NexLynx Gallery of Arts (123 SW 6th, 2nd Fl): Come view the beautiful silk paintings from members of the Sunflower Silkers group. Silk painting is the art of applying fabric dye or paint with a brush to white silk. Afterwards, the color is then heat set using steam or an iron. Join us in the Cheesy Chalk Walk with cheesy themed foods and Spenser Acker, an exceptional young man with autism, who will fill our sidewalks with vibrant colors and shapes. Snacks, soda, beer and wine provided. 5-8p. Instagram @nexlynxgallery
Topeka Art Guild and Gallery (5331 SW 22nd Pl - Fairlawn Plaza:) Topeka Art Guild celebrates summer with an all new exhibit showing beautiful colors in all media. Glass art, ceramics and jewelry are also available in a wide variety of shapes and styles. Mini 4"x6" originals are great for setting on a table top or sending to a friend. Matted large originals are available and ready for frames at good prices. As a nonprofit organization the Topeka Art Guild offers scholarships to graduating high school students for continuing art study. The student winners this year are Clare Fallon and Tru Terrell of Washburn Rural High School and Grace Cole of Topeka West. Come see Grace Cole's beautiful art works on exhibit during the month of June. West end of Fairlawn Plaza Mall. 5-8p.
Vintage Vibe (833 N Kansas): June will feature Vintage Vibe's French market! The shop will be stocked with unique, light and airy vintage items that are inspired by items you might find at a French street market. Complementing those items are many newly added vintage-inspired items such as pedestals, zinc trays, clay pots and much more! Sarah Velasquez will feature her farm fresh chicken & duck eggs during the artwalk ($2.50/dozen). This month's featured artist is Kendra Lind of Marvelous Things; featuring book frames, embroidered hoop art, magnets and more! Our famous "Breuvage d'été" & Sweet BBQ Savory Snack Crackers will be served during the Artwalk From 5-9m! Vintage Vibe will be closed June 8th & 9th. July will mark our 5th anniversary, so mark your calendar now because we will have a big surprise that you wont want to miss! Stay up to date with us by following our Facebook or Instagram. 10a-9p. Instagram @Vintagevibetopeka
Creations of Hope Gallery (909 N Kansas): The Creations of Hope Gallery presents "A Menagerie of Therapeutic Animals" opening on June 2nd in the NOTO Arts District. The exhibit features three artists, Jamie Ruff, Stacy Lyddon, and Connie English who illustrate the healing power of animals in their artwork. The opening reception will include information and presentations by the Prairieland Visiting Animals Association with their professional therapy dogs. This exhibit is being sponsored by Hills Pet Nutrition Inc. Fridays 12-5, Saturdays 10-3, First Fridays 5-8p. Instagram @creationsofhopegallery
Mulvane Art Museum (17th & Jewell): In the main gallery, you will find an exhibition of works by Michelle Leivan entitled Fairy Tales & Other Futile Fantasies. Starting on May 15th, the interactive architectural sculpture called Two Strangers Meet in a Parking Lot will be open to the public in the parking lot next to the Mulvane Art Museum on the campus of Washburn University. Authored by architect Jared Macken, the two sculptures will sit in the parking lot and are open to everyone. His projects investigate the topic of “the strange” in architecture, and consequently the strangers who use these structures—he is, in fact, also a stranger. These sculptures consist of two small architectural structures designed so that two complete strangers will meet face-to-face. Participants have the opportunity to visit the parking lot and enter into the structures by walking up nine steps, entering a small room at the top of stilts, and then peer through a window looking out to the adjacent structure. As strangers approach the windows they will come face-to-face with each other. 5:30-7:30p.
Kaw Valley Bank (1110 N Kansas): Don't miss the 3rd Annual Kaw Valley Bank Community Block Party!!! This event is free and open to the public. KVB's annual block party is our thank you to the community, featuring: Live Band, THS Drumline, Santanamals (balloon artist), Bounce House, Face Painters, and more! KVB swag bags, snow cones, alcoholic beverages, and food while supplies last. 5-9p.
Matryoshka (902 N Kansas): Matryoshka’s featured artists for the month of June are the painters from the Jars & Jams for Judd art fusion event. The pieces are a collaboration between established Kansas artists and local citizens. These one of a kind pieces will be hanging on the gallery wall at Matryoshka for the month of June and will be up for bid with all proceeds going to support local artist Judd Henry Mason. Regular hours are Tues-Sat from 10a-8p. FFAW hours are 10a-9p. Instagram @notomatryoshka
Shawnee County Democrats (5350 SW 17th): The Shawnee County Democrats featured artist for May is Beth Hanna, who says: "I have always felt that life is too brief to only do one type of art. Glass, metals, ceramics, painting, and many more are different mediums that I have worked with over my 20+ years as a studio artist. Recently I went back to college to and earned my bachelor of fine arts in ceramics, bachelor of fine art in jewelry making and metalsmithing. While at K-State I found that I truly enjoyed helping my studio mates with their artwork, staying late and coming in early to help them achieve their artistic endeavors. My professor pulled me aside and pointed out that I should look into teaching art. After much thought, I earned my master's degree in education. I now teach high school art at Shawnee Heights high school. My biggest thrill comes from not only working with art daily, but seeing the joy and pride in my students eyes as they realize how capable and creative they truly are." Please join us and celebrate the creative talent of Beth Hanna (bahabeauties.com)! 5-7:30p.
