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Topeka Art Guild (5331 SW 22nd  Place - Fairlawn Mall) opens their annual spring show juried by Sue Shea, director of Phoenix Gallery in Lawrence. She has juried exhibits and venues throughout the midwest. Awards will be given at 6:30p. April artist of the month is Kathleen Cobb, well known for her oil & acrylic landscapes she captures locally and while traveling. She is a life member of the Guild and member of Topeka Plein Air Group. Art by Mater Dei Catholic High School also show their work. Join us on FF or during business hours, 11-5, Wed.-Sat. Fairlawn Mall. 5-8p.

Creations of Hope Gallery (909 N Kansas): We are excited to present "My Journey in Art Therapy,"  exhibit and special presentation by art therapy pioneer Charles Anderson, ATR.  Reflecting upon themes of struggle and survival, moments of dismissal, and windows of opportunity, Mr. Anderson illustrates moments recalling his identity as an artist, an art therapist, and African American man in society. The exhibit opens on Friday April 6th and runs through May.  There will be a special presentation by Charles Anderson on Saturday, May 19th, 2:00-4:00 pm. Regular hours are Fri from Noon-5p and Sat from 11a-4p. Open late the first Friday of each month. Instagram @creationsofhopegallery.

Leaping Llamas Artisan Shop (725 S Kansas): Join us for our Concealed Revealed Art Preview! Auction pieces for our annual Concealed Revealed Art Auction will be on display in the back gallery space. During this time, we will also be selling tickets to Concealed Revealed - an event which will take place on Fri, April 27. In addition to raising much-needed funds, Concealed Revealed serves to raise awareness about domestic and sexual violence. Through art, we hope to reveal this violence to the community in order to empower survivors. 5-9p. Instagram @ywcnortheastkansas.

Matryoshka Tattoo (902 N Kansas): Join us as we debut the Matryoshka Photo Op.  We are spring cleaning.  30% off all apparel! Our featured artist Amber Rager has been exploring her creative side since she was a child. Drawing, painting & photography have been among her favorite styles. She has worked professionally as a photographer, earning national awards & currently oversees a gallery in NOTO. Amber has a passion for the ocean that she depicts in most of her artwork. She hopes to one day merge her artistic side with her desire to support ocean conservation. Regular hours are Tues-Sat from 10a-8p. FFAW hours are 10a-9p. Instagram @matryoshkatattoo.

Glaciers Edge Winery (1636 SE 85th - Wakarusa): Try our brand new Steuben Rose' as well as two new white wines from the Vidal Blanc grape! Our featured entertainment will be acoustic artist, Frank Rardon. Abuelita's Mexican Kitchen will have menu items created just for us for sale. Enjoy wine and slushies by the pour or a bottle while enjoying live music and fantastic food! We will be open late to celebrate First Friday!(Only alcohol produced at Glaciers Edge Winery is allowed on our property; guests must at least 21 yrs old to consume alcohol.) 3-9p.

NexLynx Gallery (123 SW 6th): Come view the talented student art from Shawnee Heights High School. Art instructors, Avery Ayers-Berry, Beth Hanna, Steve Loy, Ryan Paget, and Wendy Wheeler, displaying a variety of mediums from the visual art students; including drawing, painting, photography, ceramics, sculpture and jewelry. Wear blue to spread awareness for Autism. Purchase a raffle ticket for a chance to win a basket valued at $325, while raising money for Topeka Area Autism Network. Snacks and drinks provided. 5-8p. Instagram @NexLynxGallery.

Wolfe's Camera (635 S Kansas): New photos by Kansas photographers on display. See work by Crystal Soch, Eldon Clark Jr, Colin MacMillan, Gail Griffin and Christopher Nichols. Need ideas for a graduation celebration? Check out our great ideas in the Wolfe's Photo Design Center. FFAW hours are 9a-8p. 

Norsemen Brewing Company (830 N Kansas): In the 2nd floor event space, we have three of the collaboration artworks to be auctioned at the Topeka Zoo's Roar and Pour. Featuring artworks by Bob Hayes, Jack Pruitt and Jordan E. Brooks. We will also have Essential Henna by V upstairs making awesome henna body art. Downstairs on the stage in the taproom we will have Amanda's Bakery Creations selling cupcakes. She makes cakes, cookies, pies, and desserts for all occasions. Also downstairs, Aunt Nancy will be offering face and body art. 5-9p. Instagram @norsemenbrewingco.

STUDIO 831 (831 N Kansas): Gweneth McClain is our Featured Artist for April. The title of her exhibit is "Sunlight and Shadows." In her artist statement, McClain explains that "these paintings are my attempt to express the constant dance of light and shadow in nature." 4-8:30p.

NOTO ArtsPlace (905 N Kansas): Presenting "Miracle Marables" which is a trunk show of serigraphy (silk screen printing) by Justin Marable and sterling silver jewelry by Bailey Marable. This show is one night only and all proceeds go to these two outstanding artists. Also, don't miss a very special event in our performance space: Want to tell a story about a "first time" ?  You will have 5 minutes at the first ever NOTO Story Slam. Or come and listen and after all stories, which must fit the theme, the audience picks the best. Arrive early, seating is limited.7-9p. We will be offering tours of the Isaiah Zagar murals prior to the Story Slam. 5-9p.

Topeka High (800 SW 10th - 3rd Floor): Stop by this month to see the latest batch of Topeka High School student artwork!  We will have work on display from students showcasing the variety of classes we teach. Looking forward to seeing you, enter on Western Street side and head up to the 3rd Floor to view the newest collection of amazing student creations! 5-7p.

