October 26th Final Friday Events

22 10 2012

FINAL FRIDAY, October 26th, 2012

5 until 9 pm unless otherwise noted



-Lawrence, KS


Join hundreds of artists, performers and visitors on Final Friday in Downtown Lawrence, East Lawrence, the Warehouse Arts District and North Lawrence. Final Friday will kick off a weekend of studio tours from the annual Lawrence Art Walk, with many studios open and events on Final Friday as well. Lawrence Art Walk events on Final Friday have been added to this list, and maps for the weekend can be picked up at The Lawrence Arts Center.







LAWRENCE ARTS CENTER (940 New Hampshire)



R. Luke DuBois

Hindsight is Always 20/20

Solo Exhibition

September 28 thru November 17, 2012

Orton International Cone Box Show

organized by Inge Balch, Baker University Professor

September 14 thru October 27, 2012

Ben Kappen will be demonstrating glassblowing in front of the Lawrence Arts Center.

Threepenny Opera

directed byRic Averill

$20 adult
$17.50 seniors
$15 students
(recommended for audiences 18+)


Don’t miss the Lawrence Arts Center’s professional production of Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill’s compelling Threepenny Opera. Brecht’s classic piece of epic theater will be directed by Ric Averill, Arts Center Artistic Director of Performing Arts. The Threepenny Opera celebrates the anti-hero, Mack the Knife, as he becomes a popular cult hero – no more guilty than his targeted 1% – in Brecht’s lament over the inequalities provided by a corrupt and money driven society. Brecht’s opera retells John Gay’s earlier Beggar’s Opera and presents man’s inhumanity to man as the only way to survive the ‘food first, then morals’ quandary. The music and characters are highly entertaining, as they provide a biting social commentary as relevant now as it was in 1928 Berlin. The cabaret style of the declining Weimar Republic’s entertainment district infuses the piece with a definitive sound that was the inspiration for musicals like Cabaret and Chicago.




VAN GO! MOBILE ARTS (715 New Jersey)



*showing at The Lawrence Art Party








BLUE DOT SALON (15 E. 7th St.)




THE ELDRIDGE HOTEL (701 Massachusetts St.)









Final Fridays: Downtown Tuesday Painters

October 26th 5-7pm

The Downtown Tuesday Painters is a group that meets regularly at the Douglas County Senior Center to pursue their craft. They will be showing artworks including watercolors, pastels, acrylics, oils, and mixed-media throughout the library.





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.


THE LAWRENCE ART PARTY (718 New Hampshire St.)


Final Friday Lawrence Art Party


Hobbs Taylor Lofts, 718 New Hampshire Street

Friday, October 26

6-9:30 PM


Improvisational Dance by members of the KU Dance Company


Jazz Guitar by Michael Stephenson


The October Final Friday Lawrence Art Party has everything you need for

an awesome evening in Lawrence! Enjoy beautiful improvisational dance

by members of the KU Dance Company, amazing jazz guitar by Michael

Stephenson, and a wide variety of visual art, including wonderful sculptures,

oil paintings, mixed media art, photographs, and much more.

Enjoy the art of 20+ local artists, including Julie Blichmann, Wes Casey, Cris Chapin,

John Clayton, Tina Garrett, Sandra Griffin, Brad Levy, Angie Logan, Robin Loomas,

Robert Lundbom, Baker Medlock, Kevin A. Mimms, Jilli Nel, Kassidee Quaranta,

Madonna Sophia, Nick Schmiedeler, Sherrie Taylor, Jen Unekis, Lesa Weller, and

Thomas Weso. Van Go and Douglas County Aids Prevention Project will also be

showing art!








Paintings for PAWS to benefit our local Crossroads Dog Rescue


Over the past month, people have registered and received a blank canvas. Then, will their dog/dogs create an art piece, so, it’s art FOR dogs, BY dogs!!!!


All of the ‘dogcasso’ pieces will be on display Final Fridays from 5-8, and they will be up for silent auction. Each piece will be named and accompanied by a short bio of the furartist. I’m hoping that we will have great traffic and that people will bid on the pieces! At 8:00 pm, all bidding will end and the highest bid will take each piece. All monies raised wil go directly to Crossroads! Refreshments will be provided by Five Bar & Tables!


The BARKtique will also feature unique, one-of-a-kind dog-themed, art pieces from local artists, and fresh, organic dog treats baked using local ingredients!




