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.

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Art House 310
310 S. Laura 

Title of Exhibition: Art House 310 First Friday – Matthew Hilyard

Featured Artist: Matthew Hilyard

Exhibition Hours: 6-10 pm

Full Exhibition: Show hangs through August 21st, 2022.

Art House 310 First Friday – Matthew Hilyard
Opening Reception | First Friday August 5th, 2022 | 6-10pm
This event is free to attend and open to the public. Show hangs through August 21st, 2022.

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


Matthew Hilyard maintains his home and studio in Andover, Ks Born and raised in Wichita, KS. He teaches Mixed Media Abstraction and Abstract painting at Mark Arts in Wichita, Ks.

Material Abstraction

My works share interesting similarities of approach and are consummate examples of an intuitive take on materials and processes. I take only from my personal environment to deconstruct and construct ideas. There is an instinctual approach to material and surface in the works and as I mature as an artist, I find myself looking more at what is in front of me and consider ways toward resolution.

I find inspiration in the vision of Eastern Buddhist philosophy that accepts the ephemeral nature of everything and that captures beauty in imperfection and simplicity.

See more of Matthew’s work on Instagram: or on Facebook:
Facebook | @ArtHouse310,  Instagram | @ArtHouse310, TikTok | @AngieAwesomePants

At the Market Art Gallery
601 N West St 

Stop by and visit The Market ART Gallery between 5p & 9p!

Artist Barbara Haynes will be doing a Mix Media Art Demo!

Don't miss it!

Open 5p-9p

The Market ART Gallery is located inside At the Market! 601 N West Street, Wichita | Central & West St, next to Dollar Tree

334 N. Mead St 
(316) 350-3245

Featured Artists: Engy AlGarf, Garrett Sigman

Title of Exhibition: Composites by Engy AlGarf, mixed media work from the CityArts Front Desk Team and Garrett Sigman

Exhibition hours: 5-8 p.m. on First Friday

Event Description:

CityArts has four galleries that feature rotating exhibitions. 

On view Aug. 1 - Sept. 9:

Engy AlGarf in the Main Gallery, our CityArts Front Desk team in the Main Hall Gallery, Garrett Sigman in the Boardroom Gallery, and starting August 19, Level 5 Photography Competition in the Balcony Gallery.

Full Exhibition: August 1 – September 9, 2022

Dockum Speakeasy
104 S Broadway 

Featured Artist: Matthew Thonen 

Title of Exhibition: Imagery of the Mind

Exhibition Hours: 6-10 PM, Aug 5

Event Description: Dockum Speakeasy is timeless with an eclectic décor that transports you back to the roaring 20s. 

The unique artwork pieces of Matthew Thonen are featured throughout the speakeasy that is located underneath the Ambassador Hotel. Rendezvous with a hand-crafted cocktail while appreciating these abstract pieces.  

Use the password First Friday to enter. Must be 21 years of age. 

412 East Douglas Avenue 

This July, Gallery 12 is hosting its first Open Exhibition called "Creature Feature." Over 30 local artists will be exhibiting their artworks, using the artmaking medium of their choice. They will use a 12" x 12" Small Format and the images will require that they include a "creature" as their subject matter.

Opening reception: July 1st from noon to 9 pm.

Gallery 12 was established in 1977 and is Wichita's most successful Artist Cooperative Fine Art Gallery, exhibiting works by over 20 Local 2-D Artists and over 30 Local 3-D Artists. Artworks include: oil, watercolor  & acrylic paintings, hand pulled prints, photography, pastel art, works on fabric, pottery, ceramics, sculpture, jewelry and enamel art.

All artworks are for sale and Gallery 12 offers a free layaway program for its customers & clients.

Full Exhibition: July 1 through July 28

Hopping Gnome Brewing Company
1710 East Douglas Avenue 
(316) 771-2110

Featured Artist: Lear Heath Studio 

Title of Exhibition: First Friday at the Gnome

Exhibition Hours: 6 pm to 10 pm

We're excited to welcome Lear Heath Studio as our featured artists for August!

Grab a beer and support local art!

Exhibition Runs: Aug-Sept

Mulberry Art Gallery
2721 E. Central Avenue, Suite #215  
(316) 365-9461

Featured Artist(s): De'Andra Hughes 

Title of Exhibition: Circus of Emotions

Exhibition Hours: 6-9pm 

Join Mulberry Art Gallery on August 5 for their First Friday feature show, Circus of Emotions by De'Andra Hughes

Artist statement:

“While brainstorming ideas for the show I wanted to express the different emotions I’ve been experiencing for the past couple years. My initial thought for using the circus theme was because clowns are known for outwardly expressing their feelings, almost as if their “inner child” is on constant display. Seeing how the past couple years have been a circus of emotions, I’ve been trying to “distract, deal and heal” those inner child emotions. Painting the expression of each emotion I’ve chosen certain colors and painting techniques to display the effect of the emotional state.”

