Washburn University Art Department (1746 SW Durow Drive): This gallery show will exhibit the work of WU Senior Shawn Rooks, who is majoring in fine arts. Entitled N2-ME-IC, this exhibition of sculpture & photography examines connections: "We are more than what we see, an examination into connection. Does our core strength come from our outside influences?" This exhibit will be on display May 1-13 with gallery hours of Mon-Fri from 8a-4:30p. An artist talk will take place on May 3 at 12:15. FFAW hours are 5-7p.
First Presbyterian Church (817 SW Harrison): Weather permitting, we will be set up in the front/north parking lot to welcome visitors with the opportunity to tour the beautiful Tiffany windows in our sanctuary at First Presbyterian. Guest may also enjoy blowing bubbles while sipping on cool drinks. 5-8p.
NexLynx Gallery of Arts (123 SW 6th, 2nd Floor): Discover Art Downtown and view the folk style artwork of Linda Ross Asbury. Linda sees nature full of vibrant colors and beauty which she tries to portray in her paintings. In honor of Cinco de Mayo, join us as we celebrate with our homemade salsa paired with other Mexican themed snacks and drinks. Snacks, soda, beer and wine provided. 5-8p. Instagram @nexlynxgallery
Topeka Art Guild (5331 SW 22nd Place - Fairlawn Plaza): Don't miss seeing the winners of this spring's juried exhibit. Receiving awards are Ruth Powers, quilt art, first place; Fred Hsia, oil, second; Deena Rood, ceramics, third place. Honorable mentions go to Naomi Cashman, Kathleen Cobb, Phyllis Cory and Johanna Hanks. Visit our gallery to vote for "people's choice" award. Also on exhibit will be Hope Academy art students. Winner of a $1,000 scholarship to a graduating high school art student will be made during First Friday Art Walk. Join us for a fun evening of art and refreshments. Regular gallery hours are Wed-Sat from 11a-5p across from the Lazy Toad in Fairlawn Plaza. FFAW hours are 5-8p. 5:00-8:00pm.
Vintage Vibe (833 N Kansas): Something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue! French country wedding bells are ringing at Vintage Vibe during the month of May! Vintage wedding dresses, mismatched milk glass and more fun vintage items will be on display that are perfect for vintage weddings! So many new items in stock, including: new purses, vintage inspired paper sheets and our exclusively designed Topeka, KS t-shirts! Our famous vintage brew & Texas chipotle savory snack crackers will be served during the art walk. Stay up to date with us by following our Facebook or Instagram. 10a-9p. Instagram @Vintagevibetopeka
Creations of Hope Gallery (909 N Kansas): In celebration of May as Mental Health Awareness Month The Creations of Hope Gallery invites you to join art therapy students from Emporia State in creating your own wearable art in support of the cause. The Creations of Hope Gallery will also feature "ReStore Hope" an exhibit highlighting a portfolio of artwork donated to Topeka Habitat for Humanity from a private donor. The sale of this dynamic and unique collection of art will support Topeka Habitat for Humanity. The Creations of Hope gallery is sponsored by the Expressive Therapies program at Valeo Behavioral Health care with a mission to raise awareness of mental health through the power of art. For more information contact email@example.com. Regular hours are Fridays from 12-5p, Saturdays frin 10a-3p and we are open until 8pm on the first Friday each month. Instagram @creationsofhopegallery
Leaping Llamas Artisan Shop (725 S Kansas): Felting Artist, Anna Walker, will be joining us for an interactive wet felting demo! You will be able to learn a portion of the technique while adding your personal touch to the community project. She will also be teaching a wet felting workshop on Saturday May 6th at Leaping Llamas. You will not want to miss the fun! 4:30-7p. Instagram @leapingllamasart
Alice C. Sabatini Gallery (1515 SW 10th - Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library): Join us for the exhibit Beyond Words in the Sabatini Gallery. Sometimes, artistic limitations can foster even greater creativity; when text is minimal or absent, book artists must decide how to tell stories using different tools. 5:30-8:30p.
Topeka High (800 As 10th): Come see Topeka High's last show of the school year showcasing this semester's extremely talented artists! We will have work from digital photography, graphic design, drawing, ceramics, jewelry, & more! Topeka High student Z'Mariah Lee will also be talking about & demonstrating her special effects make-up talent, her gore work is to die for! Enter on Western Street side & head up to the 3rd floor gallery!!! Looking forward to seeing you! 5-7p.
