Final Friday: August 26,2016

22 08 2016

Events for July 29, 2016

5:00 until 9:00 pm (unless otherwise noted)

Final Fridays are made possible by support from the City of Lawrence

Here’s a quick list of participating venues in alphabetical order with further details below:

  • THE BOURGEOIS PIG (6 E. 9th St.)
  • CIDER GALLERY (810 Pennsylvania St.) Warehouse Arts District
  • ECUMENICAL CAMPUS MINISTRIES (1204 Oread Ave)
  • THE ENCLAVE (624 N 2nd Street) North Lawrence
  • ESSENTIAL GOODS (825 Massachusetts St.)
  • EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL & BALSAMIC VINEGAR TASTING SHOP (937 Mass. St.)
  • THE GREENHOUSE CULTURE (1001 Massachusetts St)
  • HENRY’S COFFEE SHOP + BAR (11 East 8th St.)
  • MANA BAR (1111 Massachusetts St.)
  • THE PERCOLATOR (913 Rhode Island St.-yellow building in the alley)
  • PHOENIX GALLERY (825 Massachusetts St.)
  • PHOENIX UNDERGROUND (825 Massachusetts St.)
  • SEEDCO STUDIOS (720 E 9th St.)
  • STANDARD ELECTRIC TATTOOING (19 West 19th St.)
  • SUMMIT’S STEPS MINERALS (17 W. 9th St.)
  • TEN THOUSAND VILLAGES (835 Massachusetts St.)
  • WATKINS MUSEUM OF HISTORY (1047 Massachusetts Street)
  • WONDER FAIR (841 Massachusetts St.)
  • VENUES

    THE BOURGEOIS PIG (6 E. 9th St.) 6:00 to 9:00 P.M.

    http://www.facebook.com/TheBourgeoisPig

    Rosemary Murphy: Works on Paper

    Rosemary Murphy has spent several decades documenting the Kansas landscape through all seasons. In this series of small works on paper, she draws from the rural Douglas County area in which she lives. Murphy creates intimate vignettes of the landscape, meditations on small moments presented through the natural world.

    Rosemary Murphy is a retired art teacher, having taught at every level from elementary to college in public and private institutions. She has created stained glass window designs for a number of churches and spaces throughout the United States, and her paintings are in private collections across the country.

    CIDER GALLERY (810 Pennsylvania St.) 6:00 to 9:00 P.M.

    www.cidergallery.com

    Jen Unekis: Playing With Pauses

    From the artist: I was born in Los Angeles, the middle child of three. We had a house with citrus trees, a pool, trampoline and playhouse. When I was 4 we moved to an abandoned farmhouse in a rural area north of Topeka, and I would spend my youth entrenched in a struggling life on a farm. My family fell apart as I became an adolescent and I would move to across the country over the next few years (attending three different high schools in three years). Finally I landed back in Kansas, moved to Lawrence and enrolled in KU. Originally creating works in clay and slowly transitioning from multimedia sculptural pieces to paint.

    On the farm, I remember loving the rusty farm equipment and texture of the many layers of painted plaster and wallpaper. I find many of those same elements still attract me in my painting. A fine crumbling cracked line, a broken edge, a burnished surface with accidental combinations of textures and layers of color. Working in acrylic, oil-stick and graphite on board I am inspired by the unexpected. The pooling of watery color up against an inky line, or the way fine sketchy graphite marks can be obscured by paint yet still hold your interest. Images that feel out of place in a literal world yet still find their place in the world of abstraction. A piece that knows all of its off-balance flaws and embraces them. A piece with its own personality.

    ECUMENICAL CAMPUS MINISTRIES (ECM) (1204 Oread Ave)

    www.ecmku.org

    Lawrence Art Guild Association’s 2016 All Member’s Show

    The Lawrence Art Guild (LAG) is pleased to announce the Lawrence Art Guild Association’s 2016 All Member’s Show. This is the first All Member’s Show we have had since the closing of the LAG 1109 Gallery. The show is at the Ecumenical Campus Ministries (ECM). Join us Final Friday, August 26th, at the ECM from 5:00-9:00 for a reception.

    THE ENCLAVE, NORTH LAWRENCE ARTISTS COLLABORATIVE STUDIO (628 N 2nd St ) 6:00 to 9:00 P.M.

    https://www.facebook.com/EnclaveKS/?fref=ts

    The Enclave – Open Studio – Final Fridays in Lawrence Over the Bridge

    The Enclave is a relatively new incubator, laboratory and studio that has a number artists in residence.

    This is the first collaborative venture of its kind over the bridge and we have planted the Final Fridays flag in N. Lawrence.

    We are opening the studio once again to any Final Fridays enthusiasts.

    ESSENTIAL GOODS (825 Massachusetts St.)

    www.facebook.com/essentialgoodslawrence

    Gatherings by Leana Fischer

    Essential Goods is excited to present “Gatherings” by artist Leana Fischer! Please join us opening night on Friday, August 26th from 5pm to 9 pm to see a collection of new works by Leana. In addition to our Final Fridays opening reception, Essential Goods will also be celebrating its 3rd birthday at 825 Massachusetts! To honor the occasion, we will have The Czech as a live DJ (of KJHK, The Box Set and Darkwave) throughout the Final Fridays opening reception, as well as refreshments and treats. Please join us!

    Leana Fischer grew up in Virginia and moved to Arkansas with her husband in 2013. Her undergraduate studies were in the field of architecture and she has practiced architectural design professionally since graduating in 2009. In the past couple of years, she has branched her design skills in a more artistic direction. With a love for drawing and watercolor, she creates paintings and illustrations made simply to delight. Her subjects range from nature and landscapes to playful animals dressed like hipsters. With each piece, she strives to share those things that resonate with us all; glimpses of beauty, natural rhythms, every day wonders. She finds that the more she paints these little discoveries, the more she finds them. Though minimal, crisp, and sophisticated, her style maintains a sense of playfulness that gives her work a fresh, unique quality.

    Her current exhibit, “Gatherings,” is a collection of botanical watercolor illustrations inspired by the seasons. Her show will run through the month of September.

    EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL & BALSAMIC VINEGAR TASTING SHOP (937 Mass. St.)

    http://www.extravirginoilsvinegars.com

    Fall for Art

    VICKI VORMEHR Vicki Vormehr is a highly sought after artist from the Midwest. Her dedication to photo-realistic quality, and mastering the subtle change of light in her work, set her apart from all other artists in her field. Vicki graduated from the University of Kansas with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. Vicki’s paintings have achieved international attention and award winning acclaim. Vicki’s subjects include paintings of scenes on college campuses, Western art, motorcycle themes, landscapes, pet portraits and artwork to decorate children’s rooms. Vicki uses the finest professional quality paints and canvases for her paintings. Vicki has done watercolor paintings her whole life but has enjoyed trying other mediums including oils. She has taken oil painting classes at the Kansas City Art Institute and has enjoyed painting many canvases in a variety of subject matter. One of the most popular paintings are the custom pet portr aits. With warmth and a sense of humor matching her artistic ability, Vicki’s painting capture the spirit of the American experience. www.vyartgallery.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 spec ial needs. L eta resides in Lawrence, Kansas with her husband, Steve, and enjoys spending time with her daughters, Lauren and Kristin.

    PEGGY MOHR Though new to acrylic painting, Peggy has expressed her creativity in many ways since young. Music, dance and sewing were a major part of her growing up years, yet she always wanted to paint. She transferred to KU in 1975, graduated, married and raised her children in Lawrence, KS., where she currently resides with her husband, Larry. She worked for a local water color artist for many years yet never tried painting for herself. In 2008 she divinely came across a sketch she had done of her “brother’s mind” when she was in junior high, in Southern California. This was the kick she needed to pursue art for herself. After taking various classes at the art center she made the decision to focus on painting. For her, this had been a growing process, releasing a renewed love of the arts and gratefulness to God for His faithful “nudging”. http://peggymohr.com

    MADELINE TOLLEFSON began painting in watercolor in 1990, to fill the void when 4 children and 3 foster children began college or married life, and to renew an interest pursued before her marriage. She has studied continuously with Ellen Duncan (KWS, CWS, AWS) of Lecompton, Kansas. She paints weekly with the ‘Tuesday Artists”, also at Lecompton. She maintains a private home studio. Additionally, she has studied in workshops presented by Doug Walton, Tony Couch, Eric Wiegardt and Karlyn Holman, and numerous others. Goals are to glorify God and give joy with her watercolors, and to encourage others to pursue art at any age. Dreams include being a credit to her great-aunt, Fern Coppedge, who before her death in 1955 was a charter member of the ‘Philadelphia Ten’ women impressionists group. Madeline’s paintings hang in several private homes and in area businesses. www.bymadeline.com, www.artprintexpress.com/artist-Madeline-Tollefson-33.html

    THE GREENHOUSE CULTURE (1001 Massachusetts St) 6:00 to 9:00 P.M.

    http://thegreenhouseculture.com

    J. Prescott Photography; Musician John Benda

    Join us at 10th & Mass for art and music, featuring J. Prescott Photography and John Benda.

    Every picture tells a story. It is also true that there is a story behind every picture. As a resident of De Soto, Kansas since 1993, Joseph Prescott started telling stories through his photographs in 2000. His interest in photography dates well before that and even includes the excitement of watching a Polaroid (yup – remember those days?) image develop right before your eyes. With the advent of digital photography, Joseph was comfortable that he could do the requisite “practice” that he was sure it would take for him to achieve a level of satisfactory competence without going broke. Either way a picture is simply a result of the actual experience. One of his favorite stories behind the picture – High Falls, Chateaugay, NY, received honorable mention from Exhibition Without Walls, an online peer review. He has also been contacted by a Colorado website requesting images and permission to use them.

    John Benda is a rock/punk drummer turned sometimes singer/songwriter. He lives in Lawrence, KS and is quite pleased with that fact.

    HENRY’S COFFEE SHOP + BAR (11 East 8th St.) 6:00 to 9:00 P.M.

    https://www.facebook.com/henryscoffeeshop

    Hold My Hand by Kyra Gross

    Join us for the last Final Friday of the summer and feast your eyes on the incredible work of Kyra Gross. Hold My Hand features beautiful, surreal fiber works that will inspire your imagination.

    Showing through the month of September

    Statement from the Artist: A tentative title for this body of work was, “The Effects of Watching Too Much Steven Universe on My Work.” If you’ve watched Steven Universe you would understand the connection; quasi-genderless, binary-breaking, heartfelt, pastel clad characters dominate the show. I honestly believe that these characteristics unconsciously bled over into this body of work. There are characters present, but their gender and identity aren’t nearly as important as what they are trying to say. Tears spill out of faces and masked bandits hold hands and don’t let go. All of these feelings are amplified by the materials that I chose. Fibers are so sensual it’s disgusting; patterns and textures are piled onto one another to create a “soft” space. While working with fibers it is so easy to mess around with the notions of masculinity and femininity. Using a “feminine” task such as stitching, while also using “masculine” symbols challenges the viewer’s perception of fibers, and fiber artists. This playful combination of masculine/feminine motifs and materials in order to create honest emotions and moments is why I care about this work (& Steven Universe).

    MANA BAR (1111 New Hampshire St.) 6:00 to 8:00

    http://www.manabarlawrence.com/

    Mike Adams

    Join us at the opening exhibition for our featured artist for the month of September: Mike Adams

    One of Mike’s music projects will be performing at the opening as well: New Hypnotic School Sessions.

    Music begins at 6:30 p.m.

    Snacks will be provided and as always, we will be serving the finest kava kava, kombucha, artisan teas, and coffee.

    THE PERCOLATOR ARTSPACE (913 Rhode Island St.-yellow building in the alley)

    https://www.facebook.com/lawrence.percolator/

    “Cloth, strong, color : hand dyed fabric”

    Beautifully hand dyed fabric by KH & Irene Tsuneta

    PHOENIX GALLERY (825 Massachusetts St.) 5:00 to 9:00 P.M.

    http://phoenixgalleryart.com

    This August, Phoenix Gallery is pleased to feature the work of artists Susan Martin, Doug Sheafor of AlBo Glass and painter Janice Raiteri for our Final Friday Art Walk. Enjoy the music performance of Tallgrass Collective, a four piece singer songwriter band bringing us tunes from Cajun to bluegrass. There will be food and beverages provided.

    Susan Martin Designs:

    Susan Martin, a native Kansan, currently lives and creates in a small lake community in Bonner Springs, Kansas. Having left a career in the fashion industry to raise her family, Susan returned to her passion of design & fashion. She studied jewelry making in Kansas City and started designing leather wrap bracelets with pearls, crystals and metal. Her inspiration to create jewelry comes from a belief that jewelry should complement the woman – her skin, her eyes and her individual style. Susan does this by searching for beautiful gemstones like labradorite, moonstone, garnet, chalcedony and druzy agates. Coupling the gemstones with hammered metal, leather and chain, Susan’s designs are modern and affordable. Susan now has a full line of jewelry that reflects a woman’s unique style and compliments her life.

    AlBo Glass:

    AlBo glass is a family well known for production of glass forms. Doug and Bo Sheafor and children, Bram, Nathan, and Alison, are among the few families in the USA who enjoy getting together over a pot of molten crystal.

    “Our main goal at AlBo Glass is to produce beautiful, functional and sometimes funky objects to beautify our customers’ homes with affordable glass art. We also produce one of kind sculptural pieces. We never cease to take delight in the vibrant colors available and the way glass can magically capture and transmit light in a brilliant palette of colors.”

    Janice Raiteri:

    Janice Nabors Raiteri (whose maiden name, by the way, is Lawrence) recently moved back and will perhaps proudly discover she is distantly related to one of this city’s founders. Originally from Memphis, she says that her art changed direction in 2005, the day she turned an old carriage house on Indiana into a rustic studio. Creativity seems to be in the air here in Lawrence, the place she says has always felt like home.

    Janice presently teaches contemporary history and writing for an online university when she is not working at her studio at Seedco Studios, or helping her husband, Charles, rehab their craftsman bungalow on Mass. In the past, she has been Writer-in-Residence for the Mississippi Arts Commission, tutored at the University of Mississippi, taught in public schools and community colleges in Memphis, and for many years, was a real estate broker and appraiser in the Memphis area. Several of her short stories have been published in various literary magazines, and a screenplay she co-wrote with Charles was optioned by an agent in Hollywood.

    She says of her artwork, “I think…in ink…working with inks and watery-fluid acrylics on paper and artboards. My orgastracts evolve organically. The painting is an unfolding mystery. Sometimes I am ecstatic over the outcome. Others, well…more tearings for future collages!”

    In the past, she has taken a number of courses at Memphis College of Art, painted for a decade with artist Persi Johnson, and attended many workshops around the country led by nationally acclaimed artists. Over the years, Janice enjoyed having solo shows and gallery representation not only here in Lawrence, but also in Memphis (TN), Portland (OR), and Oxford (MS), in addition to an eye-opening stint as a fine art gallery curator.

    PHOENIX UNDERGROUND (825 Massachusetts St.)

    http://phoenixgalleryart.com

    Merge: Phoenix Underground Presents New Works by Matt Tucker

    This Final Friday, Phoenix Underground is pleased to present “Merge,” an exhibition of artworks by local photographer Matt Tucker. Join us opening night for a chance to meet the artist and to view a beautiful display of nature inspired works. The opening reception will be Friday, August 26, from 5:00-9:00 PM and will be on display through the month of September.

    “When I moved from Alaska to Kansas last summer, people often asked me what I would take pictures of. Vincent Van Gogh said, “If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere.” I have found this quote to be fitting many times in my life. Beauty really is everywhere if we slow down and tune into our surroundings.

    During my first year here I have been particularly drawn to the rustic, Americana scenes, and to the splendidly, contrasting colors of fall. Stories and emotions seep from the old barns and homesteads, just as they seep from the vibrant, fall foliage that commonly surround them.

    The title of this exhibit, “Merge”, embodies many connotations: the Midwest, where east meets west; my transition from Alaska to Kansas; metal prints and matted prints; past meets present. “Merge” represents a small portion of the beauty I have been drawn to during my first year in Kansas. The words of Van Gogh ring in my ears as I settle into life here in the lovely city of Lawrence!”

    Matt Tucker is a self-taught photographer now living in Lawrence, Kansas. Extensive travel in North America, as well as occasional visits to Latin America and Southern Africa, has allowed him to build a diverse portfolio. Matt strives to see the natural world with fresh, curious eyes. Nature triggers intense, emotional responses within him, and he aims to convey these emotions in his artwork.

    SEEDCO STUDIOS (720 E 9th St.)

    www.seedcostudios.com

    SeedCo (Open) Studios

    • Featuring resident artists:
    • Felt Show
    • Lori Andersen
    • Jesse Gray
    • Erok Johanssen
    • Cassie Jones
    • Maria Martin
    • Brandon Mateer
    • Jeromy Morris
    • Javy Ortiz
    • Rolf Petermann
    • Dani Ramirez
    • Janice Raiteri
    • Catherine Reed
    • Jeremy Rockwell
    • Elizabeth Rowley
    • John Sebelius
    • Ryan Storck
    • Kyla Strid
    • Aaron Youngstrom
    • Dana Wiseman

    Located within the Warehouse Arts District at 720 E 9th Street #7 in Lawrence, KS, this space is ideal for making, showing and engaging in all aspects of art. With 18 artist studios, a music recording operation and collaborative space/gallery, the potential for creating 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, construct ion, digital me dia, and street art, the scope of this endeavor is far-reaching, but the flavor is distinctly home-grown. SeedCo Studios is a catalyst for creative growth, not only in Lawrence proper, but radiating outward into the surrounding regional area and beyond.

    STANDARD ELECTRIC TATTOOING (19 West 19th St.) 6:00 to 11:00 P.M.

    http://STANDARDELECTRICTATTOOING.COM

    Jarod Hackney

    Displaying acrylic ink on watercolor paper.

    SUMMIT’S STEPS MINERALS (17 W. 9th St.)

    http://www.summitstepsminerals.com

    Composer and photographer Paul Rudy teams up with Summit’s Steps Minerals in a perfect pairing of stones and images.

    Artist’s statement: In late fall and early winter of 2014/2015 I began taking night photos on my property at Harmony Farm in northeast Kansas. Photos of the night sky, sometimes with the moon as a backdrop, began revealing many different kinds of orbs, shapes, and configurations I had never seen before. I also noticed that my breath found its way into them as well, creating designs that inspire my imagination. My breath mirrors the night skies…or is it the night skies mirroring my breath? Some of what is happening in these photos I can explain. Other aspects are simply mysterious and magic. The invisible manifests as inner microscopic realms become visible when they collide with the outside world, freezing in a moment on the cold winter air.

    TEN THOUSAND VILLAGES (835 Massachusetts St.) 5:30 to 9:00 P.M.

    http://facebook.com/tenthousandvillageslawrence

    Arcilia Gonzalez KANSAS OUTDOORS

    “I am going into my senior year as an art major at the University of St. Mary in Leavenworth. I wanted to devote this summer to drawing landscapes that would show the beautiful hidden scenery of Kansas. While I have experience in other mediums, I am taking this time to develop my skill with messy dark charcoal. My goal is to try to capture as much detail as I can in a charcoal drawing. I also draw on canvas to capture the simple landscape. I do commissioned drawings of specific landscapes and scenery. I hope my drawings give viewers ideas of places they know that re hidden in Kansas. My love is detail and nature is full of them. I hope my art spreads this message.”

    WATKINS MUSEUM OF HISTORY (1047 Massachusetts Street) 5:00 TO 9:00 P.M., Presentation at 7:00 PM

    http://www.watkinsmuseum.org

    The Great War at 100: The KU WWI Centennial Commemoration

    From 1914 to 1918, the world was torn apart by war, and this conflict has influenced global events to the present day. Now scholars at the University of Kansas are leading a four-year commemoration featuring lectures, readings, and social media projects about World War I.

