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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 trolly 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.
Download printable map of Downtown venues and Q-Line route.
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
Next month Final Friday will occur on Feb 27. Participating venues will be listed on this website no less than a week before the event.
2015 Final Friday dates: March 27, April 24, May 29, June 26, July 31, August 28, September 25, October 30 and November 27
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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 Transportation
Final Fri 01/30
307 N. Mead St.
Featuring artist is Hatice Rahn and her exquisite collection of beaded jewerly.
111 S. Ellis
Phone: (316) 682-5600 website
Hours: Fridays 11:00am - 4:00pm, and by appointment
Closing Reception for Kansas Academy of Oil Painters
Phone: (316) 303-1996
The Zig Zag Stream
Featured Artists: Kathleen Shanahan and Ranal Harrell Young
Open between Final Friday's by Appointment or by chance.
Contact: Marilyn Grisham
524 S Commerce
Phone: (316) 200-5200 website
"Small Works of Consequence"
Paintings by Kent Thomas Williams.
A series of new paintings, drawings and collages ranging in size from 5x5, 8x12, 10x12 and twice that size. Extraordinary values, priced to go home with you!
412 E Douglas
Phone: (316) 267-5915 website
Hours: Regular Gallery Hours: Monday-Saturday, 10am - 4pm
Featured artist is Lyda Andrews. Also featuring ceramics by Eugene Stucky. Works will be on view through Feb 24.
508 S. Commerce
Title of Exhibition: "Friends of The Go Away"
Group exhibit featuring:Multiple artist. Art for sale from past and new works.
430 S. Commerce, Suite 200
Phone: (316) 512-5045 website
Hours: Regular Business/ Venue Hours: Friday-Saturday: 11:00am-5:00pm, Sunday-Thurday: By Appointment Only
Title of Exhibition: Vanity & Icons
Featured Artist(s): Carol Carter, Sean Christopher Ward, Lindy Wiese
Full Exhibition Date: January 30 – February 23
121 N Mead St
Phone: (316) 262-5192
Hours: Normal hours: M-F 10am-4pm, Sa 10am-3pm
Mead Street Gallery's Final Friday, January 30th reception will feature artwork by gallery members. On their back wall this month, they'll have original framed art at discounted prices.
Normal hours: M-F 10am-4pm, Sa 10am-3pm
2611 E. Douglas Ave.
Hours: Regular Business/ Venue Hours: Monday-Saturday 8am-8pm, Sundays 10-5pm
Graphite drawings and watercolors by Clyde Engert
Music by The Velvet Fever and Gilded Heart 6:30-9pm
Full Exhibition: November 28th- December 23rd
416 Commerce #102
Phone: (316) 978-7706 website
Hours: Regular Business/ Venue Hours: Wed. Fri. Sat. : 1 - 4pm Thurs. 4 - 7pm
Featuring artist Christopher Gulick, Mark Walker Melanie Cloud, Cody Cloud, Chloe Cloud Stacy Renee, Alex Walker Kenni Fitzpatrick, Connie Fitzpatrick Jim Petty and Aidan Petty.
Full Exhibition Date: January 21 - February 14
3100 McCormick - De Mattias Fine Arts Center
Phone: (316) 942-4291 website
Hours: Monday through Friday from 9am-4pm, or by appointment.
Butterflies and Angels - An Ode to Earthly Goddesses
Photography by Dale Strattman
An "Art for Lunch" presentation by the artist Tuesday, Feb 3 from noon to 1pm in the gallery. A light lunch will be served on a first-come, first-served basis. Guests can also bring their lunch. Free.
On display through Feb 20.
412 E. Douglas
Phone: (316) 262-2435 website
Hours: Monday - Saturday; 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Chinese Gongbi Art
Full exhibition on display through Febuary 18, 2015.
612 E. Douglas
Hours: Mon-Wed 10:30am-4pm , Thu-Fri 10:30am-7pm, Sat 11am-4pm
"Art of Ljubica Turk"
Featuring Charles Novak
Macrophotography of extremely detailed and meticulously crafted textiles handmade by a Croatian immigrant woman born in the 19th century. The original items will also be on display.
The Cow and Sow Deli will be open next door for more eating choices, delicious drinks and other gift options.