FINAL FRIDAY, August 31st , 2012
5 until 9 pm unless otherwise noted
Final Fridays Second Anniversary!
Two years down the road, Final Fridays has become Lawrence’s preeminent art event each month, bringing thousands of visitors to the downtown area in search of outstanding visual art, musical entertainment, literary arts and performance. Final Fridays began as the collaborative effort of artists, galleries, curators, downtown businesses, The Lawrence Arts Center, Downtown Lawrence Incorporated and many many more tireless volunteers who wished only to bring the wealth of the Lawrence arts community to the public. This massive effort is rewarded today with a renewed boom in the arts in Lawrence, visible everywhere you look.
On this Final Friday, you will find work, music and performances by hundreds of artists all over the downtown area as well as the new Warehouse Arts District. Maps can be found the evening of Final Friday at The Lawrence Arts Center, the Warehouse Arts District and many local galleries and venues. Events are free and open to the public from 5 until 9 pm, so pick up a map and start walking!
For those revelers not ready to go home at 9 pm, Final Friday Second Anniversary “after parties” will be held at Frank’s North Star Tavern in North Lawrence and SeedCo studios. Frank’s North Star Tavern will have the danceable beats of DJ Wake, and SeedCo Studios will feature a local music showcase produced by Whatever Forever.
FINAL FRIDAY EVENTS AND VENUES IN DOWNTOWN LAWRENCE
LAWRENCE ARTS CENTER (940 New Hampshire)
University of Kansas Visual Art Faculty Exhibit
On exhibit through September 22
The University Kansas Visual Art faculty includes thirty full-time professors teaching all levels of drawing & painting, sculpture, printmaking, expanded media, ceramics, textiles, metalsmithing and art education. This exhibit will feature works from the current Visual Art faculty the University of Kansas.
TURKISH SUBURBIA. SOLO EXHIBITION
on exhibit through September 8
In 2008, Mark Slankard began photographing the rapidly changing landscapes of suburban Turkey. These incredible photographs do not depict the ancient palaces, mosques, and ruins of guidebooks; this is the everyday Turkey of a rising middle class, heavily influenced by Western Europe and the United States. This is also the Turkey of displaced migrants, shantytowns, and gentrification.
Special. Solo exhibition.
Runs through September 2
Artist’s Statement: This work celebrates the disruption, however small, of the expected. There is a certain symmetry, a prevailing banality and stillness, only occasionally interrupted by some half noticeable absurdity. One could argue that this is a parallel to our routine lives, primarily spent in some automatic mode of everyday activity, begging for the details that separate one day or hour from the next so as to make it stand out, make it special. You could even argue that desire for “specialness” leads individuals that are otherwise functioning as part of the societal hive to act out, to call attention…to get that crazy haircut or shiny car that disrupts a sea of gray sedans.
There is the tension of what appears “normal” but is in fact slightly adjacent to normal. The colors, the method and application of paint, the shiny resin surface: all are employed to take away from any indication of “reality.” Certain details are off, skewed, indicative of an interference, disorder, or imperfect pattern. This world is the world you and I know, but it also is not. It is a made up world, comprised of bits and pieces of the familiar and the familiar desire to be something else, something more than that, something different. Special.
Ice Cream Social, inside at the Lawrence Arts Center, we are selling scoops of ice cream and ceramic ice cream bowls to benefit our visual arts education programming. For $5.00, you can get a generous scoop of delicious Sylas and Maddie’s ice cream. For $8.00 you can get a generous scoop of delicious Sylas and Maddie’s ice cream and a handmade ceramic bowl to take home with you.
Art Tougeau Photographs by Ann Dean Intermediate & Darkroom Photography student work. Instructor, Ann Dean.
VAN GO! MOBILE ARTS (715 New Jersey)
STAR STRUCK CLOTHING (16 E. 8th St.)
BLUE DOT SALON (15 E. 7th St.)
John Clayton Lawrence photos
Zane Batson. Painting
Mikkell Lappin. Ceramic bowls and trinkets
THE ELDRIDGE HOTEL (701 Massachusetts St.)
LAWRENCE PUBLIC LIBRARY (707 Vermont St.)