    For our August Final Friday, the Watkins will host a presentation on the KU WWI Centennial Commemoration by several of the experts involved, including KU’s own Lorie Vanchena, Nathan Wood, and Drew Burks. They will detail the commemorative project itself as well as their own research into the war’s effects in Eastern Europe.

    Join us at Final Friday to learn more about this crucial conflict and local efforts to remember it. For more information on the KU WWI Centennial Commemoration, visit www.european.ku.edu/wwi-tribute.

    WONDER FAIR (841 Massachusetts St.) 6:00 TO 10:00 p.m.

    http://www.wonderfair.com

    FRESH INK Annual Juried Print Show at Wonder Fair

    Hot off the press! This August, Wonder Fair’s gallery will feature work by twenty-one hot-blooded, inky-finger’d, muscly-armed printmakers for Fresh Ink, our third annual juried print show. Curated by Katie Baldwin (printmaker, book artist, and Assistant Professor of Printmaking at University of Alabama-Huntsville), Fresh Ink is a manifestation of Wonder Fair’s foundational purpose: to establish Lawrence as a preeminent center for creative print culture in the United States, and to highlight the importance of printed matter in the world entire.

    Exhibiting artists:

    Kristi Arnold | Diana Behl | Ruben Castillo | Mary Gordon | Alexandra Janezic | Andrew Kosten | Rachel Livedalen | Amanda Maciuba | Jon Mahnke | Adrienne Miller | Sean P. Morrissey | Ashley Nason | Edie Overturf | Melissa Schulenberg | Nicole Shaver | Hannah Skoonberg | Sarah Smelser | Mike Sonnichsen | Greg Stone | Ken Wood | Cameron York





    Final Friday: July 29, 2016

    26 07 2016

    Events for July 29, 2016

    5:00 until 9:00 pm (unless otherwise noted)

    Final Fridays are made possible by support from the City of Lawrence

    Here’s a quick list of participating venues in alphabetical order with further details below:

  • BE MOVED STUDIO (2 East 7th Street, upstairs)
  • THE BOURGEOIS PIG (6 E. 9th St.)
  • CIDER GALLERY (810 Pennsylvania St.) Warehouse Arts District
  • THE ENCLAVE (624 N 2nd Street) North Lawrence
  • ESSENTIAL GOODS (825 Massachusetts St.)
  • EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL & BALSAMIC VINEGAR TASTING SHOP (937 Mass. St.)
  • THE GREENHOUSE CULTURE (1001 Massachusetts St)
  • HENRY’S COFFEE SHOP + BAR (11 East 8th St.)
  • LAWRENCE ARTS CENTER (940 New Hampshire St.)
  • LAWRENCE OPERA THEATRE & LAWRENCE LIBRARY (707 Vermont St.)
  • MANA BAR (1111 Massachusetts St.)
  • OZ ART GLASS (626 N 2nd Street)
  • THE PERCOLATOR (913 Rhode Island St.-yellow building in the alley)
  • PHOENIX GALLERY (825 Massachusetts St.)
  • PHOENIX UNDERGROUND (825 Massachusetts St.)
  • RUFF HOUSE ART (729 Massachusetts St.)
  • RURAL PEARL STUDIO (720 E. 9th St., #1D)
  • SEEDCO STUDIOS (720 E 9th St.)
  • TEN THOUSAND VILLAGES (835 Massachusetts St.)
  • WATKINS MUSEUM OF HISTORY (1047 Massachusetts Street)
  • VENUES

    BE MOVED STUDIO (2 East 7th Street, upstairs)

    http://www.bemovedstudio.com/

    New paintings for musing and meditation by Janice Nabors Raiteri. Please stop in for a closing reception of “So Lightly Here.” http://janice-nabors-raiteri.artistwebsites.com/index.html

    “The Long Now” Jesse Gray

    THE BOURGEOIS PIG (6 E. 9th St.) 6:00 to 9:00 P.M.

    http://www.facebook.com/TheBourgeoisPig

    “Together” works by Stephan Anderson-Story

    Stephan Anderson-Story received his B.F.A. in photography from Emporia State University. His work has been featured in exhibits across the country. He lives outside of Lawrence, Kansas and is continuing to work on a portrait project of time spent with his partner, Heidi Raak. He is represented by the James May Gallery.

    CIDER GALLERY (810 Pennsylvania St.)

    www.cidergallery.com

    The Shape of Things to Come: Works by Aaron Marable and Kendra Marable

    THE ENCLAVE, NORTH LAWRENCE ARTISTS COLLABORATIVE STUDIO (628 N 2nd St ) 6:00 to 9:00 P.M.

    https://www.facebook.com/EnclaveKS/?fref=ts

    The Enclave is a creative incubator/factory/laboratory, with each of the resident artists at its forefront. The studio encourages a multi-disciplinary approach, that provides visitors with an introduction to the vibrant, eclectic and ever evolving cultural and art experiences that Lawrence has to offer.

    Gabriel Tuxhorn, Blanca Herrada, Joel Ramirez and Marylin Hinojosa are the current artists that inhabit The Enclave, and they are opening the studio to Final Fridays in Lawrence enthusiasts, as well as anyone in the community that may have an interest in discovering the “collaborative space” they have established, over the bridge.

    ESSENTIAL GOODS (825 Massachusetts St.)

    www.facebook.com/essentialgoodslawrence

    Ramon Valdez | People and Pieces: The Spaces Between

    We are excited to welcome artist Ramon Valdez as our Final Friday artist at Essential Goods! Please join us at his opening reception on Friday, July 29th from 5 pm to 9 pm to meet the artist and check out his new work. Ramon’s show will run through July.

    Artist Biography: Ramon Valdez grew up in southwest Kansas, surrounded by impossibly starry skies and a small town life. This fostered an appreciation of the bright golds in a wheat field, the deep blues of summer, and the quiet reflections in a friendly smile. An appreciation of the tiny details that form a larger picture, a song, or a story.

    Painting since 2010, Ramon has taken that upbringing and applied it to paintings that tell stories that words can’t convey. He enjoys working on a portrait to try to capture the essence of a person, the life beneath the surface that isn’t always readily apparent and put it on display. He uses his love of music, folklore, and film to inflect and guide each painting. He also uses his experience as a parent to two beautiful boys as inspiration for new works, and hopes to author and illustrate a children’s book in the next year.

    He primarily works in watercolor as his medium but has recently begun to branch out with inks and acrylics. He is constantly learning and working to improve with each new piece and has had his work displayed in First Fridays events for Kansas City and Topeka, and Final Fridays in Lawrence. He has been commissioned for paintings across the U.S. and Mexico.

    Ramon currently paints out of his home studio in Overland Park, Kansas.

    EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL & BALSAMIC VINEGAR TASTING SHOP (937 Mass. St.)

    http://www.extravirginoilsvinegars.com

    Summer’s Retreat

    VICKI VORMEHR is a highly sought after artist from the Midwest. Her dedication to photo-realistic quality, and mastering the subtle change of light in her work, set her apart from all other artists in her field. Vicki graduated from the University of Kansas with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. Vicki’s paintings have achieved international attention and award winning acclaim. Vicki’s subjects include paintings of scenes on college campuses, Western art, motorcycle themes, landscapes, pet portraits and artwork to decorate children’s rooms. Vicki uses the finest professional quality paints and canvases for her paintings. Vicki has done Watercolor paintings her whole life but has enjoyed trying other mediums including oils. She has taken oil painting classes at the Kansas City Art Institute and has enjoyed painting many canvases in a variety of subject matter. One of the most popular paintings are the custom p et portr aits. With warmth and a sense of humor matching her artistic ability, Vicki’s painting capture the spirit of the American experience. www.vyartgallery.com

    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 Guil d’ ;s 1109 GALLERY in Downtown Lawrence. www.laurieculling.com, www.convergenceart.com, www.lawrenceartguild.org

    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 spec ial needs. Leta resides in Lawrence, Kansas with her husband, Steve, and enjoys spending time with her daughters, Lauren and Kristin.

    PEGGY MOHR Though new to acrylic painting, Peggy has expressed her creativity in many ways since young. Music, dance and sewing were a major part of her growing up years, yet she always wanted to paint. She transferred to KU in 1975, graduated, married and raised her children in Lawrence, KS., where she currently resides with her husband, Larry. She worked for a local water color artist for many years yet never tried painting for herself. In 2008 she divinely came across a sketch she had done of her “brother’s mind” when she was in junior high, in Southern California. This was the kick she needed to pursue art for herself. After taking various classes at the art center she made the decision to focus on painting. For her, this had been a growing process, releasing a renewed love of the arts and gratefulness to God for His faithful “nudging”. http://peggymohr.com

    MADELINE TOLLEFSON began painting in watercolor in 1990, to fill the void when 4 children and 3 foster children began college or married life, and to renew an interest pursued before her marriage. She has studied continuously with Ellen Duncan (KWS, CWS, AWS) of Lecompton, Kansas. She paints weekly with the ‘Tuesday Artists”, also at Lecompton. She maintains a private home studio. Additionally, she has studied in workshops presented by Doug Walton, Tony Couch, Eric Wiegardt and Karlyn Holman, and numerous others. Goals are to glorify God and give joy with her watercolors, and to encourage others to pursue art at any age. Dreams include being a credit to her great-aunt, Fern Coppedge, who before her death in 1955 was a charter member of the ‘Philadelphia Ten’ women impressionists group. Madeline’s paintings hang in several private homes and in area businesses. www.bymadeline.com, www.artprintexpress.com/artist-Madeline-Tollefson-33.html

    THE GREENHOUSE CULTURE (1001 Massachusetts St) 6:00 to 9:00 P.M.

    http://thegreenhouseculture.com

    Phoetry with Matthew Obrakta and Meighan Davisson; featuring music by Kathryn King

    Join us for an evening of art and live music. Light refreshments will be served.

    Husband and wife team Matthew Obrakta and Meighan Davisson have blended two passions into one form of art. Phoetry. Matthew is a nature and landscape photographer, photographing both local and far away beauty. Each photograph print is painted onto watercolor paper and developed using sunlight. Meighan is an experienced and personal poet who writes the details of everyday. She feeds each photo through a typewriter and adds her lines of soft and thought provoking poetry. The result is every piece is a truly original work of art.

    Kathryn King is an indie pop/rock songwriter from a small town in Kansas and has been creating music since the 2nd grade. She’s produced one 13-song album and three EP’s, the latest one released in November 2015. In an article by I Heart Local Music they commented, “She channels her inner Lisa Loeb to offer emotionally comforting songs while drawing out her own narrative . . . King is a proper songwriter that demonstrates a delicate maturity so many listeners yearn for.” Though she is currently primarily playing in another local Lawrence band she enjoys any chance to perform her solo material.

    HENRY’S COFFEE SHOP + BAR (11 East 8th St.) 6:00 to 9:00 P.M.

    https://www.facebook.com/henryscoffeeshop

    This July Final Friday, Henry’s is delighted to present Works by Elisabeth Miller. Elisabeth’s work features stunning nature photography of Kansas landscapes. Come by to view her lovely photography and enjoy our delicious summery specials.

    Showing all of August 2016

    Artist bio: Elisabeth Miller is a multifaceted artist, who works with photography, glass, and fabrics. Elisabeth grew up on a small farm in the Lawrence area. She has been an photographer for several years now.

    LAWRENCE ARTS CENTER (940 New Hampshire St.)

    https://lawrenceartscenter.org/

    University of Kansas Faculty Exhibition

    The Visual Art Faculty Exhibition will be an opportunity to view many accomplished artists’ work in one space. The faculty of KU’s Department of Visual Art is comprised of internationally recognized artists and scholars with interests that span a broad range of media and disciplines. Dedicated to educating the next generation of artists, these teachers prioritize mentorship while maintaining notable practices.

    LAWRENCE OPERA THEATRE & LAWRENCE LIBRARY (707 Vermont St.) 6:00 to 6:45 P.M.

    www.lawrenceopera.org

    Lawrence Opera Theatre, in collaboration with the Lawrence Library, will present a preview of their upcoming 7th Season, Shakespeare 400, with a pianist and several singers performing a range of repertoire―including arias from operas based on Shakespeare’s works. (The Library will provide a companion reading and listening list for the seasonal program).

    The 45-minute program will begin at 6pm, during LPL’s regular hours, and there will be snacks and beverages.

    MANA BAR (1111 New Hampshire St.) 6:00 to 8:00

    http://www.manabarlawrence.com/

    Susan Prout | Channeling Divine Frequencies

    Susan Walter-Prout began her life-long path of spiritual awakening with near death experiences at the ages of 4 and 6. It was these experiences where she was introduced to her own angels and was given the unique gift of visualizing her angels. In 1997 Susan’s gift was expanded to see the angels of everyone. Susan uses this unique gift to help others connect to their personal angels with guardian angel portraits and messages from their angels. These portraits are unique and beautifully inspired frame-able art.

    Susan’s present project is creating channeled mandalas based on the Solfeggio Frequencies creating both full-color Meditation Decks and Mandala Activation Guides (Adult Coloring Books). The intentions of these tools are endless and one can find infinite space while using these tools.

    Susan has also begun combining her healing art with Crystal Singing Bowl Meditations to create a masterful healing space. Susan’s art in combination with the singing bowls are incorporated to create a healing meditation that allows one to simply relax and enjoy while receiving an energetic sound/frequency healing.

    OZ ART GLASS (626 N 2nd Street)

    https://www.facebook.com/ozartglass/

    Dorothy Hoyt-Reed has been making stained glass pieces for 4 years. Her work will be on display for the store’s first final Friday. The store will be featuring other glass artists in the future. The store will also be teaching classes in stained glass, as well as selling the supplies. Come join our opening fun.

    THE PERCOLATOR ARTSPACE (913 Rhode Island St.-yellow building in the alley)

    https://www.facebook.com/lawrence.percolator/

    The Dimebag Show

    This is a open call show working with the Social Sevice League where people purchased a $10.00 bag, filled it with goodies and made art with it!

    PHOENIX GALLERY (825 Massachusetts St.) 5:00 to 9:00 P.M.

    http://phoenixgalleryart.com

    This Final Friday, the Phoenix Gallery is pleased to feature the work of jewelry artist Britta McKee of Tobias Designs. Meet our new neighbors Brian and Betsy Timmer who will be opening a studio at the beginning of August in the 825 Massachusetts building as well. Indulge your senses in the many tastes of the season with a sampling of tasty bites by Merchants Pub and Plate. Mana Bar will be providing us with various iced teas and kava, Marvin and Cathy Hunt will be providing music for the evening.

    Britta McKee of Tobias Designs

    Drawing inspiration from my rambunctious kids, nature, and experimenting with chemicals; I forge metal with an old mallet on a railroad track anvil. I don’t measure anything so that is embraces the raw organic feel to each pieces and give it its own uniqueness. I enjoy using various techniques throughout my work sucks as anodizing aluminum, reticulate silver, and in lay gold leaf. My body of work is meaningful leaving the wearer with options to help bring out their inner beauty and self confidence.

    My current work is the use of etching on metal with chemicals and different patinas to enrich the designs. I also use a variety of textures from different hammers to steel stamps to replicate nature at its finest.

    Brian and Betsy Timmer

    Join us in a sneak preview of the Timmer’s newest studio space to be opened next month in the 825 Massachusetts building. Both Michigan natives, Brian and Betsy Timmer moved to Lawrence in 2005 so Betsy could enter the Master of Fine Arts program at the University of Kansas. Over a decade later, with two college degrees, great local friends and colleagues, two kids, a house, and now a gallery, they are both happy to call Lawrence home.

    Brian Timmer

    With a Bachelors of Fine Art in painting and a Masters of Divinity in theology, Brian has a unique cross-disciplinary education. His diverse interests are reflected through a quest to preserve raw creative expression while exploring themes that range from the mundane to the complex–all with the intent of exposing human purpose and meaning. While Brian’s representational works seek to capture and simply celebrate the grandeur of the natural world, his more abstract creations simultaneously celebrate and grieve everyday experiences.

    Betsy Timmer

    Betsy received her MFA from the University of Kansas (2008) and her BFA from Western Michigan University (2003). Betsy’s mixed media work has been exhibited across the country in venues such as the Coburn Gallery at Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio, the Olin Gallery at Washington & Jefferson College in Washington, Pennsylvania, the Mary Brogan Museum of Art & Science in Tallahassee, Florida, and the Grand Rapids Museum of Art in Grand Rapids, Michigan. In her work, Betsy observes and investigates relationships, motivations, priorities, and passing time. Using her own experiences as fuel, she gives form to her ideas by combining and manipulating everyday objects, most often textiles and domestic “debris.” Besides working as a studio artist, Betsy is an art instructor and a graphic designer.

    Marvin and Cathy Hunt

    We look forward to Marvin and Cathy Hunt providing our music for the evening. This Lawrence duo plays jump blues and rockabilly music, with great vocals, a guitar and fun lyrics!

    Merchants Pub and Plate

    Merchants Pub & Plate is located in downtown Lawrence, a locally owned restaurant that is focused on seasonal food, craft beer & great wine.

    ManaBar

    Exotic Beverages serves as the premier kava and tea Bar in the midwest. Located in Lawrence, Mana carries over 60 teas as well as kava, kombucha and other exotic beverages from around the world. All of Mana’s teas are pesticide free.

    PHOENIX UNDERGROUND (825 Massachusetts St.)

    http://phoenixgalleryart.com

    PRO3ESS: New works by Jeromy Morris at Phoenix Underground

    Phoenix Underground is excited to present PRO3ESS: New works by Jeromy Morris. Join us for the opening reception this coming Final Friday and meet local artist Jeromy Morris!

    Jeromy Morris was born in Denver, CO and now lives and produces in Lawrence, KS. Morris has a bachelor’s degree in Visual Communications and Graphic Design from the University of Kansas. He is a founding member of Fresh Produce Art Collective, Cider Gallery Curator and Director at SeedCo Studios. His work is in numerous private and corporate collections.

    Morris is constantly finding new techniques to express his creativity through multiple mediums. He fuses together process to “build moods.” Inspired by chaos and the mundane, he seeks out subtleties and embraces the accidental. Morris’ work deals with, interactions and happenings relating to, consumerism and advertising, urban ruins and type decay, nature vs. industry and the equilibrium and fusion thereof.

    RUFF HOUSE ART (729 Massachusetts Street)

    http://www.ruffhouseart.com

    Tucker & Scout: A family lifestyle brand operated by Dan & Melissa Padavic

    Dan & Melissa are a husband and wife duo who love to make and they are located in Overland Park, Kansas. Dan’s expertise lives in the design and print world, while Melissa is a talented seamstress and textile designer. All of their products are created by hand in the KC metro and sourced from American Made materials.

    In 2006, before Melissa and Dan met, Dan (a KU Alumnus) started Vahalla Studios, a design and print studio that made its mark in the gig-poster community. As their relationship and company grew, they began to work together. Melissa was the office manager for numerous years at the studio, while Dan designed and printed rock & roll posters for some of the most popular entertainers around.

    After four years of dating and a one year engagement, they got married in September of 2011. In 2013, their family grew from two to three with the birth of their son Tucker. They welcomed the inspiration he created with open arms and let it change their creative outlet. In 2015 they began to do craft shows as Tucker & Scout, even-though Scout had not joined them yet. They really tried to test the waters before making the transition from selling kick-ass show posters to cute-as-hell family goods. To their pleasant surprise they received an overwhelmingly positive reaction to their wares.

    2016 has brought them their baby daughter Scout and the full launch of the brand. Their adventure together as a family continues. We hope you enjoy their story and the inspiration behind their line… family. It’s all about love!!! http://www.tuckerandscout.com/

    THE RURAL PEARL (720 E. 9th St., #1D)

    http://www.ruralpearl.com/

    Rural Pearl Studio, located in the East Lawrence Arts District, is where cut paper artist Angie Pickman displays her work on an ongoing basis. This Final Friday, she will display many new cut paper collages and wood sculptures incorporating her paper cuttings. More about the artist:

    Angie Pickman, Lawrence, KS, is a nationally recognized cut paper artist that combines the art of traditional paper cutting with collage to create intricately detailed works of art and animations. She received her master’s degree in 2004 from Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, which is where she first learned of the art of silhouette animation artist Lotte Reiniger (1899 – 1981). Her love of nature and the tranquility of the rural terrain, as well as Reiniger’s style and technique, inspired Pickman to set off on the artistic path that she continues today. She exhibits at galleries and art fairs nationally, does illustration, animation and design work, conducts public presentations on her art, and teaches various art classes and workshops. Most recently, her work has been featured in Midwest Living and Martha Stewart Living magazines, and her animation work will appear in a documentary premiering on PBS in 2016.

