Final Friday Events for August 2015

24 08 2015

Final Fridays began in August of 2010 through the cooperation of the Lawrence Arts Center, Downtown Lawrence Inc., The Lawrence Cultural Arts Commission and a wealth of artists, gallerists, art collectives and local businesses—as all saw the value of the arts in our city and an opportunity to bring them to a wider public through this monthly free arts festival.

Lawrence has one of the highest  percentages of working artists in the country per capita, and has long stood out in the Kansas landscape as a mecca for creative thought and energy. On the last Friday of every month (all year long!) from 5 until 9 pm, the streets of Downtown Lawrence erupt, storefronts convert into flash spaces, and performances and exhibits spill in and out of galleries and businesses.  Activities for kids, exhibitions designed to challenge adults, music, dance and theater for all ages are all within walking distance of each other.

Summer In The Psalms
Vintage Church
1501 New Hampshire St.

5pm to 9pm

Summer in the Psalms is an exhibit of spiritually inspired artwork created by 12 selected artist. Each artist creatively executed a Psalm from a sermon series presented at Vintage Church.

Exhibit Opening: Four Days In Cornville: The 1939 National Cornhusking Contest
Watkins Museum of History
1047 Massachusetts St.

5pm to 8pm

Join us at the Watkins Museum of History for a free Final Friday event celebrating the opening of our new exhibit. We will have refreshments, games, and a presentation by the National Agricultural Center and Hall of Fame at 7 PM.

August Final Friday at Phoenix Gallery
Phoenix Gallery and Pheonix Underground
825 Massachusetts St

5pm to 9pm

The Phoenix Gallery is proud to welcome local artists Robbin Loomas, Wendy Droge-Malm, HANG12 and local singer/songwriter Darrell Lea, in a sensational evening of art, entertainment and flavorful fare from Merchant’s Pub and Plate. Phoenix Gallery is pleased to display the work of HANG12, a curatorial board of high school students sponsored by the Lawrence Arts Center. This collective creates a Final Friday show each month that highlight viewpoints and ideas important to Lawrence. Not only do HANG12 members curate artwork by other high school students to fit the month’s theme or medium, they also create and display their own artwork at the Final Friday show. Each month, members work with a local artist or organization to collaborate on the final product, gaining skills from professionals in the process of constructing and maintaining a gallery show. This month’s show is titled “Masonite”, as artists were limited to an 18” x 24” piece of masonite to compose their artwork on. Robbin Loomas’ artistic expressions blend photography and painting. Digital painting is an emerging art form where traditional painting techniques and styles are applied using a computer, with each brushstroke applied individually by hand. “I consider the camera my sketchbook. When I look through the lens I see the beginning of a work of art. It is the bones on which to build,” says the award winning photographer and digital artist Robbin Loomas about her process. Loomas has her own photo studio in Lawrence and teaches this painting technique at the Lawrence Arts Center, Baker University and to professionals throughout the Midwest. Wendy Droge-Malm will be demonstrating a technique called polymer clay embroidery/applique that she uses to make jewelry, pens, and many other items. She is a polymer clay artist and a stay-at-home mom from Lawrence. She uses a technique where every tiny (miniscule) piece of clay is shaped by hand and then applied to a polymer clay cabochon with a needle, toothpick or other shaping tool. She will be demonstrating how to create peacocks, flowers, trees, etc. All of her creations are a labor of love. This Final Friday is sure to be a feast for your senses. In addition to viewing vivid art and hearing splendid music, Chef TK Peterson of Merchants Pub and Plate will feature a tantalizing treat from their special Downtown Lawrence Restaurant week menu. Merchants is a gastropub in Downtown Lawrence sourcing locally and serving 30 craft beers on draft.