Easterseals Capper Foundation (3500 SW 10th): Join us May 5th as we display many of the items created in our Capper Creations Gift Shop. Items range from paintings, furniture for adults and children, spring décor and more. All items are created by artists with disabilities served at Easterseals Capper Foundation. 9a-8p.
Matryoshka (902 N Kansas): Matryoshka’s featured artist for May is Beth King. Being seven months pregnant, Beth thinks a lot about babies. Now, most of these thoughts are her own thoughts of tiny socks and little grasping hands pulling at earrings and being curiously sticky throughout the day. That being said it’s not only Beth, what came as the biggest surprise to her when people found out she was pregnant is across the board they would do tell her whatever gross, weird or possibly scary thing their baby used to do. So Beth decided to illustrate what people tell her what to expect, every one of these babies is based on a real person, a real experience from someone. Yes even the eyeball drawing, though it’s pretty exaggerated. Who knows, if you have or have had a tiny human in your care maybe you’ll relate to a few of them. Wish Beth luck, it looks like she’ll need it. Looking for a one of a kind Mother’s Day gift? Come see us! Regular hours are Tues-Sat from 10a-8p. FFAW hours are 10a-9p. Instagram @notomatryoshka
SOHO Interiors (3129 SW Huntoon - Westboro Mart): The works of artist John Kudlacek in ceramics and photography will be on exhibit the month of May at SOHO Interiors. After a five-year tenure of teaching in Nebraska while earning a Master of Education in Art from Penn State, he began a 33 year teaching career in 1963 at Emporia State University, retiring Professor Emeritus in 1996. Kudlacek's ceramic works have been exhibited in juried and invitational shows in the U.S. and the Czech Republic. His work is held in public and private collections in the U.S. and Europe including the Museum of Applied Arts in Prague and the Bechyne Ceramics Museum in the Czech Republic. After almost forty years with his hands in clay, his focus is now on other pursuits including photography. SOHO Interiors is pleased to host artist John Kudlacek for the second month as his exhibit is one you surely do not want to miss. 5-8p.
STUDIO 831 (831 N Kansas): Featured Artists at STUDIO 831 in May are Michael Bradley & Larry Peters with their exhibit entitled Earth, Water and Fire. Ceramics are created using the three elements in the title of this exhibit. Both of these artists are using clay in unique ways, addressing issues outside of function, but with traditional forms. Work by Bradley is hand built of various colors, utilizing several techniques such as layered thin slabs of colored porcelain slips. Peters’ pieces are wheel thrown and surface treatment is done with underglaze stains. He also utilizes wood bases. Come see this fabulous exhibit by two top ceramic artists in our region! 4-8:30p on First Fridays or by appointment 785-224-5728.
Prairie Glass Studio (110 SE 8th): Create & donate to the Helping Hands Humane Society! During this very special First Friday Art Walk, Prairie Glass Studio is hosting an event to assist Helping Hands Humane Society of Topeka! 50% of all class/project fees will be donated to HHHS. There will be 3 project stations set up for you to make your own fused glass art. The project stations will your choice of the following: $18 Dog Ornament, $22 Cat Ornament, $32 Treat Jar. No need to sign up in advance. 4-8p.
Norsemen Brewing Company (830 N Kansas): Our Featured artist is Steve Ashley. Steve will have a selection of his Stoneware for sale and view in our 2nd floor Event Space. He is a self taught potter whom has been in business since 1975. He hand throws all of his stoneware pieces on a potter's wheel. The clay and glazes are lead-free and high fired so they are durable, dishwasher safe and microwavable. He is also the artist who creates all of the Stoneware in our Taproom. He created our Tip jars, coffee mugs that are for sale, and Founder's Chalices. The Original Aunt Nancy of Aunt Nancy's Face Art group will be set out front of our taproom (weather permitting). She chooses the term Art because she strives to do unique whimsical work on the customers faces, miles away from the little balloons on a cheek.She uses fda approved paints specifically made for skin. 4-11p. Instagram @norsemenbrewingco
Glaciers Edge Winery (1636 SE 85th - Wakarusa): Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at the winery. Our new Traminette wine will be released, the Classic Country Band, "Hwy 99" will be our featured musical artists and Mexican food will be available for purchase. We have new Pottery just in from our house ceramicist! Be sure to sample the new Traminette and enjoy wine and slushie by the pour or a bottle. Experience Kansas wine at our beautiful venue and watch the sunset from the porch or patio. (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. The Winery opens at noon on Fridays and stays open late for First Fridays! Noon-9p.
