FINAL FRIDAY, February 28th, 2014
5 until 9 pm unless otherwise noted
Final Fridays are made possible by support from the Lawrence Arts Center, Downtown Lawrence Inc., and The City of Lawrence
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, all of whom saw the value of the arts in our city and an opportunity to bring them to a wider public through this monthly free arts festival. Lawrence has one of the highest percentages of working artists in the country per capita, and has long stood out in the Kansas landscape as a mecca for creative thought and energy. On the last Friday of every month (all year long!) from 5 until 9 pm, the streets of Downtown Lawrence erupt, storefronts convert into flash spaces, and performances and exhibits spill in and out of galleries and businesses. Activities for kids, exhibitions designed to challenge adults, music, dance and theater for all ages are all within walking distance of each other.
LAWRENCE ARTS CENTER (940 New Hampshire)
Lawrence Arts Center Final Friday events are sponsored by Gould Evans.
William S. Burroughs
The Lawrence Arts Center will present an exhibition of William Burroughs’ art and collections titled “Creative Observer” from January 17 thru March 2. The exhibition will include works from many periods of his life. This multimedia experience will provide insight into Burroughs’ prolific creative energy as well as revealing his ideas on observing art and people. Included in this exhibit will be collaborative works with such artists as Brion Gysin, Robert Rauschenberg, Kurt Cobain, Keith Haring, and George Condo, among others. February 5 marked the 100th birthday of Burroughs. There are a variety of programs that surround this exhibit. Check website for details. www.lawrenceartscenter.org
January 31 – March 30
Tom Moore's life has been filled with both the compulsion to create and obstacles that have forced him to devise alternative ways to fulfill that urge. He always wanted to become an artist (or, possibly a superhero, as his early inspiration was cartoons and comic books). Moore trained formally at the University of Kansas School of Fine Arts, where he honed his skills in painting and learned to silkscreen. In 1994, at the age of 50, Moore developed Parkinson's disease and other serious health issues, and by 2003 he was forced to give up painting. Tom is still compelled to create, and his casual sketches on the backs of envelopes and scrap paper have continued to flow. Ironically, episodes in the hospital and rehabilitation settings have offered him uninterrupted blocks of time to focus on making these sketches.
This exhibition will include a large variety of drawings and sketches in the Lawrence Arts Center's Antecedent Gallery curated by Roger Shimomura.
THE SUMMIT (9th and New Hamsphire)
Monthly exhibitions on the Climbing Wall Gallery
BLUE DOT SALON (15 E. 7th)
We are presenting Matt Gatewood photography: peoples, places of Europe and Asia; Mary Brady black and white photography, and original drawings. Also, Alec Joller with mixed media collages.
SIGNS OF LIFE GALLERY (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.
PACHAMAMAS (800 New Hampshire St.)
Works on Paper 2011-2013
The autumn of 2011 presented a change in vision and process for me. The previous years, my focus had been to develop a painting style involving acrylic paint and various water-soluble media applied to canvas and wood panel surfaces. All this was combined with abstraction of familiar images and textures. At one point, I produced a series of image-based pieces from photographs of a historic site in New Mexico. Following that series with more "sense of place" pieces, I chose to retire the acrylic paint for the time being.
My sight was now set on returning to works on paper with watercolor, ink, collage and colored pencils. I thought it was a great time for me to revisit spiritual themes. I took a broader approach by investigating various belief systems and culling personal visual impressions. I touched bases with New Age, Pantheism/Paganism, Catholicism, Buddhism, Voodoo, Jewish Mysticism (Kabbalah),as well as Roman Mythology and abstracted perceptions of these beliefs. The central theme was the Mandala. There seems to be a sacred circle in any ritualistic theory.
I have since expanded my scope into my own search for a rewarding spiritual place in my artwork. Subsequently, I have added the images of roots and wings as a homage to my parents, both of whom encouraged and nurtured my artistic path.
Marty Olson was born in Albuquerque, NM, and lived his earliest years in Wichita, KS.
His family moved to Lawrence, KS in 1957, where Marty has resided ever since, apart from two years at Northwest Missouri University, where he majored in Fine Arts.
