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.)
- THE BOURGEOIS PIG (6 E. 9th St.) 6:00 to 9:00 P.M.
- THE BREWHAUS & THE ENCLAVE, NORTH LAWRENCE ARTISTS COLLABORATIVE STUDIO (624 N 2nd Street) 6:00 to 9:00 P.M.
- ECUMENICAL CAMPUS MINISTRIES OR ECM (1204 Oread) 4:00 to 8:00 P.M.
- 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.) 6:00 to 9:00 P.M.
- KB & CO (825 Massachusetts St., Suite A)
- MANA BAR (1111 Massachusetts Street)
- THE PERCOLATOR (913 Rhode Island St.-yellow building in the alley) 5:00 to 9:00 P.M.
- PHOENIX GALLERY (825 Massachusetts St.) 5:00 to 9:00 P.M.
- PHOENIX UNDERGROUND (825 Massachusetts St.)
- SEVEN EAST 7TH (7 East 7th St.) 5:00 TO 8:00 P.M.
- TEN THOUSAND VILLAGES (835 Massachusetts St.) 5:30 to 9:00 P.M.
- WATKINS MUSEUM OF HISTORY (1047 Massachusetts Street) 5:00 TO 8:00 P.M.
- WONDER FAIR (841 Massachusetts St.) 6:30 to 10:00 P.M.
- CIDER GALLERY (810 Pennsylvania St.) 5:00 to 9:00 P.M.
- SEEDCO STUDIOS (720 E 9th St.)
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.
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.
THE BREWHAUS & THE ENCLAVE, NORTH LAWRENCE ARTISTS COLLABORATIVE STUDIO (624 N 2nd Street) 6:00 to 9:00 P.M.
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.
“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.)
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.
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.)
“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.
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)
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)
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.)
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.