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.

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First Friday Events

The next First Friday will occur on December 6, 2019. Participating venues will be listed on this website no less than a week before the event.

Art Bomb Studio
2512 E. Douglas Ave. 
Art Bomb Gallery Show

Exhibition Hours: 6-11pm

Featuring artwork by Jeffrey Benzing and more

Collin Allen presents the the Art Bomb Gallery Show, which features paintings, prints, sculptures, jewelry and furniture. Join us in supporting the Wichita art scene. Discover up and coming artists, talk with artists, and BUY ART.

Full exhibition will run through December 14, 2019.

Barleycorn's
608 E Douglas Ave 
Shared But Not Liked: A Meme Show

Exhibition Hours: 6-9pm

Featuring artwork by Lazer Boyz, Hood Pocahontas, Ghetto Gepetto, NotMyBestMemesLLC, DeadGayMallQueen, IAmGayForBowswer

We're doing a meme show that will showcase works from local meme page admins. The Show is free and will feature works from 6 artists.

Chateau Gifts & Flower Preservation
126 S. Seneca 
Heart ICT

Exhibition Hours: 5pm-7pm

Featuring artwork by Paul MacIntosh, Dana Snyder, Diana Collins

Three artists here on First Friday! Nature incarnate photographic art, Dana's vintage and unique jewelry, and Diana's weaving! Lots of great gift ideas!

CityArts
334 N Mead 
First Friday at City Arts

Exhibition Hours: 5:00-8:00 p.m.

Featuring artwork by Carlos Soto, Robin Gilmour and other various artists

Come to City Arts to view a multitude of different art exhibitions. We will have Gifts in the Gallery in the Main Gallery, Beat of a Drum in the Boardroom Gallery and Chaos in the Balcony Gallery

Full exhibition will run through December 27.

Colour t-HAIR-apy Salon & Oxygen Bar
612 E Douglas Ste #101 
Poured Out!

Exhibition Hours: 6-9pm

Featuring artwork by Brian Taylor at BTs Art Studio

Artist Statement: My art for me is about the relaxation and stress relief therapy. In the acrylic pours I do, I love the freedom and the unpredictability of the piece. The flow and fluidity are relaxing to me. It is always interesting to see the pattern and cells develop and then decide how I can influence the paint on the canvas. I can use the exact same colors and ratios and the paint will react and move differently with each painting. When creating with my other medias I find I do not have a distinctive style, one maybe more abstract or impressionistic than the next. I hope you enjoy the presentation of my diverse works.

Fairmount Coffee Co.
3815 E 17 St N 
First Friday at Fairmount Coffee Co.

Exhibition Hours: 7pm-9pm

Featuring artwork by Carley Sullivan

Carley Sullivan is a super talented photographer and artist currently studying at Kansas Newman College. When she's not doing art, she spends her time bowling for the Newman Jets bowling team or pouring up some sweet lattes at Fairmount Coffee Co. as a barista! Carley will be showcasing her art beginning with a First Friday Show on Dec. 6 from 7-9pm. There will also be music played by Leanne Vastbinder. Come out for a night of appreciating the arts and some delicious specialty coffee & food!

Full exhibition will run through December 31, 2019

Findings, etc.
515 N Woodlawn 
Reflections of God's Masterpieces

Exhibition Hours: 4-7pm

Featuring artwork by Sharon Zimmerman

We will be serving small bites and wine. Our neighboring stores will also be having First Friday events. Sharon Zimmerman has extreme focus for details of nature but also enjoys capturing broad sweeping landscapes. Her paintings reflect God's Materpieces of Creation harnessing its light, color, and composition.