Final Fridays: Dream Rocket Project
August 31, 5-7pm
We are continuing our exhibit from last month. If you missed it before, check it out!
Kids from Lawrence and around the world have created artwork to wrap around a real
rocket! Up to 8,000 artworks will eventually be connected side by side to wrap the 365′
Saturn V Moon Rocket at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama. Stop
by the library during Final Fridays on August 31st to see this international exhibit!
SIGNS OF LIFE (722 Massachusetts St.)
Signs of Life Gallery is located at 722 Massachusetts St. in the heart of historic Lawrence, Kansas. We feature work by dozens of artists to suit a variety of tastes. Many are local, but we also represent artists of national and even international reputation.
Our beautiful gallery overlooks picturesque downtown Lawrence and we are convinced you will find it a satisfying place to experience art and cultivate your own creativity. Come in and let us help you find artwork that is a perfect fit for your life and space.
Open on Final Fridays.
THE LAWRENCE ART PARTY (718 New Hampshire St.)
If you like art and music, you will love the 2nd Anniversary Celebration of the FREE Lawrence Art Party! This month’s Final Friday Lawrence Art Party will feature Live Jazz and a wonderful group of artists, including:
The Lawrence Art Party is held on the ground floor of the beautiful Hobbs Taylor Lofts, at 718 New Hampshire, from 5 – 9:30 PM. Come join us for a great time!
LUCKY PAWS BAKERY & UNIQUE BARKtique (4 E. 7th St.)
“Life Gone to The DOGS”
5 until 8 pm
The Unique BARKtique features uniuqe, one-of-a-kind dog-themed items, ranging from mosaics, jewelry, pottery mugs and bowls, original paintings, Dogbots, to upcycled clothing for pets (and collars and leads) and their people, too!
Rebecca Jackson, Remnants by RJ will show her some of her unique DOGBOTS made from recycled and found objects—those things lurking in garage boxes and collecting dust on thrift store shelves—comes the artwork of Rebecca Jackson. Her love of abandoned relics often results in their dismantlement, but those pieces have a way of reassembling themselves in rather unexpected ways. The result: Quirky Robots and Steampunk Art.
Objects in varying states of deconstruction litter her workshop surfaces. A central piece will often inspire a mental picture that, in turn, must find its way to reality through trial and error assimilations. Each finished piece of art or jewelry gives validity to one woman’s slightly bizarre obsession with all things metal.
Another feature artist is: Melissa Bee, hopeless artist in beautiful Denver, Colorado. Obsessed with drawing and painting since 2 years of age. As a child, constantly in trouble as I sat in the back of the class and just drew.
I’m not able to paint “in the lines”, Very messy ,eccentric, passionate and strange. It’s who I am. I love strange things as well. Looking for beauty in everything. Giving the paint it’s own beautiful world.
TELLER’S RESTAURANT UPSTAIRS (746 Massachusetts St.)
Jacob Burmood: Moving at the speed of time.
Opens Tuesday August 28th 6-8pm
Sculpture artist Jacob Burmood will present a selection of works in a new exhibition, Moving at the Speed of Time, opening at the Teller’s art space on August 28.
Moving at the Speed of Time is the first Lawrence showing for Burmood, who moved to the area for graduate school after spending four years as a professional artist in Missouri, where he completed his undergraduate studies in sculpture. The exhibition features several of Burmood’s sculptures — both as hanging “wall pieces” and as free-standing structures — in addition to some of his ceramic vases.
Though Burmood created all the works presented in Moving at the Speed of Time during the past two years, he says they’ve been in development as part of a larger body of work for the past eight years. He says his work draws influence from the smooth motion typical of rivers, tides and dance.
“There’s definitely a theme that runs through the entire body of everything I’ve ever done, and that’s an appeal to the sense of movement and kinetics without actually moving,” Burmood says. “It’s pretty much geared towards fluid movements, trying to approach some kind of grace.”
PACHAMAMAS (800 New Hampshire St.)
works by Jeromy Morris
Jeromy Morris, one of the co-founders of dotdotdot artspace, Fresh Produce Art Collective, Lost Art Space and SeedCo Studios has been a pioneer of collaborative art spaces and groups in Lawrence, and is now one of the pioneers of the new Warehouse Arts District. His newest series of work can be seen throughout the restaurant and Star Bar on Final Friday.
