On October 28th, Final Fridays, expands once more to include new downtown studios, new performers, a pop-up gallery from Louis Copt and Mark Feiden and a new venue at Flora and Fauna Salon, along with all of the venues you have come to expect great shows and events from. Previews and listings can be seen on http://www.finalfridayslawrence.wordpress.com on October 20th as well on the Final Friday section of Lawrence.com.
LAWRENCE ARTS CENTER (940 MASS)
Join in the Family Fun Fest on Final Friday at 5pm at the Lawrence Arts
Pumpkin carving ($5 per pumpkin)
Various kid’s activities
In the Theater
The Pied Piper of Hamelin
A new musical written and directed by Ric Averill with original music by
Friday, October 28 | 7:30 p.m. *Discount tickets for this performance
The Night is Filled With the Harmonics of Suburban Dreams
The Night is Filled With the Harmonics of Suburban Dreams is an amplified
hydro-feedback system in which pool pump motors and circulatory systems,
working with and against each other, generate meditative harmonic
oscillations. PVC pipes containing the hydro circulatory systems are shaped
into a series of geometric patterns that imitate the oscillations of pool
pump motors. The work recreates the sonic environment of suburban backyards
where ubiquitous pool pumps sing through summer nights.
Stevens’ installations, Sugar Heaven (2007), What’s for Dinner (2007), and
Last Supper (2011) are references to diabetes, an epidemic silently invading
Native American communities, and to the economics and politics of food.
Although the native community is re-educating people to live a more healthy
lifestyle, economics and changing habits make this transition difficult.
Sugar Heaven speaks to one in six American Indians living with diabetes,
visually referring to waiting rooms at an Indian Hospital and the
devastating effect when we find ourselves together at a funeral parlor.
XXXL: Visual Commentary on the Legacy of Fort Marion
Begaye’s purpose is to bring awareness of the capacity each individual has
to halt the effects of these diseases, the capacity of families for making
positive change and the capacity of a community to prevent further
destruction to Native American communities.
A collection of Carla’s prints are currently on display.
Constellation: Aerial Installation
Allen Chen was born in Taiwan and raised in California. He received
his BFA San Jose State University and an MFA from the University of
Notre Dame. Allen has since completed an artist residency at the
Mendocino Art Center in California and a long term artist in residence
program at the Red Lodge Clay Center in Montana. He is currently
enjoying the wonderful experience of the Artist Residency at the
Lawrence Art Center.
WONDER FAIR (803 1/2 MASS)
Winter is coming,
but the all-new Wonder Fair is just getting warmed up.
Installation-based Hibernation exhibition opens at the Wonder Fair Gallery
Final Friday, October 28th
As the crisp chill of autumn creeps up the stairs of the Wonder Fair, we’ve begun to gird our
loins for another long winter—Wonder Fair style. Preparations begin with Hibernation, an
installation-based exhibition and D-I-Y idea kit designed to inspire winter-time productivity.
Hibernation transforms the gallery into a cozy cabin, complete with custom-designed screen-
printed armchairs, hand-printed brick fireplace, snuggly screen-printed firewood, and a
charming menagerie of winter-ready stuffed animals. In their midst, Wonder Fair is thrilled to
present a selection of hand-dyed quilts by Kansas City-based artist Kim Eichler-Messmer. In
four stunning quilts, Eichler-Messmer translates Midwestern winter landscapes into beautiful,
functional pieces of art.
At a special opening event (Final Friday, October 28,) visitors are invited to crawl through an
extensive blanket fort to reach the Wonder Bar, a pop-up cantina stocked with hot mixed
drinks, cocoa, and gingerbread. Throughout the month, the gallery will feature printed
installations by Kelly John Clark, Christa Dalien, and members of the Wonder Fair Family;
quilts by Kim Eichler-Messmer; fiber-sculpted woodland creatures by Cat Rabbit; and prints by
Jonathan Metzger, Dan McCarthy, and Ashley G. (Goldberg). A series of hibernation-themed
knitting/crochet events and performances are planned for each weekend of the run of
Hibernation; details will be made available through the website.
Hibernation opens Final Friday, October 28 and will continue through November 24, 2011.