Since his years in college, Marty has pursued his passion for visual art through painting, drawing, and printmaking. He definitely had his thirst for learning tweaked by his art professors at NWMSU.
Marty has had solo exhibits more recently in venues around Kansas, such as Lincoln Arts Center; Stone House Gallery in Fredonia; Kansas Wesleyan University Gallery in Salina; Salina Country Club Gallery; Carnegie arts Center in Ottawa; 1109 Gallery in Lawrence; and the Lumberyard Arts Center in Baldwin City. The Fall of 2013 saw an exhibit at the Lawrence Arts Center.
Previous exhibits have been in Washington, DC; Pasadena, CA; Taos, NM; Kansas City, MO; and two exhibits at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center in Tulsa, OK.
HENRY'S COFFEE SHOP (11 E. 8th St.)
'En Plein Air Drawings - Vans and Trucks of the Later 20th Century'
Drawings by Angela Wright
Opening: February 28th, 6-9 p.m.
Through finding inspiration and meaning between the realms of the abstract to the impressionist understandings of context and color, Angela creates pieces to display and provoke a kind of interpretation, while also attempting to describe the intrinsic beauty of the world.
The works presented in the show, En Plein Air Drawings - Vans and Trucks of the Later 19th Century, demonstrate various trucks and vans seen around Lawrence, Kansas. These drawings were created in ink pen and drawn on site of the vehicles, as to gain a feeling of the automobile amidst the environment.
WONDER FAIR (803 1/2 Massachusetts St.)
(above the Burger Stand)
The Secret Order of the Black Diamond has returned to Wonder Fair, drifting out of obscurity to fulfill long-awaited rewards prophesied in their founding charter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/858272521/the-secret-order-of-the-black-diamond-orientation
Visit S.O.B.D.'s pop-up headquarters at Wonder Fair on Final Friday, February 28th, for a special one-night-only scavenger hunt, letterpress demonstration (where you may print your own SOBD membership card), and to become a part of the complex and continuously unfolding SOBD adventure.
Wonder Fair (Print Palace of the Great Plains!)
803 1/2 Massachusetts St.
Lawrence, KS 66044
Weekdays (all of them!) 12-6
LOVE GARDEN SOUNDS (822 Massachusetts St.)
“Taco ‘Bout It”
a show inspired by the taco
*catered by Taco Zone and The Replay Lounge
Artists: Clint Ricketts, Jason Barr, Valueshock, Jeff Eaton, Leslie Kuluva, Emily Parker, Adam Lott, Grace D. Chin, Solace Naeymi, Cameron Lamontagne, Meredith Moore, Wonder Fair, Aaron Marable, Amanda Graham, Patrick Giroux, Becky Harpstrite, Sarah Swyers, Jeff McKee and Eric Dobbins
PHOENIX GALLERY (825 Massachusetts St.)
Join us at Phoenix Gallery on Friday, February 28th for the Final Friday Art Walk. This month we will be featuring artists Jane Flanders and Katie Meuser. We will have music by Darrell Lea, and food will be furnished by TCBY of Lawrence. There will also be hors d’oeuvres in Phoenix Underground/Essential Goods.
Jane Flanders’ functional ceramics are porcelain midfire from an electric kiln, and are fired to 2,165 degrees. Midfire ceramics are often colorful. Jane enjoys mixing glazes and exploring color variations, and she has learned chemistry as well as ceramics. Jane produces ware by throwing on a wheel, then often alters the thrown ware. She then pursues form and design so that the ceramics provide a blend of technology and artistic expression. Along with her ceramics, Jane will also be showing several of her paintings. These pieces are just as unique as her ceramics and show the wide range of this artist’s talent. Jane received a B.F.A. in design from the University of Kansas, and works in her studio/home in East Lawrence.
Katie Meuser will be in the Vermont St. entrance. Katie completed a B.A. at the University of Nebraska at Kearney in 2009. She works predominantly with watercolor, acrylic, and ink to make large scale non-objective abstracts on canvas, as well as smaller scale watercolor flowers using a free flowing technique she developed while attending the University. Katie is the creator of KT Cards and Co-creator of ME CAAARDS. They are lighthearted greeting cards that show Katie’s “punny” insight. They are sold in select stores in Nebraska and Kansas, including Essential Goods, here in Lawrence.