ATOMIC PHOTOGRAPHY (313 E. 8th St. Studio B)
Atomic is a collaborative effort between Racheal Major, Jen Young, and Jamie Haverkamp. Specializing in graphic design, pin up portraiture, and Americana photography. The photography services include retro makeovers equipped with professional hair and make up, wardrobe and prop selection, and personalized pose guidance. Now located right in the heart of east Lawrence! Atomic shares a split studio space at 8th and New York. The space is split up into several art studios ranging from ceramics, to fine art.
SMILING MAD DESIGNS & INKELLO LETTERPRESS (801.5, suite 3 Massachusetts St.)
WONDER FAIR (803 Massachusetts St.)
The Cat, the Dish, & the Spoon: New work by Michael Krueger, Randy Bolton, & Tom Reed. On view at Wonder Fair, August 31 through September 23, 2012.
It’s disenchanted story time at Wonder Fair this September, when long time friends Randy Bolton, Michael Krueger and Tom Reed take over to push the physical boundaries of prints and multiples into the 3rd dimension. Sculptural installations and large-scale prints will transform the gallery into a 21st-century nursery tale set—where childhood innocence is subtly undermined by sly modern disillusionment. Nostalgic and satirical, witty and worrying, always whimsical: in short, fun for all ages!
So come on up in your new school duds to our very special Final Friday festivities, 6-10pm, August 31st. On this special evening we will celebrate all things absurdist, elementary, and school dazed: KU graduate Kelsey Hunter will be on hand to take your Wonder Fair school photo; we’ll debut our line of Wonder Fair back-to-school supplies; and of course, we’ll serve up a signature Cat Dish Spoon cocktail and cheap beers at our Wonder Bar. See you there, in your informal wear!
About the artists: Randy Bolton is Head of the Print Media Department and Artist in Residence at Cranbrook Academy of Art (Michigan). His work has been widely exhibited in one-person, invitational and juried shows since 1982. Michael Krueger is an Associate Professor of Art at the University of Kansas where he has received numerous grants and awards. His work is included in over 30 public collections in the U.S. and abroad. Tom Reed is a Senior Lecturer at Washington University (St. Louis) where he is also the master printer at the University’s Island Press.
FOXTROT (823 Massachusetts St.)
LOVE GARDEN SOUNDS (822 Massachusetts St.)
DOWNTOWN UPSTAIRS (824 1/2 Massachusetts St.)
PHOENIX GALLERY (825 Massachusetts St.)
Final Friday at Phoenix Gallery this month will feature three incredible artists: Gary and Sherrie Dick of Duet Designs and Cindy Buehler of Cinderelish. We are teaming up with M. Street Interiors, formally Biao Design, and Cupcake Construction Company for our food for Final Friday. What a treat it will be to sample the delicious cupcakes that the Cupcake Construction Company serves daily here on Mass Street! We will also have wine, hors d’ oeuvres and lemonade. Michael Paull will be providing music. And don’t forget to go to Lost Art Space in the Phoenix Underground. The artists will be presenting a salon style exhibition. This is not to be missed.
Duet Designs jewelry reflects over 25 years of combined design experience by husband and wife team, Gary and Sherrie. Gary creates fused dichroic glass pendants, pins and earrings. Dichroic glass (originally produced for the aerospace industry) has a beautiful and unique reflective quality with exciting shifts of color, depending on the light and the angle at which the piece is viewed. Gary assembles an artistic selection of multiple layers of dichroic, iridescent and clear glass, then fuses them together at a temperature of over 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit.
Sherrie selects semi-precious gem stones from around the world and whimsically wire-wraps them into pendants and earrings. She is also an accomplished artist in the mediums of polymer clay and fine silver, and often incorporates Gary’s dichroic glass cabochons into her pieces. Each hand-crafted Duet Designs item is an original, one-of-a-kind piece of fine quality jewelry.
