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

22 03 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

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.





Final Fridays on hiatus until February

8 12 2015

Final Fridays will go on hiatus during December 2015 and January 2016.

We’ll start back up on February 26, 2016.

The deadline for submissions is February 15, 2016.





Final Fridays Events for November

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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 November 27th, 2015

 

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

The Past is a Foreign Country, Cut Paper Works by Alicia Kelly

A discovery of the past integrated with the present. ‘The Past is a Foreign Country’ is a series of works reflecting on the ephemerality of materials with emphasis on ideas from generations past. Free-handed cut rugs, stenciled paper and the rawness of hand dyed materials all hint at a playful yet structured manner behind each piece.

Bio: Alicia Kelly’s current works explore the paper medium and its connection to the third dimension. Playful in nature, along with loose mental plans of each mark and cut, Alicia recognizes paper has its own breathing personality-twisting, falling and bunching in the way that is natural to itself. Recently, she have been working with site specific paper installations that develop into a conversational collision of textures between the natural and unnatural worlds.

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

November Final Fridays at Essential Goods

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

Holiday Magic, Artwork by Kathleen Anderson, Laurie Culling, Leta Strom, Peggy Mohr and Madeline Tollefson

November 27, Final Friday, Reception 5-9pm. Show runs through January 26, 2016. We are not hosting a December Final Friday because that day is Christmas.

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. 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 special 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

Have a Drink (It’ll cost ya. . .) || Prints by Charley Forsyth

Statement from the Artist:

In 2015, it seems like we spend a lot of time thinking about what we are drinking. Coffees, cocktails, even water are consumed after much thoughtful consideration. Each piece in this show has a title with the 2015 cost of that drink in parentheses. (Except for one. I couldn’t help it.)

Bio: Charley Forsyth is a 7th grade teacher and printmaker living in Lawrence, KS with his wife, new son, and two dogs. He started making linocut and woodcut prints in the spring of 2014. A lot of his work has regional influences.

LAWRENCE PERCOLATOR (913 Rhode Island) 6:30 to 10:00 P.M.

www.lcava.com

Print Show 2: Black Friday Print Sale at the Percolator!

We know you are out shopping on Black Friday—instead hitting the big box stores and filling your cart cheap plastic flotsam, why not come down to the Percolator and purchase some original art from local artists. Prints make the perfect gift for your loved ones! Get a jumpstart on the holiday season and enjoy a warm drink to take the edge off of the autumn chill.

Interested in selling your art on at our Black Friday Print Sale? Contact Paul at Paulpunzo8@gmail.com

MINSKY’S PIZZA (934 Massachusetts) 5:00 to 10:00 P.M.

http://minskys.com/lawrenceks/

Cynthia O’Kelly

Her Final Friday art show illustrates her progression from her time in college to now. She would like to think of my current work as “recycled art.” She takes things that would otherwise be thrown away, and turns them into something visually appealing. This art includes old CD’s, wire, broken jewelry, material, beads, yarn, rubber bands, and also things from nature. She likes to experiment with textures, shape and color. Cynthia’s goal is to create pieces that are interesting to look at, and that people have never seen before.

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

October Final Friday at Phoenix Gallery

Join us at the Phoenix Gallery from 5-9 PM this Final Friday to view paintings throughout the gallery by local artist Janey Greene, jewelry by Heather Duris and rockabilly/blues sensation Marvin and Cathy Hunt. Food and refreshments will be provided.

Janey Greene is a self-taught artist who discovered her love of art as a child. She began by making pencil drawings with her grandfather. She has since dabbled in charcoal drawing, batik, and jewelry making before settling on acrylic painting as her true passion.

Ms. Greene began teaching for Lawrence Public Schools as a first grade teacher in 1990. She introduced her young students to many talented artists through children’s literature. The vibrant, colorful work of illustrators such as Eric Carle and James Marshall influenced her work.

Since retiring from teaching in 2010, Ms. Greene devotes her time and energy to developing her modern, abstract style. Her work is characterized by clean lines, bold colors and a touch of whimsy.

Ms. Greene lives with her husband in Baldwin City, Kansas and works from her home studio. Her work is often on display at local business and galleries. She also participates in regional art shows.

Heather Duris is a painter and jewelry artist. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting from the University of Kansas with a Minor in Art History. Heather has participated in local art shows with her abstract oil paintings, and also works on commission.

Heather finds inspiration in the beauty of the prairie and in the stories that take place here. One of her favorite quotes is from Parra-Wa-Samen (Ten Bears), Yamparika Comanche: “I was born upon the prairie, where the wind blew free and there was nothing to break the light of the sun”.

In 2014, Heather purchased a jewelry business and began making hand-stamped personalized jewelry and some bead work. She incorporates a touch of whimsy in her stamped jewelry with fun quotes and playful imagery. She enjoys doing custom work as well as repairing jewelry. Most of her jewelry work is done in sterling silver, copper, pewter, and stainless steel. She lives in Lawrence with her husband, two daughters and her lovable English Setter.

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

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

‘Tis the season for hot chocolate and warm drinks! Enjoy your favorite hot beverage in a new, handmade ceramic mug at our annual mug and cup show. Featuring an array of colors and glazes, from small espresso to large tankards, for at home or on the go with lids, these one of a kind mugs offer a little something for everyone.

From 5-9 PM, with a warm beverage in hand, enjoy a few holiday favorites performed by local singer/songwriter Darrell Lea. Be sure to check out our featured artist Mary Brooks exhibiting new paintings in the Vermont Street Gallery.

For Lawrence resident Mary Brooks, art is a calming, intuitive process. She works primarily in acrylic, finding inspiration from her many miles of travel through southwestern Kansas and into Texas and New Mexico. Drawn to the enormous skies and powerful landscapes of the southern Plains and the stunning geography of the southern Rockies, she seeks to capture the light, color, texture, and culture of a magical space.

