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Arts are the focus of Final Friday
Final Friday — As the name implies, Final Friday happens the last Friday of each month. Art galleries, museums, restaurants and retail shops around Wichita stay open late and welcome visitors. Recognizing that Downtown is the artistic and cultural center for the region, the Q-Line trolley service transports art lovers to the concentration of venues in Downtown. The ride is free and allows attendees to park once and visit several galleries.
Hours vary between galleries but the majority are open during the core hours of 7p.m. to 9 p.m. Most galleries use Final 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.
What galleries participate in Final Friday?
Galleries, museums, restaurants, and retail shops from across Sedgwick County often participate in this event. A full listing may be seen under the resources tab. You may also download a reference map of the concentration of galleries and shops that are in Downtown with the Q-Line trolley route.
Can I buy art tonight?
Absolutely. 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.
Plan to attend next time
Make plans to attend this month's Final Friday on August 29 and the next Final Friday Gallery Crawl set for Friday, September 26.
How can I find out about all the Downtown activities & events?
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The Sculpture Walkabout was initiated by Mayor Carl Brewer and showcases area artists. The art is chosen from a juried competition and is available for purchase. Sculptures are located in Old Town on north Mosley and Mead between Douglas and Second Street and on the Intrust Bank Arena plaza. The cash award will be presented to the artist at the annual Arts Council Art Awards Dinner in November. Learn More
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Final Friday Transportation
Final Fri 8/29
307 N Mead
Phone: (316) 265-0667 website
This month Beadazzled will be hosting a variety of glass artists playing with fire and torching in the studio! Browse hundreds of handmade beads and homemade jewelry. Come on by and see the hottest thing in Wichita!
300 N. Mead St. #105
Phone: (316) 440-2590 website
Bella Luz welcomes Barbara Niewald as the featured Final Friday artist for August. Barbara is a lifelong Kansan and native of Winfield, who graduated K.U. with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fashion Illustration. She works primarily in acrylics and also enjoys collage and mixed media. She will be available to visit with the public from 6-8pm at Bella Luz gift gallery, located in Old Town Square at 2nd and Mead in Wichita, Kansas.
111 S Ellis
Phone: (316) 682-5600 website
Opening reception for "Mixer" featuring artists Elly Fitzig, Brian Hinkle, James Kandt, Joseph Loganbill, Bob Schwan, Hugo Zelada-Romero
Regular Hours: Fridays 11:00-4:00 and by appointment
Refreshments will be served. Parking and entrance on the south side of our building
334 N Mead
Phone: (316) 350-3245 website
Main Gallery: "Moments in Time," works by the Kansas Academy of Oil Painters
The Kansas Academy of Oil Painters will be displaying its newest works, including paintings by Mary Binford Miller, Chuck Roach, Dennis McKay and Maleta Forsberg. In total, 23 artists from Wichita and the surrounding cities have contributed work to this exhibit. Visitors will be amazed by the variety of styles of the contributing artists.
Main Gallery Hall: "My Perspective," drawings by Clyde CC Engert
After retiring from Trans World Airlines (TWA), the State of Kansas and his own technology company, Clyde "CC" Engert of Andover returned to watercolors. He completed classes at the Wichita Center for the Arts and CityArts and now keeps busy with both pencil sketching and painting with watercolors. Often using content of old barns or forest landscapes, Engert's art showcases a variety of spaces that speak to one's sense of peace and the serene.
Boardroom and Balcony Galleries: "Western Wisdom and Tall Tales," paintings by Angela Doan
After living all over the United States, Angela Doan moved back to the great open Flint Hills. Since returning to Kansas, she is inspired by the West to paint intriguing subject matter and its sometimes serious/sometimes quirky heritage. Doan's work encompasses a variety of large free-range animals native to the Kansas landscape: wild horses, bison, long horn cattle, and even the mythical Jackalope.
All exhibits will be on display from Aug. 29 through Sept. 28. Admission is free to CityArts' exhibition galleries that are open 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Monday-Thursday; 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday; 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Final Friday; and 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday. For more information call 316-350-3245.
Phone: (316) 303-1996
Scott Garrelts, New Work In Glass
The exhibit continues thru Final Friday, September 26
Open between Final Friday's by Appointment or by chance. Contact: Marilyn Grisham, 316 303-1996, email@example.com
7724 E Central Ave
Phone: (316) 682-1481 website
Printmaker Leon Loughridge's new suite of woodblocks, Desert Skies, featuring the desert southwest; new plein air paintings by Todd Matson and Kim Casebeer; porcelain vessels by Jennie Becker; wood-turned bowls by Bob Brown; and works in oil by painters Brian Hinkle and Nancy Whitaker.
