July 25th Final Friday Events

22 07 2014

FINAL FRIDAY, July 25th, 2014

5 until 9 pm unless otherwise noted

http://www.finalfridayslawrence.wordpress.com

 

 

Final Fridays are made possible by support from the Lawrence Arts Center, Downtown Lawrence Inc., and The City of Lawrence

 

 

 

 

 

LAWRENCE ARTS CENTER (940 New Hampshire)

www.lawrenceartscenter.org

Lawrence Arts Center Final Friday events are sponsored by Gould Evans.

                       

betsy timmer. hitting home

 

Over the last couple of years, births, deaths, shifting relationships, and changing responsibilities have made me keenly aware of passing time. In response, I find myself questioning my priorities, my roles, my relationships, and my motivations. What truly matters to me?  What has real and lasting value? What am I working toward? I emerge from my usual blur of daily routines and to-do lists both in alarm and in awe of the precious and fleeting nature of even my most mundane moments. Again and again, I find myself considering and evaluating how I, and those around me, use this most finite resource – time.

 

chris wolf edmonds + pam sullivan

tall grass. deep water.

 

July 11 – August 23

 

Edmonds and Sullivan share a love of nature and creative visual poetry through color, texture, fabric, stitching, paint, and print.  This exhibition features the newest fiber works from both artists and  a variety of techniques and mediums.

 

jan gaumnitz. horse sense

July 5 thru August 16

 

Jan Gaumnitz’s newest work comprises her passions for photography and horses.  The exhibit is located on the main floor atrium on both north & south ends.

 

kyla strid. waggle dance

2013-14 ceramics artist in residence

 

June 27 – July 25

 

buzz cup line up

 

Borrowed from the bees and inspired by daily experiences in a life of travel, Strid’s work features the places, people, plants, books, conversations, foods, or insects encountered in her changing environments. Translating quiet moments and backyard treasures into the forms and surfaces of pots, her work parallels the waggle dance of bees, translating and communicating sources found along a wandering path of life.

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE SUMMIT (9th and New Hamsphire)

www.thesummitlawrence.com

 

Monthly exhibitions on the Climbing Wall Gallery

 

 

 

 

THE ELDRIDGE HOTEL (801 Massachusetts St.)

 

 

 

 

HOBBS (700 Massachusetts St.)

 

Featured Artist: John Geery

A cascade of vivid, retro-radioactive non-stop modern art excitement!

 

John Geery was born in Stull, Kansas and has been a resident of Lawrence for 25 years.
He received a BFA in painting from the University of Kansas and has been creating his unique brand of artwork for 30 years. His work has been featured nationwide.
Artist website: http://www.johngeery.com

 

 

 

 

LAWRENCE HITS & PAINTED KANVAS (7 E. 8th St.)

 

Painting on the Street!

Watch one of our talented artists create spontaneous art in front of Lawrence Hits’ office (lawrencehits.com, thevoiceoflawrence.com and lawrencetv.tv), located at 7 East 8th Street, just east of 8th & Mass Streets!

 

 

 

 

 

SIGNS OF LIFE GALLERY (722 Massachusetts St.)

 

Signs of Life Gallery is located at 722 Massachusetts St. in the heart of historic Lawrence, Kansas. We feature work by dozens of artists to suit a variety of tastes. Many are local, but we also represent artists of national and even international reputation.

Our beautiful gallery overlooks picturesque downtown Lawrence and we are convinced you will find it a satisfying place to experience art and cultivate your own creativity. Come in and let us help you find artwork that is a perfect fit for your life and space.

 

 

 

 

 

THE BOTTLENECK (737 New Hampshire St.)

www.thebottlenecklive.com

 

El Dopa Versus Naomi Welch & Landon Merrill

 

Naomi Welch

A resident tattooer at Ichiban Tattoo Studio, (1912 Massachusetts St.) Naomi Welch calls Lawrence, KS home, for now. An internationally shown artist, she owes her strong desire to pursue personal truth on a universal scale to her time at Willem de Kooning Art Academy (Rotterdam, Netherlands). Mediums utilized are as diverse as her interests and style. Current works however, feature predominately ink and watercolor.

 

Landon Merill

Landon Merrill is a graphic designer and artist currently living in Lawrence, Kansas. Drawing influences from surrealists, printmakers, comic illustrators, tattoos, and graffiti, Landon has crafted a unique style consisting of organic line work, intensely detailed illustrations, and condensed compositions. Visit The Bottleneck for Final Friday, July 25th to see more of his work.

 

 

 

 

 

SANDBAR SUBS & PEOPLE’S BANK (745 New Hampshire St.)

 

Sandbar Subs and Peoples Bank will be hosting a Final Fridays on July 25th at the 745 New Hampshire Street location. On exhibit will be artwork from Holly Green. Holly Green is a Lawrence native, acrylic on canvas artist. Exhibits will be seascapes, mountains and lake scenes inspired by the Gulf of Mexico to Ecuador. Her artwork is hanging in private collections.

Please stop by and enjoy wonderful Sandbar Subs appetizers provided by Peoples Bank from 5 to 9pm! Hope to see you there!

 

 

 

 

 

PACHAMAMAS (800 New Hampshire St.)

www.pachamamas.com

 

 

ZAK BARNES & BILLY BEESON, RECENT WORKS

 

ZAK BARNES
Known for his large Kansas-based figurative paintings, dubbed “surregionalism,” as well as his plein air works, Zak Barnes brings a special blend of influences and imagery from different periods. Barnes painted with the late Robert Sudlow for many years.

“My strongest influences are my immediate environment, life experience, and the way my mind interprets this information. I live and work alternatively within remote and more cosmopolitan settings. In this way I am able to explore a wide range of physical and emotional experience. I find fulfillment in the rhythm of my days out in the open, loading and unloading the truck with equipment, paints and dogs, setting up, and working with the elements. There is physical as well as mental work in the process – it becomes a meditation and a practice.”

BILLY BEESON

Billy Beeson was raised in Lawrence, KS. Skateboarding and art took up all of his free time from a young age. After high school he packed up and headed to NYC where he attended art school, showing his work at several galleries during his time in the city. At the age of 25 he returned to Lawrence. While he’s experimented with sculpting, woodwork and mixed media, his true passion is in painting. His work can best be described as process driven experimental.

Growing up I lived to paint. It’s all I thought about when I wasn’t skateboarding. Moving to New York and studying art was a dream come true. My experiences there helped me hone my skills and taught me to trust myself with my canvas. Upon returning to Kansas, fatherhood and family life took a front seat and for nearly 10 years art became an occasional hobby. That changed in 2012 when I was diagnosed with a rare neurologic disorder that causes stroke-like episodes. Faced with reinventing myself, I began painting again. The collective perspectives of getting older and facing mortality opened new doors into my own creativity. Rather than insisting that I find ‘my’ style, I’m open and willing to explore various mediums, take risks with colors and forms and challenge myself to embrace my pieces as they progress.

 

 

 

 

 

HENRY’S COFFEE SHOP (11 E. 8th St.)

 

“Had to Do It”

|| New Works by Addison Stonestreet ||

 

Opening: July 25th, 6-9 pm.

 

From the Artist:

The work I create is about embracing my Tourette’s syndrome. I view my Tourette’s as an advantage not a disability. It’s a unique quality that I bring to my art, my thinking and how I express myself. It’s all I’ve ever known. It is who I am. It’s not treated with medication and it’s not treated as a disability. I don’t use at as an excuse. It’s something I deal with everyday. Every new day brings a new path in life. Much like cyclic weather changes, my Tourette’s syndrome can be characterized by moving or recurring cycles. I incorporate weather patterns to express a feeling of chaos or harmony that evokes some kind of emotion. Air is equilibrium. Air represents movement. It can be light and breezy as the breath of spring or carry the power of gale force winds. Even the atmosphere needs rest, so in creating art, I seek ways to give my tics temporary respite from my never-ending movement of Tourette’s.

The intentions that drive my work are to be seen as thoughts that are the manifestations of what we experience. The idea of multidirectional movements are the result of freedom. Can’t freedom evolve into the notion of creativity? With creativity comes limitless possibilities. To limit the creative is to limit the progress of civilization and progressive action.

The ideas and influences that inform my work come from the fringe culture lifestyle I live. Because i am a skateboarder I am influenced by pop culture, a varied non-mainstream fashion sensibility, and individualism that comes with the sport. It’s a melting pot of style, taste, and behavior.

My process is to trust my instincts as I develop the piece. Combined with a chaotic layering process consisting of drips and intentional mistakes. While incorporating my tics into my work. Whether that be representational symbolism or physical mark making. In my work I use mediums that blends the unique style of street art, traditional, and contemporary materials.

 

 

 

 

 

 

WONDER FAIR (803 1/2 Massachusetts St.)

www.wonderfair.com

(above the Burger Stand)

 

Young Woman Authors  |  A YWAs: Young Woman Artists Special Event

Exhibition runs June 27–August 24, 2014

Final Friday YWAs readings, July 25, 7:00-9:00pm

 

 

Final Friday July 25th, Wonder Fair’s ongoing YWAs: Young Woman Artists exhibition will be the backdrop for a special evening event highlighting the talents of another group of talented YWAs: Young Woman Authors.

 

In preparing for YWAs, Wonder Fair curators observed and measured the gap that persists between the perception of equality in the art world, and its statistical reality: men, it turned out, were twice as likely to be represented locally in galleries as women. A familiar gap exists in the world of literature, where women’s literary organization VIDA has for four years tracked the gender distribution of magazine bylines, finding that stories by male authors appear in leading publications at an alarmingly high rate compared to stories by “the rarer sex.” In 2014, after three years of sustained attention and criticism of this gender trend, the numbers have begun to balance out in progressive magazines like The Paris Review.

 

To acknowledge and applaud these strides in supporting the cause of female creatives, Wonder Fair has invited local woman authors to present readings of their work at our July Final Friday event. Readers include (but aren’t limited to) Amber Brejcha-Fraley, author of From Kansas, Not Dorothy, and Megan Kaminski, KU Assistant Professor of Poetry and author of Desiring Map. Readings will take place intermittently between 7pm and 9pm in the Gallery, while our visually-rich exhibition YWAs: Young Woman Artists will be open and on view Final Friday from Noon to 10pm.

 

Artists in the ongoing YWAs exhibition include Shenequa Brooks, Grace D. Chin, Mariah Gillespie, Alison Moyna Greene, Rachel Gregor, Shelby Keierleber, Alicia Kelly, Kristin Morland, Yoonmi Nam, Daiana Oneto, Danielle Peters, Jaime Rovenstine, Jessica Simorte, Kasey Stertz, Katie Weatherly, and Anna Youngyeun. YWAs was curated by Meredith Moore, of Wonder Fair, and Paula Rose, of the Kansas City Art Institute.

 

 

 

 

 

 

PHOENIX GALLERY (825 Massachusetts St.)

www.phoenixgalleryks.com

 

Phoenix Gallery will feature artists Zee Galliano and Jay Alexander. We have music by Cucharada, and Richard Bean will be here with his honey and honey products. We will also have honey themed food as well as beverages from Z’s Divine Espresso.

 

Zee Galliano, a local artist, has always been drawn to texture, pattern, and geometric shapes. Inspiration for her newest work is drawn from the most beautiful place she has ever seen—Zion National Park. Her love affair with metal began in 2005. Her pieces are all hand-fabricated out of mixed metals using traditional metalsmithing techniques such as sawing, riveting, soldering, and forging. Sometimes she begins with a specific idea in mind, but most often, design “happens” when playing around with raw materials (silver, copper, gold) in the form of sheet, wire, and tubing.

 

Jay Alexander has been working on three-dimensional materials since he was very young, starting with alabaster and wood then continuing with limestone and marble. In the last few years, he has experimented with other minerals and semiprecious stones. Jay explores human and natural elements around him, searching for beauty and the unusual in everything. A smooth finish that invites touch and a second look characterizes his work.

 

Founded in December of 2011, Cucharada had bound a trio of artists together looking to bring Tango music and its various subtypes to the area. They ventured to pursue the canon that is synonymous with Argentina in hopes of being true to the aesthetic while carving out their own interpretations. Some of it is time tested material, while other selections are culled from more recent “Nuevo-Tango.”

 

In the spring of 1971, a young man decided to pursue the notion of maintaining a beehive. That same inquisitive spirit manifests itself in the practice of beekeeping at Blossom Trail bee ranch. Honey production has made, and continues to make, Richard Bean’s reputation. His diverse expansion within the craft includes queen rearing and pollen collecting. Much like any knowledgeable student would have a rewarding hobby, his own is a bee keeping curriculum called BEES4US that he created. Join Richard at the July Final Friday Art Walk to witness what Mother Nature has allowed our honeybees to exploit in 2014.

 

 

 

PHOENIX GALLERY UNDERGROUND (825 Massachusetts St.)

www.phoenixgalleryks.com

Phoenix Underground will feature artists Tom Mersmann and Walt Hull for July’s Final Friday Art Walk.

 

Tom Mersmann is a painter of landscapes and, also, of intricate scenes of human and other natural life in northeast Kansas. A life-long Kansan, Mersmann studied drawing and painting at the University of Kansas. He was a large machine mechanic at ICL Corporation, and while working there was commissioned by the company to paint two pieces. One of these pieces is a wall-sized mural of the Kansas (Kaw) River located in the site’s conference room. Mersmann is retired and now paints full-time. His work was selected for the Douglas County Courthouse Exhibition in 2014. He has also shown his work at the Lawrence Arts Center, Hays Art Center, Deines Cultural Center, and other locations in northeast Kansas.

 

Walt Hull became involved with blacksmithing in the early eighties, roughly in the middle of a 20 year stint as a steel fabricator, and in 1994 was able to go full time as a blacksmith specializing in architectural work. Architectural work, it turns out, does not exhaust the aesthetic possibilities of the medium, and he began doing sculpture as well. From Walt: “It doesn’t matter where an idea comes from. It may be that I see something in nature which, for some reason, fascinates me, and I start visualizing shapes and movements in iron which seem to me to capture the cause of that fascination (e.g., “Dead Tree”). It may be that I see something happening in a piece I’m working on that seems to me to mean something, and I play with it until I find out what it is ( “(Un)folding”). Maybe it is a word or phrase that seems to need visual expression (“Pick/put”). What I always like to see is a little whimsy, a little ambiguity (as opposed to vagueness), a clean line, a finished look. I have no grand statement; I’m more into interesting questions.”

 

 

 

ESSENTIAL GOODS (825 Massachusetts St.)

www.facebook.com/essentialgoodslawrence

 

Please join us Friday, July 25th at the opening reception for artist Beth King for July Final Friday Art Walk. It will be a great evening and we hope to see you! Beth’s work will be up through August 28th.

 

ARTIST STATEMENT

My artist statement is a simple on: I love people. Yes, I will not deny for a second that they are difficult, sometimes needlessly mean, and often irrational, but the simple fact of the matter is they’re interesting. With all their flaws, they’re wonderful and engaging. The way people interact and influence each other has always been something I could not learn enough about, ever since I was a kid and drove my parents crazy with the non stop questions of “what’s your favorite______?”. All of my work is influenced by the expressiveness of the world around me and how I cope with it. Most of the work displayed here is my own, but I have included many collaborations because I think sharing the artistic experience with others is what ultimately makes us better, and an artist can always get better.

 

 

ARTIST BIO

I’m Beth King. I am a 2D and ceramic artist who loves working with anything that can get my hands dirty. I graduated from Emporia State University with a concentration in ceramics and a minor in art history. While I do not hold a job in art full-time, I have illustrated children’s books for Humanity Reads, a non-profit literacy group, and I hope to one day break into the exciting world of education. Art is how I navigate through the world and process emotions. Feelings and interpersonal relationships fascinate me, and I love to try my best to capture the expressive nature of the people and creatures around me and in my head. Color only adds to that. The symbolism and meaning you can achieve with colors is amazing and can make people understand without words, which is nice because I’ve never been great with those.

