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. From 5 until 9 pm on the last Friday of the month from February through November, 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.
5:00 until 9:00 pm (unless otherwise noted)
Final Fridays are made possible by support from the City of Lawrence
THE BOURGEOIS PIG (6 E. 9th St.) 6:00 to 9:00 P.M.
Recent Sledge Hammer Paintings…
Prop Will Demonstrate Technique @Opening…
Free Hot Dogs.
The Brewhaus (624 N 2nd Street) 6:00 to 9:00 P.M.
Jennifer’s work is unique and eclectic, and The Brewhaus is happy to be hosting an opening for her as part of the Final Fridays program.
Jen grew up in Ohio, where she was an avid athlete until she graduated from high school.
She has a BA in Spanish and Studio Art, with an emphasis in sculpture and drawing, from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin. She also earned her MA in Hispanic Literature and Culture from The University of Kansas.
She has taught in Spain as well as the States and has traveled around Europe, including recently completing the Camino de Santiago, a 500 mile trek across Spain.
She works with anything ranging from digital to ducting metal and enjoys experimenting with new styles and techniques. She has been living and making art in Lawrence for the past five years.
ECCENTRICITY (716 Massachusetts St)
Artist and Poet Karl Dean
Artist’s Statement: 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…
ESSENTIAL GOODS (825 Massachusetts St.)
We look forward to welcoming illustrator and author Johanna Wright for our March Final Friday Art Walk! Please join us at her opening reception from 5 to 9 pm, where we will have a selection of her original works on display, as well as prints of originals available. Her work will show through April 27th.
About the Artist…I was born in Eugene, Oregon in the shadow of some very big and beautiful trees. I studied puppetry and children’s book illustration at Evergreen State College and moved to Brooklyn, NY shortly thereafter.
Most of my 20’s were spent in New York, working as a Christmas elf, a cupcake froster, a batik shirt maker, a painting assistant for a large scale painted backdrop company, and a postcard painter on the streets of Manhattan. All while trying to break into the world of children’s book publishing (and eating lots of questionable street cart food). I landed my first children’s book deal in 2007. It really did feel like the music swelling movie scene I’d always imagined it to be, complete with slow motion high fiving and general chicken-dance freaking out.
Luckily enough, I’m now a full-time author and illustrator. It’s the best job in the world and one that I’ve dreamed of since I was a kid. Not only do I get paid to make a mess and make up stories but I now have a perfectly reasonable excuse for staring off into space for long minutes.
These days I live in Portland, Oregon with one super husband, two young kiddos, and two shockingly soft and fuzzy kitties.
EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL & BALSAMIC VINEGAR TASTING SHOP (937 Mass. St.)
“Art of Spring”, artwork by Kathleen Anderson, Laurie Culling, Leta Strom, Peggy Mohr, Madeline Tollefson.
Kathleen Anderson is a Lawrence resident who has been painting in watercolor and oil for the past 14 years. She loves color in all its brilliance and subtleties with subject matter that includes landscapes, city scenes, seascapes, flowers and animals. She is a member of the Lawrence Art Guild, the Greater Kansas City Art Association, and the Missouri Valley Impressionist Society. Her work hangs in private and corporate collections and has been displayed in 1109 Gallery in Lawrence, SouthWind Gallery in Topeka, and Images Gallery, Buttonwood Gallery, and ARTichokes Gallery in the Kansas City area. www.kathleenhelenanderson.com, www.artkc.com/anderson_k.htm
Laurie Culling is a visual artist and active visual artists’ advocate, living in Lawrence. Ranging in style from realistic to abstract, her art explorations feature a variety of mediums including acrylic on canvas, mixed media on gypsum, monotypes, watercolor, pastels, hand-made paper collage, fabric and beads. Her artwork has been exhibited locally, regionally and nationally and she has received numerous awards including Lawrence’s prestigious Phoenix Award in Visual Arts (2002). Her works are in many private, public and corporate collections. Laurie is a former Lawrence Art Guild co-president and vice-president, the co-founder of the Phoenix Gallery (1982), a founding member of the F.A.N. Club (1987) and Artist for the Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center (1988). Laurie volunteered as art exhibit coordinator on behalf of the Lawrence Art Guild for the Lawrence Public Library for 20 years. She was the volunteer Assistant Director of the Lawrence Art Guild ‘s 1109 GALLERY in Downtown Lawrence. www.laurieculling.com, www.convergenceart.com, www.lawrenceartguild.org
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. Leta 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”. http://peggymohr.com
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. www.bymadeline.com, www.artprintexpress.com/artist-Madeline-Tollefson-33.html
HANK CHARCUTERIE (1900 Massachusetts Street) 6:00 to 9:00 P.M.
