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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 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 June 26. Participating venues will be listed on this website no less than a week before the event.
2015 Final Friday dates: May 29, June 26, July 31, August 28, September 25, October 30 and November 27
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 October. Learn More
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Final Friday 6/26
511 E. Douglas Ave.
Phone: (316) 260-9522
Sculpture & Paintings
Featuring art by Greg Johnson, Charles Leonard and Gregory Walker
Full exhibition on display from June 26 - July 28
401 E. Douglas
Napkin Sketches - The Art of Spontaneity
5 - 11pm
Featuring napkin sketches from the Wichita community.
A "pop-up" gallery in a shipping container to promote the art of spontaneous sketching! Come see napkin sketches from various members of the community. Sketch on your own napkin and help the gallery grow as the night goes on!
829 N. Market
Phone: (316) 264-9303 website
Featuring artwork by members of First Metropolitan Community Church
5014 E. Central Ave
5 - 7pm
Featuring acrylics by Jo Zakas and mixed media by Bruce Robinson.
307 N. Mead St.
Final Friday for Beadazzled
Featuring jewelry art by Jenny Gholson-Morris. She is a local artist who makes ceramic beads and jewelry components. Her work includes a line of earthy, rustic beads; a line of pastel beads, and a line of beads with deep jewel tones.
120 E. 1st St
Final Friday -June's Summer Mix
5 - 8pm
Featuring oil paintings on canvas by Rena Rodriguez and mixed media art by Travis Hinnen, Crystal Hinnen and Chloe Henderson.
334 N. Mead
Phone: (316) 350-3245 website
Hours: Mon.-Fri. 9am-9pm, Saturdays 9am-4pm
Main Gallery: "Box-Box-Box", works by Eric Carbrey
Eric Carbrey is a local artist who's been crafting his skill from a young age. His relationship with art has grown through the years, and his medium of choice is repurposed house paint. The pieces included in "Box-Box-Box" convey complexity through simplistic geometric shapes and tape blocking. For this series, he used 51 different colors in 121 paintings to explore how color works with or against other colors.
Boardroom Gallery : "A Woman In Her Place," curated by Amanda Pfister and Manda Remmen
"A Woman in Her Place" explores the themes of female identity and place from the perspective of artists from around the world who have worked with Amanda Pfister and Manda Remmen. The common thread between all of the pieces is the use of a slip garment as a symbol of a woman. As a group, the artwork shows the diversity, power, vulnerability and grace of women.
Main Hall Gallery: "Moon Milk" acrylic paintings by Leanne Dougherty
Painting with acrylics has always been a very meditative process for local artist Leanne Dougherty. She uses her interest in nature, gardening, bright colors, belly dancing and folk art to inspire her. Creating is a way for Dougherty to make bits of her fantasy world slightly more tangible and, above all, have fun.
Balcony Gallery: "Academic Pandemic," works by Steven Campbell
As a senior at Arkansas City High School, Steven Campbell won first place in the 4th District Congressional Art Show sponsored by the office of Congressman Mike Pompeo. His show at CityArts is his first solo art exhibition. This summer, Campbell will receive his Associate of Arts degree from Cowley County Community College. He plans to attend Friends University to study studio art with an emphasis in drawing and painting.
Full Exhibition: June 26 - July 21
710 W. Douglas
Hours: Regular Business Hours: 11am-8pm
Grey Skies, Tears, Yesterday is here
Featuring b+w fine art photography by Andy Mcginnis.
10% of the night's proceeds benefit the Wichita Children's Home.
Final Friday shows at Delano BBQ are always family friendly. We also bring out the S'mores Bar on Final Fridays.
209 E. William
Evolution of Rebellion
A Timeline of Inspired Fashion
Photography by Raquel Reyes and makeup and hair by Tobi Mercado, Feli Mercado and Omar Ortiz.
The Evolution of Rebellion is a timeline inspired by rebellious fashions of eras past. We see small changes day by day and hope to see epic change as years go by.
