2017 People's Choice Winner! NexLynx Gallery of Arts (123 SW 6th, 2nd Fl): Discover Art Downtown and view a young emerging artist, Evan Paul Navarro, with his unique “coloring book” style, consisting of detailed line-work that embodies an abundance of abstract images. Relax from all the holiday festivities and come wearing your comfiest pajamas while enjoying delicious breakfast-themed snacks, soda, beer and wine. 5-8p. On Instagram @NexLynxGallery.

Creations of Hope Gallery (909 N Kansas): The Creations of Hope gallery is featuring “Quiet Images and The Beauty of Nature” an exhibit by photographer David Zlotky and painter Lola Williams. David states “I love photography because it allows me to share bits and pieces of the world that I find beautiful, inspiring, and perhaps imbued with the spirit of a hidden story.” Lola shares “I believe that Nature is where I find inspiration for my paintings, and even thought I can’t copy it, I just do it my way.” The Creations of Hope Gallery is located in the heart of the NOTO Arts District and is a collective gallery with the shared mission of raising awareness of the healing power of the arts. Regular hours are Fri from Noon-5p, Sat from 10a-3p and open late during the First Friday Artwalk. On Instagram @creationsofhopegallery.

Topeka Art Guild & Gallery (5331 SW 22nd Place - Fairlawn Plaza) is full of beautiful paintings, photography and other works of art at prices $100 and less. It is a great time to gift yourself or someone special you want to remember with something original. You can also find a wide assortment of beautiful glass art, pottery, gourds, jewelry and cards available in the gallery. Come in and browse. Also showing in January is featured artist John Riordan with a variety of media. Our gallery supports local high school students' exhibits throughout the school year. The Guild will host students from Shawnee Heights in January. Join members of the gallery and the students on First Friday, west end of Fairlawn Mall. 5-8p.

Juli's Cafe & Bistro (110 SE 8th): Join Fierce Life Wellness on January 5, the First Friday of the New Year, for our first-ever health fair! There will be people and businesses available to help you start the new year off on a healthy note. Health coaching, reflexology, massage therapy, and more will be represented. Your body is your best art! 5-8p.

Alice C. Sabatini Gallery (1515 SW 10th - inside the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library): This is the last week to Topeka Competition 33, a national juried biennial competition for 3-D arts and crafts. Exhibit ends January 7. Everything from glass, ceramics, jewelry, mixed media, and a whole library room - from abstract to realistic. 9a-9p. On Instagram @topekalibrary.

STUDIO 831 (831 N Kansas): We will be closed on First Friday, January 5. Please visit other wonderful venues during the First Friday Artwalk and watch for a new exhibit in February!

NOTO Arts District (935 N Kansas) presents an exhibit entitled "Celebrating the Season: Artists in NOTO"  featuring works by a number of artists whose studios are in NOTO. Come see both new and familiar expressions of the holidays and the winter season. 11a-7p.

Matryoshka Tattoo (902 N Kansas): Our January featured artist is Buck Reist. Buck has been a human caricature artist for over ten years, pets for five years. His pet caricatures commissions exploded so much that he now does more than three times the amount of human caricatures. He will feature some of his favorite pet caricatures he's done.  You are guaranteed some smiles & laughs. Tuesday-Saturday 10am-8pm.  FFAW 10a-9p. On Instagram @matryoshkatattoo.

Easterseals Capper Foundation (3500 SW 10th): Start the new year off by discovering 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 disabilities. Proceeds of these sales directly benefit the artist. This months featured artist is John. Regular store hours are Mon-Fri from 9a-4p. FFAW hours are 9a-6p.

Beauchamp's Gallery (3113 SW Huntoon - Westboro Mart): Cally Krallman's "Kansas Waterways" exhibit can only be seen for two more weeks. Stop by an see this amazing show filled with imagery of Kansas' lakes, rivers, streams and ponds.  Starting mid January, Beauchamp's will be displaying "She Knows Color" a collection of bold colorful artworks from some of the region's best women artists. 5:30-8:30p.

Amused (907 N Kansas): For our First Friday Art Walk of 2018 we are bringing to the main gallery a collection of artwork by Washburn University Senior Alexander Laughlin. A Theatre arts Major, Alexander displays works of landscape inspired abstracts. Also, our artists in residence will have their studios open. Feel free to wonder around our warm and dynamic local. 11a-9p. On Instagram @amused_in_noto.