De’Andra Hughes is a Wichita-based artist currently studying Community and Social Practice at Wichita State University. While studying at Wichita State she has created The ADCI Arts Market, giving artists the space to sell their artwork on campus, while networking with other local artists.

As an interdisciplinary artist, her mission is to uplift the community through creating handcrafted artwork, displaying positive emotions through mixed media materials and various color palettes. When creating every piece, she enjoys the process of intentionally intertwining small details of fiber arts within her creations.

View more of De'Andra's work at:


Old Cowtown Museum
1865 Museum Boulevard 
(316) 219-1871

Title of Exhibition: Community Artists

Featured Artists: Mike Fallier, Gwen Rose, Bictor Rose, Diane Waltner

Exhibition Hours: 6pm-9pm

Event Description: Come enjoy a variety of artists for our quarterly art exhibit!

Reuben Saunders Gallery
3215 E. Douglas Ave 

Featured Artists: Emily Chamberlain & Joey Rincones

Title of Exhibition: "See Where it Takes You"

Reception: AUGUST 5th, 2022

Exhibition: 5:30pm - 9pm (opening reception)

This exhibition features colorful ceramic vessels and sculptures by Emily Chamberlain along with elegant pottery by Joey Rincones!

Chamberlain was born and raised in the rust belt city of Buffalo, New York. She received her Bachelors of Science in both Art Education and Ceramic Design, as a duel major from SUNY Buffalo State College.

In 2014, she packed her bags to pursue a Masters of Fine Arts in Ceramics at Wichita State University in Wichita, Kansas! Chamberlain continues to make sculptural work while being an Elementary Art Teacher for Derby Public schools!

Born and raised in Southwest Kansas, Rincones began his ceramic studies at Garden City Community College where he received his Associates in Arts. In 2007, he pursued his Bachelor Degree at Wichita State University and graduated with a BFA with a focus in ceramic media.

Rincones has stayed busy within the Wichita art community by teaching pottery classes at City Arts, the Derby Recreation Center, and participating in local art festivals!

"Clay is a poetic material, it is very honest and inviting, yet fierce and difficult all at the same time. My work is an exploration on how this material evolves into my own expression and how it embodies my own lifestyle." - Rincones

"See Where it Takes You" | Exhibition runs August 5th through August 27th, 2022

(Note: we have designated parking behind RSG that are marked with signs. There is also overflow parking available behind Traditions - located across the street from the gallery!)

Full Exhibit: AUGUST 5th - 27th

The Fiber Studio & Gallery
418 Commerce  

Featured Artists: Marilyn Grisham & Collected Friends

Exhibition Hours: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Title of Exhibition: The Earth & Sky Fiber Retrospect #2 Continuing...

Event Description: First Friday, FIBERSTUDIO/GALLERY, Open from 6:00 to 9:00 PM.  Also open by Appoinment, at your convenience, phone 316-303-1996.  
Woven and Stitched hangings by Marilyn Grisham along with Collected art pieces by familiar local artists.

View by appointment, 303-1996 or

The exhibition runs continuing thru August, '22

Uniquities Home
141 N. Rock Island 

Featured Artist: Dakota Gillig AND Tammy Harrell

Title of Exhibition: DG Custom Metal Works AND Tammy Harrell Painting

Event Description: In addition to shopping our unique finds at Uniquities Home, Dakota Gillig will be showing his custom hand-crafted sculptures and Tammy Harrell is bringing paintings she has painted. 

Exhibition Hours: 10a-8p

White Crow Cider Company
1236 East Waterman Street 

Title of Exhibition: Ellie Taylor Artwork

Featured Artist: Elle Taylor

Exhibition Hours: 6-9 pm

Event Description: Artwork by Ellie Taylor will be up at White Crow Cider. 

Full Exhibit: 08-05-2022 they 08-13-2022

Wichita Festivals, Inc. hosted at Gallery Alley
616 East Douglas Avenue 
(316) 264-6005

Title of Exhibition: 2022 Riverfest Photo Contest Exhibition& Awards 

Exhibition Hours: 5 pm to 8 pm

Join us for the 2022 Riverfest Photo Contest & Awards Ceremony! We'll be celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Riverfest through pictures taken during the 9-day festival photo contest.

Come and go from 5-8pm at Gallery Alley, 616 E Douglas Ave. in Downtown Wichita. Photo contest awards will be announced at 7pm.

Upcoming Event: August 5

The next First Friday event will take place on Friday, August 5. A list of participating venues will be available on this webpage one week prior to the event. Mark your calendars for the following 2022 First Friday dates to never miss an event:

  • September 2
  • October 7
  • November 4
  • December 2

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 First 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

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