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 August 7 Events

Fairmount Coffee Co.
3815 E 17 St N 
Featuring artwork by Steve Hauck

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

Title of Exhibition: "A Fleeting Glimpse"

Please join us for a First Friday exhibit at Fairmount Coffee Co. Masks will be required, and our tables are spread out to allow for 6' of social distancing.

Steve is a former Wichitan now living in Kansas City. He continues to travel the nation creating enduring photographic images that showcase Americana. Half the proceeds from Steve’s photographs will go benefit Fairmount Coffee Co., a 501-c-3. You can find more of Steve's work at Videre“ Images by Steve Hauck on Facebook.

Full exhibition will run through August 31, 2020.

Gallery XII
412 E. Douglas 
Featuring artwork by Chiaw Weai-Loo and Paul Pfrehm

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

Join us for First Friday at Gallery XII. Chiaw Weai is exhibiting her ink and watercolor paintings on rice paper. Paul (a long time consignment artist for the gallery) is showing his ceramic pottery for the last time at Gallery XII.

Full exhibition will run through August 29, 2020.

Mark Arts
1307 N. Rock Road 
(316) 634-2787
Featuring artwork by Mark Arts Instructors

Exhibition Hours: 10:00am-5:00pm Monday-Saturday

Exhibition Title: "100 Years of Instruction"

Mark Arts is hosting Meet the Artist Fridays during the run of the 100 Years of Instruction Exhibition, which showcases Mark Arts' skilled instructors in celebration of our centennial. The exhibition provides insight into their artistic studio practices and creates connections to our School of Creativity. It also pays homage to their predecessors, highlighting pieces of historical significance by artists who have taught at Mark Arts over the last 100 years.

Featured artists include: Troy Becker, Doug Billings, Mary Binford Miller, Virginia Grass Simmons, James Gross, Matthew Hilyard, Brian Hinkle, Tracie Lyn Huskamp, Roger Mathews, Babs Mellor, Andy Patton, Charlotte Patterson, Tim Stone, Melinda Weis, Addie Wise, Jennifer Walterscheid.

Reuben Saunders Gallery
3215 E. Douglas Ave 
Featuring artist Maggy Rozycki Hiltner

Exhibition Hours: 10:00am-5:30pm

Join us for our August First Friday solo exhibition. We are so happy to to announce Maggy Rozycki Hiltner returns to Wichita and will be familiar to those members of the ACME Gallery which she was a part of. This exhibition features art created using repurposed textiles and embroidery.

"I love to create images that at first appear whimsical or vibrantly happy but on closer inspection are not quite so. Sometimes it’s a malicious undertone to the relationships, or a lack of self-control on the part of the characters, or maybe an otherworldlyness hidden in the everyday. I like how this subtext works against the comfortable and innocuous medium of fabric and stitching."- M. Hiltner

*Due to the pandemic, we've decided it's best to alter our event to keep everyone as safe as possible. The opening hours are 10 am to 5:30 pm. Please feel free to drop in during the day. We do REQUIRE MASKS and will limit the number of visitors in the gallery at any one time.

Full exhibition will run through August 28, 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

Uniquities Home
141 N. Rock Island 
(316) 2142301
Featuring work by Theresa Grady

Reception/Event Hours: 2:00-8:00pm

Featured Artists: Theresa Grady

Uniquities Home is proud to present Theresa Grady of " T's Jewelry " from right here in Wichita. She specializes in stylish, affordable jewelry that is "Wearable Art " and has jewelry creations for every woman and every look. She will be in-house at Uniquities Home during the First Friday art crawl.

Upcoming Event: August 7

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:

  • 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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