Final Friday: August 26,2016

22 08 2016

Events for July 29, 2016

5:00 until 9:00 pm (unless otherwise noted)

Final Fridays are made possible by support from the City of Lawrence

Here’s a quick list of participating venues in alphabetical order with further details below:

  • THE BOURGEOIS PIG (6 E. 9th St.)
  • CIDER GALLERY (810 Pennsylvania St.) Warehouse Arts District
  • THE ENCLAVE (624 N 2nd Street) North Lawrence
  • ESSENTIAL GOODS (825 Massachusetts St.)
  • THE GREENHOUSE CULTURE (1001 Massachusetts St)
  • HENRY’S COFFEE SHOP + BAR (11 East 8th St.)
  • MANA BAR (1111 Massachusetts St.)
  • THE PERCOLATOR (913 Rhode Island St.-yellow building in the alley)
  • PHOENIX GALLERY (825 Massachusetts St.)
  • PHOENIX UNDERGROUND (825 Massachusetts St.)
  • SEEDCO STUDIOS (720 E 9th St.)
  • TEN THOUSAND VILLAGES (835 Massachusetts St.)
  • WATKINS MUSEUM OF HISTORY (1047 Massachusetts Street)
  • WONDER FAIR (841 Massachusetts St.)

    THE BOURGEOIS PIG (6 E. 9th St.) 6:00 to 9:00 P.M.

    Rosemary Murphy: Works on Paper

    Rosemary Murphy has spent several decades documenting the Kansas landscape through all seasons. In this series of small works on paper, she draws from the rural Douglas County area in which she lives. Murphy creates intimate vignettes of the landscape, meditations on small moments presented through the natural world.

    Rosemary Murphy is a retired art teacher, having taught at every level from elementary to college in public and private institutions. She has created stained glass window designs for a number of churches and spaces throughout the United States, and her paintings are in private collections across the country.

    CIDER GALLERY (810 Pennsylvania St.) 6:00 to 9:00 P.M.

    Jen Unekis: Playing With Pauses

    From the artist: I was born in Los Angeles, the middle child of three. We had a house with citrus trees, a pool, trampoline and playhouse. When I was 4 we moved to an abandoned farmhouse in a rural area north of Topeka, and I would spend my youth entrenched in a struggling life on a farm. My family fell apart as I became an adolescent and I would move to across the country over the next few years (attending three different high schools in three years). Finally I landed back in Kansas, moved to Lawrence and enrolled in KU. Originally creating works in clay and slowly transitioning from multimedia sculptural pieces to paint.

    On the farm, I remember loving the rusty farm equipment and texture of the many layers of painted plaster and wallpaper. I find many of those same elements still attract me in my painting. A fine crumbling cracked line, a broken edge, a burnished surface with accidental combinations of textures and layers of color. Working in acrylic, oil-stick and graphite on board I am inspired by the unexpected. The pooling of watery color up against an inky line, or the way fine sketchy graphite marks can be obscured by paint yet still hold your interest. Images that feel out of place in a literal world yet still find their place in the world of abstraction. A piece that knows all of its off-balance flaws and embraces them. A piece with its own personality.


    Lawrence Art Guild Association’s 2016 All Member’s Show

    The Lawrence Art Guild (LAG) is pleased to announce the Lawrence Art Guild Association’s 2016 All Member’s Show. This is the first All Member’s Show we have had since the closing of the LAG 1109 Gallery. The show is at the Ecumenical Campus Ministries (ECM). Join us Final Friday, August 26th, at the ECM from 5:00-9:00 for a reception.


    The Enclave – Open Studio – Final Fridays in Lawrence Over the Bridge

    The Enclave is a relatively new incubator, laboratory and studio that has a number artists in residence.

    This is the first collaborative venture of its kind over the bridge and we have planted the Final Fridays flag in N. Lawrence.

    We are opening the studio once again to any Final Fridays enthusiasts.

    ESSENTIAL GOODS (825 Massachusetts St.)