Boxing Show-paintings by Michael Schliefke
‘The Boxing Show’ features work from the latest series of paintings from Kansas City painter Michael Schliefke. Combining his love of thick, expressive strokes with figurative imagery, ‘The Boxing Show’ features oil paintings and charcoal drawings of boxers, reflecting on themes of conflict, introspection, and dynamic compositions.
Michael Schliefke paints in his studio in downtown Kansas City, Missouri. He also curates a number of large group shows throughout the year, with ‘The Game Show’ opening in July, 2016 in the River Market Neighborhood. Featuring game show themed art from over 30 KC and national artists, the art event will also feature a live game show comprised of games built by participating artists. Michael lives with his girlfriend Elizabeth, a graduate student in Geography and Urban Planning at KU along with their two cats, Vincent and Theo. More information about Michael, his work and upcoming shows can be found at schliefkevision.com
HENRY’S COFFEE SHOP + BAR (11 East 8th St.) 6:00 to 9:00 P.M.
Now I am become Death || Works by Dennis Cook
Henry’s is delighted to present this March Final Fridays-
‘Now I am become Death’, new works by Dennis Cook
Opening: Friday, March 25th 6-9 pm
Statement from the Artist:
We knew the world would not be the same. A few people laughed, a few people cried, most were silent. I remembered the line from Hindu scripture, the Bhagavad-Gita…’Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.’”
-J. Robert Oppenheimer
The first pictures that we know of were painted on the walls of caves forty thousand years ago. A lot has happened between then and now, for better or worse. We have learned a lot, applied that knowledge to build a lot, and then worked very hard to weaponize that collective knowledge in an effort to destroy our accomplishments, as well as our only home. But why must our achievements be exploited for profit or weaponry? Could it be that we are connected to all things in the universe and not at the center of it? Is the operating model for the success of our species and our planet to act out of fear of the other or to act out of love and understanding of all things? God…what god? What color is that damn dress, really? These are big questions, the answers to which will probably not be found hanging on the walls of a coffee shop. Time is a flat circle, and here we are again back at the beginning…looking at pictures on walls. Come look at the pretty colors.
LAWRENCE PERCOLATOR (913 Rhode Island) 5:00 to 9:00 P.M.
“Heating up: Artists Respond to Climate Change” opens on Final Friday, March 25, 2016, 5 – 10pm, at the Lawrence Percolator! The Percolator is located in the alley east of New Hampshire St. between 9th St. and 10th St., behind the Lawrence Arts Center. The opening will feature three brief performances. At 7 and 9 pm, Robert Baker will read poetry by Langston Hughes and the band Ovaries-eez will perform. At 8 pm, local poets Dennis Etzel, Sandy Hazlett, Denise Low, Topher Enneking, and Mary Wharff will read from their poetry, and Doug Hitt will share about his coauthored book A Kansas Bestiary. The exhibit runs March 25 – April 23 and is open Saturdays and Sundays, noon – 5pm. http://bit.ly/1ngBiuv
Exhibiting artists include: Marin Abell, Angie Babbit, Rena Detrixhe, Jill Ensley, Neil Goss, Lisa Grossman, Eleanor Heimbaugh, Nancy Hubble, Lora Jost, Dave Loewenstein, Justin Marable, Nancy Marshall, Molly Murphy, Laura Ramberg, Hirsuta Pilosa, Michelle Rogne, Kent Smith, Damia Smith, Sara Taliaferro, Garret Tufte, David Titterington, Nicholas Ward, Ethan Candyfire, Georgia Kennidee Rikie Boyer, Kyuss Hala, Kayla Kent, Cleta LaBrie, Lori Hasselman, Alyx Stephenson, Geraldine Emily Walsey, Katie Manuelito, and KT Walsh. Three teams of the following artists have created collaborative works: Samuel Balbuena, Matthew Burke, Cameron Pratte, Vi Stenzel, and Cortney Wise; Amanda Monaghan and Pablo Cerca; and Amanda Maciuba, Tim O’brien and Mary Wharff.