    “I began cutting paper in 2003 after seeing “The Adventures of Prince Achmed” – a cut paper stop-motion silhouette animation from 1926 by Lotte Reiniger. I had always wanted to be “an artist” – I knew from a very young age that it was my life calling, but it took me a long time to figure out in which medium this would manifest itself. The traditional forms taught in school never felt quite right, but when I saw Lotte’s work, something clicked. My tools of trade are a rubber gripped x-acto knife, acid-free paper, mechanical pencils, and a self-healing cutting mat.”

    SEEDCO STUDIOS (720 E 9th St.)

    www.seedcostudios.com

    • Open Studios
    • Felt Show
    • Lori Andersen
    • Jesse Gray
    • Erok Johanssen
    • Maria Martin
    • Brandon Mateer
    • Jeromy Morris
    • Javy Ortiz
    • Dani Ramirez
    • Janice Raiteri
    • Catherine Reed
    • Jeremy Rockwell
    • Elizabeth Rowley
    • John Sebelius
    • Ryan Storck
    • Kyla Strid
    • Brian Timmer
    • Aaron Youngstrom
    • Dana Wiseman

    Located within the Warehouse Arts District at 720 E 9th Street #7 in Lawrence, KS, this space is ideal for making, showing and engaging in all aspects of art. With 18 artist studios, a music recording operation and collaborative space/gallery, the potential for creating 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, construct ion, 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.

    TEN THOUSAND VILLAGES (835 Massachusetts St.) 5:30 to 9:00 P.M.

    http://facebook.com/tenthousandvillageslawrence

    Elizabeth Hatchett – Paintings and Portraits

    BFA University Of Texas, Austin

    Art Education Certification, Washburn University, Topeka

    Masters of Art Education, Honors. University of Kansas, Lawrence

    KAEA Outstanding Elementary Art Educator, 1996

    Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society

    I have loved creating art from childhood.

    Painting animal portraits gives me much joy. I am primarily a painter but have pursued lithography, ceramics, jewelry design, and other creative art endeavors.

    I paint, but am not limited to; animal portraits, landscapes, and abstract paintings.

    I taught art in Kansas public schools for twenty-seven years.

    Music by DENNIS MAYGERS and CHARLES HIGGINSON

    Dennis and Charles perform an eclectic mix of old R&B, classic country, bayou blues, and great rock tunes both old and new. Both gentlemen have been active in the local music scene for years, but only recently decided to combine their musical skills, love of old instruments, and willingness to try just about anything. Higginson, who studied guitar under his friend and mentor, Bill Crahan, is best known for his work in the Uptown Mandolin Quartet. Maygers has played in local rock bands for years going back to the Bluethings in the early 70’s to the fun-packed surf band Blue Wave. He has recently been performing with Steve Strickland, a singer/songwriter from Ottawa. This fun, toe-tapping duet features Maygers on bass guitar and vocals and Higginson on guitar and vocals. C’mon out…you’re sure to have a good time.

    WATKINS MUSEUM OF HISTORY (1047 Massachusetts Street) 5:00 TO 9:00 P.M., Presentation at 7:00 PM

    http://www.watkinsmuseum.org

    Higher, Faster, Stronger: Douglas County Olympians

    Join us at the Watkins for the official opening of our exciting new exhibit on local athletes in the Olympics. From 5-5:30, Olympian Bill Hougland of the 1952 games will be on hand to greet visitors. Additionally, exhibit designers Brittany Keegan and Cole Finlay will give gallery talks on the artifacts and stories behind Douglas County in the Olympics.





    Final Friday: June 24, 2016

    20 06 2016

    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—as all 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. From 5 until 9 pm on the last Friday of the month from February through November, 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.

    Events for June 24, 2016

    5:00 until 9:00 pm (unless otherwise noted)

    Final Fridays are made possible by support from the City of Lawrence

    Here’s a quick list of participating venues in alphabetical order with further details below:

  • THE BOURGEOIS PIG (6 E. 9th St.)
  • THE BREWHAUS (624 N 2nd Street) North Lawrence
  • CIDER GALLERY (810 Pennsylvania St.) Warehouse Arts District
  • EAGLES’ REST NATURAL HOME (815 Massachusetts)
  • THE ENCLAVE (624 N 2nd Street) North Lawrence
  • ESSENTIAL GOODS (825 Massachusetts St.)
  • EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL & BALSAMIC VINEGAR TASTING SHOP (937 Mass. St.)
  • HENRY’S COFFEE SHOP + BAR (11 East 8th St.)
  • HOBBS (720 Massachusetts St.)
  • LAWRENCE ARTS CENTER (940 New Hampshire St.)
  • MANA BAR (1111 Massachusetts St.)
  • PHOENIX GALLERY (825 Massachusetts St.)
  • PHOENIX UNDERGROUND (825 Massachusetts St.)
  • THE ROOST (920 Massachusetts St.)
  • RURAL PEARL STUDIO (720 E. 9th St., #1D)
  • SEEDCO STUDIOS (720 E 9th St.)
  • TEN THOUSAND VILLAGES (835 Massachusetts St.)
  • TOOTER AND TILLAYE’S HOME GOODS (644 Locust Street, North Lawrence)
  • WATKINS MUSEUM OF HISTORY (1047 Massachusetts Street)
  • VENUES

    THE BOURGEOIS PIG (6 E. 9th St.) 5:00 to 9:00 P.M.

    http://www.facebook.com/TheBourgeoisPig

    “The Long Now” Jesse Gray

    THE BREWHAUS (624 N 2nd Street) 6:00 to 9:00 P.M.

    https://www.facebook.com/The-Brewhaus-133909969995262/

    Paintings by Dakota Driscoll – A debut show

    Artist Bio: I caught the artistic bug early from growing up in Lawrence with my creative family, and for as long as I can remember I have been fascinated by the interaction of colors. I was always getting in trouble in art class for making huge sloppy messes mixing too much paint and too many colors together, thus began my love for color theory. I initially went to college with the hopes of becoming an art teacher, but as I progressed through my courses, I realized my passion for creativity was not limited to academics and traditional art fields, and I wanted to share it with people everyday. This idea was on the back burner for a few years, but finally I enrolled in cosmetology school and completed my licensing with a focus in haircolor theory and nail design. I absolutely love creating a work of art on someone’s hair, and from seeing him or her walk down the street with newfound confidence springs an unparalleled sense of satisfaction. However, I quickly learned that working with the general public bring about its own set of anxieties and I needed to find a way to let my other creative juices flow again outside of the workplace. The technique and process I have designed for my painting allows me to de-stress and leave those worries behind each day. I feel incredibly lucky to have the unusual opportunity of utilizing my artistic skills and creativity in two very different fields and I would not have it any other way.

    “The Aftermath”
    Artist Statement: In my work I explore the concept of relinquishing control through manipulation of color theory, viscosity, and gravity. In the grand scheme of things, there is very little that we have complete power over. We may have a slight hand in the direction our individual paths take, but ultimately it is more painless to look back and appreciate that which led us to where we are today. I stress over the most insignificant events and constantly have to remind myself to simply let things happen and embrace the journey. I play with this idea of fate as most of my work is done off the canvas where I decide color combinations, mixing ratios of color and consistency, and the directionality of the solutions. As soon as the paint hits the surface, my work is done, and the piece takes shape as the mixtures interact. This non-traditional process reminds me to know when to stop focusing on the what-ifs of the past and find happiness and positives in the outcome, or as I like to think of it, &ld quo;The Aftermath.” For this collection, I took inspiration from the four classical elements of western culture to create color combinations that loosely resemble Earthly phenomena.

    FINAL FRIDAY EVENTS IN THE WAREHOUSE ARTS DISTRICT

    CIDER GALLERY (810 Pennsylvania St.) 5:00 to 9:00 P.M.

    www.cidergallery.com

    Relation: Recent Works by Molly Murphy
    Molly Murphy solo exhibition: Relation
    Opening Reception: Final Fridays, June 24th 5-9pm
    *show runs through July*

    From the artist:
    Drawing from elements of the natural world and the mind-body connection, Murphy creates richly textured canvases that immediately strike viewers with their physical depth, the surfaces eluding to the many layers that lie beneath.

    “My work is meditative in both subject and technique, beginning with broad brushed under-painting on which lavish layers of palette knife strokes are applied, deliberately carved into and layered multiple times. My current work stems from an earlier series based on the neurology of memory as it relates to abstract works of art, but now relies almost entirely on intuition and the meditative process in painting to reveal the direction of each work, rather than a rigid set of rules. Each work addresses aspects of the human experience and persistence of the ego as it exists in a world much larger than ourselves, and the finished work embraces this duality.”

    www.mollyfrancesmurphy.com

    EAGLES’ REST NATURAL HOME (815 Massachusetts) 6:00 to 9:00 P.M.

    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Eagles-Rest-Natural-Home/106487106038911

    Cat Rooney, White Wind Creations

    Cat Rooney’s is a nature photographer. Her exhibit places night and Milky Way lite skies onto 24″ x 36″ canvas which enhances the artistic feel—almost like the photos were painted on the canvas. Accented are the many many stars in the Milky Way that the digital camera recorded but our eyes cannot perceive. Local and historical landmarks such as the KCMO’s Union Station with the Royals World Series Champion banners and Strong Hall Jayhawk along with sunflowers, trees, windmills, and barns are also on canvas or gallery wraps. Another one-of-a-kind photo print includes several of the starry night photos on 9″ x 14″ canvas called a tri-stand. All of the photography makes for unique pieces.

    THE ENCLAVE, NORTH LAWRENCE ARTISTS COLLABORATIVE STUDIO (628 N 2nd St ) 6:00 to 9:00 P.M.

    https://www.facebook.com/EnclaveKS/?fref=ts

    The Enclave – Open Art Studios – Over the Bridge, North Lawrence

    The resident artists of The Enclave invite you to venture Over the Bridge, due North on 2nd St, to take a tour and socialize with them at their collaborative studio space.

    Suites 622-628 in the building that The Enclave is found, are beginning to coalesce into “the” Artisans focal point in N. Lawrence.

    The Enclave (Suite 628) is the artists’ collaborative space, but you will also find that the tenants of the property include a coffee bar, as well as; stained glass, horticultural, culinary, and graphics design artists.

    ESSENTIAL GOODS (825 Massachusetts St.)

    www.facebook.com/essentialgoodslawrence

    Nate Rightmeyer | A Little Bit of This and That

    We are excited to welcome Nate Rightmeyer as our Final Friday artist this month! Please join us at his opening reception on Friday, June 24th from 5 pm to 9 pm to meet the artist and check out his work. Nate’s show will run through July.

    ARTIST BIOGRAPHY
    n8 is 37 and was born and fed on Kansas beef, corn and the like. Currently a resident of Topeka, he grew up in a small town nearby. n8 is married to a beautiful Estonian designer and has two daughters. n8 graduated high school in 1997 and headed to Lawrence with a scholarship to study art. He graduated from KU in 2001 with a BFA in design, majoring in illustration. n8 has done some illustration work for local and regional publications as well as for a national bestselling author. Every now and then he’ll exhibit in galleries, bars, coffee shops, alleyways, and so on. He also trades his artwork for other services like haircuts, tattoos, and food. See more of n8’s work at http://www.n-eight.com & http://www.facebook.com/2peoples.

    EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL & BALSAMIC VINEGAR TASTING SHOP (937 Mass. St.)

    http://www.extravirginoilsvinegars.com

    Adventures of Summer

    VICKI VORMEHR Vicki Vormehr is a highly sought after artist from the Midwest. Her dedication to photo-realistic quality, and mastering the subtle change of light in her work, set her apart from all other artists in her field. Vicki graduated from the University of Kansas with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. Vicki’s paintings have achieved international attention and award winning acclaim. Vicki’s subjects include paintings of scenes on college campuses, Western art, motorcycle themes, landscapes, pet portraits and artwork to decorate children’s rooms. Vicki uses the finest professional quality paints and canvases for her paintings. Vicki has done Watercolor paintings her whole life but has enjoyed trying other mediums including oils. She has taken oil painting classes at the Kansas City Art Institute and has enjoyed painting many canvases in a variety of subject matter. One of the most popular paintings are the custom p et portraits. With warmth and a sense of humor matching her artistic ability, Vicki’s painting capture the spirit of the American experience. www.vyartgallery.com

    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 Guil d’s 1109 GALLERY in Downtown Lawrence. www.laurieculling.com, www.convergenceart.com, www.lawrenceartguild.org

    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 spec ial needs. Leta resides in Lawrence, Kansas with her husband, Steve, and enjoys spending time with her daughters, Lauren and Kristin.

    PEGGY MOHR Though new to acrylic painting, Peggy has expressed her creativity in many ways since young. Music, dance and sewing were a major part of her growing up years, yet she always wanted to paint. She transferred to KU in 1975, graduated, married and raised her children in Lawrence, KS., where she currently resides with her husband, Larry. She worked for a local water color artist for many years yet never tried painting for herself. In 2008 she divinely came across a sketch she had done of her “brother’s mind” when she was in junior high, in Southern California. This was the kick she needed to pursue art for herself. After taking various classes at the art center she made the decision to focus on painting. For her, this had been a growing process, releasing a renewed love of the arts and gratefulness to God for His faithful “nudging”. http://peggymohr.com

    HENRY’S COFFEE SHOP + BAR (11 East 8th St.) 6:00 to 9:00 P.M.

    https://www.facebook.com/henryscoffeeshop

    Works by Hannah Archer

    This June Final Fridays, Henry’s is honored to showcase Works by Hannah Archer! Hannah’s colorful, refreshingly creative pieces range from surrealist paintings to gorgeous Native American inspired jewelry. Stop by to meet the lovely artist and sip on our delicious special summery drinks!

    Artist Statement: My name is Hannah Archer. I graduated from the University of Kansas with a psychology degree in 2014, and making art things has always been a meditative past-time as I’ve navigated my way through the world. This is my first art show and will feature pieces I’ve accumulated throughout the years–mostly paintings, drawings, mixed media, film photos, and handmade beaded jewelry.

    HOBBS (700 Massachusetts St.) 5:00 to 8:30 P.M.

    http://hostofcool.com/

    JAndrews Trunk Show

    LAWRENCE ARTS CENTER (940 New Hampshire St.)

    https://lawrenceartscenter.org/

    FREE STATE FESTIVAL!

    June 20 through 25

    http://freestatefestival.org/

    MANA BAR (1111 New Hampshire St.) 6:00 to 8:00

    http://www.manabarlawrence.com/

    Recent Works by Michael W. Thompson and Friends

    Please join us for the opening exhibition of Recent Works by Michael W. Thompson and Friends. Michael is a local painter and illustrator who composes work that’s inspired by the process of music composition.

    “I enjoy manipulating colors and shapes around to give off a certain feel or connotation. It’s up to the viewer to interpret color, shape, and line to react emotionally. Most of these pieces were made under different settings while listening to completely different music or no music. Thrown into this show are two collaborations one being with 70 people at a music festival and another with a bit over 120 people here in Lawrence. The Lawrence collaboration has owners of my favorite shops on mass, renown professors and people in Lawrence I found enjoying their day.

    This last season I was on the West coast for seasonal work and between jobs I needed to pick up a hobby. I began using colored pencils and filled up a few sketchbooks with ideas. These are the first pieces of art I’ve done since High School. A huge thanks to Mana Bar for allowing me to display what I’ve been working on for the past several months at my favorite shop in Kansas. The orchestration of this body of work was an extremely pleasant experience.”

    -Michael W. Thompson

    The event begins at 6:00 p.m. with a musical performance by Tommy Strauser at 6:30 p.m. https://soundcloud.com/tslk/the-way/s-Fkk5j

    PHOENIX GALLERY (825 Massachusetts St.) 5:00 to 9:00 P.M.

    http://phoenixgalleryart.com

    June’s Final Friday at Phoenix Gallery

    Phoenix Gallery is excited to host a backstrap weaving demonstration by Neil Goss, the stunning work of jewelry artist Louise Carroll, and painter Aaron Brown. We will also have local and well-known singer, guitarist, and song-writer Darrell Lea providing music. Visitors to the gallery will get the chance to indulge in summertime treats. Come in and enjoy a night of art, music and food at the Phoenix Gallery.

    Neil Goss:

    On this one night only, Neil Goss will create one of his woven totems in a backstrap weaving demonstration. Goss will be weaving out front of Phoenix Gallery from 5-9 PM, starting and finishing the totem in that time frame. The art that is created will be for sale at the Gallery following the demonstration.

    Neil Goss lives in Eudora, KS where he focuses his art on Earth processes while responding to human impacts upon those processes. In 2012 he received two BFA’s in Design (Textiles and Ceramics) from the University of Kansas SOTA. He has been dedicated to researching sustainable arts processes such as natural dyeing, weaving, utilizing hand dug clay, and foraging art materials. Goss has taught workshops, installed public art and done artist talks from coast to coast in the United States. He currently is a practicing professional artist, artist-in-residence at the Charlotte Street Foundation and teaches at the Lawrence Arts Center.

    Louise Carroll of Delicate Hammer Studio:

    I moved to Lawrence, KS in 2003 from Tulsa, OK to go to college. In 2009 I graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in Metalsmithing and Jewelry Design. Since then I’ve been building my business by travelling to art shows in the Midwest and showing work in galleries. I’m happy to call Lawrence home when not traveling for art fairs! My design aesthetic is centered on the texture produced when delicate lace is roller printed onto silver and copper. I’m always amazed by the strength of the lace against the metal. At the end of the process the lace crumbles but becomes permanent within the metal. The appealing textures created make no two pieces the same.

    My latest work is inspired by port holes. I use cold connections to layer metals with different patinas and textures. I’ve been experimenting with green patinaed copper and prisma colors to create scenes for each pendant. When applying a patina to lace pieces I either raise the fine silver or oxidize the piece, sand back the top layer to show the texture, and then seal each piece with a wax or lacquer.

    Aaron Brown:

    My paintings are pictorial orchestrations — views of an alternate interior universe that are sewn together from daily observations, memories, impressions of the world at large, and my imagination. They are both a prismatic lens through which I can re-view the world, and a transcription of what I encounter there. “Redirect” refers to a symptom of internet protocol: the process of being shunted like a virtual box car to some temporary destination point. It also signifies a shift of consciousness, perhaps due to an unforeseen event. This resonates with my practice of digital intervention. Images carry associative baggage; they are time travelers in the liminal spaces of the collective subconscious. I like to imagine that images have lives of their own. If they happen to become part of a painting, they are not reified, permanent fixtures…they are free agents. They can migrate, learn new languages, and transpose themselves. They also experience the same kind of uncert ainties we do, amid the tidal forces of change.

    Aaron M. Brown was born in Wichita, KS. He received a BFA from the University of Kansas, MFA from Syracuse University. Awards include grants from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation and the Franz and Virginia Bader Fund. He has participated in group and solo exhibitions internationally, in galleries and museums, including the National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC. His work has been featured in publications such as New American Paintings and Harper’s magazine, and is included in numerous private and public collections.

    PHOENIX UNDERGROUND (825 Massachusetts St.)

    http://phoenixgalleryart.com

    Phoenix Underground presents: Death After Life by Dani Ramirez

    Phoenix Underground is pleased to present an exhibition of artworks by Dani Ramirez. Join us opening night for a great display of new works, and a chance to meet the artist! The opening reception will be Friday, June 24th, from 5:00-9:00 PM and will be on display through the month of July.