    Gatherings by Leana Fischer

    Essential Goods is excited to present “Gatherings” by artist Leana Fischer! Please join us opening night on Friday, August 26th from 5pm to 9 pm to see a collection of new works by Leana. In addition to our Final Fridays opening reception, Essential Goods will also be celebrating its 3rd birthday at 825 Massachusetts! To honor the occasion, we will have The Czech as a live DJ (of KJHK, The Box Set and Darkwave) throughout the Final Fridays opening reception, as well as refreshments and treats. Please join us!

    Leana Fischer grew up in Virginia and moved to Arkansas with her husband in 2013. Her undergraduate studies were in the field of architecture and she has practiced architectural design professionally since graduating in 2009. In the past couple of years, she has branched her design skills in a more artistic direction. With a love for drawing and watercolor, she creates paintings and illustrations made simply to delight. Her subjects range from nature and landscapes to playful animals dressed like hipsters. With each piece, she strives to share those things that resonate with us all; glimpses of beauty, natural rhythms, every day wonders. She finds that the more she paints these little discoveries, the more she finds them. Though minimal, crisp, and sophisticated, her style maintains a sense of playfulness that gives her work a fresh, unique quality.

    Her current exhibit, “Gatherings,” is a collection of botanical watercolor illustrations inspired by the seasons. Her show will run through the month of September.


    Fall for Art

    VICKI VORMEHR Vicki Vormehr is a highly sought after artist from the Midwest. Her dedication to photo-realistic quality, and mastering the subtle change of light in her work, set her apart from all other artists in her field. Vicki graduated from the University of Kansas with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. Vicki’s paintings have achieved international attention and award winning acclaim. Vicki’s subjects include paintings of scenes on college campuses, Western art, motorcycle themes, landscapes, pet portraits and artwork to decorate children’s rooms. Vicki uses the finest professional quality paints and canvases for her paintings. Vicki has done watercolor paintings her whole life but has enjoyed trying other mediums including oils. She has taken oil painting classes at the Kansas City Art Institute and has enjoyed painting many canvases in a variety of subject matter. One of the most popular paintings are the custom pet portr aits. With warmth and a sense of humor matching her artistic ability, Vicki’s painting capture the spirit of the American experience.

    LETA STROM BACKDOOR PHOTOS During her travels with her husband Steve, Leta Strom utilized traditional and modern photographic techniques to create canvas pieces that capture the charm and distinctiveness of various locales in Italy, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Czech Republic, and Slovakia. Her photo company, “Backdoor Photo,” takes its name from the approach that Steve and Leta chose in planning their European adventure. Rather than visiting a great many large cities, they chose to enter the countries through the ‘backdoor,’ wandering along winding cobblestone streets, becoming lost in the centuries-old charm of the villages and falling in step with the daily lives of locals. It is Leta’s hope that as you view her photos, you may become lost in the enchanting appeal of these European spots. Leta Strom has been involved in the Arts and working with young people for over twenty-five years. She taught high school drama and students with spec ial needs. L eta resides in Lawrence, Kansas with her husband, Steve, and enjoys spending time with her daughters, Lauren and Kristin.

    PEGGY MOHR Though new to acrylic painting, Peggy has expressed her creativity in many ways since young. Music, dance and sewing were a major part of her growing up years, yet she always wanted to paint. She transferred to KU in 1975, graduated, married and raised her children in Lawrence, KS., where she currently resides with her husband, Larry. She worked for a local water color artist for many years yet never tried painting for herself. In 2008 she divinely came across a sketch she had done of her “brother’s mind” when she was in junior high, in Southern California. This was the kick she needed to pursue art for herself. After taking various classes at the art center she made the decision to focus on painting. For her, this had been a growing process, releasing a renewed love of the arts and gratefulness to God for His faithful “nudging”.

    MADELINE TOLLEFSON began painting in watercolor in 1990, to fill the void when 4 children and 3 foster children began college or married life, and to renew an interest pursued before her marriage. She has studied continuously with Ellen Duncan (KWS, CWS, AWS) of Lecompton, Kansas. She paints weekly with the ‘Tuesday Artists”, also at Lecompton. She maintains a private home studio. Additionally, she has studied in workshops presented by Doug Walton, Tony Couch, Eric Wiegardt and Karlyn Holman, and numerous others. Goals are to glorify God and give joy with her watercolors, and to encourage others to pursue art at any age. Dreams include being a credit to her great-aunt, Fern Coppedge, who before her death in 1955 was a charter member of the ‘Philadelphia Ten’ women impressionists group. Madeline’s paintings hang in several private homes and in area businesses.,

    THE GREENHOUSE CULTURE (1001 Massachusetts St) 6:00 to 9:00 P.M.

