Final Friday, November 30th Kicks Off the Holiday Season

With group shows, gift shows, benefit shows, flash spaces, music, dance and performance of all kinds, you won't want to miss this Final Friday. Final Fridays are a monthly arts and culture festival in Downtown, East and North Lawrence that highlight local, national and international artists in all disciplines. This month, the upcoming holidays are decidedly prevalent with many artists offering smaller items and a focus on the local economy and support for the community. The spirit of caring is also a theme this month, with two benefit shows and many opportunities to support local not-for-profits and community groups. So zip up your winter coats and grab the whole family for a night of arts and entertainment. Final Fridays are from 5 until 9 pm, unless otherwise noted.


LAWRENCE ARTS CENTER (940 New Hampshire)

Carol Ann Carter & Janet Davidson-Hues CONVERSATION. November 30 – January 12

CONVERSATION, an exhibition born of an ongoing dialogue between artists Carol Ann Carter and Janet Davidson-Hues, inspires them to observe and critique the meaning and process of their respective art practices. They recognize and celebrate the similarities and differences in their work, looking with language that is either literal, implied, or just under the surface. This exhibit will feature all new work by both artists and will open to the public November 30 at 5PM.

Jane Waggoner Deschner Recollection/Re-collection. Solo exhibition. November 2 – December 14

Jane creates interactions between vernacular, amateur images and formal, authenticated words; embroidery and photography; handwork and mechanical processes that combine and transcend origins. Jane assembles montages putting together life as it should have been with fantasies of how she wished it were. Jane makes artworks that she hopes, through common images and famous quotes, resonate with many viewers and cause them to scrutinize the amateur photograph and what it re-presents in new ways ”true or nearly true or true enough.” We all snap photos of people and things we love and times we want to remember. In a studio, we hire a photographer to immortalize us looking our best. When Jane alters a photograph’s appearance, she connects us by teasing out a common humanity not confined by time, place or circumstance.

VAN GO! MOBILE ARTS (715 New Jersey)

Adornment Show Holiday gift items, fused glass, jewelry, mini robot sculptures, functional art furniture, painted trash cans, and much much more!


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


Nick Schmeidler. Found art constructs Ed Noonen. Pottery Michelle Babcock. Jewlery Watt Rogers. Ink on paper Sarah Stern. Photography Kathryn (Kc) Jones. Painting

THE ELDRIDGE HOTEL (701 Massachusetts St.)

Katherine Shaw

from the artist: I'll be exhibiting two projects of mine. One focusing on female athletes and the concept of femininity brought about by the Olympics this summer. I've attached the flyer I've been using to recruit models for the project. I'll also be exhibiting my magazine cover project that reverses gendered roles as on specifically gendered magazines.


The Lawrence School District and Natosha Keefer November 30th, 5-7pm

Come celebrate the art being created in our local public schools. Artwork from students from elementary schools as well as both Free State and Lawrence High will be on display this month in both the gallery and the children’s room. The art displayed will represent the wide range of media, techniques, and curriculum covered in the Fine Arts programs in Lawrence Public Schools.

Enjoy the acrylic figurative and abstract acrylic works of Natosha Keefer. Natosha states that "I find inspiration, peace, and passion through acrylic paint. Extraordinary textures and colors blend magically together and form one of a kind paintings." Come view these remarkable works.

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.)

Lawrence Art Party

The November Final Friday Lawrence Art Party will be great fun, and a chance to trade in old art for new!

We’ll have music by the incredible duo of Marianne Carter and Darrell Lea, art by 21 amazing artists and the young people of Van Go, hilarious and spot-on fortune telling by performance artist Go-Go Gertie, and the Lawrence Art Swap -

A silent auction of art donated by area art lovers!

Donate your old art, buy new art to beautify your home and life, and help the community!
This is a great end-of-the-year tax deduction opportunity. If you have tools you don't use, or art you love but don't have space for, please donate for a great cause!

The art will be sold to someone who will love it at our silent auction, the tools and supplies will be used by community members at the Lawrence Community Workshop, and you could reduce your taxes!

Help us raise money for the Lawrence Art Guild and Lawrence Community Workshop by joining this event and inviting your friends to meet you for another fabulous Lawrence Final Friday!!!!


Beverly Dodge Radefeld I am an artist that doesn’t seem to be able to make up my mind on mediums. I have mainly been a fiber artist going from weaving to papermaking and all in between – I love working with "fiber" of all kinds. My Art Degree was from a time that "art" was drawing, painting, design and ceramics and the only time I had a chance for fiber was independent study. Since graduating (44 years ago!) I have had the opportunity to participate in many learning experiences with fiber, photography and painting. I am back to painting after a plein air experience that really made me excited about the landscape and color again.

