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“Final” Final Friday of 2012

FINAL FRIDAY, December 28th , 2012 5 until 9 pm unless otherwise noted

As the year draws to a close and the wintry weather is upon us, Final Fridays brings together galleries, artists, merchants, restaurants, studios, coffee shops and bars for one last 2012 art hoopla before our grand foray in to the New Year. Stop in all of these toasty warm locations Friday, and wish all the artists and venues that bring Final Fridays to the public every month a happy new year! Final Fridays are free and open to all.

LAWRENCE ARTS CENTER (940 New Hampshire) www.lawrenceartscenter.org

The Lawrence Arts Center will be closed on Final Friday. Look for class catalogs at other Final Friday venues, and fulfill that New Year's resolution to create more in 2013!

LAWRENCE PUBLIC LIBRARY (707 Vermont St.) www.lawrencepubliclibrary.com

SIGNS OF LIFE (722 Massachusetts St.) www.signsoflifegallery.com

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

Don't miss the last Lawrence Art Party of the year, on Final Friday, December 28! We'll have music by the wonderful Lawrence musician John Lomas, local and regional artists, performance art by fortune teller Madam Go Go, and much more!

This will be the final day of our Silent Auction to benefit the Lawrence Art Guild and Lawrence Community Workshop, and we will have a raffle for some amazing artwork!

Artists signed up as of today:

Julie Blichmann Wes Casey Dave DeHetre LeAnne Doljac Brad Levy Angie Logan Kevin Mimms George Paley John Wysocki

BLUE FLAME GALLERY (745 New Hampshire, Suite 5)

"Assimilation"

Oil paintings by Aaron Hannon

Blue Flame Gallery

745 new Hampshire Suite 5

Friday December 28th 5-9

NURTURE BOTANICALS STUDIO (15 E. 7th St.)

Animal Whimsy: Emily Emerson of Fauna Designs Emily Emerson of Fauna Designs will be showing her colorful, whimsical illustrations and greeting cards.

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

Moments In Time – Works on Paper by Eliza Bullock

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 tapestry of the city and its inhabitants. There is an alluring tension of extremes there whch has become an essential part of the work I make.

I create abstract works on paper combining techniques of monotype, chiné colle, collage, assemblage, drawing 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 to complete each piece. My process is very fluid. I don't 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.

As an abstract artist, 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 deep and personal level as it does for me. You can view my full collection of work and exhibition schedule at www.elizabullock.com. Thank you.

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

Holiday Market

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

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

LOST ART SPACE (825 Massachusetts St.) www.lostartspace.com

2∞ Twenty-eight is a harmonic divisor number, a happy number, a triangular number, a hexagonal number, and a centered nonagonal number. The revolution time of the surface of the Sun on itself is 28 days while its core is revolving in 33 days. The curing time of concrete is classically considered 28 days. The New General Catalogue object NGC 28, an elliptical galaxy in the constellation Phoenix The average human menstrual cycle is 28 days although no link has been established with the nightlighting and the Moon. In Gematriya, the system of Hebrew Numerology, the number 28 corresponds to the word koakh, meaning "power", "energy". The number of dominoes in standard domino sets The postal code of the province of Madrid, in Spain. 1842 – Calixa Lavallée, French-Canadian composer (O Canada) (d. 1891) 1899 – Eugeniusz Bodo, Polish actor (d. 1943) 1921 – Johnny Otis, American musician (d. 2012 1953 – Tatsumi Fujinami, Japanese professional wrestler The list goes on forever…literally. Throughout time so many things have happened on this day that they are uncountable. In fact, so much will happen on that day this year , in one hour of that day, in one minute of that hour; it would take a lifetime trying to describe what escapes so easily. Like steps down the staircase, the moments pass, already lost, unable to last, the endless cycle continued. This December 28 the Fresh Produce Art Collective, SeedCo Studios, and the Phoenix Gallery present an exhibition of new and recent works celebrating the infinite, the indefinite, and the indifferent: various lenses through which the spectacle can be viewed, transcribed, defragmented, and/or otherwise captured for a brief amount of time, before descending into the void. Despite the improbabilities, the show goes on. There are always more infinities…

THE BOURGEOIS PIG (6 E. 9th St.)

YOU DESERVE THIS... works by Adam Lott

I drew these drawings. I primarily used felt tipped pens. I always used bristol paper. I regret nothing. brief bio: Adam Lott was born in Grand Island, NE, but grew up mostly in Garden City, KS and has spent the last few years of his life in Lawrence, KS...and he's standing...just over there. Watching.

