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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Art House 310
310 S. Laura 

Title of Exhibition: Art House 310 First Friday – Rick Sallee & Greg Turner

Featured Artist: Rick Sallee & Greg Turner

Exhibition Hours: First Friday 6-10pm

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

Event Description: 

Art House 310 First Friday – Rick Sallee & Greg Turner
Opening Reception | First Friday February 3rd, 2023 | 6-10pm
This event is free to attend and open to the public. Show hangs through February 19th, 2023.

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

RICK SALLEE

Although I have lived in Wichita, Kan. since 1992, I grew up in the small farm-and-ranch environment of Medicine Lodge. I was surrounded by amazing people from various backgrounds, beautiful scenery, wildlife, and horses and livestock. I started drawing what I saw at a young age

Encountering different people, places, animals, and things has always created a constant desire and an almost-obsession in me to get the subject or idea down on paper or canvas.

I portray my subjects in a manner that best captures their inherent gestures and movements. My role is to let subjects, whether they are people or animals, be their natural selves, and I aim to be sensitive enough to capture those natural moments when they happen.

A successful portrait or painting is much more than a mirror of a physical likeness: It transcends form and reveals the subject’s spirit and personality. Capturing the subject’s essence is what I strive for in my work.

My subject matter is wide and varied. Sometimes I work from photos taken by myself or others. Other times, my work is created from a combination of different photos, or I create using the thoughts already in my head

My style is mostly Realism. I love the challenge of accuracy both in the structure and in lights and values.

Working in soft pastels and charcoal, allows me to layer and blend, similar to painting, creating depth and texture through color and technique. I sometimes incorporate acrylics with pastel and charcoal to create a mixed media work. This has enabled me to work with pastel and charcoal on canvas, which opens new areas of creativity and presentation.

I have recently started experimenting in Abstract Realism, combining the styles of Abstract and Realistic Art. This interesting marriage between styles has opened up new avenues of creativity and expressive subject matter. I’m excited to pursue this new style in my future work.

Since childhood, I have been intrigued with all of the beautiful and amazing people, creatures, places, and things our Creator has surrounded us with. Projecting a feeling or emotion through my art and capturing the essence of a subject has been my lifelong goal and joy. When I make someone smile or even cry tears of joy through my art, then I have accomplished my goal.

See more of Rick’s work on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/artist_ricksallee

GREG TURNER

“A jack of all trades and a master of none.”

Although some might find that offensive, I embrace it instead. I use any medium or technique to arrive at my final product. My work is diverse yet has themes that I have used throughout my life. My thoughts on art are constantly changing. Hopefully the patron will experience something new.

See more of Greg’s work on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GregTurnerArt

www.ArtHouse310.com
Facebook | @ArtHouse310,  Instagram | @ArtHouse310, TikTok | @AngieAwesomePants

Full Exhibition: Show hangs through February 19th, 2023.

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

Featured Artists: various artists, Royal Clark, Malina Kae Finn Wagner

Title of Exhibition: Art That Touches Your Heart: Black Art from Across the US, Sending Joy and Happiness from Behind Prison Bars by Royal Clark, Unfinished Love- The Art of Malina Kae Finn Wagner

Exhibition hours: 6-8 p.m. First Friday

Event Description: On view January 13 through February 26​

Art That Touches Your Heart​​: Black Art From Across the US, a multi-artist annual exhibit, in the Main Gallery and Hallway​, Sending Joy and Happiness- From Behind Prison Bars by Royal Clark in the Balcony Gallery and Unfinished Love - The Art of Malina Kae Finn Wagner in the Boardroom Gallery.

Full Exhibition: through February 26, 2023

Envision Arts Gallery
801 East Douglas Avenue 

Featured Artists: Ciara McCaughy, Larrida Murphy, and Brandon Murphy in their

Group exhibition Title: GOLDEN REPAIR.

To honor Black History Month, this group of artists has taken the Japanese art of Kintsugi which is a technique known as, “golden repair” used in repairing pottery with gold or silver lacquer as a philosophy to treat the breakage and expose its damage as opposed to disguising it to be something it is not. Metaphorically, this technique is a way for these artists who are Black and Disabled as a way for them to examine the many parts that make them who they are and to honor each part as not being “broken” by life’s experiences, trauma, and heartache, but pieced together by each account and desire that makes each life uniquely whole, worthy, deserving…beautiful.

Poems and written word statements accompany this body of ceramic artwork and examine the raw emotions of what it means to be Black and Disabled in today’s society.

First Friday, February 3
5:00 - 9:00 PM
801 E. Douglas Ave, Suite 106
Wichita, Kansas 67202
Free and open to the public

EXHIBITION #2

Featured Artists: Jenny Knapp and Monte Arst

Title: WRAP, CROSS, REPEAT

Description: In this exhibition, we witness the dedication of two artists who layer symbols and materials that bring comfort and stability to one’s self through repetition. As we seek to find sanctuary in a time when uncertainty surrounds us, our patterns of behavior have the power to bring awareness to that in which we can control by establishing an understanding of what we cannot. WRAP, CROSS, REPEAT is a negotiation between the beauty of the human condition and the suffering we experience that unites us all.

