Ring in the New Year with “Final” Final Friday of 2011, December 30th

21 12 2011

1109 GALLERY (1109 MASS.)

The 1109 Gallery is having a New Year’s Eve Party on December 30th, Final Friday (One Day Early) from 7:00pm until ? featuring the music of LA Fahy. Come enjoy the “Wintry Mix” exhibit, food and fun!


Dave DeHetre will exhibit glass pieces in the lobby of the Watkins Museum, and musician, Gwyneth of Feral Flute will perform from 5:00 until 8:00 pm for the Final Friday Art Walk.


Don’t miss the Final Final Friday Lawrence Art Party! The Final Lawrence Art Party of the year will have music, dance, paintings, sculpture, photography, and more.

We’ll have music the always popular Heebie Jeebies, dance by the Lawrence Ballet Theatre, a group show by the KU Drawing II students, and art by these amazing artists:

Alexandria Browne

Matt Burke

Scott Burr

John Clayton

Raechel Cook

Matthew Dominic Farley

Sandra Griffin

Hannah Jensen

Emily Johnson

Brad Levy

Jim Luhning

Amy Meya

Lori Norwood

Pam Renovato

George Paley

Thomas Richmond

Trae D. Rickford

Kyle Rogers

Gregory Thomas

KT Walsh

Tom Weso

Jewell Willhite

Jessica Windholz

Susan P. Wilson



ART FOR SKATE’S SAKE, a group benefit show for Centennial Skate Park

Live music by E100 and Stiff Middle Fingers



Adam Lott: Excuse me, this is private.

Opens Tuesday, December 27th from 6 until 8 pm, open on Final Friday for viewing


Jeremy Rockwell: Intersection

Opens Final Friday December 30th 6-9pm

From the artist:

Inspired by the process of using found and re-purposed materials, Jeremy Rockwell is at home in many mediums, be it painting, drawing, photography, fashion, or sculpture. Regardless of the delivery, Rockwell’s work shares a common thread or language – of order and chaos, of personal and shared history – the layers and lines becoming the point where all the explorations of his art intersect. This January at the Invisible Hand gallery, Rockwell will open “Intersection,” a show featuring a collection of new and never before shown older works from several of his ongoing series, including the “keyboard/pixel” series, “interference”, and his ‘Paris journal’ series.



Demonstrating artist: Charles Gabel
Recycled Parts Jewelry

Charles, a life-long Kansas resident, has lived and worked in Lawrence for
over 25 years. His jewelry is created using recycled metals and parts which
he transforms into contemporary, one-of-a-kind pieces. Charles, who has
worked with metals for more than 20 years, finds joy in the material and
the freedom it gives him to create what is in his mind’s eye. He will be
demonstrating his work and will also have many pieces on hand to see.

We will have snacks and hot cider for you to try.



Wapána: “balanced good life”; Photography by Brett Ramey

For Indigenous communities food has never been just about food. It is interwoven with language, art, songs, ceremonies, family relationships, and often creation stories. This reflects a worldview that directly confronts the notion that life is divided neatly into academic disciplines, occupational tracks, and political ideologies.

In a world increasingly characterized by climate change, record-breaking droughts, floods, earthquakes, crumbling economies, and emergent social revolutions, communities throughout the world are responding by working to protect, respect, and reinvigorate their local environments, economies, and food systems. The success of these responses will depend on recognizing the interdependence among ALL aspects of healthy and whole communities- a concept that has always been central to the resilience of Indigenous and other land-based peoples.

This show offers a few examples of Indigenous communities working to maintain and reclaim our traditional lifeways. These images are not a result of passive visitation or tourism, nor are they a romanticization of the past or a call to “going back” to some better time. Instead, they offer a way forward by highlighting examples of people throughout the world creatively exercising their ability to feed, clothe, and express themselves artistically on their own terms- all while acknowledging the necessity of building balanced, interconnected relationships in these time of transition.


For the past decade Brett Ramey has been working with young people around the world to reconnect to land-based knowledge while living in urban areas. This work includes building traditional food and medicine gardens with schools and in vacant city lots, facilitating community-based garden design and mural trainings, and serving on numerous local, regional, and National advisory boards.

His photos have been exhibited in the U.S. Senate Rotunda as part of the National Wildlife Federation’s Fair Climate Project and at the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) in New York City. Brett now lives in Lawrence, Kansas and on his reservation (Ioway) near White Cloud, Kansas where he works with the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Kansas Medical Center to promote health and reduce cancer in urban and rural Native communities.

For additional writings and photo essays:


Telling the artwork from what is just part of the organic, long-time evolution of this magical space makes a visit to the Downtown Upstairs Studio definitely worth the trip upstairs. Artists and friends Traci Bunkers, Mike Wallace, and Andy will be showing their work, joined by Wes McCauley and Chris and Sara Teasley. This venue is open late to give everyone a chance to visit.