Be sure to come out and see Darrell Lea, a well-known singer, guitarist, and song-writer from Lawrence, KS.
PHOENIX GALLERY UNDERGROUND (825 Massachusetts St.)
Phoenix Underground and Phoenix Gallery are proud to present our very first KU Visual Arts Juried Student Exhibition. “Sublime” is the theme of the show, and students were invited to create a work of art based upon their own interpretation of the word. Sculpture, drawing, painting, printmaking, textiles, and ceramics were all acceptable mediums for the competition. The jurors are local artists Kate Dinneen, Roger Shimomura, and Tim Forcade. As well as student work, we will also be featuring work from selected KU Visual Art Faculty. The opening reception is February 28th, from 5 to 9 pm. Winners will be announced at 7 pm during a short presentation. Please come support the students and faculty for this exciting evening and throughout the month of March.
ESSENTIAL GOODS (825 Massachusetts St.)
Please join us Friday, February 28th at the opening reception for Lawrence artist Rebecca Ryan. It will be a fantastic evening and we look forward to seeing you there!
I try to capture instantaneous expressions of energy and emotion through the use of vivid color and vaguely abstract forms. Inspirations are many and varied and range from music, literature and poetry, scents, and sights, to the unique quality or feel of relationships and experiences encountered on my journey through Life. Each image has its basis in my own personal experiences, but I have delighted in learning what others see and experience when viewing them. Art, whatever it is, seems to me to involve a strange dance of reflection and interaction between the artist, the creation, and the viewer.
A Kansas native, Rebecca Ryan has lived in Lawrence since 1970. Her formal education includes a B.A. in French Language and Literature, and an M.S. in Computer Science. She has been painting for 20 years, guided and encouraged by several friends with formal training and degrees in Fine Art. Rebecca recently retired from a 30-year career in technology. She is enjoying the opportunity to take formal art classes where she is exploring new perspectives and opportunities. She is currently working with Digital Imaging through classes at Johnson County Community College. This is her first showing.
TEN THOUSAND VILLAGES (835 Massachusetts St.)
International Women’s Day display of “Female Heroes of Lawrence.”
THE BOURGEOIS PIG (6 E. 9th St.)
Andrew Burkitt was born in Kansas City, Missouri in 1977 and grew up in the surrounding suburbs. The rolling landscape of Kansas made a deep impression on Burkitt and continues to inspire his artwork. In 2012 he received his MFA in printmaking from the Lamar Dodd School of Art at The University of Georgia. His current studio practice includes the ongoing development of his drawing skill and the ever-challenging practice of printmaking. He currently resides in the beautiful city of Lawrence, Ks.
LAWRENCE PERCOLATOR (in the alley behind Lawrence Arts Center on 9th St.)
*look for the green awnings
February Final Friday
February 28, 5-9 pm
Make More Love closing party
The Percolator is proud to offer Lawrencians a space to explore and expand their emotional lives through the arts. Join us for an intimate evening of variations on the theme of love. Featuring visual art from an array of Lawrence artists with music by Adam of the Universe, Plains, and Invisible Public Library.
CORE:FORM (512 E. 9th St.)
Photography by Marciana Derrico Vequist
EXTRA VIRGIN (937 Massachusetts St.)
“Art Makes Winter Warmer”, Artwork by Kathleen Anderson, Laurie Culling, Dian Hauser, Leta Strom
Opens February 28 Final Friday, Reception 5-9pm. Show runs through March 25, 2014
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
Dian Hauser is a mixed media artist living in Oskaloosa, Kansas with her husband and 14 turkeys (among other animals). She received her MFA from the University of Kansas in 2000 and has been happily making art ever since. Her artwork references stories, verbal and written, that have a metaphysical basis. Dian uses metal and wood as a ground for her collage/ drawing/ painting explorations. She has exhibited her work locally and regionally. Dian’s art hangs in corporate and private collections. Dian was the Lawrence Public Library Art Liaison until 2013 and has had the pleasure of working with many Lawrence artists. www.dianhauser.com
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 special needs. Leta resides in Lawrence, Kansas with her husband, Steve, and enjoys spending time with her daughters, Lauren and Kristin.
REPLAY LOUNGE (945 Massachusetts St.)