GALLERY 12
412 East Douglas Avenue 

Gallery 12

Title of Exhibition: "12 Squared"

This is our Annual Invitational Exhibition open to all area artists. This year we have over 40 local artists participating. Each artist is submitting their artwork in a 12" x 12" format. The artwork will be juried by local painter Brian Hinkle. There will be cash awards for 1st, 2nd, & 3rd Place; as well as the Justin Bayles Photography Award.


Also exhibiting are the recent Glass Mosaics of artist Judi Michaelis.

Opening reception: First Friday, February 3rd from 6 - 9 pm. The gallery will be open from noon to 9 pm. 

The exhibit will be on display till February 25th.

Gallery 12 was established in 1977 and is Wichita's most successful Artist Cooperative Fine Arts Gallery. We exhibit works by over 20 Local 2-D Artists and 30 Local 3-D Artists. This includes: oil, acrylic and watercolor paintings; hand pulled prints; photography, pastel art; works on fabric, pottery, ceramics, sculptures, jewelry, and enamel art.

All artworks are for sale and Gallery 12 offers a free layaway program for its customers and clients

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

Featured Artist: Jennifer Matthews

Exhibition Hours: Feb. 3, 6-10 pm

Hopping Gnome is excited to welcome Jennifer Matthews back as our Feb featured artist!

Check out her work here: @anxietyfreeartworks

Grab a beer and support local art!

Full Exhibition: Feb-March

Newman University Steckline Gallery
3100 McCormick 

Title of Exhibition: Second Sight

Exhibition Hours: 5-8 p.m.

Featuring artwork by Karen Cox

Reception: Feb 3

Event Description: Are your eyes playing tricks or do those bugs look strangely human? Enter the mushroom ring and see fairies normally hidden in plain sight. One-of-a-kind sculptures by local artist Karen Cox including cast resin mushrooms and antique bottles containing captured BugFae (fairies disguised as local insects).  Art for sale! 

Full Exhibition: Jan. 26-Feb. 23

Reuben Saunders Gallery
3215 E. Douglas Ave 

Featured Artists: Pam Bjork

Title of Exhibition: "Wanderlust"

Exhibition: 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm (opening reception)

Event Description: 

This solo exhibition will feature hand-embroidered photo montages, mixed media portrait paintings, and paper collages by local artist, Pam Bjork!

We hope you will join us for our opening reception during February's First Friday!

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ARTIST STATEMENT:

"This exhibition is a visual journey of my love affair with the world. The photo montages were created during the pandemic, weaving together the mystery and enigma of my peripatetic wonderings/wanderings.

Akin to the discovery of a special something in the marketplaces of the world, the discovery of drawings I made as a little girl and the drawings made by my then 5-year-old grandson add to the mix. Images of my paintings meet photographs of people and places visited.

Often a stroke of color brings the seemingly disparate pieces together. Having a textile in each piece was important, to bring the fibers and material presence of each culture present. The stitching is an homage to my mother and grandmother. My collection and images reflect Indra’s Net, the Buddhist Vedic Hindu philosophy that symbolizes the universe as a web of interconnection and interdependence. Unexpected encounters make a richer weave.

This work is an offering to the love and beauty of this world. I hope you experience wonder as you create your own way of wanderlust, be it near or far.” – Pam Bjork


Full Exhibit: FEBRUARY 3rd - 25th, 2023

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

Featured Artist: Amy Herrmann , Denise Jackson Simon,Tara Hufford Walker, Mike Fallier, Collin Allen, Kevin Price, Mark Walker, Patience Biggs, Derek Goon ,Alvolita Benson , Jim Simpson

Exhibition Hours: 5-9pm

Title of Exhibition: "LOVE"

Event Description: Various Artists contribute to the subject "LOVE"

Full Exhibit: January 27 - First Friday  Feb 3

White Crow Cider Company
1236 East Waterman Street 

Title of Exhibition: Kathleen Deeter Textile Art

Featured Artist: Kathleen Deeter

Exhibition Hours: Thursday 3-9, Friday 3-10, Saturday 12-10, Sunday 12-6

Event Description: Artwork by local textile artist Kathleen Deeter will be on display and for sale at White Crow Cider for the month of February. Support local art. 

Full Exhibit: Feb. 2nd thru Feb 26th

Upcoming Event: February 3

The next First Friday event will take place on Friday, February 3. 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:

  • March 3
  • April 7
  • May 5
  • June 2
  • July 7
  • August 4
  • September 1
  • October 6
  • November 3
  • December 1

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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