Patrick Emerson has been perfecting his photography for decades. His interest in digital photography was sparked during his time at KU managing the School of Fine Arts computer labs. Patrick graduated from KU with an English degree and went right to work for KU as a records clerk in the School of Fine Arts. He quickly advanced to managing their computer labs and training students/staff how to use design and imaging software. After leaving KU, he taught design at Baker University. Patrick delights in running into his many former students in the Lawrence community and is pleased to hear of their success in the arts.

Landscapes would be one of Patrick’s specialties but he really has quite a range of subjects in his images. His work has been published in Lonely Planet’s Best Travel 2009, in the international edition of Popular Photography, and on many websites and web publications. His most recent award came from the Ranchland Trust of Kansas which awarded him top honors in the landscape category.

Patrick and his wife, Nancy, started P&N Creative a few years ago and have been busy promoting Patrick’s photography as well as providing wedding, portrait, and event photography. You will see them frequently at Teller’s events taking photos which are displayed on their website and in marketing publications for the restaurant. They also work in partnership with Wolfe’s Camera in Topeka providing educational photo tours of Kansas.

Patrick’s work can be viewed on the walls of one of Lawrence’s premier restaurants, Teller’s, and on the third floor of the restaurant in the October Final Fridays event this month. Please join us on the third floor of Tellers October 22 from 6pm-8pm for a reception/opening and meet Patrick Emerson in person.






Ann Dean Photography


Soft opening of Nurture Botanicals Studio – Herbal infused body care &
handcrafted candles
The Palladian Building
15 E. 7th Street, Suite 202

Ann Dean Photo: Savoring the Journey. Travel Photography Prints & Cards
Artist Bio – “I love photography because it gives me a chance to savor
the fleeting moments in time that we all take for granted and that give
our lives meaning.” Ann is currently working in Lawrence, Kansas as a
freelance photographer. She also teaches photography classes at the
Lawrence Arts Center and the Spencer Museum of Art.




PACHAMAMAS (800 New Hampshire St.)




Recent Works by Molly Murphy


Recent works in oil on both canvas and panel can be viewed throughout the restaurant and Star Bar.


Murphy’s recent exhibitions have included The Albina Press in Portland, Oregon, The Invisible Hand Gallery Grand Re-Opening with fellow painter, Clare Doveton, The Holt-Russell Gallery at Baker University and numerous group shows at Lost Art Space, a collectively-run gallery in Lawrence. Murphy was also the 2012 Visual-Artist-In-Residence in Seaside, Florida.


Murphy works out of a studio in the Crossroads in Kansas City, MO and is a SeedCo studio resident in Lawrence, KS.




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.



COPT/FEIDEN GALLERY (800 Massachusetts St.)

2012 Grand Opening—Two days:

Friday, October 26th, 5:00 PM until 9:00 PM—as part of Lawrence’s Final
. Refreshments provided.

Saturday, October 27th, 3:00 PM until 6:00 PM—Please stop by and say hello after
the KU homecoming game. Snacks and refreshments provided.


WONDER FAIR (803 Massachusetts St.)



UNSUNG HEROES: New Works by Justin Plakas at Wonder Fair

It must be really cold for stuff like sports trophies and magazine clippings in the shadow of high art material. But Justin Plakas wants those items to know they are art’s heroes in his new show debuting at The Wonder Fair this upcoming Final Friday—aptly titled UNSUNG HEROES.

While the accolades of dollar-store objets d’art are not sung around the world, Plakas has set out to give these cast-offs their due credit through the medium of prints, photography, assemblage sculptures and works on paper.

I want people to see the things around them in new ways and maybe laugh a little bit,” Plakas said.

Traveling all the way from Athens, Georgia, Plakas will be in attendance this Final Friday to introduce his Unsung Heroes, and perhaps to prompt new appreciation for the simple gifts we so recklessly take advantage of (not unlike our own mothers or tax software).

About the artist: Plakas recently completed a summer residency at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine and has previously taught at the University of South Carolina, The University of the South, and The University of Georgia. Currently, when he is not busy teaching at Gainesville State College he is screening film works in festivals and exhibiting in Galleries all across the United States.

The Wonder Fair is proud to present his latest showing October 26 through November 16, 2012.




FOXTROT (823 Massachusetts St.)





LOVE GARDEN SOUNDS (822 Massachusetts St.)




Hospital Ships and Drakkar Sauna

live in-store performance




DOWNTOWN UPSTAIRS (824 1/2 Massachusetts St.)

PHOENIX GALLERY (825 Massachusetts St.)


For Final Friday this month Phil Stivers will be coming all the way from San Diego, California. Don’t miss the chance to meet this incredible wood artist and talk to him about his work. Jeff Dunaway of Lawrence will be providing jazz guitar music and everyone’s favorite, Pendleton’s Country Market, will be back with an assortment of wonderful foods to sample. This will be a great time to try their farm fresh foods, and it is never too early to buy some for your seasonal festivities.

