Final Friday, November 27
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. View the trolley route on the printable Downtown venues map.
Hours vary between galleries but the majority are open during the core hours of 7pm to 9pm 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 (currently in progress) of the concentration of galleries and shops that are in Downtown with the Q-Line trolley route.
Are you an artist or gallery owner intersted in being included on the Final Friday list? Email the WDDC or call at 316-264-6005.
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
Next month Final Friday will occur on October 30. Participating venues will be listed on this website no less than a week before the event.
Remaining 2015 Final Friday dates: November 27
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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.
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Final Friday 11/27
400 S. Commerce
Recent Pastels of a Recently Retired Art Teacher
Starting at 4pm.
Featuring artwork Martha Fitzwater.
524 S. Commerce
Featuring artwork by Rachel Epp Buller
Regional artist and book-maker Rachel Epp Buller will present a series of new books.
The following evening, Saturday, November 28, Fisch Haus will host readings of recent work by Elizabeth Schultz and Catherine Anderson, as well as an artist discussion with Dr. Buller, from 7-9 pm.
412 E Douglas
Phone: (316) 267-5915 website
Hours: Regular Business/ Venue Hours: Mon - Sat, 10am - 4pm
A Time of Sojourn
Featuring artwork by Chiyoko Myose
Full Exhibition: November 27 - January 26
508 S. Commerce
Idology #8 and Eat Healthy-Eat a Vegan
Featuring artwork by Greg Turner, Mark S. Walker, Chris Frank, Ed Langston, Greg Johnson, David Christiansen, Ted Krone
215 N. Washington
Phone: (316) 530-2203 website
Hours: By appointment.
Featuring artwork by November Artist-in-Residence Sandra Luckett.
Harvester Arts is excited to announce its November Artist-in-Residence Sandra Luckett and her exhibition, Sandyland. Sandra creates playful, ephemeral installations and sculptures which transform materials such as checkbooks, paper, sequins, silk flowers, and disco balls into fantastical environments. She will be in Wichita creating this installation from November 14th - November 27, with an opening reception Final Friday 11/27 from 7-10 PM. Harvester Arts will also host an Artist's Talk of her work along with a potluck for Harvester Arts members on Thursday, November 19th at 6 PM.
Heather Hakimzadeh, associate curator Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art wrote of Sandra: "Sandra Luckett creates mixed media installations that reflect the natural world, the collaborative process and assertions of femininity. Luckett begins by culling ephemeral and seemingly mundane objects from everyday life that hold appeal for her, such as beads, glitter, transparency paper and fabric. She transforms these materials into small, intricate works that coalesce to become larger environments that reflect her serene yet seductive aesthetic."
Sandra earned her MFA in painting at Virginia Commonwealth University in 2003. Her work has been exhibited nationally at SCOPE Miami, The Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art, The Wichita Art Museum, The Urban Institute of Contemporary Art (Grand Rapids, MI), and numerous venues in New York. Sandra has been awarded The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Fellowship, The Pollak Emerging Artist Award, and most recently was named an "Artist to Watch" by the National Museum for Women in the Arts. Additionally, Sandra was featured in New American Paintings, South. Issue #118. 2015.
Harvester Arts launched in February of 2014 to provide the local community access to the working processes of professional, nationally and internationally recognized artists through programming of quarterly exhibitions and events. The mission of Harvester Arts is to provide a thoughtful platform for visual arts experimentation that engages the community through critical dialogue and the creation of new work. To accomplish this, we bring Resident Artists from across the country to Wichita four times per year for two weeks to create an installation or performance of new work. The Resident Artists act as catalysts to provide fresh ideas and be a sounding board for dialogue. We partner the Resident with local artists, student groups, and area creatives (referred to as Satellite Artists) to engage with each other's ideas and processes. Once the Resident Artist has completed an exhibition, the Satellite Artists continue the conversation by creating new work in response.
