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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First Friday, July 3 Events

Hopping Gnome Brewing Company
1710 East Douglas Avenue 
(316) 771-2110
Feautring artwork by Sarah Ehlen

Reception/Event Hours: 6:00-11:00 p.m.

Exhibition titled: "Tommy's Adventures"

Full exhibition will run through August.

ICT Chalk Talks
111 E. Douglas Avenue 
Featuring artwork by Maggie Newlin and Ellie Newlin

Exhibition Hours: 12pm-3pm

Exhibition titled "Be Loud About Things That Are Important"

Full exhibition will run through July 31, 2020

No public chalk is being provided at this time, but please feel free to bring your own from home

Norton's Brewing Company
125 N St Francis 
Featuring artwork by Juanta R. Wolfe

Reception/Event Hours: 6:00pm-9:00pm

Exhibiton Title: The Fortunate Clown

This talented artist creates his artwork by visualizing unique faces in shapes in the paint he's working with while he is slinging paint on canvas! His art is beautiful and inspires one to keep creating and to see the potential in just regular shapes to be transformed into something original and that speaks to you! Juanta is on display during our Charity tap that all proceeds will be going to our local Black Lives Matter movement. Come for the art, stay for the food and craft beer!

Safety Guidelines: Masks are required to enter. The tables are six feet apart. Anyone that is up from their table needs to have a mask on. No groups that are bigger than 8 people allowed indoors at this time.

Full exhibition will run through July 31, 2020.

Thomas Grey Interiors
121 N. Mead 
(316) 223-1118
Featuring artwork by Johnny Sutton

Reception/Event Hours: 6-9pm

"Johnny Sutton is an international traveler and artist that occasionally comes back to Wichita to visit his daughter Georgia, his friends, and do interviews with curious young people such as myself. Johnny has been an artist for as long as he can remember, "I started painting - well the first exhibit I had was actually in high school - but I've been doing artwork every since I was tiny." Johnny's lifelong commitment to art has taken many forms over the years - painting, writing, photography - and recently has taken a turn into the realm of mixed media." -Arcadia Grenier

Upcoming Event: July 3

The next First Friday event will take place on Friday, July 3, 2020. A list of participating venues will be available on this webpage one week prior to the event. Mark your calendars for the following 2020 First Friday dates to never miss an event:

  • July 3
  • August 7
  • September 4
  • October 2
  • November 6
  • December 4

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 megan@downtownwichita.org.

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