Yeldarb Gallery (909 N Kansas): Our featured artist Cher Heller Olson focuses on the colors and changing landscape in her scenes of Kansas. Her paintings often include historical structures that grace the countryside. Cher captures the serenity and majesty of the Kansas landscape with every brush stroke. The end result is one of unending beauty. Come early to get $150 off her paintings. Guitar musician B’Jay James will be performing and Batperch Studio will be open. Yeldarb regular hours are Wed-Fri from 10a-6p and Sat from 10a-5p. FFAW hours are 5:30-8:30p.
Leaping Llamas Artisan Shop (725 S Kansas) offers a variety of avenues for everyone to engage in art. From purchasing one-of-a-kind pieces created by Kansas-connected artists to taking classes as they discover the artisan from within, people of all ages and skill level can take a piece of art home with them. Classes are offered on a weekly basis to artists of all ages and can be found on our website, leapingllamas.com.
712 Innovations (712 S Kansas) will be showing new and loved paintings and mixed media pieces on canvas and wood by Phill Hall. Some detail mechanical passions, motorcycles and cars. Drop by and see what we've been up to lately and say hello. 712 Innovations is a small business incubator for Topeka Shawnee County, Kansas. Take a tour and experience how you can take the next step to make your dreams a reality. 5:30-8:30p.
Soho Interiors (3129 SW Huntoon Street): "Stone's Folly - The Calm Before the Storm" by artist, T. R. Bauer is on exhibit during this First Friday and through September 29. The pigment for the stone and brick color was made using actual fragments from the mansion that were ground into powder. Join us to view this painting and other skilled works by Mr. Bauer on display at SOHO Interiors. Stone's Folly will be auctioned online, bidding concluding with a live auction at Stone's Folly Art Fair in Topeka, October 1. There will be 100 signed, Limited Edition museum quality Giclee prints available for purchase. Come and learn about the historical and spiritual significance of this featured work. 5-8p.
Warehouse 414 (414 SE 2nd) will NOT be open for the September First Friday Artwalk but WILL be back in October with a 100th Anniversary Show for Topeka Art Guild! Plan to come in October. It will be a fantastic show! Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday 11a-5:30p.
The Tasteful Olive Topeka (2900A SW Oakley): Come sample oils, vinegars and Non GMO local Kansas popcorn with Non GMO popcorn seasonings at YELDARB GALLERY starting at 4 p.m. A lovely evening to try the drizzle of various olive oils over your popcorn that's freshly made! Other products to browse and buy too! FFAW hours are 5:30-8:30p. Regular hours are Tues-Fri from 10a-5:30p and on Sat from 10:30a-4p.
Prairie Glass Studio (110 SE 8th): Autumn is near! Warm colors and festive decor have filled the studio! Come into Prairie Glass Studio during First Friday Artwalk from 5-8pm to get some stunning fall pieces you won't find anywhere else! 5-8p.
Matryoshka Tattoo (902 N Kansas): Our gallery wall will have a new featured art show. Smith & Liston will return to the back patio. From the assertive sounds of electricity-driven blues, powerful and profound soul ballads, to the stripped down sounds of drum, bass, and vocally driven R&B grooves, Smith & Liston is at home in many musical situations, allowing their inner beauty to shine through and a connection between musicians and audience to occur. Hours are Tues-Sat from 10a-8p. FFAW hours are 10a-9p. Instagram @notomatryoshka.
Discover Nature Gallery (1100 SE Rice): Giclee images of American Landscapes and Wildlife. Giclee images of Guest Artist, Mathew Dieterich's Dark Skies over America. His image that was selected for the 100th Anniversary of the National Parks stamp is also on display. Hours are Mon-Fri from 10a-5p and Sat by appointment.
STUDIO 831 (831 North Kansas): Gwen McClain continues as our Featured Artist for September! Come see the range of this very talented artist! She is showing paintings, a drawing and a monotype! 4-8:30p on First Fridays.