    “I am a multidisciplinary artist and curator. I often like to take an avant-garde approach to the way I create and present my work. Within each piece I attempt to create an environment where the viewer can get lost in feelings, emotions, and thoughts. I want my work to create questions for the viewer, and to hopefully be able to engage the viewer in a unique intellectual dialogue. I don’t attempt to be too specific in telling people what I want them to think about my work, because I don’t want the experience to be all about me. If my work is able to move you in any sort of way, only then the things I create can become more than objects.”

    Dani Ramirez has been a part of the creative hub at Seedco Studios; where artists from multiple artistic disciplines and backgrounds collaborate to create work, as well as working to seek and find independent opportunities to exhibit their work by creating Flash Gallery spaces in Lawrence and KC. Dani Ramirez has exhibited his work at the Cider Gallery, Spencer Museum of Art, the Lied Center, Kansas Union Gallery, Seedco KC Gallery, as well as many other flash exhibitions in interesting and unusual spaces.

    THE ROOST (920 Massachusetts St.)

    http://www.920mass.com

    Larissa Wilson: New Works

    Larissa Wilson is a native Kansan, a BFA graduate from Fort Hays State University, and a longtime resident of Lawrence.

    Her new series of assemblages seeks to elevate everyday household objects to sacred status. Cheese graters become religious icons. Tea strainer become alters. Button mandalas are made for meditation. They currently bless the walls of The Roost and after may find permanent places for devotion on the walls of your own home.

    Larissa may also be recognized for her hard working role as pastry chef at The Roost, the popular local breakfast spot, or as “Butternutsquash”, the name she uses at local art fairs and LOLA events.

    THE ROOST (920 Massachusetts St.)

    http://www.920mass.com

    Larissa Wilson: New Works

    Larissa Wilson is a native Kansan, a BFA graduate from Fort Hays State University, and a longtime resident of Lawrence.

    Her new series of assemblages seeks to elevate everyday household objects to sacred status. Cheese graters become religious icons. Tea strainer become alters. Button mandalas are made for meditation. They currently bless the walls of The Roost and after may find permanent places for devotion on the walls of your own home.

    Larissa may also be recognized for her hard working role as pastry chef at The Roost, the popular local breakfast spot, or as “Butternutsquash”, the name she uses at local art fairs and LOLA events.

    THE RURAL PEARL (720 E. 9th St., #1D)

    https://www.facebook.com/Pleiades-Project-1101692016527535/

    Rural Pearl Studio, located in the East Lawrence Arts District, is where cut paper artist Angie Pickman displays her work on an ongoing basis. This Final Friday, she will display many new cut paper collages and wood sculptures incorporating her paper cuttings. More about the artist:

    Angie Pickman, Lawrence, KS, is a nationally recognized cut paper artist that combines the art of traditional paper cutting with collage to create intricately detailed works of art and animations. She received her master’s degree in 2004 from Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, which is where she first learned of the art of silhouette animation artist Lotte Reiniger (1899 – 1981). Her love of nature and the tranquility of the rural terrain, as well as Reiniger’s style and technique, inspired Pickman to set off on the artistic path that she continues today. She exhibits at galleries and art fairs nationally, does illustration, animation and design work, conducts public presentations on her art, and teaches various art classes and workshops. Most recently, her work has been featured in Midwest Living and Martha Stewart Living magazines, and her animation work will appear in a documentary premiering on PBS in 2016.

    “I began cutting paper in 2003 after seeing “The Adventures of Prince Achmed” – a cut paper stop-motion silhouette animation from 1926 by Lotte Reiniger. I had always wanted to be “an artist” – I knew from a very young age that it was my life calling, but it took me a long time to figure out in which medium this would manifest itself. The traditional forms taught in school never felt quite right, but when I saw Lotte’s work, something clicked. My tools of trade are a rubber gripped x-acto knife, acid-free paper, mechanical pencils, and a self-healing cutting mat.”

    SEEDCO STUDIOS (720 E 9th St.)

    www.seedcostudios.com

    • Group Exhibition \\\ Open Studios
    • Featuring Artists:
    • Felt Show (Puppeteer)
    • Lori Andersen (Stained Glass)
    • Jesse Gray (Mixed)
    • Erok Johanssen (Street Techniques)
    • Maria Martin (Painter)
    • Brandon Mateer (Mixed)
    • Jeromy Morris (Mixed)
    • Javy Ortiz (Mixed)
    • Dani Ramirez (Mixed)
    • Janice Raiteri (Ink)
    • Catherine Reed (Fiber)
    • Jeremy Rockwell (Mixed)
    • Elizabeth Rowley (Painter)
    • John Sebelius (Mixed)
    • Ryan Storck (Painter)
    • Kyla Strid (Ceramics)
    • Brian Timmer (Painter)
    • Aaron Youngstrom (Painter)
    • Dana Wiseman (Jewelry)

    Located within the Warehouse Arts District at 720 E 9th Street #7 in Lawrence, KS, this space is ideal for making, showing and engaging in all aspects of art. With 18 artist studios, a music recording operation and collaborative space/gallery, the potential for creating 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 med ia, and street art, the scope of this endeavor is far-reaching, but the flavor is distinctly home-grown. SeedCo Studios is a catalyst for creative growth, not only in Lawrence proper, but radiating outward into the surrounding regional area and beyond.

    TEN THOUSAND VILLAGES (835 Massachusetts St.) 5:30 to 9:00 P.M.

    http://facebook.com/tenthousandvillageslawrence

    Katie Carroll and Mary Elizabeth Atwood Paintings, Masks and Felting

    Katie Carroll and Mary Elizabeth Atwood are a sister act!

    They hope you will enjoy their fabulous fiber art, watercolor and acrylic paintings and archetypal clay masks although their styles are different from each other,the sense of open-ended creativity is a constant and energic realization.

    Mary elizabeth and katie hope you will see a part of your story in their art.

    Thank you for stopping by!

    And thanks, also, to ten thousand villages for presenting the work of area artists.

    Mario Fernando campo, Ecuadorian pan flutist, will play his music in front of ten thousand villages. He will sell his cd’s and flutes.

    TOOTER AND TILLAYE’S HOME GOODS (644 Locust St., North Lawrnece) 5:00 TO 8:00 P.M.

    http://www.tooterandtillayes.com

    Jenn Wilson , Lawrence Artist

    Hi, I’m Jenn Wilson. I studied art in college that opened my mind to all the beautiful, creative ways and how others saw the world and it inspired me to look and see color, shape, and expression in a flower, landscape or the curve of a womans belly. I create in ink, colored pencils, oil, watercolor and acrylic paints. I tend to work from a stylized expressionist view point. I adore bright, happy, vibrant color that conveys my feelings. I am in love with curves, be they on a woman’s torso, a vine, an arched neck, or how the wind blows through a field. Some of my inspiration comes from Michael Parkes soft nudes of strong women in dream like states, how Georgia O’Keeffe would see a tiny flower in a painting and think it worthy of a whole canvas to display it’s true beauty, and Van Gogh’s expressive bold strokes and imperfect way which gives you so much more freedom to express and flow rather than focus on perfection.

    When I’m on a road trip I stare out at all the loverly wheat fields of my beautiful home state of Kansas. The Flint Hills sing to me with their flowing, soft, round mounds of so many greens that make me rush home to my prismacolor pencils…the world is a giant canvas that I can’t wait to paint and draw my very own bright renditions of. I love conveying different ways of seeing things. I have certain shapes and colors floating around waiting for me to get them out and expand upon them. I see artistic possibilities in everything.

    My website is artbyjennwilson.com which has links to my Facebook page Art by Jenn Wilson and my Fine Art America account where you can get pillows, totes, blankets, and Prints of my work.

    WATKINS MUSEUM OF HISTORY (1047 Massachusetts Street) 5:00 TO 9:00 P.M., Presentation at 7:00 PM

    http://www.watkinsmuseum.org

    Kansas People’s History Project

    Join us for a free program on our popular Kansas People’s History Project exhibition. This event will feature a presentation by graphic artist Emi Gennis and some of her students from Pittsburg State University on the creative process behind their work on Kate Riggs. Refreshments will be on hand and KPHP artwork available for purchase. 5-9 PM. Presentation at 7:00 PM.





    Final Friday Events for May 27

    24 05 2016

    5:00 until 9:00 pm (unless otherwise noted)

    Final Fridays are made possible by support from the City of Lawrence

    Here’s a quick list of participating venues in alphabetical order with further details below:

    VENUES

     

    THE BOURGEOIS PIG (6 E. 9th St.) 6:00 to 9:00 P.M.

    http://www.facebook.com/TheBourgeoisPig

    Sue Ashline “The Statement is in the Show”

    Sue lives and works in Lawrence, KS.

    THE BREWHAUS (624 N 2nd Street) 6:00 to 9:00 P.M.

    https://www.facebook.com/The-Brewhaus-133909969995262/ and https://www.facebook.com/EnclaveKS

    Blacklight Artist Debut – Jason Sinsley (aka – Goghtea)

    Jason Sinsley is coming to Lawrence from Independence, MO to present his blacklight creations to the public for the first time.

    The Brewhaus was very, very excited when Jason contacted us about a collaboration because his medium is a great fit for the diversity in artistic expression that the coffee bar wants to foster.

    We hope that this “one of a kind” event will be of interest to Lawrence’s artistic community. The Final Friday flyer shows just a snippet of the work and of course it is displayed in a traditional format.

    Jason will convert one of the rooms in the coffee bar into a blacklit display space, in order to get the desired lighting effect.

    Jason will also have UV reactive wristlets for visitors, and he is considering setting up a creation station for items as well.

    Soundshapes & Silos – Public Art Events (Three locations, see below)

    6-9 p.m. “Soundshapes” Respect, Teamwork and Change – Art Exhibit & Reception at The Brewhaus (624 N 2nd Street, next to Iwig Dairy)

    8-9 p.m. “Soundshapes” Artwork Projected onto the Ottawa Coop Silos with Light (301 Locust Street)

    5-9 p.m. Johnny’s Tavern (401 N. 2nd Street) fundraiser for Ballard Center, 20% of food and drink sales benefit the center. Please mention the “Ballard Center” when you order!

    The Brewhaus is hosting an Artist Reception and Ballard Center Fundraiser with Public Artists, Shannon & Darin White / White Art Studio, and Early Education students, giving them a voice in our community. Come greet students, Ballard staff & the public at the Brewhaus and view three “Soundshapes” artwork panels that the students created with the Artists for auction from 6-9 p.m. Light refreshments provided. The presented artwork is a culmination of three weeks of student exploration of the art, science and technology of sound with Teaching Artists, Shannon and Darin. Students practiced Respect, Teamwork and Change while they created individual and group projects, including panels, semipermanent public art at Ballard Center.

    The temporary color-changing and projected artwork will be displayed on the grain silos on Locust Street next to the Train Depot and Visitors Center from 8-9 p.m.

    This project is funded in part by a Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission “Integrated Arts Education Grant” and by the National Endowment of the Arts, and also made possible by the Ottawa Coop and other generous donors.

    This exhibition is happening in conjunction with the Johnny’s Tavern fundraiser from 5-9 p.m. to benefit the Ballard Center and their service to the local community.

    www.whiteartstudio.com
    www.ballardcenter.org

    FINAL FRIDAY EVENTS IN THE WAREHOUSE ARTS DISTRICT

    CIDER GALLERY (810 Pennsylvania St.) 5:00 to 9:00 P.M.

    www.cidergallery.com

    Redirect: Paintings by Aaron Brown

    Statement: My paintings are pictorial orchestrations — views of an alternate interior universe that are sewn together from daily observations, memories, impressions of the world at large, and my imagination. They are both a prismatic lens through which I can re-view the world, and a transcription of what I encounter there.

    “Redirect” refers to a symptom of internet protocol: the process of being shunted like a virtual box car to some temporary destination point. It also signifies a shift of consciousness, perhaps due to an unforeseen event. This resonates with my practice of digital intervention. Images carry associative baggage, they are timetravelers in the liminal spaces of the collective subconscious. I like to imagine that images have lives of their own. If they happen to become part of a painting, they are not reified, permanent fixtures…they are free agents. They can migrate, learn new languages, transpose themselves. They also experience the same kind of uncertainties we do, amid the tidal forces of change.

    Bio: Aaron M. Brown was born in Wichita, KS. He received a BFA from the University of Kansas, MFA from Syracuse University. Awards include grants from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation and the Franz and Virginia

    Bader Fund. He has participated in group and solo exhibitions internationally, in galleries and museums, including the National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC. His work has been featured in publications such as New American Paintings and Harper’s magazine, and is included in numerous private and public collections.

    THE ENCLAVE, NORTH LAWRENCE ARTISTS COLLABORATIVE STUDIO (628 N 2nd St ) 6:00 to 9:00 P.M.

    https://www.facebook.com/EnclaveKS/?fref=ts

    Open Studio

    The Enclave is a creative incubator/factory/laboratory, with each of the resident artists at its forefront. The studio encourages a multi-disciplinary approach, that provides visitors with an introduction to the vibrant, eclectic and ever evolving cultural and art experiences that Lawrence has to offer.

    Gabriel Tuxhorn, Blanca Herrada, Joel Ramirez and Marylin Hinojosa are the collaborating artists that make up The Enclave at the moment, and they open up their space, in N. Lawrence, for the Final Fridays in Lawrence enthusiasts every month.

    Gabriel Tuxhorn – Artist’s Statement

    Gabriel’s current work focuses on capturing the organic patterns of nature through the use of marbling techniques. Being inspired by the endless variations of paint in water, Gabriel has taken the process of marbling paper and applied the same techniques to large scale canvas paintings.

    Blanca Herrada – Artist’s Biography

    Blanca Herrada is a native of Emporia, Kansas. As a child she spent much of her time reading, writing, and spending time with her family. At the age of 12 she traveled and lived overseas where she was inspired to pursue art. While in high school Blanca was encouraged by her Metals teacher to pursue a career in art despite the disapproval from her parents. Blanca went on to earn her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Emporia State University with an emphasis in Painting and a minor in Art History. Blanca currently resides in Lawrence, Kansas where she continues to create work at the collaborative art studio The Enclave.

    Artist’s Statement: “Ni de aquí, ni de allá,” translated into English means, “From neither here, nor there.” This is the basis of my work.

    Growing up as a Chicana in Kansas lead to a profound amount of conflict to my social and cultural identity. As a child, teen, and even as an adult, I was told by Mexicans that I wasn’t Mexican enough while being simultaneously told by Americans that I was too foreign despite the fact I was born and raised in Kansas. Comments like, “You sound white,” “Your name means white….but you’re brown..?” not only impacted how I viewed myself, but how I viewed my family and my place within Mexican and American culture. I was ashamed of what I was, a Chicana. While I was in college I decided that I would no longer allow the fear of being judged by Mexicans and Americans alike contribute to who I was and how I represented myself. Artwork by Frida Kahlo and Kehinde Wiley encouraged me to embrace both my cultural backgrounds and to break down the barriers I had put up surrounding my cultural identity.

    My new work focuses on how I view Chicano culture while living in Kansas. My friends, family, and self are the subjects because they are not only the subjects I know best, but because they are the subjects I love and revere. They are who I am and who I want to present to the world.

    Marylin Hinojosa – Artist’s Biography

    Marylin Esther Hinojosa is a multi-disciplinary artist. She was born in California but soon moved to Dodge City, a small western town in Kansas. She earned an Associate’s degree at Dodge City Community College where her focus was primarily in drawing and painting.

    She was president of the Art Club at the Dodge City Community College. With her as president the Art Club took on a lot of new and exciting projects. Two community mural projects were completed to help combat graffiti in the small town. They stared a bi-annual ceramic bowl sale to help the club fund club trips to Denver, Kansas City, Santa Fe, and Albuquerque. She immersed herself in anything that involved art in her small town. She was a large part of the day of the dead community ofrenda, which is a collection of items placed on an alter for the traditional Mexican holiday of Dia de los Muertos.

    Soon after she received her Associate of Arts in 2011, she moved to Lawrence, Kansas. She got into the art program at the University of Kansas. This time her focus was on sculpture and the third dimension. Through the university she went on a study abroad trip to Japan. In Japan she learned Japanese paper making in the Awagami Paper Factory. She also learned Japanese woodblock printing techniques in the MI-LAB residency. After her study abroad Marylin was a part of a large collaborate commission sculpture project for the Federal Reserve of Kansas City.

    Currently Marylin is making art at the new artist based collaborative studio in north Lawrence Kansas called the Enclave. Here she is working not only with herself but with talented peers who love art and community.

    Artist’s Statement

    My body of work is currently in between worlds so to speak. I am bouncing back and forth between materials and subjects. To me this is a direct translation of my commuter lifestyle between Lawrence and Kansas City.

    My paintings are set in an unpredictable narrative. The doors in my paintings lead to fantastical and outlandish places. I am fascinated with the idea that a door can take you into a new and unexpected place. The door is a portal to the wonderful unknown. I want to convey a sense of mystical danger with each painting and each scene. I see my paintings as a snapshot in a science fiction novel that hasn’t been written yet.

    I am also a sculptor. With sculpture I like to focus on what the materials are and how they can be formed into something relative to the substance of it. The human body has a strong presences in my work. The human body is a familiar form that leads itself to be used in many ways. I like taking human figures to represent ideas about duality and identity, and letting a physical object represent a non-physical concept. I make small figurative works that deal with sex and the body.

    I am interested in duality of self and how this can be manifested in a physical form. Traveling form one place to another has affected my own plane of existence.

    ESSENTIAL GOODS (825 Massachusetts St.)

    www.facebook.com/essentialgoodslawrence

    Rosie O’Brien | Money Fabric Collage

    We look forward to welcoming artist Rosie O’Brien as our Final Fridays artist at Essential Goods! Please join us at her opening reception Friday, May 27th from 5 to 9 pm to meet the artist and check out her new work.

    SHOW STATEMENT

    The objects I create with fabric and paper collage are members of the same family: the consumable & easy commodities of the modern art market. My two-dimensional creations do not transgress the rules of commodity exchange because they are easily produced and sold within the parameters of the market (regardless of whether I stole the material). Still, these objects challenge the dominant economic interests of today by questioning the color, shape and size of non-art commodities like bandages or underwear. Why, for instance, does the color “nude” only seem applicable to white people? Does the market really provide for everyone?

    Through collage media and mixed forms, I focus on the source of the materials as a site of reversal; Artists’ materials are simply commodities until the author takes, makes or collaborates.

    Amidst a consumer culture run by the erudite onlookers who appreciate—and pay for—easy, two-dimensional pleasure objects housed in white rooms in the big city, I challenge the origin of art materials and the morality of the artist’s and viewer’s relationships with them. Through my work, I pose the question: In what ways can artists and culture-makers reverse the dominant discourse of taking, paying, and displaying art that will fit neatly into markets who neglect those without access to it?

    ARTIST BIOGRAPHY

    Rosie O’Brien (b. 1994) is an organizer and culture-maker based in the American Midwest with experience in food justice activism, multimedia art, and sustainable living practices from growing up in and around Lawrence, Kansas. She recently graduated from Grinnell College (Grinnell, Iowa) with degrees in Studio Art and Political Science. Alongside various explorations in oil painting, video art and multimedia collage, Rosie is also a researcher with the Global Center for Advanced Studies, and will be moving to Slovenia until October to work on a book about political economy and love. Her other interests include Renaissance and baroque vocal music, journalism, Mandarin Chinese and jewelry design.

    EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL & BALSAMIC VINEGAR TASTING SHOP (937 Mass. St.)

    http://www.extravirginoilsvinegars.com

    Transitions

    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

    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 spec ial needs. Leta resides in Lawrence, Kansas with her husband, Steve, and enjoys spending time with her daughters, Lauren and Kristin.

