WELCOME TO THE ARTWALK! Platform 785 (929 S Kansas): Come on down to our grand opening at Platform 785! We’ve got vintage clothing and accessories, a large selection of teas, live music, the ‘Open Doors’ photo exhibit and sale of eclectic views of historic sites in Los Angeles affiliated with The Doors...and chocolate! Our ribbon cutting by Downtown Topeka, Inc. is at 5, then the music starts!! 929 S. Kansas Ave. FFAW hours are 10a-8p.

Creations of Hope Gallery (909 N Kansas Ave.): "From the Earth: Works in Clay and Wood."  This exhibit  celebrates the therapeutic benefits of sculpting as a creative process. The exhibit features work by Tina Brackman, Vaughn Graber, Merl Miles, Grace Mather, Dana St. John, Deena Rood, Carl Griffin, Pamela Rees, Kelly Holmes, Corissa Uphoff, and Gaylon Shannon. Regular hours are Fri from Noon-5p and Sat from 10a-3p. Instagram @creationsofhopegallery

Topeka Art Guild and Gallery (5331 SW 22nd Place) is excited to present "Artistic Conspiracy" in February featuring visual artists and members of Kansas Authors Club, working in collaboration in teams to produce poetry/prose that inspires and depicts a vision by artists. Among 40 teams is Untitled fiber art by Kathy Pflaum and poem Pure Imagination by Laura Williams. Also in the gallery is Jefferson West High art students showing their best works. Join us for an inspiring evening of words and art, food and music. Regular gallery hours: Wed-Sat, 11-5:00, west end Fairlawn Mall. FFAW hours are 5-8p.

Beauchamp's Gallery (3113 SW Huntoon - Westboro Mart): Brighten up your winter with Beauchamp's latest exhibit "She Knows Color", a group exhibit featuring the work of Barbara Waterman Peters, Beth Neuer, Diane Lawrence, Stephanie Munoz O'Neal, Bev Radefeld, Charlotte Nickel, Becky Drager, & Karen Dreyer.  Showing through the end of February. FFAW 5:30-8:30p.

Stutzman Leather Shoppe (840 N Kansas): We will have our first markdowns on our winter gloves and jackets for clearance starting Feb First Friday. Noon-8p. Instagram @stutzmanleathershoppe

Absolute Design By Brenda (628 S Kansas): Join in the fun for the Downtown First Friday Chocolate Walk!!! (Yum yum!) 40% off winter wraps!!! And all other merchandise 20% off to First Friday shoppers! FFAW hours 5-8p. Instagram @Absolutedesignbybrenda.com

NOTO Arts District (935 N Kansas): "Hearts and Flowers" opening First Friday at 5:00 PM February 2 and running through March 24. Artists from NOTO and beyond will exhibit works expressing their responses to the symbolism of St Valentine's Day. FFAW hours 11a-7p.

STUDIO 831 (831 N Kansas): "Looking Back" is a two person exhibit, featuring early and recent work of Michael Bradley and Hi Stockwell. On view will be paintings and ceramics. Come see the wonderful works of these two very talented artists! 4-8:30p. 

Mulvane Art Museum (1700 SW College): Join us at the Mulvane Art Museum for an opening for three new exhibitions: 8 Studio Practices | Art Faculty Beyond the Classroom; Endangered Art; and light and heavy. Hours: Tues 10am-7pm; Wed-Fri 10am-5pm; Sat 1pm-4pm; Closed Sunday & Monday. Instagram @mulvaneartmuseum

Easterseals Capper Foundation (3500 SW 10th): Discover some of Topeka's very best artists with a special cause! Art pieces and more will be featured at our annual First Friday Sale. Items are created by individuals with different abilities and proceeds of these sales directly benefit the artist. This months featured artist is Patrick. Regular store hours are Mon-Fri from 9a-4p. FFAW hours are 9a-6p. Instagram @eastersealscapperfoundation

Prairie Glass Studio (110 SE 8th - Juli's Coffee & Bistro): Take part in the Downtown First Friday Chocolate Walk! While you visit Prairie Glass Studio, shop around at the lovely Valentine's Day themed gifts & unique jewelry. Affordable, one of a kind hand made fused glass gifts. Make Prairie Glass Studio a First Friday Art Walk "must visit" destination & discover the world of fused glass art & gifts! Be sure to ask about our special Valentine's  Event on February 10th from 6-9p! Dinner & Creative Fun for Couples looking for a stress-free & memorable night out together! FFAW hours 10a-8p.

