Final Friday on Black Friday in the Lawrence Cultural District
FINAL FRIDAY ON BLACK FRIDAY! SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL ARTISTS.
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) www.lawrenceartscenter.org Lawrence Arts Center Final Friday events are sponsored by CornerBank
2013 Bizarre Bazaar The One Show you NEVER want to miss! Over 100+ Artist at the Lawrence Art Center Join us for unique art at Bizarre Bazaar on Friday 5-9pm and Saturday 9-5pm. Bizarre Bazaar is held annually on Thanksgiving weekend. It is located at the Lawrence Art Center at 940 New Hampshire. Come and enjoy all the Bizarre artwork!
THE SUMMIT (9th and New Hamsphire) www.thesummitlawrence.com
Monthly exhibitions on the Climbing Wall Gallery
DYNAMITE SALOON (719 Massachusetts St.)
Beth is a self-taught artist. In her paintings, she focused on editing her work, eliminating lines and shadows. She explored what could be removed from her work, while still allowing the painting to communicate to the viewer. The idea is that by editing ourselves, we allow the most important things to come to the foreground both in art and in life.
Currently, her philosophy for creating art is to experience the work in a state of bliss. It is a continued attempt to experience the Act of Creation as a joyful experience.
LUCKY PAWS BAKERY & UNIQUE BARKTIQUE (4 E. 7th)
BLUE DOT SALON (15 E. 7th)
SIGNS OF LIFE GALLERY (722 Massachusetts St.)
PACHAMAMAS (800 New Hampshire St.) www.pachamamas.com
Works by Kelly Kearns Kelly Kearns is an artist, a rock collector, and an aspiring herbalist. She received her BFA in printmaking from KU in 2009, and still 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.
COPT/FEIDEN GALLERY (800 Massachusetts St.)
5:00 PM until 9:00 PM—as part of Lawrence's Final Fridays. Refreshments provided.
HENRY'S COFFEE SHOP (11 E. 8th St.)
---------"Dans les Feuilles"----------- Experimental Photography by Ryan Shelton
Ryan Shelton is known for her experimental darkroom photography. In her works at Henry's she explores digital photography with the use of natural light and color of the autumn season.
WONDER FAIR (803 1/2 Massachusetts St.) www.wonderfair.com (above the Burger Stand)
LOVE GARDEN SOUNDS (822 Massachusetts St.)
DOWNTOWN UPSTAIRS (824 1/2 Massachusetts St.)
Traci Bunkers and Uncle Andy's Holiday Art Sale
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 to wow you with their visual magical mystery treats with a wide range of art and inexpensive gifts for your holiday shopping. Eye candy à go-go makes it definitely worth the trip upstairs.
Traci Bunkers, of Bonkers Handmade Originals, is mixed-media/fiber artist and author. She has a little something for everyone from stocking stuffers to fine art. Her offerings include mixed-media paintings, photographs, handmade books, hand-dyed yarn & spinning fiber, hand-knit scarves, cards, quirky pin-back buttons, pocket mirrors, and ponytail dreadlocks. See her website at www.TraciBunkers.com for more information about her and her work. Her online shop is www.TraciBunkers.com/shop.
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.) www.phoenixgalleryks.com
November’s Final Friday at Phoenix gallery will feature artists Bob Gent and Jake Oxnard. We will have live music by Darrell Lea and holiday treats by Natalie.
Bob Gent, a local glass artist, has long had the goal of becoming a designer craftsman, as it allows him to explore ideas independently, with few constraints on his aesthetics. His style employs tightly controlled, bright colors, simple shapes, and a playful design sense. Much of his work is enhanced by the decorations which start out as long rods of color (or canes) that he makes from imported glass. He begins by choosing a background color and reactive decorations. This reaction between background and embellishment sets up a conversation that can be evocative of anything from a love sonnet to a heated political argument.