BLUE FLAME GALLERY (745 New Hampshire, Suite 5)

Friday November 30th from 5-8 Blue Flame Gallery Presents, "MY HOME IS THE HIGHWAY", a photographic journey by Chelsea Donoho featuring music by Tyler Gregory

Blue Flame Gallery, 745 New Hampshire, suite 5

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Artwork by Emily Eakes

Please join us Friday, November 30th for Final Friday at the studio in lovely downtown Lawrence, where Emily Eakes of Filth E Design will be the featured artist. We are excited to have her work for sale in our shop and we'd love to see you next Friday!

PACHAMAMAS (800 New Hampshire St.)

“Made From Scratch” paintings by Sue Ashline open on Final Friday, with paintings throughout the restaurant and Star Bar


Silent Art Auction: A Benefit to Help Defray the Medical Bills of Zach Graas (organized by Lawrence Arts Center Intern and KU art student, Rachel Forrest)

After graduating St. James Academy in 2011, I decided to attend the University of Kansas. Not for any specific reason, although my brother was already attending KU so that probably had some influence my decision. I was enrolled in some general ed classes, just trying to get the basics out of the way. I moved into an off-campus apartment complex, living with my brother and another good friend of ours. Everything was going great. Really great, actually. I was loving my college experience thus far and was actually enjoying school for a change. I had a steady job at Chipotle and was enrolled in school full time. Unfortunately, everything had to change. On September 9th of 2011 I had what is called a "partial simple seizure", a seizure occurring only on one side of my body. In my case it was localized to only my right hand and wrist. After multiple tests and a fine-needle biopsy procedure, we discovered that I have what's called a fibrillary astrocytoma which is grade II brain cancer. It's a tumor that formed only in my head, and it hadn't spread anywhere else thank God. The tumor is located in my motor strip, the motor and sensory-cortex of my brain, which was why it only affected my right hand. I was scheduled to undergo full chemotherapy treatments, which I have now successfully completed. The battle continues, however. I'll be going through another operation soon, this time it's a tumor resection operation. It will be happening in the next couple of weeks. And I must say, I am happier than I've ever been. -Zach Graas

After discovering Zach’s story and all of the difficulties that he and his family have been through together, I have learned what a strong, honest, and caring person he is. I am an Art History and Painting major at KU, and after having been involved in the Lawrence art scene for the past couple of years, I decided it would be a great idea to have an art show to help Zach’s family pay for medical expenses. As well as being a fun social event, this will bring together students at KU and the Lawrence community for a worthy cause. The show will be coordinated as a silent auction, with work donated from art students and faculty at KU, and working artists in Lawrence. Zach is a very strong individual, who will fight cancer not only for himself but also for everyone that loves him. It is imperative that he has endless support from those surrounding him as well as any medical necessity to get him through this. -Rachel Forrest

COPT/FEIDEN GALLERY (800 Massachusetts St.)

5:00 PM until 9:00 PM—as part of Lawrence's Final Fridays. Refreshments provided.

WONDER FAIR (803 Massachusetts St.)

FOXTROT (823 Massachusetts St.)

LOVE GARDEN SOUNDS (822 Massachusetts St.)

DOWNTOWN UPSTAIRS (824 1/2 Massachusetts St.)

Trip the light fantastic upstairs into a magical space that is just as interesting as what the artists are showing. Traci Bunkers and Uncle Andy have come together again to wow you with their visual magical mystery treats. Eye candy à go-go makes it definitely worth the trip upstairs.

Traci Bunkers, mixed-media artist and author, has a little something for everyone from stocking stuffers to fine art. Her offerings include mixed-media paintings, photographs, handmade books, hand-knit scarves, cards, quirky pin-back buttons & pocket mirrors, and ponytail dreadlocks. She will also have both of her books "The Art Journal Workshop" and "Print & Stamp Lab" available. See her website at for more information about her and her work.

Andy, fondly known as Uncle Andy, is a prolific artist who specializes in squished acrylics on found objects. At his affordable prices, you can get something for everyone.

PHOENIX GALLERY (825 Massachusetts St.)

Phoenix Gallery 825 Massachusetts 5p.m. to 9p.m.

We have a wonderful lineup for you this month for Final Friday, November 30th, Artists Robbin Loomas and Toni Brou will be here. The Heebie Jeebies will be sharing their music, and Mary Traul will be expressing her art through food.

