Every last Friday of the month, Wichita art galleries and other businesses stay open late for social events and open houses — one of the premier cultural events in town.
Final Friday is a night of free fun where people of all walks can mingle together, see and be seen.
It’s an organic movement not formally organized by any one entity.
This Friday is no exception.
Because it’s sometimes difficult to navigate a packed listing, here are a few recommendations I would offer this month:
- The Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum is opening a new exhibition featuring the work of nine Wichita-based members of the legendary Prairie Print Makers art group, including works by artists like C.A. Seward. The Prairie Print Makers organized in 1930 and disbanded in 1965, but the group had (and continues to have) an outsized influence on regional artists. The exhibition, made possible with a gift from the Lois Kay Walls Foundation, is on display through April 2020.
- The biggest event of this Final Friday slate has to be the second-annual Final Fest at the ICT Urban Pop-Up Park. It’s a full afternoon and evening of live music downtown, featuring artists of various genres. WSU student artist Mary Alexis Wirths will be showing off her new art installation, the “Human Car Wash,” a walk-through exhibit meant to simulate a car wash (but don’t worry, you won’t get wet.) Plus, there’s plenty of food trucks on scene to provide snackage.
- Fisch Haus anchors the Commerce Street Art District’s offerings, opening “XX9,” its ninth biennial invitational exhibition highlighting the work of women artists the world over. This year those artists include Andrea Coates (based in St. Louis), Annie Dunning (based in Guelph, Canada), Natalia Lopez (based in Paris), Erika Ann McIlnay (based in Dallas) and Holly Osborne (based in Portland, Ore.).
Here’s a full list of exhibitions that will be open for this week’s Final Friday:
Gallery XII, 412 E. Douglas. 5:30-10 p.m. “Clouds, Fog, & Beauty” features photography by Bob Benson and ceramics by Alaine Keustersteffen.
A Step Ahead Dance Studio, 501 N. St. Francis. 6-10 p.m. Featuring works by international painter Malkhaz Dekanoidze. Continues through June.
Cjoy Soulworks/Key Creatives Gallery, 110 N. St. Francis. 5-9 p.m. Featuring oil paintings by Josh Johnico.
Garvey Center, 250 W. Douglas. 6-9 p.m. Featuring work by 19 different artists, a “wearable art parade” at 7 p.m. and live music by pianist Ashley Small.
ICT Pop-Up Urban Park, 121 E. Douglas. 3-11 p.m. Final Fest is a music and arts festival featuring performances by The Cavves, Mess, Faux Reality, Love Seats, Cartwheel, Backseat Vinyl, Vehicles, Lewelheds, Daydream, Ellie Green and Said Solemn, with interactive art exhibition by Mary Alexis Wirths.
Vertigo 232, 232 N. Market. 6-10 p.m. “Dialectical Paradox” features artwork by Ray Carney and Christopher Gulick.
Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum, 204 S. Main. 5-7 p.m. Featuring artwork from the nine Wichita artist members of the famous Prairie Print Makers art group.
CityArts, 334 N. Mead. 5-8 p.m. “The Birds and the Bees and the Flowers and the Trees” features nature-inspired art by mixed-media painter Ande Hall, and “Blue Evolution” features work by Aida Bell.
House of Sharp, 520 N. Washington. 5-7 p.m. Open house featuring metal creations and custom goods by local artists. Cash bar, live music and hors d’ouevres served.
Old Town Square, 2nd and Mead. 7-10 p.m. Featuring fire-spinning troupe Phlox, with DJs Sleep Psycles and Goaty the Kid.
Thomas Grey Interiors, 121 N. Mead, Ste. 107. 4 p.m. Grand opening of new design showroom, with artwork by Tony Ferraro, James Wesley Furniture, Aaron Patton, Polly Gentry, Steve Murillo and Danielle Stephen.
Colour t.HAIR.apy, 612 E. Douglas. 6-10 p.m. Featuring artwork by Jessica Renee, jello shots, and the oxygen bar will be open.
COMMERCE STREET ART DISTRICT
WSU ShiftSpace, 416 S. Commerce. 6-10 p.m. The WSU Graphic Design Identity Senior Show features artwork by Brittany Allen, Fania Cobo, Kandyse Davenport, Drew Dietz, Tessa Downs, Hannah Foster, Alex Haro, Jason Holt, Yu Ting Huang, Jaci Ignudo, Adam Keirsey, Catherine Madison, Jesus Originales, Hannah Ryan, Shane Stofferan, Carlyn Walsh and Tasha Wentling.