The Phoenix Underground is excited to exhibit new artwork by local painter Brian Timmer and local sculptor Cathy Broski. Come hang out with the artists and enjoy their new pieces August 28th from5-9pm for the opening reception. Exhibition is up through September 23, 2015. BRIAN TIMMER BIO Brian Timmer has lived in Lawrence for ten years with fellow artist and wife, Betsy Timmer. Brian received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting from Western Michigan University in 2003. Currently, Brian works as freelance artist, non-profit community leader for Prodigal Collective and is the father of two young boys. As a painter, Brian gravitates toward an abstract expressionistic style while many of his recent commissions have challenged him to paint natural and representational subjects. The combination of spontaneous brush strokes and natural elements reflect a controlled chaos where mess and beauty collide. CATHY BROSKI BIO Figures, houses, boats and pottery are all vessels to contain things we hold dear, and sometimes those things we would cast off. I chose these forms to work with because they have several levels of meaning I find intriguing to explore. Every time I see these objects in a different environment, with a different story, they are thus reborn. “Each piece begins on the potter’s wheel or with slabs; they grow with the application of coils or additional slabs. After the overall form is created, I carve the surface and let it dry. Once the base color is applied and fired, I apply and wipe off a combination of terra sigillatas, slips, stains, and glazes, then fire again. This process is repeated until I achieve the desired effect. Since receiving my BFA from Kansas City Art Institute in 1990, I have worked in the ceramics field in many capacities”

Holding Up the Sky (Paintings by Janice Nabors Raiteri)
Merchant’s Pub
8th and Mass

5pm to 7pm

Holding Up the Sky Paintings by Janice Nabors Raiteri (Exhibition covering all three floors) Merchant’s Pub (8th and Mass) Final Friday Reception, August 28th 5 to 7pm

Katsutoshi Yuasa and Jon Swindler
Lawrence Arts Center
940 New Hampshire Street

5pm to 9pm

Katsutoshi Yuasa Printmaking connects the past and the future. Yuasa says, “Once we have lost something, we sometimes can’t remember what we have lost. It is easy to lose something vital in a moment. Last year, I visited a small town in the northeast of Japan which had suffered from the earthquake and tsunami in 2011. In this long sweep of razed, flat land, I couldn’t imagine there had even been a town in which people had lived. Also, it is very difficult to keep a feeling we have after a catastrophe. We have the gift of forgetting pain when it ends. We can’t keep everything in our minds, but we have things we have to remember. I make woodcut prints to hold memory, and it is my way of understanding and immortalizing everyday events as well as cataclysmic events. The memory and the materials are both present in a stratum of a print. A fragment of memory is very fragile, but in each woodblock print there is a clue for the future.”

Jon Swindler is an Associate Professor in the Lamar Dodd School of Art at the University of Georgia in Athens. Jon holds a B.F.A. from Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas an M.F.A. at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. Over the last several years, Jon has exhibited his work in numerous solo, competitive and invitational exhibitions both nationally and internationally.

Larissa Wilson | Domestic Bliss
Essential Goods
825 Massachusetts St

5pm to 9pm

For our August Final Friday Artwalk, Essential Goods is excited to welcome artist Larissa Wilson. Please join us at her opening reception for her show, Domestic Bliss, on Friday, August 28th from 5 to 9 pm to meet the artist and check out her new work! ::Artist Biography:: Larissa Wilson is a native Kansan, a BFA graduate from Fort Hays State University, and a long time resident of Lawrence. Her new series of assemblages seeks to elevate everyday household objects to sacred status. Salt and pepper shakers become religious icons. Tea strainer become alters. Button mandalas are made for meditation. They will bless the walls of Essential Goods until Wednesday, September 23rd, and after may find permanent places for devotion on the walls of your own home. Larissa may also be recognized for her hard working role as pastry chef at The Roost, a popular local breakfast spot, or as “Butternutsquash”, the name she uses at local art fairs and LOLA events. Larissa’s work will be up through September 23rd, 2015.

Joel Ramirez
Mana Bar
1111 Massachusetts St.

