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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.
View all participating venues for Sept. 26 on interactive map (in progress)
View a printable map of Downtown venues for Sept. 26 (in progress)
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 (Sept. 26 map currently in progress) 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 August 29 and the next Final Friday Gallery Crawl set for Friday, October 31.
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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334 N Mead
Phone: (316) 350-3245 website
Main Gallery: “Celebrating the Diversity of the Natural World from California to Kansas and Beyond,” photography by Brad Schelton
Andover resident Brad Schelton uses his photography to give viewers a renewed visual perception on life. His photography reveals how magical our world truly is, and also promotes an improved environment as well as animal welfare.
** Final Friday for the Cure Exhibit - Main Hall Gallery: “She…,” new works by Amanda Pfister
Wichita artist Amanda Pfister uses a slip – a usually unseen female undergarment – as a stand in for the female model in this body of work. The slips communicate presence, yet they are empty shells embodying the struggles women still face in today's contemporary society. Viewers are left to decide what kind of woman the slip in each work represents.
Boardroom Gallery: “OZ,” mixed media works by Brian Swayze
Brian Swayze’s work brings familiar characters to life through realistic drawings on concrete-covered cement board. The Wichita artist’s works are inspired by characters that left an impression on him at some point in his life, through books, movies, TV or real life.
Balcony Gallery: “Narratives & Abstractions,” works by individuals from Envision’s Art Education Program
Envision is a local organization that provides support and programming to individuals with vision loss. By using their imaginations and creativity, the Envision artists were able to create works of art that share their stories and show their feelings and ideas in a variety of ways.
All exhibits will be on display from Aug. 29 through Sept. 28. 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.
412 E Douglas
Phone: (316) 267-5915 website
New works by Diane Curtis featuring assemblage sculptures by Robert Schmidt.
Show on display though October 28. Regular business hours are 10am-4pm M-F
FINAL FRIDAY FOR THE CURE - Gallery XII is thrilled to be a participating gallery in this year's "Final Friday for the Cure" which is being held in conjunction with the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, a national fundraiser for Breast Cancer Research. The race will be taking place downtown on the morning of the 27th but our participation will be the night 26th during the Final Friday reception.
Many artists in the gallery will have select pieces for sale that will be designated with special pink tags, indicating that a portion of the sales of those pieces will be given to the Komen Foundation, to help in the fight against breast cancer.
We hope you will consider the purchase of one of these works. Not only does the money go to an incredibly important and worthwhile cause but you will also be the owner of a beautiful, original work of art! A win win all around!
3224 E Douglas
Phone: (316) 691-9966
"The Art of Coral Hartl" featuring Coral Hartl
Coral Hartl is a watercolorist and presently featured artist at the Riverwind Gallery New Burgh Indiana. She is a Swope Musem award winner.
Refreshments will be provided. All in store items will be 15% off.
Contact: Daniel Greenberg 316-259-1437 or Kalee Hildreth 316-259-7007
Regular Business/ Venue Hours: 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM
126 N Mead
Phone: (316) 262-0600 website
Pre Final Friday and throughout the weekend:
Mrs. O'Leary's will be hosting the Victory in the Valley BeDazzled Bras. If you missed seeing these at the fair you won't want to miss seeing them at Mrs' O'Leary's as this will be your last chance! You can vote for your favorite bra, the bra with the most votes wins. Each vote is $1.00 and ALL proceeds go to Victory in the Valley. Votes can be made starting Thursday and will be counted on Wednesday!
Our feature artist this month is Taiomah Rutledge Ojibwe/Meskwaki 23 yrs. Taiomah is currently battling cancer and one of her creations will be featured in the BeDazzled Bra contest. You will also get to see her beautiful jewelry which will be featured throughout the store. We will also have Giizhig Rutledge 16 yrs. Ojibwe/Meskwak and Kineu Rutledge 21 yrs. Ojibwe/Meskwaki who will have their paintings along with t-shirts. You won't want to miss out on the "Breast Purses Ever" as well. These creative purses are made by our local artist and are some of the, well, Breast Purses Ever! As always we will have great products and samples through out the store and a great cover band called CityWide Spectacular. You'll want a CD after hearing them! Don't forget to Vote for the Victory in the Valley Bedazzled Bra contest! $1.00 per vote all proceeds going to Victory in the Valley.
430 S. Commerce
Phone: (316) 260-1121 website
In honor of Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, Shelter Salon will have photography by Kay & Bee Studios and music by Kalie Belt
Shelter Salon hair products will be 10% off Friday & Saturday. Glitter extensions will be available for purchase. Proceeds from extensions are going to Susan G Komen.
5014 E. Central
Phone: (316) 686-2266 website
Charity Art Sale featuring Chaney Sisters Art Estate
Benefits Trees of Life & At Risk Kids
307 N Mead
Phone: (316) 265-0667 website
Beadazzled's featured artist will be Alan Fullrich with his large selection of glass marbles, pendants, and beads! Also, browse hundreds of handmade beads and homemade jewelry in the studio.