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

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

The Baggage Show

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

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

You are Invited

Art by Lesa

December 1 thru December 31, 2012

Reception Lawrence Final Friday December 28, 2012 5:30-9:00pm New low prices on Originals: $100-$250

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

1109 GALLERY (1109 Massachusetts St.) www.lawrenceartguild.org

Winter Blitz with more than 30 artists

FINAL FRIDAY EVENTS IN THE WAREHOUSE ARTS DISTRICT

313 STUDIOS (313 E. 8th)

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

Layet johnson Ξ Sacred Jests Opens Final Friday December 28th 5-9pm Runs through January 21st The Invisible Hand Gallery 846 Pennsylvania Street Lawrence, ks 66044 www.invisiblehandgallery.com

From www.invisiblehandgallery.com

Sacred Jests, Layet Johnson’s second solo exhibition and first for the Invisible Hand, opens on Final Friday, December 28, 2012.

With Sacred Jests, Johnson aims to disarm the viewer with a collection of work that engages and disconnects pop cultural and intellectual touch points, playing the part of amateur, trickster, editor, and mimic, with a monosyllabic motto, “Slack,” equally endearing viewers and holding them at arm’s length.

Johnson's continuous examination of materials and processes, from painting and video to performance and sculpture, will also be on display, in addition to the humor, paradox, and Americana that touches much of his output.

Unpredictability, stark sarcasm and tangled conceptualism all find frictional, fictional cohesion in Sacred Jests. Good advice for the prospective viewer comes from Johnson’s graduate classmate and close friend Charles Westfall, who once stated about the work that, “to take it seriously, you cannot take it seriously.”

Layet Johnson was born November 26, 1985, in Little Rock, Arkansas. He graduated from Little Rock Central High School in 2004 and from Hendrix College in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in arts with a focus on drawing. He completed a Master of Fine Arts degree in 2011 at The Lamar Dodd School of Art, University of Georgia.

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

SeedCo Studios is the preeminent studio collective in the Warehouse Arts District with numerous visual and performing artists housed in one cacophony of creativity at 826 Pennsylvania St. SeedCo resident artists run and exhibit work in Lost Art Space (downtown Lawrence) and Glimpse (19th and Wyandotte on First Fridays in KC.)

SeedCo opens its doors to the public on Final Fridays with open studios.

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

Marla Jackson Quilter Textile Historian Warehouse Arts District in East Lawrence at 720 # 2 East 9th Street. www.marlaquilts.com

For more information and to sign up for Ms. Jackson’s future creative classes email marlaquilts@sbcglobal.net or call 785-371-6682 

FINAL FRIDAYS IN NORTH LAWRENCE (AFTER-PARTY ART SHOWS)

GASLIGHT GARDENS (317 N. 2nd)

Paintings by Emily Parker

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

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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.

FINAL FRIDAY EVENTS AND VENUES IN DOWNTOWN LAWRENCE

LAWRENCE ARTS CENTER (940 New Hampshire) www.lawrenceartscenter.org

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) www.van-go.org

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

STAR STRUCK CLOTHING (16 E. 8th St.) www.starstruckclothing.com

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

6-830pm

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.) www.eldridgehotel.com

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.

LAWRENCE PUBLIC LIBRARY (707 Vermont St.) www.lawrencepubliclibrary.com

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.) www.signsoflifegallery.com

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!!!!

LUCKY PAWS BAKERY & UNIQUE BARKtique (4 E. 7th St.)

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

Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BlueFlameGal...

TELLER'S RESTAURANT UPSTAIRS (746 Massachusetts St.) www.tellerslawrence.com

NURTURE BOTANICALS STUDIO (15 E. 7th St.)

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.) www.pachamamas.com

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

BENEFIT FOR ZACH GRAAS in the PACHAMAMAS ALTON BALLROOM

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.) www.wonderfair.com

FOXTROT (823 Massachusetts St.)

LOVE GARDEN SOUNDS (822 Massachusetts St.)

www.lovegardensounds.com

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 http://www.TraciBunkers.com 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.) www.phoenixgalleryks.com

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.) www.lostartspace.com

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 freshproduceartcollective@gmail.com. Keep an ear to the ground about these and other happenings through Lost Art Space and SeedCo on Facebook, as well as lostartspace.com.

THE CARNEGIE LIBRARY

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 www.douglas.kansasbigs.org for more information.

