Local, Regional and International Artists Take Over Black Friday in Lawrence

22 11 2011



  • THE LAWRENCE ARTS CENTER (940 New Hampshire)

Bizarre Bazaar

Opening Night, Final Friday, November 25th from 5 until 9 pm

*also open Saturday from 9am until 5 pm

  • 845 MASSACHUSETTS FLASH SPACE (the old Penny Annie’s space

Lost Art

Exhibiting Artists: Jessie Gray, Jeromy Morris, Yuri Zupancic and Jeremy Rockwell

opening reception from 5 until 9 pm

  • PHOENIX GALLERY (825 Massachusetts)

Demonstrating Artist: Bill Collins

Come to the Phoenix Gallery for Final Friday and see the works of Lawrence
jewelry artist Bill Collins. He is well known for his sterling silver
pieces that explore Lawrence and Kansas life. Don’t miss the opportunity to
see his latest works including tornadoes, Oz themes, and beautiful trees.
Also stop by to sample hot cider and holiday treats!

Bill Collins is a jewelry artist currently working in Lawrence, KS. He has
always loved the arts, and jewelry designing is a natural expression of his
interests. After finishing his undergraduate work in Jewelry and Design at
the University of Kansas, he worked in northern California with several
fine jewelry manufacturers.

Bill credits his early exposure to art and design to his mom, Patricia L.
Collins, a painter and art educator, and to his grandfather, H. Frances
James who began the Art Department at Emporia State University and was
recognized as a fine watercolorist and landscape painter.

Throughout the years, Bill’s primary focus has been fine jewelry and custom
design. He is currently developing a very personal collection of pieces
that expresses his love of the rural beauty and unique heritage of both the
city of Lawrence and the state of Kansas. Its colorful history and striking
landscapes, as well as the more unique members of its community, have
inspired a new direction in his work.

  • DOWNTOWN UPSTAIRS (824 1/2 Massachusetts)

Opening Reception: 6:30 until 9:30 pm

Friends since almost forever, Mike Wallace, Andy Timmons, & Traci
Bunkers, have come together again for a unique show at a venue of
eternal visual stimulation. This time, they are also joined by Wes
McCauley and Chris Teasley to broaden the salient experience that
won’t soon be forgotten.

Andy Timmons, fondly known as Uncle Andy, is a prolific artist who
specializes in squished acrylics on found objects.

Mike Wallace is a Lawrence area artist who is starting to show again
after many years. He is currently producing portraits and animal
portraits in oil, as well as mixed-media pieces. For more information,
contact Mike at mwdesign@sunflower.com.

Traci Bunkers, mixed-media artist and published author, has a little
something for everyone, including quirky pin-back buttons & pocket
mirrors, ponytail dreadlocks, mixed-media paintings, photographs, and
handmade books. She will also have both of her books “The Art Journal
Workshop” and “Print & Stamp Lab” available. See her website at www.TraciBunkers.com
for more information.

Wes McCauley is a small business owner producing commercial
photography and virtual tours for real estate and commercial ventures.
When not working for clients, he enjoys a wide range of photography
for fine art, and is also a highly skilled freefall (skydiving) aerial
photographer. He will be showing his skydiving photography.



*Meet the artists for a reception with light refreshments in the Gallery from 5-7 p.m.

Come celebrate the art being created in our local public schools! Artwork from
students representing all fourteen elementary schools as well as both Free
State and Lawrence High will be on display this month in both the gallery
and the children’s room. The art displayed will represent the wide range of
media, techniques, and curriculum covered in the Fine Arts programs in
Lawrence Public Schools. Also on exhibit: WATERCOLORS by JULIE HAMMER, and
and JAN SEE.


Join Margo Holland of Smiling Mad Designs, Jess Hull of 3 Giggling Girls, and Christy Schneider of Inkello Letterpress

for Final Fridays on November 25, 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 decor 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.

For additional information contact: Margo Holland at 785.363.5092.

  • BLUE DOT SALON (15 E. 7th St.)

Final Friday opening reception from 5:30 until 8 pm

exhibiting artists: Sarah Frazelle, Edme’e and Ryan Hasler, Kathy Horniman, Carlos Rodriguez

  • SIGNS OF LIFE (722 Massachusetts)

Surfaces: Photography by Rick Mitchell

Reception from 6:00 to 9:00pm, Friday November 25th

Artist’s Statement:

I work by walking with my camera and allowing myself to be stopped by things I see. It doesn’t matter where in the world I am or if I am alone or in a crowd. By now, after years of working this way, it feels like the images are opening like new blooms here and there– as constant as the twinkling of stars.