John “Jake” Oxnard was born in Versailles, KY and grew up in downtown Lexington, KY . “Jake” found relief and purpose with art classes in junior high and high school. In December 2009 he graduated with a B.F.A. from the University of Kentucky. In 2011 his daughter Penelope was born, and that fall his wife Jaimie and he relocated to Lawrence, KS where Jake started working towards a M.F.A in Sculpture at the University of Kansas. “Jake” is constantly challenging himself to expand his experiences with the many processes of making sculpture. He is passionate about teaching sculpture as a graduate teaching assistant at the University. Currently, he working in his final year and planning his thesis show for spring 2014.
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.) www.phoenixgalleryks.com
Ellen Sweeney and David Titterington will be the featured artists at Phoenix Underground for November’s Final Friday Art Walk.
Ellen Sweeney was born and raised in rural Kansas. After college, she worked as a teacher and later as a lawyer. Despite a life-long passion for drawing, she had not painted until she was a young adult. She is now able to pursue this passion as a full time vocation. Over the last 25 years, she has learned from great teachers in Kansas City including Robert Vaughn, Charles Stegner, and Phil Starke, as well as many artist friends. She works in her studio in Roeland Park, Kansas. Despite marketing advice to the contrary, Ellen is not able to limit her work to a few subjects. Her interest ranges from construction sites to still life paintings. She especially likes the excitement and chaos of cityscapes.
David Titterington was born and raised in Kansas City. He received his BFA in Japanese and painting from KU and traveled to India to study meditation at the Dalai Lama’s monastery in 2005. Titterington then moved to Shikoku, Japan and lived there for five years teaching English and exhibiting artwork. He received his MFA from KU in 2013 and currently lives and works in Lawrence. His painting process is traditional: many layers of semi-transparent oil paint begin with loose and rhythmic brush strokes. He never knows exactly what the finished image will look like when he begins. Unforeseen problems require creative solutions, and new forms emerge from the destruction of old ones. David’s understanding of the picture evolves through formal development and intuition as he slowly “pulls” the image into focus.
ESSENTIAL GOODS (825 Massachusetts St.)
Please join us Friday, November 29th at the opening reception for Lawrence artist Tami Clark’s show “Forgotten Treasures”. It will be a fantastic evening and we hope to see you!
:: Artist Bio :: Tami Clark is an assemblage and encaustic artist who learned her art through observation and inspiration.The title of her show “Forgotten Treasures” describes the joy she gets when finding rusty treasures that can tell a story when added to plaster and the encaustic medium (beeswax, pigment, tree resin) that she loves. Tami has lived in Lawrence for 20 years, earned a Bachelors Degree at the KU School of Social Welfare and is a full-time Director of Youth Ministries. She named her studio Life Adventure Studio because life, like art, is an adventure.
TEN THOUSAND VILLAGES (835 Massachusetts St.)
THE BOURGEOIS PIG (6 E. 9th St.)
Specimens works by Alycia Futrelle
Bio: Alycia Futrelle, a Kansas native, earned her BA in Art History from the University of Kansas in 2010. With no formal training, most of her experience comes from personal projects and experimenting with various media in her spare time. Her past works include mixed media, collage, and photography as well as hand drawn and water colored images which explore organic and geometric forms.
Specimens is a study of natural textures, forms, and materials based on objects from my personal collection. The use of detailed line and stippled technique was inspired by antique etchings printed in flora and fauna guides, field note sketches, and natural history studies. I believe collecting is a habit we all posses. Whether it's a trait inherited from our hunter and gatherer ancestors, a way to fill a void, or a desire to feed a personal pleasure, we are all collectors of something.
LAWRENCE PERCOLATOR (in the alley behind Lawrence Arts Center on 9th St.) *look for the green awnings www.lawrence-percolator.blogspot.com
SNIPEHUNT Using cryptozoology as an allegory for legendary individuals, animals and the act of story-telling, this exibition will be a celebration of cryptids, whose existence is often passed down through oral tradition, stories that are embellished, can't be authenticated, or are just too weird to be believed (or denied).