THE BOURGEOIS PIG (6 E. 9th St.)

"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 www.lawrence-percolator.blogspot.com

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.) www.thegranada.com

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

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

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 www.weseethis.com.

For more information, call or e-mail Abby Pierron at the Watkins Museum at 785-841-4109 or apierron@watkinsmuseum.org.

1109 GALLERY (1109 Massachusetts St.) www.lawrenceartguild.org

FINAL FRIDAY EVENTS IN THE WAREHOUSE ARTS DISTRICT

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.

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

Andrew Jilka Ξ God Willing

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

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.) www.lostartspace.com

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. 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 

FINAL FRIDAYS IN NORTH LAWRENCE (AFTER-PARTY ART SHOW)

GASLIGHT GARDENS (317 N. 2nd)

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

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October 26th Final Friday Events

FINAL FRIDAY, October 26th, 2012 5 until 9 pm unless otherwise noted www.finalfridayslawrence.wordpress.com

-Lawrence, KS

Join hundreds of artists, performers and visitors on Final Friday in Downtown Lawrence, East Lawrence, the Warehouse Arts District and North Lawrence. Final Friday will kick off a weekend of studio tours from the annual Lawrence Art Walk, with many studios open and events on Final Friday as well. Lawrence Art Walk events on Final Friday have been added to this list, and maps for the weekend can be picked up at The Lawrence Arts Center.

FINAL FRIDAY EVENTS AND VENUES IN DOWNTOWN LAWRENCE

LAWRENCE ARTS CENTER (940 New Hampshire) www.lawrenceartscenter.org

R. Luke DuBois Hindsight is Always 20/20 Solo Exhibition September 28 thru November 17, 2012

Orton International Cone Box Show organized by Inge Balch, Baker University Professor September 14 thru October 27, 2012

Ben Kappen will be demonstrating glassblowing in front of the Lawrence Arts Center.

Threepenny Opera directed byRic Averill $20 adult $17.50 seniors $15 students (recommended for audiences 18+)   Don’t miss the Lawrence Arts Center’s professional production of Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill’s compelling Threepenny Opera. Brecht’s classic piece of epic theater will be directed by Ric Averill, Arts Center Artistic Director of Performing Arts. The Threepenny Opera celebrates the anti-hero, Mack the Knife, as he becomes a popular cult hero – no more guilty than his targeted 1% – in Brecht’s lament over the inequalities provided by a corrupt and money driven society. Brecht’s opera retells John Gay’s earlier Beggar’s Opera and presents man’s inhumanity to man as the only way to survive the ‘food first, then morals’ quandary. The music and characters are highly entertaining, as they provide a biting social commentary as relevant now as it was in 1928 Berlin. The cabaret style of the declining Weimar Republic’s entertainment district infuses the piece with a definitive sound that was the inspiration for musicals like Cabaret and Chicago.

VAN GO! MOBILE ARTS (715 New Jersey) www.van-go.org

*showing at The Lawrence Art Party

STAR STRUCK CLOTHING (16 E. 8th St.) www.starstruckclothing.com

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

THE ELDRIDGE HOTEL (701 Massachusetts St.) www.eldridgehotel.com

LAWRENCE PUBLIC LIBRARY (707 Vermont St.) www.lawrencepubliclibrary.com

Final Fridays: Downtown Tuesday Painters October 26th 5-7pm The Downtown Tuesday Painters is a group that meets regularly at the Douglas County Senior Center to pursue their craft. They will be showing artworks including watercolors, pastels, acrylics, oils, and mixed-media throughout the library.

SIGNS OF LIFE (722 Massachusetts St.) www.signsoflifegallery.com

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.)

Final Friday Lawrence Art Party

Hobbs Taylor Lofts, 718 New Hampshire Street Friday, October 26 6-9:30 PM

Improvisational Dance by members of the KU Dance Company

Jazz Guitar by Michael Stephenson

The October Final Friday Lawrence Art Party has everything you need for an awesome evening in Lawrence! Enjoy beautiful improvisational dance by members of the KU Dance Company, amazing jazz guitar by Michael Stephenson, and a wide variety of visual art, including wonderful sculptures, oil paintings, mixed media art, photographs, and much more. Enjoy the art of 20+ local artists, including Julie Blichmann, Wes Casey, Cris Chapin, John Clayton, Tina Garrett, Sandra Griffin, Brad Levy, Angie Logan, Robin Loomas, Robert Lundbom, Baker Medlock, Kevin A. Mimms, Jilli Nel, Kassidee Quaranta, Madonna Sophia, Nick Schmiedeler, Sherrie Taylor, Jen Unekis, Lesa Weller, and Thomas Weso. Van Go and Douglas County Aids Prevention Project will also be showing art!