This exhibition reflects my interest in making images in all kinds of environments, both familiar and unfamiliar. The “home place” is rich with memory and feeling that may be brought to a level of intensity through vivid color, sharp focus, or an angle on things not often taken. My approach to photography, as an artist rather than a journalist or scientist, is to make images that are just slightly out of register with “normal” color and sometimes, as we photographers say, “out of gamut.” This is something like “magical realism” which appeals to me in literature. Walks in even the most familiar neighborhoods become adventures in new perception and imagination.

I would like to claim to be naive but there is no chance of it. My eyes pour feelingly over the surfaces of the beloved Earth. Who built this house, I wonder; who made this wall? Who made the light that shines upon it? I sense the world is a being. “Don’t be shy about your condition,” I say. “Let me look at you.”

Biographical Information:

Rick Mitchell has worked with photographic materials since 1970. He earned degrees in art from the University of Kansas and Rutgers University and served on the faculties of Rutgers, Baker University and the University of Kansas. He has also spent time as the Executive Director of the Agricultural Museum of the State of New Jersey and Director of the Exhibition Program at the Lawrence Arts Center. He is currently an independent artist and writer living in Lawrence, Kansas.

  • THE INVISIBLE HAND GALLERY (801 1/2 Massachusetts)

Kenneth Kupfer: Trash Mob

Opens Final Friday, November 25th 6-9pm

  • THE BOURGEOIS PIG (6 E. 9th St.)

Teeth as Art, by Luka Mjeda

opening reception from 6 until 9 pm

Luka Mjeda (www.lukamjeda.com) is based in Zagreb, Croatia and works with David Frayer (KU – Anthropology) on Neandertal teeth. This exhibit is the first result of their work on a Teeth as Art publication. Luka is a professional photographer who has done commercial art for many Croatian magazines and in advertising (Levi´s, Banka, MG, MUO, Kras, Jadran, Bornstein, Juicy). He has produced 16 single-artist exhibitions along with participating in many group exhibitions. His work is in the collections of the Museum of Arts and Crafts, the Modern Gallery, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Croatia and in private collections. He has published images in many art compilations and in his own editions in Croatia.

Teeth as Art

The Krapina Neandertal site is a national icon for Croatia. Dated ~130,000 years ago, the site was excavated between 1899-1905 and contains hun-dreds of bones and teeth. «The material has been a part of my life since childhood and recently I received an opportun- ity from the Croatian Natural History Museum to photo the collection.”

A tooth is just another dirty old fossil tooth, you might say?

«Not for me! And not for these teeth. Beyond their anthropological importance, these teeth have a surreal component – a concept of constant change and development of humans in their deep past. Intrigued by this idea and nudged by David Frayer, I manipulated the original images to create a new perspective on the way we view these teeth.»

Contact David Frayer (zagrebdave@gmail.com) for all purchases. If you want an image already sold, also contact him for other, unframed copies.

  • TELLER’S ART SPACE (746 Massachusetts)

Megan Embers Roelofs: Wingspan
Opens Tuesday November 29th 6-8pm

Open on Final Friday

  • 1109 GALLERY (1109 Massachusetts)

The 1109 Gallery at 1109 Massachusetts kicks off Final Friday, November 25th, with our “Wintry Mix” exhibit and a reception with great food and libations! The gallery windows will be decorated for the holidays and the gallery shop is filled with new great gift items for holiday shopping. Including books by Annola Charity, Karla Nathan, the Wichita Museum of Art Cookbook and Kansas Voices. Be sure to check us out! The reception will be held from 7-9pm.

  • THE LAWRENCE ART PARTY (718 New Hampshire)

5 until 9:30 pm on Final Friday

Music by Darrell Lea, Visual Art by: Jason Barr, Bill Bowerman, Emily Eakes, Connie Erlich, Paul Flinders, Neil Goss, DW Gates, Monica Gundelfinger, Matthew Jarmer, Brad Levy, Baker Medlock, Amy Moreno, Kaylyn Munro, Jilli Nel, George Paley, Eddy Presswood, Dan Shattuck, Greg Thomas, Judy Thompson, Thomas Weso, Susan Wilson

  • THE LAWRENCE PERCOLATOR (in the alley behind the Lawrence Arts Center)

Cirque de Decay by KT Walsh

Cirque de Decay
The densely packed show includes
paintings, sculpture, ceramics, prints, and mural studies. Seven
costumes created by Percolator friends will be on display in
anticipation of a costume driven, winter play by Walsh.
See a video here http://youtu.be/gbF2KEN68vM

  • THE WATKINS COMMUNITY MUSEUM (11th and Massachusetts)

The Watkins Museum will exhibit the work of Emily Hunt, a local photographer, for November’s Final Friday. Jazz duo Ed Judd and Mike Shirtz will provide music for the event. The Watkins will be open until 8:00 PM.


