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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.

Download Printable Map with Concentration of Downtown Venues & Q-Line Route

View Online Interactive Map of All Venues in Wichita 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 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 April 24. Participating venues will be listed on this website no less than a week before the event.

2015 Final Friday dates: April 24, May 29, June 26, July 31, August 28, September 25, October 30 and November 27 

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Sculpture Walkabout

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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5 A B C D F G H M N R S T V W
511 E. Douglas Ave.
Phone: (316) 260-9522
Oil on Canvas

5:30-8:30pm

Featuring art by Charles Leonard and Gregory Walker

Full exhibition on display from March 27-April 21

829 N. Market
Planes, Plains and Automobiles: The Photography of Dale Krebbs

5:30-8:30pm

Featuring photography by Dale Krebbs.

Gallery of photography, refreshments, music and much more.

5014 E. Central Ave
Paintings and Landscapes: New Work by Holley and Donald Schmidlapp

5-7pm

Holley has shown at the annual Faculty/Student exhibits at the Wichita Center for the Arts. She has also shown at Mead Street Gallery, and was a Featured Artist at Bluebird Books in Hutchinson, KS.

Donald Schmidlapp, has lived in the NYC and Bay area. His work has been shown nationally and won national competitions. Teaching painting and drawing for over thirty years, he's done landscapes especially focused along the Mississippi River. He lives in Winona MN where Winona State University is located.

Also showing are local artists Bruce Robinson, showing in acrylics and photography and Jo Zakas who works in acrylics.

Beadazzled    
307 N. Mead St.
Phone: (316) 265-0667 website
6-9pm

Featuring glass art by various artist.

A variety of glass artists torching in the studio.

111 S. Ellis
Phone: (316) 682-5600 website
Hours: Fridays 11:00am - 4:00pm, and by appointment
Marvelous March End of Snow Sale!

6-10pm

Art by Bob Schwan and Brian Hinkle

CityArts    
334 N. Mead
Phone: (316) 350-3245 website
Hours: Mon.-Fri. 9am-9pm, Saturdays 9am-4pm
Charles Baughman & Alumnus

5-8pm

Main Gallery Charles Baughman & Alumnus
Main Hall ​Oil Paintings by Matthew Thonen
Boardroom Gallery Antonio Martinez & CityArts Ceramics Students
Balcony Gallery ​Pottery by Joseph Rinecones
​3rd Floor Gallery Student Work

Full Exhibition: March 27 - April 18

535 West Douglas, Suite 170
Bas Relief commission titled SP1-14 by Christopher Gulick

6-8pm

Featuring Bronze, brass, steel, aluminum, and copper mounted on found wood by Kinetic Sculptor Chris Gulick

Light appetizers, wine and beer, and live jazz.

710 W. Douglas
Hours: Regular Business Hours: 11am-8pm
Photography by Travis Hinnen

5:30-7:30pm

Featuring photography by Travis Hinnen

10% of the evenings proceeds will go to Dilly's Place, a non profit raising funds to build a handicap accessible playground.

Show is kid friendly. A Lego table and Free S'mores will be available.

524 S. Commerce
Phone: (316) 200-5200 website
Living Statues meets Hairball

7-10pm

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.

This year the event will feature a collaborative integration of our Spring 2015 artist-in-residence Denise DiPiazzo’s ‘Hairball’ exhibition and the interpretive choreography of the Ballet Wichita corps de ballet.

412 E Douglas
Phone: (316) 267-5915 website
Hours: Regular Gallery Hours: Monday-Saturday, 10am - 4pm
Hermine Greywall in Memorium
Also featuring glasswork by Robin Lies

5:30-10pm

Featuring artwork by Hermine Greywall and Robin Lies.

Full Exhibition: March 27 - April 21

1201 W. Douglas
Diversity in Yoga & Tattoo Art

7-9pm

Featuring tattoo art by Mark Coitrone.

Complimentary drinks & hors d'oeuvres will be provided while live music and art is being featured.

508 S. Commerce
Creative Chaos a Friends University Senior Exhibit

7-10pm

Featuring art from various Friends University Seniors

215 N Washington
Phone: (316) 530-2203 website
Kick Off Party!

8-11pm

Performance by Cutter J The Absurdist (Aaron Wirtz) and DJ Carbon.

On view are highlights from Harvester Arts past local and national participants featured (Kate Van Steenhuyse, Kristin Beal, Ryan Gates, George Ferrandi, Hallie Linnebur, Meghan Miller, Mike Miller, Brady Hatter, Barry Badgett, Anne Schaefer, Kevin Mullins, Amanda Evans, Alexandra Spaulding, Aaron Wirtz, Levente Sulyok), a sneak peek of what’s to come: Christine Wong Yap, Ryan Mulligan.

Celebrate the opening of the Harvester Arts' new home in Old Town!

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
Works by Josh Tripoli

6-10pm

Featuring art by Josh tripoli

Full Exhibition: March 27 - April 18

Will also have works by James Leonard, Mary Bechtol, Dale Martin. Other artists will include: Sean Christopher Ward, Lindy Wiese, Mark Yearwood, Anita Lewis, Ernest Vincent Wood III, Carol Carter, Matthew Hilyard, Stephanie Ward and Brett Freund.

121 N. Mead
Phone: (316) 262-5192 website
6:30-9pm

Featuring the works of Wichita Women Artists.

Full exhibition on display through April 18.