LUCKY PAWS BAKERY & UNIQUE BARKtique (4 E. 7th St.)

Paintings for PAWS to benefit our local Crossroads Dog Rescue

Over the past month, people have registered and received a blank canvas. Then, will their dog/dogs create an art piece, so, it's art FOR dogs, BY dogs!!!!

All of the 'dogcasso' pieces will be on display Final Fridays from 5-8, and they will be up for silent auction. Each piece will be named and accompanied by a short bio of the furartist. I'm hoping that we will have great traffic and that people will bid on the pieces! At 8:00 pm, all bidding will end and the highest bid will take each piece. All monies raised wil go directly to Crossroads! Refreshments will be provided by Five Bar & Tables!

The BARKtique will also feature unique, one-of-a-kind dog-themed, art pieces from local artists, and fresh, organic dog treats baked using local ingredients!

TELLER'S RESTAURANT UPSTAIRS (746 Massachusetts St.) www.tellerslawrence.com

Patrick Emerson has been perfecting his photography for decades. His interest in digital photography was sparked during his time at KU managing the School of Fine Arts computer labs. Patrick graduated from KU with an English degree and went right to work for KU as a records clerk in the School of Fine Arts. He quickly advanced to managing their computer labs and training students/staff how to use design and imaging software. After leaving KU, he taught design at Baker University. Patrick delights in running into his many former students in the Lawrence community and is pleased to hear of their success in the arts.

Landscapes would be one of Patrick’s specialties but he really has quite a range of subjects in his images. His work has been published in Lonely Planet’s Best Travel 2009, in the international edition of Popular Photography, and on many websites and web publications. His most recent award came from the Ranchland Trust of Kansas which awarded him top honors in the landscape category.

Patrick and his wife, Nancy, started P&N Creative a few years ago and have been busy promoting Patrick’s photography as well as providing wedding, portrait, and event photography. You will see them frequently at Teller’s events taking photos which are displayed on their website and in marketing publications for the restaurant. They also work in partnership with Wolfe’s Camera in Topeka providing educational photo tours of Kansas.

Patrick’s work can be viewed on the walls of one of Lawrence’s premier restaurants, Teller’s, and on the third floor of the restaurant in the October Final Fridays event this month. Please join us on the third floor of Tellers October 22 from 6pm-8pm for a reception/opening and meet Patrick Emerson in person.

NURTURE BOTANICALS STUDIO (15 E. 7th St.)

Ann Dean Photography

Soft opening of Nurture Botanicals Studio – Herbal infused body care & handcrafted candles The Palladian Building 15 E. 7th Street, Suite 202

Ann Dean Photo: Savoring the Journey. Travel Photography Prints & Cards Artist Bio - “I love photography because it gives me a chance to savor the fleeting moments in time that we all take for granted and that give our lives meaning.” Ann is currently working in Lawrence, Kansas as a freelance photographer. She also teaches photography classes at the Lawrence Arts Center and the Spencer Museum of Art.

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

Recent Works by Molly Murphy

Recent works in oil on both canvas and panel can be viewed throughout the restaurant and Star Bar.

Murphy's recent exhibitions have included The Albina Press in Portland, Oregon, The Invisible Hand Gallery Grand Re-Opening with fellow painter, Clare Doveton, The Holt-Russell Gallery at Baker University and numerous group shows at Lost Art Space, a collectively-run gallery in Lawrence. Murphy was also the 2012 Visual-Artist-In-Residence in Seaside, Florida.

Murphy works out of a studio in the Crossroads in Kansas City, MO and is a SeedCo studio resident in Lawrence, KS.

ATOMIC PHOTOGRAPHY (313 E. 8th St. Studio B)

Atomic is a collaborative effort between Racheal Major, Jen Young, and Jamie Haverkamp. Specializing in graphic design, pin up portraiture, and Americana photography. The photography services include retro makeovers equipped with professional hair and make up, wardrobe and prop selection, and personalized pose guidance. Now located right in the heart of east Lawrence! Atomic shares a split studio space at 8th and New York. The space is split up into several art studios ranging from ceramics, to fine art.

COPT/FEIDEN GALLERY (800 Massachusetts St.)