For this exhibition, the artists have collected numerous reports of legendary beasts, enigmatic people and strange happenings from writers and community contributors. These stories are the source material for original pieces of art showcased in the SNIPE HUNT exhibition.
Opening Reception: Fri. Nov. 29 5:00 to 9:00 pm, Lawrence Percolator--Meet the artists and read the accounts submitted by our intrepid team of talented storytellers as we kick off the beginning of SNIPE HUNT. All ages welcome Cryptid Making Workshop: Sat. Dec. 14, 12:00 to 3:00 pm, Lawrence Percolator--A workshop brought to you by SNIPE HUNT. We will be creating whimsical creatures using printmaking techniques. All ages welcome. Winter Solstice: Sat. Dec. 21, 7:00pm, Lawrence Percolator--Celebrate the first day of winter and join us as we read from selected stories of strange encounters submitted by the community as part of the SNIPE HUNT exhibition. About the artists: Kent Smith is an illustrator, designer and all-around artist extraordinaire. A graduate of the University of Kansas with a BFA in illustration and design, Kent gets to spend his time making pictures—something he celebrates daily. Made from many mediums, Kent’s artwork is chock-full of humor and personality. He is always up for a new challenge. Kent loves robots, ninjas, super-heroes, monkeys, ray-guns and romance.
Matthew Lord graduated with a BFA in illustration from the University of Kansas and is a commercial illustrator/designer and fine artist. Matt’s artwork tilts toward the absurd, with a healthy dose of pop culture critique. He strives to tell a well-constructed story with his artwork, using the panel as his delivery device. Matt’s influences are drawn from a youth saturated with comic books and toy commercials—he still holds out hope to someday get the G.I. Joe Aircraft Carrier.
AU MARCHE (931 Massachusetts St.)
About the Photographer, Emmalee Schaumburg: Emmalee Schaumburg fell in love with photography when she discovered her parents’ 35mm camera in high school. The darkroom began to pull on her creative side and it didn’t let go. After years of photographing various subjects she opened up a photography studio in North Lawrence.
EXTRA VIRGIN (937 Massachusetts St.)
"Holiday Happening", Artwork by Kathleen Anderson, Linda Baranski, Laurie Culling, Dian Hauser, Leta Strom Opens November 29 Final Friday, Reception 5-9pm. Show runs through December, 2013
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
Linda Baranski is a mosaic artist, painter and printmaker living in Northeast Kansas. She creates mosaics using Italian vitreous glass tile (smalti), stained glass and found objects. Her paintings, monoprints and mosaics range from Realism to Abstract Expressionism and use oil, acrylic, watercolor and mixed media. After studying mosaic restoration in Ravenna, Italy, the direction of her mosaic work took on an iconic quality. In 2002 Linda co-founded the Library Friends of Art at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library to support the library's Sabatini Gallery. She has been an Artist-in-Residence at the Red Barn Studio in Lindsborg, Kansas for many years. Linda received Lawrence’s prestigious 2009 Phoenix Award as Arts Administrator. She served as president of the Lawrence Art Guild for three and a half years, and four years as Gallery Director of the 1109 Gallery in Downtown Lawrence. www.lawrenceartguild.org
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.)
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
AIMEE'S CAFE' & COFFEE SHOP (1025 Massachusetts St.) www.aimeescoffeehouse.com
ROCKIN PARROT (1027 Massachusetts St.)
Rockin’ Parrot moved into 1027 Massachusetts St. on Aug 10th. We are a perky, eclectic, and upscale consignment boutique with a mix of clothing and antiques that will appeal to people of all ages and pocketbooks. We have pocketbooks for sale too by the way. We are also hosting artists for the Final Friday Artwalks.
WATKINS MUSEUM of HISTORY (1047 Massachusetts St.) www.watkinsmuseum.org
ECOBOUTIQUO (1101 1/2 Masschusetts St.)