    J. Prescott Photography; Musician John Benda

    Join us at 10th & Mass for art and music, featuring J. Prescott Photography and John Benda.

    Every picture tells a story. It is also true that there is a story behind every picture. As a resident of De Soto, Kansas since 1993, Joseph Prescott started telling stories through his photographs in 2000. His interest in photography dates well before that and even includes the excitement of watching a Polaroid (yup – remember those days?) image develop right before your eyes. With the advent of digital photography, Joseph was comfortable that he could do the requisite “practice” that he was sure it would take for him to achieve a level of satisfactory competence without going broke. Either way a picture is simply a result of the actual experience. One of his favorite stories behind the picture – High Falls, Chateaugay, NY, received honorable mention from Exhibition Without Walls, an online peer review. He has also been contacted by a Colorado website requesting images and permission to use them.

    John Benda is a rock/punk drummer turned sometimes singer/songwriter. He lives in Lawrence, KS and is quite pleased with that fact.

    HENRY’S COFFEE SHOP + BAR (11 East 8th St.) 6:00 to 9:00 P.M.

    Hold My Hand by Kyra Gross

    Join us for the last Final Friday of the summer and feast your eyes on the incredible work of Kyra Gross. Hold My Hand features beautiful, surreal fiber works that will inspire your imagination.

    Showing through the month of September

    Statement from the Artist: A tentative title for this body of work was, “The Effects of Watching Too Much Steven Universe on My Work.” If you’ve watched Steven Universe you would understand the connection; quasi-genderless, binary-breaking, heartfelt, pastel clad characters dominate the show. I honestly believe that these characteristics unconsciously bled over into this body of work. There are characters present, but their gender and identity aren’t nearly as important as what they are trying to say. Tears spill out of faces and masked bandits hold hands and don’t let go. All of these feelings are amplified by the materials that I chose. Fibers are so sensual it’s disgusting; patterns and textures are piled onto one another to create a “soft” space. While working with fibers it is so easy to mess around with the notions of masculinity and femininity. Using a “feminine” task such as stitching, while also using “masculine” symbols challenges the viewer’s perception of fibers, and fiber artists. This playful combination of masculine/feminine motifs and materials in order to create honest emotions and moments is why I care about this work (& Steven Universe).

    MANA BAR (1111 New Hampshire St.) 6:00 to 8:00

    Mike Adams

    Join us at the opening exhibition for our featured artist for the month of September: Mike Adams

    One of Mike’s music projects will be performing at the opening as well: New Hypnotic School Sessions.

    Music begins at 6:30 p.m.

    Snacks will be provided and as always, we will be serving the finest kava kava, kombucha, artisan teas, and coffee.

    THE PERCOLATOR ARTSPACE (913 Rhode Island St.-yellow building in the alley)

    “Cloth, strong, color : hand dyed fabric”

    Beautifully hand dyed fabric by KH & Irene Tsuneta

    PHOENIX GALLERY (825 Massachusetts St.) 5:00 to 9:00 P.M.

    This August, Phoenix Gallery is pleased to feature the work of artists Susan Martin, Doug Sheafor of AlBo Glass and painter Janice Raiteri for our Final Friday Art Walk. Enjoy the music performance of Tallgrass Collective, a four piece singer songwriter band bringing us tunes from Cajun to bluegrass. There will be food and beverages provided.

    Susan Martin Designs:

    Susan Martin, a native Kansan, currently lives and creates in a small lake community in Bonner Springs, Kansas. Having left a career in the fashion industry to raise her family, Susan returned to her passion of design & fashion. She studied jewelry making in Kansas City and started designing leather wrap bracelets with pearls, crystals and metal. Her inspiration to create jewelry comes from a belief that jewelry should complement the woman – her skin, her eyes and her individual style. Susan does this by searching for beautiful gemstones like labradorite, moonstone, garnet, chalcedony and druzy agates. Coupling the gemstones with hammered metal, leather and chain, Susan’s designs are modern and affordable. Susan now has a full line of jewelry that reflects a woman’s unique style and compliments her life.