Fisch Haus
524 S Commerce 
Editing Edifices

7:00-10:00pm

Featuring artwork by Jodi Lightner

This large-scale drawing and installation solo exhibition is based on constructs of architecture described in works of literature and re-imagines these structures as malleable to sociological patterns and habits. One of the pieces of literature used in the exhibition is Invisible Cities. This work of fiction by Italo Calvino, takes poetic license to describe a visitor’s perceptive experience while traveling in unknown cities. Though many of the descriptions are impractical, improbable, and impossible, they depict places with atmosphere, attitudes and activity, each with a specific theme and distinct pattern. And each city contains all the same elements - dweller, habitats, and activities - but each one is unique in its set of patterns, which makes it distinct, impressionable, and categorical.

Full exhibition will run through January 3, 2020.

Friends University (Riney Fine Arts Center)
2100 W University Ave 
(316) 295-5677
First Friday at Friends University

Exhibition Hours: 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Featuring artwork by Tim Stone

Friends University will host a First Friday gallery reception for artist, Tim Stone. The reception will take place in the Riney Fine Arts Gallery in Riney Fine Arts Center Nov. 1 from 5-7 p.m.

Tim Stone’s work consists of depicting spaces that are inspired by the ordinary and triggered by the mundane. “There is a constant tension between the ordinary and the superlative and between natural and artificial color. This occurrence is true in moments that I experience, so it is truthful in the scenes I paint,” said Stone. Stone has recently expanded the process of his work by pushing its boundaries towards installation, using both canvas and tape as a tool in his artwork.

Full exhibition will run through February 1, 2020.

Gallery XII
412 E. Douglas 
First Friday at Gallery XII

Exhibition Hours: 5:30pm-10pm

Featuring artwork by Wayne Conyers, Karen Carney and over 30 local and regional artists

Join us on First Friday to view works by Wayne Conyers with Rock Sculptures by Karen Carney. Also be sure to check out the Crimson Door Holiday Art Fair, featuring over 30 local and regional artists and hundreds of small artisan made gift perfect for the holidays. We are open 10-4 Tues-Sat. and First Friday, 5:30-10pm. The fair will be in full swing until December 24th.

Full Wayne Conyers and Karen Carney exhibition will run through January 31, 2020.

Garvey Center
250 W Douglas Avenue, Suite# 100 
First Friday at Garvey Center

Exhibition Hours: 6:00-9:00 p.m.

Featured Artists: Mattoast Painting and Studio, Cāv ârt, Steven Campbell, Stephanie Jeanes, Madi Laughlin, Robert Maxwell, Shayla, Becky Miller, Richard Miller, Poetic Pouring, VW Images, Artsycayke Designs, Shark by Design, Classic Car Part Art, Roses Artwork, AS/if Photography, Envision artists, etc.

COME SEE THE CITY LIGHTS FROM THE HIGHEST VIEWPOINT IN WICHITA! Tickets will be available at our First Friday artists' tables to overlook the city from Garvey Center's 24th floor for FREE. Get in the holiday spirit, discover talented artists, and join us for a new view of the city that has never been open to the public!

FREE parking in our open lot behind the Garvey Center. Or take the Q Line to stop at our front entrance on Douglas.

Great Harvest Bread Co.
535 N Woodlawn Blvd #150 
Hopping Gnome Brewing Company
1710 East Douglas Avenue 
(316) 771-2110
First Friday at The Gnome

Exhibition Hours: 6:00-11:00 p.m.

Featuring artwork by Hannah Crickman and Max Flippin

We're so excited to feature film photography by Hannah Crickman and Max Flippin! They've been busy taking photos all over town and will have prints for sale, just in time for holiday shopping! Check out their Instagram pages: @hannahcrickman and @whyyouflippinfilm

Grab a beer and support local art!

HUE Gallery of Contemporary Art
751 George Washington Blvd Suite 207 
First Friday at HUE Gallery of Contemporary Art

Exhibition Hours: 4:00-10:00pm

Featuring artwork by Sean Christopher Ward, Aaron Patton, Autumn Noire aka Lalalychee, Dallas Dodge, Michella Tripoli, Rory Nowlin, and Ulrick Brown

To prepare for the upcoming holidays, I've invited some of my friends to exhibit in my art studio for a holiday sale! Come on out and find some amazing, local, hand made, artwork for the holidays! (or just treat yo self!)