    PEGGY MOHR Though fairly new to acrylic painting, Peggy has expressed her creativity in many ways since young. Music, dance and sewing were a major part of her growing up years, yet she always wanted to paint. She transferred to KU in 1975, graduated, married and raised her children in Lawrence, KS., where she currently resides with her husband, Larry. She worked for a local water color artist for many years yet never tried painting for herself. In 2008 she divinely came across a sketch she had done of her “brother’s mind” when she was in junior high, in Southern California. This was the kick she needed to pursue art for herself. After taking various classes at the art center she made the decision to focus on painting. For her, this had been a growing process, releasing a renewed love of the arts and gratefulness to God for His faithful “nudging”. http://peggymohr.com

    MADELINE TOLLEFSON began painting in watercolor in 1990, to fill the void when 4 children and 3 foster children began college or married life, and to renew an interest pursued before her marriage. She has studied continuously with Ellen Duncan (KWS, CWS, AWS) of Lecompton, Kansas. She paints weekly with the ‘Tuesday Artists”, also at Lecompton. She maintains a private home studio. Additionally, she has studied in workshops presented by Doug Walton, Tony Couch, Eric Wiegardt and Karlyn Holman, and numerous others. Goals are to glorify God and give joy with her watercolors, and to encourage others to pursue art at any age. Dreams include being a credit to her great-aunt, Fern Coppedge, who before her death in 1955 was a charter member of the ‘Philadelphia Ten’ women impressionists group. Madeline’s paintings hang in several private homes and in area businesses. www.bymadeline.com, www.artprintexpress.com/artist-Madeline-Tollefson-33.html

    HANK CHARCUTERIE (1900 Massachusetts)

    http://hankmeats.com

    Roy Lopez

    Artist Roy Lopez’s latest show will feature work from all the nerdy parts of his mind. Oil paintings, ink drawings, and watercolor are some of the mediums portraying characters such as Iron Man, Spiderman, TMNT, Super Mario and more. “I am constantly immersing myself in books, comics, video games, and movies, As a result most of my artwork is a reflection of those ideas and images that stick in my mind until I put them to paper.”

    Roy works from his home in Lawrence, KS where he lives with his wife, Ann, son Parker, and their dog Pippen.

    When not working on art he can be seen walking dogs as he is an avid animal lover and owner of his own dog walking service “Happy Paws”.

    HENRY’S COFFEE SHOP + BAR (11 East 8th St.) 6:00 to 9:00 P.M.

    https://www.facebook.com/henryscoffeeshop

    Forever Skies | New works by Geoff Benzing

    This May Final Fridays, Henry’s is always delighted to present the magical work of Geoff Benzing! Geoff’s work amazes and delights us, always with a touch of the fantastical.

    Please stop by the shop-meet the artist and grab a taste of our new iced chai or a whiskey cocktail!

    Forever Skies | New works by Geoff Benzing

    Opening: Friday, May 27th, 6-9pm

    Showing all of lovely month of June 2016

    Statement from the artist:

    Forever Skies is a series of oil and acrylic paintings of various subjects, that are unified by the theme of a cloudy sky background. From common Kansas landscape features, to fantastical shapes suspended in air; Forever Skies demonstrates the universal mood of the great overcast sky. These paintings were done in 2015 and 2016 as an exploration into painting clouds in oil, in the end I had a collection of paintings that varied in subject with a stylistic consistency, I hope you enjoy.

    Bio:

    Geoff Benzing was born is 1975 and resides in Lawrence Kansas where he has his home studio and gallery. Geoff studied art at Wichita State University and his major influences are Gustav Klimt, Pablo Picasso, Chuck Close, and Steven Quiller. Geoff has created multiple styles using watercolor, acrylic, and oil. Geoff’s work can be described as comical, fantastical, and clever and covers a wide range of subjects.

    To see Geoff’s work visit his website at www.benzingart.com

    LAWRENCE ARTS CENTER (940 New Hampshire St.) See Schedules Below

    https://lawrenceartscenter.org/

    The Lawrence Arts Center School of Dance Showcase Performances at 5:30 and 7:30PM on May 27th and 10AM, 12PM, 2PM, and 7PM on May 28th. Held each year in May, the End of Year Showcases are a crucial component of the dance curriculum and demonstrate the artistic growth of every student and class. Join the School of Dance in celebrating a successful year! Tickets are $6.

    Opening reception (5-9PM) for the Lawrence Arts Center’s new exhibit, Amanda Maciuba. Impermanent Lines. This exhibit is concerned with how purposeful human actions, alongside uncontrollable factors of time and nature, alter both the current landscape and human agency within that landscape. Impermanent Lines is inspired by the landscapes, communities, development practices and environmental concerns prevalent throughout the Midwest, specifically those of Northeast Kansas. Amanda Maciuba graduated from the University at Buffalo in 2009 with a degree in Visual Studies and a concentration in Print Media. She completed an MFA in Printmaking from the University of Iowa in 2015.

    Opening reception (5-9PM) for the Lawrence Arts Center’s new exhibit, Maggy Rozycki Hiltner. Vantage Point. Current events, historical disasters, idealized landscapes, and a sly sense of humor can all be found in Maggy Rozycki Hiltner’s Vantage Point. The 278 square-foot hand-stitched installation was created for Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum’s Dr. Ruth Tan Lim Project Room, and incorporates Hiltner’s cast of Dick and Jane-style characters as well as found and artist-created imagery.

    Art Tougeau: In celebration of America’s fascination with all things wheeled, Lawrence holds the Art Tougeau Parade on New Hampshire Street outside the Lawrence Arts Center to honor mankind’s large creative cerebral cortex, bipedal locomotion, and opposable thumbs. The result is an all-inclusive event symbolic of humanity’s need for self-expression in the medium of all things wheeled. Art Tougeau joins forces with Lawrence Buskerfest to make an incredible event for the community. Visit Art Tougeau on Facebook for full details.

    • pARTy: May 27, 5-9pm
    • 5:00PM Adorkable Derek – Acrobatic Nerd 6:00PM Pogo Fred – Extreme Pogo Stunts!
    • 7:00PM The Cowtown Playboys (BAND)
    • 8:00PM Cate Great – Acrobatic Juggler
    • 9:00PM Heavy Petty(BAND)
    • Activities for children!
    • Live printing!
    • Food trucks and Free State Beer!
    • Art Tougeau Parade: May 28, Noon
    • Line up at 10am

    THE PERCOLATOR (913 Rhode Island St.-yellow building in the alley)

    https://www.facebook.com/lawrence.percolator/

    Yarn Jungle at The Percolator

    May Final Friday opens this show by Catherine Reed

    PHOENIX GALLERY (825 Massachusetts St.) 5:00 to 9:00 P.M.

    Final Friday for May at Phoenix Gallery

    Phoenix Gallery is excited to present renowned comic book writer Jason Aaron, mosaic artist Kelly Aaron and photographer and performer Kirk Marsh. We will also have local musician Alonzo providing music. Jazz, an authentic Cajun/Creole restaurant will be offering the tastes of New Orleans throughout the evening. Come in and enjoy an evening at the Phoenix Gallery as well as the Buskerfest in downtown Lawrence.

    Jason Aaron Book Signing:

    Jason Aaron was born in Alabama but currently resides in Kansas City. He has written New York Times bestselling crime series Scalped for DC/Vertigo and popular books such as Ghost Rider, Wolverine, Incredible Hulk, Punisher Max, Avengers Vs. X-MEN, Original Sin, Amazing X-MEN, Wolverine and the X-MEN and Thor God of Thunder for Marvel. Jason’s current projects include Thor and Star Wars for Marvel, Southern Bastards for Image Comics and Men of Wrath for Icon. His book, Southern Bastards has been picked up by FX and a pilot is in production at this time. His books can be found at Astro Kitty in Lawrence and the artist will have copies with him as well.

    Kelly Aaron Mosaic Artist:

    Kelly Aaron became interested in mosaics several years ago after meeting another artist who created art from broken dishes. After taking a class from this artist, Kelly realized mosaic was the medium for her; this is medium with no rules and endless possibilities. This, coupled with Kelly’s love of antiques, resulted in the creation of truly one-of-a-kind pieces incorporating broken dishes, buttons, beads, vintage jewelry, old tins, figurines, and anything else she could get her hands on. As her work has evolved, Kelly has explored 3D mosaic work and pushes the limits of 2D work by cutting out her own shapes. She enjoys collaborating with clients to create custom pieces of art for their homes or as gifts for friends and loved ones. Kelly’s tongue-in-cheek style adds another unique element to her work – rarely serious, and always fun. Kelly resides in Prairie Village with her husband, writer Jason Aaron, and her sons, Brendan and Dashiell.

    Photographer and performer Kirk Marsh:

    Kirk Marsh is an environmental portrait photographer/digital artist. His work uses a strong sense of post-production to enhance a cinematic transportive narrative. His subjects are engaged in their environment and action. Kirk’s love for humor is certainly seen in his images. His work can be seen in advertising campaigns, editorial stories and fine art galleries. The images seen on display here are part of a self-portrait series created around the character he portrays in his live performance art pieces around the world. See him at the Lawrence Busker Festival May 27-29.

    Alonzo, one of those musicians who can play about any instrument, is well-known in the Lawrence area as both a musician and a soundman. His original music is a mix of many different styles – blues, folk, rock, country and world. He is also an excellent singer/songwriter, and the combination of these talents makes for an outstanding concert.

    PHOENIX UNDERGROUND (825 Massachusetts St.)

    http://phoenixgalleryart.com

    Sideshow Serenade by Thomas Sciacca

    This Final Friday, Phoenix Underground is featuring the work of Thomas Sciacca. The exhibition, Sideshow Serenade, is a series of work inspired by Circus or Sideshow themes. The opening reception will include live painting by Thomas himself as well as circus themed baked goodies.

    Exhibition Statement:

    This series, Sideshow Serenade, first begun in the fall of 2012. The idea was suggested and supported by Rock Candy Boutique owners Shannon Wolf, and Mark Wright, along with Whispering Danny of Exile Tattoo, and artist Thomas Sciacca.

    The initial concept was to apply classic Circus and Sideshow imagery to furniture, home accessories, jewelry and wall art. The content was derived from historical sources, faithful to the names and characteristics of well- known performers. The additional intentions were to recreate these vintage forms of advertising, and keep them accessible, and accessibly priced, as the original imagery and performers were. The techniques and materials used throughout are relatively consistent with those used in earlier periods of the 20th century. Along with American Sideshow banners, the series bears influences of European poster advertising and design, and Magic posters from the Vaudeville era.

    As the series has continued, it now includes a number of working performers within and outside of the U.S. Whether it’s with historical characters or active ones, the series additionally serves to help promote and document the careers of an exceptionally creative, and resourceful breed of performers.

    About Thomas Sciacca:

    Thomas Sciacca is a 1985 graduate of the School of Visual Arts, in NYC. He began his illustration career in 1984, contributing regular images to the New Times Book Review Section. Over years Sciacca has produced artwork for numerous publications and publishers such as Vogue, GQ, New York Magazine, Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, The New York Times Magazine Section, Esquire, Harpers, Playboy, The Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Bantam Books, Vintage Press, St. Martin’s Press, and many others. In 1997, Sciacca designed and painted the visitors map for Fermilab, the most extensive physics laboratory in the United States.

    As an educator, Sciacca has taught in the design/illustration programs of the Ringling School of Art and Design in Sarasota, the Kansas City Art Institute, and Penn Valley Community College.

    Theatrically, Sciacca debuted as a scenic designer in 2004 at the historic Folly Theater, in a production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado. The show was a collaboration between Paul Mesner Puppets, and members of the Civic Opera and Kansas City Chamber Orchestra. The collaboration was repeated in 2007, with Sciacca designing sets for Hansel and Gretel, likewise, performed at the Folly Theater. In 2006, Sciacca designed sets for Diary of Anne Frank, as produced by the Lawrence Art Center. Along with designing, Sciacca has painted sets with New Theatre Restaurant, The Lyric Opera, the Unicorn Theater, KC Rep., and American Heartland Theater.

    THE PLEIADES PROJECT AT STUDIO 3D (1019 Delaware Street)

    https://www.facebook.com/Pleiades-Project-1101692016527535/

    The Pleiades Project is an exciting international collaboration of seven artists creating multidisciplinary artwork based on the Pleiades Star Cluster. The original collaborating artists are Diana Dunkley, Charlotte Pessoni, Nan Renbarger and Margaret Rose of Kansas, USA and Estelle Anderson, Mardi Henley and Peta Milne of NSW and ACT, Australia.

    During the May 27 Final Friday art event, the group will be exhibiting seven Round Robin artworks at Studio 3D, 1019 Delaware Street, Lawrence, KS – 1 1/2 blocks South of Seed Co and the Cider Gallery, from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM.

    To create the Round Robin pieces, each artist started an artwork which was then passed around so that every member of the group had a hand in the finished piece.

    Along with the finished artworks, the group will show stop action video of the evolution of the pieces, and read collaborative poems by some of the group members written in the Pleiades format.

    The Pleiades Project began in August of 2014 and has no ending date as yet. The seven artists are also collaboratively and individually working on several other art pieces within the collaboration, including an interpretation by each of the artists as one of the stars in the cluster.

    In 2016 Mardi Henley was replaced by Lois Denham, another Australian artist who practices in Victoria, AU. Denham joins the six remaining artists in their artistic expression inspired by the M45 Open Star Cluster.

    RUFF HOUSE ART (729 Massachusetts Street)

    http://www.ruffhouseart.com

    Julie Mead is a professional portrait photographer who also has a love for all types of art. Her passion for art is evident in her photography work. She is a proud Kansas native and gleans much of her inspiration from the beautiful landscapes, people and nature that are a part of this great state. Julie also has begun a personal mission to help others to not only learn how to take better photos with their devices but to actually do something with those photos! Stop by Ruff House Art to not only view Julie’s photo art but to also meet her and talk about her passion of preserving our photos for our future.

    SEEDCO STUDIOS (720 E 9th St.)

    www.seedcostudios.com

    OPEN STUDIOS /// GROUP EXHIBITION

    Featuring Artists:

    • Felt Show
    • Lori Andersen
    • Jesse Gray
    • Erok Johanssen
    • Kate Larson
    • Brandon Mateer
    • Jeromy Morris
    • Dani Ramirez
    • Janice Raiteri
    • Catherine Reed
    • Jeremy Rockwell
    • Elizabeth Rowley
    • John Sebelius
    • Ryan Storck
    • Kyla Strid
    • Aaron Youngstrom
    • Dana Wiseman

    Located within the Warehouse Arts District at 720 E 9th Street #7 in Lawrence, KS, this space is ideal for making, showing and engaging in all aspects of art. With 18 artist studios, a music recording operation and collaborative space/gallery, the potential for creating 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 med ia, 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.

    SEVEN EAST 7TH (7 East 7th St.) 5:00 TO 8:00 P.M.

    http://www.7e7th.com

    Local 7

    SIGNS OF LIFE GALLERY (722 Massachusetts St.) 5:00 TO 10:00 P.M.

    http://www.signsoflifegallery.com

    Scanography with Bill Bowerman

    North Gallery – Ceramic Curves: Line Drawings and Scanography by Bill Bowerman

    Come by and experience ceramics from a different point of view with scans and drawings by scanographer, Bill Bowerman. Mr. Bowerman is a leading innovator in the artistic field of digital scanography. In this collection of works he explores everyday objects and his perspective is evocative and oftentimes whimsical.

    “Ceramic objects are deeply embedded in my life and my art. Many of my line drawings and scanographs use ceramic shapes and curves, sometimes directly and sometimes as they relate to human forms. This exhibition of “ceramic curves” celebrates ceramics and my ties to ceramics. My artistic purpose is to create simple, surprising works that are beautiful, evocative, and/or whimsical. I do line drawings and scanography (photography using a flat-bed scanner for input instead of a digital camera). My images explore ordinary events or objects, often involving people. Moods, metaphors, and ambiguities abound, so personal interpretations and conversations are encouraged.”

    Stop by this Final Friday and visit with the artist

    South Gallery – showing a variety of work from abstract to landscape by regional, national and international artists, including Kim Casebear, Deb Shroer, and Salome’ Penn. These artists are known for their use of color and light. The abstracts are filled with energy and motions, the landscapes are captivating representations of our much beloved Kansas.

    Stop by between 5-10 on Friday or anytime during the week.

    Hours are Monday through Saturday 10AM to 11PM.

    TEN THOUSAND VILLAGES (835 Massachusetts St.) 5:30 to 9:00 P.M.

    http://facebook.com/tenthousandvillageslawrence

    Jack Ozegovic

    “This exhibition represents a few samples of more than 20 years of work and exploration on several themes. While living in Michigan, I was influenced by and deeply involved with the landscape in our area—the orchards, rolling hills, lakes, and the autumn color. I was searching for the essence, the underlying spirit of the landscape. After moving to Lawrence the themes of my work have varied greatly, from road signs to ancient symbols, from politics to commercialism” JO

    Jack Ozegovic, a native of Saginaw, Michigan, began his formal education at Boston Museum School and Tufts University. He then received two degrees, including an MFA, from Michigan State University. Advanced study was done at the Tamarind Institute of Lithography at the University of New Mexico. Jack taught as a grad assistant at MSU, then full-time at Gettysburg College and Northwestern Michigan College in Traverse City. At NMC he was responsible for creating the printmaking shop and directing the Visiting Artist program.

    Jack’s work has been exhibited in many area and regional shows around the Midwest. He has had several one-man shows including at the University of Pittsburgh, North Park College in Chicago, Bethany College in Lindsborg, and at the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan. Locally, he has shown at the former 6 Gallery and at the Percolator. He works in several media including oils, watercolor, mixed media and woodcut prints.

    THEATRE LAWRENCE (4660 Bauer Farm Dr.)

    http://www.theatrelawrence.com/

    Live in the Lobby: Improv!

    Doors open at 6:00. Enjoy an evening of improvisation and laughter with the Theatre Lawrence Improv group. True Performance art! 2 shows: 7 & 9pm.

    Come for one – stay for both!

    Cost $10 adults, $5 kids 14 and under (first show only)

    The Cove is open for refreshments. Cabaret seating.

    WATKINS MUSEUM OF HISTORY (1047 Massachusetts Street) 5:00 TO 8:00 P.M.

    http://www.watkinsmuseum.org

    Kansas People’s History Project

    Join us for the official opening of the exhibit Hidden Forces: The Kansas People’s History Project and listen to talks about this unique collaborative endeavor bringing to life fascinating people and events from the history of the Sunflower State.

    – See more at: http://www.watkinsmuseum.org/#sthash.whkAiyYI.dpuf

    YANTRA FINANCIAL TECHNOLOGIES (840 Massachusetts Street)

    http://www.yantrapayments.com

    Hang12 presents: Collaborative Canvases

    Hang 12 Collective has asked six other groups in Lawrence, Kansas to create abstract collaborative pieces. These groups range from High School Art clubs to students attending JDC. We believe that everyone should have access to art and the sense of community and power it can instill. HANG12 brings together a wide variety of high school students interested in how art intersects with public engagement and relevant social issues. The group acts as a curatorial board that chooses a theme, medium, or artist, and installs a gallery show or public art happening for the community to interact with on the Final Friday art openings each month.





    Final Friday Events for April 29

    21 04 2016

    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—as all 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. From 5 until 9 pm on the last Friday of the month from February through November, 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.

    5:00 until 9:00 pm (unless otherwise noted)

    Final Fridays are made possible by support from the City of Lawrence

    Quick reference of venues in alphabetical order. Click on a venue name for more information.

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

    “So Lightly Here…” A showing of recent paintings by Janice Nabors Raiteri

    My paintings are small reminders that “…the boundaries to which we attach all terms are in constant change…for even the hills are shadows, they flow from form to form, And nothing stands.” (Alan Watts)

    In these distracted times, introspective art is essential. Ideally, my orgastracts are so beautiful, mesmerizing, and mysterious the viewer has no choice but to stop, smile, and search. For it is in the stillness of silent conversation that one absorbs the wonderful energy of this world, hears its harmony, and moves with its modulating rhythms.