Matryoshka Tattoo (902 N Kansas): We have gifts that are unique, hilarious and a little risqué for your valentine. Oshara Meesha is our featured artist for February.  Oshara's art journey started with a dream in 2006 where she saw these words: Embrace Peace, Embrace Love, Embrace Unity, Embrace Harmony, Embrace Oshara.  She is a survivor of childhood trauma, depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder.  Painting is a source of healing for Oshara, it paved the road of her Post Traumatic Growth.  She will have hanging pieces, jewelry and cards.   Tuesday-Saturday 10am-8pm.  FFAW 10am-9pm. Instagram @matryoshkatattoo

Glaciers Edge Winery (1636 SE 85th - Wakarusa): We are off to a great start for 2018 at The Winery! Begin February with an evening with us! We will have the tasting porch, fireplace and patio ready for you to spend your First Friday Art Walk at the winery. Our featured entertainment will be acoustic artist, Patric Hamilton and Kick Ash BBQ will have food for sale. Enjoy wine and slushies by the pour or a bottle while enjoying live music and awesome BBQ! We will be open late to celebrate First Friday! (Only alcohol produced at Glaciers Edge Winery is able to be consumed on our property.) FFAW hours 3-9p.

Amused (907 N Kansas): The name has changed slightly but the art is still FANtabulous!
For our 5th consecutive year we are hosting artwork that is inspired by all things fantasy related. Science Fiction, Manga, Comic Book Art, Fan Art, and Fantasy themes are represented in this showcase by local and area artists of all ages. Cosplay is encouraged!
If you can't make it for First Friday be sure to stop in the rest of the month. Artwork will be on display until February 24th. Regular Gallery Hours are Wed-Thurs from 1-6p, Fri from 11a-6p & Sat from 11a-5p. FFAW hours are 11a-9p. Instgram @amused_in_noto.

Alice C. Sabatini Gallery (1515 SW 10th): "African American Builders of Topeka"from Jan 19-Mar 11th. View this community built exhibit showcasing the everyday stories of African-Americans in Topeka and Shawnee County. Local stories and objects highlight past and present individuals and groups who impact our community.  FFAW hours 5:30-8:30p.

The Tasteful Olive (2900 Oakley - in Brookwood): Food sampling featuring some of our incredible assortment of oils, vinegars and other gourmet items! FFAW hours are 5:30-7:00p. Instagram @thetastefulolivetopeka

SOHO Interiors (3129 SW Huntoon - Westboro Mart): The SOHO Gallery presents watercolor artist, Lila Bartel, "Living Expressions." Please join us for the Artist's Opening Reception at SOHO Interiors. Her purpose is to start a new genre, expressionism. This new art style is strengthened with abstractions, exaggerations and sensations, while holding out a very realistic world. She began in 1990 exploring different techniques while studying with talented local and national artists. "I see art as a way to paint a realistic world, abstracting those qualities that are most beautiful." ~Lila Bartel. FFAW hours are 5-8p.

NexLynx Gallery of Arts (123 SW 6th): Discover art downtown and view the mixed media paintings by Marie Plinsky. Displaying her newest art work of mixed media uses acrylics, paper and fabric creating interesting textures. Calling all chocolate lovers as downtown explodes with chocolate delights. Our returning favorites are the infamous chocolate waterfall and "Cocomotion" cocoa along with other tasty chocolate inspired treats. Then top it off with a selection of chocolate inspired beers and wines. 5-8p. Instagram @NexLynxGallery