    AlBo Glass:

    AlBo glass is a family well known for production of glass forms. Doug and Bo Sheafor and children, Bram, Nathan, and Alison, are among the few families in the USA who enjoy getting together over a pot of molten crystal.

    “Our main goal at AlBo Glass is to produce beautiful, functional and sometimes funky objects to beautify our customers’ homes with affordable glass art. We also produce one of kind sculptural pieces. We never cease to take delight in the vibrant colors available and the way glass can magically capture and transmit light in a brilliant palette of colors.”

    Janice Raiteri:

    Janice Nabors Raiteri (whose maiden name, by the way, is Lawrence) recently moved back and will perhaps proudly discover she is distantly related to one of this city’s founders. Originally from Memphis, she says that her art changed direction in 2005, the day she turned an old carriage house on Indiana into a rustic studio. Creativity seems to be in the air here in Lawrence, the place she says has always felt like home.

    Janice presently teaches contemporary history and writing for an online university when she is not working at her studio at Seedco Studios, or helping her husband, Charles, rehab their craftsman bungalow on Mass. In the past, she has been Writer-in-Residence for the Mississippi Arts Commission, tutored at the University of Mississippi, taught in public schools and community colleges in Memphis, and for many years, was a real estate broker and appraiser in the Memphis area. Several of her short stories have been published in various literary magazines, and a screenplay she co-wrote with Charles was optioned by an agent in Hollywood.

    She says of her artwork, “I think…in ink…working with inks and watery-fluid acrylics on paper and artboards. My orgastracts evolve organically. The painting is an unfolding mystery. Sometimes I am ecstatic over the outcome. Others, well…more tearings for future collages!”

    In the past, she has taken a number of courses at Memphis College of Art, painted for a decade with artist Persi Johnson, and attended many workshops around the country led by nationally acclaimed artists. Over the years, Janice enjoyed having solo shows and gallery representation not only here in Lawrence, but also in Memphis (TN), Portland (OR), and Oxford (MS), in addition to an eye-opening stint as a fine art gallery curator.

    PHOENIX UNDERGROUND (825 Massachusetts St.)

    Merge: Phoenix Underground Presents New Works by Matt Tucker

    This Final Friday, Phoenix Underground is pleased to present “Merge,” an exhibition of artworks by local photographer Matt Tucker. Join us opening night for a chance to meet the artist and to view a beautiful display of nature inspired works. The opening reception will be Friday, August 26, from 5:00-9:00 PM and will be on display through the month of September.

    “When I moved from Alaska to Kansas last summer, people often asked me what I would take pictures of. Vincent Van Gogh said, “If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere.” I have found this quote to be fitting many times in my life. Beauty really is everywhere if we slow down and tune into our surroundings.

    During my first year here I have been particularly drawn to the rustic, Americana scenes, and to the splendidly, contrasting colors of fall. Stories and emotions seep from the old barns and homesteads, just as they seep from the vibrant, fall foliage that commonly surround them.

    The title of this exhibit, “Merge”, embodies many connotations: the Midwest, where east meets west; my transition from Alaska to Kansas; metal prints and matted prints; past meets present. “Merge” represents a small portion of the beauty I have been drawn to during my first year in Kansas. The words of Van Gogh ring in my ears as I settle into life here in the lovely city of Lawrence!”

    Matt Tucker is a self-taught photographer now living in Lawrence, Kansas. Extensive travel in North America, as well as occasional visits to Latin America and Southern Africa, has allowed him to build a diverse portfolio. Matt strives to see the natural world with fresh, curious eyes. Nature triggers intense, emotional responses within him, and he aims to convey these emotions in his artwork.

    SEEDCO STUDIOS (720 E 9th St.)

