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.
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 (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 24. Participating venues will be listed on this website no less than a week before the event.
Remaining 2016 Final Friday dates: June 24, July 29, August 26, September 30, October 28 and November 25.
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.
Elizabeth Stevenson on Downtown Development
Final Friday Transportation
Final Friday 6/24
829 N. Market
Phone: (316) 264-9303 website
Young at Art
Featuring artwork by Pippa McNay and students
Art, music, food, wine and camaraderie to set the mood for a great weekend.
5014 E. Central Ave
Hours: Regular Business Hours: Mon-Fri 11am- 4pm or by appointment
Watercolors by Bud Van Sickle
Featuring artwork by Bud Van Sickle
Full Exhibition: Through most of July
After college as an art major and a hitch in the US Army, Bud returned to Wichita and worked as a technical illustrator, printing salesman, national ad manager for a major manufacturer, GM and president of a manufacturing company, and founder of his own ad agency. During this time Bud was drawing cartoons some of which were accepted and printed in The New Yorker magazine. Now retired Bud has again taken up water color painting. Most of his worn depicts ordinary situations that inspire thought or recollections. His cartooning background is obvious in most.
334 N. Mead
Phone: (316) 512-5045 website
Hours: Regular Business/ Venue Hours: Monday-Thursday 8am-8pm, Friday 9am-5pm, Sunday 9am-4pm
CityArts Final Friday
Spotlight: CityArts Student & Instructor Exhibition
About 35 instructors bring their artistic passion to CityArts each year, giving the Wichita community access to some of the best talent offered in various art mediums. This special exhibition, which coincides with CityArts' annual benefit auction, will show CityArts' talented instructors.
Over the past year, CityArts has opened its doors to more than 7,500 students who explore all sorts of art mediums: digital arts, photography, pottery, painting, drawing, fiber weaving, silversmithing, glass fusing and glass blowing. These students are the backbone of CityArts, and CityArts is honored to host a spectrum of creative artists in two galleries this month, highlighting various student pieces from all mediums.
410 S. Commerce
Hours: Regular Business/ Venue Hours: Mon - Sat 10am - 5pm
Featuring photography by Mark and Taylor Wilkes
Limited collection of Wichita & Kansas images featuring The Keeper
412 E. Douglas
Palette of Light
Featuring pastels by Rosemary Dugan
301 N. Washington
Phone: (316) 461-9608
Photo's by Gene Chavez
Featuring photography by Gene Chavez
Must be 21 to enter. Photos are of fashion and artistic nudity.
215 N. Washington
Phone: (316) 530-2203 website
Hours: By appointment.
Riverfest Artist-in-Residence Rachel B. Hayes's installation at Harvester Arts.
Join Harvester Arts to celebrate Riverfest Artist-in-Residence Rachel B. Hayes's installation at Harvester Arts. Rachel's residency was made possible by Riverfest and Wichita Festivals with support from the Arts Council and the Hotel at Waterwalk.
Exhibition will be on view by appointment through July 8.
1710 E. Douglas
Hours: Regular Business/ Venue Hours: 3pm - Midnight
Beer & Art
Featuring artwork by Ryan Kerner
Full Exhibition: June 24 - July 28
Must be 21 to Enter
430 S. Commerce, Suite 200
Phone: (316) 512-5045 website
Hours: Regular Business/ Venue Hours: Fri - Sat: Noon-4:30pm
INSPIRE, Chapter 2
Featuring artwork by Andy Carey, Julie Hansen, Paulette Insall, Laurie Maves, Jonathan McAfee, Greg Navratil, Juan Jose Hoyos Quiles, GG Reid, HM Saffer II, Beverly Simonson, Brianna Vanacoro, Renee Vandevere, Jeanne Ward, Sean Christopher Ward, Stephanie Ward, Lindy Wiese, Ernest Vincent Wood III
Full Exhibition: June 17 - July 16
INSPIRE is an exhibition featuring artists from coast to coast, aimed at inspiring our audience of Wichita's to be more creative in their day-to-day life. Each artist has a unique approach to creating their works, whether it is process, or how the work is applied or displayed. Chapter 2 has added 6 new artists to the summer series..
147 S. Hillside St.
Featuring artwork by Ann Hathaway, Bette Playford, and E. Vincent Wood III
Ann Hathaway shares her world of Zentangle, and Bette will be displaying many little pieces of glass work. Vince's beautiful oil painting is like a snap shot in time.
