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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May 6 Events

Art House 310
310 S. Laura 

Featured Artists: Engy AlGarf & Alexandria Olthoff

Exhibition Hours: 6:00-10:00pm

Title of Exhibition: Art House 310 First Friday – Engy AlGarf & Alexandria Olthoff

This event is free to attend and open to the public.

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

ENGY ALGARF
My work is first and foremost figurative studies. It’s what I like to paint, my biggest challenge and my greatest payoff. I wish to ignite a sense of joy, I create paintings that reflect the people and moments that touch my life. I allow imagination and emotion to commingle into memorable creations.

My work is a collection of memories, philosophies and experiences.

Oil is my favorite medium with a preference for strong brushwork and a vibrant color palette, governed by a mood or a story that I am trying to relay through my paintings. Inspiration comes from fusing both renaissance art and expressionism, which allow me to create atmospheric portraits, revealing their quiet strength as well as their physical beauty.

See more of Engy’s work online at http://engyalgarf.com/ on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/engyalgarf.art or on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/engyalgarf.art/

ALEXANDRIA OLTHOFF
I am an artist, not a writer.
Color from a brush flows more easily than words from a pen – even in drafting a bio.
I create because it makes me feel whole – and I enjoy the challenge.
I am constantly learning & trying new things.

Sometimes I hit a wall, and sometimes I get lost for hours or days in the work.

My art will never reach a certain point or goal because, much like my life, it is a journey of growth, healing, and an absolute love for animals.

I do not name or frame most of my work because honestly, it is not mine.
I made it for you.
What would you name it?
What frame would you put around it, if any at all?
I did not make hundreds of pieces over the years for myself, so please enjoy them as if they were your own, because they are.

Through the gift of art may you also find…
Growth in your journey.
Healing in your soul,
and some joy in the creatures of the world.

See more of Alexandria’s work on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/AlikatArtBiz or on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/alikatart7/

Full Exhibition: May 6-22, 2022

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

Featured Artists: Ryan Conway, Madison Lang, Emerson, Brooklynn Bolton

Title of Exhibition: Order & Chaos, Portraits of Endangered Animals, The Glasses Through Which I See, From Beginning to End

Exhibition hours: 5-8pm 

Event Description:
Order & Chaos by Ryan Conway in the Main Gallery, Portraits of Endangered Animals by Madison Lang in the Main Hall Gallery, The Glasses Through Which I see by Emerson in the Balcony Gallery, and From Beginning to End by Brooklynn Bolton in the Boardroom Gallery. 

Full Exhibition: April 25-June 6, 2022

Friends University (Riney Fine Arts Gallery)
2100 W University Ave 
(316) 295-5000

Featured Artists: Alaina Cox, Madalyn Liebst, Mira Martinez, Robin Mathews, Nathan Mier and Nicolas Rozean

Exhibition Hours: 5-7 p.m

Title of Exhibition: Lost in Transition - Where Do We Go? 

Event Description: 

Friends University will host a First Friday senior art and design exhibition titled Lost in Transition - Where Do We Go? on May 6 from 5-7 p.m. The show will feature artwork by Friends University seniors Alaina Cox, Madalyn Liebst, Mira Martinez, Robin Mathews, Nathan Mier and Nicolas Rozean.

""Lost in Transition is a documentation of our experiences over the past several years,” said Alaina Cox. “We aim to bring to light the challenges we have overcome and show how we plan to move forward.”

Light refreshments will be served. 

Lost in Transition - Where Do We Go? will be on display in the Friends University Riney Fine Arts Gallery until May 28 and online at rineygallery.com. 

For more information on this event or other Fine Arts events, please contact the Fine Arts Box Office at 316-295-5677 or finearts@friends.edu.

Exhibit runs from May 6-28, 2022

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

Featured Artist(s): Dominique Joiner

Exhibition Hours: 6-9pm

Title of Exhibition: It Starts With Me

Reception: Feb 4

Come see the artwork of Brittany Stewart and Anthony Dozier.

The exhibition runs from May 6-28

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

Title of Exhibition: The Art of Old Cowtown

Exhibition Hours: 5 to 9

Event Description: Enjoy the art inspired by or housed at Wichita's Old Cowtown Museum! Work by local artists and photographers will be on display as well as art from the displays of this living history museum.

Reuben Saunders Gallery
3215 E. Douglas Ave 

Featured Artists: William Tinker 

Title of Exhibition: "SYNTHESIS FROM THE SOIL"

"Join us for the opening of…

“SYNTHESIS FROM THE SOIL” by William Tinker

Exhibition opens Friday, May 6th 2022, from 5:30pm – 9pm

The artwork on display will feature large-scale, abstracted landscapes by William.