    THE BOURGEOIS PIG (6 E. 9th St.) 6:00 to 9:00 P.M.

    http://www.facebook.com/TheBourgeoisPig

    Solace Snow Naeymi : Pink Moon – Opening Reception: Final Friday, April 29, 2016

    From the artist: As the youngest of four sisters, Solace Snow Naeymi is continuously inspired by these women’s stories and experiences. With that inspiration, she manipulates images to create voyeuristic yet ethereal representations of the female form. She believes that a semi-nude image of a woman does not have to be an objectification of the female body. She has always had a love for the female form, along with the passion, sexuality and sensuality it carries. In addition to images of women in her life, Solace uses images from Playboy, the ultimate sex icon of, in this case, particularly the 1970’s, and creates an innocent sensuality, making them more about the woman than the male gaze. The sensual, yet anonymous forms, act as a blank slate so the viewer may place any identity onto them. Solace communicates this through paintings, prints and drawings.

    Solace graduated from the University of Kansas in 2014, with a BFA in printmaking. She is currently working in her studio, part of Art Emergency in Lawrence, Kansas.

    www.cargocollective.com/solacesnownaeymi

    THE BREWHAUS & THE ENCLAVE, NORTH LAWRENCE ARTISTS COLLABORATIVE STUDIO (624 N 2nd Street) 6:00 to 9:00 P.M.

    https://www.facebook.com/The-Brewhaus-133909969995262/ and https://www.facebook.com/EnclaveKS

    Come and See the Show

    The Enclave is a creative incubator/factory/laboratory, with each of the resident artists at its forefront. The studio encourages a multi-disciplinary approach, that provides visitors with an introduction to the vibrant, eclectic and ever evolving cultural and art experiences that Lawrence has to offer.

    The Brewhaus is proud to be associated with the folks bringing this venue to North Lawrence.

    Gabriel Tuxhorn, Blanca Herrada and Joel Ramirez are the collaborating artists that make up The Enclave at the moment, and they are opening their space up for the first time to Final Fridays Lawrence enthusiasts.

    The Brewhaus will be open as well.

    ECUMENICAL CAMPUS MINISTRIES OR ECM (1204 Oread) 4:00 to 8:00 P.M.

    http://www.ecmku.org

    “SRO Presents: Backlight Art Show” and “Pints and Prints”

    Illuminating a new side of Lawrence’s art community the Backlight Art Show will display fourteen local artists, some of which have never before been displayed publicly. Hosted by Standing Room Only (SRO), Backlight’s choice in artists and display aesthetic reflect the authentic collage of shapes and space within which an artist’s life occupies. However, this authentic collage of shapes and space is often in direct conflict with the sterilization which accompanies admission into a museum space. SRO plays with that paradox, of publicly accessible intimacy, with the works of Alex King, Anna Brogden, Brandon Keenan, Cadence Learned, Cassie Jones, Charlotte Pemberton, Danielle on Drano, Maggie Stubbs, Megan Murphy, Nick Strange, Nick Vaaler, and Sara Kovacic for a one day show, on the Final Friday of April 29th from 4-8pm.” At the Ecumenical Campus Ministries or ECM, 1204 Oread

    Students of the KU Print Club and other KU Visual Arts students will be having a show called “Pints and Prints,” in efforts to raise funds for summer study abroad in Japan.

    ESSENTIAL GOODS (825 Massachusetts St.)

    www.facebook.com/essentialgoodslawrence

    Paul Punzo | Amore

    We are, as always, thrilled to welcome artist Paul Punzo back for another year of Final Fridays with us. He was with us at our inception four years ago at 15 E. 7th, and it is wonderful to still have him with us on this adventure (thanks, Paul!)! Please join us at his opening reception Friday, April 29th from 5 to 9 pm to meet the artist and check out his new work.

    Artist Biography

    I am very pleased to be the featured artist for the month of May here at Essential Goods for a fourth year. I have been doing linoleum block prints for six years, using a variety of mediums such as watercolors, acrylics, spray paints and paint markers to create colorful one of a kind hand pressed and some silkscreened prints of special things in my life. Such as rabbits, sacred hearts, wrestling and Harry Dean Stanton―to name a few.

    “For here or to go” is just a last thought I have had in the last few months with the loss of friends and others who have played maybe just a small but important part of my life. So I choose for the idea of being here and not worrying about the go to part. I realize we all have to go at some point but I want to try to make this moment, today, as good as I can try. Tell someone I love them, get a hug, eat something good, and get some paint on my hands. I hope you enjoy my work and I sure do appreciate the Lawrence artist community! Luv yer gutz. – paulp

    EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL & BALSAMIC VINEGAR TASTING SHOP (937 Mass. St.)

    http://www.extravirginoilsvinegars.com

    “Spring Extravaganza” April 29 – May 24, 2016 Artwork by Kathleen Anderson, Laurie Culling, Leta Strom, Peggy Mohr, Madeline Tollefson

    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. http://www.kathleenhelenanderson.com, http://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. http://www.laurieculling.com, http://www.convergenceart.com, http://www.lawrenceartguild.org

    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 spec ial needs. Leta resides in Lawrence, Kansas with her husband, Steve, and enjoys spending time with her daughters, Lauren and Kristin.

    PEGGY MOHR Though new to acrylic painting, Peggy has expressed her creativity in many ways since young. Music, dance and sewing were a major part of her growing up years, yet she always wanted to paint. She transferred to KU in 1975, graduated, married and raised her children in Lawrence, KS., where she currently resides with her husband, Larry. She worked for a local water color artist for many years yet never tried painting for herself. In 2008 she divinely came across a sketch she had done of her “brother’s mind” when she was in junior high, in Southern California. This was the kick she needed to pursue art for herself. After taking various classes at the art center she made the decision to focus on painting. For her, this had been a growing process, releasing a renewed love of the arts and gratefulness to God for His faithful “nudging”. http://peggymohr.com

    MADELINE TOLLEFSON began painting in watercolor in 1990, to fill the void when 4 children and 3 foster children began college or married life, and to renew an interest pursued before her marriage. She has studied continuously with Ellen Duncan (KWS, CWS, AWS) of Lecompton, Kansas. She paints weekly with the ‘Tuesday Artists”, also at Lecompton. She maintains a private home studio. Additionally, she has studied in workshops presented by Doug Walton, Tony Couch, Eric Wiegardt and Karlyn Holman, and numerous others. Goals are to glorify God and give joy with her watercolors, and to encourage others to pursue art at any age. Dreams include being a credit to her great-aunt, Fern Coppedge, who before her death in 1955 was a charter member of the ‘Philadelphia Ten’ women impressionists group. Madeline’s paintings hang in several private homes and in area businesses. www.bymadeline.com, www.artprintexpress.com/artist-Madeline-Tollefson-33.html

    HENRY’S COFFEE SHOP + BAR (11 East 8th St.) 6:00 to 9:00 P.M.

    https://www.facebook.com/henryscoffeeshop

    Audible Art Show + T-shirt Sale || Works by Collins Spaedy

    Henry’s Coffee Shop is excited to welcome and showcase the works of Collins Spaedy! Collins’s work has a fine connection with his musical work and influences! Please come out this April Final Fridays and meet the artist behind the art and music.

    From the Artist: This exhibit is a collection of sharpie portraits and T-shirts drawn by myself, Collins Spaedy. The drawings portray some of the great artists of Hip Hop, the culture that I obsessively assimilated as a child. I took a long hiatus from drawing during my twenties to focus on making electronic, sample-based music under the moniker ‘Chopperman’ for the double meaning between chopping samples and flying like a chopper in the sense of a helicopter. I recently released an album at chopperman.bandcamp.com which features one of the great artists depicted in this show, Dudley Perkins AKA Declaime.

    Until this show, most of my drawing will be on T-shirts, tracing portraits onto them. After that I plan to work on a series of pencil drawings of Saturday Night Live cast members and titled the ‘Sketched Comedy Show’. That exhibit is scheduled for the end of October at Five Bar and Tables. I’m very thankful to the Wysongs and DJ Johnny Quest for making last year’s show there possible, as well as Alicia and everyone at Henry’s for housing this one.

    KB & CO (825 Massachusetts St., Suite A)

    http://www.manabarlawrence.com/

    Van Go

    Van Go, Inc. is an arts-based social service agency that provides job training to teens―using art as the learning tool. We will be featuring many artists’ work and highlighting Van Go as a whole.

    MANA BAR (1111 Massachusetts Street)

    http://www.manabarlawrence.com/

    Josh Boston

    Mana Bar will be hosting an opening exhibition for Josh Boston, a local illustrator.

    Jasper Aurum Baltazar will be performing at the opening from 6:30-7.

    THE PERCOLATOR (913 Rhode Island St.-yellow building in the alley) 5:00 to 9:00 P.M.

    https://www.facebook.com/lawrence.percolator/

    We Can Show

    A celebration of unexpected Art from the Lawrence Mental Health Community with Food from Food Not Bombs and musical guests Stiff Middle Fingers powered by Mass Street Music.

    PHOENIX GALLERY (825 Massachusetts St.) 5:00 to 9:00 P.M.

    http://www.phoenixgalleryart.com

    April Final Friday at Phoenix Gallery

    For this Final Friday Artwalk, the Phoenix Gallery is proud to present a preview of the artists participating in Art in the Park next month. We are also pleased to exhibit new works by local artists; Anne Egitto, Zee Galliano, and to feature Brian Timmer in the Vermont Street Gallery. Visitors to the Gallery will get the pleasure of sampling food from the kitchen of TEN restaurant at The Eldridge. Mason Wheatley will provide us with acoustic music throughout the evening.

    Artists of Art in the Park: Come in for a chance to preview these great artists in our Phoenix Underground. Art in the Park, a Lawrence Art Guild event has been a Lawrence tradition for over 50 years. Held May 1st in South Park with over 100 artists, food vendors, multiple bands, the Humane Society (with pets to adopt), Parks and Recreation’s Dog Frisbee Competition on the west side of the park and the Lawrence Arts Center Preschool will have a painting project for kids. Art in the Park brings thousands of people to South Park and downtown Lawrence for the day to enjoy art, music and our beautiful city.

    Anne Egitto: Anne Egitto takes a walk on the funky side with “Edgy Toes Pottery”. This new line of work blends functionality with hipster culture with a side of steampunk. These new designs are featured on her thrown and slab built forms. Edgy Toes Pottery: fun, funky, and functional.

    Anne Egitto moved to Lawrence, Kansas in 2008 to work on her doctorate degree in anthropology. She began selling her pottery in 2009 and received professional encouragement by being accepted into the 2012 Orton International Cone Box Show. She completed her doctorate degree in 2014.

    Zee Galliano: “Although I have worked in many different mediums over the past thirty years, there has been a certain consistency throughout that time; I have always been drawn to texture, pattern and geometric shapes. Inspirations for my newest work is drawn from the most beautiful place I have ever seen- Zion National Park! I recently had the good fortune to live in southern Utah for almost two years. The landscape there, both from the air and ground level, is endlessly fascinating to me – the colors and textures make their way into many of my designs. My love affair with metal began in 2005. In addition to numerous classes taken from talented members of a local chapter of the Florida Society of Goldsmiths, I have been fortunate enough to study with several nationally-acclaimed teachers such as John Cogswell, Andy Cooperman, Tom McCarthy and Sydney Scherr. My pieces are all hand-fabricated out of mixed metals using traditional metalsmithing techniques such as sawing, riveting, solde ring and forging. Sometimes I begin 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.”

    Brian Timmer: Brian Timmer has lived in Lawrence, Kansas for ten years with fellow artist and wife, Betsy Timmer. Currently, Brian works “tri-vocationally” as a freelance artist, optical technician at Dobbins and Letourneau and non-profit community leader for Prodigal Collective. As a painter, Brian leans toward abstract expressionism while many of his commissions have challenged him to paint more natural and representational elements all which embody his colorful painterly expression.

    Ten Restaurant: Visitors to The Phoenix Gallery during April 29 Final Friday Artwalk will get the pleasure of sampling food from the kitchen of TEN restaurant at The Eldridge. Eldridge staff will share chef’s Vegetable Pinwheels along with pro tips to dining and parking Downtown. Stop into Phoenix Gallery to enjoy free small bites while you view great art!

    TEN features gourmet American-style cuisine and offers an elegant dining environment inside the historic Eldridge Hotel at 7th and Massachusetts streets. The Eldridge serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, along with a legendary Sunday Brunch

    Mason Wheatley: Mason Wheatley is a Lawrence-based solo artist. His foray into music first began about 9 years ago when he took up playing the electric guitar inherited from his uncle. Over the years his developing tastes in music, from rock to classical, jazz and eclectic experimental has brought colorful strokes of style to his playing. In addition to his love for composing solo acoustic guitar, Mason writes and produces songs incorporating a unique blend of acoustic and electronic sounds that seek to defy a distinct label or genre.

    PHOENIX UNDERGROUND (825 Massachusetts St.)

    http://phoenixgalleryart.com

    Fluid Dynamics; Rigid Structures: by Jacob Burmood

    Phoenix Underground is pleased to present an exhibition of artworks by Jacob Burmood. Join us opening night for a great display of new sculptures, and a chance to meet the artist! The opening reception will be Friday, April 29, 2015 from 5:00-9:00 PM and will be on display through the month of May.

    Jacob Burmood is a graduate from the University of Kansas, where he received his MFA in Ceramics in 2013. He graduated with a BFA in Sculpture in 2006 from Missouri State University. After graduate school, he moved back to his hometown of Springfield, Missouri, where he ran a studio creating work for shows, commissions, and public art competitions; and taught sculpture as an adjunct professor at Missouri State University. He recently moved to Kansas City and opened a studio where he continues to make ceramics and sculpture.

    And don’t forget also in our Phoenix Underground we will be hosting a preview of the artists participating in the 2016 Art in the Park!

    SEVEN EAST 7TH (7 East 7th St.) 5:00 TO 8:00 P.M.

    http://www.7e7th.com

    Professor Drayton S Mantooth’s Cavalcade of Creepy Critters and Curiosities

    Art by John Niswonger, Pug Pugh, and Kim Benhan

    TEN THOUSAND VILLAGES (835 Massachusetts St.) 5:30 to 9:00 P.M.

    http://facebook.com/tenthousandvillageslawrence

    CERAMIC ART by Kirk Brown

    “My art comes from the study of Cubism and Island art, and my interpretation of that art. Some hold closely to the traditions of those forms, others not so much. I am always pushing the path in a way the clay wants to go. Art is my way of speaking to others what I can’t express with words. I want those who see my art to have some kind of emotion about it. Good, bad does not matter, as long as they have some thought about my work. My work is always one step from normal. For in the end, I make art to complete myself.”

    WATKINS MUSEUM OF HISTORY (1047 Massachusetts Street) 5:00 TO 8:00 P.M.

    Gathered Nations: The 1926 Haskell Pow Wow

    In October 1926, Haskell Institute marked the opening of its new football stadium with a huge gathering of American Indian nations from across the country. Our new exhibit at the Watkins chronicles this remarkable event and the significance it held for Native peoples.

    Join us on Final Friday for the opening of the exhibit and a talk by Prof. Kim Warren of the KU History department at 7 PM

    WONDER FAIR (841 Massachusetts St.) 6:30 to 10:00 P.M.

    http://www.wonderfair.com

    MICROBURST zine launch at Wonder Fair

    This Final Friday Wonder Fair welcomes Microburst, our Comrades-in-Arts helping to make visible and valuable the link between art, artists, and politics in Kansas. Join us in the Gallery between 6:30 and 10:00pm to grab your (free) copy of Microburst Issue 1, and enjoy an evening of music, discussion, and creative community building. About Microburst http://microburstkansas.org/

    Many Northeast Kansas artists and writers are actively engaged in seeking out and making creative responses to what they see as an extreme conservative political takeover of the state: Poets and writers are creating works that they publish nationally in order to magnify maladies experienced at home, while visual artists create iconic stencils and prints to incite outrage and visceral responses from Kansas citizens.

    Until now there has been no concerted effort to join the works of artists and writers into a single intercom broadcasting a unified front against the political bullying and manipulation of our beloved state. Microburst seeks to shout into that void, to elicit a response from Kansas citizenry, to generate a cacophony of conversation and to place the tools of action into the hands of the people.

    Microburst, like the sudden storm event that its name emulates, will shake Kansas – by placing art and writing into the hands of its citizens, and by eliciting a swift and sizable response.

    Microburst is funded by Rocket Grants – a partnership between the Charlotte Street Foundation and the Spencer Museum of Art – with funding provided by the Andy Warhol Foundation.

    FINAL FRIDAY EVENTS IN THE WAREHOUSE ARTS DISTRICT

    FINAL FRIDAY EVENTS IN THE WAREHOUSE ARTS DISTRICT

    CIDER GALLERY (810 Pennsylvania St.) 5:00 to 9:00 P.M.

    www.cidergallery.com

    SUMWHERE: New works by EROK JOHANSSEN and JEREMY ROCKWELL

    Opening reception: Final Fridays April 29th 5-9pm

    Food truck, cash bar and music by DJ AETHER

    Erok Johanssen is a Mixed Media artist working out of SeedCo Studios in Lawrence, KS. Erok uses photographs taken on his many travels and combines them with street techniques adapted from his background as a graffiti writer. Two competing aesthetics, photography is used to induce realism into his pieces while the graffiti aspect is used to abstract the images through raw mark making. Photography represents the capturing of a specific moment frozen in time through the shutter of his camera. Graffiti represents the ongoing conversations that exist on city walls as old pieces get painted over and new pieces emerge. Graffiti comes and goes while a photograph lends a sense of permanence to a moment. Through mixing these mediums, Erok’s work challenges the notions of what is ephemeral and what is everlasting, what is real and what is fake, natural or man made, digital or hand made.

    Born in Santa Maria, CA, Jeremy Rockwell is a Mixed media artist who explores painting, sculpture, photography, drawing and design. Currently working in Exhibitions at The Lawrence Arts Center, Rockwell also manages (and is a founding member) of SeedCo Studios in the Warehouse Arts District, an open concept artist studio and gallery housing over 20 artists and musicians. Rockwell lives and works in Lawrence, KS.

    SEEDCO STUDIOS (720 E 9th St.)

    www.seedcostudios.com

    OPEN STUDIOS /// GROUP EXHIBITION

    Featuring Resident Artists: Felt Show, Lori Andersen, Jesse Gray, Erok Johanssen, Kate Larson, Brandon Mateer, Jeromy Morris, Dani Ramirez, Janice Raiteri, Catherine Reed, Jeremy Rockwell, Elizabeth Rowley, John Sebelius, Ryan Storck, Kyla Strid, Aaron Youngstrom, Lesa Weller and Dana Wiseman.

    /// SEEDCO STUDIOS \\\

    Located within the Warehouse Arts District at 720 E 9th Street #7 in Lawrence, KS, this space is ideal for making, showing and engaging in all aspects of art. With 18 artist studios, a music recording operation and collaborative space/gallery, the potential for creating 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 med ia, 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.





    Final Friday Events for March 25

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    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—as all 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. From 5 until 9 pm on the last Friday of the month from February through November, 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.

    5:00 until 9:00 pm (unless otherwise noted)

    Final Fridays are made possible by support from the City of Lawrence

    THE BOURGEOIS PIG (6 E. 9th St.) 6:00 to 9:00 P.M.

    http://www.facebook.com/TheBourgeoisPig

    Wayne Propst

    Recent Sledge Hammer Paintings…

    Prop Will Demonstrate Technique @Opening…

    Free Hot Dogs.

    The Brewhaus (624 N 2nd Street) 6:00 to 9:00 P.M.

    https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Brewhaus/

    Jennifer Gabriele

    Jennifer’s work is unique and eclectic, and The Brewhaus is happy to be hosting an opening for her as part of the Final Fridays program.

    Jen grew up in 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, including recently completing the Camino de Santiago, a 500 mile trek across Spain.

    She works with anything ranging from digital to ducting metal and enjoys experimenting with new styles and techniques. She has been living and making art in Lawrence for the past five years.

