June 28th Final Friday Events for the Whole Family

FINAL FRIDAY, June 28th, 2013 5 until 9 pm unless otherwise noted www.finalfridayslawrence.wordpress.com

Final Fridays are made possible by support from the Lawrence Arts Center, Downtown Lawrence Inc. and The City Of Lawrence

LAWRENCE ARTS CENTER (940 New Hampshire) www.lawrenceartscenter.org Lawrence Arts Center Final Friday events are sponsored by CornerBank

Jack Collins New work. Jack will display vibrant new paintings in the Large Gallery. The paintings in this exhibit represent a further exploration of an idea he began pursuing ten years ago- the idea that painted areas and objects on the canvas are in process of both forming or dissolving, entering or exiting the two dimensional plane of the painting.

Monika Laskowska. 2012-13 Artist in Residence Give & Take This exhibition will feature new ceramic work created during Laskowska’s residency. Many of the pieces reflect on relationships formed during the past year in Kansas. In addition, visitors to the gallery will have the opportunity to create works with clay in the gallery.

String Theory 13. Facilitated by Margaret Rose and Diana Dunkley, String Theory 13 is a collaborative installation that invites diverse and community-wide participation in the creation, engagement and experience of this artwork. String Theory 13 is created by over 70 local artists and community groups and will be installed in the front-window gallery of the Lawrence Arts Center. Participants have created ‘strings’ using the broad theme of String Theory to inspire creation and collaboration

“Strings and Things – Guesswork!” will be performed by Ric Averill at the closing reception for String Theory 13 at 7 pm. This is an audience participation performance with prizes going to the winning guessers! Ric will play several musical instruments, and the person who guesses closest to the number of strings played during the performance will receive 2 complimentary tickets to their choice of Sweeney Todd or A Kansas Nutcracker. If someone guesses the EXACT number of strings played, they will receive the above 2 tickets PLUS one free class registration (weekly classes or workshops in adult or art education at the Lawrence Arts Center – semester long dance program excluded).. A book by Sandy Craig McKenzie, “Trysting Hero,” is also available for purchase. See brochure for details. The Quilt Makers Gift, from the book by Jeff Brumbeau and Gail De Marcken choreographed by Paige Comparato, Cynthia Crews and Shannon Picket performances at 2 pm & 7 pm. Tickets $5 An extraordinary tale of a humble quilt maker who teaches a selfish king about the value of generosity retold through dance. A heartwarming journey about how giving can change the heart. A School of Dance youth performance for dancers in kindergarten through high school.

Ice Cream Social from 5-7pm or whenever the ice cream from Sylas & Maddies runs out. $5 will get you a handmade ceramic bowl and a serving of your choice of sweet cream, Rock Chocolate Jayhawk, or Golddust. A big thank you to Sylas & Maddies and all the ceramic bowl makers and helpers!

LAWRENCE PUBLIC LIBRARY www.lawrencepubliclibrary.com

Visit the Lawrence Public Library in its new temporary location at 7th and New Hampshire!


BLUE DOT SALON (15 E. 7th)


15 E. 7th Street | The Palladian Building | Downtown Lawrence located above Java Break, next to Astrokitty Comics and Blue Dot Salon

Opening Receptions for KELLY KEARNS :: WISHBONES LARISSA WILSON :: BUTTERNUTSQUASH Friday June 28 | 5 to 9 PM

Please join us Friday, June 28th for Final Fridays at Essential Goods for the opening receptions for Kelly Kearns and Larissa Wilson. We will have live music by DJ On.It (Sean Foust).

Artist Bios

KELLY KEARNS Kelly Kearns is an artist with an emphasis in printmaking, an aspiring herbalist, a rock collector and lover of nature. She got her BFA in printmaking from KU in 2009, and she lives in Lawrence. She explores nature in her artwork with color, shape and detail, always thinking of the macro vs. micro tricks the great outdoors can play on you.

LARISSA WILSON Larissa Wilson has been creating under the name Butternutsquash for the past 6 years. Designed around the principle "Use what you have", Butternutsquash is mixed media collages and jewelry made from recycled materials, vintage nostalgia, and Midwestern love in Larissa's Lawrence, Kansas home. She is a frequent contributor to LOLA and exhibits at many local and regional art fairs.

THE LAWRENCE ART PARTY (9th and New Jersey)

Lawrence Creates, the Center for Innovation, is now open! In partnership with the Lawrence Art Guild, we are moving the Final Friday Lawrence Art Party to our new location, at 9th and New Jersey, in the Warehouse Arts District!


