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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 October 31 and the next Final Friday Gallery Crawl set for Friday, November 28.
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 October. Learn More
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Final Fri 10/31
111 S Ellis
Phone: (316) 682-5600
Opening Reception Exhibit: "Four"
Featured Artists: Emily Brookover, Eric Carbrey, Miller, Amanda Pfister
Refreshments will be served. Parking and entrance on the south side of our building
Regular Hours: Fridays 11:00-4:00 and by appointment
334 N Mead
Phone: (316) 350-3245 website
"Annual Arts Council Juried Exhibit," "On the Way," "Untitled from Within," & "Noir et Blanc, Noche y Dia, Pen & Ink"
Featured artists: Greg Turner, Ed Langston, Courtney Kruger, John Lokke, Allan Beckner, Michelle Nooney, Calvin DeBeverly, Rainer Massey, Mary Davis, and many others
All exhibits will be on display from Oct. 31 through Nov. 22. 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
Shade of Autumn are visiting the Fiber Studio
Featured Artists: Barbara Stecklein, Pastel and Terry Corbett, Ceramics
Open between Final Friday's by Appointment or by chance. Contact: Marilyn Grisham, 316 303-1996, email@example.com
524 S Commerce
Phone: (316) 263-6770 website
2nd night of Knobfest!
About Knobfest:The KNOB New Music Festival is an annual celebration of experimental and unconventional musical disciplines, in the fields of both composition and performance. This year's festival runs from Thursday, October 30 to Sunday, November 1, and is open to all ages. Doors open at 7:30pm, shows start at 8pm, and admission is by a suggested donation of $5.
Additional Final Friday activities: a large-scale multi-drumset extravaganza entitled "Kit-Demolition" will be crashing away outside while a short film about Kevin and his New Orating Bear by local artist and 2014 Knobfest graphic designer Graeham Jarvis is projected in the front room.
7724 E Central Ave
Phone: (316) 682-1481 website
Ronald Christ's Farewell Show in Wichita
Featuring a survey of artist Ronald Christ's available work done over many years and in many media - oils, watercolors, drawings, lithographs and digital prints.
Exhibition on display through Nov. 30
Regular gallery hours: M-F 10am-6pm and Sat 10am-4pm
412 E Douglas
Phone: (316) 267-5915 website
"BEYOND THE OBVIOUS"
New works by Anne Krone and works of sculptor, Ted Krone. Plus, artwork from resident artists!
Show on display though Nov 25. Regular business hours are 10am-4pm M-F
508 S. Commerce
Title of Exhibition: "Wichita's Dia de los Muertos"
Annual event for artists to display their interpretations of Day of the Dead and for anyone interested in making a shrine honoring someone who has passed
Full exhibition date will be Oct. 30-Nov. 1
430 S. Commerce
Phone: (316) 518-0044 website
"Who needs monotony when you have a brush, knife and film?"
An exhibition featuring Ernest Vincent Wood III, Mike Miller, Lindy Wiese & Sean Christopher Ward.
Show on display Oct 31 - Nov 24
829 N. Market
Phone: (316) 264-9303 website
A collection of Nativity sets from St. Bernadette Guild of the St. Mary Altar Society in preparation for their annual fundraiser on Dec. 6th and 7th.
Contact: Kathleen Webb, firstname.lastname@example.org
121 N Mead St
"Batik Paintings on Rice Paper" by gallery and studio artists.
Exhibition on display through November 15th.
Lisa Porter's work is hanging on our back wall from October 31 through November 22nd.
Normal hours: M-F 10am-4pm, Sa 10am-3pm
Phone: (316) 942-4291 website
"Monster Mash," curated by Jim Johnson
The prints were created by artist John D. Boyd, who passed away in 2012. Boyd was a fan of scary stories, which inspired him when making prints. Characters such as Frankenstein, Dracula and King Kong became the starting point for his lithographs and intaglios.
Although his inspiration comes from horror stories, Boyd's actual prints are a comic interpretation of the horror characters. Through Boyd's sense of humor, Dracula is turned into a ridiculous character that looks like a comic figure. It is a mash-up of famous horror stories and 1960s era comics, hence the title "Monster Mash."
Boyd was a professor of printmaking at Wichita State University for more than 30 years. Born in Arkansas and raised in Southern California, he influenced generations of students with his dry sense of humor and skilled technical ability.