2012 Grand Opening—Two days:

Friday, October 26th, 5:00 PM until 9:00 PM—as part of Lawrence's Final Fridays. Refreshments provided.

Saturday, October 27th, 3:00 PM until 6:00 PM—Please stop by and say hello after the KU homecoming game. Snacks and refreshments provided.

WONDER FAIR (803 Massachusetts St.) www.wonderfair.com

UNSUNG HEROES: New Works by Justin Plakas at Wonder Fair

It must be really cold for stuff like sports trophies and magazine clippings in the shadow of high art material. But Justin Plakas wants those items to know they are art’s heroes in his new show debuting at The Wonder Fair this upcoming Final Friday—aptly titled UNSUNG HEROES.

While the accolades of dollar-store objets d’art are not sung around the world, Plakas has set out to give these cast-offs their due credit through the medium of prints, photography, assemblage sculptures and works on paper.

“I want people to see the things around them in new ways and maybe laugh a little bit,” Plakas said.

Traveling all the way from Athens, Georgia, Plakas will be in attendance this Final Friday to introduce his Unsung Heroes, and perhaps to prompt new appreciation for the simple gifts we so recklessly take advantage of (not unlike our own mothers or tax software).

About the artist: Plakas recently completed a summer residency at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine and has previously taught at the University of South Carolina, The University of the South, and The University of Georgia. Currently, when he is not busy teaching at Gainesville State College he is screening film works in festivals and exhibiting in Galleries all across the United States. The Wonder Fair is proud to present his latest showing October 26 through November 16, 2012.

FOXTROT (823 Massachusetts St.)

LOVE GARDEN SOUNDS (822 Massachusetts St.)

www.lovegardensounds.com

Hospital Ships and Drakkar Sauna live in-store performance

DOWNTOWN UPSTAIRS (824 1/2 Massachusetts St.)

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

For Final Friday this month Phil Stivers will be coming all the way from San Diego, California. Don't miss the chance to meet this incredible wood artist and talk to him about his work. Jeff Dunaway of Lawrence will be providing jazz guitar music and everyone’s favorite, Pendleton’s Country Market, will be back with an assortment of wonderful foods to sample. This will be a great time to try their farm fresh foods, and it is never too early to buy some for your seasonal festivities.

Phil Stivers creates his art in northern San Diego County, California. He has worked with wood for over 20 years and is a graduate of the woodworking program at Palomar College in San Marcos, CA. Phil's degrees in woodworking include both cabinet and furniture making. His career with wood began with a custom woodworking and cabinetmaking business in 1994. After a brief pause in shop time in 2008, Phil began turning "in earnest" following a new passion in wood. His work has progressed to amazing and continues to wow viewers and patrons alike.

LOST ART SPACE (825 Massachusetts St.) www.lostartspace.com

Glitch What's beautiful about a malfunction? Lost Art Space presents an exhibition which confronts this question in an array of mediums. See how -through an artist's perspective- you can explore new ways of seeing imperfections. Scrambled images and truncated data do not behave as they were intended, but amidst these messes there are gems. Like our long-held tradition of dumpster diving for art supplies, we rummage through piles of pixels and memories of misinformation to create artwork for the post-digital age. No matter how advanced our tools and systems may be, chaos will always add its color. Join us in making positive associations through the foggy faults of our rapidly evolving e-culture.

Featuring new works by Jeremy Rockwell, Molly Murphy, Yuri Zupancic, Jeromy Morris, Jesse Gray, Paul Flinders, Erok Johannsen and Jasmine Mccaffrey.

THE BOURGEOIS PIG (6 E. 9th St.)

DJing My Own Art Opening Brett Allen

Artist Bio Brett Allen, born in Kansas City, KS – long time Lawrence resident Active as an artist for many years, worked in film, photography, design, sculpture, and painting before receiving a BFA in painting at the University of Kansas in 2004, and is now pursuing an MFA at Wichita State University. Artistic Statement Here I exhibit two different thought processes with a common work process. First the animal forms; the animals are symbols tied to a personal narrative. The events in the narrative are summarized down into a single form and associated to an animal. I ignore traditional and cultural meanings associated to the animals and try to reestablish them with new personal meaning. Second the pop culture icons; in a similar way I am summarizing personal relationships into a character based on memories tied to pop culture iconography. The characters serve as memory triggers related to personal history.