412 E Douglas
Phone: (316) 267-5915 website
Hours: Regular Gallery Hours: Monday-Saturday, 10am - 4pm
"NEAR WATER, AMONGST FLOWERS"
Featuring paintings on Rice Paper and Silk by Chiaw-Weai Loo
Full Exhibition: June 26 - July 28
250 W. Douglas Ave #100
A Kiss a the Door
An opera in one act by Charles Lecocq
7 - 7:45pm
The young attorney Robin and his wife Fanny have opened a law practice. As of yet they have no clients. Then luck strikes twice. They both get clients on the same day. A married couple, with unusual issues are looking to separate. Who should they take as a client; the one has paid the retainer or the other, who has not? The fun begins with the debate and ends happily with "A Kiss at the Door"
Opera Kansas will present this quirky 15 minute opera twice as a part of Final Friday, Wichita's celebration of the Arts. The two performances at the Garvey Building's Kiva Center will be at 7:00 and 7:30 pm on June 26. Admission is free.
508 S. Commerce
2 Wheels Cheap Thrills
6 - 11pm
Featuring motorcycles from around the region and great art!
430 S. Commerce, Suite 200
Phone: (316) 512-5045 website
Hours: Wed - Sat: Noon - 5pm
National Call for entry exhibition featuring: Charlotte Backman, Jo Thomas Blaine, Michelle Calhoun, Krystle Cole, Lawrence Chvotzkin, Jeff Iorillo, Keiko Katsuka, Tyler Longfellow, Kati Simek, Sean Christopher Ward, MaryB Wenzel and Lindy Wiese
Full Exhibition: June 20 - July 25
Perpetual Visions is HUE Gallery's first national call for entry exhibition featuring mandala and radial works throughout various mediums.
125 S. Washington
Hours: M-F 8am - 12pm/1pm - 5pm
Kansas Road Trip
Featuring art by Rachel Foster.
Live jazz and expanded food offerings will be presented.
Full Exhibition: June 26 - July 19
414 S. Commerce
Hours: Mon-Fri, 9am - 5pm
Reception @ 6, 7-10pm
Featuring artwork by Gene Stucky.
Full Exhibition: June 23 - July 24
This show contains images of a very graphic and sexual nature. We do not recommend for anyone under 18-years-old.
630 E Douglas Suite 100
Hours: Mon-Sat, 12-8pm Sun, 12-6pm
June Final Friday
Featuring paintings by Cornell Steele
Full Exhibition: June 20 - July 24
121 N. Mead
Phone: (316) 262-5192 website
Hours: Mon - Fri: 10am - 4pm, Sat: 10am - 3pm
Featuring art by Billy Jack Moore and Eric Hayes.
Full exhibition on display through July 20th
151 N. Rock Island, Suite 1D
Phone: (316) 214-7566 website
Kansas Landscape Photography
Featuring photography by John D. Morrison.
7724 E Central Ave
Phone: (316) 682-1481 website
Featuring new artist's works by former Wichitan, Leigh Leighton-Wallace.
2611 E. Douglas Ave.
Hours: Mon - Sat 8am-8pm, Sun 10am-6pm
Small Works: Exterior Architecture of Wichita
Featuring art by Bill Goffrier
Full Exhibition: Art on display until last week of July.
Musicians for Final Friday are Dustin Arbuckle and Tom Page. Food truck for Final Friday is Let'm Eat Brats! Our 2nd anniversary will be Saturday June 27th, music all day by local musicians, Chino's Parilla for breakfast and lunch, and multiple drawings!
922 E. Douglas Ave
Hours: Tues-Sat 10:30am -5pm
Final Friday Art Crawl
Featuring Native America artworks.
412 E Douglas
Hours: Mon - Sat: 10am - 4pm
Featuring Pastels by Janice Crotts
Full Exhibition: June 24 - July 22
Phone: (316) 303-1996
Featuring art by Chris Wolf Edmonds and Pam Sullivan
Artwork from two Kansas artists that share their love of nature and create visual poetry using color, texture, fabric, stitch, paint, and print.
Final Friday closing artists reception, June 26.
417 E. Gilbert
Phone: (316) 519-3103 website
Hours: Fri - Mon: 10am - 5:30pm
Things That Bind Us
Featuring artwork by Cristi A. McJack
Full Exhibition on display through June 2015
515 S. Main St. Ste. 115
Hours: 8am - 5pm
Images by Steve Hauck
5:30 - 9pm
Featuring photography by Steve Hauck.
By day, Steve Hauck is the fearless marketing manager for Professional Engineering Consultants - PEC, Wichita's largest engineering firm. The rest of the time you may find Steve combing both urban and rural landscapes for those images and people that tell the most interesting stories.