The City and the Country by Mark A. Mohr

Phoenix Underground is pleased to present Mark A. Mohr for our upcoming November Final Friday Art Walk and through the month of December. Please join us for the opening reception to meet the artist Mark, see his new paintings and enjoy seasonal beverages and music!

Mark A. Mohr graduated with a B.F.A. in Design from Wichita State University. Shortly after graduating he moved to Kansas City where he worked in the advertising field while continuing to study and paint with watercolors and oils.

Mark’s paintings exhibit a broad expanse of cityscapes, landscapes, and still life’s. His artwork has honored him with signature memberships in The Watercolor USA Honor Society, Watercolor West, and Kansas Watercolor Society and recently was highlighted in the December 2013 Watercolor Artist Magazine.

He has illustrated several children’s books. The Storm, by Marc Harshman, published by Cobblehill Books, an imprint of Penguin USA, captured the “PARENTS CHOICE AWARD” and was nominated to Smithsonian Magazine’s Books of 1995.

SEVEN EAST 7TH (7 East 7th St.) 5:00 TO 8:00 P.M.
http://www.7e7th.com

Topher Enneking (early-American Conceptual Tonalist)

“Get INTO the Black Friday” the PoetTarry inDustREAL complex explores the Power of Words to shape Relationship, Community, and Tradition.

This “Sun of Lawrence, KS” uses his words and voice to shape the community he shares. Topher’s interactive installation art has been featured in the Spencer Museum of Art. His poetry can currently be found in the Lawrence Public Library’s Health Spot and emblazoned on the walls of KU’s Visitors center (where along with his daughter Francesca, he rounds out the “Mount Rushmore” of featured faces, beside James Naismith and Phog Allen) as well as online at TreeCurrency.org

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

The Willow Domestic Violence Center – Phoenix Project – Megan Peters

Megan Peters is a photographer and writer based in Kansas City. A graduate from the William Allen White School of Journalism at the University of Kansas, Megan served as a Women and Children’s Advocate at The Willow Domestic Violence Center while living in Lawrence.

In 2012, she created “The Motherhood Project,” a collection of photographs of women, which capture the strength, joy and melancholy of motherhood and all of its challenges. The Motherhood Project was selected by the beauty brand Olay in 2013 as a grant recipient.

In 2015, Megan collaborated with The Willow on “The Phoenix Project,” a collection of art pieces that tell stories of domestic violence survivors. Her photos of survivors were showcased in the Phoenix Project’s opening show and Megan was named South Mass Street Art Guild’s Artist of the Month in June 2015.

She is the founder of Crazy Bananas Creative Studio, which focuses on portrait an d lifestyle photography and is based in the Kansas City metro. Megan, who has been blogging at http://www.crazybananas.com since 2004, is also a noted writer and contributor for several online outlets, including the Kansas City Moms Blog, Pixelkin.org, BlogHer, BlogHer Tech, Design for MiniKind and Addiction.com.

Follow Megan’s journey at www.crazybananas.com or via social media!

Instagram – @crazy_bananas | www.instagram.com/crazy_bananas

Facebook – Crazy Bananas Creative Studio | www.facebook.com/crazybananasdotcom

Twitter – @crazybananas | www.twitter.com/crazybananas

FINAL FRIDAY EVENTS IN THE WAREHOUSE ARTS DISTRICT

CIDER GALLERY (810 Pennsylvania St.)
www.cidergallery.com

///ROTATION: A Group Exhibition\\\

Opening reception: November 27th, Final Fridays 5:00-9:00pm

Featuring new works by: Kyle Batson, Louis Copt, Alicia Kelly, Michael McCaffrey, Jeromy Morris, Molly Murphy, Wayne Propst, Matt Ridgway, Dani Ramirez, Clint Ricketts, Jeremy Rockwell, Elizabeth Rowley, John Sebelius, Nick Stahl, and Yuri Zupancic

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

SeedCo Resident Artists: SALON STYLES // HANG12: RAW

Opening reception: November 27th, Final Fridays 5:00-9:00pm

SALON STYLE EXHIBITION

Featuring SeedCo Studios Resident Artist:

Felt Show, Lori Andersen, Barrie Arachtingi, Jesse Gray, Erok Johanssen, Kate Larson, Brandon Mateer, Landon Merrill, Jeromy Morris, Dani Ramirez, Janice Raiteri, Catherine Reed, Jeremy Rockwell, Elizabeth Rowley, John Sebelius,Ryan Storck, Kyla Strid, Lindsey Yankee, 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.

<pHANG12

Is a youth art collective that creates, produces, and curates a Final Friday show each month of the year. This month’s show, Raw, showcases a collaboration between local artists and international artist Christy Wittmer. Artists created porcelain sculptures that emphasize experimental forms and then balanced these on sculptural pedestals. Emulating the style of Christy Wittmer, their sculptures juxtapose the natural with the industrial and emphasize the beauty of raw materials. HANG12’s Raw will open at the Seedco Studios on Friday Nov. 27 from 5-9 pm and will be up for the month of December.

FINAL FRIDAY EVENTS IN NORTH LAWRENCE

THE BREWHAUS (624 N. 2nd Street) 6:00-9:00 p.m.

The Brewhaus presents – Holiday Gift Giving Creations

The Brewhaus is going use the Months of November and December to bring a group of previous Final Fridays artists’ works in to the shop, in an effort to bring some new & different holiday gift ideas in to North Lawrence.

Seanna Ben, Beth Pine, Lesa Weller, Tony Peterson, Sarah Kunen, Deborah Bettinger, Jerry Ann Dowdle, Valkyrie Schmidt, Der Lee and the ‘Haus staple…, Holiday Orbs from Illuminated Glass…, are always hanging around of course.