This exhibit is part of a month-long series of cultural and educational events on climate change sponsored by the USDAC-Lawrence Field Office and Lawrence Ecology Teams United in Sustainability (LETUS) with Haskell Indian Nations University and the Lawrence Percolator.
Additional events throughout the month include:
Art exhibit by teens “Effecting Change” art from recycled materials, coordinated by Hang12, Final Friday opening Mar 25, 5-8pm, Watkins Museum of History, 1047 Massachusetts St. Runs for a month during regular hours. http://on.fb.me/1T6XHsn
Writing workshop “A Change in the Weather: Writing From Climate Change Art” with Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg and Ken Lassman, Sat. Mar. 26, 2-4pm, Lawrence Percolator, no sign-up, all ages with parent/guardian. http://on.fb.me/1Qr1led
Panel Discussion “How Can We Work Together on Climate Change?” with Dan Wildcat, Jay T. Johnson, Saralyn Reece Hardy, Thad Holcombe, Eileen Horn, on Sun. Apr. 10, 3-5pm, Parker Hall Rm. 110, Haskell Indian Nations University. http://on.fb.me/1L6z6l8
Dance/Poetry Performance “Mrs. Noah in Poetry and Dance” by Beth Schultz and Joan Stone, Fri. Apr. 15, Lawrence Percolator. Performances at 7pm and 9pm. http://on.fb.me/1njVj3i
Eco Ambassadors “Haskell Wetlands Restoration Day,” a community workday to restore the Haskell Wetlands, seeding and planting (bring tools), Sat. Apr. 16, 2016, 10am-2pm. Directions: Come straight on Massachusetts St. heading S., continue S. past Indian Health Service. Massachusetts St. turns into W. Perimeter Rd. so keep going and follow road around campus until you get to the intersection of W. Perimeter Rd. and Barker Ave. Dr. Then turn right onto Barker Ave. Dr. (you are going south), go straight and you will run right into the wetlands access gate. Eco Ambassador Facebook page: http://on.fb.me/1WXzRNT
MANA BAR (1111 Massachusetts Street)
PHOENIX GALLERY (825 Massachusetts St.) 5:00 to 9:00 P.M.
March Final Friday at Phoenix Gallery
This March, Phoenix Gallery is pleased to feature the work of local artists Jackie Evens of Pebbles and Gold and Jody Thurman, ceramics, for our Final Friday Art Walk. Get ready for spring by experiencing the many tastes of the season with a sampling of the upcoming Downtown Lawrence Farmers’ Market. Enjoy the music performance of local singer/songwriter Darrell Lea and Megan Hurt. We will also have the paintings of Maria Martin in the Vermont Street Gallery.
Jackie Evans of Pebbles and Gold:
My grandmother always said “you dream about jewels or you don’t its genetics.” I was a dreamer; a dreamer of beautiful places, spaces, healthy family and friends, and incredible jewelry… of course! My BA and MA of Interior Design have given me an amazing opportunity to express my love for creating the unexpected, the simple, and most importantly the serene. Creating healing environments was a passion. Making jewelry has always been a perfect extra facet of design, until I became a mother. In a magical instant my life and priorities became my sweet baby. I began wearing the largest and most protective agates to client’s homes (dangling just above my growing belly)… and the divine happened! Clients began asking if I’d make jewelry for them too! And soon if it wasn’t around a neck it was framed on a wall or placed on a table. You see, natural stones are like magic… the agate is one of the oldest gemstones in recorded hist ory used for its physical and emotional healing properties. The agate’s ability to protect and cure is unlike any other stone. Each agate is one of a kind, created through natural formations beneath the earth’s surface. Each agate species represents specific healing properties pertaining to the body, mind, and spirit. The same goes for many other naturally formed gemstones. My love for design continues to grow as I learn more about the incredible healing qualities of the world’s most beautiful treasures!
