NexLynx Gallery of Arts (123 SW 6th Ave. Suite 100) Discover Art Downtown and view the paintings of talented artist, Diane Lawrence. Diane’s focus as an artist has always been color. Her paintings make us more aware of our surroundings and their beauty. Diane has taught workshops and given demonstrations in both silk painting and watercolor. Participate in the fun downtown scavenger hunt, while continuing the 4th of July celebration. Snacks, soda, beer and wine provided. 5-8p. Instagram @nexlynxgallery
Vintage Vibe (833 N Kansas): Come say goodbye! July's First Friday will be Vintage Vibe's Final First Friday. We want to Thank You for 5 great years! July 8th will be our last day open. Look for inventory reduction sales starting in late July. 10a-9p. Instagram @Vintagevibetopeka
Topeka Art Guild and Gallery (5331 SW 22nd - Fairlawn Plaza): The Topeka Art Guild's summer exhibit continues through July with beautiful paintings in all styles and media and photography. Large and small matted unframed originals are also available. We have Albo Glass in many colors and styles. Featured artist this month is Omar Hassaballa, acrylic painter. Our art scholarship winners Clare Fallon and Tru Terrell, both of Washburn Rural High School will show their best works. We congratulate these young people for their artistic works. Visit our gallery, west end of Fairlawn Plaza Mall, across from the Lazy Toad between 11:00-5:00, Wed. thru Sat. FF for great food and fun. 5-8p.
Creations of Hope Gallery (909 N Kansas): The Creations of Hope Gallery presents "A Menagerie of Therapeutic Animals" The exhibit features three artists, Jamie Ruff, Stacy Lyddon, and Connie English who illustrate the healing power of animals in their artwork. This exhibit is being sponsored by Hills Pet Nutrition Inc. Additionally, during the July art walk artist Vaughn Graber will be providing demonstrations and information on the craft of wood turning. Woodturning is the process of using a wood lathe with hand-held tools to cut a shape that is symmetrical around an axis of rotation. Vaughn creates beautiful wood bowls and objects that utilize layers of different types of woods to create unique shapes and textures. For more information contact Cara Weeks, firstname.lastname@example.org. Regular hours are Fri from Noon-5p, Sat 10a-3p. FFAW hours are Noon-8p. Instagram @creationsofhopegallery
Alice C. Sabatini Gallery (1515 SW 10th - Inside the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library) presents Build a Better World. Help create the summer exhibit at the Alice C. Sabatini Gallery! Together we will explore our world in the 16th Annual Art Exhibit for Children. On this journey, we will build houses, grow a garden and play together on the playground. Through discovery, exploration and play you will unlock your inner artist and help this exhibit grow. Working together we can "Build a Better World." 5:30-8:30p.
Norsemen Brewing Company (830 N Kansas): Visit the event hall, on the top floor, every First Friday Art Walk to view artworks of Norsemen Brewing Company's featured artist. This month will be the art of Brian Broxterman and Shah Mendhi. Brian Broxterman has been doing colored pencil work for the past 20 years and has been an artist since he was able to hold a crayon. His work varies in genre's from fan art to friends and family to wildlife. He chose colored pencil as his preferred medium because it is complex and creates challenges for him to set goals at excelling at. Brian is self taught and focuses on hyper-realism or photo-realism and is always searching for that one project that will sure turn heads and raise eyebrows. Shah Mendhi is a Henna Artist. This time I will be adding something new to my services, lets call it Free Hand First Friday. Instead of you choosing the designs from my notebook you can tell me to freehand it for a budget! It's simple, you can just tell me you want a design for $20 and I will do something unique that I haven't designed before. FFAW hours are 4-11p. Instagram @norsemenbrewingco
Glaciers Edge Winery (1636 SE 85th Street - Wakarusa): We will have the tasting porch and patio ready for you to spend your July FFAW at the winery. Our featured artist will be musician, Patric Hamilton . Cocina Food Truck will be in the parking lot. Strawberry Wine will make its Debut! 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. Friday 12pm-9pm, Saturday 12-6, Sunday 12-5. FFAW hours are Noon-9p.
STUDIO 831 (831 N Kansas): Kathleen Cobb is the Featured Artist at STUDIO 831 for July. Portraying My Love of the Land, Near and Far is the title of her exhibit.“Capturing the beauty of the Kansas landscape and the American West is the main focus of my paintings. I pay special attention to the light in each scene, from the warm light of an autumn evening to the subtle light of a cloudy day, or catching the atmosphere of distant rain squalls over wide-open spaces.” Kathleen works in oil, acrylic, pastel, and most recently, watercolor. She also enjoys drawing and photography. Signed copies of The Fish’s Wishes (now in its third printing) by Glendyn Buckley and illustrated by Barbara Waterman-Peters will be available during the First Friday Art Walk! Great gift idea for baby showers, birthdays and upcoming holidays! 4-8:30p on First Fridays or by appointment 785-224-5728.
Matryoshka Tattoo (902 N Kansas) will featured artist Darlene Regnier. Most of the artwork produced by D. Regnier is related to mysticism in the past and present and not only deals with human spiritual and social issues, but, also with beliefs and rituals. These beliefs and rituals are representative of death, life, the occult and faith. Regnier is an educated artist (originally from Omaha, Nebraska) residing now Kansas. She has belonged to several distinguished galleries, such as: The Collective Gallery in Topeka, Kansas and The Thirteenth Street Gallery in Omaha, Nebraska. She has fine artwork owned by Northwestern Bell, Saint Joseph Mental and Geriatric Centers, College of Saint Mary in Omaha, and Clarkson Hospital, etc. She has also worked with the Bemis Foundation in Omaha Nebraska for corporate sales. Besides the sales of her fine artwork and local community projects, Ms. Regnier is an art educator. Regular hours are Tues-Sat from 10a-8p. FFAW hours are 10a-9p. Instagram @notomatryoshka
Absolute Design by Brenda (629 S Kansas): Scavenger Hunt Downtown, 20% off store purchases! FFAW hours are 10a-8p.
SouthWind Art Gallery (3074 SW 29th): Start your artwalk with us! Our July show features local artist Edw Balda. The new exhibit, Retrospective Visions of Time explores memories, travel, emotions, and intuition in a series of mixed media landscapes. July is also the last chance to see the highlights from Flower Power III, a floral exhibit showcasing works from twenty-four female artists in a variety of media. Complimentary food and beverages provided! FFAW hours are 5-7p. Instagram @Southwindartgallery
Leaping Llamas Artisan Shop (725 S Kansas) will be hosting artist Laura Mead as she demonstrates her fun and creative Sharpie Art Scarves. She will be teaching this technique on Thursday July 13th and Saturday August 12th. It will be a demonstration not to miss! FFAW hours are 11a-8p.