Final Friday Events for October

23 10 2015

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. On the last Friday of every month (all year long!) from 5 until 9 pm, the streets of Downtown Lawrence erupt, storefronts convert into flash spaces, and performances and exhibits spill in and out of galleries and businesses.  Activities for kids, exhibitions designed to challenge adults, music, dance and theater for all ages are all within walking distance of each other.

Events for October 30th, 2015

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

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

FORMER BORDERS BUILDING (700 New Hampshire St.)

A Series of Fortunate Events – Group Exhibition

Bill Kutilek is a Lawrence artist who received his BFA in ceramics and glass from KU. He went on to study Kiln Casting at Pilchuck Glass School and Bullseye Glass. Bill has been creating kiln cast, glass sculptures in his rural Douglas County studio for the last 15 years. He is inspired by local geology and the landscapes of the Southwest and seeks abstraction rather than trying to recreate what nature presents. Kiln casting is a multi step, time consuming process so Bill began making abstract paintings about four years ago as a vehicle to more spontaneous art.

Jo Renfro is a lifelong Lawrencian, which probably has helped develop her love for the quirky and colorful. She works in 2D and 3D, but the common thread is positivity. Jo likes her art to induce smiling. Whether it is a humorous poster or card or a piece made out of repurposed objects, she tries to make it fun, colorful and whimsical.

John Sebelius is an interdisciplinary artist and filmmaker from Lawrence who holds an M.F.A. in drawing and painting from the University of Kansas and a B.F.A. in illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design. Sebelius’s work has been featured in: Harper’s, Express, DETAILS, Review, CNN, Aspen Daily News, The Washington Post, and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. John has shown work in Gallery Two of Sydney, Australia, Woods-Gerry Gallery in Providence, RI, Kansas City Artists Coalition, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Vermont Studio Center and had a solo exhibition at the Gonzo Museum in Aspen, CO. Sebelius was named the Best Artist of 2012, 2014, and 2015 by Lawrence Journal-World

Teresa Treanor grew up in Lawrence and started painting about three years ago. She started with colored ink on Yupo and created many colorful inkscapes. Teresa is still doing ink but has recently taken up abstract acrylic painting. She spends her time painting in her garage and basement. She gets inspiration mainly from the desert in Arizona, likes to use bright colors and says she doesn’t know what the piece will look like until she decides it’s finished.

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

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.

Lori Norwood is a Lawrence sculptor and a former world class pentathlete who won this year’s Phoenix Award for Visual Arts. Norwood was among five local artists this year to win a Phoenix Award, which recognizes outstanding artistic achievement in the Lawrence community.

Tom Waller is an artist from Lawrence whose motto is: “One man’s junk is another man’s gold.” Tom has made art out of ” junk” since 1969 using small metal objects; nuts, bolts, screws, springs, old typewriter parts, etc. Tom taught and coached at Lawrence High School for many years retiring in 1995.

Cy Fillmore is a self taught sculptor who has been working in wood and steel for more than 20 years. His works include wood sculpture, African Drums, Wood/Steel combination sculpture, and his favorite; Turned Sculpture. Cy’s claim to fame was the creation of the Kansas City Chiefs “Game Drum” which is played before each home game at Arrowhead Stadium.

Clyde Fillmore was a General Contractor and Bridge Carpenter until he retired 10 years ago. Since then he has been spending his time in his home shop learning about the lathe and repairing antique furniture. He will be displaying some of his finely turned creations including solid and segmented turnings.

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

Pour Over: New works by Jeromy Morris

Jeromy 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. Jeromy lives and works in East Lawrence, KS.

Morris is constantly finding new techniques to express his creativity through multiple mediums. He fuses together process to “build moods” using, acrylic, toner transfers, spray paint and epoxy on panel. 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. www.jeromymorris.com

DOWNTOWN UPSTAIRS STUDIO (824-1/2 Massachusetts)

Trip the light fantastic upstairs into a magical space that is just as interesting as what the artists are showing. Traci Bunkers and Uncle Andy have come together to wow you with their visual magical mystery treats with a wide range of art and inexpensive gifts. Eye candy à go-go makes it definitely worth the trip upstairs.

Don’t pass up this opportunity to experience and purchase the artwork by Traci Bunkers & Uncle Andy. Bunkers, the outspoken leader, says, “Support your local artists. Come buy Art!

Traci Bunkers, of Bonkers Handmade Originals, is mixed-media artist, photographer and author. She has a little something for everyone from small gifts to fine art. Her offerings include mixed-media paintings, photographs, hand-dyed scarves, cards, quirky pin-back buttons, and pocket mirrors. See her website and online shop at http://www.TraciBunkers.com.

Uncle Andy, specializing in squished acrylics on found objects, has hundreds of pieces and must make room for more!

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

Jerod Barker | Shining

For our October Final Friday Artwalk, Essential Goods is excited to exhibit new artwork by artist Jerod Barker. Please join us at his opening reception on Friday, October 30th from 5 to 9 pm to meet the artist and enjoy his new work.

About the artist: I am an illustrator and designer interested in mythology, forces of nature and the human perspective. Inspired by music and traditional printing methods, I try to grab attention and convey emotion with color and graphic detail. When I’m not making posters or patterns, I’m enjoying the outdoors, attending local events and traveling.

Jarod’s work will be up through November 24th.

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

Autumn Leaves – Artwork by Kathleen Anderson, Laurie Culling, Leta Strom, Peggy Mohr and Madeline Tollefson (Show runs through November 24, 2015)

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 – During her travels with her husband Steve, Leta 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

|| Achromatic Cohesion || HANG12 Collective ||

Henry’s is ecstatic to team up with The Lawrence Arts Center this month, presenting the collective show, Achromatic Cohesion, curated and hung by the HANG12 Collective.