Robbin Loomas, a working photographer for over 25 years, received her BFA in photography from the Kansas City Art Institute. Working as a freelance photographer in Kansas City, then as head of photography for University Relations at KU, she now has her own photo studio, Sterling Image, in Lawrence, KS. Robbin’s images are each created differently using a combination of photography, painting and technology. After enhancing the photographs digitally, using a variety of computer programs, she prints the images on canvas and applies natural acrylics or oil paints.

Toni Brou, a Lawrence artist, molds her suns from a clay-like compound and affixes them to different bases. Hubcaps are a favorite. The suns represent not only the healing power of time, but also the transformative power of art. “Working with the clay was therapy for me,” she says. “I found it very soothing to just mold it in my hands.” Brou often attaches a meditation to each piece describing the inspiration for the work. “I like it when people know the stories,” she says. “My art started as therapy for me as I worked through loss, so I hope knowing the story will help others.” Some of her suns are finding national attention. They have aired on the CBS news show “Sunday Morning.”

The Heebie Jeebies are a high spirited folk music duo from Lawrence, Kansas. They love male/female country harmonies (think Gram & Emmylou, George & Tammy and Johnny & June). On their debut album, "Westerly Direction,"they bow to Hank, Lucinda, Gram and Dylan, while sharing a few of their seasoned originals. Debbie Goldberg plays the flute and harmonica. Rick Frydman plays guitar.

For Mary Traul, a professional chef and lifelong Lawrence area resident, creating well-balanced, fresh and innovative dishes is a form of artistic expression. Mary enjoys the creativity and challenge of selecting and combining ingredients in new and interesting ways. Over the years, Mary has lent her talents to local landmarks such as The Casbah Cafe, The Cornucopia, The Harvest, The Cathay, Freestate Brewery, and Baker University. For the last 22 years, Mary has worked as a chef for a private house at the University of Kansas. 

LOST ART SPACE (825 Massachusetts St.)

he Fresh Produce Art Collective presents a series of Underground Art Market events this holiday season, beginning with Black Saturday, November 24th at the Lost Art Sp_ce downtown. This exhibition will feature smaller works, prints, ephemera, and artist proofs- "leftovers" culled from the work of the previous twelve months. It also kicks off the theme of X Mass @ Lost Art Sp_ce an ongoing show that invites people to get under the surface of consumer culture and discover art and artifacts that resonate with deeper meaning, and keep the exchange of commerce within the local community. On November 30, the gallery will feature the Downtown Underground Art Market as part of the Final Fridays Art Walk, which will condense and rarify the conglomerated works into a voodoo fit of apoplexy befitting the spirit of the season. Following close on its heels, the Fresh Produce Art Collective is reported to been seen making works for an inaugural Kansas City show opening on December 7th, part of the Crossroads Art District's First Friday Art Walk. Details are sketchy, but sources close to members of the collective say the show, entitled "Glimpse" will give viewers a chance to see works being created in and around the environs of the SeedCo Studios in East Lawrence, KS. The exhibition space, located at 19th and Wyandotte will feature the works of artists Jeremy Rockwell, Molly Murphy, Erok Johannsen, Alicia Kelly, Jeromy Morris, Matt Ridgway, Jesse Gray, Yuri Zupancic, and Paul Flinders , and after the 7th will be open with holiday hours as well as available by appointment. To round out the celebrations are two events at the SeedCo Studios: On Saturday Dec. 15, the East Side Underground Art Market Invitational will showcase the wares of local purveyors of fine art, contemporary crafts, jewelry, furniture and more, as well as open studios featuring the work of Seed Co's resident artists. And finally New Year's Eve at SeedCo: Post Apocalyptic End of the World Show featuring a slew of surprise musical guests and performers, televised live to a worldwide audience. Lost Art Sp_ce is located at 825 Massachusetts St., below the Phoenix Gallery. Gallery hours are 12-6 Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday & 12-8 Thursday-Saturday. SeedCo. Studios is located at 826 Pennsylvania St. For viewing appointments and questions about renting studio or event space email Keep an ear to the ground about these and other happenings through Lost Art Space and SeedCo on Facebook, as well as


Big Brothers Big Sisters Annual Gingerbread House Auction viewing on Final Friday at the Carnegie Library

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Douglas County is excited to announce its 18th annual Gingerbread House Auction.

This local event, and community favorite, is planned for December 5, 2012 at 7 p.m. at the Carnegie Library (200 West 9th St.). This holiday happening features locally created, handcrafted Gingerbread Houses that will be auctioned off to the highest bidder.

