Topeka Art Guild and Gallery (5331 SW 22nd - Fairlawn Plaza): Spring is in the air at Topeka Art Guild with a new exhibit juried by Larry Peters. Visit the gallery to see the winners of this beautiful show. Vote for your favorite art piece and sign up for a drawing to win a piece of art by last year's winner of our spring show. Seaman High School and Hope Academy art students will also be exhibiting their best art in the gallery. Senior high school students who expect to further their art in higher education are encouraged to apply for a scholarship of $1,000 given by The Topeka Art Guild. An application can be picked up at the gallery or from their art teachers. Deadline is April 15. Regular gallery hours are Wed-Sat from 11a-5p. We are located across from Lazy Toad in Fairlawn Plaza. FFAW 5-8p.

Vintage Vibe (833 N Kansas): Time to get Groovy!! April at Vintage Vibe is going to be a far out time! Please join us for our Groovy Garden Party, April 7th, 5-9p! Free photo booth, prizes for the best 1960's outfit (dressing up is encouraged), surprise appearance by Dorothy Thomas School of Dance & Theatre Arts and so much more!! Plenty of 1960's items and garden essentials in stock!! Looking for a great photographer? Jena Sais Quoi Photography will be our featured artist this month! Our famous 'Vintage Brew', Low Salt Savory Cracker Mix and brownies will be served during the Artwalk from 5-9p. Visit our Facebook events tab to learn more about our "April Showers & Savings" event that will take place April 12-29! Stay up to date with us by following our Facebook or Instagram. 10a-9p. Instagram @ Vintagevibetopeka

Alice C. Sabatini Gallery (1515 SW 10th - Inside the library): Dancing shoes optional! Brush up on your best ballet pose for a photo opp with Ballet Midwest! We'll have dancers in costume as well as props from our costume shop located in the rotunda at the Topeka Shawnee County Public Library on April 7th during the First Friday art walk from 5-8p. Join us in celebrating 40 years of the company's rich history of costuming magic within the Topeka community. Also join us for Beyond Words in the Sabatini Gallery. Sometimes, artistic limitations can foster even greater creativity; when text is minimal or absent, book artists must decide how to tell stories using different tools. 5-8p.

NexLynx Gallery of Arts (123 SW 6th, 2nd Floor): Come view the talented student art from Hayden Catholic High School. Art instructors, Athena Sutton and Ed Balda present the 9th through 12th grade visual art students from all levels, displaying a variety of mediums including drawing, painting, ceramics, and design. Wear blue & help 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, soda, beer and wine provided. 5-8p. Instagram @nexlynxgallery

The Creations of Hope Gallery (909 N Kansas) is pleased to present ReStore Hope an exhibit highlighting a portfolio of artwork donated to Topeka Habitat for Humanity from a private donor. The work will be on display during First Friday festivities and all proceeds from the sale of this dynamic and unique collection of art will support both Topeka Habitat for Humanity and the Creations of Hope Art Gallery, a program of Valeo Behavioral Health Care. Learn more about issues surrounding housing and mental illness throughout the gallery and representatives of Topeka Habitat for Humanity will provide information and education regarding the housing needs in the community and across the nation. Restore Hope will be on display through May. Regular gallery hours are Fri from Noon-5p and Sat from 10a-3p. FFAW hours are 5-8p. Instagram @creationsofhopegallery

Amused (907 N Kansas): For our fourth year we are bringing fan inspired artwork to NOTO. Local artists have created work inspired by comics, manga, anime, science fiction and fantasy. Truly a unique and fun offering. This show opens First Friday and will remain up for the month of April. The gift shop has new items and continues to feature local painter Joey Embers. Look for Light it Up Blue for Autism Awareness & Acceptance Month throughout NOTO! We now have no interest layaway available. Regular hours are Wed-Fri from 1-7p and Sat from 11a-5p. FFAW hours are 1-9p.

