NOTO Arts Center (935 N Kansas) is excited to present artists Becky Drager and Cally Krallman in an exhibition entitled Side by Side: Complementary Urban and Rural Visions. Drager and Krallman come together for the first time to exhibit their colorful paintings in a compare and contrast show. Drager is focusing on the urban city - mainly Topeka scenes -while Krallman is focusing on her rural Kansas landscapes. Both artists love to use colorful palettes to paint their regional art that records our place in time and captures the ordinary in a not so ordinary way. Along with the art there will be music provided by Kirk Drager and the Blue Moon String Band. Kirk Drager and Cally Krallman collaborated on their new CD. Please come by and enjoy the art and music of these local Topeka artists. 5:30-8:30p.
Vintage Vibe (833 N Kansas): Fall in love with romance! Romantic decorating is a style that does not need to be saved for February 14th - it can be used throughout your home year round! Elope with us to "Love, Linen and Lace!" This month we will feature vintage valentines, amazing vintage linens and romantic lace. February's spotlight item will feature vintage inspired olive buckets. Have you discovered Stainless Steel Design Concepts Collegiate Collection yet?! From K-State to KU and Washburn too - Stainless Steel Design Concepts has high quality stainless steel items that will last a lifetime! Our famous 'Vintage Brew' and Original Savory Cracker Mix will be served during the artwalk from 5-9p. Stay up to date with us by following our Facebook or Instagram! 10a-9p. Instagram @Vintagevibetopeka
NexLynx (123 SW 6th, 2nd Floor): Discover art downtown at NexLynx Gallery of Arts, and view the intricate counted cross stitch pieces by Irma Wager. Irma has made many images for family and friends in different varieties from European landscapes to animals, flowers, city streets and beautiful women. Chocolate is exploding once again at NexLynx Gallery! Dip into our chocolate waterfall, enjoy a perfect “Cocomotion” cocoa and other tasty treats. Then top it off with a selection of chocolate inspired beers and wines. 5-8p. Instagram @NexLynxGallery
Topeka Art Guild & Gallery (5331 SW 22nd Pl. - Fairlawn Plaza): Need something to lift your spirits during these dull winter months? Visit the Topeka Art Guild Gallery and their all new exhibit this month. We have beautiful landscapes, colorful florals and still life in all media by talented local artists. The gallery also has glass, gourds, pottery and cards for the art lover. Surrounding ourselves with art encourages us to take time out of our busy lives to enjoy and reflect on more than the monotony of every day life. Jefferson West High School art students will show their best works in our gallery; including paintings, drawings and photography. Join our artists for good food and fellowship on Friday. We are located on the west end of Fairlawn Plaza Mall. 5-8p.
Creations of Hope Gallery (909 N Kansas): The Creations of Hope Gallery invites you to come celebrate the grand opening of our new gallery space with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 4:30. The Creations of Hope gallery is located in the heart of the NOTO Arts District. The evening will include live music by Top City Bluegrass. The mission of the Creations of Hope Gallery is to raise awareness of mental health by celebrating art as a voice of resilience and hope. The Creations of Hope gallery is sponsored by the Expressive Therapies program at Valeo Behavioral Heath Care and welcomes all artists who would like to contribute to our mission. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org. 5-8p. Instagram @creationsofhopegallery
Shawnee County Democrats (5350 SW 17th): Chris Rocha is the featured artist for February. Chris found an early interest in art through illustration and collage. However, it wasn’t until high school that he noticed a hidden talent. A photography teacher suggested he enroll in her class. Photography became a great passion for Chris. The experience allowed him to express broader and intense ideas that still influence his artistic vision today. Chris’ extended family is full of creative people. “I come from a large family…All are creative in their own right. I grew up watching my brothers paint and draw,” he said. Chris’ father was a jazz musician who wrote and composed music. He sees a connection between writing music and creating art. “You have to be able to visualize and that’s what I tell my kids,” Chris said. “You have to compose a work of art in your mind before you put it on paper.” 5-7p.
Alice C. Sabatini Gallery, Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library (1515 SW 10th): An exhibit entitled txt me explores the manifestations of language in contemporary art. Language is complex, and its ability to both inform and confound us is part of its continuing appeal to artists. This exhibit presents language and its effectiveness in art to evoke questioning, subtext and double meaning. On Friday, February 10, the Sabatini Gallery will feature spoken words by renowned local writers: Annette Billings, Tom Weso, Leah Sewell, Margy Stewart and Tom Averill. Readings are scheduled every half hour during the reception. Coffee tasting and biscotti provided. 5-8p.
