- Sunfire Ceramics
1002 New Hampshire
The Jewelry Work of Loretta Schmidt
Open Studio Fused Glass
create your own simple fused glass piece!
- Lawrence Arts Center
Wizard Porch and Garden
Aaron Storck brings the latest from his Wizard series installations of paintings, drawings, and sculptural installation to the project space at Lawrence Arts Center. Opening Final Friday.
- Social Service League
905 Rhode Island
Final Fridays Dance Party
Stop by the League during regular Final Fridays hours, or stop in for the Final Friday after-party. 5 pm until ???
- The Bourgeois Pig
6 E. 9th St.
photographs by Meg Dejmal
The inspiration for this particular series came from a study of the history of women being associated with nature, fairy
tales, and third wave feminism.
Visually, I’ve also always been fascinated with the juxtaposition of objects that don’t belong together. For example, I have always loved the way that something disgusting and dark could pair with something soft and feminine. I am a firm believer in opposites attracting.
- Flash Space!
A group show curated by students at The University of Kansas, this show takes the empty Maurice’s storefront downtown, and turns the space into a one-night gallery.
- Signs of Life Gallery
Signs of Life is proud to present Water, Paper, Paint: The Creativity of Heather Smith Jones.
Opening Friday June 24th, 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Heather Smith Jones is a local artist and author with a newly published book Water Paper Paint: Exploring Creativity with Watercolor and Mixed Media. Join us for a reception and opening featuring her newest work.
Heather’s art is a playful yet meaningful exploration of media and text, often incorporating interesting techniques such as pinhole designs, old photo images, and letterpress embossing. Her work is not constrained to any one medium and stretches beyond the boundaries of traditional water color paintings.
Originally from the American South Heather came to Kansas in the late 1990’s to attend graduate school at The University of Kansas. In 2001 she earned her M.F.A. and then married a homegrown Kansas guy and settled in Lawrence. She is a studio artist and part-time instructor in the Arts-Based Preschool at The Lawrence Arts Center. In addition she collaborates with artists and writers on a number of projects.
- 1109 Gallery
On June 24th, Final Friday, join 1109 Gallery for our final reception of the “Portals” exhibit. Place a silent bid in our “Take a Seat For Art Fundraiser” and enjoy the music of New York jazz painist Kent Raine. Open until 9pm, musician performing 7-9pm.
- Wonder Fair Gallery/Shoppe/Studio
803 1/2 Massachusetts
The Wonder Fair Family Show!
The first ever group exhibition by the Wonder Fair Family
6 – 10 pm
Things have a tendency to accumulate; matter, trash, cells, atoms, ideas,
human-beings. Mysterious forces push and pull these things into bigger more
complex things. Gravity acts on our skeletons, electromagnetism on our
neurons, and desire on our souls.
A bit of carbon, some thermodynamics, geologic span of time and presto, a
diamond! Four artists, shared piece of bubble-gum, a dash of entrepreneurial
verve, smudge of paint and a megaphone and presto, The Wonder Fair!
When elements accumulate resulting in a combined power greater than the sum
of its parts, we call it synergy. When synergy happens at the Wonder Fair,
we call it show time, and it is about time.
The Wonder Fair Family: Jason Barr, Kelly Clark, Eric Dobbins, and Lee
Piechocki have some things to show you and some things to tell you. Who
started the fire? Who toils over the anvil? What is in that ambiguous pile?
Is that a real diamond or a cubic zirconium? We will lift the mystery of the
Wonder Fair Family Crest; share our secrets, hopes and dreams. You will
laugh and you will cry. You will shake your head and close your eyes, then
open them again. You will ask, “why” and we will respond, “why not?” You
will wish you never came, but then later, you will be so glad you did.
Artist Related Links:
www.kellyjohnclark.com (under construction)
- Diane’s Artisan Gallery
4 E. 7th St.
Jewelry Trunk Show with Sydney Lynch of Lincoln, Nebraska
Lincoln, Nebraska artist, Sydney Lynch, will be presenting a large collection of her sculptural, contemporary jewelry. From her studio based in Lincoln, Nebraska, Sydney Lynch creates jewelry of the highest quality craftsmanship to create a unique collection of wearable art that include a variety of gemstones such as diamonds, opal, aquamarine, tourmaline, pearls, beryl, peridot and sapphire set in high karat gold and silver. A nationally recognized designer for 25 years, Sydney’s work has been exhibited at leading juried shows and is sold at fine craft galleries and jewelry stores across the country.
- Z’s Divine Downtown Espresso
10 E. 9th St. Suite A
works by Ashley Buckmaster
from the artist: The art work I put together for this show is all about nature
and dreams, basically whatever I think up that brings a feeling of fantasy
and whimsy. A lot of the paintings feature women’s faces in natural
earthy surroundings with splashes of color leaving the faces white.
I like to think they’re my nature goddesses, like keepers of the elements.
My photos are mostly taken around the city of Lawrence or in the woods or farm
farmland where I live around lake Perry.
My Name is Ashley Buckmaster. I am 23 years old, from Lake Perry.