3100 McCormick - De Mattias Fine Arts Center
Phone: (316) 942-4291 website
Hours: Monday through Friday from 9am-4pm, or by appointment.
Artists 5: Visual Enigma

5-7pm

Featuring ceramics by Frank Martinez.

Also featuring works by David Long, Gary Lincoln, Jack Wilson and Chris Ramirez.

An “Art for Lunch” presentation by Martinez will be held Tuesday, Apr. 3 from noon to 1 p.m. in the gallery. A light lunch will be served on a first-come, first-served basis. Guests can also bring their lunch. This event is also free and reservations are not required.

Full exhibition on display from March 27 - April 17.

7724 E Central Ave
Phone: (316) 682-1481 website
Hours: M - F 10 am - 5:30 pm and Sat 10 am - 4 pm
Johnny Sutton

6-8pm

Featuring photography by Johnny Sutton.

Johnny Sutton studied painting and Sculpture at Wichita State University from 1969-1972. He currently resides most of the year in Italy and focuses his lens with the eye of a painter, on his surroundings - layering, juxtaposing, distorting, and re-focusing his subject -- capturing the beauty and brilliance Venice has to offer.

922 E. Douglas Ave
Art Fest

5-7:30pm

Featuring art by various native american artist.

144 N. Emporia
Hours: Monday - Friday: 9am-6pm by appointment
Paintings of Comics, Star Wars and Nerd-dom by Zach Wells

7-10pm

Featuring paintings by Zach Wells

Painter Zach Wells applies his pop art style to Star Wars, comic books, sci-fi and fantasy in his exhibition of fresh work at T&J Studios in downtown Wichita.

412 E. Douglas
Phone: (316) 262-2435 website
Hours: Monday - Saturday; 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Spring Show

5:30-9pm

Featuring art by the Kansas Academy of Oil Painters members.

Full exhibition on display from March 21-April 11

424 S. Commerce
The Six Machinations of Art Expo

6-10pm

Featuring art by Brady Hatter, Nam Le, Linnebur & Miller, Mike Miller, and Chiyoko Myose

The Six Machinations of Art Expo is an expo-style art show in which the six featured artists will be present to interact with visitors as they create artworks on site which are also for sale. The Expo will offer sculpture, installation, performance, and 2-D work.

Full exhibition on display from March 27 - April 24

611 S. St. Francis
Phone: (316) 308-3919
Homage to the Wind Kinetic Sculpture by Eric Schmidt

6-9pm

Revolutionary wind generators with aesthetic appeal.
The future of wind in the Air Capital.

New works by Jamie Tabor. Featuring vegetation in fantastical settings.

New works by Steve Heter. Kinetic sculpture from indigenous trees.

Featuring “The Lemonade Stand”, a pop up shop selling a local nine-year-old’s hand made accessories.

418 Commerce
Phone: (316) 303-1996
COME, DEAR GREAT SOUL, WE AWAIT YOU, WE DESIRE YOU, MFA Thesis Exhibition

6-10pm

Featuring MFA thesis exhibition by Anthony N. Marshall.

Full Exhibition March 18 - March 28

414 S. Commerce
Hours: Monday - Friday: 9am-5pm
Naked Cellphone Photos

6-10pm

Featuring art by Collin Allen

This show contains images of a very graphic and sexual nature. We do not recommend for anyone under 18-years-old.

216 N. Mosley
Film Screening Social

5-8:37pm

Featuring introduction of a new Kansas documentary film by Adam Knapp. Followed by a cinematography art screening of the award-winning documentary, "For the Bible Tells Me So" by Daniel Karslake.

417 E. Gilbert
Hours: Fri.-Sun. 8:30am-4:30pm
Floral Delights and Things Found in an Attic

5-9pm

Featuring art by Cristi A. McJack.

The theme of this art show is Things Found in an Attic.

Full exhibition on display until April 1.

150 N. Cleveland
Hours: Monday - Friday: 10am-5pm Saturday: 10am-2pm
March Final Friday

6-9pm

Featuing art by Wendi Valladares

Featured Musicians are Juliet McAdoo and Cacilia Raheb with food from Crown Catering!

228 N. Market
Phone: (316) 516-5455 website
Hours: 9:30am-5:30pm
The Urban Motif Ancient and Modern

6-9pm

Featuring at by Mike Fallier

Full exhibition on view from March 16-April 3

204 S. Main
Hours: Tues-Fri: 11am-4pm Sat-Sun 1-5pm
Special Art Exhibit: George Bellis
Exhibit Opening

5-7pm

George F. Bellis (1865 - 1956) worked from Wichita as an artist for many years until his death in 1956. His introduction to Wichita at the turn of the century was through an assignment to create stage sets for use at the Toler Auditorium. He worked in a multitude of mediums for a wide range of clients internationally. His work included theatrical scenery, silent movie sets, store windows, circus wagons, mid-way banners, mechanized 3-dimensional figures known as animatrons, as well as production of decorative framed paintings and religious art works.

Exhibit opening featuring an illustrated lecture by historian Jane Rhoads.

Full Exhibition: Art available through March 20, 2016

416 Commerce #102
Phone: (316) 978-7706 website
Hours: Regular Business/ Venue Hours: Wed - Sat: 1 - 4pm
Gregory Folken

6-10pm

Featuring art by Gregory Folken

Closing reception of Folkens MFA Graduate Exhibition.

Full exhibition on display from March 11 - March 28.

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