6 pm: Fox & The Bird (TX)/Sunflower Colonels
10 pm: Video Ranger (NE)/Lazy (KC)/CS Luxem
FIVE BAR / INGREDIENT (947 Massachusetts St.)
Five Bar (just to the north of Ingredient) on Final Friday for live music all night
GREENHOUSE CULTURE (1001 Massachusetts St.)
The Greenhouse Culture Final Friday Art Show
6:00-9:00pm February 28th
Featuring Artwork from several local artists.
Live music during Final Friday.
WATKINS MUSEUM of HISTORY (1047 Massachusetts St.)
Courage, Confidence, and Character: Girl Scouting in Lawrence
Final Friday Reception: 6 until 8 pm
ECOBOUTIQUO (1101 1/2 Masschusetts St.)
earth friendly fashion gallery
1101 1/2 massachusetts st. upstairs
OPEN SATURDAYS: 10:00-6:00
and by appointment- 785.979.6929
offering: ecocouture, recycled, upcycled,
handmade, art. jewelry, accessories,
some vintage, some thrift,
and some things unexpected.
FINAL FRIDAY EVENTS IN THE WAREHOUSE ARTS DISTRICT
CIDER GALLERY (810 Pennsylvania St.)
Cider Gallery Fine Arts is proud to present:
Recent Works by Eliza Bullock and Molly Murphy
Opening reception from 5 until 9 pm
Eliza Bullock Statement and Bio:
I received a BFA from Ohio University in Graphic Design in 1995. After graduating I moved to San Francisco and worked as a designer in the publishing industry. It was the dawn of streamlined, computer-generated design and production. I was, however, missing my connection with fine art and with creating things that had a more tactile, textural quality. I began making monotypes in 2000 through a series of classes and workshops in San Francisco. In 2002 I moved to Florence, Italy where I participated in an intensive monotype workshop where I further developed my skills and passion for printmaking. After returning to the United States, I further pursued that passion while continuing to work as a designer. It wasn’t until moving to Lawrence, KS in 2009, where I became aware of the Lawrence Arts Center and its John Talleur Print Studio, that I was finally able to turn my art making into a more primary focus. Now I work in printmaking, mixed media and photography. I find that each discipline enhances the other. I live and work at my home in Lawrence, KS.
I am an artist based in Lawrence, KS. Born and raised in New York City, I grew up surrounded by the noisy texture and richly layered dichotomy of the city and its inhabitants. There is an alluring tension of extremes there which has become an essential part of the work I make.
I create abstract works on paper utilizing techniques of monotype, chine collé, collage, assemblage, drawing, painting, pastels and stitching. Monotype, unlike other printmaking methods, is a process through which only one unique print can be made. Each print is one-of-a-kind. I begin by creating monotype prints and layer into them with additional techniques and materials to complete each piece.
My process is very fluid. I never know what I am going to create until I begin. It is then that my conversation with the piece begins. It is a dynamic, evolving exchange between myself and the work until it reaches resolution. I believe each piece should offer the viewer an ever-changing experience that presents something new with each view. It is my hope that my work speaks to the viewer on a very personal level and that it connects with their deepest emotions, as it does for me.
Molly Murphy Statement and Bio:
“My work embraces the inextricable links between art and science, and investigates memory as it relates to the lines between the two. Something of an autodidact, my studies – or life for that matter – has never taken on a conventional order. My work tends to incorporate the studies of neuroscientists and researchers in the fields of computational cognitive psychology, neural processing and memory, along with sometimes nearly parallel pursuits by Buddhists, transcendental meditation and intuitive healers. I find myself unable to separate the knowable from the unknowable in my work, and accept that the mere act of creating a piece is an act of memory.
I have completed series around these themes, all with a focus on memory – be it physical, neurological, collective, intuitive, projected – for Baker University, BNIM Architects, as Visual Artist in Residence in Seaside, Florida and numerous group and solo shows. At this moment, I see all of this as a scratch on the surface of a subject that has such fluidity that I may follow it for the rest of my life with every moment offering new intrigue.”