HANG12 is a collective of emerging artists that curate, create, and hang a gallery show each month for Final Fridays. HANG12 aims to share underrepresented viewpoints and act as an integral part of the local art scene. For this month’s show, Achromatic Cohesion, artists had to create 4 small cohesive black and white panels or 1 large black and white panel.

Join us for our opening at Henry’s Coffeehouse for October’s Final Friday from 5-9pm. Before the opening, HANG12 invites you to attend their check presentation party at the Lawrence Arts Center from 5-6pm celebrating their recent grant award of $75,000 from State Farm Insurance; snacks and drinks will be provided. Achromatic Cohesion will remain up at Henry’s for the month of November leading up to the next month’s show.

LAWRENCE COMMUNITY PHOTO STUDIO (720 E 9th St., Suite 6)

Halloween Party at the Lawrence Community Photo Studio

Come for a new showing of Local Photographers work and have your pictures taken (costumes recommended but not required). Come by to see this unique new addition to the 9th street Arts district scene.

MANA BAR (1111 Massachusetts St.) 6:00 TO 9:00 P.M.

NATURE/FORM | works by Rebecca Dreyfus

“Growing up in Kansas, I’ve always been fascinated by the relationship between nature and industrialization, and how it seems as though there is this constant battle between which one will outgrow the other. In the Fall of 2012, I began photographing textures found in nature as well as skyscrapers in Kansas City and Chicago. I paired the opposing negatives together in the darkroom to create double exposures to abstract the form and visually show the struggle nature and industrialization have between eachother.” http://rebeccadreyfus.me/

We will be joined by SOLLUS (KC), who will be playing a set beginning at 6:30 p.m.

The ensemble SOLLUS, founded in 2015 by Rev. William Ellis Bradley and consisting of Joey Watson and J Ashley Miller, employs William’s solar-powered flutes (sollusflutes) as a means to emphasize the universal language of waveforms through long-tone compositions based on the orbital patterns of our solar system. www.reverendwilliamellisbradley.com/SOLLUS

PERCOLATOR ART SPACE (913 Rhode Island) 6:30 to 10:00 P.M.
www.lcava.com

The Print Show 2

Final Friday at the Percolator Art Space is the opening Print Show 2! We will have local, regional and national printmakers representing the many styles and exploration of printing. Last year over fifty artists participated twice that many pieces of art, large and small displayed on that stormy night. We hope to have such a turnout again (minus the thunderstorm )! We will have music, food, drinks so come by everyone and put a flower in your hair and be with friends!

The Lawrence Percolator is the project space of the Lawrence Corporation for the Advancement of the Visual Arts. LCAVA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing new art and cultural events to audiences in Lawrence and Douglas County Kansas. The Percolator is a community-based exhibition and performance space accessible to all members of the community. The Percolator is located at 913 Rhode Island, in the alley north of the Lawrence Arts Center (south of East Ninth Street, between New Hampshire and Rhode Island). Look for the green awnings. The gallery space is open Saturdays and Sundays from 12-5 pm.

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

October Final Friday at Phoenix Gallery

Join us at the Phoenix Gallery from 5-9 PM this Final Friday to view paintings throughout the gallery by local artist Janey Greene, jewelry by Heather Duris and rockabilly/blues sensation Marvin and Cathy Hunt. Food and refreshments will be provided.

Janey Greene is a self-taught artist who discovered her love of art as a child. She began by making pencil drawings with her grandfather. She has since dabbled in charcoal drawing, batik, and jewelry making before settling on acrylic painting as her true passion.

Ms. Greene began teaching for Lawrence Public Schools as a first grade teacher in 1990. She introduced her young students to many talented artists through children’s literature. The vibrant, colorful work of illustrators such as Eric Carle and James Marshall influenced her work.

Since retiring from teaching in 2010, Ms. Greene devotes her time and energy to developing her modern, abstract style. Her work is characterized by clean lines, bold colors and a touch of whimsy.

Ms. Greene lives with her husband in Baldwin City, Kansas and works from her home studio. Her work is often on display at local business and galleries. She also participates in regional art shows.

Heather Duris is a painter and jewelry artist. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting from the University of Kansas with a Minor in Art History. Heather has participated in local art shows with her abstract oil paintings, and also works on commission.

Heather finds inspiration in the beauty of the prairie and in the stories that take place here. One of her favorite quotes is from Parra-Wa-Samen (Ten Bears), Yamparika Comanche: “I was born upon the prairie, where the wind blew free and there was nothing to break the light of the sun”.

In 2014, Heather purchased a jewelry business and began making hand-stamped personalized jewelry and some bead work. She incorporates a touch of whimsy in her stamped jewelry with fun quotes and playful imagery. She enjoys doing custom work as well as repairing jewelry. Most of her jewelry work is done in sterling silver, copper, pewter, and stainless steel. She lives in Lawrence with her husband, two daughters and her lovable English Setter.

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

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

Jeannie Foster

For this month’s Final Friday Art Walk at Phoenix Underground we are excited to exhibit new work by Jeannie Foster. The exhibition will be up through November 25, 2015.

Jeannie Foster is a self-taught artist living in the Kansas City area. Starting at an early age, Jeannie was provided invaluable instruction, guidance and support by her mother, also a Kansas City based artist, Mary Lou McLagan. For her paintings, Jeannie finds her subject matters by seeking out unexpected points of views, hidden gems waiting to be discovered, or even overlooked objects from our everyday routine. Oftentimes, she finds her inspiration in small towns, back alleys and remote roads, just to name a few. After finding her composition Jeannie’s goal is to create a painting that emulates the same feeling of excitement, discovery and fascination she felt when searching for her subject. This is reflected vividly through her use of vibrant colors and is also the first step Jeannie tackles in her paintings. After she has applied a decent amount of color she uses it to build forms, often utilizing complementary colors and glazes that she can layer to change perspectives. Jeannie participates in local, regional and national art events and her work can be found in private and corporate collections throughout the United States and Asia.