Cindy Buehler of Cinderelish began working with clay 12 years ago. She has taken classes and workshops at Red Star Studios, The KC Clay Guild, William Jewell College and Bracker’s in Lawrence. Cindy uses bright glaze colors to enhance her bold black and white sgrafitto designs. Her work is created from porcelain clay on the pottery wheel or with her original slab molds. Although some designs are similar, each piece is one of a kind. Cindy currently teaches classes and works from her home studio in Liberty, MO.
Michael Paull is a very talented composer/multi-instrumentalist who teaches music lessons at the Americana Music Academy here in Lawrence. Originally from Colorado, he moved to Lawrence, Kansas a number of years ago to pursue some musical opportunities. Michael’s music has been heard on television and radio. His music has been performed in a variety of settings, including a premiere by the Topeka Symphony Orchestra. He continues to teach, compose, and perform music throughout the area, both solo and ensemble. Kansas has become his permanent home.
LOST ART SPACE (825 Massachusetts St.)
Lost Art Sp_ce is opening “BOOM!”
“A salon-style exhibition” from the Fresh Produce Art Collective and SeedCo Studios. Come downtown for the opening, then join us at SeedCo for a night full of music!
THE BOURGEOIS PIG (6 E. 9th St.)
“6×6 More or Less”
FREE HOT DOGS.
5 until 9 pm… more or less.
DO’S DELUXE (416 E. 9th St.)
photographs and paintings
opening reception on Final Friday
5 until 8 pm
LAWRENCE PERCOLATOR (in the alley behind Lawrence Arts Center on 9th St.)
*look for the green awnings
Join us this Final Fridays for the Read Across Lawrence kickoff party featuring an interactive installation inspired by this year’s book pick- Winter’s Bone by Daniel Woodrell! 100 copies of the book will be given away, so come early to grab your copy. We’ll also have two amazing Ozark bands: Americana Music Academy and the Hairy Vetch String Band (featured on the Winter’s Bone film soundtrack!). The Percolator is happy to team up with Lawrence Public Library and KU Libraries to kick off Read Across Lawrence (for more events go to: http://www.lawrence.lib.ks.us/news-events/read-across-lawrence/) and would like to thank Arborscapes for supplying branches for the installation. See you there to celebrate this gritty tale and the blue moon!
FIVE BAR / INGREDIENT (947 Massachusetts St.)
Join us at the brand new Five Bar (just to the north of Ingredient) on Final Friday for a live jazz combo with Lawrence based trumpeter, Tommy Johnson.
Blueprint (formerly the Tommy Johnson Band) plays from 7 until 10 pm
THE GRANADA (1020 Massachusetts St.)
AIMEE’S CAFE’ & COFFEE SHOP (1025 Massachusetts St.)
Works by Sheila McGuire
WATKINS COMMUNITY MUSEUM (1047 Massachusetts St.)
The Watkins celebrates the dramatic move of its Milburn Electric Car with a family-friendly party on Friday, August 31 from 6-8 PM.
When the Milburn car was moved from its second floor home of 37 years, it couldn’t just be rolled up the Watkins grand staircase. It received a custom-made rig to take it back out the front door, around the corner of 11th and Massachusetts and up into the air via crane before sliding carefully through a third floor window to its new spot.
To celebrate the Milburn’s move, the Watkins will stage Lawrence’s Longest Toy Car Racetrack on August 31, as part of the monthly Final Friday. Visitors are invited to bring their own Matchbox-style cars to race down the track set up on Watkins grand staircase. Photos of the Milburn’s journey will be on display, and museum staff and volunteers will be present to talk about the car’s history: its origins, its home at the museum and its most recent adventure.
It’s shaping up to be a good time. J Roger Spohn’s photography exhibit is still up in the staircase, and the impressive Ernst Ulmer painting “Blood-Stained Dawn” is on display in the new Quantrill’s Raid exhibit.
1109 GALLERY (1109 Massachusetts St.)
1109 Gallery is proud to present “Color Collision” featuring artists Sherrie Taylor and Pay Young in the large gallery. In addition, we have over 20 area artists in the small and main galleries. Sherrie’ paintings can only be described as colorful, imaginative and mystical. Sherrie lives a holistic lifestyle and incorporates that style into her work, whether through her art or through a healing session of Reiki. She practices daily meditations, proper nutrition, psychic development, and exercise in order to balance the mind, body, and spirit. Pat Young has been examining the boundaries of clay medium for years. Her work ranges from the practical to the amazing. For this show she will have all new pieces to share with patrons. Join us for Final Friday, August 31st, from 5-9pm for our opening reception.