Krystle Cole Fine Art
4600 W. Kellogg Drive 
The Ultimate Animal Art Christmas Gift Exhibit

Exhibition Hours: 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Featuring artwork by Krystle Cole

Hi, my name is Krystle Cole. I love painting animals and spreading joy. I'm a local Wichita artist, and I’d like to invite you to a very special exhibition at my gallery. Over a hundred of my colorful animal paintings are on exhibit. There are dozens of dogs, cats, zoo animals, farm animals, and woodland animals. If you are an animal lover like me, then my art is sure to bring a smile to your face! Prints of all my paintings are on sale for only $17.99 unframed and $27.99 framed. Krystle Cole Fine Art is located in Towne West Mall in Wichita, KS in a corner space that’s across from Kay Jewelers and near the North Mall Entrance where the JoAnn Fabrics used to be.

Midwest Center for Photography
1215 Franklin St 
(316) 269-1250
11th Annual Ten X Ten – Small Works Exhibition

Exhibition Hours: 7:00-9:00 p.m.

50 Various Regional, National and International Artists

The TEN X TEN show is an annual small works exhibition that celebrates the wide range of creative expression within the square photographic format. This free spirited fun exhibition is exciting to experience on the gallery walls with the variety of unique juxtapositions creating contrasts and similarities through the interplay of unique images in this grid format exhibition.

Full exhibition will run through December 31, 2019.

Mud Haus LLC
922 East Douglas 
First Friday at Mud Haus LLC

Exhibition Hours: 6pm-9pm

Featuring artwork by Craig Campbell and Vincent Wood

Join us on First Friday in December for a holiday celebration! We will be all decked out for the holidays and would love to have you celebrate with us!!

Norton's Brewing Company
125 N St Francis 
Neon Nightmares

Exhibition Hours: 6pm-9pm

Featuring artwork by Sharayah Fiscus

"In order for the light to shine so brightly, the darkness must be present" - Sir Francis Bacon

"NEON NIGHTMARES" features imagery in various media by Wichita artist Sharayah Fiscus. By combining subjects rooted in pop culture and traditional horror icons with bright colors, the artist brings playful life to images typically associated with death and fear. Come for the art, stay for the food and beer!

Reuben Saunders Gallery
3215 E. Douglas Ave 
First Friday at Reuben Saunders Gallery

Exhibition Hours: 5:30-9:00 p.m.

Featuring artwork by Aaron Jackson Bowman, Garet Reynek, James Borger, Kirsten Shannon, Matthew Hilyard, and Tim Stone

Join us for our December First Friday exhibition: In Living Color. This exhibition features artists working in a variety of mediums using color to bring their works to life in vibrant and exciting ways.

Full exhibition will run through December 28, 2019.

Salon Teased
916 E Douglas Ave 
First Friday at Salon Teased

Exhibition Hours: 6-9pm

Featuring artwork by Joeni Fragadakis, Michael Kline and Samantha W.

Salon Teased has partnered with a few local artists to showcase their artwork in the salon.

Satori
1919 N Amidon 
The Fiber Studio & Gallery
418 Commerce  
Glass Extravaganzia: Glass for Christmas Giving!

Exhibition Hours: 6:00-9:00 p.m.

Featuring artwork by Miguel Alaniz, Scott Garrelts, Zach Arroyo, Nic Dikin, Grant Charpentier, Renny Lott

Our exhibition highlights 6 local and regional glass artists' work in glass and clay. We will have glass and ceramics with large WOW pieces, small stocking stuffers and everything in between– paperweights, mugs, glass Christmas Tree and Santas included. This exhibit is cash and carry with new pieces arriving as sold work goes out the door.

Full exhibition will runt through December 27, 2019.