 

 

 

 

TEN THOUSAND VILLAGES (835 Massachusetts St.)

 

Tami Clark

Mixed Media Artist

Lawrence, KS

Tami Clark is a self-taught artist that began researching and exploring art mediums in 1995 and has built an arsenal of techniques that she now uses in her assemblage and mixed media art.  She is a full-time Director of Youth Ministries and teaches seminars on mixed media with the focus of empowering students.  Her inspiration comes from watching students of all ages discover that their natural talents fit perfectly in the world of mixed media.

 

 

 

 

 

FREEDOM’S FRONTIER in the CARNEGIE BUILDING (9th and Vermont St.)

 

 

 

 

 

THE BOURGEOIS PIG (6 E. 9th St.)

 

JESSICA WISNESKI, Works in Graphite

 

Largely self-taught, Jess began drawing portraits two years ago when a friend commissioned her for album artwork.  She became obsessed with capturing light on skin and fabric, and began learning portraiture by creating studies of her favorite musicians. These works encompass the last two years of her exploration in graphite.

 

 

 

 

LAWRENCE PERCOLATOR (in the alley behind Lawrence Arts Center on 9th St.)

*look for the green awnings

www.lawrence-percolator.blogspot.com

 

Dime Bag Show, closing reception

 

 

 

 

THE ROOST (920 Massachusetts St.)

www.920mass.com

 

Open on Final Friday Evenings

 

 

 

EXTRA VIRGIN (937 Massachusetts St.)

 

“Summer in the City”, Artwork by Kathleen Anderson, Laurie Culling, Dian Hauser, Leta Strom
Opens July 25, 2014 Final Friday, Reception 5-9pm.  Show runs through September 23, 2014.  There will be NO August Final Friday reception at Extra Virgin. You are invited to stop by the store any time during business hours for a cool break during the summer.  We look forward to seeing you at our September Final Friday reception.
 
Kathleen Anderson is a Lawrence resident who has been painting in watercolor and oil for the past 14 years.  She loves color in all its brilliance and subtleties with subject matter that includes landscapes, city scenes, seascapes, flowers and animals.  She is a member of the Lawrence Art Guild, the Greater Kansas City Art Association, and the Missouri Valley Impressionist Society.  Her work hangs in private and corporate collections and has been displayed in 1109 Gallery in Lawrence, SouthWind Gallery in Topeka, and Images Gallery, Buttonwood Gallery, and ARTichokes Gallery in the Kansas City area.  www.kathleenhelenanderson.com, www.artkc.com/anderson_k.htm

Laurie Culling is a visual artist and active visual artists’ advocate, living in Lawrence.  Ranging in style from realistic to abstract, her art explorations feature a variety of mediums including acrylic on canvas, mixed media on gypsum, monotypes, watercolor, pastels, hand-made paper collage, fabric and beads.  Her artwork has been exhibited locally, regionally and nationally and she has received numerous awards including Lawrence’s prestigious Phoenix Award in Visual Arts (2002).  Her works are in many private, public and corporate collections.  Laurie is a former Lawrence Art Guild co-president and vice-president, the co-founder of the Phoenix Gallery (1982), a founding member of the F.A.N. Club (1987) and Artist for the Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center (1988).  Laurie volunteered as art exhibit coordinator on behalf of the Lawrence Art Guild for the Lawrence Public Library for 20 years.  She was the volunteer Assistant Director of the Lawrence Art Guild’s 1109 Gallery in Downtown Lawrence.  www.laurieculling.com, www.convergenceart.com, www.lawrenceartguild.org

Dian Hauser is a mixed media artist living in Oskaloosa, Kansas with her husband and 14 turkeys (among other animals). She received her MFA from the University of Kansas in 2000 and has been happily making art ever since.  Her artwork references stories, verbal and written, that have a metaphysical basis.  Dian uses metal and wood as a ground for her collage/ drawing/ painting explorations.  She has exhibited her work locally and regionally.  Dian’s art hangs in corporate and private collections.  Dian was the Lawrence Public Library Art Liaison until 2013 and has had the pleasure of working with many Lawrence artists.  www.dianhauser.com

LETA STROM BACKDOOR PHOTOS  During her travels with her husband Steve, Leta Strom utilized traditional and modern photographic techniques to create canvas pieces that capture the charm and distinctiveness of various locales in Italy, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Czech Republic, and Slovakia.  Her photo company, “Backdoor Photo,” takes its name from the approach that Steve and Leta chose in planning their European adventure.  Rather than visiting a great many large cities, they chose to enter the countries through the ‘backdoor,’ wandering along winding cobblestone streets, becoming lost in the centuries-old charm of the villages and falling in step with the daily lives of locals. It is Leta’s hope that as you view her photos, you may become lost in the enchanting appeal of these European spots.  Leta Strom has been involved in the Arts and working with young people for over twenty-five years.  She taught high school drama and students with special needs. Leta resides in Lawrence, Kansas with her husband, Steve, and enjoys spending time with her daughters, Lauren and Kristin.

 

 

 

REPLAY LOUNGE (946 Massachusetts St.)

www.replaylounge.com

 

MATINEE SHOW 6-9 pm: Paper Buffalo / Westerners

 

NIGHT SHOW 10 pm: High Magic (AR) / Heidi Lynn Gluck

 

 

 

 

FIVE BAR / INGREDIENT (947 Massachusetts St.)

 

Five Bar (just to the north of Ingredient) on Final Friday for live music all night

 

 

 

 

GREENHOUSE CULTURE (1001 Massachusetts St.)

www.thegreenhouseculture.com

 

6:00-9:00pm July 25th
Featuring Artwork by Kevin Spykerman 

 

Live Jazz Music by Lester Estelle, Lynn Elliott and friends Refreshments provided.

Kevin Spykerman paints vivid wilderness images, specifically capturing the rugged beauty of Northern Minnesota shorelines, with the hope that the images he creates will help viewers escape the complications of contemporary life in order to rediscover the sense of wonder found only by surrounding yourself with primitive, unbroken nature.

 

Spykerman was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota and went on to study printmaking and painting at the University of New Mexico.  The artist currently resides in Lenexa, Kansas with his wife and two sons.

 

You can preview his work at www.kevinspykerman.com

 

 

 

 

 

AIMEE’S CAFE’ & COFFEE SHOP (1025 Massachusetts St.)

www.aimeescoffeehouse.com

 

Open every Final Friday

 

 

 

WATKINS MUSEUM of HISTORY (1047 Massachusetts St.)

www.watkinsmuseum.org

 

Help support student history project at Watkins Museum during July Final Friday

 

In 2010, students from Royal Valley Middle School began a project that combined Kansas history, fine art and the state legislature. Today, four years later, their project needs your help to regain the attention of legislators in Topeka.

The First Kansas Colored Volunteer Infantry was the first Union regiment of black soldiers to be organized during the Civil War. When the Kansas Legislature put out a call for submissions of artwork to be permanently displayed in the state Capitol, Royal Valley teacher Nathan McAlister and his students researched, designed and created a mural commemorating the First Kansas Colored to present to their local representatives. Though lots of hard work was put into the project and many letters were sent, the students have not yet been given the opportunity to share their project with committee members. The statehouse project has stalled, but students are determined to share the story of the First Kansas Colored with Kansans across the state and students of the Civil War across the country.

The mural, on display at the Watkins Museum, will be featured during Final Friday on July 25, from 6-8 PM. The public is invited to view the mural and sign a letter supporting its mission.

 

For more information on this and other upcoming events at the Watkins Museum, visit the museum website at www.watkinsmuseum.org or call 785-841-4109.

 

 

 

 

 

 

RENOVATED CHURCH AT 12th and CONNECTICUT

 

Passages, new work by Rena Detrixhe

Over the past year, many hands have helped transform the 147 year-old church located at the corner of 12th and Connecticut into a unique home to lease. In order to celebrate the completion of the renovation, an open house and art exhibition will be held on Final Friday, July 25th at the church. Local artist Rena Detrixhe has created a site-specific installation entitled Passages inspired by the space, its history and its future as a home.

Youngest of three children, Rena Detrixhe was born and raised in western Kansas where she spent her childhood exploring the world surrounding her family’s limestone home outside of Russell. Currently living and working in Lawrence, KS, she creates drawings sculptures, and installations combining found materials with repetitive processes. Her work is strongly influenced by the act of gathering, collecting, and observing. Working in and with nature has become a recurring theme in her practice. Detrixhe received her BFA in Expanded Media with honors and distinction from the University of Kansas in 2013. She has received numerous fine art scholarships and awards including a scholarship to attend the prestigious art school at Hongik University in Seoul, South Korea.

 

 

 

 

 

 

FINAL FRIDAY EVENTS IN THE WAREHOUSE ARTS DISTRICT

 

 

CIDER GALLERY (810 Pennsylvania St.)

www.cidergallery.com

 

LACES: An exhibition of work by Lawrence Arts Center Educational Staff

 

Featuring the artwork of over 45 staff and faculty of the Lawrence Arts Center. A multiplicity of work that includes ceramics, drawing and painting, handmade books, jewelry, photos, prints, sculpture, and film & digital media. The impressive collection embodies the diversity of experience, perspective and aesthetics present in the faculty and staff at the Lawrence Arts Center.

 

Reception July 25th from 5 until 9 pm

Show runs through August 26th

 

Cider Gallery is open Tuesday through Friday, 1-5 pm or by appointment:

art@cidergallery.com

 

 

 

 

SeedCo STUDIOS (826 Pennsylvania St.)

www.seedcostudios.com

 

 

Look for us next month at our new location in the Warehouse Arts District!

 

 

 

THE LAWRENCE ART PARTY (Lawrence Creates Makerspace 9th and New Jersey)

 

This month’s Final Friday Lawrence Art Party features music by the Lawrence band The Argyle Sky, grilled sausages from Fritz’s in KC, sculpture, paintings, and more! Artists include Donna DennisKobie KoblerUrsula Barnes MinorNick Schmiedeler,, Morgan SeamanSusan Peters AshleyFrank ShopenGarret Tufte, and Valerie Ford. The Final Friday Lawrence Art Party is held at the Lawrence Creates Makerspace at 9th and New Jersey from 5:30-9:30.

 

The Lawrence Art Party, a production of Lawrence Creates, is held every Final Friday at the Lawrence Creates Makerspace at 512 E. 9th Street (9th and NJ), Lawrence KS.  We welcome new artists. To apply for a Lawrence Art Party event, simply email a few images of the work you would like to show to lawrenceksart@gmail.com.

 

For information on our modest fees, set up times, and much more, check out the Lawrence Art Party Artist Information Guide.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ART EMERGENCY (721 E. 9th St.)

 

Art Gallery in the heart of the East Lawrence Art District. This is a big warehouse undergoing an awesome transformation to become one of the next great galleries in town. Come visit us to see the tremendous talents of many local artisans displaying their fine art, street art and sculptures. We are the giant green warehouse on the corner of 9th and Delaware, next to Star Signs. Free entry, live music, adult beverages, and no dress code, see you on Friday!

 

 

 

 

DECADE (920 Delaware St.)

 

Monthly Final Friday Exhibitions

 

 

 

FINAL FRIDAY EVENTS IN NORTH LAWRENCE

 

 

 

GASLIGHT GARDENS (317 N. 2nd St.)

 

 

CHARLIE FORSYTH

 

Bio:

Charley Forsyth is a seventh grade teacher at West Middle School in Lawrence. He has recently started creating handmade linocut prints from his home. He has no formal art training, apart from doodling during meetings. 

He was born and raised in Kansas, and much of his art draws inspiration from this and his other interests. This is his first art show. Some of his work is also available at Wonder Fair on Massachusetts Street. 

For more information, feel free to email him at seeforceart@gmail.com or find him on Instagram: @seeforce. 

 

 

 

IWIG DAIRY LOCAL FOODS GROCERY (622 N. 2nd St.)

 

Join us next month for a new Final Friday exhibition

 

 

 

THE BREWHAUS (624 N. 2nd St.)

 

The Brewhaus coffee shop is pleased to welcome Mary Braun as its featured artist for August 2014.  Please join us on Final Friday, July 25, 2014, 6:00pm – 9:00pm to meet the artist and celebrate her work.

Mary has been studying painting formally since 2011 and she received her BFA in painting from the Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, Missouri in 2014.  She has exhibited her work at several locations, including several solo exhibits:
Wallace Engineering  First Friday’s Art Exhibit in Kansas City (2014)
Alley of the Altars: Street Installation, Crossroads District, Kansas City, MO (2012)
Go to Bed Hungry: Installation, courtyard of the Blue River Community College, Independence, MO (2010)
Mary Braun: B-Vogue Salon, Independence, MO (2007)

The Brewhaus coffee shop located at 624 N 2nd Street, Lawrence is delighted to be able to share her work here in Lawrence, Kansas.
Artist Statement
I find it necessary to turn the ideas of landscape inside-out, a bit, and perhaps
upside down. My reasons are ethical, practical and experiential, and all of that feeds into
my studio practice and into the work. I continue to build a body of work in watercolor,
oil paint, collage, graphite, charcoal and India ink. These landscapes are sometimes
anchored by thick organic forms are accented with calligraphic and lyrical line and color,
and sometimes, they find a way to narrate the generous, the bright or dark, and the
organic.





Final Friday Map of Venues/Free State Festival Venues

26 06 2014

Download and print this map of Final Friday venues for June 27th, 2014

https://www.dropbox.com/s/ddaj4du86eqirkj/finalfridaysjune2014.pdf

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Final Friday during the Free State Festival, June 27th

23 06 2014

Final Fridays partners this month with Free State Festival and the Lawrence Arts Center on June 27th, the third day of the festival. The Free State Festival is a five day event in the Lawrence Cultural District featuring film, outdoor afterdark installations, music stages, film talkback events and much more. For more information on the festival, a full schedule of events and ticket information visit: www.freestatefestival.org

 

 

LAWRENCE ARTS CENTER (940 New Hampshire)

www.lawrenceartscenter.org

Lawrence Arts Center Final Friday events are sponsored by Gould Evans.

                       

waggle dance

exhibition by kyla strid, 2013-14 ceramics artist in residence

June 27 – July 25

 

Reception June 27, 5-9pm

 

INSIGHT art talk June 30, 7pm

 

Borrowed from the bees and inspired by daily experiences in a life of travel, Strid’s work features the places, people, plants, books, conversations, foods, or insects encountered in her changing environments. Translating quiet moments and backyard treasures into the forms and surfaces of pots, her work parallels the waggle dance of bees, translating and communicating sources found along a wandering path of life.

 

 

Urban Tribal Strangers In Paradox

A solo exhibition by Justin Baldwin

Antecedent Gallery

June 27- July 21

Reception June 27, 5-9pm

 

New York artist Justin Baldwin does his best work underground in the subway system. Unlike most who use their Metrocard to gain access to a city full of straphanging subjects, however, he merely uses the subway car as his studio.  This exhibit is curated by Roger Shimomura.

 

 

FREE STATE FESTIVAL

For a full list of free and ticketed events, look for the special pull-out section of the Lawrence Journal World on Sunday, June 22nd, or visit: www.freestatefestival.org

 

 

 

 

 

THE SUMMIT (9th and New Hamsphire)

www.thesummitlawrence.com

 

Monthly exhibitions on the Climbing Wall Gallery

 

 

 

 

THE ELDRIDGE HOTEL (801 Massachusetts St.)

 

 

 

 

HOBBS (700 Massachusetts St.)

 

Featured Artist: John Geery

A cascade of vivid, retro-radioactive non-stop modern art excitement!