    ECCENTRICITY (716 Massachusetts St)

    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Eccentricity-A-Unique-Boutique

    Artist and Poet Karl Dean

    Artist’s Statement: As an artist and a writer, I strive for balance. It is essential not only in the aesthetics, but in life itself. As a poet foremost, I elect to intertwine color and emotion with my words. To bring those elements together in a certain symmetry allows the viewer to observe with an appreciation at any angle, which affords a more powerful and spoken piece. To reach the viewer’s emotions is of importance to me. Knowing I conveyed a message and touched someone’s heart in an uplifting manner is of the utmost fulfillment; so what better perspective than balance…

    ESSENTIAL GOODS (825 Massachusetts St.)

    www.facebook.com/essentialgoodslawrence

    Johanna Wright

    We look forward to welcoming illustrator and author Johanna Wright for our March Final Friday Art Walk! Please join us at her opening reception from 5 to 9 pm, where we will have a selection of her original works on display, as well as prints of originals available. Her work will show through April 27th.

    About the Artist…I was born in Eugene, Oregon in the shadow of some very big and beautiful trees. I studied puppetry and children’s book illustration at Evergreen State College and moved to Brooklyn, NY shortly thereafter.

    Most of my 20’s were spent in New York, working as a Christmas elf, a cupcake froster, a batik shirt maker, a painting assistant for a large scale painted backdrop company, and a postcard painter on the streets of Manhattan. All while trying to break into the world of children’s book publishing (and eating lots of questionable street cart food). I landed my first children’s book deal in 2007. It really did feel like the music swelling movie scene I’d always imagined it to be, complete with slow motion high fiving and general chicken-dance freaking out.

    Luckily enough, I’m now a full-time author and illustrator. It’s the best job in the world and one that I’ve dreamed of since I was a kid. Not only do I get paid to make a mess and make up stories but I now have a perfectly reasonable excuse for staring off into space for long minutes.

    These days I live in Portland, Oregon with one super husband, two young kiddos, and two shockingly soft and fuzzy kitties.

    EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL & BALSAMIC VINEGAR TASTING SHOP (937 Mass. St.)

    http://www.extravirginoilsvinegars.com

    “Art of Spring”, artwork by Kathleen Anderson, Laurie Culling, Leta Strom, Peggy Mohr, Madeline Tollefson.

    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

    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 spec ial needs. Leta resides in Lawrence, Kansas with her husband, Steve, and enjoys spending time with her daughters, Lauren and Kristin.

    Peggy Mohr Though new to acrylic painting, Peggy has expressed her creativity in many ways since young. Music, dance and sewing were a major part of her growing up years, yet she always wanted to paint. She transferred to KU in 1975, graduated, married and raised her children in Lawrence, KS., where she currently resides with her husband, Larry. She worked for a local water color artist for many years yet never tried painting for herself. In 2008 she divinely came across a sketch she had done of her “brother’s mind” when she was in junior high, in Southern California. This was the kick she needed to pursue art for herself. After taking various classes at the art center she made the decision to focus on painting. For her, this had been a growing process, releasing a renewed love of the arts and gratefulness to God for His faithful “nudging”. http://peggymohr.com

    Madeline Tollefson began painting in watercolor in 1990, to fill the void when 4 children and 3 foster children began college or married life, and to renew an interest pursued before her marriage. She has studied continuously with Ellen Duncan (KWS, CWS, AWS) of Lecompton, Kansas. She paints weekly with the ‘Tuesday Artists”, also at Lecompton. She maintains a private home studio. Additionally, she has studied in workshops presented by Doug Walton, Tony Couch, Eric Wiegardt and Karlyn Holman, and numerous others. Goals are to glorify God and give joy with her watercolors, and to encourage others to pursue art at any age. Dreams include being a credit to her great-aunt, Fern Coppedge, who before her death in 1955 was a charter member of the ‘Philadelphia Ten’ women impressionists group. Madeline’s paintings hang in several private homes and in area businesses. www.bymadeline.com, www.artprintexpress.com/artist-Madeline-Tollefson-33.html

    HANK CHARCUTERIE (1900 Massachusetts Street) 6:00 to 9:00 P.M.

    http://hankmeats.com

    Boxing Show-paintings by Michael Schliefke

    ‘The Boxing Show’ features work from the latest series of paintings from Kansas City painter Michael Schliefke. Combining his love of thick, expressive strokes with figurative imagery, ‘The Boxing Show’ features oil paintings and charcoal drawings of boxers, reflecting on themes of conflict, introspection, and dynamic compositions.

    Michael Schliefke paints in his studio in downtown Kansas City, Missouri. He also curates a number of large group shows throughout the year, with ‘The Game Show’ opening in July, 2016 in the River Market Neighborhood. Featuring game show themed art from over 30 KC and national artists, the art event will also feature a live game show comprised of games built by participating artists. Michael lives with his girlfriend Elizabeth, a graduate student in Geography and Urban Planning at KU along with their two cats, Vincent and Theo. More information about Michael, his work and upcoming shows can be found at schliefkevision.com

    HENRY’S COFFEE SHOP + BAR (11 East 8th St.) 6:00 to 9:00 P.M.

    https://www.facebook.com/henryscoffeeshop

    Now I am become Death || Works by Dennis Cook

    Henry’s is delighted to present this March Final Fridays-

    ‘Now I am become Death’, new works by Dennis Cook

    Opening: Friday, March 25th 6-9 pm

    Statement from the Artist:

    We knew the world would not be the same. A few people laughed, a few people cried, most were silent. I remembered the line from Hindu scripture, the Bhagavad-Gita…’Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.’”

    -J. Robert Oppenheimer

    The first pictures that we know of were painted on the walls of caves forty thousand years ago. A lot has happened between then and now, for better or worse. We have learned a lot, applied that knowledge to build a lot, and then worked very hard to weaponize that collective knowledge in an effort to destroy our accomplishments, as well as our only home. But why must our achievements be exploited for profit or weaponry? Could it be that we are connected to all things in the universe and not at the center of it? Is the operating model for the success of our species and our planet to act out of fear of the other or to act out of love and understanding of all things? God…what god? What color is that damn dress, really? These are big questions, the answers to which will probably not be found hanging on the walls of a coffee shop. Time is a flat circle, and here we are again back at the beginning…looking at pictures on walls. Come look at the pretty colors.

    LAWRENCE PERCOLATOR (913 Rhode Island) 5:00 to 9:00 P.M.

    www.lcava.com

    “Heating up: Artists Respond to Climate Change” opens on Final Friday, March 25, 2016, 5 – 10pm, at the Lawrence Percolator! The Percolator is located in the alley east of New Hampshire St. between 9th St. and 10th St., behind the Lawrence Arts Center. The opening will feature three brief performances. At 7 and 9 pm, Robert Baker will read poetry by Langston Hughes and the band Ovaries-eez will perform. At 8 pm, local poets Dennis Etzel, Sandy Hazlett, Denise Low, Topher Enneking, and Mary Wharff will read from their poetry, and Doug Hitt will share about his coauthored book A Kansas Bestiary. The exhibit runs March 25 – April 23 and is open Saturdays and Sundays, noon – 5pm. http://bit.ly/1ngBiuv

    Exhibiting artists include: Marin Abell, Angie Babbit, Rena Detrixhe, Jill Ensley, Neil Goss, Lisa Grossman, Eleanor Heimbaugh, Nancy Hubble, Lora Jost, Dave Loewenstein, Justin Marable, Nancy Marshall, Molly Murphy, Laura Ramberg, Hirsuta Pilosa, Michelle Rogne, Kent Smith, Damia Smith, Sara Taliaferro, Garret Tufte, David Titterington, Nicholas Ward, Ethan Candyfire, Georgia Kennidee Rikie Boyer, Kyuss Hala, Kayla Kent, Cleta LaBrie, Lori Hasselman, Alyx Stephenson, Geraldine Emily Walsey, Katie Manuelito, and KT Walsh. Three teams of the following artists have created collaborative works: Samuel Balbuena, Matthew Burke, Cameron Pratte, Vi Stenzel, and Cortney Wise; Amanda Monaghan and Pablo Cerca; and Amanda Maciuba, Tim O’brien and Mary Wharff.

    This exhibit is part of a month-long series of cultural and educational events on climate change sponsored by the USDAC-Lawrence Field Office and Lawrence Ecology Teams United in Sustainability (LETUS) with Haskell Indian Nations University and the Lawrence Percolator.

    Additional events throughout the month include:

    Art exhibit by teens “Effecting Change” art from recycled materials, coordinated by Hang12, Final Friday opening Mar 25, 5-8pm, Watkins Museum of History, 1047 Massachusetts St. Runs for a month during regular hours. http://on.fb.me/1T6XHsn

    Writing workshop “A Change in the Weather: Writing From Climate Change Art” with Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg and Ken Lassman, Sat. Mar. 26, 2-4pm, Lawrence Percolator, no sign-up, all ages with parent/guardian. http://on.fb.me/1Qr1led

    Panel Discussion “How Can We Work Together on Climate Change?” with Dan Wildcat, Jay T. Johnson, Saralyn Reece Hardy, Thad Holcombe, Eileen Horn, on Sun. Apr. 10, 3-5pm, Parker Hall Rm. 110, Haskell Indian Nations University. http://on.fb.me/1L6z6l8

    Dance/Poetry Performance “Mrs. Noah in Poetry and Dance” by Beth Schultz and Joan Stone, Fri. Apr. 15, Lawrence Percolator. Performances at 7pm and 9pm. http://on.fb.me/1njVj3i

    Eco Ambassadors “Haskell Wetlands Restoration Day,” a community workday to restore the Haskell Wetlands, seeding and planting (bring tools), Sat. Apr. 16, 2016, 10am-2pm. Directions: Come straight on Massachusetts St. heading S., continue S. past Indian Health Service. Massachusetts St. turns into W. Perimeter Rd. so keep going and follow road around campus until you get to the intersection of W. Perimeter Rd. and Barker Ave. Dr. Then turn right onto Barker Ave. Dr. (you are going south), go straight and you will run right into the wetlands access gate. Eco Ambassador Facebook page: http://on.fb.me/1WXzRNT

    MANA BAR (1111 Massachusetts Street)

    http://www.manabarlawrence.com/

    Amanda Schneider

    PHOENIX GALLERY (825 Massachusetts St.) 5:00 to 9:00 P.M.

    http://www.phoenixgalleryart.com

    March Final Friday at Phoenix Gallery

    This March, Phoenix Gallery is pleased to feature the work of local artists Jackie Evens of Pebbles and Gold and Jody Thurman, ceramics, for our Final Friday Art Walk. Get ready for spring by experiencing the many tastes of the season with a sampling of the upcoming Downtown Lawrence Farmers’ Market. Enjoy the music performance of local singer/songwriter Darrell Lea and Megan Hurt. We will also have the paintings of Maria Martin in the Vermont Street Gallery.

    Jackie Evans of Pebbles and Gold:

    My grandmother always said “you dream about jewels or you don’t its genetics.” I was a dreamer; a dreamer of beautiful places, spaces, healthy family and friends, and incredible jewelry… of course! My BA and MA of Interior Design have given me an amazing opportunity to express my love for creating the unexpected, the simple, and most importantly the serene. Creating healing environments was a passion. Making jewelry has always been a perfect extra facet of design, until I became a mother. In a magical instant my life and priorities became my sweet baby. I began wearing the largest and most protective agates to client’s homes (dangling just above my growing belly)… and the divine happened! Clients began asking if I’d make jewelry for them too! And soon if it wasn’t around a neck it was framed on a wall or placed on a table. You see, natural stones are like magic… the agate is one of the oldest gemstones in recorded hist ory used for its physical and emotional healing properties. The agate’s ability to protect and cure is unlike any other stone. Each agate is one of a kind, created through natural formations beneath the earth’s surface. Each agate species represents specific healing properties pertaining to the body, mind, and spirit. The same goes for many other naturally formed gemstones. My love for design continues to grow as I learn more about the incredible healing qualities of the world’s most beautiful treasures!

    Jody Thurman, ceramic artist:

    Jody, a Lawrence ceramic artist, uses elements from nature as inspiration for her pieces. Using flowers and foliage from her garden at home, she impresses shapes into a flattened ceramic sheet and forms her pieces using the slab construction technique.

    We are proud to present the Lawrence Farmers’ Market in the gallery during Final Friday. They will be offering samples that will be featured at the market opening in April.

    As always we are excited to have music by Darrell Lea and Megan Hurt.

    PHOENIX UNDERGROUND (825 Massachusetts St.)

    http://phoenixgalleryart.com

    This month for the Final Friday Artwalk, Phoenix Underground is excited to exhibit new artwork by painter Barbara Solberg. Come meet the artist and enjoy her new pieces on March 25th for the opening reception.

    Barbara Solberg:

    The initial creative influence for my art is place, whether familiar or new to me. Travel has always inspired me and informed my art. An ongoing fascination with ancient cultures began in Great Britain where I lived for several years as a young woman. In addition to historic places in Europe, I have visited many important Native American sites in the Southwest and Midwest. These places provide the inspiration for many of my pastels and mixed-media works. Natural objects from these travels find their way into my art either as source of color, texture or shape. By stitching objects such as stones, shells, petals or leaves to layers of handmade paper, I create a deep texture that adds visual strength to the collages. Kansas, too, provides unending inspiration and I have been painting subjects related to the landscape here for over 35 years. I was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania but I have lived in Kansas for most of my life. Salina and Lawrence were my homes respectively for ma ny years. Currently I live with my husband, Tom Schmiedeler, and our two cats; and work in my home studio in the country atop a bluff on the Kansas River. In addition, I teach drawing classes at The Osher Institute (KU Continuing Education), pastel and mixed-media classes and workshops in my studio and across the state at local art centers.

    SEVEN EAST 7TH (7 East 7th St.) 5:00 TO 8:00 P.M.

    http://www.7e7th.com

    Stan Herd

    Stan Herd is from Protection, Kansas and resides in Lawrence. Stan is an American crop artist and painter who creates images, or earthworks, on large areas of land, especially in Kansas. His work is sometimes called living sculpture. He plots his designs and then executes them by planting, mowing, and sometimes burning, or plowing the land.

    Two of Herd’s first Kansas installations were the 160-acre portraits of Kiowa War Chief Satanta (1981) and Will Rogers (1983). These artworks can be seen in Herd’s 1994 book on crop art.

    He is associated with the Prairie Renaissance Movement.

    Herd’s website includes photos of his work and a list of some of the media coverage of his various projects, including an article in Smithsonian magazine and National Geographic’s World magazine (1988).

    Herd made several trips to Havana to create Rosa Blanca in 2001, an image of a white rose in honor of the 19th-century Cuban poet José Martí.

    Herd’s work has been seen on CBS Sunday Morning; Fox Television’s Breakfast Time; Dateline NBC; CNN News; ABC’s Good Morning America; and National Public Radio’s All Things Considered.

    SIGNS OF LIFE GALLERY (722 Massachusetts) 5:00 to 10:00 P.M.

    http://www.sigsnoflifegallery.com

    Ceramic Curves: Line Drawings and Scanography by Bill Bowerman

    Come by and experience ceramics from a different point of view with scans and drawings by scanographer, Bill Bowerman. Mr. Bowerman is a leading innovator in the artistic field of digital scanography. In this collection of works he explores everyday objects and his perspective is evocative and oftentimes whimsical.

    “Ceramic objects are deeply embedded in my life and my art. Many of my line drawings and scanographs use ceramic shapes and curves, sometimes directly and sometimes as they relate to human forms. This exhibition of “ceramic curves” celebrates ceramics and my ties to ceramics. My artistic purpose is to create simple, surprising works that are beautiful, evocative, and/or whimsical. I do line drawings and scanography (photography using a flat-bed scanner for input instead of a digital camera). My images explore ordinary events or objects, often involving people. Moods, metaphors, and ambiguities abound, so personal interpretations and conversations are encouraged.”

    Stop by this Final Friday and visit with the artist, or come by anytime the gallery is open to enjoy this work and the work of other regional, national and international artists.

    Hours are Monday through Saturday 10AM to 11PM.

    TEN THOUSAND VILLAGES (835 Massachusetts St.)

    http://facebook.com/tenthousandvillageslawrence

    Tami Clark Found Treasures

    Mixed Media Artist

    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.

    Encaustic Painting

    The Found Treasures show includes works that feature encaustic painting. In some of her pieces, she layers encaustic paint over a layer of plaster. She often uses found objects to finish the piece.

    Encaustic painting, also known as hot wax painting, involves using heated beeswax melted with damar resin and colored pigments. It can take hours to get the beeswax and damar resin to melt to the correct consistency as they have very different melting points. The molten liquid is then applied to a surface—usually prepared wood, though canvas and other materials can also be used.

    Metal tools and special brushes can be used to shape the paint before it cools, or heated metal tools can be used to manipulate the wax once it has cooled onto the surface. Tools such as heat guns, propane torches and other methods of applying heat allow artists to extend the amount of time they have to work with the material. Because wax is used as the pigment binder, encaustics can be sculpted as well as painted.

    THEATRE LAWRENCE (4660 Bauer Farm Dr.)

    http://www.theatrelawrence.com/

    Live in the Lobby! Improv

    2 Shows: Family Friendly: 7pm

    Adult: 9pm (Mature content possible)

    Enjoy an evening of improvisation and laughter with the Theatre Lawrence Improv group. The Cove will be open for refreshments. Cabaret seating.

    WATKINS MUSEUM OF HISTORY (1047 Massachusetts Street) 5:00 TO 8:00 P.M.

    http://www.watkinsmuseum.org

    Effecting Change: Student Art Show at the Watkins

    Join us for the official opening of Effecting Change, a month-long art show by Hang-12. This dynamic group of local high school artists will display works of their own creation–made of repurposed materials–on the theme of climate change. Visit the Community Room during Final Friday and until April 22 to experience local art about a worldwide issue that affects us right here in Douglas County.

    FINAL FRIDAY EVENTS IN THE WAREHOUSE ARTS DISTRICT

    CIDER GALLERY (810 Pennsylvania St.) 5:00 to 9:00 P.M.

    www.cidergallery.com

    RATIO

    An exhibition of 2:1 ratio size works from 4X8 foot to 4×8 inch, by artists working in the Warehouse Arts District. The scope of this show will go beyond Cider Gallery and onto the walls of SeedCo Studios and Art Emergency.

    Featuring Artists:

    Dani Ramirez, Erok Johanssen, Jeremy Rockwell, John Sebelius, Elizabeth Rowley, Jeromy Morris, Jesse Gray, Jennifer Letner, Justin Marable, Travis Andregg, Austin Meyers and more!

    SEEDCO STUDIOS (720 E 9th St.)

    www.seedcostudios.com

    OPEN STUDIOS /// 2:1 RATIO GROUP EXHIBITION

    Featuring Resident Artists:

    Felt Show, Lori Andersen, Barrie Arachtingi, Jesse Gray, Erok Johanssen, Kate Larson, Brandon Mateer, Jeromy Morris, Dani Ramirez, Janice Raiteri, Catherine Reed, Jeremy Rockwell, Elizabeth Rowley, John Sebelius, Ryan Storck​, Kyla Strid, Lindsey Yankee, Aaron Youngstrom, Lesa Weller, Ian White and Dana Wiseman.

    /// SEEDCO STUDIOS \\\

    Located within the Warehouse Arts District at 720 E 9th Street #7 in Lawrence, KS, this space is ideal for making, showing and engaging in all aspects of art. With 18 artist studios, a music recording operation and collaborative space/gallery, the potential for creating 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 med ia, 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.





    Final Friday Events for February 26, 2016

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    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—as all 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. From 5 until 9 pm on the last Friday of the month from February through November, 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.

    Events for February 26, 2016

    5:00 until 9:00 pm (unless otherwise noted)

    Final Fridays are made possible by support from the City of Lawrence

    THE BOURGEOIS PIG (6 E. 9th St.) 6:00 to 9:00 P.M.
    http://www.facebook.com/TheBourgeoisPig

    Billy Beeson (show runs through March)

    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, worked as a bartender and made art, showing his work at galleries during his time in the city. At the age of 25 he returned to Lawrence and started a family. While he’s experimented with sculpting, woodwork and mixed media, his true passion is in painting.