Phil Stivers creates his art in northern San Diego County, California. He has worked with wood for over 20 years and is a graduate of the woodworking program at Palomar College in San Marcos, CA. Phil’s degrees in woodworking include both cabinet and furniture making. His career with wood began with a custom woodworking and cabinetmaking business in 1994. After a brief pause in shop time in 2008, Phil began turning “in earnest” following a new passion in wood. His work has progressed to amazing and continues to wow viewers and patrons alike.





LOST ART SPACE (825 Massachusetts St.)



What’s beautiful about a malfunction? Lost Art Space presents an exhibition which confronts this question in an array of mediums. See how -through an artist’s perspective- you can explore new ways of seeing imperfections. Scrambled images and truncated data do not behave as they were intended, but amidst these messes there are gems. Like our long-held tradition of dumpster diving for art supplies, we rummage through piles of pixels and memories of misinformation to create artwork for the post-digital age. No matter how advanced our tools and systems may be, chaos will always add its color. Join us in making positive associations through the foggy faults of our rapidly evolving e-culture.

Featuring new works by Jeremy Rockwell, Molly Murphy, Yuri Zupancic, Jeromy Morris, Jesse Gray, Paul Flinders, Erok Johannsen and Jasmine Mccaffrey.



DJing My Own Art Opening

Brett Allen

Artist Bio

Brett Allen, born in Kansas City, KS – long time Lawrence resident

Active as an artist for many years, worked in film, photography, design, sculpture, and painting before receiving a BFA in painting at the University of Kansas in 2004, and is now pursuing an MFA at Wichita State University.

Artistic Statement

Here I exhibit two different thought processes with a common work process. First the animal forms; the animals are symbols tied to a personal narrative. The events in the narrative are summarized down into a single form and associated to an animal. I ignore traditional and cultural meanings associated to the animals and try to reestablish them with new personal meaning. Second the pop culture icons; in a similar way I am summarizing personal relationships into a character based on memories tied to pop culture iconography. The characters serve as memory triggers related to personal history.


DO’S DELUXE (416 E. 9th St.)

Better Angels, Deer, and a Boat

Lora Jost at Do’s Deluxe

Please join Lora Jost for the opening reception for her exhibit Better Angels, Deer, and a Boat, on Final Friday, October 26, 2012, 6-8 pm at Do’s Deluxe (416 E. 9th St., Lawrence, KS). Lora Jost’s magical images pay homage to this beautiful world through dreamlike scenes and personal symbols that include children and deer, a wind chime microburst, tough-looking “better angels,” screaming babies and tranquil paper boats. In this exhibit of mixed-media collage, mosaics, and scratchboard drawings, Jost expresses her affection for everyday life while at the same time depicting a bit of turbulence too, because the storms they are a-comin — if they aren’t already here. Exhibit runs Oct. 23 – Nov. 23, 2012, T-F 11am – 6pm; Sat 10am – 1pm.

Exhibit dates: Oct. 23 – Nov. 23, 2012, T-F 11am – 6pm; Sat 10am – 1pm

LAWRENCE PERCOLATOR (in the alley behind Lawrence Arts Center on 9th St.)

*look for the green awnings


Tuesday, October 23, 5-9 pm Pass the Hat music series with musical acts THANKSGIVING from Portland, Oregon, PAJAMA PARTY from Olympia, Washington, MOTHER RUSSIA MAFIA from Kansas City and LAZY, also of Kansas City. Bring food to share at the potluck and stay for the music!

Friday, October 26, 6 pm Final Fridays El Dia de los Muertos Come check out the preparations for El Dia de los Muertos (Nov 2). Create your own altar with pictures, mementos, and decorations to pay homage to your loved ones who have passed on.

Saturday, October 27, 10 am-3 pm Caravan Baldwin City After our recent escapade in Eudora, the Caravan troupe is at it again, this time partnering with the Lumberyard Arts Center to bring free arts activities to all. Featuring costumes, a photobooth, scarecrow making and paper flower making. We will also host workshops in papermaking, rubber stamp making, and bucket drumming. Come join us in Baldwin City! (See the attached flyer for the event schedule.) Thanks to the Douglas County Community Foundation, Cottin’s Hardware, and the Social Service League.

Friday, November 2, 5-9 pm El Dia de los Muertos final celebration El Dia de los Muerto originated in Mexico as a way of remembering and celebrating those who have died. Bring food to share and pictures or other offerings to add to the altars. Featuring a performance by El Dia de los Muertos Community Band! Sometimes quiet and sometimes raucous, this has been a yearly Percolator ritual.