Closed for June Final Friday, Opening during July Final Friday

PACHAMAMAS (800 New Hampshire St.) www.pachamamas.com

Works by Jen Unekis

About Jen:

Jen Unekis was born in Los Angeles, California in 1964. She lived in a classic Southern California home with a pool, play house, citrus trees and a built in trampoline in the back yard. At the age of 4 her father decided to return to his roots in Kansas and she moved to a 100 year-old farm house that had sat vacant for 5 years and had been a wonderful home to the local wildlife.  Since the farm was in extreme need of repair, for the next 10 years of her life her home was a constantly changing environment. Horse hair plaster & lathe walls, exposed stairs and half finished projects were the style of decorating in her new home. And plastic sheeting became a favorite material for just about everything, including doors, windows, and walls to keep out the drafts. Even tablecloths were made out of it. Life had changed from one of comfort to that of a struggling farm family. But the lack of life's creature comforts is probably what sparked Jen's creative spirit. Her world was 40 acres of land to explore, full of odd objects to cherish. A graveyard of old farm machinery was one of her favorite spots. After leaving the farm and moving to many locations (and attending three different high schools in three years) she landed back in Kansas, moved to Lawrence and enrolled in KU. After studying Art and Design with an emphasis in ceramics she began creating primarily works in clay. That changed to multi-media work in 1988. Today she lives in a little yellow bungalow near the river with her daughter Adeline and husband David, where she has a business that provides decorative interior painting and faux finishes along with an art studio. Her recent work has become a study of color and texture working primarily in venetian plaster and acrylic paints. Jen's work has won placement awards in the Kansas Visions show, the LOYO show and the Lawrence Art Guild's Art in the Park. Actually, only this much is truly known: the uglier the dog, the more Jennifer likes it. The rest is mere conjecture, but that won't stop it from being printed. Also, by an amazing coincidence, she was born on her birthday. She is considered very talented by her husband, who knows what's good for him.

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.) www.wonderfair.com

HOTT SHEETS II: HOTTER SHEETS! At Wonder Fair Gallery 803 ½ Massachusetts St. (above the Burger Stand) Lawrence, KS 66044 Ph. (785) 856-3247 HOURS: M-F 12-6 | Sat. 10-7 | Sun 11-5

This Final Friday, Wonder Fair brings back an old favorite from our early years, Hott Sheets II: Hotter Sheets! Part group drawing exhibition, part economics experiment, and part art market critique, Hott Sheets features fifty new works of art on paper prepared by artists from Lawrence and beyond. Of equal import in the exhibition are the confounding yellow worksheets displayed prominently alongside each work. Their purpose? In advance of the exhibition, each artist’s “Hott Sheet” was subjected to a rigorous and absurd price-determination process—a process that attempts to replicate, then subvert and implicate the dubious motivations that determine value in the highest reaches of International Fine Art Market. The resulting “value assessment methodology form” allows viewers to ponder both the physical work and its objective value side-by-side; and perhaps to consider whether they agree with the result. A cool show and a hot topic, Hott Sheets will be warming our gallery through July 21st.

LOVE GARDEN SOUNDS (822 Massachusetts St.)


Art! Music!

FOXTROT (823 Massachusetts St.)

DOWNTOWN UPSTAIRS (824 1/2 Massachusetts St.)

PHOENIX GALLERY (825 Massachusetts St.) www.phoenixgalleryks.com

This month for Final Friday we will feature local artists Toni Brou and Bob Gent, and Marie McKenzie, also of Lawrence, will be in the Vermont St. entrance. The Phoenix Gallery is offering a very special treat for this Final Friday. We will have food by T.K. Peterson, the chef/owner of the new restaurant opening in the Tellers location, and there will be music by Lost and Found. Toni Brou ("Brew") settled in Lawrence after completing a BFA in Design and Illustration at KU. She adopted the mantra, "the sun always rises" and began crafting her beautiful, whimsical folk art sun assemblages. Her mixed media suns are broadcast regularly on CBS Sunday Morning. Toni's incorporation of found objects in her work (hubcaps are a favorite) is a nod to her late father who so fostered her creative pursuits. There is a story and a positive message behind every piece of art she produces, and she has dedicated certain motifs to benefit particular non-profit agencies. After earning his BFA in Graphic Design and spending many years working for other artists, Bob Gent designed and built his own studio. His style employs tightly controlled, bright colors, simple shapes, and a playful design sense. His work reaches completion in being a part of people’s lives, taking that conversation into their living spaces and bringing aesthetic pleasure from the utilization of everyday objects. Marie McKenzie is a graduate of the KU Fine Arts program. Her range of work encompasses painting, sculpture, and design. The artist’s sculptures contravene the viewer’s perception of the real and the imaginary. Her hybrid style of painting and sculpture pushes the material aspect into further inspection. We have a special treat for you: we will have food to sample from T.K. Peterson, chef/owner of the new restaurant set to open soon in the former Tellers location. This will be a chance to get a preview of the offerings from this well-known chef and be first to try samples of the new menu. Lost and Found originates from the outskirts of Lawrence, near Perry, Kansas. They began playing together in high school for fun in the fall of 2011, just with a few ukuleles and a guitar and later began writing their own music more seriously and doing some home recording.“All we've ever wanted to do is play music and be heard because that's what makes it fun.” Members include Annie Mehl, Bridger Falkenstien, and Addison Jones.