The show will run through Nov. 21. Both the reception and admission to the gallery are free and open to the public.
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.
2611 E. Douglas Ave.
Featured Artist: Calie Shivers. Full exhibition on display until November 26th, 2014. Live music will be performed during Final Friday by Susan Mayo and Jack Korbel
Regular Business/Venue Hours: Mon-Sat 8am-8pm, Sundays 10am-5pm
412 E. Douglas
Phone: (316) 262-2435 website
5:30 - 9:00 PM
Featured Artist: Curt Clonts
Exhibit shown through November 19
Regular Business Hours: Monday - Saturday, 10 am - 4 pm
Contact Teressa Sliger for more property information.
414 S. Commerce
"Brenda Lee Exhibit" featuring mixed media artwork by Brenda Lee
Full exhibition on display from Oct. 30 - Nov. 26
Regular Venue Hours: Monday-Friday, 9a-5p
3700 E. Douglas #59
Eat, drink and be scary at TISSU's first ever Halloween Art Show & Costume Contest! Come & go as you please & bring the kids for some treats!
801 E. Douglas
Presented by Harvester Arts on Final Friday 7-10pm
Installations by Harvester's October Resident Alexandra Spaulding as well as Satellite Artists Kevin Mullins and Barry Badgett! Alex creates immersive installations using light, original sound compositions, and architectural inspiration. In speaking of her work, she states: "Pretty simply, my work is about magic. I am interested in experiences that are inexplicable through-words-or which we find it difficult to attach an appropriate vocabulary-created using sound, light and architectural space, all with a minimalist aesthetic."
Harvester Arts is excited to unveil two Satellite Artists response pieces to past Residents. Kevin Mullins has created a beautiful installation of 108 prints in response to July Resident Anne Schaefer. Barry Badgett has created an ephemeral suspended structure from objects collected from the community in response to April Resident George Ferrandi.
Local Satellite Artists making work in response to Alex's installation in the coming months are: Levente Sulyok, artist, Aaron Wirtz (aka Cutter J the Absurdist), electronic music and video performance artist
Exhibit also on display Nov. 1 form 1-5pm. Additional hours by appointment.
232 N Market
Title of Exhibition: Entangled Gardens by artist Alex Walker
This is the opening for Walker's newest series, Creeping Lovelies bug, spiders, and other such creepy things. Come out to enjoy a weird show with video, food, and the whole digital series printed in beautiful high-resolution to capture all of that creepy detail. It'll be a night full of good company and conversation.
Regular venue hours: 10-5 weekdays, Saturday 10-5pm, and Sunday 1-5pm.
623 W Douglas Ave
Phone: (316) 260-6430 website
"Cirque de Fusion" by Visual Fusion
Step right up for the greatest show on Earth, the Cirque de Fusion, Visual Fusion's Halloween extravaganza! We've got sideshows, novelties, and marvelous feats to astonish and delight guests of all ages and places. Get your fortune told by the Clairvoyant Kathryn, indulge in beverages for young and old, gawk at the artistic talents of the Visual Fusion peoples, and enter our costume contest! Photos will be taken, drinks will be served, and fortunes will be told! Don't miss out on the excitement!
416 S. Commerce Suite 102
Tornado Alley Press, WSU Printmaking Guild Presents: "Dia del Rollie" Steamroller Event
Wichita State University's Tornado Alley Press Guild Members: Athena Vu, Darren Jones, Humberto Saenz, Isaac Choe, Joe Moss, Jordan Kirtley, Kristine Buhrer, Landon Schmidt, Phil Nellis, Taylor Swanson, Wendi Valladares, Makayla Ramirez
Wichita State University 's Undergraduate Students: Nichole Annet, Kaci Copeland, Thien Doan, Amy Foster, Kara Hass, Kara Heizelman, Saimy Rodriguez, Catherine Madison, Brier Mermis, Alexie Pearce, Genna Pennington, Michael Skrebes, Sergio Valadez-Flores, Tanya Weiss, Jimmie Weyrauch, Loren Wormington
Full exhibit on display Oct. 15 - Nov. 8
Regular Venue Hours: W, F, SA 1- 4 & TH 4 - 7
Contact: Lisa Rundstrom, Shift Space Gallery Director