Glaciers Edge Winery (1636 SE 85th - Wakarusa): We will have the outdoor fireplace and patio ready for you to spend your February FFAW at the winery. Our featured artists will be muscians Jayme Green and RJ Soldani, beginning at 6p. Enjoy wine and slushies by the pour or a bottle while enjoying live music! (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. 4-9p.
Stutzman Leather Shoppe (840 N Kansas): We will have our leather jackets and deerskin gloves marked down 20%-50% for the February First Friday Artwalk. Regular hours are Tues-Fri from Noon-6p, Sat from 10a-3p and we are closed Sun-Mon. Instagram @stutzmanleathershoppe
Prairie Glass Studio (110 SE 8th): Join us during the Art Walk this Friday and take part in the Chocolate Fest! It's the perfect time to view our newest line of home decor that is fresh out of the kiln this week and our Valentine dishes, jewelry, and lovely gifts! Be sure to ask about our Valentine dinner/class on February 11th! An evening you will remember! 5-8p.
Darcie Lane Studios (922 N Kansas): Darcie Lane Studios is a collaborative effort - we encourage other artists to establish themselves within the art community through our co-op program which provides an opportunity for growth and to make a profitable living doing what they love. Other things we do: Gallery sales, arty parties (painting/mosaic/other creative arts, specific study piece with instruction), kid’s art adventures (art basics, focusing on individuality; promoting creativity of the child), expression sessions (open painting of choice with instruction), wellness info and classes (oils, meditation, events and groups), first Friday art walks, and HeArt Forward: Community Outreach and Volunteer Group. Regular hours are Wed-Thurs from 4-8p, Fri from 1-8p and Sat from 10a-5p. FFAW hours are 1-8p.
STUDIO 831 (831 N Kansas): Our featured artist at Studio 831 for February is Diane L. Lawrence with her exhibit entitled Tornadoes and the Prairie. A statement from the artist: "My interest in colors and movement, such as found in cloud formations, has led to a fascination with tornadoes and the prairie. Although a tornado can be a frightening storm, the colors and form are intriguing and challenging. I am also drawn to the prairie’s vastness and seasonal transformations and I am humbled by the natural beauty." Come see these remarkable works on silk! 4-8:30p.
Matryoshka Tattoo (902 N Kansas): February featured artist, Sheila Wolf, produces high quality utilitarian and artistic stoneware. Coming together with friends or family around a beautiful tray filled with food enriches the lives of those involved. Every time that vessel is used, memories will be made into a rich tapestry year after year. Two new collections this year will be introduced at the February First Friday Art Walk. The Textures collection is rich in color and exciting textural combinations. There are a wide variety of colors, forms and sizes to choose from. The Ancient Urban collection is unique and appears to be formed from ancient stone and metals. Any of these exceptional pieces would make a lovely Valentine’s Day gift when paired with a handmade chocolate, a bottle of wine or treat of your choice. Regular hours are Tues-Sat from 10a-8p. FFAW hours are 10a-9p.
712 Innovations (712 S Kansas): Artist exhibit opening and 712i Member Makers Market- shop fine crafted items by local artists and enjoy free drinks, 712i tours and demonstrations on the 3D Printer and Laser Cutter. February featured artist is Don Dane. 5:30-7:30p.
SOHO Interiors (3129 SW Huntoon): SOHO will host a variety of artwork this February First Friday. You will see photography by L. Kruse and David Zlotky, varied art by Chris McCloud, paintings by Audrey Leaman, Ye Wang, Steve Denny, and mixed media by John Chen and Mac Schroer. Peruse our two levels to see this exhibit by following the hearts to locate each piece. Thanks for joining us. 5:30-8:30p.
SouthWind Art Gallery (3074 SW 29th): Brand new work by 20 popular Kansas artists, Mackey, Copt, Krallman, Whitenight, Powers, Binford Miller, Schroer, Chow, Hassett, Whitaker, Clements, Sundquist, Pflumm, Terry, Groesser, Hanks, Sirmons, Vollbracht, Jamison, and Quintin. 5-7p.
Absolute Design by Brenda (629 S Kansas): It's a Chocolate Walk Downtown, tasty chocolate treats! The store is all decked out for Valentine's Day! 5-8pm.
Amused (907 N Kansas): We are welcoming back the colorful work of Joshua Cochran. Josh grabs the viewer with his visionary cultural references. Nothing drab or ordinary here! Just the pop of vivid color to brighten up your home or office. Lots of fun items in our gift shop. New items by Q's Wax Worx candles. Pandemonium Arts, Pirate's Walk Art and D. Morrison art studios will be open to visit with working artists. Regular hours are Weds-Fri from 1-6p and Sat from 11a-5p. FFAW hours are 1-9p.