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

Better Angels, Deer, and a Boat Lora Jost at Do’s Deluxe

Please join Lora Jost for the opening reception for her exhibit Better Angels, Deer, and a Boat, on Final Friday, October 26, 2012, 6-8 pm at Do’s Deluxe (416 E. 9th St., Lawrence, KS). Lora Jost’s magical images pay homage to this beautiful world through dreamlike scenes and personal symbols that include children and deer, a wind chime microburst, tough-looking “better angels,” screaming babies and tranquil paper boats. In this exhibit of mixed-media collage, mosaics, and scratchboard drawings, Jost expresses her affection for everyday life while at the same time depicting a bit of turbulence too, because the storms they are a-comin -- if they aren’t already here. Exhibit runs Oct. 23 - Nov. 23, 2012, T-F 11am - 6pm; Sat 10am - 1pm.

Exhibit dates: Oct. 23 - Nov. 23, 2012, T-F 11am - 6pm; Sat 10am - 1pm

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

Tuesday, October 23, 5-9 pm Pass the Hat music series with musical acts THANKSGIVING from Portland, Oregon, PAJAMA PARTY from Olympia, Washington, MOTHER RUSSIA MAFIA from Kansas City and LAZY, also of Kansas City. Bring food to share at the potluck and stay for the music!

Friday, October 26, 6 pm Final Fridays El Dia de los Muertos Come check out the preparations for El Dia de los Muertos (Nov 2). Create your own altar with pictures, mementos, and decorations to pay homage to your loved ones who have passed on.

Saturday, October 27, 10 am-3 pm Caravan Baldwin City After our recent escapade in Eudora, the Caravan troupe is at it again, this time partnering with the Lumberyard Arts Center to bring free arts activities to all. Featuring costumes, a photobooth, scarecrow making and paper flower making. We will also host workshops in papermaking, rubber stamp making, and bucket drumming. Come join us in Baldwin City! (See the attached flyer for the event schedule.) Thanks to the Douglas County Community Foundation, Cottin's Hardware, and the Social Service League.

Friday, November 2, 5-9 pm El Dia de los Muertos final celebration El Dia de los Muerto originated in Mexico as a way of remembering and celebrating those who have died. Bring food to share and pictures or other offerings to add to the altars. Featuring a performance by El Dia de los Muertos Community Band! Sometimes quiet and sometimes raucous, this has been a yearly Percolator ritual.

FIVE BAR / INGREDIENT (947 Massachusetts St.)

Join us at the brand new 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.) www.thegranada.com

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

RAHN Art Show Fundraiser 6 until 9 pm

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

Watkins Community Museum of History and the Spencer Museum of Art invite the public to a celebration of Dia de los Muertos, in conjunction with the ongoing exhibition La Calavera Catrina: Women’s Imagery and Day of the Dead. Party guests are invited to create a personal contribution to the museum exhibition in a family-friendly hands-on activity: the creation of a community altera, or altar, to celebrate the lives of people who have died. Visitors are welcome to bring photos of loved ones who have died to decorate and be part of the altar.

La Calavera Catrina was developed through a partnership between the Watkins and the Spencer museums. The exhibition explores the way women are depicted in folk art and photography created to celebrate Dia de los Muertos, on loan from the Spencer Museum, For more information on the exhibition or the events planned for October 26, contact the Watkins Museum at 785-841-4109.

1109 GALLERY (1109 Massachusetts St.) www.lawrenceartguild.org

“The Woven Dream” – Fabric and Textiles Featured Artists: Kaw Valley Fiber Guild

FINAL FRIDAY EVENTS IN THE WAREHOUSE ARTS DISTRICT

313 STUDIOS (313 E. 8th)

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

Opens Final Friday, October 26th 5-9pm The Invisible Hand Gallery

From the artist.

Jeff Immer, an artist and designer living in Kansas City, Missouri, presents The New Bullshit, opening at Invisible Hand Gallery on Final Friday, October 26, 2012.

Immer offers up a manifesto for the show:

“The Old Bullshit was slow. The Old Bullshit was simple and made people happy some of the time. The Old Bullshit was mean. The Old Bullshit loved money but could appreciate hard work. The Old Bullshit was comfortable with illusion. The Old Bullshit went to bed early and woke up before the sun. The New Bullshit is new.”

This new collection — digital collage, photography, projection, and even neon — shows off the artist's intuitive process of creating and degrading, corrupting and refining, with “‘a thick layer of icing on the cake.” For Immer, bright can always be brighter, but darkness can still snuggle with everything. “I like a sense of mystery, some color and sex,” says Immer. “And I love presenting something arguably cheap or shallow or pop-cultural in a very austere way. Religious.”