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"The process of aging has caused me to look for subjects to paint much closer to home. For years, we drove the mid and southwest, always looking for the perfect curvature of land and trees and sky that would represent the best of where we grew up and lived.

Almost always, the subjects I would chose had as much to do with the things that were growing on the land as the overall beauty of its entirety.

This continuous search for subject matter has morphed into a much more localized approached to include my wife’s multiple gardens. I’m amazed at the continuous changing shapes and colors of flowers, foods, grasses, and trees that our large yard provides.

No longer using my Nikon with its many lenses, I grab my phone, take as many pictures as I please, and then head for my computer to help form images that I can hardly wait to paint."

– William Tinker

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We will also be featuring a mini exhibition titled "Imaginary Gardens" by Susan Tinker.
There will be a small selection of Susan's oil paintings on display. Each piece is filled with lush botanical imagery and lively insects – just in time for Spring!

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"Synthesis from the Soil" by William Tinker & "Imaginary Gardens" by Susan Tinker

Exhibitions run May 6-28, 2022

Revolutsia
2721 E Central Ave 

Title of Exhibition: Haute Handmade Pop Up Market at Revolutsia 

Featured Artists: Various Local Vendors

Exhibition Hours: 5 pm-8 pm

Event Description: Haute Handmade Markets & Revolutsia has a Brand New Market Series: First Fridays at Revolutsia! Join us #FirstFridays throughout 2022 for a FREE Pop Up Market from 5-8 pm each month!

We can't think of a better place to be on Wichita's #FirstFriday art crawl than the coolest shipping container spot in town! Revolutsia is a growing collection of shops, small businesses and restaurants found at Central & Volutsia. Exclusively, just for these special nights, Haute Handmade Market will pop up with a bunch of your favorite makers featured outside each storefront!

Add this stop on your #FirstFriday Art Crawl and shop your favorite makers with a TOP-NOTCH artist line up in a laid-back setting with music, food and drinks ... both indoors and outdoors!

It's the ultimate stop for #FirstFridayICT! What better reason to come out and support handcrafted businesses by shopping + eating + drinking local!

See Artisan Line Up, more information, RSVP & apply to be a Featured Maker on the Facebook Event Page!

The Enchanted Mermaid
3201 E Douglas 
(316) 207-1198

Featured Artist: Creations by Korina

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

Stop in for a Mermaid Makeover, Henna Tattoo, Palm reading, Mermaid Photos, Refreshments, and more.

The Fiber Studio & Gallery
418 Commerce  
316-303-1996

Featured Artists: Marilyn Grisham & Collected Friends

Exhibition Hours: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Title of Exhibition: “E=ART=H & SKY, #2 The Earth & Sky Fiber Retrospect, Still In Progress

Event Description: Earth & Sky Fiber Retrospect, Still In Progress. Also on display are works from the Grisham Collection, including a 4' square Stained Glass window, YEI Corn Dance large woven wool hanging, Mapuche Traditional Weaving in frame, and several items by local name artists. This exhibit will continue thru June with additional items being added.

View by appointment, 303-1996 or fiberstudio1@gmail.com

The exhibition runs from May-June

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

Featured Artist: Bella Smith, Cel Smith, Ray Masterson, Kali Wirt, Germán Andrade, Juliana Mattson, Gonzo Glasswork And Live Music Featuring: Hunter Gromala, CombatxCarl

Exhibition Hours: 6-10 pmTitle of Exhibition: Gallery Show

Event Description: VERTIGO 232 starts this New Year on March 25 -April 1
GALLERY SHOW :
Featuring Artists -
Bella Smith, Cel Smith, Ray Masterson,
Kali Wirt , Germán Andrade ,Juliana Mattson ,
Gonzo Glasswork
And
Live Music Featuring:
Hunter Gromala , CombatxCarl
Opening
FiINAL FRIDAY MARCH 25 , 6-10pm
and
FIRST FRIDAY APRIL 1 , 6-10pm

Full Exhibition Date: March 25 - April 1

WSU Shift Space
334 Saint Francis 
(316) 978-3555

Exhibition Time: 6-9 p.m.

Title of Exhibition: Design Heroes

Featured Artists: WSU Senior Graphic Design Class 

Full Exhibition: May 6 - May 31

Event Description: The Wichita State University graduating graphic designers are showcasing their hard work from the past four years. The show is called Design Heroes: The Future is not something we enter, it's something we create. It highlights the student's journey through trials and triumphs. 

Reception: May 6

Upcoming Event: May 6

The next First Friday event will take place on Friday, May 6. 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:

  • June 3
  • July 1
  • August 5
  • 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 madison@downtownwichita.org.

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