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 Dec. 3 Events

Art House 310
310 S. Laura 

Featured Artists: Heather Byers & Dallas Dodge

Exhibition Hours: 6:00-10:00 p.m.

Title of Exhibition: Art House 310 First Friday - Heather Byers & Dallas Dodge

Opening Reception: First Friday December 3rd, 2021 6-10pm

HEATHER BYERS Artist Statement: I see the world around me; plants, people, patterns and find that much fascinates me. I observe details: small lines or gradual color transitions on a face or a flower capture my attention and compel me to share. Still, it can be easy for quiet images to get lost among the noise. That is why, in my work, I make subjects bigger. I make colors surprising and bold. I am heavy-handed with outlines so you see exactly what I want to show you.

My desire to share is precisely why public art has become my passion. I use vivid paints to steal the attention of passersby. My art is made to be seen in casual settings, accessible to anyone who would pay attention.

Artist Bio: Wichita-based muralist, Heather Byers, has been painting professionally since 2017. As with many visual artists, drawing and painting has been a lifelong pursuit. These days, Heather blends her painting skills with a growing interest in community engagement to create an ideal focus on murals and public art.

By using bold colors and outlines, Heather expertly draws the viewer's attention to fairly common subjects. Whether on the exterior of a building or inside a small business, her work creates a bright atmosphere. Recently, Heather has completed large projects for the City of Wichita Parks Department and Newman University.

See more of Heather's work online at https://www.heatherbyers.art, on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/2dheatherb and on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/2dheatherb/

DALLAS DODGE At first glance, Dallas Dodge's work appears as just a menagerie of cartoonish characters and/or tongue-in-cheek comedy. It would be easy to overlook any current of serious expression in his absurd aliens and other fanciful pieces. However, having once been a rodeo clown, Dallas is keenly aware of the fact that comedy often lives on a fine edge from far more serious work. Humor can be the vehicle that takes the edge off deeper concerns. His good sense of humor notwithstanding, Dallas' work is largely, like most art, about himself and his ideas. Although he understands what some of his pieces are saying, others are not so clear. Nevertheless, he uses humorous figures the way other artists might use lines, shapes, or color to express their emotions.

See more of Dallas's work on Instagram: instagram.com/dallasdodgeart

Full Exhibition: December 3rd - 23rd

At the Market Art Gallery
601 N West St 

First Friday ~ The Market Art Gallery

Featured Artist: Tarzia Kahn, Melissa McGinthy Skinner, and Mike Fallier

Friday, December 3 5-9 pm

JOIN US THIS FRIDAY! First Friday at The Market Art Gallery!

Located Inside At the Market! Next to Dollar Tree | 601 N West St, Wichita

Barleycorn's
608 E Douglas Ave 

First Friday at Barleycorn's

Reception/Event Hours: 7:00-9:00pm

Exhibition Title: Monday Night Art Fight Showcase 

Featuring artwork by previous MNAF contestants 

Event Description: 21+ All artworks shown were done during our Monday Night Art Fights. Usually with a time limit of just 30 minutes and a whole host of other obstacles as well.

Full Exhibition: 12/3 - 1/4

Please keep in mind that Barleycorns is 21+ to enter

CityArts
334 N. Mead St 
(316) 350-3245

Featured Artists: Tarah Lynn Clark, Joshua A. Smith & Casey TZ Smith, William Stofer 

Title of Exhibition: "Colorful Creations" "Stillness"

Exhibition Hours: during business hours

Exhibitions: Main Gallery
Tarah Lynn Clark – “Colorful Creations”

Boardroom
Joshua A. Smith & Casey TZ Smith – “Stillness”

Balcony
Works by William Stofer

The exhibition runs from November 29-December 31, 2021

Free State Flora LLC
2910 East Douglas Avenue 
316-640-0549

Featured Artist: Elizabeth Owens

Exhibition Hours: 6 pm-9 pm

GALLERY 12
412 East Douglas Avenue 
(316) 267-5915

Opening Reception for Guest Artist: Elizabeth Corbett

Reception Hours: First Friday December 3rd from Noon to 9 pm

Artist Statement:
“While I recognize the necessity for a basis in observed reality, true art lies in a reality that is felt.” -ODILON REDON
Effective use of light and bold intelligent color are common hallmarks of Kansas artist Elizabeth Corbett. She creates in pastels and oils and works in plein air and the studio.
Growing up in rural Ozarks, she did not have the opportunity for formal training, but spent many hours drawing. Many hours were also spent outdoors where she developed not only a love of nature, but found inspiration and her creativity sparked especially by the play of light. At nearly age 30, she began college as an English major, but changed majors after a couple of painting courses. She earned an MFA from Wichita State University, Wichita Kansas, but her curiosity about the world and love of travel led her to a career as a flight attendant. After retiring from the airlines, she focused on developing as an artist.
Her efforts have been rewarded by competing, and often prize winning, in regional and national shows.  Her most recent accomplishments are participating in the Vernon-Filley Art Museum National Invitational in Pratt, Kansas, juried into the Mile-High International Pastel Exhibit in Denver, Colorado, commissioned to do a mural for the Kansas Air National Guard, and winning an Honorable Mention in the 2017 Plein Air KC Art Festival in Kansas City, Missouri.

During the month of December, Gallery 12 will also be hosting their 2nd Annual Crimson Door 3-D Holiday Gift Show. Many local artists will be exhibiting for sale; jewelry, enamel art, pottery, and a wide range of affordable handmade gift items.

The exhibition will be on view to January 29th 2022.