6pm to 9pm

An Exhibition of Work By Sarah Kunen
The Brewhaus
624 N 2nd St

6pm to 9pm

Artist Statement I focus primarily expressions of women’s sexuality, aggression, the expression of pain caused by disability and drug use. The goal is ultimately self-acceptance and openness, so that other people, by viewing my art, feel some relief. It is also meant to proactively express the women’s figure and emotions from the female point of view. In other words, men do not “own” female nude painting. I also investigate the divides between people and their understanding of the “other”. I explore illness, death, sex, and drugs. Most of this exploration is through distortion, expressive strokes, showing the process of creating art, (leaving in mistakes or changes in the painting), which demonstrates that mistakes and change are not bad, but part of the creative process in art and life. I explore the ideas of movement, which is a metaphor for the conflicting feelings and thoughts that occur throughout life. My paintings and drawings isolate the movements of humans and the inseparable relationship between moments in time. The work shows how the parts create the whole but the parts are also important, the steps which get people from point “a” to point “b” in their lives. I show the process and its relation to life, the mistakes made, the growth and development of both the art, artists, and life. Sarah Kunen

NEIL GOSS: “The Human RACE” / ALICIA KELLY: “Just Tell Me When”
Cider Gallery
810 Pennsylvania

5pm to 9pm

NEIL GOSS: “The Human RACE” Neil Goss lives in Lawrence, KS where he concentrates his work around natural Earth processes while responding to human impacts upon those processes. In 2012 he received two BFA’s in Design with concentrations in Textiles and Ceramics from the University of Kansas School of the Arts. Goss has focused the last 5 years of his life to researching and practicing sustainable arts processes such as natural dyeing, weaving (backstrap weaving), utilizing hand dug clay, and foraging art materials. Goss has studied with Dominique Cardon, Elena Phipps, Sachio Yashioka, Nilda Callanaupa Alvarez, Inge Norgaard and Michelle Whipplinger. Goss has taught workshops, completed public art installations and done artist talks from coast to coast in the United States. He currently is a practicing professional artist and teaches pottery and natural dyeing at the Lawrence Arts Center. Artist Statement: Black, brown, red, yellow, white…the human spectrum. We, the human race are made of natural earth minerals, nutrients and elements, the exact same ones that make up the earth and every life form that lives upon it. The same goes for the materials and colors that you see in this show, all being from the Earth. We, the human race are mere extensions of the earth, all individual and diverse. However, we are all here for the same reason – life. Just like the soils, vegetation and wildlife that strives to exist around our human presence. All of these things, and most of all including us, are interconnected; each individual making grand impact upon the larger workings of life, no matter how small or large the motion is. We are matter. We all matter. Everything matters. This is why, in this modern age of living and understanding, we must accept every “other” as our brother and sister. We must stop fencing out the “other.” We must stop being fearful of the “other”. I am proposing a new concept called “bio-race-centrism.” It is the belief that all soils, vegetation, wildlife, non-humans, and humans (of all colors) have inherent value in their life on Earth. Equality among all; the Earth is our connector. In a time when we are seeing such a grand continuation/re-emergence of racial and human inequality – of separation and misunderstanding – we must look to the Earth as our connector, as it creates us, sustains us and unites us. It doesn’t matter one’s color—we all look different and we are all different. Yet we are all the same, we are all made of the same earth stuff. We are the human race. We are all living until the end, waiting just like the soils, plants and wildlife to give our borrowed minerals, nutrients and elements back to Earth: an offering of thanks. ALICIA KELLY: “Just Tell Me When” Alicia Kelly was born and raised among the red dirt and wildflowers of northeastern Oklahoma. The country landscape and fauna of the midwest left a deep impression on Kelly that continues to inspire her artwork. Her love of paper developed alongside her love screen-printing and the spontaneous which lead her to the meditative practice of paper-cutting. Since receiving her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Printmaking(2010) from the University of Kansas, she has exhibited in numerous galleries, non-profit spaces and flash spaces. Venues include Stumptown Printers (Portland), Proyecto Ace (Buenos Aires, Argentina) and Hongik University (Seoul, South Korea). Artist Statement: With each breath, we absorb, decompress, and radiate life. My current cut paper installations play on the subtlety of our everyday rituals and how quickly they can evolve by our moment to moment decisions. Using paper as a kind of nostalgic vehicle, I aim to transport the viewer back to the familiarity of childhood and crafts. Playful in nature, along with loose mental plans of each mark, cut-out and segment, I recognize paper has a breathing personality-twisting, falling and bunching- in the way that is natural to itself. Placement of natural light and shadows, with contrast of draped cut-paper and screen printed patterns, my current practice allows for a conversational collision of textures between the natural and unnatural world. Palpable vs. Fabricated. The full cycle of material is also taken into consideration-the journey from tree to pulp to sheet. Tactility is important to my process while dancing with the delicacies of movement thru rhythmic mark making. A collector of the free- traded and recycled papers conduct each work, while I learn the language of each spontaneous pattern and respond accordingly. A pattern maker-a mediator- a hand that responds to altered surfaces.