While you are at 1109 Massachusetts, check out the mural in our alley created by summer of service students from area high school as well as Nick Schmiedler’s tractor seat bench.
FINAL FRIDAY EVENTS IN THE WAREHOUSE ARTS DISTRICT
THE INVISIBLE HAND GALLERY (846 Pennsylvania St.)
Aaron Marable: Domestic Bliss
Opens Final Friday August 31st 5-9pm
The Invisible Hand Gallery
846 Pennsylvania street
This show will run through August 29th.
Lawrence painter Aaron Marable has kept relatively quiet in recent years. After the birth of his first child a year and a half ago, his creative output slowed with the demands of parenthood. But he’s back at it with a new exhibition, Domestic Bliss, opening at The Invisible Hand Gallery on August 31.
The near-dozen paintings that make up the exhibition find Marable trying out some new things. He says he’s focusing more on color relationships than in his previous work, aiming for a subtle, refined palette. But Domestic Bliss also has him challenging his motives as a figurative painter.
“It’s less figurative and more about form and more poetic moments,” Marable says. “I’m trying to step away a little bit from the fussiness of what being a figurative painter can mean.”
With his move from strict figurative work, Marable strives to address several points in one piece. Though one would expect an exhibition titled Domestic Bliss to function as a portrait of familial happiness, Marables paintings contain subtle elements of darkness that reveal the complicated nature of parenthood.
“There’s always something slightly unsettling in the work, which is part in parcel with domesticity,” Marable says. “There’s the elation and joy of the day to day and watching this person develop. That bond is created in the most intense way, in a way that you’ve never known before. But then there’s also the other side of it. There’s frustration and there’s self-doubt. There are all these things that are still a part of it that doesn’t always get addressed by parents.”
FLASH SPACE (830 Pennsylvania St.)
A one-night-only exhibition of works by Matt Ridgway and Charles Ray will be open to the public in between SeedCo Studios and The Invisible Hand Gallery in the new Warehouse Arts District from 5 until 9 pm.
SeedCo STUDIOS (826 Pennsylvania St.)
The third installment of SeedCo’s monthly Open Studio & AfterOurs series invites the intrepid and art-curious to step off the beaten path to explore the wild and rugged terrain of East Lawrence and the newly established Warehouse Arts District. With the way illuminated by the second full moon in a month, even the most faint of heart can find their way from the bright lights of downtown Lawrence to see up close and ﬁrsthand the inner workings of SeedCo, a former industrial production warehouse facility currently being transformed into artist’s studios and workshops, with the capacity for live shows and performances. This effort, spear-headed by the
Fresh Produce Art Collective, focuses on explaining the processes and influences that develop and inform the various styles and vernacular of the resident artists. The evening will feature a showcase of local music by Whatever Forever
THEO’S MYSTIC ROBOT ORCHESTRA
The doors open at 6, with music starting at 7:30, and will continue late into the evening.
SeedCo Studio is located at 826 Pennsylvania in the Warehouse Arts District. For more information please check out the SeedCo page on Facebook.
SeedCo is made possible in part by the Gateway Brick Project, a community- funded public art work beneﬁtting the development of the Warehouse Arts District.
FINAL FRIDAY EVENTS IN SOUTH LAWRENCE
8 FLAVORS (2210 Iowa)
We at 8 Flavors proudly welcome our next FF artist Matthew Obrakta.
“This body of work is about observing natural processes and how they shape our world. This work has been created through the use of these natural elements. Water, air, earth, and sunlight and superimposed w/ organic and natural images. These elements will always play a part in our lives whether we are aware of them or not. The Earth is always here to draw inspiration from.”
See the difference.
Hear the difference.
Taste the difference @ 8 Flavors
(2210 Iowa) where every FF BEER is $1.5 choose from bud light, amstel light, tsing tao and 33 export.
ARTISTS WANTED for future Final Fridays!
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