And it should be noted that no Old Bullshit will be on display. Says Immer: “They've been giving it away for free lately … the glory of an election year I suppose.”

FLASH SPACE (830 Pennsylvania St.)

KU Sculpture Students Show Coordinated and Curated by Jessie Kelley

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

Open Studio Tours and Art Show

7:18 pm – Sacrificial Cow Raising with Wayne Propst and Associates (12' x 300 lbs.)

900 NEW JERSEY

Cottin's Hardware Scarecrow Contest and Auction

5:00- 9:00 pm *A benefit for Central Garden and Four Winds Native Center Garden

FINAL FRIDAYS IN NORTH LAWRENCE (AFTER-PARTY ART SHOW)

FRANK'S NORTH STAR TAVERN (508 Locust) *official FF after-party "New Wood" Utilizing found wood, paintings and other objects... BARRR tells a new story with old stuff.

8 pm until 2 am

LAWRENCE ART WALK EVENTS ON FINAL FRIDAY

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS www.lawrenceartwalk.org

Friday, October 26 [Final Fridays] 5-10pm (hours vary): Artists’ Public Receptions/Other Activities See listing below.

Saturday, October 27 10am-6pm: Open studios 6-10pm (hours vary): Artists’ Public Receptions

Sunday, October 28 Noon-6pm: Open studios

In what has become one of Lawrence's most eagerly anticipated annual arts events, many Lawrence-area artists will once again open their private home studios to the public to showcase their artwork. The Lawrence ArtWalk, which is Lawrence's original art walk and now in its 18th year, will feature over 40 Douglas County artists who will be exhibiting their work individually or as part of two artists' groups; and is a fabulous opportunity to meet some of the area's finest artists in their creative work environments, see demonstrations of their arts and crafts, and purchase locally produced art. Artists are based primarily in Lawrence and will be displaying work in a wide variety of mediums including ceramics, drawing, jewelry, mixed media, painting, photography and sculpture. From funky to exquisite, the ArtWalk will have it all!

MAPS • Printed guide maps are available from the Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire, 785.843.2787; or in limited quantities from any Lawrence ArtWalk location.

FINAL FRIDAYS,OCTOBER 26: LAWRENCE ARTWALK 2012 ARTISTS' EVENTS ACCESSIBILITY LEGEND FOR LISTINGS • Accessible: location meets ADA regulations. • Accessible*: location has limited accessibility. For such locations – and all others – contact the location ahead of time to confirm the degree of accessibility.

DOWNTOWN LAWRENCE

Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont (785.843.1178) • Final Fridays, October 26: See main Final Fridays listings for hours. • Lawrence ArtWalk 2012 location #6. Downtown Tuesday Painters • East entrance lobby, gallery and AV area. • Annual exhibition. Artwork samples and biographical info • Accessible.

724 Rhode Island [Private residence] • Final Fridays, October 26: Reception, 6-9:30pm. • Lawrence ArtWalk 2012 location #8. Tony Peterson • Photography. Artwork samples and biographical info • Accessible* (Not wheelchair.)

Jewelry By Julie, 19 W. 9th, (785.832.8693) • Final Fridays, October 26: Extended hours, 11am-6pm. • Lawrence ArtWalk 2012 location #9. Julie Kingsbury • Jewelry (sterling silver/gemstone). Artwork samples and biographical info • Refreshments: snacks and drinks. • Accessible* (Wheel-chair ramp.)

Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire (785.843.2787) • Final Fridays, October 26: Poster signing and glass-blowing demos with Ben Kappen, our Featured Artist! 5-9pm. • Lawrence ArtWalk 2012 location #10. Ben Kappen • Glass (hand-blown, sculpted). Artwork samples and biographical info • Outside.

Watkins Community Museum of History, 1047 Massachusetts (785.841.4109) • Final Fridays, October 26: Extended hours, Fri 4-8pm. • Lawrence ArtWalk 2012 location #11. • Parking available in alley (one-way southbound, 7 spaces). D.W. Gates • Photography (land, water and sky scapes). Artwork samples and biographical info • Community Room (1st floor). • Accessible entrance on museum's south side. Roger Spohn • Photography (archival prints). Artwork samples and biographical info • Refreshments. • Staircase and 2nd floor landing. • Accessible* (Roger's prints and notecards may be seen on the 2nd floor landing, which is accessible by elevator from the south side of the building. However, Roger's main display of photos on the staircase between the second and third floors is not ADA-accessible.)