TEN THOUSAND VILLAGES (835 Massachusetts St.)

Art Quilts by Marge Banks My original designs are based upon Seminole patchwork strips. However, they are assembled in non-traditional ways with non-traditional batik fabrics. My painting background has prompted me to "paint with fabric" to make both wall hangings and table pieces. They vary in size between 12" squares to 4' x 6'.


Ink Drawings by Mitch Meseke opening reception Final Friday 6 until 9 pm

Mitch Meseke is a freelance artist, recently relocated to Lawrence from Berkeley, California. Mitch received his Bachelor of Arts in Denver, Colorado and then lived for six years in New York, working in a wine shop and for several design firms including Transistor Studios, Eyeball NYC, Life Long Friendship Society and the Daily. He spent a year in Berkeley doing freelance artwork. His exhibitions include The Pyramid Gallery in Williamsburg, The Wheelbarrow Gallery in Denver and Fokl in Kansas City.

More of Mitch's work can be viewed at www.mitchmeseke.com

THE SUMMIT (901 New Hampshire St.)

Point B Dance and the AIM Dance Company

The AIM Dance Company, resident contemporary dance company of Point B Dance in Lawrence, KS, blends the excitement of commercial dance with the essence of concert dance to create entertaining and thought-provoking performances. At Final Fridays, the AIM Dance Company will perform several mini-shows featuring pieces from past as well as upcoming shows. A 10 minute excerpt in hip hop, jazz and contemporary dance will be performed on the half hours during Final Fridays beginning at 6:00pm, 6:30pm and again at 7:00pm. The company members will be on hand to answer questions concerning Point B Dance as well as the AIM Dance Company.

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

openings on Final Fridays from 6 until 8 pm Gallery curated by local painter, Marty Olson

LAWRENCE PERCOLATOR (in the alley behind Lawrence Arts Center on 9th St.) *look for the green awnings www.lawrence-percolator.blogspot.com

Closing Reception for “Nesting”

What does it mean to live in a nest, a home or interior? Where is the nest, the best air conditioned place on a hot summer day? Is it your pile of pillows around a TV, or a mythological place? Is it empty?

Come to Percolator and see how Lawrence artists have answered these questions. This show is a collaboration between the Percolator, Tenants to Homeowners, and Eastside Village Lawrence.

EXTRA VIRGIN (937 Massachusetts St.)

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.

FIVE BAR / INGREDIENT (947 Massachusetts St.)

Five Bar (just to the north of Ingredient) on Final Friday for live music all night

THE GRANADA (1020 Massachusetts St.) www.thegranada.com

Yeasayer pre-party in the parking lot to the south of the Granada

Bands and Live Painting

AIMEE'S CAFE' & COFFEE SHOP (1025 Massachusetts St.) www.aimeescoffeehouse.com

Art Exhibitions and Entertainment every month on Final Fridays

WATKINS COMMUNITY MUSEUM (1047 Massachusetts St.) www.watkinsmuseum.org

Patriotism and Politics with the Watkins Museum and the Dole Institute on Final Friday

The paraphernalia created for political campaigns is at the center of a new temporary exhibit at the Watkins Museum, opening during the June Final Friday gallery walk. “Democracy on Display: 100 Years of Political Advertising” shares some of the Watkins’ collection of political buttons, yard signs and clothes that were created to support campaigns in and around Douglas County. Campaigns for politicians ranging from William McKinley to Alf Landon to Kathleen Sebelius created some of the items being displayed at the Watkins Museum.