SEVEN EAST 7TH (7 East 7th St.) 5:00 TO 8:00 P.M.
http://www.7e7th.com

A series of watercolor paintings of the moon in its phases, including the recent “bloodmoon.”

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

Carlin Francis with UPAVIM Crafts

Carlin Francis is a Lawrence native and graduate of Lawrence High School and is working with UPAVIM Crafts in Guatemala with a focus on funding, grant writing, and teacher training. She will be displaying and selling handmade crafts from the women of UPAVIM Crafts, a fair trade cooperative.

UPAVIM is an acronym for Unidas Para Vivir Mejor, “United For A Better Life.” This group of women lives in a squatter community named La Esperanza (“Hope”) on the outskirts of Guatemala City. Before being accepted as a working member of the cooperative, each woman must complete 32 volunteer hours. As a member, she must continue to volunteer two hours per week. For these women artisans, craft work is fit into a daily routine of child care, housework and volunteering in other programs at the UPAVIM community center. In addition to personal income, the artisans use money from the sales of handicrafts to run a Montessori Infant Education Center and Alternative Elementary School.

In 1989, UPAVIM was organized to offer much needed health and educational services within this community, where many families had fled from Guatemala’s civil war and overpopulation in the capital city. Since then, the organization has grown to include income generation programs, including handicraft training and production, a bakery, a soy product production, medical clinic, pharmacy, medical laboratory, growth monitoring program and tutoring program for families with limited choices.

All money raised during this event will go directly to supporting the women of UPAVIM Crafts. Please come lend your support.

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

Shared Spirits: Exploring Dia de los Muertos

Description: Shared Spirits: Exploring Dias de los Muertos examines the partnership between the Watkins Museum of History and the Spencer Museum of Art to preserve and share artifacts related to Mexico’s Day of the Dead celebration. Presented in conjunction with the Spencer Art Museum’s At Large programming, this exhibit traces the origins of the Day of the Dead artifacts, their cultural significance, and how the artifacts have been shared with the Lawrence community. Shared Spirits: Exploring Dias de los Muertos will be on display October 5 – November 30, 2015.

At our Final Friday event, we’ll have a talk by staff of the Spencer, chips and queso provided by the Salty Iguana, and a chance to decorate sugar skulls!

Where: Watkins Museum of History, 1047 Massachusetts Street, Lawrence

When: Friday, Oct. 30, 5-8 PM

Cost: Free

GRIFFITH PAYMENTS + HARBORTOUCH (801-1/2 Massachusetts St., Suite 2) 5:00 to 8:00 P.M.
https://www.facebook.com/events/195542000778228/

October Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Fashion IS Art // The Little Black |Bra| Dress

Dress inspired by Moschino 1988 : : Handmade by Ann Brownfield

Moschino produced amusing clothes that parodied the mores of the fashion industry and its customers. He worked for Gianni Versache & Cadette

The ‘Bra’ dress is offered as a display donation for Final Fridays Art Walks in Downtown Lawrence from fashion designer Ann Brownfield : :

THEATRE LAWRENCE (4660 Bauer Farm Dr.) 5:00 to 9:00 P.M.
http://www.theatrelawrence.com/News/Magic_&_Mystery.html

A Festival of Magic & Mystery!!

Magicians and story tellers from 5-9pm

Inside the building five designated areas will highlight the talents of magicians and storytellers.
Mainstage, 3 full-length magic shows will be presented on the hour, by area illusionist Korso the Curious and nationally renowned Tom Burgoon.

Four additional rooms will feature areas for shorter rotating magical segments including comedy, illusions and tricks. One room will feature seldom seen up-close-and-personal magic, and another room will specialize in magic for children and teach a few tricks. The storytelling room for youngsters features stories with shadow puppetry activities.

Tom Burgoon: A dynamic, polished professional, Tom has been practicing magic for our four decades. Tom has delighted audiences in all 50 states, cruise lines, major hotels and even for President George W. Bush. He is a repeat performer on the Fox TV series Masters of Illusion and has performed with great comedians such as Robin Williams, Drew Carey, Sinbad and Sam Kenison.

Korso: Whether because of his quick and witty comedy or his mesmerizing magic and Never a Dull Moment motto, audiences will love this Kansas City award winning entertainer. who performs throughout the area, including the KC Fringe Festival, Starlight Theatre and the Sprint Center.

Outdoor Food:

Including Big Boyz BBQ Catering with specialty tacos from their food truck, as well as J. Smith Concessions. Other partners include Sprouts, with special candy treats, US Toy, Pinot’s Palette and the Society of American Magicians, (SAM) Assembly #38.

Pumpkin contest open to the public:

  • $2 entry
  • Prizes for top 3 in each category/ age group!
  • Age Groups: Kids, and Adults
HANK CHARCUTERIE (1900 Mass)

Katie Schaefer, landscape oil paintings.

The objective of this collection is to alter the perception that Kansas is a mundane and flat state. Through color, light, and movement, I aim to capture a particular moment in time on the Eastern Kansas prairie. To achieve this effect, I immerse myself in nature and work with oil paints en plein air: a process that is equally as important as the finished product.

FINAL FRIDAY EVENTS IN THE WAREHOUSE ARTS DISTRICT

CIDER GALLERY (810 Pennsylvania St.)
www.cidergallery.com

Reinventing The Wheel: New Works by Matt Ridgway

Matt Ridgway’s artwork represents a counterpoise through opposing extremes. His drawing and sculpture, at times geometric and abstract, other times bursting with loaded imagery of a personal or sociological nature, reflects an ongoing attempt to reconcile two seemingly disparate aspects of his consciousness. In the artists own words: “Consciousness goes through cycles just as nature and the planets do. My own conscious fascinations cycle between an obsession over temporal or personal matters and an exploration of the metaphysical structures that hold it all together. At times I have held to the rigid ideals that art is meant for self-expression or that art is better suited to enact social change or that art is truly meant for unraveling the mysteries of the universe. The real beauty of art is that it can be all of those things, and much more. My whole life is about understanding and reconciling these extremes in order to find a healthy balance between them.”