 

John Geery was born in Stull, Kansas and has been a resident of Lawrence for 25 years.
He received a BFA in painting from the University of Kansas and has been creating his unique brand of artwork for 30 years. His work has been featured nationwide.
Artist website: http://www.johngeery.com

 

 

 

 

LAWRENCE HITS & PAINTED KANVAS (7 E. 8th St.)

 

Painting on the Street!

Watch one of our talented artists create spontaneous art in front of Lawrence Hits’ office (lawrencehits.com, thevoiceoflawrence.com and lawrencetv.tv), located at 7 East 8th Street, just east of 8th & Mass Streets!

 

 

 

 

 

SIGNS OF LIFE GALLERY (722 Massachusetts St.)

 

Signs of Life Gallery is located at 722 Massachusetts St. in the heart of historic Lawrence, Kansas. We feature work by dozens of artists to suit a variety of tastes. Many are local, but we also represent artists of national and even international reputation.

Our beautiful gallery overlooks picturesque downtown Lawrence and we are convinced you will find it a satisfying place to experience art and cultivate your own creativity. Come in and let us help you find artwork that is a perfect fit for your life and space.

 

 

 

 

 

THE BOTTLENECK (737 New Hampshire St.)

www.thebottlenecklive.com

 

 

 

 

 

PACHAMAMAS (800 New Hampshire St.)

www.pachamamas.com

 

Photographs by Camron Flanders

Works can be viewed throughout the restaurant and Star Bar

 

Camron Flanders is a true Lawrence native, born and raised. He was a proud Lawrence High Lion, going on to graduate from KU before setting out to Florida to pursue his dream of professional golf. Back in Kansas, he’s determined to explore his home state and show the world what his “fly over state” has to offer. In Lawrence, he’s ready to photograph you and your family as no one ever has.

 

 

 

 

 

HENRY’S COFFEE SHOP (11 E. 8th St.)

 

Another beautiful summer month at Henry’s on Eighth, and the lovely Kristen Shuler will be showcasing her newest embroidery works!
Stop by for a thai iced coffee, a sangria, or a simple rose-water lemonade and join us in celebration!

Bio:
Kristen is a self-taught embroidery artist living in Kansas City, Missouri. By day, she works as a Medical Social Worker at a community health clinic. Through her work teaching health literacy to families living with chronic illnesses, she finds inspiration for her hand stitched anatomical designs. Kristen owns and operates Hey Paul Studios and her work has been featured as cover art on articles in The Molecularist, Radiolab, Smithsonian Magazine, and The Atlantic.

About her work:
“I have observed strong emotional reactions to my work by people who have become more in touch with their bodies after dealing with an illness. My embroidery tends to draw the quirky and the fun lovers of art. The fact that the minority of consumers have the guts to hang some of my pieces on their walls makes my work unique.”

Take a peek at Kristen’s website :
http://www.heypaulstudios.com/

 

 

 

 

 

WONDER FAIR (803 1/2 Massachusetts St.)

www.wonderfair.com

(above the Burger Stand)

 

YWAs: Young Woman Artists at Wonder Fair

 

On Final Friday, June 27th, the Wonder Fair Gallery in Lawrence, Kansas will open its new exhibition YWAs: Young Woman Artists*. Exceptional artwork by 16 local woman artists under age 50 will be shown alongside the results of months of research tracking the gender gap in our creative communities. Wonder Fair curator Meredith Moore and independent feminist Art Historian Paula Rose have scoured the artist rosters and recent exhibition records of Kansas City’s and Lawrence’s most prominent galleries and institutions to determine whether female artists have more, less, or equal success in securing career-defining exhibitions amidst what some scholars have noted is a particularly masculine climate in our local art scene. This presentation of art alongside gender gap statistics is informed by theGuerrilla Girls “weenie counts” of the 1980s (primarily NY-based) and, more recently, artist Micol Hebron’s crowd-sourcedGallery Tally project (based in LA). Thisis the first systematic documentation of this kind in the Midwest.

 

Moore explains, “The goal is not to call out galleries and institutions—even ourselves—for perpetuating gender imbalance. Rather, through YWAs we hope to bring its benign neglect to the forefront of discussions about our art community, and to establish a network for the exchange of influence and support amongst women artists.”

Moore continues, “it doesn’t make much sense for successful artists to overwhelmingly be male; men do not disproportionately outnumber women in art programs–at KCAI, 2014 enrollment figures show that 62% of students are female. Over time, we hope to address this gender gap issue by exhibiting more women artists, more thoughtfully in our own gallery.” They extend the invitation to other galleries to do the same.

 

ABOUT THE ARTISTS:

 

In selecting artists to include in their accompanying exhibition, Moore sought out artists whose “talents dwarf their exposure in the local art scene,” while Rose looked for “bursts of creative energy” amongst students and recent graduates. Featured artists will include Shenequa Brooks, Grace D. Chin, Mariah Gillespie, Alison Moyna Greene, Rachel Gregor, Shelby Keierleber, Alicia Kelly, Kristin Morland, Yoonmi Nam, Daiana Oneto, Danielle Peters, Jaime Rovenstine, Jessica Simorte, Kasey Stertz, Katie Weatherly, and Anna Youngyeun.  Select images follow, accompanied by descriptions of the work. Additional and high-resolution images available upon request.

 

ABOUT THE CURATORS:

 

Meredith Moore and Paula Rose both earned Masters Degrees in Art History from the University of Kansas in 2009. Moore is the owner and director of the Wonder Fair Gallery in Lawrence, KS, and has worked in the collections, curatorial, and external affairs departments of the Spencer Museum of Art in Lawrence, KS. Her areas of specialization are printmaking, modern and contemporary art, and the evolution of social practice throughout art history. Paula Rose teaches Women in Art at the Kansas City Art Institute, among other courses, leads tours and restores artifacts at the Arabia Steamboat Museum in Kansas City, and is the former curator of the Plenum Gallery. Her areas of specialization include modern and contemporary art, popular culture, and feminist art and theory.

 

 

 

 

 

 

PHOENIX GALLERY (825 Massachusetts St.)

www.phoenixgalleryks.com

 

This month’s Final Friday Art Walk at Phoenix Gallery will feature artists Dave Van Hee, Dilesh Fernando, and a group show focusing on thematic life drawing by Thieves Guild.

Also come in and try samples of the local organic fare from one of the premier food trucks in Lawrence, The Blissful Bite, and listen to music by Darell Lea.

 

From Dave Van Hee: “Dave Van Hee lives and works in Lawrence, Kansas. This well-known artist is originally from Kansas City, Mo., and he thinks frozen waffles are really pretty good. His parents were not Brazilian acrobats, contrary to popular belief. Whether masks, ceramics or wearable art, you can always depend on Dave to have the most amazing, quirky, and talked about pieces around. Dave will bring new work for this show, so be ready!

 

Dilesh Fernando is a ceramic artist from Lawrence, Kansas. Mathematical proportions of the Golden Mean influence the function and aesthetics in Dilesh’s art. Fluid lines through surface decoration and glazes enhance the aesthetics, as well as enrich the tactile experience. He endeavors to create vessels for people to use in everyday life and continue to enjoy over the years. For those of you who own Dilesh’s work, you know that they are functional as well as beautiful. Some of the new pieces that Dilesh is working on for this show are not to be missed!

 

Phoenix Gallery, in coordination with Thieves Guild, also presents a group show focusing on thematic life drawing. Thieves Guild is a trio of Lawrence artists made up of Matthew Lord, Charlotte Pemberton, and Kent Smith. For nearly two years, Thieves Guild has hosted monthly thematic life drawing events on the first Monday of every month. The sessions focus on a central motif utilizing costuming, set design, and music to create unique drawing environments and inspire participants to approach life drawing differently than in a traditional academic setting. The ultimate goal of Thieves Guild is to foster a sense of community amongst local artists, celebrating the wealth of artistic talent located in Lawrence. Loyal attendees will submit sketches, finished artwork, and photographs documenting Thieves Guild events to show at Phoenix Gallery for the June Final Friday Art Walk.

 

Be sure to come out and see Darrell Lea, a well-known singer, guitarist, and song-writer from Lawrence, KS.

 

 

 

PHOENIX GALLERY UNDERGROUND (825 Massachusetts St.)

www.phoenixgalleryks.com

Phoenix Underground presents artists Karen Matheis and Lora Jost for the June Final Friday Art Walk.

 

“I Feel Love” by Karen Matheis:

I Feel Love is a series of figure-based paintings inspired by dancers reacting to D.J. mixed music. The idea for the paintings occurred when watching late night crowds at The Eighth Street Tap Room. The Tap Room atmosphere influenced the overall execution of the works. The cramped space gets steamy year round and the illumination is a hard light, creating shadows and blocking details. I Feel Love shows people dancing as a collective. They move together, but interaction is minimal.

 

 

 “Animals” by Lora Jost

Animals includes imaginative drawings and a 2-foot mosaic that feature animals. In some of her work, Jost morphs animal and human characteristics to capture experiences while in other work she is concerned with birds, frogs, and other critters endangered by habitat destruction and climate change. Jost is currently bouncing around image-ideas with composer-friend Lynn Gumert (of Hightstown, NJ) and is playfully incorporating saxophones as symbols into some of her newest work. Lora is an artist with a studio in Lawrence, Kansas. Her recent seven-foot mosaic mural, Nearly Spring, was installed on New Year’s Day at Free State Brewery in Lawrence, Kansas. She has widely exhibited theme-based bodies of work using mixed-media collage, scratchboard, and mosaic.

 

 

 

ESSENTIAL GOODS (825 Massachusetts St.)

www.facebook.com/essentialgoodslawrence

 

Opening Reception for Paul Punzo :: El Gato

Please join us Friday, June 27th at the opening reception for Lawrence artist Paul Punzo. We are excited to have Paul back for Final Fridays at our new location on Mass. Street! It will be a great evening and we look forward to seeing you! Paul’s work will be up through July 24th.

About the Artist…

Paul Punzo is very happy to be able to be the featured artist at Essential Goods for the second time and will be bringing a variety of mediums to the show. In addition to new works of linoleum prints featuring cats, owls and sacred hearts, Paul will be showing paintings from his previous time here in Lawrence, LA and Wichita. He will have framed prints using colorful frames, smaller unframed prints plus tee shirts of his cat, Hopper! All prints are hand pressed using inks, watercolors, acrylics and spray paints to produce interesting pieces of art. Please enjoy!

 

 

 

 

TEN THOUSAND VILLAGES (835 Massachusetts St.)

 

 “How Queer!” presented by Kansas Queer Youth Network.

Please join us at Ten Thousand Villages Friday June 27th from 6:00pm to 9:00pm for the show “How Queer!” Several artists including Rae Fell, James Good-Decosta, Cadence Tatem, Chloe Sotomayor, Lydia, Jordan and others will present works which focus attention on issues facing LGBTQ+ youth in Kansas. Artist James Good-Decosta states “This show will feature the art of many young queer artists from Lawrence, Kansas. Much of the art will explore themes of the cultural and personal struggles of being a LBGTQ+ young person in today’s society.” The show will also raise funds so that members of the Kansas Queer Youth Network can attend the Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) Network National Gathering in July. Come help celebrate youth creativity and talent at the art show and fundraiser “How Queer!”

 

 

 

 

 

 

FREEDOM’S FRONTIER in the CARNEGIE BUILDING (9th and Vermont St.)

 

Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area celebrates Final Fridays with Youth Art

The fiery and contentious history of Freedom’s Frontier makes for some great art! Ever since the 1860s, the story of Freedom’s Frontier has been inspiring artists to share their perspectives through a visual medium. Art designed by students is the focus of the Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area Final Fridays this month, 5-9 p.m., Friday, June 27, at the historic Carnegie Building at 9th and Vermont, in Lawrence.

Freedom’s Frontier is happy to not only point visitors and residents to great art that interprets regional history, but to support new artwork that focuses on shared stories. Through Interpretive Grants, Freedom’s Frontier has supported murals, story quilts, and even a mobile mural on a Lawrence city bus. Three of these projects were collaborative projects produced by students:

  •      First Kansas Colored Volunteer Infantry — This mural is a creation of 85 middle school students from Royal Valley Middle School in Mayetta, KS. These students researched many aspects of the First Kansas Colored Volunteer Infantry. Based on this research, they designed and painted a mural. The project was made possible through a grant provided by Freedom’s Frontier. The mural is on display this summer at the Watkins Museum of History, 1047 Massachusetts St., Lawrence KS. Student artists and their history teacher, Nathan McAlister will give a presentation on the mural on August 16 at the Watkins Museum. But, for Final Fridays, the mural will be on display at the Carnegie.
  •      Lawrence’s “Rolling History” — The students at Van Go, Inc. created a rolling history lesson by partnering with the City of Lawrence to wrap a bus in a historic mural. Catch the bus on its regular night route through Lawrence. And for Final Fridays, view the mural at Van Go, 715 New Jersey, Lawrence. This project was made possible through a grant from Freedom’s Frontier.
  •      “Still We Rise” — Students at the African American Quilt Museum and Textile Academy wanted to tell the story of African Americans in Lawrence during Quantrill’s Raid as part of the sesquicentennial of the raid in 2013. Students researched their stories and represented them through a textile-based medium. Students are continuing their exploration of the era’s history with more story quilts planned in the future. The quilt is a part of the collection at the Spencer Museum of Art, 1301 Mississippi St., Lawrence. It is on loan to Freedom’s Frontier for Final Fridays.

Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area shares offices with the Lawrence Convention and Visitors Bureau. The CVB will cosponsor the June Final Fridays event at the Carnegie Library. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Know a budding artist?

Open to high school students, these two competitions recognize young artists in the state of Kansas:

 

 

 

 

 

THE BOURGEOIS PIG (6 E. 9th St.)

 

Crumble. Climb.

Marie McKenzie

A graduate of the University of Kansas’ Fine Art Program with an emphasis in Painting, Marie

McKenzie’s current works are a combination of painting and sculpture executed through the use of repurposed wood. Her sculptures central concern is in the convergence of humankind with nature. Highlighting the earth’s ever-changing surface, Marie investigates natural forms and landscapes with the effects of a global economy in mind, her work aims to be a testament to our legacy. Marie has exhibited in numerous galleries, non-profit venues and flash spaces in Missouri, Kansas and Colorado. Her creative process is centered at SeedCo. Studios, a shared artist collective and event space in Lawrence, KS.

“Tactile and textural, my recent wood sculptures highlight the earth’s ever-changing surface. The process of investigating and visualizing topographies, natural forms and landscapes – and then producing them in a way that celebrates their essence- is endlessly fulfilling. A recurring theme in my work is to peel back the layers of an environment in order to fully immerse the viewer. In this instance, I have appreciated and enjoyed the opportunity to investigate the inward and outward display of growth, separation and collision of the earth’s crust. By carefully cutting patterns in layer after layer of wood, I am working alongside the growth of the grain while simultaneously referencing the natural world’s formations and transformations.”

 

 

 

 

LAWRENCE PERCOLATOR (in the alley behind Lawrence Arts Center on 9th St.)

*look for the green awnings

www.lawrence-percolator.blogspot.com

 

Come see the Dime Bag, the Percolator’s yearly collaboration with the Social Service League on Final Friday, June 27th! This one-of a-kind event features local artists of all ages and abilities in a quest to make art out of found items from our beloved neighborhood thrift store.  Sales go to fund SSL & Percolator upcoming projects. Peruse the inventive, strange, primitive, refined and exquisite creations while enjoying performances by Richard Music’s Rock Camp.  As part of the Free State Film Festival, take in unusual projections by Percolators, including Walt Ohnesorge’s Mandala series.

 

 

 

 

 

THE ROOST (920 Massachusetts St.)

www.920mass.com

 

Open on Final Friday Evenings

 

 

 

EXTRA VIRGIN (937 Massachusetts St.)