Topeka Art Guild and Gallery (5331 SW 22nd Place - Fairlawn Plaza): It's a Birthday Party! You can have your cake and eat it too at Fairlawn Plaza Mall. The Guild celebrates 100 years of art with original paintings for sale in the mall that feature cake. One half of the proceeds from these painting sales will go to ARTSConnect, the non-profit organization that provides First Friday information to the Topeka community and half to the artist. Your support helps make Topeka a great place for art. There will be champagne and cake for your tasting palate provided by Fairlawn Plaza Mall. Topeka Art Guild will have an art activity table for guests. Also in the gallery is original art by Topeka community art educators. The Art Guild has occupied space and has had an association over the years with Topeka High School, Mulvane Art Museum, the Topeka Women's Club, Gage Shopping Center, before moving to Fairlawn Plaza Mall in 2003. 5-8p.
Two Wolves Studio & Artist Den (824 N Kansas, 2nd Floor): Featuring Art of the Two Wolves’ Collective; Oshara Meesha, Katherine Settle, Michael Smith, Danial Brennan, Morgaine Hawley, Amber O’Dell, Anthony Schwed, Pake McNally, Devi Wilbur and Alexander Lancaster. Vidhi Shah Mendhi is returning to our studio to offer her beautiful Henna tattoos to our guest. Our student guest artist is Topeka High School’s Malchi Large. 5-9p. Instagram @two_wolves_studio
Glaciers Edge Winery (1636 SE 85th, Wakarusa): Spend your FFAW at the winery and try samples of our newest release: 2014 Norton. Enjoy wine and slushies by the pour or a bottle and watch the sunset from the porch or patio. Picnics, take-out, snacks are welcome to enjoy along with your choice of wine or slushie! (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 4-8:30p.
Portico (900 N Kansas): Visit us in our new, beautiful location at 900 N. Kansas Ave. We feature unique, one-of-a-kind items, including home décor, vintage and antique furniture, industrial, architectural, collectibles and FUNKY! We will be serving beverages and snacks during FFAW and Jazzy Dogz will be in front of the shop! See and be seen in NOTO! FFAW hours are 10a-9p. Regular hours are Thurs-Fri from 10a-5:30p and Sat from 10a-4p.
NOTO Arts Center: Morris Gallery (935 N Kansas): Meet Johanna Hanks and view her beautiful paintings in oil and watercolor of places she has been and painted. Refreshments. Her work will be feature in September and October. 6-8p.
Alice C. Sabatini Gallery @ Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library (1515 SW 10th): Enjoy a roaring, art-filled evening at the Sabatini Gallery with the mechanical masterpieces of Motorized. Discover local artists that are inspired by cars and motorcycles. This exhibit of mechanical masterpieces runs Friday, Aug. 12 - Saturday, Oct. 16.
Shawnee County Democrats (5350 SW 17th): Celebrating the opening of our new office, join us for our first venture into FFAW. Featured artists include Lila Bartel, Dan Brennan, Morgaine Gabrielle Hawley, Rob Walker, and Devi Wilbur. FFAW hours are 5-7:30p.
NexLynx (123 SW 6th, 2nd Floor): Discover art downtown and enter for a chance to win two free tickets to Brew at the Zoo on September 24th! View the unique Oxidized Art by Charles Ray. Stepping outside the common practices used in making art, Charles put his fondness for printmaking and rusted sculptures together. The results are fantastic! Using oxidation, he produces some very contemplative images that contrast organic with geometric. Snacks, soda, beer and wine provided. 5-8p.
Beauchamp's Gallery (3113 SW Huntoon) opens a new exhibit this First Friday - "Yeqiang Wang : In the Prairie". This show features a collection of prairie images in both oil and watercolor. Ye is known for his style of heightened photo-realism and he utilizes this approach to capture big skies, shaded creeks, prairie burns and rolling hills. These works will be on display through mid-October. 5:30-8:30p.