The Wonder Fair is open Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Sunday 12-6, and Saturday 10-7.
Please visit http://www.wonderfair.com frequently for news, information, and to skew our Google
FLORA AND FAUNA SALON (700 MASS, SUITE 307 – upstairs from Hobbs)
First Light: Beginnings of Creation
works by Troy Richardson
opening reception from 5 until 9 pm
Ryan Hassler and Edmee Rodriguez – Abstract photo-journalistic styled photography
Kathy Horniman’s magnificent Copper trees
Catered by Curry in a Hurry
THE DUSTY BOOKSHELF (708 MASS)
HOSPITAL SHIPS performance from 7:30 – 8:30
Works by Heidi Elizabeth Wetzel http://heidielizabeth.viewbook.com/
K and Kansas is smack dab in the middle of A to Z Photography by Lawrence resident Jana Butcher. The business began about a year ago, first all about making signs — producing letters from photographs.
Instantly a lot of the subject matter was inspired by the University of Kansas — Rock Chalk, Jayhawks, KU. The theme evolved into photo prints taken on the KU campus. Other photos were tied into inspirational sayings. A number of those pictures were rural Kansas, which led to prints of old trucks, barns, beautiful scenery and animals. The next step was collages — cows, cars, basketball goals … and of hometown Chanute and other Kansas towns.
THE INVISIBLE HAND GALLERY (801.5 MASS)
Silver and Gold new and old
Opens at final friday october 28th 6-9pm
From my earliest memories I have used drawing as a way to deepen my experiences of the things that have fascinated me: movie monsters, comic book heroes, baseball players and bible stories. In time this practice became ritual. The resulting objects became artifacts of my own comprehension. By obsessively drawing my objects of fascination I re-appropriated there meaning to reflect personal history. This lifelong approach is the impetus for my current work.
My studio practice is concerned with drawing as a tool to re-imagine the world. I am interested in the human figure and the language of gesture and expression. I draw from both my mind and media sources for inspiration. Each drawing, print or painting is constructed by searching for associations. I seek visual excitement as well as personal resonance. I see my characters acting out a my personal exploration for connections. They investigate the importance of ritual, not burdened by the search for the supernatural, but as an activity that provides comfortthrough human contact and shared history.
TELLER’S ARTSPACE (746 MASS)
Justin Bergin: THICK
Tellers art space
Opens Tuesday oct 25th 6-8
The *Lawrence Art Party* at 718 New Hampshire Street will feature rock and
roll, blues, and country music by BRC Sounds; and a wide variety of artists,
including established professional, student and emerging artists of every
stripe. This might be the best party of the month, and you don’t want to
The *Lawrence Art Gallery* at 734 Massachusetts will showcase art by
selected established professional artists and KU students, and feature live
jazz. This show will be conducted in partnership with the Douglas County
Aids Project (DCAP), which will display the art to be auctioned on November
5 at Maceli’s Banquet Hall.
Both events are a wonderful opportunity to see some of the best artists in
the region, and to buy a holiday gift for that special person or beautify
PLEASE BUY LOCAL ART. Buy something special that will be treasured forever,
and support artists and creative businesses by keeping your holiday shopping
local this year.
Call for artists – we have room for more artists to join these shows. If you
are interesting in showing at a STArt art event, please email
The STArt Alliance is dedicated to increasing the Lawrence and regional
focus on creativity, innovation, and the arts; helping artists show and sell
their work; and contributing to economic and community development of the
To sign up for the shows, and invite your friends, visit
To see pictures from the September shows, visit
Paintings by Zak Barnes
through October 29
cooperative effort of Strecker-Nelson Gallery and Pachamama’s
Marci Blank of Th’red Head
We will have two demonstrating artists at our October Final Friday Art Walk
(5-9 pm). Marci Blank of Th’red Head textiles will be here with award
winning shawls, shrugs, scarves and many other handmade items. Meet Marci
and visit with her about her work that is a must for fall and winter
Our other well-known artist for the evening will be Lawrence artist Toni
Brou. Most of you know her by her wonderful suns that shine through our
gallery windows, but you also may have seen her suns on the CBS Sunday
Morning show! Toni is a multi-talented artist who also creates cards, boxes,
silk scarves and many other art pieces. Get ready for fall with food and samples from Pendleton’s Country Market.