 

“…and the living is easy…” (…SUMMER TIME…), Artwork by Kathleen Anderson, Laurie Culling, Dian Hauser, Leta Strom
Opens June 27, 2014 Final Friday, Reception 5-9pm.  Show runs through July 22, 2014

Kathleen Anderson is a Lawrence resident who has been painting in watercolor and oil for the past 14 years.  She loves color in all its brilliance and subtleties with subject matter that includes landscapes, city scenes, seascapes, flowers and animals.  She is a member of the Lawrence Art Guild, the Greater Kansas City Art Association, and the Missouri Valley Impressionist Society.  Her work hangs in private and corporate collections and has been displayed in 1109 Gallery in Lawrence, SouthWind Gallery in Topeka, and Images Gallery, Buttonwood Gallery, and ARTichokes Gallery in the Kansas City area.  www.kathleenhelenanderson.com, www.artkc.com/anderson_k.htm

Laurie Culling is a visual artist and active visual artists’ advocate, living in Lawrence.  Ranging in style from realistic to abstract, her art explorations feature a variety of mediums including acrylic on canvas, mixed media on gypsum, monotypes, watercolor, pastels, hand-made paper collage, fabric and beads.  Her artwork has been exhibited locally, regionally and nationally and she has received numerous awards including Lawrence’s prestigious Phoenix Award in Visual Arts (2002).  Her works are in many private, public and corporate collections.  Laurie is a former Lawrence Art Guild co-president and vice-president, the co-founder of the Phoenix Gallery (1982), a founding member of the F.A.N. Club (1987) and Artist for the Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center (1988).  Laurie volunteered as art exhibit coordinator on behalf of the Lawrence Art Guild for the Lawrence Public Library for 20 years.  She was the volunteer Assistant Director of the Lawrence Art Guild’s 1109 Gallery in Downtown Lawrence.  www.laurieculling.com, www.convergenceart.com, www.lawrenceartguild.org

Dian Hauser is a mixed media artist living in Oskaloosa, Kansas with her husband and 14 turkeys (among other animals). She received her MFA from the University of Kansas in 2000 and has been happily making art ever since.  Her artwork references stories, verbal and written, that have a metaphysical basis.  Dian uses metal and wood as a ground for her collage/ drawing/ painting explorations.  She has exhibited her work locally and regionally.  Dian’s art hangs in corporate and private collections.  Dian was the Lawrence Public Library Art Liaison until 2013 and has had the pleasure of working with many Lawrence artists.  www.dianhauser.com

LETA STROM BACKDOOR PHOTOS  During her travels with her husband Steve, Leta Strom utilized traditional and modern photographic techniques to create canvas pieces that capture the charm and distinctiveness of various locales in Italy, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Czech Republic, and Slovakia.  Her photo company, “Backdoor Photo,” takes its name from the approach that Steve and Leta chose in planning their European adventure.  Rather than visiting a great many large cities, they chose to enter the countries through the ‘backdoor,’ wandering along winding cobblestone streets, becoming lost in the centuries-old charm of the villages and falling in step with the daily lives of locals. It is Leta’s hope that as you view her photos, you may become lost in the enchanting appeal of these European spots.  Leta Strom has been involved in the Arts and working with young people for over twenty-five years.  She taught high school drama and students with special needs. Leta resides in Lawrence, Kansas with her husband, Steve, and enjoys spending time with her daughters, Lauren and Kristin.

 

 

 

REPLAY LOUNGE (946 Massachusetts St.)

www.replaylounge.com

 

Early show: 6 pm

DJ Boogie on the Patio: 10 pm

 

 

 

FIVE BAR / INGREDIENT (947 Massachusetts St.)

 

Five Bar (just to the north of Ingredient) on Final Friday for live music all night

 

 

 

 

GREENHOUSE CULTURE (1001 Massachusetts St.)

www.thegreenhouseculture.com

 

The Greenhouse Culture Final Friday Art Show
6:00-9:00pm June 27th
Featuring Artwork by Zachary Ingalls Live music by Calvin Scott 

Refreshments provided.

Artist Biography of Zachary Ingalls:

My earliest recollections included time spent drawing buildings. Typically houses or village street scenes, I always enjoyed drawing in the architectural styles that I liked. Fueling this interest, my grandfather would take me on excursions to historic museums and villages throughout New England. Sometimes we would just walk up and down Main Street in Newtown, Connecticut, taking pictures of the houses he pointed out, and that interested me. These earlier architectural forms have stood the test of time, continuing to exist as the world changes around them, and those experiences spawned a love of architecture, specifically Colonial. Over time, historic buildings would become a significant personal and professional focus.

Over time, hand drawings gave way to computer renderings, and while I initially considered those renderings as the way to best document a given structure, my parents began commenting on their quality. Together, we realized that these renderings were, indeed, works of art that could be appreciated by more than just the person who commissioned the work. Prior passion and the feedback from my parents has now resulted in an “accidental” business.
With this new venture in mind, I began doing renderings of other historic houses, commissioned works, and projects of interest. Among these was an initiative to draw several of the University of Kansas’ historic buildings. Beyond structures that were important to many, were those important only to the people who owned and enjoyed them. Each building poses a new challenge. On occasion, I am fortunate to have access to original building plans. At other times, I have made my own measurements, supplemented by detailed photographs. More than “art,” I see these renderings as the documentation of a structure, frozen at a specific point in time. They offer unique reference points, and allow the viewer to appreciate the building for what it is, as well as what it once was.

I hope you enjoy these as much as I have enjoyed drawing them.

 

 

 

 

 

AIMEE’S CAFE’ & COFFEE SHOP (1025 Massachusetts St.)

www.aimeescoffeehouse.com

 

“Mellowed”

Now-July 1, 2014

 

An exhibition of alternative process photography by Lawrence artist Amanda Monaghan.  Featuring sunprints, image transfers and pinhole photography.  All images are printed by hand using traditional darkroom techniques.

In addition to Monaghan’s work, the show features a variety of artwork from local mixed media artist, Kristina Crawford.

 

For this month’s Final Friday Art Walk, Monaghan & Crawford will be assembling a “pop-up” life-size camera obscura in front of Aimee’s Coffee Shop, from 5:00-8:00pm.  (The camera obscura will be open again on Sunday, June 29 from 1:00-4:00pm in honor of National Camera Day.)

 

This show is part of the South Mass Art Guild’s monthly featured artist program.  Both women are members of SMAG and hold positions as Officers of the Lawrence Art Guild.

 

www.lawrenceartguild.org

 

 

 

 

WATKINS MUSEUM of HISTORY (1047 Massachusetts St.)

www.watkinsmuseum.org

 

Centron movies and the Joe’s Bakery documentary, and fresh popcorn from the Mass Street Sweet Shoppe—all part of the Free State Festival. 6-8 PM.

 

 

 

 

 

ECOBOUTIQUO (1101 1/2 Masschusetts St.)

 

ECOBOUTIQUO
earth friendly fashion gallery

1101 1/2 massachusetts st. upstairs
OPEN SATURDAYS: 10:00-6:00
and by appointment- 785.979.6929
offering: ecocouture, recycled, upcycled,
handmade, art. jewelry, accessories,
some vintage, some thrift,
and some things unexpected.

 

 

 

 

 

FINAL FRIDAY EVENTS IN THE WAREHOUSE ARTS DISTRICT

 

 

CIDER GALLERY (810 Pennsylvania St.)

www.cidergallery.com

 

“Heat” a group show of Cider affiliated artists

The opening reception will coincide with the Free State Festival, and will feature bands on the Cider Stage in the north courtyard from 5 until 10 pm.

 

“Heat” features many regional artists who have been exhibitors in and friends of the Cider Gallery from its inception in April of 2013:

Stephen Johnson
Stan Herd
Janet Davidson Hues
Clare Doveton
Molly Murphy
Zak Barnes
Jeromy Morris
Jeremy Rockwell
Billy Beeson
John Sebelius
Tim Forcade

 

 

Free State Festival Cider Gallery Stage:

 

6 p.m. Drakkar Sauna, tight harmony, unique instrumentation and original lyricism

7 p.m. Olassa, country/Western/folk/pop with accordion and distinctive vocals

8 p.m. DJ G-Train, hip hop DJ

9 p.m. The Barefoot Boys, indigenous musicians Rayyan Kamal & Tim Clark will end set with a parade with Marching Away

 

 

 

 

SeedCo STUDIOS (826 Pennsylvania St.)

www.seedcostudios.com

 

SEEDCO STUDIOS
Final Fridays and Free State Festival
June 27th and 28th.

 

Final Friday, June 27th:

Open Studios 5:00-9:00pm

 

Resident Artists:

Felt Show
Foxy by Proxy
Fart Lyfe
We Win
Barrie Arachtingi
Jason Barr
Edward Francisco
Jesse Gray
Erok Johanssen
Alicia Kelly
Kate Larson
Brandon Mateer
Marie McKenzie
Landon Merrill
Jeromy Morris
Dani Ramirez
Catherine Reed
Jeremy Rockwell
Jessica Rold
Ryan Storck
Kyla Strid
Naomi Welch
Ben Welch
Aaron Youngstrom

 

Free State Festival @ Seedco stage and Busker stage
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Friday, June 27 and Saturday, June 28, 9:30pm–1am FREE

Members of Fresh Produce Art Collective will be projecting new collaborative works visible from surrounding streets.
www.freshproduceartcollective.com
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Friday, June 27, 10pm FREE
Nick Hallett and Brock Monroe
Building off Brion Gysin’s Dreamachine and the cut-up writing techniques introduced to William Burroughs by Gysin, the team of artist Brock Monroe and composer-musician Nick Hallett manifest an immersive installation-performance of abstracted light and electronically manipulated vocals. Its fragments of light are captured and reprojected as moving image, while Hallett delivers an interpretation of Burroughs’ cut-up writings, including selections from his noted work, “The Ticket That Exploded,” as a live soundtrack.
David Linton 11pm FREE
David Linton is a multiple-media artist traveling the vectors of sound, subculture and signal flow. He has been active in the downtown NYC experimental arts community for over 30 years. Originally a percussionist, David has created sound, music and something in between for many collaborative dance, theater and performance settings.
There will be music @ the Cider Gallery on Friday
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::::Saturday-June 28::::
Music and Buskers (stage will be in-between Seedco and building to the south, in parking lot)
5:45 p.m. August Gilbreath, street magic
6:45 p.m. Brian Wendling, juggling, comedy, energy!
7 p.m. Oils, progressive rock
7:45 p.m. Rod Sipe, magician and fire eater
8 p.m. Approach, hip-hop
Barry Anderson, VUM (band), Monta At Odds (band) 10pm FREE
A series of short films and video pieces from the ongoing musical collaboration project “The Janus Restraint” will be projected with accompanying live soundtracks by the collaborating bands VUM (Los Angeles) and Monta At Odds (Kansas City).www.barryanderson.com

 

 

 

 

 

THE LAWRENCE ART PARTY (Lawrence Creates Makerspace 9th and New Jersey)

 

The Lawrence Art Party, a production of Lawrence Creates, is held every Final Friday at the Lawrence Creates Makerspace. Lawrence Creates welcomes new artists. To apply for a Lawrence Art Party event, send a few images to lawrenceksart@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

 

ART EMERGENCY (721 E. 9th St.)

 

Art Gallery in the heart of the East Lawrence Art District. This is a big warehouse undergoing an awesome transformation to become one of the next great galleries in town. Come visit us to see the tremendous talents of many local artisans displaying their fine art, street art and sculptures. We are the giant green warehouse on the corner of 9th and Delaware, next to Star Signs. Free entry, live music, adult beverages, and no dress code, see you on Friday!

 

 

 

 

DECADE (920 Delaware St.)

 

Monthly Final Friday Exhibitions Presented by the Dinner Party Project

 

 

 

FINAL FRIDAY EVENTS IN NORTH LAWRENCE

 

 

 

GASLIGHT GARDENS (317 N. 2nd St.)

 

Monthly art exhibitions and music on the patio

 

 

 

IWIG DAIRY LOCAL FOODS GROCERY (622 N. 2nd St.)

 

 

 

 

 

THE BREWHAUS (624 N. 2nd St.)

 

The Brewhaus is pleased to announce Atomic Photography will be showing artwork this Final Friday.  Additionally, we are proud to be sponsoring a N.E.M.E.S.I.S Master Brewer FREE BEER contest!  Come vote for your favorite!

 

Atomic Photography is a salon style portrait studio that specializes in retro/vintage 1940s-60s pinup portraiture, transforming the everyday girl into a glamorous WWII/50s Pinup Girl.  A few times a year we dabble in highly stylized themed shoots with local burlesque troupes and other organizations.  Atomic Photography was founded in the summer 2009 by Racheal Major and Jen Young. We pride ourselves with being a collaborative project combining many art forms; alt-modeling, burlesque, high fashion, multimedia, and graphic design, as well as fine art. We also photograph weddings and live events.

 

The Ballad of Freyja

 

Featuring the Foxy by Proxy Revue

 

“White were the moorlands
And frozen, before her;
Green were the moorlands
And blooming, behind her.
Out of her gold locks
Shaking the spring flowers,
Out of her garments
Shaking the south wind,
Around in the birches
Awaking the throstles,
Beautiful Freyja came.”
— Kingsley.

 





Downloadable Map of Venues for May 30th, 2014

30 05 2014

Don’t Forget to Download Your May 30th Final Fridays Map of Venues

You can use the following links to download a printable pdf or jpeg file of the Final Fridays map of venues for May 30th, 2014. There are a lot of spots to hit, so make sure you take this out with you in printed or digital form in order not to miss anything!

PDF https://www.dropbox.com/s/u0yh9hxy81v9au1/finalfridaysmay2014.pdffinalfridaysmapapr2014 copy

JPEG https://www.dropbox.com/s/m1iqwl0qugtx6kt/finalfridaysmay2014.jpg





May 30th Final Friday Event Listings

25 05 2014

Final Fridays are made possible by support from the Lawrence Arts Center, Downtown Lawrence Inc., and The City of Lawrence

 

 

 

Final Fridays began in August of 2010 through the cooperation of the Lawrence Arts Center, Downtown Lawrence Inc., The Lawrence Cultural Arts Commission and a wealth of artists, gallerists, art collectives and local businesses, all of whom saw the value of the arts in our city and an opportunity to bring them to a wider public through this monthly free arts festival. Lawrence has one of the highest percentages of working artists in the country per capita, and has long stood out in the Kansas landscape as a mecca for creative thought and energy. On the last Friday of every month (all year long!) from 5 until 9 pm, the streets of Downtown Lawrence erupt, storefronts convert into flash spaces, and performances and exhibits spill in and out of galleries and businesses. Activities for kids, exhibitions designed to challenge adults, music, dance and theater for all ages are all within walking distance of each other.

 

 

 

LAWRENCE ARTS CENTER (940 New Hampshire)

www.lawrenceartscenter.org

Lawrence Arts Center Final Friday events are sponsored by Gould Evans.

                       

2014 Art Tougeau Pre-Parade Street Party

 

Grab your friends & family, bring your car, bikes, skateboards or whatever & decorate it for the parade. Paint and dance to live music, and hang out on a spring night with everyone else. The Lawrence Arts Center provides cool cardboard cars for the kids to paint, come early as they run out quickly. Street pARTiers can also view other custom show vehicles from all over the United States in town for the parade. Kick off the summer celebrating creativity and honoring the human spirit with a sense of humor with Art Tougeau and the Lawrence Arts Center. Or, just hang out and have some good, clean fun on wheels. If that’s not enough, there will be steam roller printmaking. Over 25 artists have been carving sheets of plywood that will be printed with a steam roller on New Hampshire St. Last, but certainly not least, Free State Brewing Company will be on hand to add to the festivities.