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 from 7 until 10 pm.





THE GRANADA (1020 Massachusetts St.)






AIMEE’S CAFE’ & COFFEE SHOP (1025 Massachusetts St.)



RAHN Art Show Fundraiser

6 until 9 pm






WATKINS COMMUNITY MUSEUM (1047 Massachusetts St.)



Watkins Community Museum of History and the Spencer Museum of Art invite the public to a celebration of Dia de los Muertos, in conjunction with the ongoing exhibition La Calavera Catrina: Women’s Imagery and Day of the Dead. Party guests are invited to create a personal contribution to the museum exhibition in a family-friendly hands-on activity: the creation of a community altera, or altar, to celebrate the lives of people who have died. Visitors are welcome to bring photos of loved ones who have died to decorate and be part of the altar.

La Calavera Catrina was developed through a partnership between the Watkins and the Spencer museums. The exhibition explores the way women are depicted in folk art and photography created to celebrate Dia de los Muertos, on loan from the Spencer Museum,

For more information on the exhibition or the events planned for October 26, contact the Watkins Museum at 785-841-4109.





1109 GALLERY (1109 Massachusetts St.)



The Woven Dream” – Fabric and Textiles

Featured Artists: Kaw Valley Fiber Guild









313 STUDIOS (313 E. 8th)











Opens Final Friday, October 26th 5-9pm

The Invisible Hand Gallery



From the artist.


Jeff Immer, an artist and designer living in Kansas City, Missouri,

presents The New Bullshit, opening at Invisible Hand Gallery on Final

Friday, October 26, 2012.


Immer offers up a manifesto for the show:


The Old Bullshit was slow. The Old Bullshit was simple and made

people happy some of the time. The Old Bullshit was mean. The Old

Bullshit loved money but could appreciate hard work. The Old Bullshit

was comfortable with illusion. The Old Bullshit went to bed early and

woke up before the sun. The New Bullshit is new.”


This new collection — digital collage, photography, projection, and

even neon — shows off the artist’s intuitive process of creating and

degrading, corrupting and refining, with “‘a thick layer of icing on

the cake.” For Immer, bright can always be brighter, but darkness can

still snuggle with everything. “I like a sense of mystery, some color

and sex,” says Immer. “And I love presenting something arguably cheap

or shallow or pop-cultural in a very austere way. Religious.”


And it should be noted that no Old Bullshit will be on display. Says

Immer: “They’ve been giving it away for free lately … the glory of an

election year I suppose.”




FLASH SPACE (830 Pennsylvania St.)


KU Sculpture Students

Show Coordinated and Curated by Jessie Kelley





SeedCo STUDIOS (826 Pennsylvania St.)



Open Studio Tours and Art Show


7:18 pm – Sacrificial Cow Raising with Wayne Propst and Associates (12′ x 300 lbs.)







Cottin’s Hardware Scarecrow Contest and Auction


5:00- 9:00 pm

*A benefit for Central Garden and Four Winds Native Center Garden









FRANK’S NORTH STAR TAVERN (508 Locust) *official FF after-party

“New Wood”

Utilizing found wood, paintings and other objects… BARRR tells a new story with old stuff.


8 pm until 2 am








Friday, October 26 [Final Fridays]

5-10pm (hours vary): Artists’ Public Receptions/Other Activities

See listing below.


Saturday, October 27

10am-6pm: Open studios

6-10pm (hours vary): Artists’ Public Receptions


Sunday, October 28

Noon-6pm: Open studios


In what has become one of Lawrence’s most eagerly anticipated annual arts events, many Lawrence-area artists will once again open their private home studios to the public to showcase their artwork. The Lawrence ArtWalk, which is Lawrence’s original art walk and now in its 18th year, will feature over 40 Douglas County artists who will be exhibiting their work individually or as part of two artists’ groups; and is a fabulous opportunity to meet some of the area’s finest artists in their creative work environments, see demonstrations of their arts and crafts, and purchase locally produced art. Artists are based primarily in Lawrence and will be displaying work in a wide variety of mediums including ceramics, drawing, jewelry, mixed media, painting, photography and sculpture. From funky to exquisite, the ArtWalk will have it all!


• Printed guide maps are available from the Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire, 785.843.2787; or in limited quantities from any Lawrence ArtWalk location.




Accessible: location meets ADA regulations.

Accessible*: location has limited accessibility. For such locations – and all others – contact the location ahead of time to confirm the degree of accessibility.




Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont (785.843.1178)

Final Fridays, October 26: See main Final Fridays listings for hours.

Lawrence ArtWalk 2012 location #6.
Downtown Tuesday Painters

East entrance lobby, gallery and AV area.

Annual exhibition.

Artwork samples and biographical info
• Accessible.


724 Rhode Island [Private residence]

Final Fridays, October 26: Reception, 6-9:30pm.

Lawrence ArtWalk 2012 location #8.

Tony Peterson


Artwork samples and biographical info
• Accessible* (Not wheelchair.)


Jewelry By Julie, 19 W. 9th, (785.832.8693)

Final Fridays, October 26: Extended hours, 11am-6pm.

Lawrence ArtWalk 2012 location #9.

Julie Kingsbury

Jewelry (sterling silver/gemstone).

Artwork samples and biographical info
• Refreshments: snacks and drinks.

Accessible* (Wheel-chair ramp.)


Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire (785.843.2787)

Final Fridays, October 26: Poster signing and glass-blowing demos with Ben Kappen, our Featured Artist! 5-9pm.

Lawrence ArtWalk 2012 location #10.

Ben Kappen

Glass (hand-blown, sculpted).

Artwork samples and biographical info



Watkins Community Museum of History, 1047 Massachusetts (785.841.4109)

Final Fridays, October 26: Extended hours, Fri 4-8pm.
• Lawrence ArtWalk 2012 location #11.

Parking available in alley (one-way southbound, 7 spaces).

D.W. Gates

Photography (land, water and sky scapes).

Artwork samples and biographical info
• Community Room (1st floor).

Accessible entrance on museum’s south side.

Roger Spohn

Photography (archival prints).

Artwork samples and biographical info
• Refreshments.

Staircase and 2nd floor landing.

Accessible* (Roger’s prints and notecards may be seen on the 2nd floor landing, which is accessible by elevator from the south side of the building. However, Roger’s main display of photos on the staircase between the second and third floors is not ADA-accessible.)





Thomas Gibson Studio, 228 N. 2100 Rd., Lecompton

Final Fridays, October 26: Reception, 6-10pm.

Lawrence ArtWalk 2012 location #2.

Thomas Gibson

Photography (alternative processes: Collodion/Tintypes).

Limited edition archival prints & framed originals.

Artwork samples and biographical info

Park in the driveway otherwise in the grass.

Accessible* (Same-level access via roll-up dock door.)


Located 4.0 miles west of Lecompton. Take 6th St./Hwy 40 west of 6th & Wakarusa for about 10.3 miles (or west of Downtown for about 14.0 miles); turn right onto E.175 Rd./1023, head north for 2.3 miles – when the road becomes N.2100 Rd. – and continue eastward for 0.3 miles. About a 25-minute drive from 6th & Wakarusa. Look for ArtWalk signs.

See Google map for map overlay.


Due to excessively dry weather and the threat of wild fires this summer, you are highly discouraged from smoking on rural properties [locations #1-3] unless environmental conditions have markedly improved.



Info provided by:

John Wysocki, Director
Lawrence ArtWalk

July 29th… Art and Air Conditioning Along the Art Walk

20 07 2011


  • Rhyming The Lines:Solo Exhibition by Tanya Hartman.July 15 – August 13.From the artist:
    “My work combines an obsessive dedication to technical precision and to
    traditional materials with a growing belief in the visual impact of collaged
    and painted text. Words have a visual presence. They are actual gestures,
    printed marks upon a two-dimensional surface. My artwork attempts to bridge
    the gap between what is perceived as a book and what is perceived as a piece
    of visual art. It is important for me to use phrases that move through time,
    so that the viewer experiences reading one of my paintings as they would
    experience reading a book. The interaction between drawing and painting,
    installation and display, large and small, and words and images helps to
    evoke my perception that the need to express certain facts about history is
    equal to the need to express the convoluted fantasies that we each carry
    about the meaning of our own unique histories. Though my works are about the
    upheavals experienced by just one family, it is my hope that through the
    language of common image and utterance, I can speak to many diverse
    Tanya Hartman was educated at The Rhode Island School Of Design where she
    obtained a BFA in Painting in 1987. Between 1992-1994 she was a graduate
    student in Painting at Yale University. After her graduation from Yale
    (MFA/Painting, 1994) she was a Fulbright Scholar in Stockholm, Sweden. She
    now teaches painting and drawing at the University of Kansas where she is an
    Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of
    Visual Art. She is represented by Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art in Kansas
    City, Missouri. There, she exhibited her work in a solo show in
    January-February 2010 titled, Rhyming The Lines, an exhibition favorably
    reviewed in The Pitch and in the Kansas City Star and Review magazine. She
    has also exhibited at The Center for Book Arts in New York, A.I.R. Gallery
    in New York, ARC Gallery, Chicago Illinois; and at the Salina Art Center,
    Salina, KS.
  • 2010-2011 Project-Based Artist in Residence Exhibition
    AARON STORCK Wizard Porch and Garden
    An installation by Aaron Stork


Exhibits include imagery from Photography, Photoshop, Photo Essay and Dark
Room Photography classes and audio recordings from Screenwriting classes.

