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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 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.
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 April 25 and the next Final Friday Gallery Crawl set for Friday, May 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 November. Learn More
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Final Fri 4/25
5014 E. Central
Phone: (316) 686-2266 website
On display at Artist Central will be a selection belonging to local collectors.
Works by local artists, Jo Zakas and Bob Bayer, will also be displayed.
7724 E. Central #300
Phone: (316) 682-1481 website
Featured Artist: Greg Hobson, photographer
Greg Hobson has lived in and around Wichita for his entire life. Across a career of more than four decades, as a copywriter and creative director for Sullivan Higdon & Sink and other advertising agencies, his work has generated national acclaim and a local reputation. Today at age 64, Hobson is his own one-man creative shop. His client list is short and exclusive. And now that his work includes fine art photography, that list includes himself.
300 N. Mead St. #105
Phone: (316) 440-2590 website
Featured Artist: Matt Hendren of Earrigami will be demonstrating his origami technique for making jewelry.
Featuring over 30 Kansas/local artists
3805 E. Harry
Phone: (316) 928-8569 website
Exhibition: A World Away
Featured Artist: Rachel Epp Buller
The photographs on display depict artistic interventions within public spaces and the use of food as symbolic reminders of gender specific roles and adaptations need when traveling in a foreign culture. Her ongoing work in Berlin was support by the Fulbright Commission. Rachel Epp Buller is currently an Assistant Professor of Visual Art and Design at Bethel College in North Newton.
Also on display is the ceramic work of Virginia McKinney.
McKinney's textured ceramic sculpture of dwellings and small architectural "Pueblos" are made from earthen and stoneware clay bodies.
924 W Douglas
Phone: (316) 440-2960 website
Featured Artist: Curt Clonts
111 S Ellis
Exhibition: New Spring Colors
Featured Artist: Paintings by Bob Schwan
Refreshments will be served, parking and entrance on South side of building
829 N. Market
Phone: (316) 264-9303 website
Exhibition: Exploring the Ancient Christian Faith
Featured Artists: St. Mary's Orthodox Christian Church
334 N Mead
Phone: (316) 350-3245 website
Main Gallery Exhibition: Mystery of Stone
These contemporary hand-carved stone sculptures by famous Shonan artist encapsulate the four themes of family, joy and rites of passage (depicting their culture, religious life and the political hardships that the artist and the Zimbabwean people have had to endure). The show is curated by internationally known Zimbabwean artist, Tawanda Sarireni.
Main Gallery Hall & 3rd Floor Gallery Exhibition: 4th District Congressional Art Exhibition
The Congressional Art Competition is open to all high school students in the Fourth District. This is an opportunity for young, talented artist to showcase their work. The winning entry in the district competition will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol for one year.
Boardroom Gallery: Style with Purpose
Featured Artist: Blown Glass by Scott Garrelts
Balcony Gallery: Rooms
Featured Artist: Paintings by Lisa Graham
Phone: (316) 303-1996
Featured Artist: Ankica Mitrovska
Exhibition: MFA Thesis
The work consists of charcoal drawings on gesso paper (many wall sized) with the charcoal spilling out onto the walls and has transformed the space into a onetime experience for the viewer.
524 S. Commerce
Phone: (316) 263-6770 website
Exhibition: Living Statues
In its sixth year, Living Statues offers a unique and inspirational environment within which the public is invited 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.
Artists and visitors are invited to use this opportunity to record these three to five minute poses. Everyone is encouraged to bring their own drawing materials, but Bluebird Arthouse will be on hand, in a pop-up shop in our front room, to furnish whatever your masterpiece requires!
412 E Douglas
Phone: (316) 267-5915 website
Featured artist: Rosemary Dugan, pastel artist
Also featuring ceramics by Paul Pfrehm
508 S Commerce
Phone: (316) 263-9455 website
Exhibition: This Is How We Art
Featured Artists: Anthony Padgett, Indiana Elman, Bailey Martin, Angela White, Andrew Chavez, Ivan Salazar, Kaitlin Parks, Jadyn Johnson, Graeham Jarvis, Adonijah Wolf, Jovanna Mendoza
The Annual Student Group Art Exhibition
924 W. Douglas
Phone: (316) 530-2203 website
Harvester Arts is introducing their first guest artist to Wichita.