 

On the Street Party Stage:

Paper Buffalo

Star Haven Rounders

 

GOODNESS STEAKS

Original Philly cheesesteaks, complete with “Whiz” and all the grilled veggies – $5
local brats from Kroeger Meats and Frito Pie
chips, soda, bottled water

TORCHED GOODNESS
Crème brulee – flavors for the evening will be traditional vanilla, sea salt caramel, lemon-raspberry.  Two sizes – 3 ounce $3 and 6 ounce $5.  Torched fresh to order!

 

 

Not Compatible

Solo exhibition by John McCaughey

May 23 thru June 22

In 2011, James Bridle coined the term “New Aesthetic” to describe our society’s fascination with blurring the line between the physical and the virtual as well as our interest in the digital aesthetic. For instance, the U.S. Army has turned to a pixel based design for their camouflage, and there is the popularity of various types of QR codes. John McCaughey’s work engages this new aesthetic by exploring the intersections of the digital and the actual environment. Finding beauty in the discarded, juxtaposing old with the new, and blurring lines between organic and manmade, this exhibition spotlights the aesthetic place where physical and digital meet.  John McCaughey is currently 2013-14 Artist in Residence at the Lawrence Arts Center.

 

M(i)(A)cro: a contemporary drawing exhibition Group exhibition

May 15 – July 5

This exhibition includes the work of five artists working in the medium of drawing and attempts to capture the unknown through abstracted natural forms.  What is behind the perceived forces of the physical universe? What are the similarities and differences between the micro and macro cosmic universes?  Can making marks on paper help unravel the conundrums of observed reality?  Through drawing, these artists address the mysteries of the universe.

The collaboration, curated by David Mazure, is particularly interesting as the artists come from all over the country:  Sara Schneckloth, Columbia, SC; Greg Fuqua, Ames, IA; Basil el Halwagy, Boston, MA; David Mazure, New York, NY; Doug Russell, Laramie, WY; and Barbara Blacharczyk from Chicago, IL.

 

26th Annual Outdoor Downtown Sculpture Exhibition opening reception and walking tour- beginning in the lobby of the Lawrence Arts Center.  Wear comfortable walking shoes.  Rain or shine.

5:30 pm

 

The Lawrence Arts Center will for the first time host a steamroller printmaking event. Organized by John McCaughey, Printmaker-in-Residence at the LAC, and visiting artist Jesus De La Rosa. 25 artists from all over the state will participate by printing large woodblocks they carved. This event is in conjunction with the Art Tougeau block party and will be fun for the whole family.

There will be live music and alcohol for sale (Free State and Boulevard). So come watch the steamroller doing what it does best… making big prints!

 

 

 

 

OUTDOOR FILM SCREENING

Join us for a screening of Harrod Blank’s 1992 film Wild Wheels immediately following the Final Friday Street pARTy on the south wall of the Lawrence Arts Center.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE SUMMIT (9th and New Hamsphire)

www.thesummitlawrence.com

 

Monthly exhibitions on the Climbing Wall Gallery

 

 

 

 

 

THE ELDRIDGE HOTEL (801 Massachusetts St.)

 

 

 

 

 

PLAINS GALLERY (619 Massachusetts St.)

 

 

FD BROWN

F.D. Brown is a self-taught artist from Lawrence, Kansas who began his professional painting career in 1997. He paints southwestern, Native American, western art and recently began a series called “High Contrast” that brings to life iconic images. Mr. Brown is inspired by the rustic lifestyles of the cowboy, the proud heritage of the Native American and the beautiful colors of the southwest and now, the images of cinema and sport in dramatic color.

 

TERESA TREANOR

Colored Ink, Photography and Acrylics

Artist in Ink Scaping is a new medium I have recently been using.  The Photography I have done for a few years, and the Acrylics are something totally new and fun for me.

“I am 57 years old and just now finding I have a talent for art!  My children kept me too busy in the past to try new things on my own.  Middle age isn’t all that bad.  It’s fun and exciting to try new and different things.”

 

BILL KUTILEK

Showing kiln cast, glass sculptures. They are all abstract and range from painterly to minimalist. Each piece spends about a week in the kiln followed by many steps of grinding and polishing. The largest stands 29″ tall. “I graduated from KU with a degree in Design and an emphasis on ceramics and glass. I continued my glass studies with 6 sessions at Pilchuck Glass School in Washington. I have been working in my studio in rural Douglas Co. for the last 14 years.”

 

 

 

 

BE MOVED STUDIO (2 E. 7th St.)

 

“Stitching Old Wounds”

5:30-8 pm

Acoustic live music from: The Passionflowers, Youngest Children, and No Magic. Music starts around 6.

 

 

 

 

LAWRENCE HITS & PAINTED KANVAS (7 E. 8th St.)

 

Painting on the Street!

Watch one of our talented artists create spontaneous art in front of Lawrence Hits’ office (lawrencehits.com, thevoiceoflawrence.com and lawrencetv.tv), located at 7 East 8th Street, just east of 8th & Mass Streets!

 

May 30th Final Friday Artist Bio:

Eric Darmstaedter comes from an artistic family. His grandmother was a doll-maker, and his father has been a professional painter for most of his life. Eric began painting when he was 20 years old.

He attended art school at the University of Central Arkansas with an emphasis in painting. During his time at school, he fell in love with the post-impressionists’ use of color. He has a fascination with all things fantasy or surreal. His art is usually very detail-oriented and some take him months to finish.

Eric has worked as a preparator at the Baum Gallery of Fine Arts in Conway, Arkansas and was previously an instructor at a studio similar to Painted Kanvas in North Little Rock.

Eric’s portfolio website can be found at: www.bluecanvas.com/xedand he can be found on Facebook as well.

 

 

 

 

 

SIGNS OF LIFE GALLERY (722 Massachusetts St.)

 

Signs of Life Gallery is located at 722 Massachusetts St. in the heart of historic Lawrence, Kansas. We feature work by dozens of artists to suit a variety of tastes. Many are local, but we also represent artists of national and even international reputation.

Our beautiful gallery overlooks picturesque downtown Lawrence and we are convinced you will find it a satisfying place to experience art and cultivate your own creativity. Come in and let us help you find artwork that is a perfect fit for your life and space.

 

 

 

 

 

THE BOTTLENECK (737 New Hampshire St.)

www.thebottlenecklive.com

 

 

 

 

 

PACHAMAMAS (800 New Hampshire St.)

www.pachamamas.com

 

John Stephen Howard

Works in Oil

**Final Weekend for this Exhibition**

 

Works can be viewed throughout the restaurant and Star Bar

 

 

 

HENRY’S COFFEE SHOP (11 E. 8th St.)

 

Opening: May 30th 6-9 pm.

Handmade Collages by Mitch Meseke

 

Mitch Meseke is a psychedelic American folk artist and native Kansan. His work has been show in Colorado, New York, California and Kansas City. With a unique and strange approach to handmade collage, he captures an alternate universe.

 

 

 

 

 

WONDER FAIR (803 1/2 Massachusetts St.)

www.wonderfair.com

(above the Burger Stand)

 

Semi-Annual Print Sale

Throughout Final Friday weekend, May 30–June 1, Wonder Fair will host pop-up portfolio exhibitions by Shawn Bitters, the KU Printmaking Club, and Lawrence Arts Center printmaking students. Our weekend-long print party will be accompanied by a 20% discount on all art prints (including prints currently on view in Justin Marable’s Waste Not Mystics exhibition, extended through June 22nd).

 

To cap the weekend, join us Sunday, June 1st, 1-4pm for our first annual Prints and Paupers Salon. This festive gathering of print-lovers and printmakers will feature gallery talks and printmaking tips by Justin Marable and Shawn Bitters, a performance by local print bards

À la Poupée & the Chine-Collés, and a special art talk by KC-based art historian Paula Nagy Rose on the frequent and fanciful representations of unicorns throughout art history. Drinks and refreshments will be provided.

 

Find us:

Wonder Fair (Print Palace of the Great Plains!)

803 1/2 Massachusetts St.

Lawrence, KS 66044

phone: 785-856-3247

www.wonderfair.com

Hours:

Weekdays (all of them!) 12-6

Saturdays 10-7

 

 

Sundays 11-5

Final Fridays 6-10pm

 

 

 

 

PHOENIX GALLERY (825 Massachusetts St.)

www.phoenixgalleryks.com

 

Phoenix Gallery is presenting a very special Final Friday Art Walk on May 30th. On display throughout the gallery that evening will be lovely vintage dresses by Snootie Seconds of Lawrence. The dresses range from 1910 through each decade to up to the 1970s. Alanna, owner of Snootie Seconds, will also be at the gallery with other vintage pieces to see or buy. To make the evening even more special, we selected some of the top jewelry artists from the area to design pieces for the dresses. Each dress will have a specific artist working with the style and design of the era. Our featured artists are Rachael Sudlow, Andrea Ring, Nichole Collins, Elle Binder, Melanie Werts, Bill Collins, Louise Carroll, Ann Anderssen, and Britta McKee. Local artist Rachael Sudlow is our featured Final Friday artist and will have additional pieces on display also. We are happy to have the work of all of these well-known and amazing jewelry designers with us on this night and as artists in Phoenix Gallery.

We are also excited to announce that we are partnering with the Ballard Center’s “Wear it for Women” for this Final Friday Art Walk. “Wear it for Women” is a scholarship for mothers in crisis. These funds will be accessed by the Ballard Center in the mother’s interest to provide essential assistance for finite needs such as a car repair, gas for job interviews, or rent assistance in times where one payment would make a difference. Many times there is a relatively small amount of money standing between a mother and self-sufficiency. This fund would facilitate some of those situations. A portion of the sales of the featured jewelry, as well as a percentage of any art sold that night at Phoenix Gallery, will go toward this scholarship.

But the special night doesn’t end there! Merchants Pub and Plate will have desserts to sample. If you have ever tried their decadent desserts, you know you are in for a treat. We will have live music by Ardys Ramberg. She is a well-known singer from Lawrence, and will be performing songs from different eras to add to the evening’s theme. In our Vermont Street gallery, we will feature Liza MacKinnon. She will be showing her one of a kind work including full size dresses handmade with paper and other embellishments. Her work combines many different styles and each piece is intricate and beautiful.

 

 

 

PHOENIX GALLERY UNDERGROUND (825 Massachusetts St.)

www.phoenixgalleryks.com

Originally from Wichita, Kansas, Douglas W. Trowbridge has experienced many years in the professional world of the fine arts, publishing, and advertising. His travels have taken him from the Trowbridge Gallery he had established in Newton, Kansas, around the world to places such as the Philippines, to the New Mexican desert, and eventually, to southern California. It was there where he worked as a graphic designer, Director of Arts, and Publishing Manager, learning the commercial world of the arts. After earning many prestigious awards, he took a sabbatical to study the works of the old masters at the Norton Simon Museum of Art. His career in the fine arts has flourished since.

 

“I prefer my painting style to be that of a well written short story rather than that of an epic novel,” Doug explains, “and great art is meant to be a moment of sensational emotional content, experienced in a moment. If it catches one just right, it can hold one at a glance, and be remembered for a lifetime.” His works include landscapes as well as figurative painting, with and inclination towards Impressionistic style. “This form had proved the best for me, as it is neither boring nor long-winded. I enjoy having a simple style, a quickly-executed message, and room for the viewer’s interpretation.”

 

 

 

ESSENTIAL GOODS (825 Massachusetts St.)

www.facebook.com/essentialgoodslawrence

 

Opening Reception for Jennifer Gabriele :: Kansas | Bedazzled

Please join us Friday, May 30th at the opening reception for Lawrence artist, Jennifer Gabriele. It will be a fantastic evening and we look forward to seeing you there! Jennifer’s show will be up at Essential Goods through June 25th, 2014.

Kansas: Bedazzled
I love the process of making art. It’s tedious, time consuming, nerve-racking, and sublime. I often find that my art comes more from a place of process rather than from the final product. I love that from a distance it looks like each piece was silkscreened, but as you get closer you can see the careful strokes of a paintbrush or the slight uneven crease of a book page or map. You are looking at the most interesting timeline of the past three years I spent living in Lawrence. These paintings are a tribute to graduate school, the wonderful people that I have met here, and to the good, the bad, and the ugly that has occurred in this place that I currently call home.

Artist Biography
Jen grew up in Wooster, Ohio, where she was an avid athlete until she graduated from high school. She has a BA in Spanish and Studio Art, with an emphasis in sculpture and drawing, from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin. She also earned her MA in Hispanic Literature and Culture from The University of Kansas. She has taught in Spain as well as the States and has traveled around Europe. Jen works in media ranging from digital to ducting metal. She moved to Lawrence three years ago for graduate school and has since fallen in love with the town and the people that live here. Art keeps her calm and happy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

TEN THOUSAND VILLAGES (835 Massachusetts St.)

 

David B. Quinn

When asked to describe my works, I often fall back to describing them as colorful figurative abstractions.  While this is accurate, this is also a simplification.  Yes, my work contains some recurrent motifs.  These include figure, architecture, landscape, paths, plants and masks.

I am excited by some in changes my most recent work.  The architectural elements have become diminished and what remains of this is entirely fragmented.  Landscapes have become the space that the figures inhabit.  Frequently these landscapes overlap where the figures exist in or between multiple spaces.  My palette has also become more diverse, at times bringing forth explosive, almost fiery, colors.

I begin with a simple process.  I take my blank canvases and panels to work directly from models.  I layer poses and portraits on top of one another.  I do not know where the painting will take me.  I take the painting back to my studio and begin to develop the space that the figures occupy. I begin to push and pull the figures in and out of space.  Some disappear; others come to levels of distinct clarity.

As life changes and focus alters, people and places shift in clarity.  And so reflecting this, I hope my work is not only autobiographical but allows others to reflect on and appreciate the movements in their own lives.  It is important that my figures are not simply abstractions but portraits of individuals.  With this, I invite you share this place.

I began my studies at the Columbus College of Art and Design.  I continued my studies at the University of Kansas, being influenced by the amazing and diverse culture that surrounded me.  I graduated with a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts.  Since that time, I continue to be inspired by the culture and seasons that is around me.  I enjoy exhibiting my work both locally and regionally.

 

 

 

 

 

 

FREEDOM’S FRONTIER in the CARNEGIE BUILDING (9th and Vermont St.)

 

Preservation is the backbone of sustainable communities. It enhances the sense of community,

energizes local economies, and renews existing resources.— National Trust for

Historic Preservation

Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area celebrates

Final Fridays and National Preservation Month

Join the staff of Freedom’s Frontier to celebrate Final Friday and National Preservation Month from 5-9 p.m., Friday, May 30, at the historic Carnegie Building at 9th and Vermont, in Lawrence. Visitors on Final Friday will have a chance to see the preservation renovations to the building that were completed by Treanor Architects, and enjoy both the permanent exhibits in the city-owned building, and displays from the Douglas County Heritage Conservation Council. These displays will provide an overview of work done with grants from the council.

Sharing the story of Freedom’s Frontier requires the preservation of not only the region’s buildings and historic sites, but also the region’s communities and culture. Together, the region’s cultural and historic resources frame the story of Freedom’s Frontier and contribute to its “sense of place.” When these cultural and historic features are lost, a part of the past disappears forever and, as a consequence, our ability to connect to our heritage is diminished.

Preservation Month was designed to raise awareness about the power historic preservation has to protect and enhance our homes, neighborhoods, and communities—the places that really matter to us. It provides us an opportunity to celebrate the diverse and unique heritage of Freedom’s Frontier and enables all of us to become involved in the growing preservation movement. We invite you to explore historic neighborhoods, embark on new learning, and engage with historic preservation throughout the month of May and beyond.

 

 

 

 

 

THE BOURGEOIS PIG (6 E. 9th St.)