Wolfes Camera (635 S Kansas): Three great reasons to stop at Wolfe's: See Kansas ranch land photo contest winner photos on display at Wolfe's. Just in new Fuji GFX large format 50 mp digital camera. Wolfe' is one of 50 locations selected to present the complete Fuji system in the USA. View Wolfe's exclusive changeable wall art designs. Update photos and art on your wall in seconds. Update for the season or stages of children's lives. See limited edition tabletop or wall frames using recycled laser disc backgrounds. Always fresh photo art displays at Wolfe's Photo Design Center. 9a-8p. Instagram @wolfescamera

Leaping Llamas Artisan Shop (725 S Kansas): Join us downtown to Light it Up Blue for Autism! Downtown First Friday Artwalk participants have assembled two great raffle baskets and all proceeds benefit the Topeka Area Autism Network. Join us to check out our new arrivals for Spring and Summer! 4:30-7p. Instagram @leapingllamasart

Glaciers Edge Winery (1636 SE 85th St. - Wakarusa): Spend your FFAW at the winery. Our featured artists will be music by Kirk Drager and art by Becky Drager. Tod's BBQ food truck will be in our parking lot 4-7p. Be sure to sample our new catawba wine and enjoy wine and wine slush by the pour or bottle. Experience Kansas wine at our beautiful venue and watch the sunset from the porch or patio. (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. FFAW hours are 4-9p.

Warehouse 414 (414 SE 2nd): We're baaaaaack!! Warehouse 414 is back for the ARTSConnect April Artwalk. We are featuring some wonderful new metal sculptures by local artist Jason Startup, plus we have one of Angela Lexow's fabulous large paintings along with her gourds and jewelry, and a cabinet full of Albo Glass. You can also enjoy our ever-present vintage art! So, come make a quick stop here when you are out and about. Just so you, know we have decided not to do each and every month of the artwalk. We will be off and on with our participation so you will have to watch the ARTSConnect listings and our Facebook page to know when we are off and when we are on! John and I look forward to seeing you this month. FFAW hours are 5:30-8:30p. Instagram @warehouse.414

Topeka High (800 Sw 10th): Make sure to stop by Topeka High where we will be showing off the current work our talented students have been busy creating this part of the semester. We will be showcasing work from students studying digital photography, ceramics, drawing, jewelry, sculpture, painting, and design. 5-7p.

Prairie Glass Studio (110 SE 8th): For the first time ever, Prairie Glass Studio is offering 25% off everything in the studio during the ARTSConnect First Friday Art Walk! Visit us downtown and help us Light It Up Blue for Autism! We will have special Puzzle Piece jewelry available! 5-8p.

712 Innovations (712 S Kansas): Our featured artist for April is the Topeka Photo Club. The group was started in 2016 by Clark and Pat Sann and has since grown to at least 36 members. The club aims to improve members' photographic skills and technical knowledge though assignments and the ‘Shoot and Share’ exercises around Topeka. Along with the exhibition of their beautiful breath-taking pictures, use this opportunity for discovering our cowork office and state-of-art machines at our makerspace such as a 3D printer and a laser cutting machine! 712 Innovations is a cowork / makerspace and small business incubator for Topeka & Shawnee County. Take a tour today and experience how you can take the next step to make your dreams a reality. 5:30-8p. 9a-5p.

The Tasteful Olive (921 N Kansas) will be set up in NOTO for the ARTSConnect April First Friday Artwalk. Our regular store is open in Brookwood (2900 SW Oakley) on Tues-Fri from 11a-5:30p and Sat from 10:30-4p. FFAW hours are 5-8p.

Rusty Haggles Antiques (826 N Kansas): Two new art studios on second floor above Rusty Haggles Antiques specializing in: Brandy Harper Photographer will have prints of her recent Golden Gate Bridge trip. Also, Silver Stone Jewelry "Free-spirited Art for your Body" by Marci Shaw. Choose or combine from our inventory of Mid-Century and antique furniture. 10a-6p. Instagram @rustyhaggles

Absolute Design by Brenda (629 S Kansas): Spring has Sprung at Absolute Design!! Bunnies, Floral Wreaths, Garden Decor and Flowers Galore! Come and support Topeka Area Autism Network. Gil Rumsey Art on Display. 5-8p.

Portico (900 N Kansas): Spring has sprung at Portico with a lovely selection of garden and outdoor items. The shop is filled with our signature one-of-a-kind, unique finds. We have a great selection of furniture, too! Portico is the ticket outlet for Designer's Showhouse and we are a designer at the Westboro home. We will be displaying artwork by Creations of Hope artist, David Horner! FFAW hours 10a-9p.

Beauchamp's Gallery (3113 SW Huntoon - Westboro Mart): Dale Hartley's exhibit Out of the Flint Hills continues through mid-April. Stop by and see her collection prairie inspired ceramic vessels and tiles as well as her oil and pastel paintings of the Flint Hills. Classics, a group of older artworks by notable artists such as Joan Foth, Robert Sudlow, & Jim Bass will fill the gallery starting mid month. 5:30-8:30p.