ECOBOUTIQUO earth friendly fashion gallery NOW OPEN!! 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.)
THE INVISIBLE HAND GALLERY (810 Pennsylvania St.) www.invisiblehandgallery.com
Kristen Ferrell ~ Grinding axes down to a nub. Open Final Friday November 29th 5-9pm *** this show will be moved to the front lobby of the Lawrence Arts Center on Monday December 2nd.
On a personal note, I am retiring from the gallery business, this will be my last show. Thank you all so much for everything, your help has been immeasurable over the last few years.
About the artist:
Artist Kristen Ferrell explores emotions through inventive false narratives in her exhibition Grinding Axes Down to a Nub. Ferrell creates small-scale paintings and drawings, often featuring humanoid and animal like characters and symbols, to illustrate sentiments such as self-betrayal and guilt. The artist tempers the thematic brutality of her art with careful consideration for color and form, resulting in fanciful and beautiful images.
Ferrell’s works often visually express the dichotomy of who we are versus who we wish to be in our relationships with others. The artist relates the feelings that can develop within close interpersonal relationships and daily interactions through macabre and whimsical scenes.
Through her art, Ferrell illustrates “the begrudging sacrifices, the false faces we present to each other, the way we turn against what we know is right — all the little ways we fail ourselves in order to be with other people.“
The artist’s narratives are driven by the use of symbolism throughout her body of work. Representative of reoccurring themes, these symbols tie together paintings and drawings, implying through repetition an ongoing storyline and accessible moral. Elements such as hands or birds carry with them layered meanings deeply personal to the artist and open to interpretation by the viewer. Ferrell encourages the viewer to invent their own stories and to reference the elements within the work to develop a personal understanding of her art.
Drawing on art history and aesthetically inspired by Hieronymus Bosch, Ferrell has developed a propensity for the manipulation of visual cues to transform the grotesque into the beautiful. In addition to Bosch like metamorphoses, Ferrell also channels Otto Dix and his honest portrayal of the human conditions and evocative use of color. Grinding Axes Down to a Nub will open at the Invisible Hand Gallery November 29 and will be moved to the Lawrence Arts Center the following Monday.
SeedCo STUDIOS (826 Pennsylvania St.) www.seedcostudios.com
SEEDCO STUDIOS Final Friday, November 29th BLACK FRIDAY Holiday Art Market and Open Studios: 4:00-9:00pm
Open studios by resident artists: Michaela Carmen Jessica Rold Jesse Gray Erok Johanssen Alicia Kelly Kate Larson Brandon Mateer Marie McKenzie Landon Merrill Jeromy Morris Dana Olson Dani Ramirez Jeremy Rockwell Ryan Storck David Titterington Angela Wright Aaron Youngstrom Felt Show 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.
www.seedcostudios.com www.freshproduceartcollective.com whatevertapes.bandcamp.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 785-371-6682
THE LAWRENCE ART PARTY (Lawrence Creates Makerspace 9th and New Jersey)
Final Friday Lawrence Art Party - September 27 Lawrence Creates Makerspace 512 E. 9th Street, Lawrence KS Sponsored by Lawrence Creates and the Lawrence Art Guild
The Lawrence Art Party, a production of Lawrence Creates and the Lawrence Art Guild, is held every Final Friday at the Lawrence Creates Makerspace at 512 E. 9th Street (9th and NJ), Lawrence KS. We welcome new artists. To apply for a Lawrence Art Party event, simply email a few images of the work you would like to show to email@example.com
FINAL FRIDAY EVENTS IN NORTH LAWRENCE
GASLIGHT GARDENS (317 N. 2nd St.) Animals in Space/Nature small works by Lance LeClair
SCHAUMBURG PHOTOGRAPHY/BOMSHELL PINUP PHOTOGRAPHY (613 N. 2nd St.) www.schaumburgphotography.com