The Fiber Studio, 418 S. Commerce. 6-10 p.m. “Framework” features graphic design, ceramics, mixed-media collage and photography by Chloe Cloud and Jaden Hilgers.
420 S. Commerce, 6-9 p.m. “High on Abstraction” features abstract artwork by Adam Sweetman, Jeremy Williams, Jim Gross, Jim Simpson and Kelly Rundell.
HUE Gallery of Contemporary Art, 430 S. Commerce. 6-9 p.m. “FEMME” features artwork by Stephanie Ward and Lindy Wiese.
The Hudson, 508 S. Commerce. 5-10 p.m. Featuring live screen-printing demonstrations by WSU student artists from Tornado Alley Press, live music from Les Coates, henna artistry with Henny by Synergy Arts, and free massage therapy.
520Commerce, 520 S. Commerce. 6:30-10 p.m. Featuring jewelry by designer Javan Andrew (J. Andrew).
Fisch Haus, 524 S. Commerce. 7-10 p.m. “XX9” features artwork by Andrea Coates, Annie Dunning, Natalia Lopez, Erika McInlay and Holly Osborn. Runs through June 7,
DOUGLAS DESIGN DISTRICT
The Workroom, 150 N. Cleveland. 6-9 p.m. Featuring artwork by Lisa Coogias and live music by Craig Owens and Dale Black.
Lucky’s Everyday, 1217 E. Douglas. 6-10 p.m. Featuring artwork and a “live art throwdown” by Kody Ramsey.
Hopping Gnome Brewing Company, 1710 E. Douglas. 6-11 p.m. Featuring artwork and photography by Aaron Santry. 21+.
2nd Street Gallery & Studio, 1646 E. 2nd. 5-7 p.m. Featuring works by Skip Kreibach, landscape paintings, works by Wichita women artists, 3-D art by Karen Carney and jewelry by Beverly Whitman.
Journey the Way, 147 S. Hillside. 6-8 p.m. “Art is in All of Us” features artwork from 50+ East High School students.
Reuben Saunders Gallery, 3215 E. Douglas. 5:30-9 p.m. “Shapes of the Land: Kansas” features landscape paintings of Kansas by Kim Casebeer, Beverly Dodge Radefield, Todd Matson, Michael Duane, Phil Epp, Matthew Richter, Mark Flickinger, Cally Krallman and Cristine Sundquist.
Prairie Vistas Gallery, 3236 E. Douglas. 5:30-9 p.m. “Kansas Travelogue” features Kansas photography by John D. Morrison.
HISTORIC DELANO DISTRICT
The Vagabond, 614 W. Douglas. 6-9 p.m. Featuring mixed-media art by Madison Leierer.
The Health Connection, 1709 W. Douglas. 7-9 p.m. Featuring artwork by Jake Creps and Drone-tography.
Dod Installations, 243 N. Vine. 6-9 p.m. “Fire, Art & Music” features artwork by Tina Dod.
Riverside Leadership Magnet Elementary, 1001 N. Porter. 6-8 p.m. Featuring artwork by Riverside Leadership Magnet Elementary students.
ELSEWHERE IN WICHITA
Fairmount Coffee Co., 3815 E. 17th Street. 6-8 p.m. Featuring photography by Ted Ayres.
Studio School, 751 George Washington Blvd. 6-10 p.m. Featuring fiber artwork by the Wichita Weavers, Spinners and Dyers.
Little Lion Cafe, 2721 E. Central. 5-7 p.m. Featuring candles and teddy bears for sale by Wax Bear.
Heartland Credit Union, 3777 N. Maize. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Featuring student artwork from Maize High School’s Class of 2019.
Newman University — Steckline Gallery, 3100 W. McCormick. 5-7 p.m. “Say Good Night, Gracie” features art by retiring Newman art director Mary Werner, Maria Somes and Ellen Clark.
Friends University — Riney Fine Arts Gallery, 2100 W. University. 5-7 p.m. Featuring drawings, paintings, design and sculpture by students and faculty.
KU School of Medicine Wichita — William J. Reals Gallery of Art, 1010 N. Kansas. 5-7 p.m. Dedication of “Learn — Care — Heal” glass mosaic tile installation by Tina Murano. Artist talk at 6 p.m.