I am a freelance artist specializing in photography and mixed media paintings,
often combining the two by digitally manipulating images. My art styles
Pop art, Modern, Realism, Surrealism and Symbolism. I believe that trying
to obtain perfection in art is a waste of time. It’s all of the imperfections
that make it special and interesting. ” Artists who seek perfection in
everything are those who cannot attain it in anything”. ( Gustave Flaubert)
- Global Cafe
An Appetite for Energy
by Ryan Waggoner
Sponsored by the Take Charge Challenge
As part of the Take Charge Challenge, the City of Lawrence will team up with
ES Lighting to provide a lucky Lawrence resident with a prize that includes
a home lighting consultation and lighting retrofit worth up to $800. How
can you enter to win such a great prize? Visit the Take Charge Challenge
exhibit at the upcoming Final Fridays event on June 24 in downtown Lawrence
The Take Charge Challenge will present the exhibit “An Appetite for Energy”
by local artist Ryan Waggoner at Global Cafe, 820 Massachusetts Street
during the Final Fridays event from 5 to 9 p.m. on June 24. The public is
welcome and invited to attend the exhibit and visit with local energy
professionals on ways to save on energy costs, receive free CFLs and learn
more about great energy-efficiency programs offered through Westar and
Efficiency Kansas. Food and beverages will be provided for the event. The
sign-up for the ES Lighting retrofit raffle will also be available at the
Take Charge event.
*About the artist:* Ryan Waggoner, born in Lawrence in 1988, presents a
photographic series entitled ‘An Appetite for Energy’. The series is a year
in the making and is focused on the way we Americans consume and waste
energy. Backed by extensive research, each frame explores and exposes many
careless tendencies and habits related to energy consumption. Without making
sweeping conclusions, ‘An Appetite for Energy’ attempts to explain why the
United States consumes nearly 25% of the world’s energy despite being home
to just 4% of the world’s population. Waggoner is a recent graduate from the
University of Kansas with a B.F.A. in Photography.
*About the Take Charge Challenge:* The Take Charge Challenge is a friendly
competition to save energy, save money, and take charge of our energy
future. The town that reduces its energy use the most from January through
September 2011 will win an energy efficiency or renewable energy community
project worth up to $100,000! For more information, visit:
Final Fridays reception from 5 until 8 pm
exhibit runs through July 2nd
- Phoenix Gallery
Demonstrating artist, Rachael Sudlow
Rachael Sudlow’s outdoorsy, Midwestern upbringing influences her jewelry
through ornate touches that parallel her love of art, whimsy and organic
themes. She has a degree from the Rhode Island School of Design. Her
designs, mostly created in sterling silver, are entirely handmade. Almost
all of her work is customizable and can be created to your
specifications. Sudlow was born, raised and now runs her studio in Lawrence,
KS. She teaches metalsmithing at the Lawrence Arts Center.
Come in it meet Rachael and see her beautiful jewelry!
- The Invisible Hand Gallery
801 1/2 Massachusetts
Andrew Burkitt: Karma Bones
Opens Final Friday, June 24th 6-9pm
Runs through Saturday July 23rd
From the artist:
Andrew Burkitt was born in Kansas City, Missouri in 1977. He grew up in the suburbs outside of Kansas City. In 2007 Burkitt Graduated from the University of Kansas in Lawrence with a BFA in Printmaking and Art History. In 2012 he will graduate from the University of Georgia with his MFA in printmaking. Burkitt is interested in making two dimensional work using printmaking and drawing. He finds the processes of intaglio, lithography, woodcut, serigraphy and digital printmaking all have a place in his artistic practice. At times Burkitt combines many of these techniques together to obtain a single unique image and at other times he will use a single technique to create multiples of an image. The content of Burkitt’s work is informed by gravity, landscape and human social history.
- Teller’s Art Space
Jennifer Somers: Energetic Terrain
Landscape photography featuring ways we attempt to harness the power of our surroundings
Open for Final Fridays
- Lawrence Art Party
(Hobbs Taylor Lofts between 7th and 8th on New Hampshire)
We’re having a special Lawrence Art Party this month – great music, 20
artists, and a really fun time!
Artists include Louis Copt, Tim Forcade, and many others. Check out the
The Lawrence Art Party is held every Final Friday at the Hobbs Taylor
Gallery at 718 New Hampshire, in Lawrence, Kansas.
Please visit the event page
invite your friends and kick off Final Friday at the original, one-and-only,
Lawrence Art Party.
Works by Dave Kelly
(limited edition T-shirts available from the artist)
The ACME staff will press limited edition shirts by Dave Kelly while you enjoy great art and refreshments.
- Elevate Mind Body Peace
Featured Artist: Charles Ray
Elevate throws another blow-out party for Final Fridays with Astrology readings, Psychic readings, artworks by oxidation artist Charles Ray, live music by Hello Bi-plane, and much more. Elevate will be open from 5-9, music begins at 8.
- Lawrence Public Library
707 Vermont St.
*Please join us for a Final Fridays Artwalk reception with artists Toni Brou, Juliana Hacker and Emily Reno in the Auditorium and Gallery from 5-7
GRATITUDE by TONI BROU Toni Brou(“Brew”) grew up in Dodge City, KS, watching
her father make what he called “junk art” from found objects. During a
series of personal tragedies in the 1980s, she adopted the mantra “the sun
always rises” and began sculpting small suns repeatedly in her own work.
When Toni lost her father in 1999, her suns became bigger and she began
incorporating salvaged objects as a nod to her dad and his fostering of her
creativity. CBS Sunday Morning will be using images of her sun art in
upcoming broadcasts. “Gratitude” features works in honor of people who have
inspired her, and includes Toni’s hubcap sun assemblages, whimsical bird
paintings, and hand painted silk scarves.
PHOTOGRAPHS by JULIANA HACKER and EMILY RENO Two burgeoning local artists
unveil their portraiture for the first time in this fun and charming show!
Taking pictures of her cats has always been a hobby for fifteen year old
Juliana Hacker. For this show, Juliana was inspired to take photos her cat,
Mrs. O’Hara, where only a tiny bit of her was showing, so that viewers must
scan the photo to locate her. The name of this series is *Cat Scan*. Free
State student Emily Reno will be a Junior this fall. Her passion for
photography has only increased since 2008 when she was given the family
camera to use on a trip in Arizona. *Up Close and Personal* is a collection
of Emily’s favorites using Macro.