Located in the downstairs Hallmark exhibition hall

  • Different Perspectives
    New works by Akiko Jackson. 2010-2011 Artist in Residence.
    July 15 – August 13Akiko Jackson is from Kahuku, a rural North Shore community on the island of
    O’ahu, Hawai’i. From 1999-2007, Akiko lived in Los Angeles and San Francisco
    to focus her studies in the arts. After receiving a Master of Arts degree
    from California State University, Northridge, she moved to Richmond,
    Virginia where she received her Master of Fine Arts degree from Virginia
    Commonwealth University. Akiko has been the Artist in Residence at the
    Lawrence Arts Center for the past year. Different Perspectives will be
    Akiko’s exit exhibition.
    • West Side Story Beginning at 5:30 PM we’re going to have flash mob dancing interspersed with songs of Gershwin, Bernstein and Sondheim. There will be solos, duets and group numbers sandwiched between dance routines – all by the 8th – 12th grade Cast of WEST SIDE STORY (which will then have a 7:30 PM performance)
    • Friday, July 29 at 7:30pm

    Tickets: $8.50 adults, $6.50 seniors and students
    $1 added to each ticket for handling chargeLawrence’s Summer Youth Theater High School students will perform WEST SIDE
    STORY, by Leonard Berstein, Stephen Sondheim and Arthur Laurents. A full
    orchestra and choreography by Diana Dresser and professional dance captains
    to lead each of the gangs will make this the most ambitious SYT show todate. WEST SIDE STORY will be performed July 28th – 31st.



Using cardboard and zip ties, sculptor Juniper Tangpuz has transformed the aerial space of the main lobby of the Arts Center with 12 constellation-inspired, large- scale sculptures created in his studio and at the Arts Center. This cardboard world will be complete this week as students enrolled in Gotham City Arts Camp work with Juniper and other artists to design and build a cardboard city from the ground up.

THE INVISIBLE HAND GALLERY, 801 1/2 Massachusetts

  • Ben Strawn
    End Of Days Parade
    Opens final friday july 29th
    Runs through saturday August 20th

From the Artist:

lightning bug population has dropped 70% in the past 3 years – 20% of
lizard species are expected to be extinct by 2080 – salt water fish
are predicted to be extinct by 2048 – 29% of salt water species are
already 90% extinct – Arctic summers may be ice free by 2040 – Sea
…level may rise between 7 – 23 inches in the next 100 years – there is
a 70% increase in the rate of Greenland’s ice melt over the last 5
years – there is a 70% chance of the ocean conveyor failing within the
next 200 years, 40% chance within the next century – The amazon has
experienced two “hundred-year droughts” in the span of 5 years – April
14-16th 2011 200+ confirmed tornadoes across 16 states – April 25-28th 2011 334 confirmed tornadoes across 21 – The Joplin Tornado was 1 mile wide and stayed on the ground for 6 miles – Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant was one of the 15 largest reactors in the world and was 40 years old – nuclear waste remains toxic for over 10,000 – 100,000 years – There are over 440 nuclear power plants world wide with over 50 in construction and over 100 nuclear reactors In military and scientific installations – there have been over 2000 nuclear
detonations on earth – in 1859 a massive solar flare disrupted
telegraph services for weeks. Today it would disrupt our power grid
for weeks and destroy a portion of our satellite infrastructure – Solar
activity is expected to peak in 2013

When I was younger I compulsively imagined nuclear detonations on the
horizon, I tended to imagine them when I was driving home.
My Junior year of high school I witnessed a plane crash from my
backyard about a mile away. I felt the heat of the mushroom cloud and
the percussion of the explosion. It was very quiet.

I like to paint the woods. I grew up in Hot Springs Arkansas and have the honor of once being lost in the woods and on a separate instance being trapped in a Briar Patch. I once stumbled into a mossy glade next to a stream in the woods somewhere behind my house and never found it again. Another time a deer walked up to me in the woods and stood about 4 feet from me until my dog chased him away. There is a new subdivision going in back there now.

