Final Friday, May 26
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 (In progress).
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.
Download Printable Map with Concentration of Downtown Venues, Q-Line Route (In progress)
View Online Interactive Map of All Venues in Wichita (In progress) or view the "Resources" above
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 March 31. Participating venues will be listed on this website no less than a week before the event.
Remaining 2017 Final Friday dates: April 28, May 26, June 30, July 28, August 25, September 29, October 27 and November 24
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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 Transportation
Final Friday 5/26
612 E Douglas Ave
Featuring artwork by Wichita Area Feminist Artists.
Contact Austin Dugan for more property information.
217 E Douglas
Final Friday at A Taste of Times Square
Featuring artwork by international artist, Rosie Litsey. Live jazz music will also be provided by pianist Paul Joslin.
Contact Ramy Salem for more property information.
117 N. Handley
Visions of Antarctica and the Natural World
Featuring photography by Award-winning photographer Kira Morris.
Exhibition will run through June 28.
Contact Brent Miller at (316) 250-5733 for more property information.
829 N Market St
Rights of Spring and Sandy Swank Retirement
Featuring artwork from 15 Kansas Artists. This exhibition is hosted by the Kansas Association of Oil Painters.
Inter-Faith Ministries will also host a retirement party for Sandy Swank, Homeless Services Director, who has accomplished great things for the homeless community while at Inter-Faith Ministries for the past 17 years.
5014 E Central
Final Friday at Artist Central
Featuring artwork by Thresea Duncan.
1215 W. Franklin
Featuring photography by various national artists.
We sustain ourselves through its consumption, and frolic in bodies of it. We gaze at the vastness of oceans' expanse. Water is crucial in our world; from the rain nourishing our land, to the water we use everyday in our homes. We celebrate H2o in all it's uses and forms. This exhibition aims to represent varied takes on how this most powerful element is used and appreciated in our lives. All interpretations and styles are welcomed, from the literal to the sublime to the understated.
Full exhibition will run through May 12.
334 N. Mead
Phone: (316) 350-3242 website
Final Friday at CityArts
Featured Exhibitions include: "Yard Work, Part 2" by Charlotte Martin; "Inspirations" by Karen Scroggins; "Persona" by Megan Ewert; "Dichotomies" by Sasha Chapek.
Full exhibition will run through May 20.
Contact Sean Jones for more property information.
520 S. Commerce
Featuring photography by Thien Doan, Andres Levaggi-Villanueva, Dale Small, and Hugo Zelada-Romero.
Music will also be provided by Amanda Flower and Jodi Betzen.
424 S Commerce St
Featuring artwork by Christopher Ryan Mackie.
This exhibition is Christopher's BFA Studio Arts Exhibition.
410 S Commerce St
Final Friday at Dock 410
Dock 410 will be featuring fine art photography by Mark & Taylor Wilkes.
801 E Douglas Ste 106
Final Friday at encompas
Featuring paintings and mixed media by Jim Simpson. encompass, a workplace solutions dealership, will be hosting this one-night show in their Douglas avenue showroom. Simpson's expressionist realism refines rhythms and patterns into fresh and lively compositions.
524 S Commerce
Phone: (316) 200-5200 website
Living Statues 2017 & STUDY
In its ninth year, the family-friendly Living Statues event offers a unique and inspired environment to sketch, photograph, paint, or otherwise immortalize a group of talented Ballet Wichita dancers. The dancers will perform a series of short interpretive tableaux throughout the evening, coordinated by a soundtrack composed specifically for the event by KMUW's Strange Currency host Jedd Beaudoin. Wearable props by Nanetta Bananto. More information about Nanetta is available below.
Everyone is welcome to bring their own drawing materials, cameras, etc., but drawing materials will also be available for a small donation, courtesy of Lawrence Photo Print & Frame.
Living Statues runs from 6-8PM, Final Friday April 28, followed by the closing reception for STUDY, a drawing exhibition by Fisch Haus co-founder Patrick Duegaw, from 8-10.
2100 W University Ave
Friends University Juried Student Art Show
Featuring a Juried Student Art Show in the Riney Fine Arts Gallery that will feature artwork by Friends University students.
