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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Upcoming Event: March 5

The next First Friday event will take place on Friday, March 5, 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:

  • April 2
  • May 7
  • June 4
Alley Doors
Various Locations in Downtown 
(316) 573-6365
Explore the urban core and find unique doors featuring artwork created by Kansas-based artists. These one-of-a-kind doors are a part of the Alley Doors project, which repurposes alley and back-of-building doors into a discovery-driven urban gallery. View a list of the doors and use an interactive map to find them at downtownwichita.org/alleydoors.

Downtown Wichita received a grant from the Knight Foundation Fund at the Wichita Community Foundation to create these unexpected art destinations.


Featured Artists & Locations

Aaron Jackson Bowman – The LUX

Ande Hall – Hotel Old Town

BIGMENTION – Belford Electric

Lindsey Kernodle – High Touch Technologies

Matthew Miller – Orpheum Theatre

Rebecca Hoyer – The Kaufman Building

Robin Valenzuela – Roxy’s Downtown

ChainLink Gallery
121 E Douglas Ave 
Featuring artwork by Quintis Pinkston.

The ChainLink Gallery is facilitated by Harvester Arts with support from Bokeh Development and the Knight Foundation Fund at the Wichita Community Foundation.

Friends University (Riney Fine Arts Center)
2100 W University Ave 
(316) 295-5677
Northeast Magnet Art Faculty Virtual Gallery Opening

Reception/Event Hours: 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Friends University Visual Arts Department Presents - Northeast High School Art Faculty Show

On display online and in person through March 27, 2021

Gallery XII
412 E. Douglas 
Featuring artwork by Judy Dove

Opening reception for featured Gallery 12 member Judy Dove. Judy is a multi-media artist who has been part of the Wichita Art Scene for the past 40 years.

Along with Judy we will be showing the glassworks of local glassmaker/blower Scott Garrelts.

View through March 30

Reception/Event Hours: 12:00-8:00pm

Masks required. If necessary, masks will be on sale at the gallery.

Hopping Gnome Brewing Company
1710 East Douglas Avenue 
(316) 771-2110
First Friday at the Gnome

Reception/Event Hours: 6:00-10:00 p.m.

Featuring needle work by Lisa Mensch, bead work by Marsha Meyer and photos by Denise Akers

Full exhibition will run through March 7

Newman University Steckline Gallery
3100 McCormick 
Long Walk Club: First Friday With Kevin Kelly

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

Featuring artwork by Kevin Kelly

Kelly says of this body of work, "It seems to me that the story of painting was always supposed to be about uncovering creative possibilities, freezing an artistic gesture, and finding an individual identity. These artworks awkwardly occupy the space between that romanticized, painterly experience of the world and the unromantic accessories of the Midwest I grew up in... There is a great deal of conflict between these figurative elements and the more painterly elements. I like to say that I am not so much using paint as I am using the vocabulary of painting as I dissect its processes, removing the paint from the canvas in large skins. By taking the painted gestures and the subjects out of their normal contexts, I hope to give both a fighting chance in this conflict."

The Enchanted Mermaid
3201 E Douglas 
First Friday Event featuring Jamie Pugh

Exhibition Hours: 6pm-9pm

It’s First Friday at the Enchanted Mermaid! We will have face painting, henna tattoos, palm readings, refreshments, mermaid makeovers and more.

Vertigo 232
232 N Market St (Above Hewitt's Antiques) 
(316) 264-2450
Tara Hufford Walker – Selections of COVID 19 Quilts 2020

Reception/Event Hours: 8:00-9:00 p.m. (Virtual)

Featuring: Tara Hufford Walker – Selections of COVID 19 Quilts 2020, created between February 2020 to February 2021 and Mark Walker - Art Assemblages from recycled materials and digital art photography.

Gallery will be designed for Social Distancing - Mask Required

Full Exhibition runs through March 19

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 jadyn@downtownwichita.org.

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