Kaylyn Munro
Culinaria Food and Wine
512 East 9th Street

5pm to 9pm

Culinaria Food and Wine – 512 East 9th Street welcomes you to our Final Friday Supper Club and Art Exhibit Event, Friday, August 28th, 2015 Happy Hour Drinks & Snacks Food by Culinaria, Paintings by Kaylyn Munro (Exerpted from Lawrence Arts Center website) Kaylyn Munro studied art at the University of Kansas and graduated with a degree in Printmaking and Painting.  After a long hiatus from making art while practicing architecture, she returned to painting in 2009 and has focused on oil painting and monotype printmaking.  Her paintings have been shown in a number of open and juried exhibitions around the region.  Teaching oil painting at the Arts Center has been especially rewarding as Kaylyn thoroughly enjoys helping beginning and more advanced students learn how to work with this wonderful medium. Kaylyn  is attracted to the process in printmaking and painting.  She explores traditional oil painting techniques while working primarily with unusual perspectives and viewpoints of still life subject matter. She pushes the fundamental rules of composition, color theory and lighting to create images that are intriguing and compelling. Happy Hour cocktails, beer, and wine, and Take-Out food will be served from 5-8 pm. Artist Reception with cash bar from 8-9 pm. Art will be shown throughout the month of September and can be purchased at Final Friday, August 28th, Wine Club on September 16th (with reservation), by appointment most Tues/Thurs from 12-4 pm, and at our Supper Club Specialty Dinner, date TBA.

Resident Exhibition ::: Open Studios
SeedCo Studios
720 E 9th St #7

5pm to 9pm

Featuring Resident Artists: Felt Show Barrie Arachtingi Jesse Gray Erok Johanssen Kate Larson Brittany Long Brandon Mateer Landon Merrill Jeromy Morris Dani Ramirez Janice Raiteri Catherine Reed Jeremy Rockwell Elizabeth Rowley John Sebelius Karl Soukup Ryan Storck​ Kyla Strid Aaron Youngstrom ​Dana Wiseman Located within the Warehouse Arts District at 720 E 9th Street #7 in Lawrence, KS, this space is ideal for making, showing and engaging in all aspects of art. With 19 artist studios, a music recording operation and collaborative space/gallery, the potential for creating at all scales is practically limitless. SeedCo is envisioned as a creative factory/laboratory with each of the resident artists bringing their singular artistic identity and prowess to expand and delve deeper into conception and production. At the heart of this project is a conscious intent to transform post-industrial space into a fluent medium all its own, specifically designed to transcend temporal and spatial values and condense them to create a heightened sensory experience. A multi-disciplinary approach emphasizing cooperation, collaboration, and community involvement and encompassing elements from fine art, sculpture, graphic design and production, music and recording, fashion, construction, digital media, and street art, the scope of this endeavor is far-reaching, but the flavor is distinctly home-grown. With its placement in the center of historic redevelopment, SeedCo Studios has the chance to act as a catalyst for creative growth, not only in Lawrence proper, but radiating outward into the surrounding regional area and beyond.