Jody Thurman, ceramic artist:
Jody, a Lawrence ceramic artist, uses elements from nature as inspiration for her pieces. Using flowers and foliage from her garden at home, she impresses shapes into a flattened ceramic sheet and forms her pieces using the slab construction technique.
We are proud to present the Lawrence Farmers’ Market in the gallery during Final Friday. They will be offering samples that will be featured at the market opening in April.
As always we are excited to have music by Darrell Lea and Megan Hurt.
PHOENIX UNDERGROUND (825 Massachusetts St.)
This month for the Final Friday Artwalk, Phoenix Underground is excited to exhibit new artwork by painter Barbara Solberg. Come meet the artist and enjoy her new pieces on March 25th for the opening reception.
The initial creative influence for my art is place, whether familiar or new to me. Travel has always inspired me and informed my art. An ongoing fascination with ancient cultures began in Great Britain where I lived for several years as a young woman. In addition to historic places in Europe, I have visited many important Native American sites in the Southwest and Midwest. These places provide the inspiration for many of my pastels and mixed-media works. Natural objects from these travels find their way into my art either as source of color, texture or shape. By stitching objects such as stones, shells, petals or leaves to layers of handmade paper, I create a deep texture that adds visual strength to the collages. Kansas, too, provides unending inspiration and I have been painting subjects related to the landscape here for over 35 years. I was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania but I have lived in Kansas for most of my life. Salina and Lawrence were my homes respectively for ma ny years. Currently I live with my husband, Tom Schmiedeler, and our two cats; and work in my home studio in the country atop a bluff on the Kansas River. In addition, I teach drawing classes at The Osher Institute (KU Continuing Education), pastel and mixed-media classes and workshops in my studio and across the state at local art centers.
SEVEN EAST 7TH (7 East 7th St.) 5:00 TO 8:00 P.M.
Stan Herd is from Protection, Kansas and resides in Lawrence. Stan is an American crop artist and painter who creates images, or earthworks, on large areas of land, especially in Kansas. His work is sometimes called living sculpture. He plots his designs and then executes them by planting, mowing, and sometimes burning, or plowing the land.
Two of Herd’s first Kansas installations were the 160-acre portraits of Kiowa War Chief Satanta (1981) and Will Rogers (1983). These artworks can be seen in Herd’s 1994 book on crop art.
He is associated with the Prairie Renaissance Movement.
Herd’s website includes photos of his work and a list of some of the media coverage of his various projects, including an article in Smithsonian magazine and National Geographic’s World magazine (1988).
Herd made several trips to Havana to create Rosa Blanca in 2001, an image of a white rose in honor of the 19th-century Cuban poet José Martí.
Herd’s work has been seen on CBS Sunday Morning; Fox Television’s Breakfast Time; Dateline NBC; CNN News; ABC’s Good Morning America; and National Public Radio’s All Things Considered.
SIGNS OF LIFE GALLERY (722 Massachusetts) 5:00 to 10:00 P.M.
Ceramic Curves: Line Drawings and Scanography by Bill Bowerman
Come by and experience ceramics from a different point of view with scans and drawings by scanographer, Bill Bowerman. Mr. Bowerman is a leading innovator in the artistic field of digital scanography. In this collection of works he explores everyday objects and his perspective is evocative and oftentimes whimsical.