300 N. Mead St. #105
Phone: (316) 440-2590 website
Bella Luz welcomes Barbara Niewald as the featured Final Friday artist for August. Barbara is a lifelong Kansan and native of Winfield, who graduated K.U. with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fashion Illustration. She works primarily in acrylics and also enjoys collage and mixed media. She will be available to visit with the public from 6-8pm at Bella Luz gift gallery, located in Old Town Square at 2nd and Mead in Wichita, Kansas.
111 S Ellis
Phone: (316) 682-5600 website
Opening reception for "Mixer" featuring artists Elly Fitzig, Brian Hinkle, James Kandt, Joseph Loganbill, Bob Schwan, Hugo Zelada-Romero
Regular Hours: Fridays 11:00-4:00 and by appointment
Refreshments will be served. Parking and entrance on the south side of our building
515 E. Douglas
Phone: (316) 201-1909
"The Art of Movement"
Phone: (316) 303-1996
New Work In Glass featuring glass artists Scott Garrelts and Joe Fernandez
The exhibit continues thru Final Friday, September 27
Open between Final Friday's by Appointment or by chance. Contact: Marilyn Grisham, 316 303-1996, firstname.lastname@example.org
7724 E Central Ave
Phone: (316) 682-1481 website
Printmaker Leon Loughridge's new suite of woodblocks, Desert Skies, featuring the desert southwest; new plein air paintings by Todd Matson and Kim Casebeer; porcelain vessels by Jennie Becker; wood-turned bowls by Bob Brown; and works in oil by painters Brian Hinkle and Nancy Whitaker.
508 S. Commerce
Phone: (316) 263-9455 website
"Chrome Smoke and Flames Art Show"
The Show Finale will be on Saturday, September 27 from Noon-8 or 9pm. The Rumble will take place right outside the Go Away Garage along Commerce street. Along with the car show there will be pin stripe panel jams, auctions and much more relating to hod rod culture at large.
430 S. Commerce
Phone: (316) 518-0044 website
"Beyond the Norm" Grand Opening Celebration!
HUE Gallery, Wichita’s newest contemporary art gallery has opened it's doors! HUE Gallery will be featuring nationally recognized artists along with local artists. It’s current exhibition features ten artists, two of which are the owners, Sean Christopher Ward and Lindy Wiese. Alongside these artists are: Tom Budzak: Tempe, Arizona, Carol Carter: St. Louis, Missouri, Anita Lewis: Oceanside, California, James C. Leonard: San Francisco, California, Tyler Longfellow: Wichita, Kansas, Phyllis Pacin: Oakland, California, Jan Schachter: Portola Valley, California and Ernest Vincent Wood III: Wichita, Kansas.
829 N. Market
Phone: (316) 264-9303 website
Legacy Ministries in partnership with Church of the Savior will host a Final Friday art display on September 26th at Inter-Faith Ministries’ C.A.F.É. Gallery. Legacy Ministries uses creativity and community to reach out with the love of Christ to youth in detention facilities and in at-risk neighborhoods of Wichita. This innovative exhibit will combine for the first time the pottery, jewelry, paintings, paper craft, and other creative ventures from both the art educators and the at-risk youth. The display will continue through October 24th.
Contact: Kathleen Webb
121 N Mead St. Suite 107
Phone: (316) 262-5192 website
Featured Artist: Melanie Beltz showing "Immersion," an exhibit of watercolor,acrylic, and ink.
Back wall is assemblages by Barbara Kae.
Exhibit up through September 27th.
Phone: (316) 942-4291 website
"Caution at Play" by Beth Golay, Tanya Tandoc and David Murano
First show of 2014-2015 season. Mixed media artwork. Art will be on display through September 19.
The show features mixed media artwork. Golay and Tandoc are founders of the Ginger Rabbits art collective. Tandoc is a chef, writer and owner of Tanya's Soup Kitchen in Wichita. She is also a ceramicist, cellist and bellydancer. Golay is a Newman University alumna and the founder and editor of Books & Whatnot, which provides marketing support to bookstores worldwide via a newsletter and website. She also works at KMUW 89.1-Wichita Public Radio.
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.
151 N Rock Island, 1D
Phone: (316) 214-7566 website
Kansas Landscape Photography by John D Morrison
For more information contact John D Morrison at email@example.com.
Regular hours are 9-5 M-F and by appointment
2611 E Douglas
Phone: (316) 201-1144 website
Featured Artist is Kim Thatcher. Exhibition will be up until September 24. There will be music, The Deveils, and Funky Monkey Munchies (food truck) as well.
Regular Business Hours: Mon-Sat 8am-9pm, Sundays 10am-5pm
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
2100 W University St
Phone: (316) 295-5677 website
The Riney Fine Arts Gallery is conveniently located between Sebits Auditorium and the Fine Arts Office.
