July Final Friday events

The Lawrence Arts Center, 940 N.H.

“Rhyming The Lines: Solo Exhibition” by Tanya Hartman.

July 15 - Aug. 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 viewers.”

Aaron Storck: “Wizard Porch and Garden”

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 - Aug. 13

About the artist Akiko Jackson is from Kahuku, a rural North Shore community on the island of O’ahu, Hawaii. 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, Va., 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”

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Tickets: $8.50 adults, $6.50 seniors and students. $1 added to each ticket for handling charge

From the organizers

Lawrence’s Summer Youth Theater High School students will perform “West Side Story,” by Leonard Bernstein, 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 to date.

Juniper Tangpuz

From the organizers

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 Mass.

“End Of Days Parade” by Ben Strawn

July 29 - Aug. 20

From the artist: “I like to paint the woods. I grew up in Hot Springs, Ark., 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 four feet from me until my dog chased him away. There is a new subdivision going in back there now.

“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.”

1109 Gallery, 1109 Mass.

“Art in Three Dimensions”

From the organizers

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

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

The Phoenix Gallery, 825 Mass.

Final Fridays artist: Free State Glass

From the organizers We have a fantastic Final Friday art walk lined up for you July 29 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 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The Bourgeois Pig, 6 E. 9th Street

“The Long and The Short,” new works by Molly Murphy

From the artist: “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 Mass.

“Dungeons and Dragons” by Geoff Benzing

About the show: “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, benzingart.com.

The Dusty Bookshelf, 708 Mass.

Singer/Songwriter Sam Smith

7 p.m. - 8 p.m.

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

ACME, 847 Mass.

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 Mass.

Come cool off at the Lawrence Art Party on Final Friday, July 29. This month we will be at 739 Mass. (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.

Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vt.

“Animals And Stuff” by Dian Hauser and William Ottens

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.

Paintings by Kathleen Anderson

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 Social Service League, 905 R.I.

“The American West”

5 p.m. -9 p.m. 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 sculpture.

Diane’s Artisan Gallery, 4 E. Seventh St.

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

US Bank Plaza, 900 Mass.

Lawrence Busker Festival Preview Performance

7 p.m. - 9 p.m.

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

The Lawrence Busker Festival will be Aug. 19-21 . You can find more information, schedules and sponsors at www.lawrencebuskerfest.com

Signs Of Life, 722 Mass.

“Black and White Show”

Join us from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. June 29 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!

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