The exhibit will be celebrated with a grand opening on Friday, June 28 from 6-8 PM. Staff from the Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics will lead a special activity for visitors, and discuss Senator Dole’s contributions to politics in Kansas.

For more information on the Final Friday event, contact the Watkins Museum at 785-841-4109, or visit the museum online at watkinsmuseum.org. The Watkins Museum is located at 1047 Massachusetts Street in downtown Lawrence.


Final Fridays Opening: June 28th, 6-9pm Pocket Trade Party: Tuesday, July 23rd, 7 pm, at Henry's Upstairs, welcome to the public, come meet the artists, or just enjoy a cocktail!!


As summer approaches there is a buzz of creativity and collaboration in the air.

For the Month of July, Henry's Coffee Shop will showcase twenty-five local artists that have been asked to create, one- 5" x 5" piece of artwork or smaller -thus- pocket sized. No theme, no holding back, just a demonstration of what each artist does best. At the end of July, the artists will gather at Henry's Upstairs and a spontaneous trade will take place allowing each artist to walk a way with a new piece of the show. Supporting each other as Lawrence continues to grow in its arts culture, is a key factor in keeping collaboration, conversation, and comraderie alive.

Artists Include: Jason Barr, Andrew Burkitt, Michaela Carmen, Benedict Demmer, Franklin Fantini, Alycia Futrelle, Jesse Gray, Andrew Jilka, Erok Johanssen, Leslie Kay, Kelly Kearns, Alicia Kelly, Michael Krueger, Kate Larson, Adam Lott, Aaron Marable, Jasmine Mccaffrey, Marie Mckenzie, Jeromy Morris, Yoonmi Nam, Solace Naeymi, Clinton Ricketts, Jeremy Rockwell, Jessica Rold, and Samantha Wardy.


At 737 Connecticut Street artist Kristin Morland shares a new collection of work inspired by her own experience in here in Lawrence Kansas,USA. Using the American flag as a jumping off point, Kristin unravels the stars and bars, to communicate something new. Drawing on themes of local pride, observed social perceptions, and abstracted reveries within a rectangle. It's a belated flag day celebration!


901 PENN GALLERY (9th and Pennsylvania St.)

Retta H. Backus Lauretta Hendricks Backus Jennifer Doors Dilesh Fernando Marilyn Horsch Kim Brook

313 STUDIOS (313 E. 8th) This Final Friday, 313 Studios will feature paintings by Melissa Spurlock Firminger and short films by Nick Kral in the courtyard followed by a bonfire where John Hachmeister and Marshall Maude will give a short presentation highlighting their recent adventures and work in China.

WATERSHED 28 June 2013, 8PM Start 313 East 8th Street, Studio C Lawrence, Kansas 66049

Join Melissa Spurlock as she opens her studio for the first time to present “WATERSHED”, her most recent work. Melissa will be giving away one painting during the event, with details to be announced via Melissa Spurlock Studios Facebook page on 6/26 at 3pm. Twenty five percent of profits from this event will go to Lawrence Memorial Hospital Oncology Center to benefit cancer patient’s immediate needs (financial assistance for copays, rides to and from the hospital for treatment, meals, etc.). 313 Studios will be providing a bonfire, outdoor films and presentations, and there will be Free State Beer, while it lasts!

Melissa’s paintings are a bold and evocative, and her current work depicts color and form in an emotional state of pattern, revolution and evolution. Movement and counter-movement provide tension as she captures instances from minute shifts to pure awakenings. Melissa's work all presents with a quality of uncertainty and a weightlessness, echoing universal truths of change, while retaining a distinct sense of optimism and hope that transformation bestows.

Melissa Spurlock’s abstract paintings are created with intense layers of color, textured form and gestural compositions. She studied painting and design at the University of Kansas right before the dot com boom. Seduced by the blossoming world of technology, Melissa ultimately graduated with a B.S. in Business from Baker University and pursued a career in IT. She dabbled in design to satisfy her creative side, but painting always remained her true love. Along with bold color, Melissa’s design vocabulary informs her painting style, creating a unique, contemporary aesthetic.

Born in Billings, Montana, she has lived everywhere from Los Angeles, California to Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. She currently resides in Lawrence, Kansas.

CIDER GALLERY ( 810 Pennsylvania St.)

Cider Gallery Fine Art is pleased to host a Final Fridays Reception for the work of artists Jeremy Rockwell and Mark Westervelt, from 5:00 – 9:00 pm on June 28th, 2013, at 810 Pennsylvania Street.