Local Photographers
The Lawrence Community Photo Studio
720 E 9th st Suite 6

6pm to 10pm

A display of Local Photographers work in the area. Including some beautiful works from Leo Lutz

Marge Banks
Ten Thousand Villages – Lawrence
835 Massachusetts St

5pm to 9pm

Marge Banks is a retired art educator living in Lawrence, Kansas. Her art quilts are all based on Seminole Patchwork Patterns. Those patterns are assembled in non-traditional ways with non-traditional fabrics. Color and design play a huge role in the original dynamic designs. Marge uses a home sewing machine to piece and quilt and to occasionally incorporate machine applique.

Jenn Wilson
Tooter and Tillaye’s Home Goods
644 locust street

5pm to 9pm

Artist Jenn Wilson is our final Fridays featured artist, her vibrant ink and prisma color drawings done in art nouveau style.

Shelby Keierleber at Wonder Fair
Wonder Fair Gallery
803 1/2 Massachusetts St.

6pm to 10pm

This August, Wonder Fair presents the final exhibition at their original location, 803 Massachusetts, before their imminent move to 841 Mass. This August, Wonder Fair presents a new interactive, competitive exhibition by Shelby Keierleber, a favorite emerging artist from 2013’s “Young Woman Artists” Exhibition. In the gallery, Keierleber, a 2014 KU painting graduate, will install a regulation-sized ping pong table created entirely by the artist and playable by viewers. Keierleber’s installation will “play us out” through September 2015, when Wonder Fair moves to its new, larger, street-level location at 841 Massachusetts Street. To learn more about Keierleber and her work, visit

‘Ship of Fools’ || Works by Geoffrey Benzing
Henry’s Coffee Shop
11 East 8th

6pm to 9pm

‘Ship of Fools’ || Works by Geoffrey Benzing “Ship of Fools” is a collection of paintings that is so random that it is somewhat foolish. “Ship of Fools” includes paintings of ships as well as flying monks, owl playing cards, portraits, cats, mushrooms, and cathedrals. “Ship of Fools” is mostly watercolors with a few acrylics and some mixed media pieces that are cohesive in color and design with a wide range of subject matter. Artist Bio: Geoffrey Benzing is a local artist who has been a part of the Lawrence, Kansas community for over ten years. Geoff was born in 1975, studied Art at WSU, and by trade is a professional artist, and groundskeeper. He works in series. He has developed several styles that vary in character, and technique. Geoff has been an artist his whole life; He’s consistently encourged by his family, And accelled in Art and Design during his Academic career at WSU. He began showing his work in galleries and coffee houses in 2001. He has several upcoming shows including a show at the Hutchinson Art Center. Watercolor and acrylic paintings make up the bulk of Geoff’s work, and artists that inspire him are Gustav Klimpt, Steven Quiller, Salvador Dali, and Simon Bisely.

Gypsy Market
Illusion Glass
313 E 8th St

5pm to 9pm

Local artists vending handmade goods, and live glass blowing demonstrations.

Composer at work
Lawrence Arts Center
940 New Hampshire Street

5pm to 9pm

Artistic Director Ric Averill will be in the lobby composing music for this fall’s production of A Midnight Visit to the Grave of Poe: A Grotesque Arabesque. Watch Ric as he creates this original score. See the creative process in action and ask questions.

Tease it to Jesus: A portfolio of Dolly Parton prints
Lawrence Arts Center
940 New Hampshire Street

5pm to 9pm

“””Tease it to Jesus”” is a portfolio of 35 printed portraits of Dolly Parton, designed and printed by some of the nation’s finest printmakers and organized by Smokey Road Press.