STUDIO 831 (831 N Kansas): Kathleen Cobb is the Featured Artist at STUDIO 831 for June showing an exhibit entitled Portraying My Love of the Land, Near and Far. Capturing the beauty of the Kansas landscape and the American West is the main focus of my paintings. I pay special attention to the light in each scene, from the warm light of an autumn evening to the subtle light of a cloudy day, or catching the atmosphere of distant rain squalls over wide-open spaces. Please join us for a chance to see these lovely paintings! The artist will be present to give details on her visits to many different locations! 4-8:30p on First Fridays or by appointment by calling 785-224-5728.
Glaciers Edge Winery (1636 SE 85th St - Wakarusa): We will have the tasting porch and patio ready for you to spend your June FFAW at the winery. Our featured artists will be muscians Jayme Green and RJ Soldani. Tod's BBQ food truck will be in parking lot. Enjoy wine and slushies by the pour or a bottle while enjoying live music! Feel free to bring lawn chairs to enjoy our outside vineyard view! On Fridays we open at 12 noon! (Only alcohol produced at Glaciers Edge Winery is able to be consumed on our property; guests consuming alcohol must be at least 21 years old .) We are on the south side of Topeka, 1.7 miles E of Topeka Blvd on 85th St. Noon-9p.
Norsemen Brewing Company (830 N Kansas) will host multimedia artist Kerry R. White who is a member of the Two Wolves Artist Collective. Kerry has been a part of the Two Wolves Collective for a little over a year and has earned two degrees in art from Emporia State University. Many photos and a few watercolors will be at the show. Shah Mendhi is a henna artist and will also be set up on the 2nd floor - creating freehand designs on skin and selling henna balms and personal hand warmers. She will be doing a prize drawing for a $20 henna design as well. The fun takes place upstairs beyond the mezzanine in our event hall where there is a bar and all of our best brews on tap. We'll see you there! 4-11p. Instagram @norsemenbrewingco
Wolfe's Camera (635 S Kansas): An exciting weekend at Wolfe's and Downtown. Friday night, we will have weather photos on display with "Nikon School" taught by a Nikon factory expert from 7-8:30p. Tickets are $25. Call ahead to reserve your spot: 785-235-1386. On Saturday morning at 10a, we will host a Street Photography Workshop taught by Nikon and you'll have the opportunity to tour downtown while making photos. : Street photography Workshop taught by Nikon. Tour downtown making photos. Learn techniques of fill flash in daylight too. Tickets are $25. Regular business hours are 9a-5:30p on Saturday and FFAW hours are 9a-8p.
Prairie Glass Studio (110 SE 8th): Celebrate the 5th Anniversary of Prairie Glass Studio during this ARTSConnect First Friday Artwalk! Snacks, giveaways, and 20% OFF all sunflower items! While you are here, make a small fused glass item that will be incorporated into a community project! We look forward to celebrating with you! 10a-8p.
SOHO Interiors (3129 SW Huntoon): It's local art and a sidewalk sale this Friday for your enjoyment. See artwork by David Zlotky, John Kudlacek and others or just stroll the walk at Westboro Mart. Let the beauty of the architecture, peacefulness of the neighborhood and friendliness of the merchants enlighten your evening. We hope to see you. 5-8p.
Beauchamp's Gallery (3113 SW Huntoon) is opening a new exhibit entitled Our Town which features paintings by Mike Henry. With a looser, more painterly style than Mike has been known for in the past, he presents a collection of imagery from Topeka and the surrounding area. Veiwers will see landscapes and river scenes as well as a few of the iconic structures around Topeka like the Ward Meade Home and the Hicks Block Apartments. Mike will be available during the First Friday art walk to greet viewers and talk about his work. 5:30-8:30p.
NOTO Arts Center (935 N Kansas): For the first time in the eight year existence of the NOTO Arts District, we are proud to present the studio artists of NOTO in our NOTO Artist Appreciation Show in the Morris Gallery of the NOTO Art Center. There is so much tremendous talent here in the district...it's kind of amazing to see it all in one room! The variety of styles and genres will give you a sampling of all that our NOTO artists have to offer. Believe us, this is just the very tippy-tip of the iceberg! See samples of artists' best work in the gallery, then go out and find your favorites in the district. Meet the artists and learn more about their work. We are very proud of the NOTO Studio Artists! First Friday only: 5-9p.