Topeka Art Guild and Gallery (5331 SW 22nd - Fairlawn Plaza): It's an all new exhibit at Topeka Art Guild Gallery and we are excited! Guild members celebrate all media of visual arts including oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastel, textile art, photography and 3D art including ceramics, glass, bronze and wood sculptures. We have a wide variety for your viewing and enjoyment. Also in August is a 3rd Birthday celebration by 8 watercolor painters who call themselves, The Paint Along Watercolor Group, which has met every Thursday for the past three years. Its beginning was the YMCA in October of 2014. They then moved to a classroom at the Topeka Art Guild. Based on the open studio technique, the TAG classroom has been open to 10-15 painters. Directed by Lila Bartel and helped often by Dr. Rob Walker with generous leadership and ideas, the group has studied together and painted following a few simple rules. Rule #1 is "Paint a Picture and Make Me Care." They challenge and struggle with that often. Since beginning, they have discovered and/or created 7 other "rules listed in the classroom. Rule #8: simplify, simplify, and then simplify some more. Though no rules are actually followed, there is delight in sharing the work of others, providing weekly critiques and bringing in high quality special guests; Bobbi Pfeiffer, Pat Abelleon, Bob Jernigan and Jewell Willhite. Don't miss this special featured exhibit on your August art walk. Regular hours are Wed-Sat from 11a-5p and we are located at the west end of Fairlawn Mall. FFAW hours are 5-8p.

Creations of Hope Gallery (909 N Kansas) is pleased to present Opposing Forces. This is an exhibit highlighting the artwork of two dynamic artists, the imaginative figurative art of Emeline Fuller along with the fine art photography of Dave Horner. The exhibit opens during the August artwalk and continues through the month of September. Creations of Hope is a collective gallery with a mission of raising awareness of mental health through the power of art. The gallery is sponsored by Valeo Behavioral Health Care and is supported in part by the Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission, which receives support from the National Endowment for the arts, a federal agency. For more information contact: cweeks@valeotopeka, 785-783-7558. Regular hours are Fri from Noon-5p, Sat from 10a-3p and First Fridays from 10a-8p. Instagram @creationsofhopegallery.

Westboro Mart (3127 SW Huntoon): Come support our local Helping Hands Humane Society at Painters and Paws: First Friday at the Mart. The theme for the event is centered around animals. HHHS is bringing their Mobile Adoption Truck, so guests will have a chance to adopt any of their pets during that evening while enjoying art and activities. Store merchants will be providing special offers and merchandise during this event! We hope to see you there. Pets are welcome. Join us from 5-8p to enjoy this very special event.

NexLynx Gallery of Arts (123 SW 6th): View the works from the Two Wolves Artist Collective, a group of artists who advocate for the arts in Topeka. The 9 artists featured in this exhibit use several mediums and styles from photo realistic to surreal, oil, acrylic, watercolor, or metal. Rock out as we celebrate Elvis week with music, food & take your picture with a life-size stand up of Elvis. FFAW hours are 5-8p. Instagram @NexLynxGallery

STUDIO 831 (831 N Kansas): Lois VanLiew is our Featured Artist for August at STUDIO 831 displaying an exhibit entitled One Moment in Time. “Every historical ‘moment in time’ has had a specific and unique focus, especially with fashion. A large part of this exhibit features the current fashion trends of tattoos, rainbow hair colors and body piercings. Other inspirations came from a Kentucky Derby party this spring and still others from Dia de Los Muertos celebrations here in NOTO.” These colorful works are a statement about trends and culture, but they are also a visual delight. Come see them on First Friday, August 4 from 4:00-8:30 PM or by appointment at 785-224-5728. We are honored to be hosting Dennis Etzel, Jr. from 7:00-9:00 PM on the same evening for a book release party to celebrate This Removed Utopia as part of the Kaw Valley Poetry Series by Spartan Press. Guest readers will be Joe Harrington and Margy Stewart. Bring a poem for the open-mic session! 4-8:30p on First Fridays or by appointment 785-224-5728.

Prairie Glass Studio (110 SE 8th): This Friday we will be supporting The Ronald McDonald House! Stop by the studio and make a project or shop! Half of your total will be donated to them. This opportunity will be offered from 10a-8p and so we really hope to see you. FFAW hours are 10a-8p.

Leaping Llamas Artisan Shop (725 S Kansas): Join us for our 1 Year Anniversary Party! We will have live music by Kirk Drager, artist demonstrations, family fun sidewalk chalk and general merriment! 4:30-7p. Instagram @leapingllamasart.

Absolute Design by Brenda (629 S Kansas): Downtown FFAW School of Rock!! While you're shopping for school supplies, buy a few extra and drop them off during this art walk. Going to a 501 school in need of supplies. FFAW hours are 5-8p.