    SeedCo (Open) Studios

    • Featuring resident artists:
    • Felt Show
    • Lori Andersen
    • Jesse Gray
    • Erok Johanssen
    • Cassie Jones
    • Maria Martin
    • Brandon Mateer
    • Jeromy Morris
    • Javy Ortiz
    • Rolf Petermann
    • Dani Ramirez
    • Janice Raiteri
    • Catherine Reed
    • Jeremy Rockwell
    • Elizabeth Rowley
    • John Sebelius
    • 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 18 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, construct ion, digital me dia, and street art, the scope of this endeavor is far-reaching, but the flavor is distinctly home-grown. SeedCo Studios is a catalyst for creative growth, not only in Lawrence proper, but radiating outward into the surrounding regional area and beyond.

    STANDARD ELECTRIC TATTOOING (19 West 19th St.) 6:00 to 11:00 P.M.


    Jarod Hackney

    Displaying acrylic ink on watercolor paper.


    Composer and photographer Paul Rudy teams up with Summit’s Steps Minerals in a perfect pairing of stones and images.

    Artist’s statement: In late fall and early winter of 2014/2015 I began taking night photos on my property at Harmony Farm in northeast Kansas. Photos of the night sky, sometimes with the moon as a backdrop, began revealing many different kinds of orbs, shapes, and configurations I had never seen before. I also noticed that my breath found its way into them as well, creating designs that inspire my imagination. My breath mirrors the night skies…or is it the night skies mirroring my breath? Some of what is happening in these photos I can explain. Other aspects are simply mysterious and magic. The invisible manifests as inner microscopic realms become visible when they collide with the outside world, freezing in a moment on the cold winter air.

    TEN THOUSAND VILLAGES (835 Massachusetts St.) 5:30 to 9:00 P.M.

    Arcilia Gonzalez KANSAS OUTDOORS

    “I am going into my senior year as an art major at the University of St. Mary in Leavenworth. I wanted to devote this summer to drawing landscapes that would show the beautiful hidden scenery of Kansas. While I have experience in other mediums, I am taking this time to develop my skill with messy dark charcoal. My goal is to try to capture as much detail as I can in a charcoal drawing. I also draw on canvas to capture the simple landscape. I do commissioned drawings of specific landscapes and scenery. I hope my drawings give viewers ideas of places they know that re hidden in Kansas. My love is detail and nature is full of them. I hope my art spreads this message.”

    WATKINS MUSEUM OF HISTORY (1047 Massachusetts Street) 5:00 TO 9:00 P.M., Presentation at 7:00 PM

    The Great War at 100: The KU WWI Centennial Commemoration

    From 1914 to 1918, the world was torn apart by war, and this conflict has influenced global events to the present day. Now scholars at the University of Kansas are leading a four-year commemoration featuring lectures, readings, and social media projects about World War I.

    For our August Final Friday, the Watkins will host a presentation on the KU WWI Centennial Commemoration by several of the experts involved, including KU’s own Lorie Vanchena, Nathan Wood, and Drew Burks. They will detail the commemorative project itself as well as their own research into the war’s effects in Eastern Europe.

    Join us at Final Friday to learn more about this crucial conflict and local efforts to remember it. For more information on the KU WWI Centennial Commemoration, visit

    WONDER FAIR (841 Massachusetts St.) 6:00 TO 10:00 p.m.

    FRESH INK Annual Juried Print Show at Wonder Fair

    Hot off the press! This August, Wonder Fair’s gallery will feature work by twenty-one hot-blooded, inky-finger’d, muscly-armed printmakers for Fresh Ink, our third annual juried print show. Curated by Katie Baldwin (printmaker, book artist, and Assistant Professor of Printmaking at University of Alabama-Huntsville), Fresh Ink is a manifestation of Wonder Fair’s foundational purpose: to establish Lawrence as a preeminent center for creative print culture in the United States, and to highlight the importance of printed matter in the world entire.

    Exhibiting artists:

    Kristi Arnold | Diana Behl | Ruben Castillo | Mary Gordon | Alexandra Janezic | Andrew Kosten | Rachel Livedalen | Amanda Maciuba | Jon Mahnke | Adrienne Miller | Sean P. Morrissey | Ashley Nason | Edie Overturf | Melissa Schulenberg | Nicole Shaver | Hannah Skoonberg | Sarah Smelser | Mike Sonnichsen | Greg Stone | Ken Wood | Cameron York