Jeremy Rockwell is self taught and draws inspiration from both the figurative and abstract. His work completes a conversation between classical technique and modern technology. By manipulating cast off computer parts and construction materials, Rockwell's work finds a dynamic agreement between elements otherwise at odds.

Mark Westervelt's choice of medium is also inventive. Using byproducts like paint chips and acrylic paint "skins," he recognizes random beauty, forming would-be trash into abstract figures on paper and wood panel. The result alludes to the underlying currents of knowing, spontaneity and intuition.

For more information, contact art@cidergallery.com or visit cidergallery.com Cider Gallery Fine Art hours: 1-5 pm, Tuesday through Friday and by appointment or chance.

THE INVISIBLE HAND GALLERY (846 Pennsylvania St.) www.invisiblehandgallery.com

Amjad Faur ~ Future Ruins Opens Final Friday June 28th 5-9pm The invisible Hand Gallery 846 Pennsylvania www.invisiblehandgallery.com

From his very first roll of film, Olympia, Wash., photographer Amjad Faur has been interested in ideas of distorted perception. Through years of exploring the technical limitations of his medium, shooting to large format film without the use of post processing or digital editing, Faur has developed his artform to create images that challenge the idea of the photograph as an empirical record of reality.

It’s this visual mastery that will be on display when Faur presents a selection of his photographs in a new exhibition, Future Ruins, at The Invisible Hand Gallery.

Future Ruins brings together photographs from multiple bodies of work, shot over the course of the last few years. While the images stand on their own visually, their conceptual and thematic richness makes for a multi-faceted view into the artist’s primary interests. Faur uses his artwork as way to explore his relationship to European art, his relationship to photography and his relationship to the Middle East.

Visually, Faur takes cues from European art history, particularly the Mannerist and Early Renaissance periods, where he sees a common thread to his own work.

“There’s a mechanical limitation to photography that I’m most interested in,” Faur says. “And this is important when I think about something like the struggles with the development of perception for someone like Giotto, who was an Early Renaissance painter. Single point perspective had not been developed for European painters at that time.”

Also intrinsic to Faur’s creative voice is his use of 8-by-10 inch black and white film. The nuanced range of grayscale the film achieves allows him to reduce the amount of information given by the photograph, which degrades its use as documentation. The film’s subtle variation also aids in obscuring boundaries between objects.

“It’s about creating a closeness, binding objects and spaces together through this incredibly delicate tonal relationship between grays,” Faur says.

This is a particularly useful tool when taking into account Faur’s primary subject matter: the modern history of the Middle East, and the way it is visually interpreted in other cultures. Faur, whose father is from the Jordan Valley, uses these ideas of perspective, manipulation and gray area to make observations on the state of the Middle East after World War I. “You have artificial space,” Faur says. “You have artificial borders and artificial boundaries, and those things can be moved around at the will of various wills and various powers.”

Future Ruins opens at The Invisible Hand Gallery on June 28. (Sean Rosner)

SeedCo STUDIOS (826 Pennsylvania St.) www.seedcostudios.com


Open Studios by Resident Artists:

Michaela Carmen Jessica Dietrich Paul Flinders Jesse Gray Erok Johanssen Alicia Kelly Kate Larson Brandon Mateer Jeromy Morris Jeremy Rockwell Dani Ramirez Angela Wright Foxy by Proxy Red Light Photography Whatever Forever Tapes

(Drinks and snacks will be available for donation.)


Starting at 9:00 we'll be asking for a $5-10 DOOR DONATION TO HELP W/ GAS $

This is gonna be one of those insanely special moments. One of those live shows in a warehouse w/ dancing into the night w/ everyone grinning from ear to ear about their collective elation. I promise. You may fall in love.


Loud and proud, Portland, OR based Lovers is a band of emotional intensity and complexity. Their new album Dark Light begins with singer Carolyn Berk’s confession, “every time the music starts, I can feel my aching, shaking heart,” and from there, Lovers embark on a spiritual journey of inspired three-part harmonies, deep introspection, and next-wave humor.

Since 2001 songwriter Carolyn Berk has established her unique voice as Lovers with four acclaimed, haunted and heart-broken previous albums. Lovers (celebrated lyricist Berk, synth-programmer and performance artist Kerby Ferris, and sequencer and percussionist Emily Kingan) craft an intimate portrait of female friendship, sexuality, and evolution as an infinite process.

Says Berk about Lovers presently: “We are like sisters. We are sisters.”

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 is a new anchor in the new 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. 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 marlaquilts@sbcglobal.net or call 785-371-6682 


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