406 S. St. Francis
Co-Curators, Kylie Brown of CreativeRush & Lisa Rundstrom of WSU Shift Space, are back again for their fifth collaboration:
“MULTIBUBBLE” is an immersive art experience that features a range of collaborations designed to allow the viewer to peek into various creative universes. Open to the public on Final Fridays in May in the Commerce Arts District.
The bubble experience will be rich in art, music, projection mapping, poetry, and artisans of all kinds. For this experience, we only require one thing: You must take off your shoes.
A second viewing is scheduled for the Mini Maker Faire at Exploration Place July 21 & 22.
412 E. Douglas
Featuring artwork by Ed Pointer and ceramics by Alaine Kuestesteffen.
Full exhibition will run through May 23.
924 E Douglas Ave
Sip & Shop - Tacos y Cerveza
Featuring artwork from J. Andrew, Liv+Work, S. Garcia, Kacy Meinecke, Buffalo Design Co., and Soil Stone Co.
215 N. Washington
Phone: (316) 530-2203 website
Harvester Arts Announces New Partnership with Tilt Union
This Final Friday Harvester Arts is announcing their new partnership with Brad Ruder's local screen printing studio, TILT UNION as well as the Harvester Community Fellows: Creative Class 2017-2018!
Stop by to learn more about the screen printing process and visit with Brad about Tilt Union's upcoming classes and projects. Tilt Union merchandise will be available for purchase, including posters from their Guest Artist Series.
at (316) 530-2203 for more property information.
1710 E. Douglas
Final Friday at the Gnome
The May featured artist is local artist Krisi Metzen.
Meet the artist: I decided on having a theme for my work, and since this is my first Final Friday show I decided to show some photos that I have not really showcased. I have decided to show photos I took at Joyland before they demolished it. I went in about a year or two before they decided to tear it down, and I got some really haunting shots of what was left. I decided to call this show "Lowland" which just shows what was left of Joyland and really people's innate nature to destroy things that aren't guarded and really for no reason at all, except that they can.
Must be 21 to enter.
430 S. Commerce, Suite 200
Phone: (316) 512-5045 website
Carly Witmer, a graduate of the Master's program at Maryland Institute, is coming down from Ohio to give a lecture on Color Theory, it will be a great way to start your Final Friday adventures, especially while there is still parking available on Commerce.
Contact Sean Ward for more property information.
515 Douglas Ave.
Phone: (316) 789-6029 website
Liv+Work Final Friday: Swiss Pointe Designs
Featuring textile designs by Genny Werth.
Make Liv+Work a pit stop on your art crawl this Final Friday! The mega talented Genny Werth of Swiss Pointe Designs will be at Liv+Work as their featured artist this month! Shop her knit bags, wearables, fiber art, wall hangings and more all day long. Snacks and wine will be offered during the Final Friday hours from 6-9pm!
1500 E Douglas Ave
growth /ɡrōTH/ Anticipated progressive change with an end in mind
Featuring artwork and projects from members of MakeICT.
Full exhibition will run through the month of May.
121 N Mead Ste. 107
Phone: (316) 262-5192
Hours: Regular Business Hours: Mon-Fri 10am-4pm, Sat 10am-3pm
Mead Street Gallery
Featuring artwork by Mike Fallier and Vicki Winchester.
Full exhibition will run through May 20.
1328 E Douglas Ave
Monica's Presents Josh Johnico
Featuring artwork by Josh Johnico.
Join us in celebrating the colorful, creative, bold artwork from Wichita's own Josh Johnico! Also stop in and enjoy fresh, made from scratch quality baked goods.
Contact Marcos & Erica Hernandez for more property information.
126 N. Mead
Final Friday at Mrs. O'Leary's
Featuring artwork by Celia Qualich.
Contact 316-262-0600 for more property information.
Meditation and Iterations: A Search for the Sublime in the North American Landscape
Featuring artwork by Mark Flickinger.
Originally from Linwood, Calif., Flickinger currently paints and teaches at Cowley College in Arkansas City, Kan. He earned a BFA in painting and drawing from Wichita State University in 1989, where he studied under Ron Christ and Kathleen Shannahan. He earned an MFA in painting from the Henry R. Hope School of Fine Arts at Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind., in 1991, where he studied under Barry Gealt, Bonnie Sklarski, Robert Barnes and William Itter.