Icons, Amulets and New Work

featuring the latest ceramic sculptural work of local treasure, Leni Salkind

Lawrence artist, Leni Salkind, will be on hand to discuss her latest ceramic sculptures including a series on the iconic “Big Boy”.

  • COPT/FEIDEN GALLERY (815 Massachusetts)

Kansas paintings and photography by Louis Copt and Mark Feiden.

Open for FINAL FRIDAY, November 25, 5:00 PM to 9:30 PM

Please visit us as part of “Final Fridays”–a celebration of the arts
that includes special exhibits, performances
and demonstrations in Downtown Lawrence.

  • WONDERFAIR (803 1/2 Massachusetts)

Holiday Market opens at Noon on Final Friday

At Wonder Fair, we don’t stop. Just as the walls of the Hibernation blanket fort come down we’ll deck

out our halls for the holiday season. Beginning Final Friday, November 25th, the Wonder Fair Gallery

will be transformed into a festive marketplace complete with brightly striped awnings and 16 feet of

model railroad, courtesy of the Lawrence Model Railroad Club. We won’t open at 4:00 a.m. or offer

door-buster sales; instead, we will present shoppers with an alternative– a plethora of locally hand-

made gifts to be perused at the shoppers’ leisure, and a shopping experience to be enjoyed rather

than endured.

In advance of the holidays we’ve boosted our retail offerings by going hyper-local and recruiting over

20 artists from within the Topeka-Kansas City corridor. Artists featured in this month-long event include bookbinders, printmakers, fiber artists, clothiers, jewelers, and stationers. Amongst these is KU

illustration professor Tad Carpenter, whose “monster mix-up” prints form an interactive display of

cartoonish monster tops and bottoms to be arranged and rearranged in 13,168,189,440,000 different

combinations (trust us, we did the math). Carpenter’s installation, the work of our Holiday Market

artists, and the rest of our magical Shoppe transformation will be on view and on sale through

December 23rd.

The Wonder Fair Holiday Market opens 12:00 noon Final Friday, November 25 and will continue

through December 23, 2011. The Wonder Fair is open Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Sunday

12-6, and Saturday 10-7, with completely random extended hours for the holiday season. Please visit

http://www.wonderfair.com frequently for news, information, and to skew our Google analytics data.

Holiday Market Participating Artists: Stationery/Bookbinding

Hammerpress (Kansas City); Wildhorse Press (Tonganoxie); Field Trip Publishing (Kansas City); Thayer Bray (Kansas City); Catherine Reinhart (Lawrence)

Paintings, Drawings, Prints and Multiples

Michael Kreuger (Lawrence); Heather Smith-Jones (Lawrence); Tad Carpenter (Kansas City); Justin

Marable (Topeka); Christa Dalien (Lawrence); Clinton Ricketts (Lawrence); Susan Meyer

(Leavenworth); Rodolfo Marron (Kansas City)

Clothing, Jewelry, Housewares, and Accessories

Leslie Kay (Lawrence) ; Kate E. Burke (Kansas City); Holly Hangauer (Lawrence); Ricochet Waves

(Lawrence); Liz Bonny (Lawrence); Bar Geyer (Lawrence); Bailey Marable (Topeka)

  • THE ETC. SHOP (928 Massachusetts)

The Art of Textile Weaving: Diane Throop

Meet the artist and enjoy refreshments on Final Friday from 5 until 8 pm.


seeing through a year: new photographic work by natalie anne dye

opening reception Final Friday, 6 until 10 pm

in response to many great shifts in my life this past year, i rekindled a romance with 35mm slide film.

these images are a result of seeing through a year, seeing the life around me, seeing myself in all that life.

it is a pleasure to share them with you. -N

Calls for Artists

12 11 2011
  • From the STArt Alliance (Lawrence Art Party)

Dear Artist friends,

Show and sell your art on the biggest shopping day of the year – Black

Our October shows were wonderful! We had amazing music, awesome art, huge
crowds of art lovers and sold almost *$3300 worth of art* during the 5
hours of the October Final Friday Lawrence Art Gallery and Lawrence Art
Party shows.

We counted almost 900 art lovers at one of the shows, and probably had as
many at the other!

Check out the great pictures by R. Gregory Summers of one of the shows at

  • The Watkins Community Museum is seeking artists for upcoming Final Friday exhibitions.

To apply for an exhibition at one of Downtown Lawrence’s most unique venues, send a website link or jpeg images to: Abby Pierron , Education/Programs Coordinator, Watkins Community Museum: apierron@watkinsmuseum.org

  • KANSAS SAMPLER is seeking an artist or artists to show on Final Friday, November 25th

Kansas Sampler is seeking an artist or art group for Final Friday. A busy downtown store, Kansas Sampler will certainly have a large “Black Friday” crowd and offers a great opportunity for a local artist to have their work seen by a large audience. To apply, contact Mario at lawrence@kansassampler.com