I recently had a child and think she is the most beautiful thing in
the world. I can’t wait for her to be old enough to read her the
stories of George MacDonald. I like toys and have discovered the art
of fisher price pull-toys designed in the 1940’s. I love early cartoons
when the traditionally trained artist didn’t know what cute exactly
looked like and missed the mark often.

I love the constructions of Joseph Cornell and feel materials are
important and a painting is not just an illustration but should be a
whole object frame and all. The paintings are layered plexiglass
stacked in a handmade frame with slots trimmed out like a slide tray.
It’s similar to Early cell animation when they used a multi-plane
camera to give 2d animation a sense of depth as the camera panned
through the layers. The layered plexi-glass can be sanded and stained
and can obscure the painting below it creating a telephoto sense of
depth as well as the actual physical depth of the layers. The noise
and flecks of paint and artifacts and imperfections are allowed to be
incorporated as it lends a depth like the particles in water or the
pop and hiss of an old record. If you hold the paintings up to a light
they often take on a new depth- they tend to look underwater. I have
been reluctant to attach a light-box because I like the interaction of
taking the painting off the wall and holding it up to see the light
change. I think its like living far from the sea, it makes it special
when you make the pilgrimage.

The headless characters have not been decapitated, but they may have
been. There is an internal narrative to the paintings that makes no
actual sense. They have recurring characters – kind of but not really.
If they were arranged in a story book it would make as much sense to
read it backwards. Henny Penny would be sprinkled througout it.

I have painted my entire life but until the last five years I haven’t
cared much for anything I’ve done. I actually think the paintings I’m
doing now are beautiful. It’s a strange feeling.

My favorite colors are teal and rust.

1109 Gallery, 1109 Massachusetts

  • Art in Three Dimensions

3D artwork by area artists and a wonderful installation in the small gallery, “United Space: A Sallenbach/Dunlap Collaboration”

Open until 9 pm for Final Friday Art Walks, guest speakers Jim Sallenbach and Debra Dunlap, will give a talk from 6 until 7 pm, and musicians, Scott Tichenor and Bill Crayhan will perform from 7 until 9 pm. Great artwork, food, fun and libations.

*Ask us about “Take a Seat for Art!”

THE PHOENIX GALLERY, 825 Massachusetts

  • Final Fridays artist: Free State Glass We have an fantastic Final Friday art walk lined up for you July 29th at the
    Phoenix Gallery! The local Free State Glass artists will be here with
    beautiful work. Dick Rector and Jim Slough will be glad to answer questions
    and show their newest work. They are amazing glass blowers and we are proud
    to have them in our gallery.Pendleton’s Country Market will be on hand with wonderful foods and samples
    to try. If you have never met them at the Farmers’ Market or tried their
    great foods, you are in for a treat! See you on the 29th from 5 to 9 pm.

THE BOURGEOIS PIG, 6 E. 9th Street

  • The Long and The Short

              new works by Molly Murphy

“The intuitive, but incorrect, assumption that has kept us from understanding brains … is intelligence is defined by behavior. Intelligence is defined by prediction.”

“We experience the world through a sequence of patterns, and we store them, and we recall them. And when we recall them, we match them up against reality. We are making predictions all the time. It’s an internal metric… a prediction leads to intelligent behavior.” -Jeff Hawkins on Brain Theory

This series of work looks at our manipulations of the physical world to suit our human compulsions. Placing memories of the natural world up against landscapes of human construction, and memories of renaissance knowledge against specialization, these works ask questions about what the physical landscape will look like based on memory, patterns and predictions.

Understanding the natural world and ourselves requires abstract thought before coming to what may seem a very simple answer…


TELLER’S, 746 Massachusetts

  • Dungeons and Dragons by Geoff Benzing

“Dungeons and Dragons” is a collection of pencil and ink drawings on matte board inspired from everyday life, role playing games, and the UFO phenomenon.
To see more of Geoffrey Benzing’s art go to La Mancha Gallery’s website, lamanchagallery.com, or Geoff’s own website, benzing art.com

Geoffrey Benzing was born in 1975 and has studied art at Wichita State University, and is returning to the University of Kansas to complete his education in the fall of 2011. He currently lives in Lawrence Kansas. He grew up in Wichita Kansas where he enjoyed skateboarding and graffiti like a normal teenager, later he found himself mowing grass and laying sod for a living. At the age of 29 Geoffrey had his first one man gallery show at the Fire House gallery in Wichita and from there he has not stopped painting and showing.

THE DUSTY BOOKSHELF, 708 Massachusetts

  • Singer/Songwriter Sam Smith

7-8 pm

Stop in for music, refreshments and, of course, books!