In addition to magnificent gingerbread houses, adorable handmade graham cracker houses are also on display and available though a silent auction. These fun creations will be available for purchase on Sunday, December 4th for a special “Buy It Now” price!

This event could not happen without the generous support of local builders who have made the event a tradition. If you are interested in being a Gingerbread House or Graham Cracker builder contact Douglas County Big Brothers Big Sisters at (785) 843-7359 for more info.

Kicking off the holiday season, the Gingerbread House Auction can be seen though public viewing times, Friday, November 30: 5–9 p.m. (Final Fridays), Saturday, December 1: 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday, December 2: 10 a.m.–6 p.m.

Auction tickets are $40 per person, drinks and hors d’oeuvres included; VIP Tables for eight are also available. Visit for more information.


"Zoid Waffle" paintings by geoff benzing "Zoid Waffle" is a collection of abstract paintings on canvas, glass, and paper, using geometric themes and multiple layers. The paintings contrast blocks of acrylic paint with glass in an attempt to create a multi textured surface and fuse media. "Zoid Waffle" also includes single media canvas pieces that mix loose brush strokes with more deliberate detail and clustered patterns.

THE FIX SALON (845 New Hampshire St.)

Turned To Earth: The Depths of Metamorphosis 5-8 pm

Lawrence artist Troy Richardson delves into the chaos of nature’s formation with two new inspired collections: an autumanal toned exhibit of large, textured, abstract acrylic paintings and a selection of hand-cut gemstone jewelry.

From the Artist “From nothingness rises the beauty of creation. A painting is a snapshot in time, a burst of life and an evolution of blank canvas. A rough gemstone is a prelude to precision and sacred geometry. By our own hands, we can craft our surroundings and morph the scenery within our lives.”

Pam Rees was born and raised in Northeast Kansas. She has lived with her family in rural Lecompton near the Kansas River for the past 35 years. Rees's art reflects her love of nature and her Kansas roots. She tries to absorb the "spirit" of the place she is painting and recreates that feeling on canvas. Rees has also been experimenting with the medium of watercolor for several years. Her love of gardening and flowers are reflected in her paintings. Pam also creates jewelry using beads, wire-wrapping, glass and metal to make her earrings and pendant necklaces.

The Gaslight Trio will perform during the Lawrence Final Friday Celebration at The Fix Salon, 845 New Hampshire, from 6 to 8 pm. This talented group consists of Nora Hulse on piano/keyboard, Paul Gray on valve trombone and vocals, and Mark Hulse on tenor banjo and slide trombone. This trio performs Traditional Jazz, Ragtime, Swing, Broadway show tunes and novelty selections. These Lawrence musicians also are members of the Junk Yard Jazz Band, a long-serving Lawrence musical institution.

Nora Hulse, during and after a career as a Professor of Music and classical music performer on piano, organ and harpsichord, embraced the world of Ragtime, "Trad" Jazz and other popular musical genres composed between 1890 and 1950. She is active on the national ragtime circuit and has performed the spectrum of music she enjoys far and wide throughout the United States.

KU graduate Paul Gray is well known in the Lawrence community as a performing musician, bandleader, businessman, civic leader and Minister. He performed throughout the U.S. with his Dixieland band, The Gaslight Gang, was director of National Guard bands for 26 years and has performed extensively with many musical ensembles in the greater Lawrence and Kansas City region.

Mark Hulse, retired from a career in university research instrumentation development, took up the trombone in 3rd grade and later the tenor banjo. He was a banjo player at Shakey's Pizza Parlors during the Shakey's era of the 60's and 70's and enjoys playing Tin-Pan-Alley and Ragtime tunes on the tenor banjo with wife, Nora Hulse. With Dixieland, Swing and such, Mark switches to slide trombone.

DO'S DELUXE (416 E. 9th St.)

Mary Foley Gorman works in a variety of mediums Final Friday reception from 5 until 9 pm

LAWRENCE PERCOLATOR (in the alley behind Lawrence Arts Center on 9th St.) *look for the green awnings

Operation Muse

Final Fridays at the Percolator: Operation Muse opens November 30th 5-9 pm! The show, developed and organized by artist Jenny Cook and poet Peter Wright, invited artists of all walks to boldly explore the inspiration of our greater creative community under the direction of chance. A call was issued to all and sundry to write assignments for another artist. The assignments were then drawn from a magic hat and disseminated to participating artists. The goal was to encourage experimentation beyond one's normal process. The show will include theater, sculpture, visual art, poetry, and music as well as a surprise or two. Performances will begin at 7. Come hear about the artists’ adventures and celebrate the ever-changing Muse at this unique opening.