Ridgway’s current works in ink on paper and carved wood attempt a fusion between these subjects by juxtaposing explorations of numerology and sacred geometry with personal history and social criticism. By using the circle as a template and symmetry as a guide (but not a rule), these divergent themes are presented as a single body of work representing harmony in balance. Ridgway currently lives and works in Lawrence, Kansas. www.ridgwayink.com

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

/Light: New Works by SeedCo Resident Artists

(Slash Light)

Featured Artists:

  • Felt Show
  • Lori Andersen
  • Barrie Arachtingi
  • Jesse Gray
  • Erok Johanssen
  • Kate Larson
  • Brittany Long
  • Landon Merrill
  • Jeromy Morris
  • Dani Ramirez
  • Janice Raiteri
  • Catherine Reed
  • Jeremy Rockwell
  • Elizabeth Rowley
  • John Sebelius
  • Ryan Storck
  • Kyla Strid
  • Aaron Younstrom
  • Lesa Weller
  • Dana Wiseman
  • Yuri Zapancic

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 IN NORTH LAWRENCE

THE BREWHAUS (624 N. 2nd Street) 6:00-9:00 p.m.

Deborah Bettinger

Deborah Bettinger has been a choreographer and ballet instructor in the Lawrence area for thirty years. Twenty-two of the years she taught, choreographed and produced shows such as The Kansas Nutcracker for the Lawrence Arts Center.

She was the Artistic Director of the Lawrence Ballet Ensemble for twenty-five years. She choreographed and produced hundreds of ballets and musicals. A frequent student of art classes she has painted has for years.

Raised in a military family, she developed a strong wanderlust. Traveling the world, the nation and the state she paints her experiences and impressions of the landscapes in her world.

Painting Kansas landscape has filled out the last couple of years, Jefferson County, Kansas has been a constant source of inspiration and material.

Watercolor is her medium of choice, plein air is her preferred method. Oils follow the trail of watercolors, always looking for towards a method to portray the beauty of the plains and the world that surrounds her child and grandchild.

EAGLE’S REST (642A Locust Street)
http://Eaglesrestnaturalhome.com

Gregory Thomas

Come see Gregory Thomas’ fabulous oil paintings including some new paintings of sunflowers! Eagles Rest will also be holding a silent auction for a sofa proceeds to be donated to the Willow House. Drinks and snacks!

TOOTER AND TILLAYE’S HOME GOODS (644 Locust Street)
http://www.tooterandtillayes.com

Jerrold Carton

The Featured Artist is the Late Jerrold Carton, (1947-2009), recognized as one of Missouri’s top 50 Artists. His styles include realism, impressionism, surrealism and sculpture. His favorite medium was oil on canvas. His wife Jeanne Carton, who now resides in Lawrence is offering his first posthumous showing for this Final Friday Art Walk and evening event at Tooter and Tillaye’s Home Goods. Some of Jerrolds’ pieces will be for sale.





Final Friday Events for September

21 09 2015

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. On the last Friday of every month (all year long!) from 5 until 9 pm, the streets of Downtown Lawrence erupt, storefronts convert into flash spaces, and performances and exhibits spill in and out of galleries and businesses.  Activities for kids, exhibitions designed to challenge adults, music, dance and theater for all ages are all within walking distance of each other.

Events for September 25th, 2015

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

CULINARIA FOOD AND WINE (512 East 9th Street)
http://www.culinariafoodandwine.com

Paintings by Emily Fernando, Food and Drinks by Culinaria

“Emily’s paintings of figures and objects are bold and emotional, with a hint of mystery in the atmosphere.”

Art will be shown throughout the month of October and can be purchased at Final Friday, September 25th, Wine Club on October 21st (with reservation), by appointment most Tues/Thurs from 12-4 pm, and at our Supper Club Specialty Dinner, October 23rd.

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

For our September Final Friday Artwalk, Essential Goods is excited to welcome artist Lawrence artist Susan McCarthy. Please join us at her opening reception on Friday, September 25th from 5 to 9 pm to meet the artist and view her new work!

Susan McCarthy is a long time resident of Lawrence. She received two Bachelor degrees from KU—one in Philosophy and one in Printmaking. In her fifties, she went back to school and obtained a Masters degree in Art History from Boston University. In addition to making art, an occupation for over thirty years, she now teaches as an adjunct at Washburn University and does research and writing about art history.

Artist Statement: I have worked in oil pastels for a long time. Some of the pieces in this show are night scenes but also included are a number of pieces based on quilting. I start with small sections cut from drawings I was ready to throw away. However in each “failed” work there were always small areas which were worth saving, just like small scraps of fabric which are salvageable although the garment itself is worn out. I looked at quilt patterns or famous quilters, like Harriet Powers, for inspiration. Susan’s work will be up through October 28th, 2015.

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

“Harvest Songs”, Artwork by Kathleen Anderson, Laurie Culling, Leta Strom, Peggy Mohr. September 25, Final Friday, Reception 5-9pm. Show runs through October 27, 2015.

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

FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH (946 Vermont St.) 6:00 to 9:00 P.M.
http://www.fumclawrence.org/ArtProgram

The Art Cafe is a free after school arts program for teenagers. This is the first time these young artists will show their work. Come celebrate their creativity and courage.