The Kansas African American Museum
601 N. Water Street 
My Love, My Dream, My 40-Year Journey

Exhibition Hours: 5-7pm

Featuring artwork by Charles Davis

The Kansas African American Museum presents the work of artist, retired teacher, and WSU alumnus Charles Davis in the exhibition, My Love, My, Dream, My 40-Year Journey. The contemporary Norman Rockwell knew early he would be an artist. I became fascinated with pictures. Pictures found in comic books, pictures of horses and pictures focusing on everyday life. Charles Davis explains, rom this attraction, I discovered early on that my gift was my ability to express myself through art which later became my way of competing in life.

Full exhibition will run through February 29, 2020.

The Workroom
150 N Cleveland St 
First Friday at the Workroom

Exhibition Hours: 6:00-9:00 p.m.

Featured Artist: Multiple local and regional artists

Because we love our outdoor artisan markets we are bringing back the Holiday Market for the December First Friday! Think local artisans...carolers...fire pits..festive lights...eats...hot drinks and the Best. Local. Shopping!!

We will also have our Holiday Gift Highlight event inside the store! An array of holiday gifts made by local artisans, all under $100! So many options to get that head start on your holiday shopping.

Full exhibition will run through December 11, 2019.

Thomas Grey Interiors
121 N. Mead 
(316) 223-1118
First Friday at Thomas Grey Interiors

Exhibition Hours: 6-9pm

Thomas Grey Interiors presents the exhibition "Alcohol Ink Art" with artist Christa Chapin.

TISSU Sewing Studio
2326 E Douglas Ave 
Some Kind of Vintage // Valily Lane

Exhibition Hours: 5-8pm

Featuring artwork by Valerie Lillich

A "Valerie Gallery" by artist Valerie Lillich. Come celebrate the VINTAGE life! A festive night of, vintage fashion, hand-painted apparel, costume jewelry and DIY vintage snowflakes (make your own from sewing patterns). Be sure to come see SPECIAL GUEST: Hipster Santa (Warning: most likely caught posing & taking his own selfies. Good luck snapping a holiday photo w/him!) Dress up encouraged in your favorite decade/vintage ensemble. Enter to win some cool vintagey prizes!

Tribal Roots
707 S. Washington 
First Friday with Tribal Roots

Exhibiton Hours: 7:00-11:00 p.m.

Join us for another First Friday as we continue to expand upon our unique vibe here in the heart of Wichita. We have an incredible showcase of talent lined up for your viewing pleasure alongside great food and music! Family-friendly and always a good time.

Uniquities Home
141 N. Rock Island 
(316) 2142301
Karg Art Glass Jewelry

Featured Artists: Karen Karg

Exhibition Hours: 10am-6pm

Karen creates hand made jewelry using fused glass, copper, brass, and argentium silver. She is a full time jewelry artist at Karg Art Glass in Kechi, Kansas. Uniquities Home specializes in unique, one of a kind items and is "decked out" for Christmas. Join us during this First Friday event on Friday December 6 from 10a - 6p.

Vanya Designs
520 S Commerce 
Final Friday at Vanya Designs

Exhibition Hours: 7pm-9pm

Featuring the Mid America Dance Theatre

Join the dancers of Mid-America Dance Theatre, WSU's dance student organization, in an evening of creative movement exploration! Audience members will be welcome to watch or even interact and participate along in the exploration.

Vertigo 232
232 N Market St (Above Hewitt's Antiques) 
(316) 264-2450
First Friday FLASH Holiday Art Sale

Exhibition Hours: 6:00-10:00 p.m.

This group exhibition will feature works from various artists with varying themes. Every kind of art here for a cash and carry holiday event.

William J. Reals Gallery of Art, KU School of Medicine
1010 N. Kansas 
First Friday at William J. Reals Gallery of Art

Exhibition Hours: 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Featuring artwork by Steve Moser

Explore unique artwork from Steve Moser at William J. Reals Gallery of Art-West at KU School of Medicine-Wichita.

Full exhibition will run through January 31, 2020.

Future Dates

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

  • 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 kylie@downtownwichita.org.

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