412 E Douglas
Phone: (316) 267-5915 website
Opening reception for New Oils and Pastels by Diane Warta, which will be on view through September 23
Also featuring ceramics by Alaine Kuesteffen
Regular business hours are 10am-4pm M-F
Contact Joanna Ramondetta 316-267-5915
829 N. Market
Phone: (316) 264-9303 website
Featured Artists: Pilgrim Congregational Church. Pilgrim Congregational Church plans an overall diverse display of the variety of talents in their congregation from people of all ages: photography, sculpture, quilts, knitted and crocheted items, wood crafts, painting, and etc. There will also be music and snacks.
Contact: Earlene Condiff, firstname.lastname@example.org
121 N Mead St. Suite 107
Phone: (316) 262-5192 website
Featured Artist: Melanie Beltz showing "Immersion," an exhibit of watercolor,acrylic, and ink.
Back wall is assemblages by Barbara Kae.
Exhibit up through September 27th.
Phone: (316) 942-4291 website
"Caution at Play" by Beth Golay, Tanya Tandoc and David Murano
First show of 2014-2015 season. Mixed media artwork. Art will be on display through September 19.
The show features mixed media artwork. Golay and Tandoc are founders of the Ginger Rabbits art collective. Tandoc is a chef, writer and owner of Tanya's Soup Kitchen in Wichita. She is also a ceramicist, cellist and bellydancer. Golay is a Newman University alumna and the founder and editor of Books & Whatnot, which provides marketing support to bookstores worldwide via a newsletter and website. She also works at KMUW 89.1-Wichita Public Radio.
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. For more information, call 316-942-4291, ext. 2199.
151 N Rock Island, 1D
Phone: (316) 214-7566 website
Kansas Landscape Photography by John D Morrison
For more information contact John D Morrison at email@example.com.
Regular hours are 9-5 M-F and by appointment
2611 E Douglas
Phone: (316) 201-1144 website
Featured Artist is Kim Thatcher. Exhibition will be up until September 24. There will be music, The Deveils, and Funky Monkey Munchies (food truck) as well.
Regular Business Hours: Mon-Sat 8am-9pm, Sundays 10am-5pm
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
2100 W University St
Phone: (316) 295-5677 website
The Riney Fine Arts Gallery is conveniently located between Sebits Auditorium and the Fine Arts Office.
Photographer Mickey Shannon has combined his passions for photography and travel into a career that allows him to capture the brilliance of nature throughout the world. Exhibition will be on display until Sept. 12.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
412 E. Douglas
5:30 - 9:00 PM
Featured Artist(s): Jan Butler, Libby Bryant, Jo Harris, Mark Pendergrass, Nathan Williams, Scott Garrelts and Dylan Seeney
Exhibit shown through September 17
Regular Business Hours: Monday - Saturday, 10 am - 4 pm
Contact Teressa Sliger for more property information.
414 S Commerce
Phone: (316) 263-2214 website
Title of Exhibition: Sibling Artistry
Featured Artist(s): Greg Behrens (Photography) and Louise Fenn (Mixed Media)
Exhibition open August 22nd through Sept. 19th
Regular Business/ Venue Hours: Monday -Friday, 9a-5p
Contact: Renee Duxler, Executive Director
535 W. Douglas #120
Featuring artist Vivian Smith showing jewelry and Shane Zimmerman, pinstripe artist
Regular hours are Tuesday - Thursday 9am-9pm, Friday 9am-7pm, Saturday 9am-4pm
150 N. Cleveland
Phone: (316) 295-4520 website
Featured artist is Chad Droegemeier showing "Tibbs Glass." Droegemeier will be available to discuss his hand-blown glass vessels and blown paper weights. Chad will also have some promotional pricing on special items available during Final Friday only!
3700 E. Douglas #59
Exhibition: ASIA: Culture, Costumes & Textiles. Guest appearance by Miss Japan, wearing a traditional "Yukata" Kimono
Demonstration at 7pm: Create your own Geisha kanzashi flower
Come experience a cultural, enchanting evening as we transform TISSU Sewing Studio into a passport to Asia. And even better, treat yourself to gourmet Vietnamese, Chinese & Japanese cuisine (Cheeseburger sushi anyone?).
This exhibition features international costumes & storytelling textiles in a visually rich display. Our goal is to stimulate all your senses & showcase the vibrant hues, textures & symbolism of clothing.
A cross-cultural celebration of Asian textiles & the many ways in which traditional clothing (think silks, batik, shibori) has stimulated modern Fashion & Textile Design.
Exhibition runs from Fri. 8/29/14 - Sun. 9/21/14
Countries represented: VIETNAM, CHINA, JAPAN, PHILIPPINES, INDIA And In-between (Hawaii, Micronesia)
416 S. Commerce Suite 102
a.b.a Always Be Absconding II a space opera
Featured artists include: Mikayla Bastin, Victoria Donelda, Megan Kent, Jennifer Metzger, Chloe Nicholas, Long Ong, Paula Smith, Makayla Ramirez, Nicole Varner, Tanya Weiss, Sarah Wolfe
Full Exhibition Date: September 8th
Regular Venue Hours: W, F, SA 1- 4 & TH 4 7