FIVE BAR / INGREDIENT (947 Massachusetts St.)

Join us at 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.)

WATKINS COMMUNITY MUSEUM (1047 Massachusetts St.)

Watkins Museum Temporary Art Installation

The Watkins Community Museum will feature a temporary art installation in its historic bank lobby for the monthly Final Friday event. The museum will be open extended hours from 5-8 PM on Friday, November 30. The installation will be on display through Saturday, December 1. The museum is open from 10-4 on Saturday.

We See This is a collaborative photography project by Kate Dale of Lawrence and Emily Foelske of Brooklyn, NY. In an experiment in blind collaboration, each has posted a new photo to a shared website every week since 2010. Neither knows what the other is posting, and the resulting diptych is a surprise each week. The display at the Watkins Museum will show nearly three years’ worth of images, presented as they appear on the website. Prints will be available for purchase. To preview the photos, visit the website at

For more information, call or e-mail Abby Pierron at the Watkins Museum at 785-841-4109 or

1109 GALLERY (1109 Massachusetts St.)


313 STUDIOS (313 E. 8th)

Mom doesn’t need another toaster. What mom needs is locally made art from LOCAL COLOR’S $6-$60 SALE. Then she can brag all she wants to your Aunt Matilda about how no one else on god’s green earth has the perfect piece of jewelry that her beloved child has given her. This year give your loved one something they will remember.

On Black Friday 11 am - 7 pm and Final Friday 6 pm - 9:30 pm, we’re having a supercalifragilisticexpialidocious sale. Walk off your tofurkey bloat by venturing over to the east side of downtown to the corner of 8th and New York.

Everything will be priced from $6 to $60 – Art Workshop Gift Certificates, Prints, Sculpture, Ceramics, Photography. More art than you can shake a stick at.

So come to LOCAL COLOR and take a big juicy bit of culture… Art, it’s what’s for dinner.


Andrew Jilka Ξ God Willing

Opens Final Friday November 30th 5-9pm The Invisible hand Gallery 846 Pennsylvania

For his second solo exhibition at Invisible Hand Gallery, Andrew Jilka presents God Willing, with an opening on Final Friday, November 30, 2012. God Willing features work in a variety of media: prints, large-scale drawings, and paintings — the results of a new medium that the artist admits is “complicated” and “ruthless” — exhibited publicly for the first time. Teasing out “nuances to situations that seem trivial or fleeting,” Jilka crosscuts and juxtaposes the frozen frame of a syndicated game show or full-contact sporting event with a mother tranquilly breastfeeding or a father embracing his child, face contorted. The series is striking — voyeurism alongside television, brutality next to affection. In God Willing, viewers can expect to see the work of an artist maturing in both ability and conceptual rigor, able to marry confrontation with astounding beauty, unwilling to dilute either. In the least, Jilka says, “you can expect to see me in a tie, hopefully with a scotch in my hand. And you can see what I've been up to for the last 16 months.” Andrew Jilka was born in Salina, Kansas in 1986. He attended the University of Kansas and received a BFA in printmaking in 2009. His printmaking work has been shown in several group exhibitions in Yunnan and Beijing, China as well as Seoul, Korea. His current body of drawings has been exhibited in various group shows in cities including Lawrence, Kansas City, Omaha, and Atlanta. Most recently, his work has been featured online in Juxtapoz Magazine and in Syracuse University’s Salt Hill Journal. He currently lives and works in Lawrence.

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

MARLA'S QUILTS (720 E. 9th St. #2)

Marla Jackson 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 will open her first studio and gallery on November 30th during Final Fridays from 5:30p-9p.  “Marla’s Quilts Gallery” is a new anchor in the new Warehouse Arts District in East Lawrence at 720 # 2 East 9th Street.

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. Her gallery will soon become a teaching laboratory where she will begin to teach the art of creative story quilting, doll making, fabric design and printing, handbags and accessory creations. For more information and to sign up for Ms. Jackson’s future creative classes email or call 785-371-6682 



Paintings by Emily Parker

Musical Performance by Naomi What?

FRANK'S NORTH STAR TAVERN (508 Locust) *official FF after-party 8 pm until 2 am


chicago95 9 years, 10 months ago

Friday November 30, 2012 is the centennial of Gordon Parks' birth. Nothing planned in Lawrence???

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