Fridays = Free Fun
Arts are 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 Qline 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 all 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.
For a printable map of participating venues Downtown, click here.
For a full list of Final Friday venues, click on the resources tab above or visit our interactive (mobile and desktop) map
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. A quick reference for the concentration of galleries and shops that are in Downtown may be seen here.
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 the next Final Friday Gallery Crawl set for Friday, May 24.
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.
Elizabeth Stevenson on Downtown Development
Final Friday Venues Apr. 26
5014 E. Central Ave.
Phone: (316) 686-2266
Meet the artists & enjoy a cultural,creative, & fun experience! Artist Central Final Friday April 26, 2013 5-8pm at 5014 E Central. Combined opening featuring Stephanie Ward, Jeanne Ward, & Jo Zakas "Water Colors" & Marcia McCoy's "Art Opening" at 5020 E Central with her collection of oil mono prints & selected works from Gordon Parks & Will Fathi's "Acrylics on Glass Abstracts". Will is of Persia decent & his paintings are a richer acquaintance of acrylics, pastels & watercolors.
at (316) 686-2266 for more property information.
307 N. Mead
Beadazzled will be hosting glass artist Alan Fullrich as our featured guest. Alan's torch worked glass marbles, pendants, and beads are a collection you don't want to miss. We will also have the studio torches blazing while lampworkers melt glass and create unique works of art.
300 N. Mead Suite 105
Bella Luz will host local artist Sondra Alexander of Alexander Art for Final Friday, April 26. Sondra is a local Wichita artist working in ceramics, specifically pet portraits.
3700 E. Douglas, Ste 1
Phone: (316) 440-8787
Please join us for the Grand Opening of BloomHaus! The BloomHaus is a new neighborhood flower shop specializing in fabulous flowers, inspirational events and amazing products. During this event we will be featuring a special Final Friday exhibition of original artwork by local multimedia artist Hillary Stalnaker.
1712 W. Douglas
Phone: (316) 723-4545
Open House at Blue Swallowtail Studio welcomes: NEW WORKS by Guest Artists Kim Lister & Barbara Vogt. Each artist has created more Beautiful enamel on Copper art for sale, and Barbara will show some sterling and copper jewelry also for sale.
111 S. Ellis
"I Dream In Color" with gorgeous works from: Lyda Andrews, Eric Cabrey, Deb Clemente, Elly Fitzig, Matthew Hilyard, Brian Hinkle, John McCluggage, Phillip Robl, Bob Schwan, Callie Seaton, Eugene Stucky.
905 W. Douglas Ave.
Extreme Makeup Artist--Leo B. Kiesling aka ZipperFace demonstrating and creating on live models
334 N Mead
Phone: (316) 350-3245
Regular Hours: 10AM - 9PM
Exhibition: Pushin' up Daisies
Featured Artists: Famous Dead Artists
This is the 20th anniversary of the artist group Famous Dead Artists
340 S. Main
Regular hours: 9am-12pm and 1-4pm
Featured Artists: Jerry Osment, Paul Cavanaugh and James L. Crawford
Oil and Watercolors by artist Geraldine (Jerry) Osment,
Watercolor Figure Studies by Paul Cavanaugh
Oil Landscapes by James L. Crawford
410 S. Commerce
Art Graphics- "Trademarks by Robert J. Schmidt
Photography- My Groovy Photos photos from the air (Flint Hills)
1010 N. Main
Featuring Wichita photographer, Darrin Hackney.
With other local artists and artisans.
FOOD -- WINE -- MUSIC -- ART
418 S. Commerce St.
Phone: (316) 303-1996
Work by Clark Britton
Clark's work includes pen & ink, pencil, acrylic paint and mixed media pictures. Many of the pictures were done plein-air in and around the Mulvane area.
In addition a group of handmade books that Clark has produced over many years will be available. Some of the subjects include Zen poetry, examples of paper cut illustrations, lettering, stone bridges and a story of love and friendship both written and illustrated by the artist.
524 S Commerce
Phone: (316) 263-6770 website
Three of the artists are attending the reception, DJ Lesley Rogers is supplying the soundtrack, and our fabulous docent, Marcela Gimenez, will be available.
508 S. Commerce
Phone: (316) 263-9455 website
"A DIFFERENT GROUP EXHIBITION"
ART EXHIBIT FEATURING - VICTOR ALONSO,JOSE CEBALLOS,MILES FOLEY,DAVID GARCIA, RUSSELL HICKS,JESUS JIMENEZ,BAILEY MARTAIN,MARISSA MILLER,HEATHER NUTT,MARCO SALERNO,DAVARISS SIMPSON,ADONIJAH WOLF
216 N. Mosley Ste. 130
Studio opening & the preview show.
A fashion show + wine dinner benefiting The Salvation Army of Wichita's homeless shelter.
401 S. Seneca
Phone: (316) 269-7777 website
"Brushes in Bloom"; featuring more than 200 fine art mixed media paintings
Artists from Artist Central and Wichita Women Artists as well as featured student artist, Courtney Schenk
401 E. Douglas
Phone: (316) 613-9686 website
6 - 10pm
Two Floors of art with Jack Wilson, Armando Minjarez, Ray Carney, Hugo Zelada-Romero & Tim Stone. Plus, WSU Sculpture Guild's annual exhibit. If Good Friday & March Madness took the last Final Friday, don't let this one pass you up!
126 N. Mead St.
Phone: (316) 262-0600
Come join us for Final Friday. We will have a demonstration by Sandy Hysom on how to dye fabric using rust! Plus other possible demo's.
