SouthWind Art Gallery (3074 SW 29th) presents "Two Painters in a Pod," a duo exhibition featuring Kim Casebeer and Cristine Sundquist. Kim and Cris share a love for the Kansas hills and prairies. Capturing the structure, colors, and atmosphere of the skies and vistas is nothing short of an obsession. On display will be a sizable collection of oil paintings depicting the beauty and wonders of Kansas. Please join them at SouthWind Gallery for the opening reception from 5-7p. Instagram @southwindartgallery
Creations of Hope Gallery (909 N Kansas): Join us for an exhibit and special presentation by art therapy pioneer Charles Anderson, entitled "My Journey in Art Therapy." Mr. Anderson guides us through his life illustrating moments recalling his identity as an artist, an art therapist, and African American man and, in turn, lends insight into the ways he navigated the perceptions and expectations that society often placed upon him. Special presentation by Charles Anderson featuring poetry by Greg Dawson is on Saturday, May 19th, 2-4p. Regular hours are Fri from Noon-5p and Sat from 11a-4p. Open late the first Friday of each month. Instagram @creationsofhopegallery
NexLynx Gallery (123 SW 6th, 2nd Floor): Discover Art Downtown and view the beautiful oil portraits by talented Lawrence artist, Patrick Schlotterback. Finding inspiration from photographs that begin to form a story, which Patrick hopes will invoke a reaction in the viewer. 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 & Gallery (5331 SW 22nd Place - Fairlawn Mall): The Topeka Art Guild is showing their annual spring juried exhibit. Winners: 1st place, Naomi Cashman; 2nd place, Dorethy Hancock; 3rd, Fred Hsia. Honorable mentions: Charles Benton, Naomi Cashman, Becky Drager and M.J. King. Artist of the month, Kathy Pflaum will be showing mixed media/fiber art. At 6:30p, the guild will present the winner of high school student $1,000 art scholarship, Andrea Pagan, Topeka West. Runners up Anna Bevitt, Jefferson West and Osbaldo Gonzalez, Highland Park. Join artists and students for great art and food. 5-8p.
Alice C. Sabatini Gallery, Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library (1515 SW 10th): Discover the many sides of hand papermaking including a demo of Nepalese papermaking, during the closing reception of "In the Studio: Book Artists at Work". This is your last weekend to explore the studios of various book artists and learn how they create these wonderful works of art. The Alice C. Sabatini Gallery is open Mon-Fri from 9a-9p, Sat from 9a-6p and Sun from Noon-9p. Instagram @TopekaLibrary
Platform 785 (929 S Kansas): We will be open 10a-8p for First Friday, May 4! So much to come and take care of at P785 that day! We have perfect gifts for Mother's Day: Frankie & Myrrh Aromatherapy for 20% OFF, Pukka Teas from the UK and ALL teas, 20% off!! ALL vintage clothing 20% off!! Jake Livgren will be providing entertainment out on the Avenue in front of P785, and in celebration of salsa, we will be offering Mexican Tamarind Spoons. Don't miss our only day open to the public in May and get Mother's Day gifts that you can't get anywhere else! 10a-8p. Instagram @Platform785
Beauchamp's Gallery (3113 SW Huntoon) new show "Art Therapy" features artwork by two prominent pioneers in the field - Bob Ault & Mary Huntoon. There will be exhibited a collection of early 20th century prints by Huntoon & a mini-retrospective of Ault's paintings dating back to the 1960s. Don't miss this fascinating collection of vintage artworks! 5:30- 8:30p.
Glaciers Edge Winery (1636 SE 85th Street - Wakarusa): May FFAW lets you try our latest releases. Our featured entertainment will be jazz guitarist, Alex Frank. Abuelitas Mexican Kitchen will have menu items created just for us, for sale inside the Winery. Bondbons will have sweet treats for dessert! Enjoy wine and slushies by the pour or a bottle of wine while enjoying live music and fantastic food! We will be open late to celebrate First Friday! (Only alcohol produced at Our Winery is allowed to be consumed and on our property; guests consuming alcohol must be at least 21 yrs old.) 3-9p.
The Tasteful Olive (2900 SW Oakley): We will be offering samples of our gourmet Olive Oils and Balsamic Vinegars as well as a drink and food item made from our products. We will have a new guest artist Designs by SNK, they specialize in custom signs and apparel. 5:30-7:30p.
STUDIO 831 (831 N Kansas): Our Featured Artist for May is Gweneth McClain who presents a show entitled "Sunlight and Shadows" which focuses on her attempt to express the constant dance of light and shadow in nature. The artist has expressed in small scale the monumental power of the Kansas landscape. 4-8:30p.
Topeka High (800 SW 10th): Make sure to stop by Topeka High for our final First Friday of the 2017-2018 school year. We will have terrific end of the semester work on display from a range of our classes offered. School clubs will also have booths set up on display! Come by and support Topeka High Art and clubs, looking forward to seeing you! Make sure to enter on Western side and head up to the 3rd floor to view our talented artists on display! 5-7p.
Stutzman Leather Shoppe (840 N Kansas): We have Spring clearance markdowns on all our leather jackets and gloves! We also have fantastic gift ideas for your graduate, whether on their way to college or the workplace. Stop in to see our selection of top quality briefcases and luggage that will get your graduate on the way with practicality, durability and style! Noon-9p.