They always have wonderful autumn treats to try! From pickled veggies to
delicious dips, their local foods are not to be missed!
THE BOURGEOIS PIG (6 E. 9TH)
by Jeremy Rockwell
opening reception: 6 until 9 pm
Jeremy Rockwell currently lives in Lawrence, Kansas. Inspired by the process of using found and repurposed materials, Rockwell is at home in many mediums, be it painting, drawing, photography, fashion, or sculpture. This month, his mixed metal headpieces and helmets will be featured in the Kansas City fashion zine, Faction. For the Bourgeois Pig show, Rockwell has created several new pieces for his ongoing ‘Celebration’ series, a grouping of mixed media works (gold leaf, confetti, wood shavings, etc.) on wood panel. The ‘Celebration’ series is Rockwell’s artistic commentary on the current status of the American Dream.
THE ELDRIDGE (7TH AND MASS)
Pumpkins on Parade
Everyone is invited to carve, paint or decorate a pumpkin or gourd, bring it in to the Eldridge between 9am and 6 pm on October 27th , and the pumpkins will be displayed throughout the hotel on Final Friday. (No real candles will be allowed, so provide a battery powered candle or light, if your pumpkin needs to be lit.)
Space is limited. Contact Patti McCormick @ 785-830-3944 ASAP to reserve space. Pumpkins may be picked up on November 1st until 5:30 pm.
SMILING MAD DESIGNS, 3 GIGGLING GIRLS, INKELLO LETTERPRESS (801.5 MASS, SUITE 3)
Margo Holland of Smiling Mad Designs, Jess Hull of 3 Giggling Girls, and Christy Schneider of Inkello Letterpress will join other downtown Lawrence artists and galleries in participating in Final Fridays on October 28, 2011. Located above Esquina in a playful studio space, the three women create a variety of handmade items.
Margo, an arts-inspired mother of three, creates colorful, eclectic jewelry, textiles and home décor objects. Jess, a mother and self-taught children’s clothing designer, makes whimsical, one-of-a-kind, boutique clothing for kids of all ages. Christy designs and prints on an antique letterpress, making a variety of paper goods, including greeting cards, journals, bookplates and more. She is also a mother and a children’s illustrator, who owns Yellow Pencil Studio, Inc.
Margo, Jess and Christy began sharing a studio space in July, and are opening their working space to the public for the first time during October’s Final Fridays event. They will sell their handmade goods during the evening’s event.
For additional information, contact: Margo Holland at 785.363.5092
PAINTINGS by the DOWNTOWN TUESDAY PAINTERS Gallery, Entrances, Media Room,
and Lower Level
*Meet the artists for a reception with light refreshments in
the Gallery from 5-7 p.m.* The *Downtown Tuesday Painters* have been meeting
at the Senior Center for over ten years. If you were to stop by and visit
their sessions, you’d be surprised at the variety of interests packed into
this one small group—watercolors, oils, pastels, carving—and an
abundance of topical conversation. Although some members are “old-timers,”
it’s amazing how easily new artists are brought into the group. Everyone is
made to feel welcomed. Ideas are shared, critiques are given, and lasting
friendships are made. The group meets every Tuesday at the Senior Center
from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. You are cordially invited! -*Dar Williams*
WATKINS COMMUNITY MUSEUM OF HISTORY
Living Memories: Celebrating Day of the Dead
On Friday, October 28, the Watkins Community Museum of History and the Spencer Museum of Art invite the public to the opening of the exhibition Living Memories, as part of Lawrence’s monthly Final Fridays. The Watkins will be open for extended hours and feature a special performance, refreshments, and a hands-on activity to celebrate this collaboration between the two institutions.
Living Memories: Celebrating Day of the Dead was developed through a partnership between the Watkins and the Spencer museums. The exhibition explores how different cultures commemorate those who have died. Featuring objects and images related to Latin American celebrations of Dias de los Muertos, on loan from the Spencer Museum, and photographs of Douglas County’s own Oak Hill Cemetery, Living Memories explores how gravesites can reflect the personalities of the dead and how we celebrate the lives of our loved ones.