 

SELFIE DESTROY: MATTHEW J ASBURY

Matthew J Asbury has been an artist since he could hold a pen. His been living in Lawrence Kansas now for about 4 years. A very active man working two jobs at Third Planet and drawing chalkboards for The Bottleneck, Matthew still finds time to work his passions in art with lowercase KANSAS and expressing his spoken word Red Tail Reading. With a strong base in art he studied in Kansas City but drives his work from his experience on the street as a graffiti artist under the name DEDKIDD. With these tools and life experiences his work has developed into a very antagonist format to the traditional idea of portraits. working on his next collection “selfie destroyer” Matthew is pulling from all his outlets and a graffiti, spoken word, and fine arts to bring his thoughts of social media, individual emotion, and how inner reflections are expressed to other.

Come out to The Bourgeois Pig and enjoy the night with him and take some selfies that could end up as a part of his artwork.

 

 

 

LAWRENCE PERCOLATOR (in the alley behind Lawrence Arts Center on 9th St.)

*look for the green awnings

www.lawrence-percolator.blogspot.com

 

Honeypot

Walt Ohnesorge

 

The Lawrence Percolator will be hosting Honeypot, a solo show from Walt Ohnesorge about currency, flow, and exchange.  Learn about the Bitcoin technology, and expect to see some sexy, 24K Gold (plastic) bullion laden with Mapplethorpe imagery, contributions from local artists, and the United States Military. And a serious video montage of the most “money” videos the internet has to offer.  Over two thousand people have been invited to this monstrosity; don’t be the only one who doesn’t show up.

 

Viewer discretion is advised.

 

 

 

 

 

THE ROOST (920 Massachusetts St.)

www.920mass.com

 

Open on Final Friday Evenings

 

 

 

 

 

 

EXTRA VIRGIN (937 Massachusetts St.)

 

“SUMMER BREEZE”, Artwork by Kathleen Anderson, Laurie Culling, Dian Hauser, Leta Strom
Opens May 30, 2014 Final Friday, Reception 5-9pm.  Show runs through June 24, 2014

Kathleen Anderson is a Lawrence resident who has been painting in watercolor and oil for the past 14 years.  She loves color in all its brilliance and subtleties with subject matter that includes landscapes, city scenes, seascapes, flowers and animals.  She is a member of the Lawrence Art Guild, the Greater Kansas City Art Association, and the Missouri Valley Impressionist Society.  Her work hangs in private and corporate collections and has been displayed in 1109 Gallery in Lawrence, SouthWind Gallery in Topeka, and Images Gallery, Buttonwood Gallery, and ARTichokes Gallery in the Kansas City area.  www.kathleenhelenanderson.com, www.artkc.com/anderson_k.htm

Laurie Culling is a visual artist and active visual artists’ advocate, living in Lawrence.  Ranging in style from realistic to abstract, her art explorations feature a variety of mediums including acrylic on canvas, mixed media on gypsum, monotypes, watercolor, pastels, hand-made paper collage, fabric and beads.  Her artwork has been exhibited locally, regionally and nationally and she has received numerous awards including Lawrence’s prestigious Phoenix Award in Visual Arts (2002).  Her works are in many private, public and corporate collections.  Laurie is a former Lawrence Art Guild co-president and vice-president, the co-founder of the Phoenix Gallery (1982), a founding member of the F.A.N. Club (1987) and Artist for the Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center (1988).  Laurie volunteered as art exhibit coordinator on behalf of the Lawrence Art Guild for the Lawrence Public Library for 20 years.  She was the volunteer Assistant Director of the Lawrence Art Guild’s 1109 Gallery in Downtown Lawrence.  www.laurieculling.com, www.convergenceart.com, www.lawrenceartguild.org
Dian Hauser is a mixed media artist living in Oskaloosa, Kansas with her husband and 14 turkeys (among other animals). She received her MFA from the University of Kansas in 2000 and has been happily making art ever since.  Her artwork references stories, verbal and written, that have a metaphysical basis.  Dian uses metal and wood as a ground for her collage/ drawing/ painting explorations.  She has exhibited her work locally and regionally.  Dian’s art hangs in corporate and private collections.  Dian was the Lawrence Public Library Art Liaison until 2013 and has had the pleasure of working with many Lawrence artists.  www.dianhauser.com

LETA STROM BACKDOOR PHOTOS  During her travels with her husband Steve, Leta Strom utilized traditional and modern photographic techniques to create canvas pieces that capture the charm and distinctiveness of various locales in Italy, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Czech Republic, and Slovakia.  Her photo company, “Backdoor Photo,” takes its name from the approach that Steve and Leta chose in planning their European adventure.  Rather than visiting a great many large cities, they chose to enter the countries through the ‘backdoor,’ wandering along winding cobblestone streets, becoming lost in the centuries-old charm of the villages and falling in step with the daily lives of locals. It is Leta’s hope that as you view her photos, you may become lost in the enchanting appeal of these European spots.  Leta Strom has been involved in the Arts and working with young people for over twenty-five years.  She taught high school drama and students with special needs. Leta resides in Lawrence, Kansas with her husband, Steve, and enjoys spending time with her daughters, Lauren and Kristin.

 

 

 

REPLAY LOUNGE (946 Massachusetts St.)

www.replaylounge.com

 

6PM: Lawrence songwriter L. A. Fahy brings his variety rock band The Argyle Sky back to the Replay for another fun musical adventure. Opening the show is a rare Lawrence bar appearance by Billy Ebeling and the Late for Dinner Band. Rock n’ blues, covers and originals, family friendly and Replay friendly too.

 

 

 

FIVE BAR / INGREDIENT (947 Massachusetts St.)

 

Five Bar (just to the north of Ingredient) on Final Friday for live music all night

 

 

 

 

 

FIRST CHRISTIAN CHURCH (1000 Kentucky St.)

 

“A Celebration of the 20’s!” a Final Fridays Event

6:00 – 8:00 PM

Featuring Dr. Tandy Reussner on organ, accompanying “The Count” a Charlie Chaplain silent film. Also featuring artwork by Katlyn Conroy

 

First Christian Church is a beautiful historic building in downtown Lawrence, KS. The 100-plus year old sanctuary features a majestic organ. Dr. Reussner will perform on the organ, accompanying a 1920’s silent film along with a variety of sound effects from the stage. Once a common practice for entertainment, this kind of performance is rarely seen today. The evening will also feature popular music from the 1920’s and local artist Katlyn Conroy. Admission is free, so please come and join us!

Open 6:00 to 8:00. Doors will open at 6:00. Music will begin at 6:30.

 

 

 

 

GREENHOUSE CULTURE (1001 Massachusetts St.)

www.thegreenhouseculture.com

 

The Greenhouse Culture Final Friday Art Show
6:00-9:00pm May 30th
Featuring Artwork by Samantha Sipp
Live Jazz music by Lynn Elliott and friends during Final Friday.

Refreshments provided.

 

Artist Biography of Samantha Sipp:

I have been taking photos since I was young. I guess for me I have always seen photographs as a way of revealing something so much deeper than what we see at first glance. My favorite kinds of pictures are the ones that make you wonder.  I especially love portraits. People are beautiful and every single person has so much hidden beauty that I think we often tend to not see.

I love being able to capture and expose that raw beauty inside people and make us wonder what they were thinking or feeling or to even make us feel what they were feeling.

Anyone can take a picture, but can we choose to see beyond the first glance and look again to see something so beautiful and creatively made inside the people we see and through the things God has created around us.

 

 

 

 

 

 

AIMEE’S CAFE’ & COFFEE SHOP (1025 Massachusetts St.)

www.aimeescoffeehouse.com

 

 

 

 

 

WATKINS MUSEUM of HISTORY (1047 Massachusetts St.)

www.watkinsmuseum.org

 

Final Friday: Railroad Exhibit Opening
6-8 p.m., Free.

 

For more information on this and other upcoming events at the Watkins Museum, visit the museum website at www.watkinsmuseum.org or call 785-841-4109.

 

 

 

 

 

 

ECOBOUTIQUO (1101 1/2 Masschusetts St.)

 

ECOBOUTIQUO
earth friendly fashion gallery

1101 1/2 massachusetts st. upstairs
OPEN SATURDAYS: 10:00-6:00
and by appointment- 785.979.6929
offering: ecocouture, recycled, upcycled,
handmade, art. jewelry, accessories,
some vintage, some thrift,
and some things unexpected.

 

 

 

 

 

FINAL FRIDAY EVENTS IN THE WAREHOUSE ARTS DISTRICT

 

 

CIDER GALLERY (810 Pennsylvania St.)

www.cidergallery.com

 

SUE ASHLINE, COLETTE BANGERT

KEVIN WILLMOTT

Cider Gallery is proud to present the work of two local visual artists, Colette Bangert and Sue Ashline, as well as the official DVD release party for Kevin Willmott’s independent feature film Jayhawkers. Both Bangert and Ashline have been in Eastern Kansas since the early 60’s, creating works and developing impressive creative careers locally and internationally. Willmott is an award-winning filmmaker living and working in Lawrence, Kansas and has drawn national acclaim for his thought-provoking and challenging works.

Colette Bangert will exhibit several of her large works on paper that reflect seasons and fields through color and abstracted movement, as well as several “thread pieces” which are more slowly created, intricately stitched and vibrant tapestries, using thread as line and form. Bangert’s work has been widely exhibited and is in public collections across the world including the Museum of Modern Art, New York City; Kunsthalle Bremen, Germany; Victoria and Albert Museum of Art, London, England; Block Museum of Art, Evanston, Illinois; and the Spencer Museum of Art, Lawrence, Kansas.

Sue Ashline will exhibit a number of colorful works on paper, using acrylic in broad strokes and washes with delicately painted forms from line work in ink that suggest a humor and an abstraction of the still life process.   Ashline works at the Spencer Museum of Art amidst a collection of work which continues to inspire her. She has exhibited at many regional galleries including Wonder Fair, Landmark Bank Gallery, 6 Gallery, the home of William S. Burroughs, Pachamamas and The Bourgeois Pig.

 

 

 

 

 

SeedCo STUDIOS (826 Pennsylvania St.)

www.seedcostudios.com

 

Open Studios 5:00-9:00pm

 

Resident Artists:

Barrie Arachtingi

Jason Barr

Edward Francisco

Jesse Gray

Erok Johanssen

Alicia Kelly

Kate Larson

Brandon Mateer

Marie McKenzie

Landon Merrill

Jeromy Morris

Dani Ramirez

Catherine Reed

Jeremy Rockwell

Jessica Rold

Ryan Storck

Kyla Strid

Naomi Welch

Ben Welch

Aaron Youngstrom

Felt Show

Foxy by Proxy

Fart Lyfe

 

Located within the Warehouse Arts District at 826 Pennsylvania in a monolithic brick warehouse, this space is ideal for making, showing and engaging in all aspects of art. With art studios on the lower level and a music recording operation and event space in the main hall, the potential for creating and collaborating on projects at all scales is practically limitless. SeedCo is envisioned as a creative factory/laboratory with each of the resident artists bringing their singular artistic identity and prowess to expand and delve deeper into conception and production. At the heart of this project is a conscious intent to transform post-industrial space into a fluent medium all its own, specifically designed to transcend temporal and spatial values and condense them to create a heightened sensory experience. A multi-disciplinary approach emphasizing cooperation, collaboration, and community involvement and encompassing elements from fine art, sculpture, graphic design and production, music and recording, fashion, construction, digital media, and street art, the scope of this endeavor is far-reaching, but the flavor is distinctly home-grown. With its placement in the center of historic redevelopment, SeedCo Studios has the chance to act as a catalyst for creative growth, not only in Lawrence proper, but radiating outward into the surrounding regional area and beyond.

 

 

 

 

THE LAWRENCE ART PARTY (Lawrence Creates Makerspace 9th and New Jersey)

 

Don’t miss this month’s very special Final Friday Lawrence Art Party! You’ll enjoy music by Sam Billen, grilled artisan sausage sandwiches, art glass by the world renowned Vernon Brejcha, a special retrospective of the art of Bill Remmers, brain hacking, and much much more.

 

 

 

 

ART EMERGENCY (721 E. 9th St.)

 

Art Gallery in the heart of the East Lawrence Art District. This is a big warehouse undergoing an awesome transformation to become one of the next great galleries in town. Come visit us to see the tremendous talents of many local artisans displaying their fine art, street art and sculptures. We are the giant green warehouse on the corner of 9th and Delaware, next to Star Signs. Free entry, live music, adult beverages, and no dress code, see you on Friday!

 

 

 

 

DECADE (920 Delaware St.)

 

Tell Your Mother I Said Hello

Presented by the Dinner Party Project

 

 

 

FINAL FRIDAY EVENTS IN NORTH LAWRENCE

 

 

 

GASLIGHT GARDENS (317 N. 2nd St.)

 

“Quarry to Clarity”

New Works by Marie McKenzie

 

 

 

 

 

IWIG DAIRY LOCAL FOODS GROCERY (622 N. 2nd St.)

 

“Spring Inspired”

“Spring inspires me in many different ways. Everything is coming back to life, emerging year after year or maybe for the first time. Things are growing and beauty is everywhere…”

Meet one of Lawrence’s talented upcoming photographers, Caitlin Reed, and see some of her inspiring photographs. Caitlin moved to Lawrence six years ago, and soon discovered she loved shooting pictures.

“I love going on adventures and exploring new places. I take my camera wherever I go because I know I’ll find something cool to photograph. I really love taking pictures of people. I think sometimes that my mind sees things differently than others. I can see how small things can be so beautiful, so I love to capture them for others to see.”

Come see these captured beautiful small things and celebrate spring with Caitlin at the Iwig Dairy Local Foods Market. Enjoy the best ice cream in town in the sweetest most beautiful garden in town, complete with a gorgeous waterfall, all behind the store! Kids will have a chance to paint and eat ice cream cones. The store will be open until 9:00pm, featuring the best dairy products available and other healthy local foods from local farmers.

 

 

 

 

 

THE BREWHAUS (624 N. 2nd St.)

 

Artwork by local artists

 

 

FINAL FRIDAYS IN OTHER AREAS

 

 

CosMod (717 E. 22nd St.)

 

Excerpts: Pre/Post 9/11 Works & Artifacts 

Special showing:  In honor of the opening of the 9/11 Memorial Museum, Lisa Purdon, owner of CosMod Inc Studios, will be presenting images, objects, artifacts, artwork that preceded 9/11, to works inspired by events, in a post-9/11 world.  Two art pieces, both works on fabric made for the September 11 Quilt Project, will be represented that night in photos and prose. These two works are now in the permanent collection of the 9/11 Memorial Museum, open to the public, May 21, 2014.

In 1996, my work was moving away from traditional painting, increasingly focused on answering questions, armed with a magnifying glass, aimed at the culture. From constructs of the self in the digital world, to examining the hot new commodity in the new “attention economy”, things were changing very rapidly. Much like a documentary filmmaker, archivist, completest, the work moved into the realm of surrounding the viewer inside environments, working in many mediums as an installation artist.   In the days before 9/11, I was looking at identity in the context of the the internet, mass media. Was fascinated with the cultural hysteria regarding subjects like OJ’s trial to Princess Diana’s death, reality TV and celebrity worship.  In New York City, there was a cultural debate at hand, fears that we were on a destructive path, that all this technology was leading us away from ourselves and down a dark road: there were many fears including fear of identity theft and terrorism, a certain level of anxiety was ever-present. One day we woke up in Brooklyn, and overnight, it looked like we had collectively decided to start shredding everything, all personal information: fat, clear recycling bags were filled with shredded information, piling up on the pavement like giant marshmallows.  There was something there, there. I was responding to the hysteria and often with a sense of humor.