416 S. Commerce Suite 106
Art and Soul: Artists Create for Wesley Children's Hospital
Featuring Karg Glass - "Kids Corner"
All money raised through this event will benefit Wesley Children's Foundation.
6508 E. Central
Adoration - Evolution of the Portrait
Featuring new works by Lauren Fitzgerald
This show explores how portraits have evolved and styles changed spanning a five hundred year period.
121 N. Mead
Phone: (316) 262-5192 website
Hours: Regular Business/ Venue Hours: Mon - Fri: 10am - 4pm, Sat: 10am - 3pm
Mead Street Gallery Final Friday
Featuring works by KayAnn Ausherman
This show will hang from June 21 - July 24.
330 N. Mead St #100
Featuring artwork by Elza High and Marissa Kucharek
Free food, live jazz guitarist, open cash bar.
621 W. Douglas
Hours: Regular Business Hours: Sun 11am-8pm, Mon-Thurs 11am-9pm
Featuring artwork Jessica Reyes
Full Exhibition: Through July 29
151 N. Rock Island, Suite 1D
Hours: Regular Business/ Venue Hours: 9am-5:30pm
Ranching in the Flint Hills
Featuring photography by John D Morrison
Full Exhibition: Through July 20
3215 East Douglas Avenue
Phone: (316) 682-1481 website
Hours: Regular Business Hours: Mon - Fri 10am-5:30pm, Sat 10am-4pm
Abstractions of the Kansas Landscape
Featuring artwork Elizabeth Rowley
Full Exhibition: Through July 23
2611 E. Douglas Ave.
Hours: Regular Business Hours: M-F 7:30am-8pm, Sat 8am-8pm, Sun 10am-6pm
Featuring artwork by Eric Carbrey
Full Exhibition: July 24 & 25
Reverie Roasters will be having live music performed by Lane Turgeon Combos 6-8pm, and Lolo's Crepes serving dinner.
922 E. Douglas Ave.
Phone: (316) 303-1005 website
Hours: Regular Business/ Venue Hours: Tues - Sat 10:30am-5pm
Summer Celebration - "Blue Stone… Blue Sky"
Featuring artwork by GL Miller.
Full Exhibition: June 24
139 N. Mead
Hours: Regular Business Hours: 12-8pm
Space Station Final Friday
Featuring artwork by Cornell Steele
412 E Douglas
Phone: (316) 262-2435 website
Hours: Regular Business Hours: Mon-Sat 10am - 4pm
One Artist’s Travels
Featuring artwork by Lois Pappademos
418 S. Commerce
Phone: (316) 303-1996
Hours: Regular Business/ Venue Hours: By Appointment
David Lee Quick's Sixty-year Art Sampler
Featuring artwork by David Lee Quick.
Full Exhibition: Through July 29
150 N. Cleveland
Hours: Regular Business Hours: Mon-Fri 11-4 & Sat 10-5
#ILOVEWICHITA T-Shirt Artist Winner will be announced at this FF.
Because we LOVE Wichita this was a no-brainer partnership with the Young Professionals of Wichita and Local Legacy! On Final Friday, June 24 the final designs will all be on display at The Workroom and the winner announced! This will also launch the kickoff of the tshirt sales sold exclusively at The Workroom, in which 50% of profits go to the winning artist and 50% to Tallgrass Film Festival. Win! Win! What's not to love?!
3700 E Douglas #59
Phone: (316) 737-8787 website
Les Fleurs // Flower Power
Featuring artwork by local artists & TISSU students
515 S. Main St. Ste. 115
Featuring artwork by Brett Schauf
623 W. Douglas Ave
Hours: Regular Business/ Venue Hours: Mon - Fri 9am-5pm
"Gallery In Heat: Calling All Cats"
Full Exhibition: June 24 through July 22
Visual Fusion is hosting its first Artist Collective Final Friday event! The public is invited to submit their own cat-themed artwork. Visual Fusion is accepting paintings, drawings, photography, etc; of cats, by cats, or your interpretation of cats.
30% of proceeds goes to KS Humane Society. They are encouraging attendees and participants to bring animal care supplies to donate as well (pet food, blankets, treats, toys, newspaper, cat scratchers, cleaning supplies, etc).
at (316) 518-9399 for more property information.