123 N Sycamore
we will be hosting a final friday event with comedy by Elijah Graves, shoe and other design work by Alex Anthemides, and paintings by Kris Nuss. It's free and BYOB. Donations are appreciated and will go to improving the new venue.
1646 E 2nd St.
Phone: (316) 263-3330
Dwayne Bucher from Wellington, KS - Pottery, Drawings & Paintings
414 S. Commerce
Phone: (316) 263-2214
The Stain Series
Works by Christina Renee Rodriguez
There is a certain kind of awareness that is gained through looking longer, closer and deeper at the world around us. Our intuition sharpens, creativity sparks and imagination is set free to explore infinite possibilities. Mud on the sidewalk becomes a mountain range. A stain in the gutter becomes an ocean, and leaves and trash become birds and fish. String theory tells us that everything in the universe is made of the same tiny vibrating particles of energy, a mindboggling and intriguing thought.
Amit Goswami stated, "Every object is not a determined thing but consists of possibilities." The Stain Series strives to be a visual manifestation of this quantum activist concept.
151 N. Rock Island, 1D
Phone: (316) 214-7566 website
Kansas landscape photography by John D Morrison.
300 N. Mead Ste. 106a
Phone: (316) 866-2622 website
Artist: Amy Lea Farber
Phone: (316) 295-5537 website
Students will exhibit their creations from April 15 to May 10 in the Riney Fine Arts Center Art Gallery.
509 E. Douglas
Phone: (316) 260-5203
6:30 - 9:00pm
Video Fashion Showcase of HairStyles
Colors and textures along with some amazing hair artistry
Beverages and appetizers will be served
922 E. Douglas
Phone: (316) 263-2711
Native American Art, Authentic Native American Turquoise Jewelry, Hand Coiled Pottery, Navajo Rugs, Handmade Baskets and much more...
at (316) 263-2711 for more property information.
1607 W. Douglas Ave.
Phone: (316) 990-4834
open until 10pm
Sarcasm is a quirky little store in Delano. We carry mix & match accessories/jewelry 3~$12 including flowers and feathers for your hair! We also carry Dazzle Locks hair extensions. Sixth Scents natural beauty products wonderful for all skin ailments! Artisans original creations bracelets, necklaces, earrings, smart~alick t~shirts, wall art, shelf art and so much more!
Phone: (316) 942-4291
The exhibit of abstract paintings, which marks Bernardinello's American debut, begins with a Final Friday reception from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, April 26. The artwork will be on display through May 7. Both the reception and admission to the gallery are free and open to the public.
Mario Bernardinello (who uses the art name M. Bernard) was born in 1933 in Rovigo, Italy. He frequently attends and assists with classes taught by Gino Moro and Contardo Barbieri at the internationally acclaimed Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera in Milan. Bernardinello has been recognized internationally, and has exhibited his work both individually and with groups for more than 40 years in many galleries throughout Europe, including Palazzo Estense of Lendinara in Rovigo, Real Palace of Milano, Leonardo da Vinci Museum of Science and Technique of Milano, Art Expo Fair Padova, and many others. In 1963 he founded Gruppo Artistico Lucania in Milano, now Centro Artistico Milanese. In 2000 he joined the artistic movement Transvisionismo. Bernardinello currently holds the position of president of Palio Artistico de Milano for the Milano Expo Internazionale 2015.
Because Bernardinello does not speak English, his son, Roberto Bernardinello, and daughter-in-law, Ze Bernardinello, will interpret the artist's remarks at the opening reception, the Master Class and the Art for Lunch. Ze Bernardinello is an adjunct instructor of photography at Newman.
424 S. Commerce
Phone: (207) 615-8981
Exhibition: But Wait, There's More.
Featured Artists: Randy Regier
216 N Mosley
Come see the Big Top Design Circus! Featuring the latest and greatest works from the Wichita State University Graphic Design senior class:
Brian Beyer, Todd Christman, Alex Cody, Kylie Berblinger, Sara Crowdis, Toby Dai, Jenny Guhrke, Brooke Gluszek, Kelsey Ford, Nancy Mendez, Samuel Jossie, Jillian Wendling, Kelci Engle, Ichie Kawasumi, Justin Miller, Linda Rice, Alicia Cooksey, Jordan Slusher, Meghan Smith, Victor Villanueva
612 E. Douglas
Window installation titled "The Power of the Public Library"
Inspired by the Wichita Public Library
412 E. Douglas, Ste. C
Phone: (316) 262-2435
"Painting the Flint Hills for over 30 years"
The Lieurance Woodwind Quintet -- WSU faculty artists and principal players in the Wichita Symphony Orchestra -- will be performing.
515 S. Main Street Unit 502
Phone: (316) 219-6060
Featured Artists: Pete Reynolds
WaterWalk is proud to present the first showing of photography by Pete Reynolds (PTR Photography) at Final Friday on April 26. Pete is a local Wichitan who has traveled the world - from the frozen glaciers of Antarctica, to tropical rainforests, to the historic cities of Europe - documenting his travels with his discerning photographer's eye. His spectacular photography captures the essence of wildlife, natural beauty and manmade wonders. Don't miss this exciting new local artist at April's Final Friday at WaterWalk.
1400 W Museum Blvd.
Phone: (316) 268-4921
Quilts from the Permanent Collection
Start your Final Friday circuit at the WAM. Marvel at the craftsmanship of Kansas-made quilts. Tune in to Pop and the Boys, Wichita's favorite jamming bluegrass band featuring Phil Burress, Richard Crowson, Ted Farha, Bob Harick and Dinnis Hardin.
Marvel at the craftsmanship of Kansas-made quilts. Admission to Final Friday is free.
Stay for dinner at The Muse. Reservations are recommended - 316-268-4973.