The portfolio includes artists John Hitchcock, Sage Perrott, Erika Adams, Kathryn Polk, Andrew Polk, Brett Anderson, Emily Cummings, Samantha Mosby Belcher, John Hancock, Margot Ecke, Raluca Iancu, Yoonmi Nam, Lily Smith-Kirkley, Katherine Woolhouse, Jamie Karolich, Jen Scheuer,Shelly DiCello Ahern, Heather O’Hara, Jay Jarvis, John Stidham, Sean P. Morrissey, Justin Plakas, Rhonda Ratray, Linda Lucía Santana, Asuka Ohsawa, Rory Sparks, Dan Hood, Beth Schaible, Eleanor Annand, Johanna Mueller, Zoë Klosterboer, Jay Fox, Emily Arthur, Maren Munoz, Emily Adams and Jason Burnett.

This exhibit is part of Lawrence Print Week. a collaborative project with the Lawrence Arts Center, Wonder Fair Gallery, the University of Kansas Printmaking Program.”

Grace Chin – Find a place you trust and then try trusting it for a while
The Bourgeois Pig
6 E. 9th St.

5pm to 9pm

This show takes its title from a list of rules for young artists written by Sister Corita Kent, printmaker and activist. Much of my work takes inspiration from her approach to making: intentionally accessible (while still challenging a viewer) and playful. My work is inextricably tied to my passion for intersectional feminism and fighting negative forces – both political and personal – with words. I sincerely believe in the power of internalizing & imbibing positive messages. In particular, I’m in search of pithy, compelling statements that can live with and empower a person daily.

Born in Hollywood, CA, Grace D. Chin has lived on both coasts, but is currently happily based in Lawrence, KS. She graduated from the University of Kansas’ printmaking program in 2012.

She works in a variety of media including printmaking, drawing, and paper-sculpture. Recently, her work has taken the form of wreaths with hand-sculpted paper flowers and hand-cut paper text. Her work is feminist by design and often deals with themes of race and gender.”

716 Massachusetts St

5pm to 9pm

Artist and Poet Karl Dean:
As an artist and a writer, I strive for balance. It is essential not only in the aesthetics, but in life itself. As a poet foremost, I elect to intertwine color and emotion with my words. To bring those elements together in a certain symmetry allows the viewer to observe with an appreciation at any angle, which affords a more powerful and spoken piece. To reach the viewer’s emotions is of importance to me. Knowing I conveyed a message and touched someone’s heart in an uplifting manner is of the utmost fulfillment; so what better perspective than balance…

Progressive Preview of Restaurant Week Event

Downtown Lawrence Inc., prepares for Lawrence’s’ second annual Downtown Lawrence Restaurant Week with a sneak peek progressive preview event this Friday, August 28th.

The preview event is part of the Final Fridays Art Walk that takes place on the last Friday of each month in Downtown Lawrence. Participating Downtown Lawrence Restaurant Week restaurants are pairing with select Downtown Lawrence, Inc. retail members to showcase a special item from their upcoming Lawrence Restaurant Week menu. Final Fridays shoppers can enjoy exclusive access to free samples of Downtown Lawrence Restaurant Week dishes, but there are a limited number of samples available so plan to arrive early! Select retailers are also partnering with Crown Distributors to sample new craft beers available from Lagunitas, Boulevard and Kansas Territory.

The Final Fridays Progressive Preview event will feature:

  • Merchants Pub + Plate at Phoenix Gallery – 825 Massachusetts
  • The Burger Stand at Foxtrot – 823 Massachusetts
  • TEN Restaurant at The Eldridge at J. Lynn Bridal – 731 Massachusetts
  • 715 Restaurant at Eccentricity – 716 Massachusetts
  • Fuzzy’s Taco Shop at Fortuity – 809 Massachusetts
  • Wa Japanese & Sushi at Hobbs – 700 Massachusetts
  • Ramen Bowls at Laugh Out Loud Family Zone – 1000 Massachusetts (entrance on E. 10th)
  • Ingredient at Marks Jewelers – 817 Massachusetts
  • The Mad Greek at Saffees – 911 Massachusetts
  • Genovese at Essential Goods – 825 Massachusetts (lower level under Phoenix Gallery)