NOTO ArtsPlace (905 N Kansas): Join Washburn's Advanced Sculpture Class for their final exhibition of the academic year! The show will feature work from students in a variety of mediums. This group has already held several exciting 'happenings' including last Friday's "Motel Sicker" where they took over the top balcony and rooms of a local motel. Come see this show ! 4:30-8:30p.
NOTO Arts and Entertainment District (935 N Kansas): The NOTO Arts Center has several exhibits for the May FFAW. In the Morris Gallery a new show The Unearthly Bestiary - A Duo Exhibition by Tyler Quintin & Kyra Miller opens May 4 and runs the entire month. In the Brewster Community Room will be two exhibits: Artworks of Quincy Elementary School Students curated by art teacher Kimberly Adams. Also in the Brewster Community Room, an exhibit of local school children's artwork submitted for the "Living the Dream" art contest and included in the Brown v. Board Mural Project. This display is sponsored by Envista Credit Union. 11a-7p.
Prairie Glass Studio (110 SE 8th): Prairie Glass is excited that it finally feels like spring outside. Our newest pieces of glass art are inspired by this beautiful weather as well as Mother's Day! Stop in & shop from these whimsical & lovely pieces! This Friday Kymm will donate 50% of all sales for the day to a favorite non-profit, Family Service & Guidance Center. Our featured artist for the month of May is Jancy Pettit. Come & see her wonderful exhibit at PGS. Shout out to ARTSConnect Topeka, Salsa Walk - May First Friday Art Walk. 10a-8p.
SOHO Interiors (3129 SW Huntoon): SOHO Interiors welcomes back artist Tim (T.R.) Bauer with a new exhibit which will include Kansas landscapes. All paintings contain an element of the actual environment such as soil, Moon rock fragments, etc. that the artist blends with his paints to make it truly unique. Inspired by Kansas landscape artist Birger Sandzen and Van Gogh, the works of T.R. Bauer stand alone. "Autumn at Echo Cliff", an explosion of color, will be shown for the first time this First Friday. This is a definite stop to make on your walk. Come and meet the artist! 5-8p.
The Hive NOTO (918 N Kansas): Join us on First Friday as we showcase artwork from Shawnee Heights High School student Jessica Mowery. Mowery will be raising money to offset college costs while attending Washburn in the fall. On exhibit will also be the newest artwork from a resident artists Shelly Bedsaul, Staci Dawn Ogle and Ryan Ogle. Get buzzed with art at The Hive NOTO, located inside Generations. Noon-8:30p.
Matryoshka Tattoo (902 N Kansas): Matryoshka will feature a debut airbrush artist Matt Campbell of Campbell's Kustom Art & local author Whitney Estenson. Whitney has been a middle school teacher for nearly ten years and is the author of the Young Adult Lit series, The Ascendant Series. May is bicycle safety & motorcycle awareness month. The Topeka Community Cycle Project & Historic Harley-Davidson of Topeka will have booths outside. We have packets of seeds for bees to hand out & apparel is 30% off. Tuesday-Saturday 10 am-8 pm. FFAW 10a-9p. Instagram @matryoshkatattoo
Amused (907 N Kansas): May featured artist is metal sculptor, Ptr Sponseller. Ptr's creations utilize found, donated and created materials, primarily being metal. This impressive collection includes both realistic and fantasy creations and demonstrates Ptr's ever growing creative abilities. Many new items in the gift shop and multiple open artist studios make this a must stop location! Regular hours are Weds-Fri from 11a-6p, Sat from 11a-5p and First Fridays from 11a-9p. Instagram @Amused_in_noto
Two Wolves Studio & Artist Den (114 Sw 8th, 2nd Floor): Featured Artist Morgaine Hawley is a contemporary digital photographer with a unique presentation of her colorful works and skilled eye. A member of the Two Wolves Artist Collective Topeka, KS. She has participated in over 30 group shows and several solo shows in the Topeka area and the NOTO Arts District. She currently resides in Topeka. She often transfers her unique images onto a variety of materials including wood, metal, and canvas. Her art is inspired by nature and she enjoys capturing local 5-10p. Instagram @two_wolves_studio
Ballet Folklorico (814 N Kansas): Come celebrate Cinco De Mayo 1st Friday art walk style. We'll have lots of entertainment, food and drinks. Entertainment by DJ Khadi, Ballet Folklorico dancers, Mariachi Habanero, Stranded in the City band and Paradize Band. Artist Rose Welch is our featured artist on display in the gallery. 5-11p.
Easterseals Capper Foundation (3500 SW 10th): Looking for a great Mother's day gift? Or maybe some new spring decor? Stop by Easterseals Capper Foundation for all your needs, where every items is created and sold by an Adult with different abilities. This months features artist is Flow! Stop in and say hello to many of our artists this Friday between 9:00 am - 3:00pm. Select items will be 20% off! To learn more about our Gift Shop or services, visit us at www.easterseals.com/capper. 9a-6p. Instagram @eastersealscapperfoundation
The Firehouse (2705 NW Topeka Blvd): Stop by The Firehouse on Friday from 630p-10pm. We will be having some great sales for Mother's Day and Graduation presents. We are adding new items every day to the store and new classes to the schedule. No experience necessary for our unique projects. We are here to help you every step of the way. You can design your own sign with the help of our staff. Feel free to bring in treats/drinks and hang out with us! The Firehouse will also have gift certificates available to purchase. Don't forget to ask us about our private parties! 6:30-10p. Instagram @thefirehousetopeka.