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

Propagate || Works by Jerod Barker

Come join Henry’s this beautiful September to welcome the new works of local artist, Jerod Barker.
Opening: September 25th: 6-9 pm

Artist Bio: I am an illustrator and designer interested in mythology, forces of nature and the human perspective. Inspired by music and traditional printing methods, I try to grab attention and convey emotion with color and graphic detail. When I’m not making posters or patterns, I’m enjoying the outdoors, attending local events and traveling.

MANA BAR (1111 Massachusetts St.) 6:00 TO 9:00 P.M.

STONES AND PRINTS | environmental works by Samantha Otte and Paul Punzo

Paul Punzo has been making linoleum block prints for almost six years. Paul creates colorful prints of special objects in his everyday life: sacred hearts, hamsas, wrestlers and his cats. Through the use of hand printing and layering, he creates images of visual and emotional depth. All prints are hand pressed using inks, watercolors, acrylics and spray paint. Paul has shown at Essential Goods, Seed co, The Percolator and the Social Service League and various locations in Wichita and Kansas City. Samantha Otte is an artist and craftsperson living and working in Lawrence KS. Divinding her time between working at the co-op and her studio, Sam creates beautiful jewelry inspired by kind ethics and nature. Some of Sam’s favorite materials include metal, crystals, sari silk, suede, deerskin, and stones. https://www.etsy.com/shop/MaroonedMoonJewels

PERCOLATOR ART SPACE (913 Rhode Island) 6:30 to 10:00 P.M.
www.lcava.com

The Percolator Art Space is proud to present, “Contested Territories” by Norman Akers. This exhibition will be on display at the Percolator Art Space from September 25-October 24, 2015. Norman will give a gallery talk at 6:30 pm at the exhibit opening on September 25th.

This exhibition consists of 20 monoprints that explore issues related to an ever-changing political and cultural landscape in the Americas. The prints make use of layered imagery, including early European prints and altered maps to create an alternate landscape. Prof. Akers’ work addresses the impact of colonialism in the Americas exploring issues related to identity and place. The vocabulary of our time with words such as indigenous, native, outsider, illegal alien, and immigrant are used to define people’s relationship to place. The complexity of defining home, with the notion of belonging to or claiming a place in a shifting historic and political landscape has deeply influenced this body of work.

Prof. Akers is an Associate Professor in the Visual Arts Department at the University of Kansas. As an Osage artist, Prof. Akers reinvents what it means to be a cartographer through paintings and prints whose nonlinear map images range from names of states, roadway lines, tribal oral histories, and flora and fauna. These qualities converge to express both a personal and cultural exploration in reclaiming a sense of place and home.

“A few years ago, I began to explore other approaches to image making. The computer became a sketchbook where I developed digital images and collages. I began to use a variety of printing techniques including paper lithography and reduction printing. The use of gum arabic transfers from digital sketches and hand cut stencils allowed me to advance the layering process to achieve a new spatial and conceptual depth to the prints. The act of placing images on the printing paper echoes my desire to orient myself in the physical world. While painting allows images into my vocabulary at a contemplative pace, printmaking allows me to develop ideas quickly and to explore variations on new ideas,” Prof. Akers said.

Prof. Akers will give a gallery talk entitled, “Experiences of a Native Artist in the Mainstream” at the Percolator Art Space at 1 pm on Saturday October 17th. This talk focuses on issues related to identity, stereotyping, and expectations in the art market.

Prof. Akers has had solo exhibitions at institutions including the Institute of American Indian Arts Museum, the Lawrence Arts Center, and the Carl Gorman Museum. He has been included in group exhibitions at the Katonah Museum of Art, Albuquerque Museum of Art and History, and the National Museum of the American Indian, among others. His works are a part of permanent collections at the New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe, NM; National Museum of the American Indian, Washington DC; University of New Mexico Art Museum, Albuquerque, NM; Rockwell Museum, Corning, NY; Eiteljorg Museum, Indianapolis, IN; Heard Museum, Phoenix, AZ; Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa, OK; Museum of Contemporary Native American Art, Santa Fe, NM; Art in the Embassies Program, US Department of State, Yerevan, Armenia; Gardiner Art Gallery, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK; Fine Arts Center, Eastern Wyoming College, Torrington, WY; and Southern Plains Indian Museum, Anadarko, OK.

The Lawrence Percolator is the project space of the Lawrence Corporation for the Advancement of the Visual Arts. LCAVA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing new art and cultural events to audiences in Lawrence and Douglas County Kansas. The Percolator is a community-based exhibition and performance space accessible to all members of the community. The Percolator is located at 913 Rhode Island, in the alley north of the Lawrence Arts Center (south of East Ninth Street, between New Hampshire and Rhode Island). Look for the green awnings. The gallery space is open Saturdays and Sundays from 12-5 pm.

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

This month’s Final Friday festivities at the Phoenix Gallery will include artist Dave Van Hee, artwork from the Lawrence Art Walk artists, music by Sean Mawhirter and food from Wheatfield’s Bakery.

It is always an exciting night when Dave Van Hee is in the Phoenix Gallery!! Here are his thoughts on the evening……

Agridelic! Don’t miss what got made recently in a shack out on East 15th Street. One night only. Agridelic antique tractor paintings. . .superstition on big rubber! Food by Wheatfields Bakery. One and only drawings and watercolors pinned to the wall! Also see paintings with paint as thick as zombies on a tiny screen! Say it again: food by Wheatfields Bakery. Don’t let the flying monkeys dressed as bell boys keep you away! Leave home! Join the rodeo before somebody outlaws handmade once and for all! All pervading good vibe masks for sale, Fill the house with mask joy peace!

From 5-9 PM this Final Friday, select works from each artist that will be participating in next month’s Lawrence Art Walk will be featured throughout both the Phoenix Gallery and the Phoenix Underground.

Soothing classical and South American instrumentals can be heard by Sean Mawhirter.
It is time again for the return of Breads and Spreads from Wheatfields Bakery. Their wonderful homemade spreads that accompany fresh baked breads are always a Lawrence favorite!