On 9/11, everything stopped: no trains, no planes, no delivery trucks, a great collective pause.  The artwork in my studio stopped, too.  This is a story about one artist’s attempt to make sense out of an utterly senseless series of events, and get back to something lost, to put the pieces back together again, in a post-911 landscape.   I hope you’ll join me on Friday, May 30th 5 – 9 pm

Information on the quilt project:

http://www.911memorial.org/tribute/the-september-11-quilt-project

http://www.nytimes.com/2004/01/02/arts/art-in-review-home-sewn-three-centuries-of-stitching-history.html

911 Memorial Museum:  http://www.september11uilts.org/911MemSep2012.html

 





Final Friday Events, April 25th, 2014

23 04 2014

LAWRENCE ARTS CENTER (940 New Hampshire)

http://www.lawrenceartscenter.org

Lawrence Arts Center Final Friday events are sponsored by Gould Evans.

 

 

University Dance Company Spring Concert

7:30pm 10/15$
The University Dance Company is a pre-professional performance ensemble located in The University of Kansas, accepting members by audition only. Students rehearse approximately four hours a week per piece for three months prior to the performance. Dancers perform at the Lied Center of Kansas, one of the most prestigious performing arts venues in the country. University Dance Company concerts feature choreography by faculty members and guest artists in modern, ballet, jazz, tap, flamenco, East Indian and other dance forms. Occasionally, outstanding student choreography is featured in the program.
 

 

 

 

 

 

THE SUMMIT (9th and New Hamsphire)

http://www.thesummitlawrence.com

 

Monthly exhibitions on the Climbing Wall Gallery

 

 

 

 

 

THE ELDRIDGE HOTEL (801 Massachusetts St.)

 

The Eldridge Announces Easter Egg Showcase
The Easter Bunny Left Its Eggs At The Eldridge

 

On Friday, April 25th, The Eldridge hotel will showcase artwork from artists of all ages at its Easter Egg Showcase.

 

This Final Friday exhibit is unique because the hotel will highlight artwork created by the Lawrence community instead of a single artist. The Eldridge hotel, located in historic downtown Lawrence, values community involvement and is excited to see how local artists and residents decorate their Easter eggs.

 

The Easter Egg Showcase will display Easter Eggs from Friday, April 18, to Sunday, April 27. The Eldridge will display the Easter eggs in its restaurants, TEN & The Jayhawker, hotel lobby, and as centerpieces during its Easter Brunch on Sunday, August 20th.

 

To participate in The Eldridge’s Easter Egg Showcase, please email Aparna Kumar, Marketing Manager for The Eldridge hotel, at akumar@oliviacollection.com or call 785-830-3927.

 

The Eldridge hotel is located at the heart of historic downtown Lawrence. The Eldridge’s contemporary charm includes warm valet and concierge services; award winning food and beverages; and innovative meeting spaces.

 

 

 

 

 

SIGNS OF LIFE GALLERY (722 Massachusetts St.)

 

Signs of Life Gallery is located at 722 Massachusetts St. in the heart of historic Lawrence, Kansas. We feature work by dozens of artists to suit a variety of tastes. Many are local, but we also represent artists of national and even international reputation.

Our beautiful gallery overlooks picturesque downtown Lawrence and we are convinced you will find it a satisfying place to experience art and cultivate your own creativity. Come in and let us help you find artwork that is a perfect fit for your life and space.

 

 

 

 

 

THE BOTTLENECK (737 New Hampshire St.)

http://www.thebottlenecklive.com

 

El Dopa vs. the Unknown

April is National Poetry Month, and this Final Friday at The Bottleneck will feature works on paper and on canvas by two-fisted local artists Matthew J Asbury, Mark Hennessy, and Jason Ryberg. April¹s Final Friday at the Bottleneck will present visual, printed work from these three artists celebrating poetry and luchadors including a first-time performance of El Dopa vs. The Unknown by Mark Hennessy and Jason Ryberg.

Matthew J Asbury was born and raised in Leavenworth, Kansas. A life-long lover of art, Matthew works in media ranging from chalk to digital media‹with some poems thrown in for good measure. Matthew has designed merchandise and promotional material for bands, freelances concept art, design, and comic inker, currently working on a comic book, and exploring repurposed portraiture. Art makes him happy.

Mark Hennessy is a local artist breaking previous fine records at both the town and the university libraries. He has taught in Poland as well as in the States. He was awarded Best Poetry Performance by the readers/writers of The Kansas City Pitch and the Academy of American Poets University prize by Guggenheim fellow John Baliban. He has published introductions for the collected works of Defoe and Wilde, travelogues for College Music Journal, flash fiction/paintings in Axcess Magazine, and poetry collections Cue the Bedlam and I Lost it All the Night the Day the Circus Came to Town. A recent PhD graduate Mark will read from his new work, Airport Motel, and show new paintings.

Jason Ryberg is the author of nine books of poetry, six screenplays, a few short stories, several angry letters to various magazine and newspaper editors, and a box full of folders, notebooks and scraps of paper that could one day be (loosely) construed as a novel. He is currently an artist-in-residence at The Prospero Institute of Disquieted P/o/e/t/i/c/s and an aspiring b-movie actor. His latest collections of poems are Motel, Diner, Liquor and Beauty Parlors, Train Yards And Everything In Between (both available from Spartan Press, 2014) He lives in Kansas City, Missouri with a rooster named Little Red and a billygoat named Giuseppe. Feel free to look up his skirt at jasonryberg.blogspot.com

 

 

 

PACHAMAMAS (800 New Hampshire St.)

http://www.pachamamas.com

 

Recent Works by Marie McKenzie and Kate Larson

Works can be viewed throughout the restaurant and Star Bar

 

 

 

HENRY’S COFFEE SHOP (11 E. 8th St.)

 

.|| Trace ||.
Works by Katherine Hair

 

Henry’s has the delight honor of showcasing magical new works by Katherine Hair. She is an Oklahoma based artists that caught our eye a few months back! This is a real treat!

Statement:

Katherine Hair is an Oklahoman artist with a background in installation work and printmaking. Inspired by nature and magical realism, her current show Trace explores growth and decay over time through watercolor and cyanotype. Trace fossils are geological records of biological activity. Just as trace fossils are hints of what once was, Katherine’s ethereal portrayal of flora and fauna reference the temporal nature of life.

 

 

 

 

WONDER FAIR (803 1/2 Massachusetts St.)

http://www.wonderfair.com

(above the Burger Stand)

 

Waste Not Mystics | New Work by Justin Marable

April 25–May 25, 2014

Opening with the artist Final Friday, April 25, 6:00-9:30pm

 

To prepare you for this month’s Final Friday opening at Wonder Fair, we can’t simply issue a statement about unicorns and rainbows. We need to tell you a story…

 

It begins like this:

 

“At the very end of the 20th century, a geneticist named Percival Tevius discovered a secret gene encoded in the DNA of a prehistoric Tarpan. Upon this discovery, he crossed the DNA with a common domestic horse, an ancient Konik, and a sprinkling of sustainably harvested unicorn magic. His lifelong obsession led to the birth of what he termed, Equus magia Cornu, or “magic horn horse”. Born of biological magic on the rural outskirts of a remote and landlocked village, the mystical herd came from humble and mysterious beginnings. Unfortunately, Dr. Tevius died soon after his discovery and the Equus magia Cornu became only a legend. Years after his death, however, myth became truth when a local rancher and oil baron of the small surrounding town captured the gentle creatures. They were forced onto the grazing grounds of a junkyard, raised in the waste of excess, and enslaved by an heir of 21st century chaos.  The mythical creatures fell victim to the baron’s toxic industry of exploitation…”

 

So opens artist Justin Marable’s most recent and, we believe, most grandiose art exhibition to date. Waste Not Mystics features a heroic band of unicorns whose illustrated adventures put a fantastical spin on bleak ecological realities. Visit Wonder Fair on Final Friday to learn the fate of Dr. Percival Tevius’ mythical creatures, to meet the artist, and to conclude that, indeed, this exhibition will be every bit as crazy and awesome as it sounds.

 

About the Artist

Justin Marable was raised in Robinson, a northeastern Kansas farm town.  Throughout his life, he has learned and wandered within the boundaries of his Midwestern homeland, observing the social and physical landscape of the surrounding region.  Social and environmental issues drive much of his work as well as influences from family, nature, and everyday life.  His life’s goal is to provide an ongoing stream of original art that flows from roots of urban and rural Kansas to the surrounding local and global community.  He currently resides in Topeka with his wife and three daughters.  He works full time at his home as an artist, husband, and father.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LOVE GARDEN SOUNDS (822 Massachusetts St.)

 

http://www.lovegardensounds.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DOWNTOWN UPSTAIRS (824 1/2 Massachusetts St.)

 

 

 

 

 

PHOENIX GALLERY (825 Massachusetts St.)

www.phoenixgalleryks.com

 

We have another exciting lineup for April’s Final Friday Art Walk. Artists Brian Horsch, Darin White, and Celia Smith will be here, along with music by Michael Paull and coffee from Z’s Divine Espresso.

 

Brian J. Horsch has been creating hand built and thrown ceramic sculpture since 2008.  He tends to focus on human and animal forms both real and unreal. He has a special affinity for farmers, ranchers, and indigenous Kansas critters. Many of his pieces are functional with human or animal accents. His studio is in Lawrence, Kansas and he lives close to nature near Stull, Kansas.

 

Darin M. White is an artist, independent curator, and art consultant based in Lawrence, Kansas. Together with his wife Shannon, a painter and arts advocate, he founded b.a.l.m. (beauty, art & life movement) in 2007. Together they promote creativity and action, and encourage others in their art and understanding. Darin equates his artwork to digging in the field, looking for treasures and mysteries to uncover and reveal. His current work is related to visions and dreams, which he hopes will raise questions for the viewer about the life they are living.

 

Celia Smith is a painter who uses acrylics, pencil, and pen. Starting with sketches from Nature and the human figure, she composes narrative pieces that are historical, literary, biographical, or simply spontaneous interpretations of the natural world. She enjoys painting animals that she has sketched from life in her wanderings, and does portraits on commission which include aspects of the life of the person portrayed. Celia came to Lawrence from Spain where she received her education at the University of Madrid.

 

Michael Paull is a composer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who has lived in Lawrence, KS since 1993, but originally came here from Fort Collins, Colorado. When he is not performing, he teaches at the Americana Music Academy and also does occasional composing and arranging work on commission. Lately, Mr. Paull has been working on an album of both new and older original material for a brand new CD he will be releasing later this summer.

 

 

 

 

 

PHOENIX GALLERY UNDERGROUND (825 Massachusetts St.)

www.phoenixgalleryks.com

 

The featured artist at Phoenix Underground for April’s Final Friday Art Walk will be Betsy Forcade. Betsy is a fine art photographer with decades of experience and a love of the natural world. She and her artist husband, Tim, shoot all over the world, looking for those rare transcendental        photographic moments in otherworldly, yet ordinary, wild places. Betsy lives in Lawrence, Kansas with her husband and two cats. Betsy realizes that the special, unspoiled places of the natural world are shrinking. If she can convey some of the beauty that she finds in the Flint Hills or the Baker Wetlands, for example, perhaps those who see her photographs may desire to protect our natural heritage. She feels a profound reverence for those areas of our world that are wild, that follow their own laws. Betsy believes that we learn about our own humanity by opening up to the teachings of the natural world. She loves sharing the wonder, complexity and grace that nature offers us.

 

 

 

 

 

ESSENTIAL GOODS (825 Massachusetts St.)

 

Opening Reception for Ann Dean :: Commotion

 

Please join us Friday, April 25th at the opening reception for Lawrence photographer, Ann Dean. It will be a fantastic evening and we look forward to seeing you there!

Artist Statement:

“I love photography because it gives me a chance to savor the fleeting moments in time that we all take for granted. I enjoy photographing my immediate surroundings here in Lawrence, Kansas, as well as doing travel photography. My hope is that my images resonate with the viewer as if you were actually there watching the scene unfold for yourself. I currently teach photography classes at the Lawrence Arts Center and I am a freelance photographer doing work with portrait, event and commercial photography. You can see more of my work on my website: anndean.zenfolio.com.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TEN THOUSAND VILLAGES (835 Massachusetts St.)

 

Eliza Bullock

 

I am an abstract artist based in Lawrence. My work utilizes techniques of monotype printmaking, painting, drawing, collage, assemblage and photography. In creating my work, my interest lies in that tense space between calm and chaos. Finding that place, for me, means allowing the process to lead me. That process is quite fluid. It is a dynamic, back-and-forth dialogue between myself and the work. It begins with an uninhibited intensity then undoubtedly leads to a more deliberate and delicate refinement. My hope is that the work presents a new experience to the viewer with each look and that it resonates on a deeply personal level and connects in an undeniable way with the viewer. To see more, visit www.elizabullock.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE BOURGEOIS PIG (6 E. 9th St.)

 

“Dads”

Paintings of the guys we know, by Emily Parker

 

Parker’s vibrant acrylic portraits of her own father as well as the fathers of her close friends drip with the familiarity of old Kodachrome albums. Each scene is saturated with a certain closeness, sometimes goofiness, and portrayals of love between the subjects. Her quick loose brushwork paired with delicate lines pull the viewer in and out of details, creating a storytelling kind of viewing experience.

 

 

LAWRENCE PERCOLATOR (in the alley behind Lawrence Arts Center on 9th St.)

*look for the green awnings

www.lawrence-percolator.blogspot.com

 

Hard Rain: Living with Bombs in Laos

Closing Final Friday, April 25, 5-9 pm

Join us for a Party against Bombies with reggae and zydeco music.

 

6:00 Zydeco Tougeau

7:00 Street Level Uprising

8:00 Ernest James & Barry Washboard Barnes

 

One plane load of Bombs, every 8 minutes, 24 hours a day….. for 9 years. This is what rained down on the small Southeast Asian country of Laos, mostly in secret, during the time of the American involvement in the Vietnam war.  Approximately 1/3 of these bombs failed to explode upon impact, & today, over 40 years since the end of the war, they continue to maim and kill people.

Hard Rain is an exhibit of photos, prints, textiles, artifacts, posters, historic and contemporary, exploring the continued unexploded ordnance contamination of Laos. Included are items on loan from the Legacies of War foundation.  Legacies of War was founded with the mission to advocate for UXO clearance, to raise awareness, provide a space for healing and create hope for peace.

The Lawrence Percolator is located behind 913 Rhode Island, in the Alley just east of the Lawrence Arts Center. All are invited and welcome!

 
 

 

 

 

DO’S DELUXE (416 E. 9th St.)

 

 

 

 

 

CORE:FORM (512 E. 9th St.)
“Random Expressions”

Photography by Marciana Derrico Vequist

 

 

 

 

THE ROOST (920 Massachusetts St.)

http://www.920mass.com

 

“Brick and Mortar” by Matt Kuhlman

 

Human development is a fascinating yet frequently overlooked force.  The buildings we construct and the cities we establish are very intentional efforts at shaping the world as we desire it, yet we are so closely entwined with this process that it is easy to overlook what an unbelievable phenomenon it is.  I make pieces that try to offer perspectives that highlight different qualities of the man-made world and addresses some of the larger questions:  Why do organic creatures choose to create such a geometric environment for themselves?  Is it really best to cover acres of land with grids of neutral-colored, cheaply constructed, inefficient homes?  If it’s not the best thing to do, why does this happen, and why do so many people find nothing unusual about the practice?  What causes us to regard a building either impressive or ugly?  What does the style and structure of our buildings say about our society?  Considering questions like this, I try to balance the extremes and come up with results that express the organic, geometric, beautiful, ugly, practical, and impractical qualities of the world that we choose to create.

 

 

Matt Kuhlman is a Chicago-based artist and writer originally from Lawrence, Kansas.  He earned a BFA in printmaking from the University of Kansas in 2008, and a Master’s in Journalism, also from the University of Kansas, in 2011.  His artwork has appeared in dozens of shows through the last ten years, and is currently a podcast contributor to the Boston-based arts and culture website Big Red & Shiny. 