ACME, 847 Massachusetts

  • Works by Alicia Kelly

Limited edition T-shirts also available from the artist. The ACME staff will press the shirt while you enjoy great art and refreshments.

THE LAWRENCE ART PARTY, *739 Massachusetts (flash space)

  • The Lawrence Art Party

Come cool off at the Lawrence Art Party on Final Friday, July 29th. This month we will be at 739 Massachusetts (formerly Maurices.) We’ll have amazing art, cool jazz, cold drinks and great music! Have a hot time in the coolest spot in town!

Artists include John Clayton, Kathy Cooper, Donna Dennis, Dan Dishman, Connie Ehrlich, Van Go Mobile Arts, Leo Hayden, Mark Thomas Hennessy, Matthew Jarmer, Lora Jost, Brad Levy, Jim Luhning, Marty Olson, George Paley, Gary Scott, Frank Shopen, Alex Skorija, and Addison Stonestreet.

Invite your friends on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=202443829805629


    Lower Level

    For this exhibit, the artists were invited to work on their own
    interpretations of “Animals and Stuff,” bringing to mind cabinets of
    curiosities, those mysterious Victorian collections of objects… and lots
    of stuffed animals. There are no stuffed animals here – although there IS a
    drawing of a plush rabbit – but the artists wanted to convey that sense of the
    inscrutable that comes when one ponders items from a distant era. We invite
    you to play along in exploring the idea of the enigmatic in these images of
    “animals and stuff.”
    Kathleen Anderson loves to paint in “happy colors” whether it’s the medium
    of watercolor or oil. It’s her way of transforming the world around her, and
    sharing it with others. The viewer should feel he or she can walk into the
    landscape painting, or smell the flowers, or stroll beside one of the lovely
    buildings on the Plaza.


  • The American West

5-9pm Art Show
9-11pm Dance Party with DJ

Native American dance regalia on display with live performance
Ronald Lash, Carol Beth Whalen, Tony Yazzi, Mark Gourd, Dixon Collection
bead work, arrowheads, painted gourds, stone sculpture, hand-carved wood


  • New Artists, New Art: Jewelry by Ashka Dymel, Brooklyn, NY and Wearable Fiber Art by Amy Nguyen, Northampton, MA

Diane’s has fresh work from two artists new to the gallery. Ashka Dymel who creates jewelry that represents her interests in structure, modular design and, most recently – color. Amy Nguyen creates scarves and stoles by stitching, painting, patterning, dyeing and sculpting, all greatly influenced by Japanese textile design.

Ashka Dymel was born in Warsaw, Poland. After studies in Poland and Czechoslavakia, Ashka moved to the United States where she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Environmental Design from Parsons School of Design in New York City. Ashka was an Adjunct Professor of Design and Design History at her alma mater Parsons from 1988 through 1995. Currently Ashka is a Visiting Professor at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn conducting design seminars in the Jewelry division of the Sculpture Department. After several years of working in the field of architecture, Ashka began to design jewelry and small objects. Since 1990 she has run her own studio in Brooklyn, New York. Ashka lives with her husband and son in Fort Greene, Brooklyn.

Amy Nguyen’s degree in studio art and art history, her background in costume and theatre design and her studies with master textile artists have all aligned to enrich her textile work. Her exquisite wearable art may be found in galleries, specialty boutiques and museum stores as well as juried craft and museum shows. She currently lives in Boston with her husband Ky.


  • Lawrence Busker Fest Preview on the US Bank Plaza from 7 until 9 pm

Artists to perform include: Mooncalf the Magician, Tricks of Light and Jason Divad fire Juggler.

*The Lawrence Busker Festival will be held August 19th – 21st . You can find more information, schedules and sponsors at http://www.lawrencebuskerfest.com

SIGNS OF LIFE, 722 Massachusetts

  • Black and White ShowSimple images with light and shadow, positive and negative spaces,
    harsh and yet soft – this is Black and White.Join us on July 29th from 6 to 9 pm for the Final Friday show at Signs
    of Life Gallery. We will be featuring prints, photography, intaglio, and
    sculpture by local artists Darin White, Rick Mitchell, and Shannon
    White, and nationally known artists Rick Beerhorst, Barry Moser, Ed
    Knippers, and Daniel Coburn. /

THE LAWRENCE PERCOLATOR, in the alley behind the Arts Center, next to Social Service League

  • The Dime Bag Show III

The third annual show of its kind, The Dime Bag Show is a benefit for the Social Service League and The Lawrence Percolator. Each piece in the show was created out of a $10 bag of “goodies” from the League and turned into a work of art for this show. All works are $50 or under!