    Artist’s Statement: 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.

    DO’S DELUXE (416 East 9th Street) 5:00 to8:00 P.M.
    https://www.facebook.com/MartyOlsonArtwork

    Recent Work – Marty Olson

    An exhibition of acrylic paintings from the past 12 months.

    ECUMENICAL CAMPUS MINISTRIES (ECM) (1204 Oread)
    http://ecmku.org

    Peace of Art

    Retta Baccus, Kim Brook, Jenny Doores, and Leni Salkind will present new ceramic work reflecting on the connection between Art and Peace.

    Black Excellence: Local Women

    The Show is called “Black Excellence: Local Women” by Anna Balmilero, Barbara Wolf, and Connie Fitzpatrick. The show will celebrate and promote literature created by black women by displaying their photos, names, and short biographies around Lawrence.

    Crystal Bradshaw, a local young black writer and author of the new book: “Eliza, A generational journey”; will be doing a book signing and sale during the Final Friday event at the ECM.

    ESSENTIAL GOODS (825 Massachusetts St.)
    www.facebook.com/essentialgoodslawrence

    Der Lee | Exodus

    We look forward to welcoming artist Der Lee for our February Final Friday Artwalk. Please join us at her opening reception, Exodus, on Friday, February 26th from 5 to 9 pm to meet the artist and check out her new work.

    Born and raised in Hutchinson, Kansas, Der Lee is the third youngest of eight children. Being born a Hmong-American she encountered the influence that paper materials had in the Asian cultures as well as the American culture.

    After years of research of her own roots she discovered the Hmong had no written language until the 1950’s due to the suppression of other neighboring countries. Every written form of language was destroyed and the last scripture was swallowed by Sonom, the Last Hmong Emperor, therefore the Hmong created their own language through ornamentation and textile designs sewn into clothing. This highly influenced Der’s interest in exploring the relationship between paper materials in society and its role in documentation, multi-cultural ritual practices and language.

    In 2014 Der attended three artist residencies in Japan which included the Awagami Paper Factory to learn how to make traditional Japanese washi paper in the Tokushima Province and at the Mokuhanga Printmaking Artist Residency at the foot of Mount Fuji in Kawaguchi. She currently lives in Lawrence, Kansas and graduated with a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Visual Art with a Minor in Art History from the University of Kansas.

    EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL & BALSAMIC VINEGAR TASTING SHOP (937 Mass. St.)
    http://www.extravirginoilsvinegars.com

    Love Songs & Art, Artwork by Kathleen Anderson, Laurie Culling, Leta Strom, Peggy Mohr

    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

    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 spec ial needs. Leta resides in Lawrence, Kansas with her husband, Steve, and enjoys spending time with her daughters, Lauren and Kristin.

    Peggy Mohr – Though new to acrylic painting, Peggy has expressed her creativity in many ways since young. Music, dance and sewing were a major part of her growing up years, yet she always wanted to paint. She transferred to KU in 1975, graduated, married and raised her children in Lawrence, KS., where she currently resides with her husband, Larry. She worked for a local water color artist for many years yet never tried painting for herself. In 2008 she divinely came across a sketch she had done of her “brother’s mind” when she was in junior high, in Southern California. This was the kick she needed to pursue art for herself. After taking various classes at the art center she made the decision to focus on painting. For her, this had been a growing process, releasing a renewed love of the arts and gratefulness to God for His faithful “nudging”. http://peggymohr.com

    Madeline Tollefson began painting in watercolor in 1990, to fill the void when 4 children and 3 foster children began college or married life, and to renew an interest pursued before her marriage. She has studied continuously with Ellen Duncan (KWS, CWS, AWS) of Lecompton, Kansas. She paints weekly with the ‘Tuesday Artists”, also at Lecompton. She maintains a private home studio. Additionally, she has studied in workshops presented by Doug Walton, Tony Couch, Eric Wiegardt and Karlyn Holman, and numerous others. Goals are to glorify God and give joy with her watercolors, and to encourage others to pursue art at any age. Dreams include being a credit to her great-aunt, Fern Coppedge, who before her death in 1955 was a charter member of the ‘Philadelphia Ten’ women impressionists group. Madeline’s paintings hang in several private homes and in area businesses. www.bymadeline.com, www.artprintexpress.com/artist-Madeline-Tollefson-33.html

    HENRY’S ON EIGHTH STREET (11 East 8th St.) 6:00 to 9:00 P.M.

    https://www.facebook.com/henryscoffeeshop

    Distortion | New Works by Sarah Kunen

    Statement from the Artist: The idea of art as a constantly evolving project, as something where failure is positive because it equals growth, to learn how to capture moments in time really resonates with me, because it also reflects life. My relationship with art is intertwined with my experience of Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis. From a very young age, artist expression was a sanctuary from sporadic pain and repetitive medical regiments; it provided the tools that affirmed my autonomy, an identity independent of impairment.

    A life drawing instructor, Prof. Swindell, described art as moments of beauty and innovation that evolve from failure and growth. His instruction as well as instruction from other professors has framed the perspective that guides me as an artist. The risk of failure implicit in art mimics the vulnerabilities that underscore the human experience. The viewer is invited to consider the many facets of the human condition. One piece may focus on pain and illness but the beauty and strength. Others focus on memory and the passage of time. Yet others explore sexuality and a woman owning her own sexuality. I seek to challenge the distinctions between private and public, a peek inside my artist process so that it may stand as an allegory of the human experience. Paper and canvas host unique moments in time that can evolve and expand as maintaining my enthusiasm for the exploration of concepts advance.

    LAWRENCE ARTS CENTER (940 New Hampshire St.)

    http://lawrenceartscenter.org

    EXHIBITIONS: The Lawrence Arts Center has three shows in its gallery this Friday. “Naturally: A Group Exhibition” brings together four artists—Susan Beiner (AZ), John Byrd (FL), Patsy Cox (CA), and Jason Walker (WA)—whose work explores the ever-changing relationship Americans have with the natural world; “Kris Kuksi. New Works” showcases Kuksi’s ability to assemble, collect, manipulate, cut, and re-shape thousands of individual parts, finally uniting them into an orchestral-like seamless cohesion that defines the historical rise and fall of civilization and envisions the possible future(s) of humanity; and “Lindsay Pichaske. Kingdom” uses ceramic animal forms to blur boundaries between species, challenging the perceived order and comfortable classifications of life. All are free and open to the public.

    PERFORMANCE:

    In truly scrumptious fashion, the Lawrence Arts Center is putting on the award winning musical, loosely based on Ian Fleming’s novel Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang: The Magical Car. A clever script influenced by Roald Dahl follows an unsuccessful, but endearing inventor who builds a magical flying car for his children that takes them on a fantastic adventure. Featuring beguiling music, witty lyrics, lovable heroes and dastardly villains, this musical charms at any age. Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors, and $10 for students/children. Show time is: February 26th at 7:30 pm.

    FINAL FRIDAY EXHIBITION at TURNHALLE, 900 RHODE ISLAND:

    “Christy Wittmer: Beneath, Beyond, Parallel To” lights up the windows of the Turnhalle Building at 900 Rhode Island for the first time this Friday. Walk by and peek inside! Christy Wittmer is the Lawrence Arts Center’s 2016 ceramics artist-in-residence. Christy received her BFA in painting and sculpture from Miami University. She studied ceramics at San Diego City College and The Ohio State University and earned her MFA in ceramics from the University of Cincinnati in 2014. Since then she has been working as a glaze chemist at Rookwood Pottery in Cincinnati, OH. She has participated in artist residencies in Berlin, Germany, Jingdezhen, China and most recently at the Banff Centre in Alberta, Canada.

    FINALY FRIDAY EXHIBITION at CIDER GALLERY, 810 Pennsylvania :

    “701 Louisiana: A Group Exhibition” features the work of artists who have stayed at the home of Lawrence couple Bird and Michel Loomis while in Lawrence for the Arts Center’s biennial Ceramics Symposium. At some point, each invited artist has enjoyed spirited discussions and cup of coffee while perched around the Loomis’ kitchen island. Bonds and unexpected connections arise from the warmth and energy in the Loomis’ Victorian home filled with contemporary art. This exhibition is a ledger, a record, and a signal of paths that have crossed (despite any separation of time or distance). The common thread, in a sense, is that “we were here.”

    LAWRENCE PERCOLATOR (913 Rhode Island) 5:00 to 9:00 P.M.

    www.lcava.com

    A prelude to Azreal’s Fall

    Christian Ballard is collaborating with Matt Krawcheck, Trevor Eagleman, and Damien Patton on a kinetic art project that offers a unique participatory experience with a narrative scroll. This show invites visitors to manually wind transparent scrolls through a handmade light-box to generate animated shadows and projections on a screen. Additionally the artists will deliver a narrated performance that explores the origins of mankind and envisions a future where spiritual growth keeps pace with advances in science and technology. Opening reception on February 26th from 5:00 to 9:00 pm.

    On display at the the Percolator from Feb. 26 through March 20.

    The Percolator is located at 913 Rhode Island Center (in the alley-look for the yellow building with green awnings) and is open on Saturdays and Sundays from 12-5 pm.

    PHOENIX GALLERY (825 Massachusetts St.) 5:00 to 9:00 P.M.
    http://phoenixgalleryart.com

    February Final Friday at Phoenix Gallery

    This month’s Final Friday festivities at the Phoenix Gallery will include featured artwork by well-known artists Danny Meisinger, Bob Gent, Maria Martin, and a musical performance by local favorite Tyler Gregory. Great Harvest Bread Company will be offering delicious samples of their locally made bread and pastries.

    Danny Meisinger was born in Topeka, Kansas and grew up not far from Kansas City in the small town of Gardner. It is there that he began his work as a potter. A scheduling conflict in high school landed him in a ceramics class where a knack for form, a belief he could do anything and a willingness to fail repeatedly was all he needed to excel with clay. Several years after graduating high school in 1984, he came to a point where he had no idea what to do his future; he decided to take a ceramics class at the local community college. Danny then went to the University of Kansas to study ceramics. Those first years were tough, but in those years he found his greatest teachers: the clay itself and the process. Danny has now been making pots professionally for over twenty-five years. His current focus placed on the sculptural vessel and exhibiting in galleries and teaching workshops.

    Bob Gent, glassblower, creates one of a kind pieces of art from his home based studio in Lawrence, Kansas. He spent most of his life making things of one sort or another and made his first series of lamps as a teenager, figuring out how to drill holes in glass insulators in order to put a wire through the top. Upon earning a degree from the University of Tulsa, he moved to Kansas to start a family and establish his own glass studio. For several years, he exhibited his work on the craft show circuit mainly throughout the Midwest but occasionally on both coasts. Currently, his work can be found in fine galleries and artisan shops. Originally trained as an offhand glassblower, he became interested in fusing and built an impressive fusing studio in order to explore this new means of creation. Glass offers a chance for a myriad of juxtapositions of color, form and shape within the rigid confines of the material’s technical limitations. There’s always something new to t ry, a different and surprising effect to discover or a new piece of equipment to build. Gent continues to be captivated by glass and finds gratification in discovering new ways to mold and shape his art.

    Maria Martin was born in Philadelphia and now resides in Lawrence, KS. Martin works predominantly in the medium of painting using acrylic and oil paints as well as collage adding a mix of her sketches, smaller paintings, photographs and found objects. Having studied art in Philadelphia and at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Martin’s greatest instructor and mentor was her artist father, who remains her inspiration. Martin’s work tends to focus on and is inspired by nature, its colors and textures. She works to develop paintings that speak about the beauty that exists in the world around us. Color is very important to her and uses it to create drama and tension. No painting is totally planned, Martin explores the canvas space with her creativity ongoing throughout the entire painting process. Her goal is to have the viewer stop and think about the moment, the setting, the movement, the happening, their own memories and journeys. Each person takes something a little different from the same picture and Martin is happy with that.

    Tyler Gregory’s mix of blues and roots music howls with a sense of passion and freedom. Singing songs portraying stories of travel, land, and the meaning of simplicity, Gregory goes full force on his guitar/banjo/stomp-box live performance arrangements.

    PHOENIX UNDERGROUND (825 Massachusetts St.)
    http://phoenixgalleryart.com

    Earth>Water>Fire: The Art of the Mug

    Phoenix Underground is pleased to present, “Earth>Water>Fire: The Art of the Mug.” We invited artists from all over the country to submit original, handmade mugs for sale. The opening reception will be Friday, February 26th, 2016, from 5:00-9:00 pm and will be on display through March 23rd, 2016. Please join us for the opening reception to meet the artists, see an array of original, well-conceived mugs and enjoy good food and music!

    Coinciding with NCECA (National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts) pre-conference, we are pleased to feature local, regional and national artists in a display of ceramic mugs. NCECA’s annual conference features dozens of presenters, demonstrations, networking opportunities and exhibitions over three and a half days each spring. This year the 50th Anniversary Conference will be held in Kansas City, MO.

    Participating artists:

    Tom Edwards (Evergreen, Colorado)
    Jacob Burmood (Kansas City, Missouri)
    Jackie Sundell (Lawrence, Kansas)
    Neil Goss (Lawrence, Kansas)
    Melissa Mencini (Austin, Texas)
    Michelle Rogne (Lawrence, Kansas)
    Justin Fairchild (Lawrence, Kansas)
    Ben Brown (Lawrence, Kansas)
    Didem Mert (Edinboro, Pennsylvania)
    McKenna Brandenburger (Lawrence, Kansas)
    Susan Speck (Mission, Kansas)
    Meredith Host (Kansas City, Missouri)
    Alan Brummell (Lawrence, Kansas)
    Eric Botbyl (Humboldt, Tennessee)
    Christy Wittmer (Lawrence, Kansas)
    Jim Gottuso (Louisville, Kentucky)
    Brian Horsch (Lawrence, Kansas)
    Chanda Zea (New Albany, Indiana)
    Myra Douglass (Kyle, Texas)
    Kyla Toomey (Boston, Massachusetts)
    Alexander Thierry (Lawrence, Kansas)
    Dan McCabe (Chicago, Illinois)
    Renee LoPresti (San Marcos, Texas)
    Ashley Bevington (Edinboro, Pennsylvania)
    Christopher Chaney (Naperville, Illinois)
    Daniel Gegen (Wichita, Kansas)
    Justin Rothshank (Goshen, Indiana)
    Anne Egitto (Lawrence, Kansas)
    Danny Meisinger (Spring Hill, Kansas)
    Michael Crouch (Lawrence, Kansas)
    Steve Coburn (Salina, Kansas)
    Micheal Smith (Kansas City, Missouri)
    Ryan Paget (Lawrence, Kansas)
    Kim Brook (Lawrence, Kansas)
    Todd Pletcher (Goshen, Indiana)
    Alex Watson (Kansas City, Missouri)
    Machiko Erhard (Kansas City, Missouri)
    Marshall Maude (Lawrence, Kansas)
    Eric Stearns (Lincoln, Nebraska)
    Natalie Thomas (Peculiar, Missouri)
    Benjamin Lambert (Edinboro, Pennsylvania)
    Ciera Jackson (Lawrence, Kansas)
    Dave Van Hee (Lawrence, Kansas)
    Leni Salkind (Lawrence, Kansas)

    TEN THOUSAND VILLAGES (835 Massachusetts St.)
    http://facebook.com/tenthousandvillageslawrence

    Candice Davis TRADITIONS IN OIL

    Artist statement: My name is Candice Davis, also known as Candy. I live in the Oread Neighborhood in the first historic house saved by the Lawrence Preservation Alliance. When I am not working as a clinical social worker or advocating for my neighborhood, I give tours at KU’s Spencer Museum of Art. I have always had an interest in art and in recent years began painting in Lewis Copt’s open studio class. This exhibit is a culmination of those years. I am inspired by beautiful places and interesting people. I hope that you enjoy the exhibit and perhaps find inspiration to explore your own form of artistic expression.

    THEATRE LAWRENCE (4660 Bauer Farm Dr.)
    http://www.theatrelawrence.com/

    Live in the Lobby! Improv

    2 Shows: Family Friendly: 7pm

    Adult: 9pm (Mature content possible)

    Enjoy an evening of improvisation and laughter with the Theatre Lawrence Improv group. The Cove will be open for refreshments. Cabaret seating.

    WATKINS MUSEUM OF HISTORY (1047 Massachusetts Street) 5:00 TO 8:00 P.M.
    http://www.watkinsmuseum.org

    Landmark History: A Final Friday Program on Historic Preservation

    Come to the Watkins for an evening of free and fascinating talks by local experts in historic preservation, explore our new exhibit on the famous Wilder and Palm Windmill, and enjoy refreshments!

    Schedule of talks:

    • 6 & 7 PM, Allen Weichart: The Wilder & Palm Windmill
    • 6:20 & 7:20, Dennis Brown & Mike Goans: Lawrence Preservation Alliance
    • 6:40 & 7:40, Cromwell Solar: Solar Energy and Historic Properties
    WONDER FAIR GALLERY (841 Massachusetts St) 6:00 to 10:00 P.M.
    http://www.wonderfair.com/

    Visit Wonder Fair Gallery this Final Friday to support KU Printmakers studying abroad in Japan this summer, in a course led by professors Shawn Bitters and Yoonmi Nam.

    Free Moku Hanga (traditional Japanese woodcut) demonstrations will take place in the gallery from 6-10pm, led by students Nick Strange, Cameron Pratte, Brandon Keenan, Fuko Ito, and Jake Kaufmann.

    Interested in expanding both your print knowledge and your art collection? Original prints by KU graduates, undergraduates, and select faculty will be available for sale throughout the evening–a great opportunity for new collectors and seasoned treasure hunters alike to discover young artists and exciting new work. All sales directly benefit the KU print club.

    FINAL FRIDAY EVENTS IN THE WAREHOUSE ARTS DISTRICT

    CIDER GALLERY (810 Pennsylvania St.) 5:00 to 9:00 P.M.
    www.cidergallery.com

    701 LOUISIANA: An exhibition featured as part of NCECA Ceramics Symposium

    All of the artists invited to this exhibition have stayed (or will stay) with Bird and Michel Loomis while in town as visiting artists working at the Lawrence Arts Center. At some point each invited artist has enjoyed (or will) a spirited conversation and cup of coffee while perched around the Loomis’ kitchen island. Bonds and unexpected connections arise from the warmth and energy in the Loomis’ Victorian home filled with contemporary art.

    The common thread in a sense is that “we were here”.

    This exhibition is a ledger, a record, and a signal of paths that have crossed (despite any separation of time or distance).

    Artists: Dan Anderson, John Balistreri, Matt Long, Tom Bartel, Christa Assad, Josh DeWeese, Pattie Chalmers, Charity Davis Woodard, Chris Gustin, Stan Welsh, Sunshine Cobb, Auymi Horie, Liz Quackenbush, Roberto Lugo, Sergei Isupov, Steve Lee, Lisa Clague, Amber Ginsburg and Kyla Strid.

    Exhibition Dates: February 26th, 2015 to March 19th, 2016

    Final Friday Reception: 5-9pm, Friday, February 26th

    Pre-NCECA Conference Reception: 7-9pm, Friday, March 11th

    SEEDCO STUDIOS (720 E 9th St.)
    www.seedcostudios.com

    RECENT WORKS / OPEN STUDIOS

    Featuring resident artists:

    Felt Show
    Lori Andersen
    Barrie Arachtingi
    Jesse Gray
    Erok Johanssen
    Kate Larson
    Brandon Mateer
    Jeromy Morris
    Dani Ramirez
    Janice Raiteri
    Catherine Reed
    Jeremy Rockwell
    Elizabeth Rowley
    John Sebelius
    Ryan Storck
    Kyla Strid
    Lindsey Yankee
    Aaron Youngstrom
    Lesa Weller
    Dana Wiseman

    Located within the Warehouse Arts District at 720 E 9th Street #7 in Lawrence, KS, this space is ideal for making, showing and engaging in all aspects of art. With 18 artist studios, a music recording operation and collaborative space/gallery, the potential for creating 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 med ia, 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.








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