. Fun for the entire family!

Featured vendors:

  • Zapped Studio by Victoria Karagianis
  • Tye Dye Mania by Amber Cruz
  • M. Y. Snackies by Monica Young
Vertigo 232 Art Gallery
232 North Market Street 
(316) 264-2450

Title of Exhibition: “Spontaneous Combustion”

Featured Artists: markSwalker, Video-Guitar-Theremin

Exhibition Hours: 5 to 9 p.m.

The last exhibition for the summer!

William J. Reals Gallery of Art
1010 N. Kansas 
(316) 293-2643

Featured Artist: Kevin Lundy

Title of Exhibition: Still Painting

Event hours: 5 to 7 p.m.

Event Description: 

A new exhibit, "Still Painting" by Kevin Lundy, is going up in June and will fill both art galleries at KU School of Medicine-Wichita. The exhibit will open during a First Friday art reception from 5-7 p.m. Friday, June 7, in the West Atrium of the medical school. Complimentary refreshments will be served.

Lundy, an oil painter based in Wilson, Kansas, is known for the near-photographic imagery in his paintings. One technique that helps him achieve this look is by using smooth marine plywood instead of canvas as the base for his work. Lundy says he prefers this surface because it enhances the fluency of his brushwork. He started painting as a child under the tutelage of his artist father, continued art classes in high school and refined his technique during four years of college.

In the words of Lundy, "I paint because I need to, but a painting unseen makes me sad." Make sure you stop by to see these exceptional works of art!

The William J. Reals Gallery of Art at KU School of Medicine-Wichita is free and open to the public.

Future Dates

The majority of the galleries that currently participate in Final Friday have announced plans to shift their monthly event to First Friday, beginning in September. Since there is no "governing body" that oversees Final Friday, Downtown Wichita generally takes direction from what the majority of the local galleries wish to do. As of now, Downtown Wichita plans to transition the Final Friday calendar to First Friday beginning in September as well. In order to make this transition as seamless as possible, the usual listing and interactive map for both the August Final Friday (August 30) and September First Friday (September 6) will be created.

Mark your calendars for the following 2019 First Friday dates to never miss an event:

  • September 6
  • October 4
  • November 1
  • December 6

Submit Your Event

Are you an artist or gallery owner interested in being included on the First Friday list? Contact us for more information. Since there is no designated organizing body for First Friday, all participating venues are required to do their own marketing and advertising. Downtown Wichita does provide a listing on our website of all venues that are participating for the general public and visitors to use.

Submit your Final Friday exhibit info no less than one week prior to the event in the following format to be listed on the Downtown Wichita website. Fill-out the form below or email your submission to megan@downtownwichita.org.