For more information on the exhibition or the events planned for October 28, contact the Watkins Museum at 785 841-4109.
works on paper by Jenny Cook and Angie Pickman
Musical Performances by:
The Generals at 7 pm
Taylor Holenbeck (of Colony Collapse) at 8 pm
Simply Kansas: New Landscapes by Deb Schroer and Peggy Lyon
Simply Kansas is just that, beautiful paintings that capture the natural
grace and peaceful beauty of Kansas. Working mostly /plein air/, Deb and
Peggy have created a body of work that is extraordinary in it’s variety
of seasons and prairie subjects.
N’umbs Up is a group of local musicians who play traditional music from
Northumbria, essentially Scottish folk music. The group consists of two
fiddles, a concertina, and a guitar. Join us for great music with N’umbs
Up and view the fall gallery show with artists Deb Schroer and Peggy Lyon.
River to Well Photo Competition
all photos from the River To Well
competition will be on display (and for sale) in our South Gallery.
River to Well is a non-profit organization that raises funds to dig
wells and provide safe drinking water in small villages throughout
Africa. All proceeds from sales of prints in the competition go to this
The Lawrence Art Guild and 1109 Gallery are proud to announce a cancer benefit fund raiser and art exhibit. The show begins September 27th and ends November 20th. “Self-Examination” explores the thoughts and expressions of more than 30 artists. Fifteen plaster busts have been decorated and transformed by area artists. They will be sold during the show with all proceeds going to a breast cancer survivor to assist with medical expenses.
Featured artist, Constance Ehrlich will exhibit in the large gallery. Her moving body of artwork traces her battle and victory over breast cancer. Please join us for a reception and Final Friday artwalk on Friday, October 28, 2011 from 7pm-9pm to speak with our featured artist, enjoy the art and refreshments.
Quilting, sock animals and more!
Barbara Brackman (http://barbarabrackman.blogspot.com/)
Mary Lynn Farwell
Linda Frost (http://www.13thstreetstudio.typepad.com/)
Deb Rowden (http://carolgilhamjones.blogspot.com/)
COPT/FEIDEN HOLIDAY GALLERY (815 MASS)
Kansas Paintings by Louis Copt/ Kansas Photographs by Mark Feiden
Open on Final Friday from 5:00 until 9:30 pm
regular hours: Thursdays 11:00 am until 8:30 pm, Fridays and Saturdays 11:00 am until 5:30 pm
Janata (The Masses)
globalization, by design, is driven by acquisition and profit. A
gain in one part of the world means that someone in another part
involuntarily pays the price. In India today, growth and
development are euphemisms for inequity and displacement.
Governments and corporations not only in India but across the
world are grabbing for resources through military intervention,
outright war, intimidation, and simple business-as-usual. The five
percent of India that is, in the business propaganda term,
“shining” today is leaving behind a very long shadow in its path –
the other new India that is grey, desperate and violent. What’s
happening in India is proof that when people are uprooted from
their rightful access to “common property” resources such as land,
water, seed and livelihoods, they are not going to take it lying
down–even if they do not have powerful lobbyists with money and
men with guns to fight for them.
Priti Cox, a native of India has lived in Salina since
2000. Her paintings and mixed-media installations integrate Indian
cultural artforms and address issues affecting global society and
politics. Her website is http://www.vanishingindia.com/
“Art for the Soul: Cathy Broski’s Archetypal & Personal Sculptures”
Opening reception, Final Friday, 5 until 9 pm
Kansas City ceramic artist Cathy Broski’s work is steeped in archetypal and personal symbolism. Figures, houses, boats and pottery are all vessels to contain things we hold dear, and sometimes those things we would cast off. Cathy chose these forms to work with because they have several levels of meaning she finds intriguing to explore. She loves found objects, because of their wear and marks of their journeys. This is the feel Cathy tries to achieve on her surfaces by using a layering technique.
JEWELRY BY JULIE (19 E. 9TH)
• Accessible (wheelchair ramp).