 

 

 

 

AU MARCHE (931 Massachusetts St.)

 

 

 

 

EXTRA VIRGIN (937 Massachusetts St.)

 

“APRIL MAY…”, Artwork by Kathleen Anderson, Laurie Culling, Dian Hauser, Leta Strom
Opens April 25 Final Friday, Reception 5-9pm.  Show runs through May 27, 2014

Kathleen Anderson is a Lawrence resident who has been painting in watercolor and oil for the past 14 years.  She loves color in all its brilliance and subtleties with subject matter that includes landscapes, city scenes, seascapes, flowers and animals.  She is a member of the Lawrence Art Guild, the Greater Kansas City Art Association, and the Missouri Valley Impressionist Society.  Her work hangs in private and corporate collections and has been displayed in 1109 Gallery in Lawrence, SouthWind Gallery in Topeka, and Images Gallery, Buttonwood Gallery, and ARTichokes Gallery in the Kansas City area.  www.kathleenhelenanderson.com, www.artkc.com/anderson_k.htm

Laurie Culling is a visual artist and active visual artists’ advocate, living in Lawrence.  Ranging in style from realistic to abstract, her art explorations feature a variety of mediums including acrylic on canvas, mixed media on gypsum, monotypes, watercolor, pastels, hand-made paper collage, fabric and beads.  Her artwork has been exhibited locally, regionally and nationally and she has received numerous awards including Lawrence’s prestigious Phoenix Award in Visual Arts (2002).  Her works are in many private, public and corporate collections.  Laurie is a former Lawrence Art Guild co-president and vice-president, the co-founder of the Phoenix Gallery (1982), a founding member of the F.A.N. Club (1987) and Artist for the Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center (1988).  Laurie volunteered as art exhibit coordinator on behalf of the Lawrence Art Guild for the Lawrence Public Library for 20 years.  She was the volunteer Assistant Director of the Lawrence Art Guild’s 1109 Gallery in Downtown Lawrence.  www.laurieculling.com, www.convergenceart.com, www.lawrenceartguild.org

Dian Hauser is a mixed media artist living in Oskaloosa, Kansas with her husband and 14 turkeys (among other animals). She received her MFA from the University of Kansas in 2000 and has been happily making art ever since.  Her artwork references stories, verbal and written, that have a metaphysical basis.  Dian uses metal and wood as a ground for her collage/ drawing/ painting explorations.  She has exhibited her work locally and regionally.  Dian’s art hangs in corporate and private collections.  Dian was the Lawrence Public Library Art Liaison until 2013 and has had the pleasure of working with many Lawrence artists.  www.dianhauser.com

LETA STROM BACKDOOR PHOTOS  During her travels with her husband Steve, Leta Strom utilized traditional and modern photographic techniques to create canvas pieces that capture the charm and distinctiveness of various locales in Italy, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Czech Republic, and Slovakia.  Her photo company, “Backdoor Photo,” takes its name from the approach that Steve and Leta chose in planning their European adventure.  Rather than visiting a great many large cities, they chose to enter the countries through the ‘backdoor,’ wandering along winding cobblestone streets, becoming lost in the centuries-old charm of the villages and falling in step with the daily lives of locals. It is Leta’s hope that as you view her photos, you may become lost in the enchanting appeal of these European spots.  Leta Strom has been involved in the Arts and working with young people for over twenty-five years.  She taught high school drama and students with special needs. Leta resides in Lawrence, Kansas with her husband, Steve, and enjoys spending time with her daughters, Lauren and Kristin.

 

 

 

 

REPLAY LOUNGE (945 Massachusetts St.)

http://www.replaylounge.com

 

6PM: Dean Monkey & The Dropouts/Tele Novella (ex-Voxtrot)

10PM: White Fang (OR/Burger Recs)/Skating Polly (OK)

 

 

 

 

FIVE BAR / INGREDIENT (947 Massachusetts St.)

 

Five Bar (just to the north of Ingredient) on Final Friday for live music all night

 

 

 

 

 

GREENHOUSE CULTURE (1001 Massachusetts St.)

 

6:00-9:00pm April 25th
Featuring Artwork by Hakan Yasarer
Music provided by Brad Rich during Final Friday. Refreshments provided.

Artist Biography:

Hakan Yasarer was born and raised in Turkey. His interest in photography started when he was a teenager with a point and shoot camera.  When he went to college in 2000 he was able to buy his first professional camera and then began to seriously practice photography. While studying civil engineering at Mustafa Kemal University in Antakya, Turkey, he had a chance to learn from professional photographers in the region and participated in local exhibitions to broaden his knowledge. While pursuing his master’s and doctorate degrees in geotechnical engineering at Kansas State University, he continuously extended his knowledge of photography through self-directed study and attending professional workshops.

Hakan concentrates on creating images that are both aesthetically and emotionally moving by expressing his perspective with lines, elements, colors, and tones. As he encounters people from all over the world and discovers their rich cultural heritage, he dreams of traveling and exploring places near and far. Even though his dream of world traveling has not yet come to be, his future projects will be focusing on humanitarian subjects.

 

 

 

 

 

AIMEE’S CAFE’ & COFFEE SHOP (1025 Massachusetts St.)

http://www.aimeescoffeehouse.com

 

“The First Presbyterian Church First 5 Years program Would would like to invite everyone to join us at Aimee’s on the “Final Friday” in April, (April 25th), from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. to view the wonderful art our students have created and to enjoy some milk and cookies!”

 

 

 

 

 

WATKINS MUSEUM of HISTORY (1047 Massachusetts St.)

http://www.watkinsmuseum.org

 

Student Hangouts exhibit opens; KU organizations join the Watkins on April Final Friday

 

Joe’s Bakery, the Dine-A-Mite Inn, Wiedemann’s, the Gaslight Tavern, Johnny’s: every generation of students in Lawrence adopts local watering holes as hangouts in the down time between class, study and sleep. The Watkins Museum’s new temporary exhibit, From Classroom to Café: A Century of Student Hangouts, looks at some of the best-loved hangouts of the past with photos and artifacts. The public is invited to see the exhibit, play a game that tests knowledge of past and present hangouts, vote for a favorite local hangout, and enjoy refreshments at the exhibit’s opening on Final Friday, April 25, from 5:30-9:00 PM. Representatives from the Spencer Museum of Art will also share a digital display of photographs from Lawrence’s past.

 

On Final Friday, the Watkins will also host the KU Hillel 2014 Art Show, which features new works from 15 students. The Hillel events kick off with a Sabbath candle lighting at 6:30, with refreshments, raffles and voting for favorite artwork throughout the evening. At 7:00 PM in the Community Room, the Kansas History Conference presents its keynote speech from Dr. Bill Tuttle.

 

All the evening’s programs are free and open to the public.

 

The Douglas County Historical Society encourages civic engagement by supporting the research and interpretation of county history through active exhibits and thought-provoking educational programs.

 

For more information on this and other upcoming events at the Watkins Museum, visit the museum website at www.watkinsmuseum.org or call 785-841-4109.

 

 

 

 

 

 

ECOBOUTIQUO (1101 1/2 Masschusetts St.)

 

ECOBOUTIQUO
earth friendly fashion gallery

1101 1/2 massachusetts st. upstairs
OPEN SATURDAYS: 10:00-6:00
and by appointment- 785.979.6929
offering: ecocouture, recycled, upcycled,
handmade, art. jewelry, accessories,
some vintage, some thrift,
and some things unexpected.

 

 

 

 

 

FINAL FRIDAY EVENTS IN THE WAREHOUSE ARTS DISTRICT

 

 

CIDER GALLERY (810 Pennsylvania St.)

 

 

Cider Gallery Presents:

Zak Barnes & Billy Beeson

 

Opening reception: April 25th, 5-9pm
Show runs April 25th-May 28th, 2014

 

Z A K   B A R N E S
Known for his large Kansas-based figurative paintings, dubbed “surregionalism,” as well as his plein air works, Zak Barnes brings a special blend of influences and imagery from different periods. Barnes painted with the late Robert Sudlow for many years.
My strongest influences are my immediate environment, life experience, and the way my mind interprets this information.   I live and work alternatively within remote and more cosmopolitan settings. In this way I am able to explore a wide range of physical and emotional experience.  I find fulfillment in the rhythm of my days out in the open, loading and unloading the truck with equipment, paints and dogs, setting up, and working with the elements.  There is physical as well as mental work in the process – it becomes a meditation and a practice.

 

B I L L Y   B E E S O N
Billy Beeson was raised in Lawrence, KS. Skateboarding and art took up all of his free time from a young age. After high school he packed up and headed to NYC where he attended art school, showing his work at several galleries during his time in the city. At the age of 25 he returned to Lawrence. While he’s experimented with sculpting, woodwork and mixed media, his true passion is in painting. His work can best be described as process driven experimental.

Growing up I lived to paint. It’s all I thought about when I wasn’t skateboarding. Moving to New York and studying art was a dream come true. My experiences there helped me hone my skills and taught me to trust myself with my canvas. Upon returning to Kansas, fatherhood and family life took a front seat and for nearly 10 years art became an occasional hobby. That changed in 2012 when I was diagnosed with a rare neurologic disorder that causes stroke-like episodes. Faced with reinventing myself, I began painting again. The collective perspectives of getting older and facing mortality opened new doors into my own creativity. Rather than insisting that I find ‘my’ style, I’m open and willing to explore various mediums, take risks with colors and forms and challenge myself to embrace my pieces as they progress.

 

 

 

SeedCo STUDIOS (826 Pennsylvania St.)

http://www.seedcostudios.com

 

Open Studios 5:00-9:00pm

 

Resident Artists:

 

Whatever Forever

Felt Show
Foxy by Proxy
Fart Lyfe
Jason Barr
Michaela Carmen

Edward Francisco
Jesse Gray
Erok Johanssen
Alicia Kelly
Kate Larson
Brandon Mateer
Marie McKenzie
Landon Merrill
Jeromy Morris
Dani Ramirez
Catherine Reed
Jeremy Rockwell
Jessica Rold
Ryan Storck
Naomi Welch
Ben Welch
Angela Wright
Aaron Youngstrom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE LAWRENCE ART PARTY (Lawrence Creates Makerspace 9th and New Jersey)

 

Final Friday Lawrence Art Party

Lawrence Creates Makerspace

9th and New Jersey (NW Corner)

 

The Lawrence Art Party, a production of Lawrence Creates, is held every Final Friday at the Lawrence Creates Makerspace at 512 E. 9th Street (9th and NJ), Lawrence KS.  We welcome new artists. To apply for a Lawrence Art Party event, simply email a few images of the work you would like to show to lawrenceksart@gmail.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ART EMERGENCY (721 E. 9th St.)

 

Brand new Art Gallery in the heart of the East Lawrence Art District. This is a big warehouse undergoing an awesome transformation to become one of the next great galleries in town. Come visit us to see the tremendous talents of many local artisans displaying their fine art, street art and sculptures. We are the giant green warehouse on the corner of 9th and Delaware, next to Star Signs. Free entry, live music, adult beverages, and no dress code, see you on Friday!

 

 

 

 

FINAL FRIDAY EVENTS IN NORTH LAWRENCE

 

 

 

GASLIGHT GARDENS (317 N. 2nd St.)

 

“Quarry To Clarity”

New Works by Marie McKenzie

 

Opening reception on Final Friday, open until 2 am

 

 

 

IWIG DAIRY LOCAL FOODS GROCERY (622 N. 2nd St.)

 

“Arts & Technologies of Early Peoples”

Willow and Redbud Stick Basketry, bone tools, brain-tanned buckskin and other aboriginal tools replicated by Marty Falkenstien.

Basketry is the oldest form of art, predating pottery in our evolution as Homo Sapiens Sapiens; and it belongs to women. Tap into your own DNA and familiarize yourself with women’s and men’s survival tools and everyday works of art used by early peoples. Touch the deer hide transformed into suede-like buckskin, hold the elk handle and obsidian blade tool used to scrape the hair from the deer skin, marvel at the technology that weaves and twines sticks into useful baskets. These works of art are three dimensional and real.

Marty Falkenstien has over 20 years experience and influence by California Indian co-workers and friends, as a cultural interpreter in the National Park Service and as Director of Education at the Marin Museum of the American Indian in California. She now manages the first local foods market in Lawrence operated by the healthiest best tasting dairy in this part of the world, Iwig Family Dairy from Tecumseh.

Bring the kids and come honor the incredible artful skills of peoples in past times while you sample the healthiest local milks and ice cream skills of today from the Iwig Family Dairy. There will be kid’s activities and the store will be open until 9:00pm, featuring healthy local foods from local farmers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE BREWHAUS (624 N. 2nd St.)

 

Please join The Brewhaus for a dual brew tasting.  Ben from Nemesis Beer is providing beer for a beer tasting and Greenstone Coffee Roasters is hosting a coffee cupping.

 

In addition to hosting our house Artist, Molly Murphy, we will be hosting artist

Marilyn Pilkey Art
Fiber Art – Quilts – Accessories

 

A passionate environmentalist, she is committed to creating functional and decorative art using pre- existing materials.  She reclaims discarded mill ends, samples, and scraps – many of them vintage prints from her mother’s collection.

 

 

 

FINAL FRIDAYS IN OTHER AREAS

 

 

CosMod (717 E. 22nd St.)

 

Grand Opening: CosMod Inc Opens Soon in Lawrence

 

From 19th Century to 1980’s Americana: CosMod Inc Studios will open for business: it’s an art installation that will feel a lot like a pop-up store.  It’s parts and pieces of American history on display and for sale,|: vintage and antiques, furniture, lighting and things… like a pair of framed Nixon prints, a big-eyed girl vase, African Folk Art figure, an Art Deco ice bucket, Arts & Crafts floor lamp and WWII bunk beds… What does it all mean?  The changing collection tells a story, one that questions the how, why and for what reasons we choose to keep, what we lose along the way and what is left behind. Art schmart, whatevah!  It’s also a decorator’s closet of full of props, goodies, must-haves and several of those, “good gried, that’s the ugliest statue I’ve ever seen. I have to have it.” It’s that kind of space.

 

Mid Century Modern furniture and lighting to 1960’s vintage denim, early Chinese mud figures, to projects available for custom refinishing, artfully arranged: for sale and all available for prop rentals.

 

Lawrence to NYC to Lawrnece, to NYC to Lawrence.  The comparisons between Williamsburg, Brooklyn to Lawrence, Kansas were never lost on this former Kansan who went to NYC, earning a Masters degree at Pratt Institute while managing small businesses in Brooklyn.

 

Early 90’s Williamsburg, Brooklyn was a vast wasteland of opportunity for artists to try a new medium: business.  We were flying under the radar of Wall Street at the time, living through another bad economy, in a desolate, sadly  discarded neighborhood.  Many artists opened businesses not simply to support their craft, but to contribute something valuable, a new medium. The idea that art and commerce could co-exist, even flourish in an abandoned part of the city was made more unlikely in that it was largely inhabited by a host of characters from Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, etc. I think we were the only ones who found it charming: desolate, tall “big sky country” just a bunch of old factories, now empty. It was a wild west scene at times.  I felt right at home: Hootenannies on the main drag after a day, unloading truckloads of antiques from old factories and mills closed, up and down the east coast. American History.  We listened to clients, as personal shoppers and we were making art in the process. Seemed like a dream to me!

 

Coming back home to Lawrence, I wanted to bring something of the city back home. I found the most industrial space I could manage.  My business neighbors rebuild things like engines. It’s a very inspiring environment. There is no pretense about, but I think the work, the objects speak for themselves. Where Brooklyn meets Lawrence, this is where CosMod Inc is situated. It’s the Urban Central Plains…

CosMod Inc Studios

Lisa Purdon – owner





Final Friday, April 25th, 2014 Map of Venues

22 04 2014

 

Downloadable pdf copy of this month’s map:

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