Molly Murphy serves on the Board of Directors of the Lawrence Arts Center, serves as Coordinator for Final Fridays, Art Coordinator for The Bourgeois Pig and Pachamamas Restaurant and Star Bar. She previously served on the Board of the Percolator Lawrence, created and designed the Project-based Residency program at the Lawrence Arts Center, and was a co-founder of dotdotdot artspace and member of Fresh Produce Art Collective and SeedCo Studios resident artist. She works out of an old warehouse studio in the Crossroads Kansas City, Missouri where she can often be found pacing around the city sidewalks with a cup of YJ’s coffee.
SeedCo STUDIOS (826 Pennsylvania St.)
6 until 9 pm
Open studios by resident artists:
Foxy by Proxy
Whatever Forever Tapes
Located within the Warehouse Arts District at 826 Pennsylvania in a monolithic brick warehouse, this space is ideal for making, showing and engaging in all aspects of contemporary fine art. With studios on the lower level and event space in the main hall, the potential for creating and collaborating on projects 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, fashion, construction, digital media, and street art, the scope of this endeavor is far-reaching, but the flavor is distinctly home-grown. With its placement in the center of historic redevelopment, directly behind the monumental Poehler building, 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.
MARLA'S QUILTS (720 E. 9th St. #2)
Quilter Textile Historian
Opens Studio and Gallery in New Lawrence Arts District
Get ready to take a journey into the creative mind of nationally renowned Lawrence artist Marla Jackson. Her artistic medium is not paint, acrylic, or pen and ink; not glass, stone or plaster but the vibrant and soul touching colors and textures of cloth. With one of her art creations already accepted at the Smithsonian, and many others featured in books, displayed at the Spencer Museum at the University of Kansas and in private collections, quilter textile historian and creative artistic story teller Marla Jackson is a new anchor in the Warehouse Arts District in East Lawrence at 720 # 2 East 9th Street. www.marlaquilts.com
Not your typical on-the-prairie quilter, Ms. Jackson brings her African American heritage and historical creative poignancy to her quilts. Her primary goal with her work is to echo the untold stories of heroes that history has overlooked, forgotten, or hidden.
But it is not until you know the raw emotion of Ms. Jackson's personal story, that you see the joy and pain of her own life intertwined with her African American culture playing out in the brilliant color and texture in her “story” quilts.
Many of her quilts will be on display, along with her amazing dolls some of which are created with rare African cloths from Ghana and Mali. For more information and to sign up for Ms. Jackson’s future creative classes email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 785-371-6682
THE LAWRENCE ART PARTY (Lawrence Creates Makerspace 9th and New Jersey)
ART EMERGENCY (721 E. 9th St.)
Brand new Art Gallery in the heart of the East Lawrence Art District. This is a big warehouse undergoing an awesome transformation to become one of the next great galleries in town. Come visit us to see the tremendous talents of many local artisans displaying their fine art, street art and sculptures. We are the giant green warehouse on the corner of 9th and Delaware, next to Star Signs. Free entry, live music, adult beverages, and no dress code, see you on Friday!
FINAL FRIDAY EVENTS IN NORTH LAWRENCE
IWIG DAIRY LOCAL FOODS GROCERY (622 N. 2nd St.)
“Ink on Paper” by Wyatt Rogers, a printer by trade, an artist by birth
“I have always loved art in every form. I see art as a form of expressing one’s view of themselves and their perception of reality. Everyone sees life differently, but can relate to others thru similar experiences. My hope is that my art will connect with others and allow you to see what I see.
Art is made to express an emotion that is shared by all. A piece can say something so powerful to someone that they want to possess it. Connecting thru art on an emotional level is what inspires me.”
The art form Wyatt Rogers uses is an ink blot style on paper, canvass or glass. His work truly incorporates his fine talent for color combinations. Each piece of work is unique, beautiful and enticing.
Wyatt is the father of four sons and Iwig Dairy produces milk. So we have decided to inspire kids by engaging them in artwork. We will have non-toxic, water soluble paints available for kids to try their own talents at ink blot art. Art pieces may remain at the store on exhibit for others to see.
So come see the inspirations Wyatt speaks of while you sample the healthiest local milks from the Iwig Family Dairy. Bring the kids and treat them (and yourself) to an ice cream cone! The store will be open until 9:00pm and features all healthy local foods from local farmers.