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 http://www.TraciBunkers.com for more information.

Andy, 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.


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

1. Join local high school and college young artists as they speak their minds — sharing original stories and short pieces about the ins and outs, ups and downs, good, bad and otherwise…about Belonging.

FINAL FRIDAY December 30th — 3:00 to 4:30 at The Percolator.
an UnderStory Project, hosted by StormDoor Productions’ Christie Scanlin Dobson. http://stormdoorproductions.net/ also joining us, Shannon White!

YOUNG ARTISTS and writers and actors! If you or someone you know would like to join us, let us know. come, share your story. The UnderStory…planting seeds.
questions?: contact christie: stormdoorproductions@gmail.com


Opening – Wednesday, December 21st

6 – 9 pm
Show continues through January 15

The show, curated by poet Peter Wright, is a collection of collaborations
between visual artists, writers and musicians exploring the core moment
of eternal peace and that which is born of it into conscious play. It is
a celebration of the winter solstice, a time when we begin again.
Writers & musicians will perform their works starting at 7 pm.

As the year makes its round
approaching that longest night
when she is reborn in darkness we speed toward the exchange of our bounty while just beneath

it is her secret that fuels our every move. -Peter A Wright

Participants include:
Lisa Grossman, Kelly Barth, Ashley Laird, Leah Sewell, Nicholas Ward,
Michael Hennecke, Stella Robbins, Lee Robins, Rachael Perry, Michael
Bradley, Kyle McKenzie, Cody White, Jenny Cook, Katie Nichols, Peter
Wright among others.

3. Final Friday, the 30th of December @ the Percolator there will be a reading of Begin Again starting @ 6pm.

The anthology, edited by Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg and published by Woodley Press, features the work of over 90 writers, including the poems published on http://www.150KansasPoems.wordpress.com, a website Mirriam-Goldberg developed to celebrate Kansas’ 150th anniversary of statehood.

Poets attending include: Rick Nichols, KL Barron, Nancy Hubble, Ronda Miller, Iris Wilkinson, & Peter Wright among others.

Books will be available for purchase , Lawrence Percolator :: www.lcava.org


RECENT WORKS by STEPHEN SWEIGART Stephen Sweigart has been attracted to
impressionism since he first learned about it in his early teens. Over the
years, his artistic style has evolved from impressionism to
post-impressionism and French and German expressionism. But in the past few
years, he’s gone back to the fundamentals of painting and returned to
impressionism — which is essentially the style of these works. Sweigart
asserts that he doesn’t paint in an exclusively impressionist style, but
that this exhibit is a response to these anxious times.

JEWELL WILLHITE When paintings pile up, Jewell Willhite thinks: “Why do
this?” But going outdoors and seeing blue sky, deep green foliage, water
shimmering with reflections or a meadow of wildflowers, she thinks: “How
could I not paint?” To Willhite, painting is an expression of joy in the
natural world, a resounding “Yes!”


Kansas paintings and photography by Louis Copt and Mark Feiden.
Please visit us as part of “Final Fridays”–a celebration of the arts
that includes special exhibits, performances
and demonstrations in Downtown Lawrence.


Te Parti” Atomic Photography featuring Foxy By Proxy Revue

Atomic is a team of photographers with passions for feminine grace and beauty. Through these images, we strive to intrigue. This series features the ladies of Lawrence-based burlesque troupe Foxy By Proxy Revue.

Te Parti:

“A tale of beautiful and grotesque wanton waifs, lost is the forest of mischief, they are children of the woods. They stumble upon the remains of a mad man’s tea party, eager to indulge in the pleasures of this peculiar scene.”




6 until 9 pm

Sweets and treats by Sam Wardy and myself and a limited donation bar will be available. Pretty things and good company!



“lost art”
At the old Penny Annie’s.
845 Massachusetts
Jesse Gray
Jeromy Morris
Yuri Zupancic
Jeremy Rockwell

and more

Public Meeting Invitation from the STArt Alliance and The City of Lawrence

15 12 2011

Please help improve the arts in Lawrence!

Are you a fan of Lawrence Final Fridays? Are you an artist, business
person, or art patron who has participated in Final Fridays activities?

If so – please spend one hour sharing your thoughts on the economic and
other impacts of Final Fridays, how we can improve Final Fridays, and how
we can better promote Lawrence as a city of the arts. ****


The Final Fridays Focus Group will be held in the Lawrence Public Library
auditorium from 6-7 pm this coming Monday, December 19. The meeting will
be brief, interactive, and fun. Light refreshments will be available.****

This meeting is taking place as part of a City of Lawrence project,
“Lawrence Final Fridays Impact Analysis”, and is being held by the Science,
Technology, and Art (STArt) Alliance.****


The Lawrence Public Library is located at 707 Vermont Street.****


Signup is optional, but appreciated. If you use Facebook, please sign up
at https://www.facebook.com/events/328674903827692/.