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.
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.)
November Final Fridays at Essential Goods
|EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL & BALSAMIC VINEGAR TASTING SHOP (937 Mass. St.)
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.
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.
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.
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.)|
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.)
‘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.
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.)
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.)
///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.)
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
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.
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.