“Ceramic objects are deeply embedded in my life and my art. Many of my line drawings and scanographs use ceramic shapes and curves, sometimes directly and sometimes as they relate to human forms. This exhibition of “ceramic curves” celebrates ceramics and my ties to ceramics. My artistic purpose is to create simple, surprising works that are beautiful, evocative, and/or whimsical. I do line drawings and scanography (photography using a flat-bed scanner for input instead of a digital camera). My images explore ordinary events or objects, often involving people. Moods, metaphors, and ambiguities abound, so personal interpretations and conversations are encouraged.”
Stop by this Final Friday and visit with the artist, or come by anytime the gallery is open to enjoy this work and the work of other regional, national and international artists.
Hours are Monday through Saturday 10AM to 11PM.
TEN THOUSAND VILLAGES (835 Massachusetts St.)
Tami Clark Found Treasures
Mixed Media Artist
Tami Clark is a self-taught artist that began researching and exploring art mediums in 1995 and has built an arsenal of techniques that she now uses in her assemblage and mixed media art. She is a full-time Director of Youth Ministries and teaches seminars on mixed media with the focus of empowering students. Her inspiration comes from watching students of all ages discover that their natural talents fit perfectly in the world of mixed media.
The Found Treasures show includes works that feature encaustic painting. In some of her pieces, she layers encaustic paint over a layer of plaster. She often uses found objects to finish the piece.
Encaustic painting, also known as hot wax painting, involves using heated beeswax melted with damar resin and colored pigments. It can take hours to get the beeswax and damar resin to melt to the correct consistency as they have very different melting points. The molten liquid is then applied to a surface—usually prepared wood, though canvas and other materials can also be used.
Metal tools and special brushes can be used to shape the paint before it cools, or heated metal tools can be used to manipulate the wax once it has cooled onto the surface. Tools such as heat guns, propane torches and other methods of applying heat allow artists to extend the amount of time they have to work with the material. Because wax is used as the pigment binder, encaustics can be sculpted as well as painted.
THEATRE LAWRENCE (4660 Bauer Farm Dr.)
Live in the Lobby! Improv
2 Shows: Family Friendly: 7pm
Adult: 9pm (Mature content possible)
Enjoy an evening of improvisation and laughter with the Theatre Lawrence Improv group. The Cove will be open for refreshments. Cabaret seating.
WATKINS MUSEUM OF HISTORY (1047 Massachusetts Street) 5:00 TO 8:00 P.M.
Effecting Change: Student Art Show at the Watkins
Join us for the official opening of Effecting Change, a month-long art show by Hang-12. This dynamic group of local high school artists will display works of their own creation–made of repurposed materials–on the theme of climate change. Visit the Community Room during Final Friday and until April 22 to experience local art about a worldwide issue that affects us right here in Douglas County.
FINAL FRIDAY EVENTS IN THE WAREHOUSE ARTS DISTRICT
CIDER GALLERY (810 Pennsylvania St.) 5:00 to 9:00 P.M.
An exhibition of 2:1 ratio size works from 4X8 foot to 4×8 inch, by artists working in the Warehouse Arts District. The scope of this show will go beyond Cider Gallery and onto the walls of SeedCo Studios and Art Emergency.
Dani Ramirez, Erok Johanssen, Jeremy Rockwell, John Sebelius, Elizabeth Rowley, Jeromy Morris, Jesse Gray, Jennifer Letner, Justin Marable, Travis Andregg, Austin Meyers and more!
SEEDCO STUDIOS (720 E 9th St.)
OPEN STUDIOS /// 2:1 RATIO GROUP EXHIBITION
Featuring Resident Artists:
Felt Show, Lori Andersen, Barrie Arachtingi, Jesse Gray, Erok Johanssen, Kate Larson, Brandon Mateer, Jeromy Morris, Dani Ramirez, Janice Raiteri, Catherine Reed, Jeremy Rockwell, Elizabeth Rowley, John Sebelius, Ryan Storck, Kyla Strid, Lindsey Yankee, Aaron Youngstrom, Lesa Weller, Ian White and Dana Wiseman.
/// SEEDCO STUDIOS \\\
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, construction, digital med ia, 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.