The Steckline Gallery is located inside the De Mattias Fine Arts Center on the Newman University Campus.
Full exhibition will run through May 19.
Contact Mary Werner at (316) 942-4291 for more property information.
919 E. Douglas
Friendless at Peerless
Featuring paintings by Dunwoody and Vanlandingham and also ceramics by Christenson. The event will also include musical provisions from Samson.
Must be 21 and over to enter.
3236 E. Douglas Ave, Ste 100
Phone: (316) 214-7566 website
Roads, from trails to highways, provide a useful metaphor for poets, songwriters, painters, and even photographers. Roads present paths to contemplate or ignore, choose or reject, honor, or disrespect.
Full exhibition will run through May.
3215 East Douglas Avenue
Phone: (316) 682-1481 website
Hours: Regular Business Hours: Mon - Fri 10am-5:30pm, Sat 10am-4pm
Friends of Bill Dickerson
Featuring artwork by Oscar Larmer and the late Patric Rowley.
2611 E. Douglas Ave.
Final Friday at Reverie Coffee Roasters
Featuring artwork by Rose Hill High School Art Students.
Full exhibition will run through May 24.
1725 E Douglas Ave Ste. 100
Looking Back on Days: Poetry and the Delta Blues
Featuring a book release for Kelly Johnston's new book of poetry, "Kalaska: Poetry from the Chautauqua Hills."
416 S Commerce Street Ste 104
Final Friday at Siva Yoga Studios
Featuring artwork by Stacy Egnorart.
412 E. Douglas, Ste C
Hours: Regular Business Hours: Mon-Sat 11am-3pm
Cranes Over Crop Circles
Featuring artwork by Emily Miller Yamanaka.
Full exhibition will run through May 16.
Contact Teressa Sliger for more property information.
418 S. Commerce
Phone: (316) 303-1996 website
Featuring artwork by Michael Pointer.
Exhibition runs from May 13 through May 26.
508 S. Commerce
Final Friday at The Hudson
Featuring artwork by Brett Schauf and Emily Miller Yamanaka.
The Hudson will be opening its doors to the public after a 4 month construction project to join their neighbors in the art district for a stellar Final Friday to remember.
Paint the Towne will be teaching art classes on how to paint the Wichita Flag at 6:30 and 8:15. $10/class. All supplies provided. to register for classes, go to https://app.getoccasion.com/p/n/hffuscvm?source=agenda_calendar.
Contact Jessie Griffith for more property information.
150 N. Cleveland
Hours: Regular Business Hours: Mon-Fri 11-4 & Sat 10-5
Final Friday at the Workroom
Featuring artwork by Craig Campbell of Campbell Arts.
3700 E. Douglas #59 Clifton Square
Featuring artwork by Valerie Lillich, owner of Valily Lane.
Contact Nina Winter for more property information.
1845 Fairmount St
Phone: (316) 978-3664 website
Final Friday at the Ulrich Museum of Art
Exhibitions include: "Pierced by Dogma" by Patrick Duegaw; "Benediction" by Robert Pruitt; "x.y.z." by Mary Walling Blackburn; "The Secret of the Midnight Shadow" by Daryl Vocat.
Today's Art Matters. The Ulrich Museum of Art provides the Wichita area with premier exhibitions of modern and contemporary art.
Full exhibition will run through August 6.
509 E. Douglas
Phone: (316) 295-2314 website
Classic Car Part Art
Featuring artwork by Dan Welty.
Contact Jody Briceland for more property information.
232 N. Market
Phone: (316) 516-5455 website
Hours: Regular Business Hours: Mon-Sat 9am-5pm, Sun 1pm-5pm
Featuring artwork by 50 regional and local artists.
This exhibition has one theme in common, all art work is "Predominantly BLUE in Color".
Contact Mark Walker for more property information.
225 N Market
The Legal Eclectic
Featuring artwork by local attorneys and their family members. Exhibits will include paintings, photography, pottery, fused glass works, and woodworking items.
416 S Commerce Ste 102
Featuring the 2017 Senior Exhibition titled Ripped Off. The exhibition will be featuring artwork from Jennifer Metzger, Joanna Herman, Taylor Swanson, and Connor Tillman.
The full exhibition will run through May 31st.
Contact Lisa Rundstrom for more property information.