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

This month for Final Friday, Phoenix Underground will be featuring selected artwork from artists participating in the Lawrence ArtWalk 20th Anniversary showing in October. For this exhibition, the Lawrence ArtWalk is excited to highlight Jane Flanders’ artwork, as she will be the featured artist. Artwork will be displayed throughout both the Phoenix Gallery and the Phoenix Underground. Join us in celebration Friday, September 25, 2015 from 5-9 pm for the opening reception. The exhibition will be on display through October 28, 2015.

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

Toni Brou (“Brew”) grew up in Dodge City, KS. She learned to love the creative process while watching her father tinker at his work bench, making what he modestly called “junk art” from found objects. Toni went on to earn a BFA in Graphic Design/Illustration at KU. When a series of personal tragedies struck, Toni adopted the mantra “the sun always rises” and her current tongue-in-cheek fine folk art style. Toni’s smiling hubcap sun assemblages are broadcast on CBS Sunday Morning on a regular basis as the show fades to commercial. The artist lives in Lawrence with her Three Most Important Pieces of Work–her three tall sons. Memories of them as little boys are the inspiration for the sense of whimsy so evident in Toni’s pieces. Her work has been sold in galleries around the U.S. and is in private collections in many countries around the world. Toni will have original wall art as well as always affordable cards, prints and ornaments at this show.

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

Leslie Kuluva is an artist and printmaker living and working in East Lawrence. A graduate of the University of Kansas, she has studied many areas of art, and has been booking bands locally for over a decade as well. She is also the creator of the now beloved expression, “LFK”. Leslie owns and operates LFK Press, a print and design studio in East Lawrence, serving the local community and beyond.

Artist Statement: I enjoy working in various media, but when I found printmaking years ago, it quickly captured my attention. It inspired me with endless possibility, and it’s balance of planning and process, mathematics and art.

I revel in the ability to create work that is handmade, while being reproduceable, and that it has the potential to reach more people as a result. Not only can printmaking yield multiple works, lending itself to more accessible price tags than single pieces, but the printing process is a profound and integral part the journey. The changes that occur through printmaking, between the original image and the final result, can transform a drawing beyond the imagination, and could most certainly never be simulated. I love to think of it as an outside force, a collaborator, another hand at work. Some things are gained in translation.

My work is a balance of detail and suggestion, a blend of line, texture, levity, and the quest to cherish moments. I hope to bring a bit of buoyancy and sentiment to others through small statements.

This series is a look at some things I treasure about Lawrence.

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

The Watkins Museum of History will host a free Final Friday event on September 25, 2015, from 5 to 8 p.m., introducing a new exhibition titled Under Protest: Emigrant Tribes in Franklin County, Kansas. This exhibition relates the stories of eleven tribes—where they came from, how they arrived in Franklin County, and their fates after relocation to Kansas. Developed in partnership with the Franklin County Historical Society, the exhibition includes historic photographs, maps, and artifacts drawn from the collections of both the Douglas County and Franklin Count Historical Societies. The exhibition will run from September 25, 2015 through January 9, 2016.

In the 1830s and ‘40s many tribes were relocated to land in what are now the states of Kansas, Nebraska, and Oklahoma. Tribes native to Kansas were restricted to land on defined reservations. During the Civil War, pro-Union tribes escaping from Confederate forces in Indian Territory (present-day Oklahoma) often sought refuge in Kansas. “As a result,” DCHS Executive Director, Steve Nowak indicated, “the area that is now Franklin County became home to a greater diversity of Emigrant Tribes than any other place in Kansas. The history and fate of those tribes reflects that of tribes relocated to reservations that were spread across what would become the state of Kansas.”

The exhibition’s opening will be celebrated with a talk by Prof. Eric Anderson of Haskell Indian Nations University, as well as Native foods, music, and dancing by Haskell students. Fittingly, this year September 25 is also Native American Day. Join us for an exciting evening of Indian history and culture marking our new exhibition and a unique partnership of three local institutions.

ECCENTRICITY (716 Massachusetts St)

Artist and Poet Karl Dean:

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…

FINAL FRIDAY EVENTS IN THE WAREHOUSE ARTS DISTRICT

CIDER GALLERY (810 Pennsylvania St.)
www.cidergallery.com

Opening reception: Final Fridays, September 25th, 5:00-9:00pm

Wayne Propst : Recent Sledge Hammer Paintings

“Sledge hammer painting is or appears to be random and chaotic. It is actually quite directed by several tools that I have evolved. But it is sledge hammer painting thus head speed remains the most impacting component of this work. Really it’s about energy. Industrial coatings at 400 feet per second.” WP

*Show runs through October*

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

  • Lori Anderson
  • Barrie Arachtingi
  • Jesse Gray
  • Erok Johanssen
  • Kate Larson
  • Brandon Mateer
  • Landon Merrill
  • Jeromy Morris
  • Dani Ramirez
  • Janice Raiteri
  • Catherine Reed
  • Jeremy Rockwell
  • Elizabeth Rowley
  • John Sebelius
  • Karl Soukup
  • Ryan Storck
  • Kyla Strid
  • Aaron Youngstrom
  • Lesa Weller
  • Dana Wiseman
  • Felt Show
  • Whatever Forever

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 IN NORTH LAWRENCE

THE BREWHAUS (624 N. 2nd Street) 6:00-9:00 p.m.

In Search of Imagination – A Wonderful Caricature of Intimacy by Valkyrie Schmidt

Artist Statement: I started drawing with pencil and paper when I was 4, and I remember thinking how much easier it was to draw in black and white; because expressing the colors I saw in the images in my head were so difficult. Now I have grown into the vibrant and bold colors I use when I paint, because these colors shock the system and they themselves evoke emotions on their own and with the imagery itself.








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