Alice C. Sabatini Gallery (1515 SW 10th - inside the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library): Discover various artworks from the library's permanent collection that references or are influenced by fiber art, in our exhibit Woven Texture in the front gallery. EDGE: on the verge, a stunning showcase of fiber work will open on August 11 and run through October 22. Join us on Friday August 11 from 5:30-8:30p for a White Glove Reception with EDGE members as they show visitors a "one time only look" at the back of these amazing fiber creations. FFAW hours are 5:30-8:30p.

Matryoshka Tattoo (902 N Kansas): Matryoshka’s featured artist for August is Aleescia Munoz. Aleescia is an art student at Washburn University going into her Sophomore year. She has shown an interest in art at an early age and throughout high school. She has been a part of the first year Ichabod Success Institute and plans on continuing her education in art. Aleescia recently completed a landscape course with David Hartley. She looks forward to a career in art. Regular hours are Tues-Sat from 10a-8p. FFAW hours are 10a-9p. Instgram @notomatryoshka

SOHO Interiors (3129 SW Huntoon): SOHO Interiors will host an exceptional show Paintings from A Place of Peace by artist Charlotte Nickel. Please join us for the opening reception this Friday, from 5-8p. Charlotte holds an MA in Painting from Emporia State where she studied abstract painting with Richard Slimon until 1987. From there she taught art at Fresno Pacific University until 1994. She returned to Kansas and raised her daughter, all the while continuing to paint. She has work in corporate collections as well as many private collections. Delight yourself in her exhibit of oils on canvas, and meet this inspiring gifted artist. "I get very involved with combinations of colors that transpires as I work." - Charlotte Nickel. FFAW hours are 5-8p.

Shawnee County Democrats (5350 SW 17th): Join us for First Friday Art Walk as we learn about cake layers, jelly rolls, and quilt sandwiches! Our featured artists are quilters, including Brenda Dageford, a retired teacher and office volunteer. Quilters make the best of friends because they are tied together by the threads of their lives. Please stop by and enjoy the art of quilting and the camaraderie of fellow Democrats! FFAW hours are 5-7:30p.

Glaciers Edge Winery (1636 SE 85th): We will have the tasting porch and patio ready for you to spend your August FFAW at the winery. Our featured artists will be the vocal and guitar duo of Katie and Eric, performing a variety of country and rock music from across the decades. Tod's BBQ Food Truck will be in the parking lot! Blueberry Wine returns! 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. Regular hours are Fri from Noon-9p, Sat from Noon-6p, Sun from Noon-5p. FFAW hours are Noon-9p.

Norsemen Brewing Co (830 N Kansas): Join us for the First Friday artwalk in NOTO Arts District for a one night show displaying Katherine's latest works of art. Meet the artist from 5-9 pm. The show is located on the top floor, inside the event hall. Katherine Settle works in all media that she can get her hands on, and is right now immersed in the sculptural freedom of paper mache. She wants to show people things they wouldn't normally encounter, finding inspiration in themes of human suffering, animals, steam punk, and dream imagery. FFAW hours are 4-11p.

Amused Gallery (907 N Kansas): During the month of August we are honored to host works by Washburn University Students who participated in The Art of Landscape class taught by Artist/Instructor David Hartley held just this past summer. This collection of landscapes by some talented up and coming artists is a treat not to miss! We have many new items in our gift shop and will have open artist studios for you to browse through. The following artists/Studios are at our location: Pandamonium Arts (Jordan E. Brooks & Nathan Biester), Pirates Walk Art (Jack Pruitt), Studio 62 Art Bar (Chelsea Smith -Paint & Sip), D. Morrison Studio, and Newest edition Nancy Jones Art. Regular hours are Wed-Thurs from 1-6p, Fri from 11a-6p and Sat from 11a-5p. FFAW hours are 11a-9p. Instagram @amused_in_noto

NexLynx Gallery of Arts (123 SW 6th): View the works from the Two Wolves Artist Collective, a group of artists who advocate for the arts in Topeka. The 9 artists featured in this exhibit use several mediums and styles from photo realistic to surreal, oil, acrylic, watercolor, or metal. Rock out as we celebrate Elvis week with music, food & take your picture with a life-size stand up of Elvis. 5-8p. Instagram @NexLynxGallery

NOTO Arts Center (935 N Kansas): Presents Architecture in Topeka: Process and Presence. Along with showcasing the presence of recent architecture in Topeka, this exhibit shares the creative, collaborative, and problem-solving process behind architecture and buildings in your community. Along with showcasing the presence of recent architecture in Topeka, the exhibit will also share some of the process of how buildings are designed and developed, with photography, models, drawings, and technical documents of select buildings by Topeka-area architecture firms. The exhibit was organized by the Topeka Section of the American Institute of Architects and will remain on display for 2 weeks following First Friday. FFAW hours are 5:30-8p.