Photographer Mickey Shannon has combined his passions for photography and travel into a career that allows him to capture the brilliance of nature throughout the world. Exhibition will be on display until Sept. 12.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
922 E Douglas
Phone: (316) 303-1005 website
"Life Direction and the Spirit Within"
The Spirit, Life and Hope of Kachina Dolls of the Hopi and Navajo People and Fetishes of the Zuni People
232 N. Market
Phone: (316) 264-2450 website
Closing reception for "Entangled Gardens" featuring the diverse works of Lauren Baldwin, Heidi Cruz, and Michelle Crownover. Art mediums include painting, photography, textiles, etc.
Featuring music by Evasive Flowers
2095 E. William
Phone: (316) 737-2115
"Election Apocalypse" featuring local artists and poets
This is an interactive art exhibit and poetry slam. The theme revolves around politics and elections and the negative influence money has in politics. The art and poetry represent the voice of the people expressed thru various art forms.
144 S Emporia
“Survivorship Up Close” featuring artwork from Blood Cancer Survivors
There will be wine and appetizers to enjoy. A $5 donation is suggested to help local Kansans living with a blood cancer.
412 E. Douglas
Phone: (316) 262-2435 website
5:30 - 9:00 PM
Featured Artist(s): Eric Hayes, Donna Davis, Kayann Ausherman
Exhibit shown through October18
Regular Business Hours: Monday - Saturday, 10 am - 4 pm
Contact Teressa Sliger for more property information.
414 S Commerce
Phone: (316) 263-2214 website
Title of Exhibition: Sibling Artistry
Featured Artist(s): Greg Behrens (Photography) and Louise Fenn (Mixed Media)
Exhibition open August 22nd through Sept. 19th
Regular Business/ Venue Hours: Monday -Friday, 9a-5p
Contact: Renee Duxler, Executive Director
216 N. Mosley
"Awakened Reality" featuring artist Micky Maddux and Topeka artist Nate Rightmeier, aka N8. Presented by The Labor Party and Printpop
There will be music, food and drinks
120 E. 1st St. N.
Phone: (316) 993-0380
"tonos de españa" featuring Andy McGinnis Photography (exhibiting b+w photos taken in Spain)
535 W. Douglas #120
Featuring artist Vivian Smith showing jewelry and Shane Zimmerman, pinstripe artist
Regular hours are Tuesday - Thursday 9am-9pm, Friday 9am-7pm, Saturday 9am-4pm
150 N. Cleveland
Phone: (316) 295-4520 website
Featured artist is Chad Droegemeier showing "Tibbs Glass." Droegemeier will be available to discuss his hand-blown glass vessels and blown paper weights. Chad will also have some promotional pricing on special items available during Final Friday only!
3700 E. Douglas #59
Exhibition: GOTHIC. The Dark Side of Beauty
All things GOTH, GOTHIC, OFF-BEAT, WEIRD, ENIGMATIC, PERPLEXING, INSPIRING, BEAUTIFUL. This Gothic fashion collection showcases the beauty of being different & unique, celebrating "flaws" instead of hiding from them.
An introspective look into the struggles and triumphs of self-discovery and inner beauty. This is an Open Mic night and gallery with poetry, essays, mood boards, art journals, collages and more by Wichita locals. Come and go as you please and have some dark chocolate, black tea and coffee. An expressive expresso kind of night!
1010 N. Kansas
Phone: (293) 353-4 website
"As Above, So Below"
Featured Artist: Jane Beilman, in collaboration with students from Wichita Collegiate school
Full Exhibition Date: Friday, Sept. 26-Friday, Nov. 28
KU School of Medicine–Wichita, KU Wichita Clinical Trial Unit, and Wichita Collegiate School have teamed up to highlight Mental Health Month. It is estimated that 1 in 4 Americans over the age of 18 experiences mental illness in a given year. During the month of October, activities across the country are done to fight the stigma associated with having a mental illness, provide support for those affected and their families, deliver education to the public, and promote equal care. Mental Health Month also serves as a reminder to everyone to enhance their mental well-being.
Not only is art a source of happiness in many people’s lives, it can also be a source of healing. Artwork is used as an emotional outlet allowing expression without words, emotional growth, and self-discovery. Art therapy has been used in the treatment of mental illness for close to 100 years. Those people who enjoy art are absorbed by it and can lose track of time doing it, possibly even for hours. Through artwork, friends can be made, either other artists or audience members from shows. This promotes self-confidence and enhances psychological well-being.
The artwork seen in this gallery was created by Jane Beilman, who was diagnosed with Asperger’s at an early age. Asperger’s is characterized by social interaction and nonverbal communication difficulties with restricted and repetitive patterns of behavior and interest. As an adult, Jane received her Bachelor’s in Art and carries a part-time job. Jane has spent the past few years practicing handling change and learning planning and troubleshooting through daily tasks. Artwork has been an outlet for Jane throughout her life. The piece shown here was originally inspired by a favorite science fiction novel about intelligent microbes.
The children at the Wichita Collegiate Lower School (grades 1-4) added color to the ink drawing to show their interpretation. Some worked in teams while others worked individually. The use of dramatic color makes these pieces irresistibly eye-catching. The children’s artwork inspired adults to join in and color as well. Around the gallery you may also see interpretations by Wichita Collegiate staff and members of the KU Wichita Clinical Trial Unit.