STUDIO 831 (831 N Kansas): Michael Bradley & Larry Peters will be the Featured Artists for April at STUDIO 831. Earth, Water and Fire - Ceramics are created using the three elements in the title of this exhibit. Both of these artists are using clay in unique ways, addressing issues outside of function, but with traditional forms. Both artists will be present to discuss the fascinating processes they employ in these marvelous works! 4-8:30p on First Fridays or by appointment 785-224-5728.

NOTO Arts Center (935 N Kansas): See Silky Spring, the annual fundraiser of the Sunflower Silkers in the Morris Art Gallery! Organized by renowned artist Diane Lawrence and nearly 25 of her students, the show includes 40 original silk items for purchase: two dimensional art, silk lamps, jewelry, garments, scarves and more. The scarf, Night Blooming Lotus, is just one of the scarves to be raffled off to raise money for the NOTO Arts Center. See the stunningly beautiful scarf on the NOTO Arts Center Facebook page! Refreshments served. 5:30-7:30p.

Matryoshka Tattoo (902 N Kansas): Matryoshka’s featured artist for April is Cody Dunyon. Cody describes his Lactographs as unintentional beauty. Lactographs are images made of milk, ink, and reactants, combining science and art. It all began with a juice fast where he pressed juice pulp into paper to commemorate the difficulty of the fast. Once this phase was over he moved into Suminigashi, or paper marbling, and then it gently morphed into Lactographs. Regular hours are Tues-Sat from 10a-8p. FFAW hours are 10a-9p. Instagram @notomatryoshka

SOHO Interiors (3129 SW Huntoon - Westboro Mart): Beginning with ARTSConnect First Friday Artwalk, the works of artist John Kudlacek in ceramics and photography will be on exhibit the month of April at SOHO Interiors. After a five-year tenure of teaching in Nebraska while earning a Master of Education in Art from Penn State, he began a 33 year teaching career in 1963 at Emporia State University, retiring Professor Emeritus in 1996. Kudlacek's ceramic works have been exhibited in juried and invitational shows in the U.S. and the Czech Republic. His work is held in public and private collections in the U.S. and Europe including the Museum of Applied Arts in Prague and the Bechyne Ceramics Museum in the Czech Republic. After almost forty years with his hands in clay, his focus is now on other pursuits including photography. SOHO Interiors is honored to have artist John Kudlacek during our special event, Spring at Westboro Mart. In addition to his opening, come enjoy music, ballet, free pony rides, balloon art, food trucks, face painting and specials galore! 5-8p.

NOTO ArtsPlace (905 N Kansas): In April, we continue the innovative and very popular exhibit, Trace Artifacts of the Future, by Eleanor Heimbaugh, Assistant Professor of Art - Sculpture and Ceramics - at Bethany College. Our windows are covered and the lights are off to show off the ceramic sculptures that each include integrated lighting. Eleanor will give a gallery talk at 6p in the gallery and also teach a (free but enrollment required) hands-on artist seminar on her simple techniques for creating the unique surface patterns she uses on these pieces: "How to Make and Use Press Molds and Sprigs" will meet Friday afternoon 2:-3:30. Contact mbradleyks@yahoo.com to sign up. Junior and senior high school student artists are welcome. 4:30-8:30p.

Juli’s Coffee & Bistro (110 SE 8th): Live music by Maple 12 String B'Jay James, coffee tasting & some new Kirkwood Kreations photography pieces. 5-9p. 

Norsemen Brewing Company (830 N Kansas): Join us for the First Friday Art Walk on the 2nd level for photography by our featured artist of the month Morgaine Hawley. We have decorated our year round tree in the taproom for April. We have "lighted it blue" and added Autism Awareness ornaments. We will also have an artwork on display from a student with Autism. 5-11p.

Ali Rene Photography (909 N Kansas): Full service photography studio. Specializing in newborns, portraits, weddings, and more! Stop in and see her work and enter drawings for great prizes including free sessions, photo canvases and more! 5-8p.

Shawnee County Democrats (5350 SW 17th): In betwixt Women's History Month in March and Mother's Day in May is April! For this month's First Friday Art Walk, the Shawnee County Democrats features six incredible women and mothers who became artists later in life -- Ronnie Groves, Linda Henson, Carolyn Johnson, Florence Montgomery, Linda Reed, and Phyllis Scott. Collectively, they are called the Tuesday Painting Group. Please join us and celebrate the creative talent of these women! 5-7:30p.