2019 APRIL FIRST FRIDAY GALLERY FEATURES

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NexLynx Gallery (123 SW 6th, 2nd Floor): Our opening reception features talented student art from Washburn Rural High School. Art instructors Eugina Baer-Witt, Cindy Daniels, Miranda Figgs, Boaz Owen, and Theresa Shetler Logan display a variety of mediums from the visual art students; including acrylics, oils, printmaking, and weavings. Wear blue to spread awareness for Autism. Purchase a raffle ticket for a chance to win a downtown goodie basket, while raising money for Topeka Area Autism Network. Snacks and drinks provided. FFAW hours are 5-8p. Find us on Instagram @NexLynxGallery.

SouthWind Art Gallery (3074 SW 29th): Chase away winter with a "Pop of Color!" SouthWind's newest exhibit features vibrant works by more than a dozen Kansas artists, including Zak Barnes, Deb Clemente, Michael Duane, Hugh Greer, Dana Hassett, Diane Lawrence, Mary Binford Miller, Catherine Neal, Kirstin Novak, Johne Richardson, Deb Schroer, John Van Sickle, Kim Taggart, Melinda Weis, and Nancy Whitaker. Also don't miss "Triple Reunion," now in its final month, with artwork by the original three: Kim Casebeer, Cally Krallman and Brian Slawson! Food, drink & live music provided. FFAW hours are 5-7p. Find us on Instagram @southwindartgallery.

39 West Gallery (909 N Kansas): We are featuring our newest show "Art in Nature". This is a photography show that highlights the natural world around us. Featured artists include: Ryan Ogle, Colin MacMillan, Ann Palmer, Scott Brackey, Diane Wurzer, and Staci Ogle. Musical performance by "No Bow Tie featuring the duet The Flower Duet" will be playing from 6-8pm on Friday night. We are also promoting Autism Acceptance month which is focused on the sharing of positive, respectful, and accurate information about autism and autistic people. FFAW hours are 11a-9p. Find us on Instagram @39westgallery.

Topeka Art Guild & Gallery (5331 SW 22d Place - Fairlawn Plaza Mall): Spring is in the air at TAG with their exhibit juried by Jason Berryman of Topeka West High School art department. Visit the gallery to see the winners of this show and vote for your favorite art. Leave your name in the box for a free drawing of original art by last years winner of the spring show. Featured artist in April is Steve Zimmerman with landscapes and beautiful skies in acrylic. The gallery will also host Seaman High School art students. Join the artists for food, drinks and fun. Can't come FF? Regular hours are Wed-Sat, 11-5. FFAW hours are 5-8p.

Creations of Hope Gallery (727 S Kansas): We are excited to present the art of Jim Stukey and his Creations of Hope students.  Jim states, "We are all born different so celebrate our differences and the marks we make on the world. Be eccentric, be ordinary,  be whoever you are. Be respectful for what other people have created for themselves.  My mission is to find the beauty in people no matter how old, young or different they may be.  My mission also involves learning from my students as well as teaching them. Everyone has their own style. My students and I have one goal and that's to create art.” FFAW hours are 5-8p. Find us on Instagram @creationsofhopegallery.

Haiti Lifeline Ministries & Cair Paravel Latin School (635 SW Clay): Join us for a Haitian Experience at Cair Paravel Latin School (CPLS). CPLS will be co-hosting this event with Haiti Lifeline Ministries (HLM). The experience will include art pieces created by CPLS students and children living in Haiti at the Lifeline orphanage. Also featured will be wooden tea sets and paintings from Haitian artists alongside a photography exhibit by David Vincent. Haitian pieces will be sold in a silent auction to fund CPLS students and staff traveling to Haiti to lead a Fine Arts Camp at the orphanage. Cookies and Haitian coffee will be served. FFAW hours are 5:30p-8p. Get more information here.

Alice C. Sabatini Gallery, Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library (1515 SW 10th): Mixed media is an adventure, a true test of imagination and skill as artists combine sometimes drastically different media to create art and meaning. To take mixed media art to its heights, you have to be a bit of an adventurer - a tinkerer - a risk taker. Come and see the work of local artists Jordan E. Brooks, Barbara Waterman-Peters, Larry Peters, Audrey Leamon and Stephanie Munoz O-Neil, as well as many other amazing artists in "Mix It Up!" at the Sabatini Gallery from March 22 - May 12 FFAW hours are 9a-9p.

Stephen Smith Gallery (931 S Kansas): The Gallery's April featured artist is Cathy Ledeker, illustrator and watercolorist.  Cathy splits her time between Lawrence, KS and Creede, CO, where she finds differing geographic inspirations, yet both areas provide a meditative environment to stimulate her imagination. "Full Circle" was created specifically for this exhibition, balancing sin and virtue, finding beauty and humanity in both.  The series hosts fourteen works of art, created with vibrant flowers and other symbolism representative of the seven sins and seven virtues. FFAW hours are 11a-8p.

Absolute Design by Brenda (629 S Kansas): As always, 20% off store-wide. Downtown Merchants theme is "Light It Up Blue" - a benefit for Topeka Area Autism Network!  Basket Raffle at $1 a ticket or 7 for $5. Come and support a Great Cause!!! FFAW hours are 5-8p.