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

Featured Artist: Alan Ngyuen

Title of Exhibition: First Friday at the Gnome

Exhibition Hours: December 3, 6-10 pm

Full Exhibition Date: Dec-Jan

La Vie Bohème
3700 E Douglas Ave Ste 59 

Featured Artist: Kelly Patton

Exhibition Title: Kelly Patton’s Secret Creatures

Event Description: Kelly Patton is a fine artist and illustrator who conjures childhood mischief and wonder to inspire creativity, self-care and appreciation of nature. She is the creator of magical children’s books and the Secret Woods Oracle deck. Kelly lives in Wichita Kansas with her husband and three daughters.

Exhibition Hours: 6:00 - 9:00

Full Exhibit: December 2021

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

Featured Artist(s): Juli Vanh Saga, Caitlin Alexander, DeAndra Hughes

Exhibition Hours: 5:00 PM- 10:30 PM

Title of Exhibition: Mulberry December Exhibition

Art exhibition that includes an auction where money will be donated to ICT S.O.S

The exhibition runs from Dec 3- Dec 31

Newman University Steckline Gallery
3100 McCormick 

Title of Exhibition: The Mourning of New Maps

Exhibition Hours: 5-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3

Featuring artwork by Micala Gingrich-Gaylord

Event Description: Steckline Gallery will present "The Mourning of New Maps" an exhibit by Micala Gingrich-Gaylord, during a First Friday exhibition from 5-8 p.m., Dec. 3, at Newman University. "Over the trajectory of my life, the maps have continuously been changing,"Gingrich-Gaylord said. "My friends and I called ourselves the map makers as if we had some superpower to predict the next stop or the toils and hardships we would meet along the way."

She added, "2020 demonstrated this to be unequivocally false in the way we had always imagined. It gave way to new maps, closer looks and small intimate ideas."

Gingrich-Gaylord uses a collection of textile materials to capture meaning that allows stories to evolve in the process. Fabric and woven material help demonstrate how life encounters can cause individuals to consider endpoints and places of overlap, as a mapmaker might.

"The Mourning of New Maps" will be on display Dec. 2-Jan. 27. An Artist Talk event, which includes a discussion with the artist, will take place Dec. 2 from noon to 1 p.m. Lunch will not be provided by the gallery; however, attendees are welcome to bring their own lunch. All events are free and open to the public.

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.

Full Exhibition: Will remain on display through Jan. 27.

Reuben Saunders Gallery
3215 E. Douglas Ave 
(316) 682-1481

Featured Artists: Bob Burdette, Dallas Dodge, Jonathan Fitz,  Randy Regier, and Larry Schwarm

Title of Exhibition: "Spatial Limits"

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

Reception: December, 3rd. 2021

Full Exhibition: DECEMBER 3rd - 30th, 2021

Event Description: 

This exhibition highlights the parallels of exploration between five different artists. The artwork on display primarily focuses on nostalgic experiences, space adventure, vintage-inspired toys and the way society intertwines these concepts today. 

The artists are asking their viewers to engage with the artwork and explore what is beyond the object itself. It is an invitation to acknowledge that we all currently approach these new but familiar objects in a different way than we once did in childhood. We hope you will join us for our opening reception on First Friday!

The Fiber Studio & Gallery
418 Commerce  

Featured Artists: MCPHERSON COLLEGE ART FACULTY,  Michaela Valli Groeblacher;  Dee Erway Sherwood;  Kelsy Grossett Dennis;  Nathan Pollard;  David Harmon

Exhibition Hours: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Title of Exhibition: Mcpherson College Faculty Exhibition

Event Description: TITLE IN PROGRESS, McPherson College Faculty Exhibition.  Michaela Valli Groeblacher – ceramics sculpture; Dee Erway Sherwood - graphic design; 
Nathan Pollard - digital media;  Kelsy Gossett Dennis - art history; David Harmon - Drawing

The exhibition runs thru December 11, 2021

The White Building
3219 East Douglas Avenue 

Featured Artist: Monica Reents

Title of Exhibition: Freedom of Expression

Exhibition: 4 pm to 8 pm

Event Description: Join us for Freedom of Expression,  a special showing by Abstract Artist and Author Monica Reents.   

Uniquities Home
141 N. Rock Island 
(316)-214-2301

Featured Artist: Kelly Harper

Title of Exhibition: Kelly Harper Woodworking

Event Description: Come and shop the unique finds at Uniquities and the handcrafted items created by Kelly Harper

Reception Hours: 10 am - 8 pm

Vertigo 232 Gallery
232 N Market St (Above Hewitt's Antiques) 
(316) 264-2450

Featured Artist: Various Artists 

Title of Exhibition: Holiday Art Sale

Exhibition Hours: 5-9 pm

Event Description: Various artists original Artwork ALL on Sale for the Holidays  

Wendy Mayes Design & Designs for Life
3211 E Douglas Ave 

Title of Exhibition: All the Lovely Ladies by Tommy Ta First Friday ICT

Exhibition Hours: 7pm-9pm

Featuring artwork by Tommy Ta

Showcase artist Tommy Ta fashion art illustrations Original and prints are available to purchase.  Twenty percent of purchase amounts will be donated to Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in memory of Tommy's brother's : Then and Du Ta.  

Full Exhibition: Month of December

encompas
340 South Laura Street 

Title of Exhibition: The "little art" show

Exhibition Hours: December 3 5:30-8:00 pm 

Event Description: Find something for yourself or to gift, shop... The "little art" show

- small paintings

- limited-edition giclee prints

and...

- Jim Simpson is offering some illustration work at super low prices! Illustrations of: wildlife, aviation, health & wellness, etc. 

Upcoming Event: Dec. 3

The next First Friday event will take place on Friday, December 3, 2021. A list of participating venues will be available on this webpage one week prior to the event. Mark your calendars for the following 2021 First Friday dates to never miss an event:

  • December 3

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 madison@downtownwichita.org.

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