Absolute Design by Brenda (629 S Kansas): Downtown Merchant's are Lighting Up Blue for Autism featuring 20% off store-wide for First Friday shoppers. To support autism charities, we will host a basket raffle with tickets for $1 each or 7 for $5. Come one an all! 5-8p.

Portico (900 N Kansas): We are excited and honored to feature the work of Michael "Wolfie" Wolfe. This brilliant photographer offers a distinct view through the lens of his camera. Check out the all new TWISTER, our trendy casual wear room. Joyce and Cheryl are homegrown entrepreneurs that love what they do. You can add charm and character to every room of your home with their unique and savvy finds. Lots of great outdoor decor, too!  It's Portico for vintage, antique, industrial, collectibles and repurposed. We taught Chip and Joanne everything they know! 10a-9p.

First Presbyterian Church of Topeka (817 SW Harrison): Tours of our spectacular Tiffany Windows will be available from 5-8p. We will also be providing snacks and beverages. Completely free and all are welcome, including children! 5-8p. Instagram @fpctopeka.

Prairie Glass Studio (110 SE 8th) will be bursting with fused glass art, children's art, created by the talented students of Topeka Collegiate and our special guests, the hardworking people at EasterSeals Capper Foundation. During the artwalk, half of everything sold at Prairie Glass Studio will be donated to this very worthy and wonderful organization. We are open for the artwalk from 10a-8p and of course we always have some kind of special treat to share. You will love the children's art on display. It represents all that is unique and precious. 10a-8p.

The NOTO Art Center's Morris Gallery (935 N Kansas) will feature the new exhibit "Fireflies on the Prairies: Art and Technology Collide" by Patty Kahn. In the Brewster Community Room,Carol Bradbury of Bloomerang will facilitate a collaborative art experience that celebrates community connection. Children and adults are invited to contribute to silkscreen paintings that will be placed in the Hi-Crest area and Envista Credit Union Branches. This event is sponsored by Envista Credit Union. 11a-7:30p.

Stutzman Leather Shoppe (840 N Kansas): Closeouts on seasonal merchandise of leather jackets and gloves. All jackets marked down 20%-75% off. Deerskin gloves 75% off. Noon-9p.

Alice C. Sabatini Gallery, (1515 SW 10th - inside the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library): Admire the beauty and intricacy of book art in the Alice C. Sabatini Gallery's "In the Studio" exhibit March 23 through May 6. The exhibit will highlight book artists Julie Chen, Fred Hagstrom and Amos Paul Kennedy Jr. with recreations of their studios that provide a glimpse of how they work. Visitors will also learn how paper is made and get hands-on experience in the history of bookbinding. 9a-9p. Instagram @TopekaLibrary.

Beauchamp's Gallery (3113 SW Huntoon) ...last chance to catch Pat Abellon's terrific show - "Iconic Topeka" which is a collection of paintings with imagery of Topeka's most recognizable architecture. Featured are the Capitol dome, Topeka High, the Brown v. Board National Historic Site and many other iconic Topeka locales.  Coming in mid-April, Beauchamp's will present "Art Therapy" a collection of artworks by Mary Huntoon and Bob Ault. 5:30-8:30p.

The Hive NOTO (918 N Kansas): Join us as we preview two of the Topeka Zoo artist-animal collaboration pieces. With Artist Shelly Bedsaul + Luna the skunk, and Staci Dawn Ogle + Steve the alligator. The Hive is regularly open Weds-Sat from 10a-6p. FFAW hours are 11a-8p.

SOHO Interiors (3129 SW Huntoon): We will be closed First Friday, April 6. We are looking forward to First Friday, May 4th with an opening for Artist T.R. Bauer. The SOHO Gallery is pleased to welcome Tim back. The artist has a new exhibit featuring landscapes including some familiar Kansas landmarks. So enjoy other April exhibits on the walk and put the SOHO Gallery on your calendar for May 4th. See you then!

Amused (907 N Kansas): Spring brings hope! This months featured artists are photographers Morgaine Hawley and Susan Hickam. Both women have their own way of capturing the world around them. We also have new spring items, a sneak peek of 3 works for the Topeka zoo's Roar & Pour wine event, open studios (Nancy Jones Art, Pirate's Walk Art, Pandamonium Art, Studio 62 Art Bar, & D Morrison Art). We are also excited to announce the addition of Prairie Fire Winey in there new permanent location! Regular hours are Weds-Thurs from 1-6p, Fri from 11a-6p and Sat from 11a-5p. FFAW hours are 11a-9p. Instagram @amused_in_noto.

Prairie Fire Winery at the Local Depot (907 N Kansas): We have moved the Local Depot permanently to NOTO! Join us any Wednesday - Saturday and every First Friday Night. This First Friday we will also be highlighting some art by the very talented Susan Rose. Come on out this and every First Friday to NOTO! 11a-9p.

SouthWind Art Gallery (3074 SW 29th): SouthWind Art Gallery's April show "Plain as Day - Art of the Prairie," features Judith Mackey and Virginia Grass-Simmons. Judith Mackey never fails to impress us, and this month the work captures the life and land of the Flint Hills and the surrounding plains. Also see M(art)ch Madness in the main gallery, which features imaginative work by artists Barbara-Waterman Peters, Brad LeDuc, Zak Barnes, Joel Dugan. Enjoy food and drink and amazing art! FFAW hours are 5-7p. Instagram @southwindartgallery.