Mulvane Art Museum (1700 SW College): Please join us at the Mulvane Art Museum for the opening reception of three new exhibitions: Rita Blitt - Expressions of Freedom, Unpacking Chinese Apartment Art, and the 2019 Washburn University Student Art Exhibition. The Washburn Student Art Exhibition is an annual juried show which provides an opportunity for the public to experience the remarkable creativity, skill and intellect of Washburn art students. Opening remarks will begin at 6p. FFAW hours are 5-7p. Find us on Instagram @mulvaneartmuseum.

Topeka High (800 SW 10th, 3rd Floor): Stop by Topeka High this April First Friday to shake off wintry blues and see what our talented up & coming local artists have been creating!  We will have work on display from many of the classes we teach showcasing the variety that Topeka High has to offer. Enter on Western St side and head up to the 3rd Floor, looking forward to seeing you. FFAW hours are 5-7p.

Wolfe's Camera (635 S Kansas): Make Wolfe's a destination this First Friday Artwalk to see many Kansas Photographer's work. We are featuring new canvas photography pieces by Jeff McPhetters, Patrick Emerson, Jean Hutchison, Christopher Nichols and Crystal Socha. Great Kansas scenes to decorate any home or office! FFAW hours are 5-8p.

NOTO Arts Center (935 N Kansas): In the Morris Gallery, there is an exhibit entitled "A Fine Art 2.0 B/W," which is an invitational exhibition of black and white photography by regional artists. In the foyer, we are displaying an exhibit by NOTO featured artist Lois Van Liew. FFAW hours are 11a-8p.

Brookwood Shopping Center (2709 SW 29th): We're heading back outside for #FamilyFirstFriday (weather permitting)! Last summer, we established Family First Friday as an experience with a family-centric environment! Join us on the terrace on First Friday for food, fun, shopping, and entertainment! FFAW hours are 5 pm - 7:30 pm. Find us on Instagram @shopbrookwood

Beauchamp's Gallery (3113 SW Huntoon - Westboro Mart): Beauchamp's continues our popular exhibit Pure Prairie.  Stop by & see paintings by Matt Miller, Virginia Grass Simmons, & Cris Sundquist before they all sell out.  Also, coming in mid-April, new watercolors by Steve Denny, Colleen Gregoire & Naomi Cashman! FFAW hours are 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM. Find us on Instagram @BeauchampsGallery

Glaciers Edge Winery (1636 SE 85th Street - Wakarusa): Your April FFAW lets you celebrate the end of winter & to welcome spring! Our featured entertainment will be Americana acoustic artist, Kirk Drager.  Lago Vista Grill will have menu items created just for us, for sale inside the Winery. Becky Drager will be our featured artist. Enjoy wine & slushies by the pour or a bottle while enjoying live music & fantastic food! We will be open late to celebrate First Friday! (Only alcohol produced at Glaciers Edge Winery is allowed to be consumed & on our property; guests consuming alcohol must 21 yr old) FFAW hours are 3-9pm. Find us on Instagram @glaciersedge.wine.

SOHO Interiors (3129 SW Huntoon - Westboro Mart): Artist Robbie Lamoreux will be at SOHO Interiors for the April First Friday, to meet you at her opening exhibition of "Kansas, Naturally. Observations in Watercolor.” Robbie naturally paints what she knows best. Surrounded by trees, hills, and wildflowers, Robbie's goal is to capture her love of nature in each of her paintings. Come and experience with the artist her thrill when colors and water merge on paper. You will want to attend this show as we close winter and welcome springtime with an exhibit that will inspire you. FFAW hours are 5-8p.

STUDIO 831 (831 N Kansas): "Maps & Metalscapes: A Look Back" is the title of our April exhibit. Barbara Waterman-Peters is offering a chance to see some of her earlier work from the late 1980s and early 1990s. Don't miss this opportunity to see a completely different side of her art! FFAW hours are 4-8:30p.

Prairie Glass Studio (110 SE 8th): Spring is blossoming at Prairie Glass Studio with our greens, hummingbirds, butterflies, gifts for Easter, Mother's Day and more. You'll especially love seeing Kymm's new line of spring dishes. We are inspired by the beauty all around us. The buds and blooms are created inside with glass. Come Friday for glass cutting demos, tours and more. FFAW hours are 10a-8p.

Matryoshka Tattoo (918 N Kansas): Matryoshka's featured artist for April is photographer Megan Martin. Megan is a Topeka native who has contributed to local magazines and been featured in local galleries. She has been nationally published in the Huffington Post and her photos have been on billboards in Topeka and Kansas City. Just in time for the Artwalk, we have new items in stock! Regular hours are Tues-Sat from 10a-8p. FFAW hours are 10a-9p. Find us on Instagram at @matryoshkatattoo.

Amused (907 N Kansas): Art is often more than a "pretty face." It often is used as a reflection of the world in which it was created. This month we are featuring art that has something the artist wanted to express visually and beyond being just "decorative." The show opens April 5th and remains on view during regular business hours throughout the month. We have working art studios & shops: Pandamonium Art, Pirate's Walk Art, D Morrison Art, Lisa Adame Art Studio,The Dragon's Realm & Prairie Fire Winery. Regular hours are Weds & Thurs from 1-6p, Fri from 11a-6p and Sat from 11a-5p. FFAW hours are 11a-9p. Find us on Instagram at @amused_in_noto.