Featured Artist: George Ferrandi
Exhibition: Let me get this out of your way...
The second in a series of live mediations being developed and performed by visiting artist George Ferrandi. Each is performed live for an audience of two people at a time. They sit together at a small table, wearing headsets, both connected and disconnected by what they are hearing. All the while, the artist/narrator puts things in front of them and takes things away, tending the narrative and the listeners like a waitress, or like Fate.
Each performance is approximately 10 minutes in length and will be unique for each audience of two. Reservations are not required. However, they are recommended and can be made by calling Harvester Arts at 316-530-2203. Reservations and admission is free, random 10 minute performance times throughout the Final Friday show will be left open for walk-ins, and patrons that attend the Final Friday opening may reserve select private performance times for Saturday, May 26.
2501 E Central Ave
Phone: (316) 684-4673 website
Featured Artist: Kevin Kinkaid
Artist Kevin Kinkaid will be at the Race For Hope located downtown in the Coleman Parking Lot (2nd/St. Francis). Stop by the Race For Hope, see Kevin in action as he helps us create a commemorative race mural, and view his displayed artwork.
121 N. Mead St. Suite 107
Phone: (316) 262-5192 website
Front Gallery Exhibition: Cheryl Lindstrom Oil Paintings
Featured Artist: Cheryl Lindstrom
Back Wall Exhibition: Vicki McElroy Abstract flower art
Featured Artist: Vicki McElroy
151 N Rock Island, Ste. 1D
Phone: (316) 214-7566 website
Exhibition: Kansas Landscape Photogrpahy
Featured Artist: John D Morrison
2611 E. Douglas
Phone: (316) 201-1144 website
Exhibition: Bicycle Photography and Art
Featured Artists: David Quick and friends
Music: Joe Keebler (Gypsy Jazz)
Food: The Flying Stove
Bicycle themed for April Bike Month
Phone: (316) 295-5677 website
Friends Artist to Exhibit Own Talent
Exhibition: Both Student and Faculty pieces
5500 E. Kellogg, Building 5
Phone: (316) 685-2221 website
Exhibition: ART: Amazing Recover Tool
Featured Artists: Veterans
Robert J. Dole VA is hosting an art show in support of Military Sexual Trauma survivors.
615 West Douglas
Phone: (316) 296-2633 website
Exhibition: The Connected Divide
Featured Artist: Christian Taylor
Artist Statement: "The major concepts I am exploring in this body of work are time, creation, and process. In these prints I am attempting to break down and reassemble the subject matter both physically and conceptually. I've taken a scientific approach to depicting the human form; most of the figures in my work have been dissected revealing, bones and organs. Likewise, the print itself has been deconstructed in the same manner. Each of these works have a strong emphasis on the element of line. A line is one of the most fundamental elements of art; just as lines are what create structure in a drawing, bones create structure in the human body. The majority of these prints were printed backwards, the key image was printed first with the colored layers added on top. This causes the color separations of the print to show through, making it easier to see how these colors interact with one another to create the final print. Most of these prints are also loosely based on a primary color scheme because the primary colors are the building blocks of all other colors. Essentially, what my work is attempting to do is anatomize both the human figure and the actual print itself." – Christian Taylor
Phone: (316) 942-4291 website
Exhibition: He laced his boots with earthworms in snake suits
Featured Artist: Brady Hatter
412 E. Douglas
Phone: (316) 262-2435 website
Featured Artist: Chuck Roach, classic oil painter
515 S. Main St Unit 503
Phone: (316) 219-6060 website
Exhibition: Sensory Celebration
Featured Artist: Kathryn Van Steenhuyse, Joyce St. Clair and Lars Voltz
328 N. Main
Phone: (316) 263-2251 website
Wichita Bar Association will showcase artistic works of its members. Exhibits will include paintings, photography, drawings/sketches, wood working, pottery and yarn work.
Additionally local artist, Michael Potts, will be painting a portrait of Clarence Darrow live during the event. Refreshments will be served.