Wolfe's Camera (635 S Kansas): New gallery opening includes a array of weather photos. Come see some spectacular Kansas weather scenes. Winners of our most recent Face Book photo contest on display. This contest was also weather related images. Loads of other grat photo art on display in Wolfe's Photo DesignCenter. It's salsa night downtown for first Friday in May as Wolfe's celebrates Mother's Day and graduation with our big sale 9a-8p.
NOTO ArtsPlace (905 N Kansas): Marin Abell is completing his three year appointment at the Catron Visiting Professor of Art at Washburn University. He has recently accepted an appointment to a tenure track position at Metropolitan State University in Denver. As a send-off, we are hosting an exhibit of work he and his sculpture and 3-d design students are completing this semester. Come see what this impressively talented artist and teacher has helped our local art students learn and do. 4-8:30p. Instagram @mbradleyks
Darcie Lane Studios (922 N Kansas): Gallery sales, artist co-op, painting classes, kid's art adventures, wellness events/classes, HeArt Forward. Regular hours are Tues-Fri from 11a-8p and Sat from 10a-6p. FFAW hours are 11a-8p.
Absolute Design by Brenda (629 S Kansas): It's a Salsa Walk in Downtown! We are all decked out for spring and great Mothers Day Gifts! Come and take a peek! 5-8p.
Ballet Folklorico de Topeka (814 N Kansas): Join us to celebrate Cinco de Mayo with Justicia Inc. Ballet Folklorico de Topeka. Two Wolves Studio presents artworks by Angela Lexow inside the dance studio. Live entertainment by Ballet Folklorico, Mariachi Habanero, Ric Barron Band and Jr Vargas y Picante. On site Mexican food vendors, arts and craft vendors, drink vendors including soda and water, a beer stand and a margarita island and tequila tasting. Everyone is invited and welcome to join in on our annual Cinco de Mayo celebration in the historic NOTO Arts District. Justicia, Inc. is an organization with the mission to preserve, educate, and promote Mexican/Latino culture through various media and art forms. 4-11p.
Beauchamp's Gallery (3113 SW Huntoon): Beauchamp's is currently exhibiting Classics, a group of older works by artists past and present. Among the 40-some artworks are pieces by Robert Sudlow, Joan Foth, Helen Hodge, Jim Bass, LA Gillette, Rebecca Wright, Jerry Gaddis, William Dickerson, and even some original drawings from Disney Studios. It is a truly eclectic show with art for a wide ranging audience. Don't miss it! 5:30-8:30p.
712 Innovations (712 S Kansas): We will continue to have photographs by the Topeka Photo Club on display this month. The group was started in 2016 by Clark and Pat Sann and has since grown to at least 36 members. The club aims to improve members' photographic skills and technical knowledge though assignments and the ‘Shoot and Share’ exercises around Topeka. Along with the exhibition of their beautiful breath-taking pictures, use this opportunity for discovering our co-work office and state-of-art machines at our makerspace such as a 3-D printer and a laser cutting machine! 712 Innovations is a co-work / makerspace and small business incubator for Topeka & Shawnee County. Take a tour today and experience how you can take the next step to make your dreams a reality. Regular hours are 9a-5p. FFAW hours are 5:30-8p. Instagram @712innovations
SouthWind Art Gallery (3074 SW 29th): Flower Power is an exhibition featuring 30 local and regional women painting florals. Kansas Artist Mary Binford Miller will do a special on-site painting demonstration. Join us for an reception for the artists during the First Friday Artwalk - many of the featured artists are expected to attend. Regular hours are Tues-Fri from 10a-6p and Sat from 10a-2p. FFAW hours are 5-7p.
Amused (907 N Kansas): Our featured artist for May is photographer David Horner. David specializes in nature and landscape images. He masterfully captures the sublime that can only be found in the innate narrative of outdoor scenery. Whether its focused on a wildflower or a panoramic mountain range or the stillness of an abandoned barn, David's breath taking views are sure to inspire. This photography exhibit will be available through the month of May. Wed-Fri from 1-7p and Sat from 11a-5p. FFAW hours are 1-9p.