1710 E. Douglas
Hours: Regular Business/ Venue Hours: 3pm - 12am midnight
Larger Than Life
Featuring artwork by Mika Holtzinger
430 S. Commerce, Suite 200
Phone: (316) 512-5045 website
Hours: Regular Business/ Venue Hours: Fri - Sat: Noon-4:30pm, Sun - Thurs: By Appointment
Speculation of Intimacy
Featuring artwork by Corbie Leiker
Full Exhibition: November 24 - December 19
This month HUE Gallery will be featuring the graduating Wichita State University BFA major, Corbie Leiker, in the main gallery. In the back gallery, we will have works by Sean Christopher Ward, which is including 20 brand new 5"x7" and 8"x10" works made to sell for holiday gifts at a very affordable price. We will also have works by Lindy Wiese, Ernest Vincent Wood III and Matthew Hilyard. This will be their last exhibition for 2015, and will have their next exhibition on January's Final Friday of 2016.
121 N. Mead
Phone: (316) 262-5192 website
Hours: Regular Business/ Venue Hours: Mon - Fri: 10am - 4pm, Sat: 10am - 3pm
Featuring artwork by Kayann Ausherman.
Full exhibition on display through December 21.
3100 McCormick - De Mattias Fine Arts Center
Phone: (316) 942-4291 website
Featuring artwork by Kevin Mullins
Full Exhibition on display through December 18.
Mullins, a painter and printmaker currently living in Wichita, Kan., earned an Associate of Applied Science degree in Foundations, Design from the Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, N.Y., in 1970. He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Kansas City Art Institute in 1972, and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of North Carolina in 1985. Mullins has also studied at the Instituto Allende in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, the Banff School of Fine Art in Banff, Canada, and the Chelsea School of Art, in London.
Mullins said his work utilizes repetition and repeated patterns to form clarity.
"My work is an attempt to illustrate transcendence," he said. "The use of repeated patterns in my work serves the same function that a mantra does in meditation. I employ screen-printing, traditional and non-traditional paint application, to give the work the appearance of being mechanically reproduced. For me the diminished evidence of the human hand creates a visual purity. Emotion should be a response from the viewer not an element in the work's creation."
Mullins' work has been exhibited at galleries and shows across the world. Mullins has won multiple awards, grants and fellowships, and his work is in the collections of individuals, museums, galleries and businesses across the nation.
An "Art for Lunch" presentation by the artist will be held Tuesday, Dec. 1 from noon to 1 p.m. in the gallery. A light lunch will be served on a first-come, first-served basis. Guests can also bring their lunch. This event is also free and reservations are not required.
2611 E. Douglas Ave.
Hours: Regular Business/ Venue Hours: Mon - Sat 8am-8pm, Sun 10am-6pm
Featuring artwork by Sara Kovacic
Full Exhibition: Art on display through December 21
430 S. Commerce, suite 400
Holiday Pop-Up Shop
Featuring artwork by Swiss Pointe Designs, Casey Speer, Vicki Mork, Kathryn Poorman, Katie White and Beka Robinson.
412 E Douglas
Hours: Regular Business/ Venue Hours: Mon - Sat: 10am - 4pm
Art for Arthritis
Featuring artwork by Libby Bryant, Jan Butler, Natalie Francel-Stone, Scott Garrelts, Lisa Graham, Jo Harris, Gary Pendergrass, Dylan Seeney, Teressa Sliger, Mary Werner, and Nathan Williams.
Full exhibition on display through January 16.
Phone: (316) 303-1996
Hours: Regular Business/ Venue Hours: By Appointment
Featuring ceramics by Daniel Gegen and paintings by Charles Baughman.
Full Exhibition on display through December 18 by appointment.
150 N. Cleveland
Hours: Regular Business/ Venue Hours: Mon-Sat 10am-5pm
ARTY PARTY & Gift Highlights
A community showcase to highlight local art as a gift giving option this holiday season featuring goods $100 or less made by local artisans.
232 N Market
Man Quilt 2
Featuring art quilts by Marcus Marshall.
Full Exhibition on display through December 9.
416 S. Commerce Suite 102
Hours: Regular Business/ Venue Hours: Wed - Sat: 1-4pm
Featuring artwork by Michelle Calhoun, Lydia Harris, Corbie Leiker, Bethany Prideaux, Tyler Rosenboom, Calie Shi, and Kaitlyn Wall!
Full Exhibition: November 18 - December 12