OUTSIDE LAWRENCE

Thomas Gibson Studio, 228 N. 2100 Rd., Lecompton • Final Fridays, October 26: Reception, 6-10pm. • Lawrence ArtWalk 2012 location #2. Thomas Gibson • Photography (alternative processes: Collodion/Tintypes). • Limited edition archival prints & framed originals. Artwork samples and biographical info • Park in the driveway otherwise in the grass. • Accessible* (Same-level access via roll-up dock door.) DIRECTIONS • Located 4.0 miles west of Lecompton. Take 6th St./Hwy 40 west of 6th & Wakarusa for about 10.3 miles (or west of Downtown for about 14.0 miles); turn right onto E.175 Rd./1023, head north for 2.3 miles - when the road becomes N.2100 Rd. - and continue eastward for 0.3 miles. About a 25-minute drive from 6th & Wakarusa. Look for ArtWalk signs. • See Google map for map overlay. SMOKING IS DISCOURAGED ON RURAL PROPERTIES Due to excessively dry weather and the threat of wild fires this summer, you are highly discouraged from smoking on rural properties [locations #1-3] unless environmental conditions have markedly improved.

Info provided by: John Wysocki, Director Lawrence ArtWalk

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Final Fridays teams up with the 2nd Annual Campus Art Walk on September 28th

FINAL FRIDAY, September 28th , 2012 5 until 9 pm unless otherwise noted www.finalfridayslawrence.wordpress.com

Final Fridays is excited to team up with the Campus Art Walk for the second year with a record number of events all over town! The Campus Art Walk kick-off event is at 1:30 pm, with a culminating event from 4:00 until 5:00 pm at the Kansas Union, then on to Downtown for Final Friday at 5:00! Final Fridays maps, information and several gallery previews will be available at the culminating event on campus. Stop in at the ECM arts fundraiser at 5:00 on your way downtown. Mini-discussions by KU faculty and graduates will be held at Wonder Fair at 6:15 and the Lawrence Arts Center at 7:00. A flash space in the new Warehouse Arts District will feature works curated by Matthew Burke from his KU sculpture class from 5 until 9 pm. This Final Friday features almost 30 venues with visual art in the Downtown, North and East Lawrence areas, all within walking distance of each other, along with after-parties at Frank's North Star Tavern and SeedCo Studios.

There will also be music all over Downtown on Friday with an outdoor concert at the Lawrence Arts Center featuring local favorites, The Recessionists, performances at the Phoenix Gallery, The Lawrence Art Party, SeedCo Studios, Watkins Community Museum and Five Bar and Tables.

(for more information on the Campus Art Walk: http://www.lib.ku.edu/artwalk/)

FINAL FRIDAY EVENTS AND VENUES IN DOWNTOWN LAWRENCE

LAWRENCE ARTS CENTER (940 New Hampshire) www.lawrenceartscenter.org

Outdoor concert at the Lawrence Arts Center The fall outdoor concert at the Lawrence Arts Center will feature the Recessionists. Show starts at 7:45pm The Recessionists are a band from Lawrence, KS. Influenced by R&B, Motown/Stax, 60's girl groups and other styles, they formed while standing in line at the unemployment office.

Band Interests: bread lines, soup kitchens, panhandling, looking for jobs that don't exist

Artists We Also Like: Etta James, The Ronettes, Ray Charles, James Brown, The Crystals, Otis Day and the Knights, ELO, Amos Milburn, Jimmy Liggins, Erma Franklin Members: Ann Dean - vocals Valerie Hill - vocals Sadie Mae - vocals Sue Phillips- vocals & rhythm guitar Sean McEniry - vocals & rhythm guitar Chad Bryan - lead guitar Brad Nichols - bass Dave Randall - keyboards Ryan Johnson - drums & cymbals Dan Pem - saxophone Chris Leopold - trombone & trumpet On the Turning Away Sophie Laufer, Adriana Gramly, and Aaryn Wertz, members of the Lawrence Jazz Ensemble, will perform “On The Turning Away” in the Lawrence Arts Center lobby at 5:30, 6:00, and 6:30pm.

In the galleries: The Orton International Cone Box Show The international Orton Cone Box Show is a staple exhibition in the ceramic art community. Over time, this exhibit has grown into an icon in the ceramic art world, often featuring artists from around the globe. The standard Orton Cone Box was chosen as the size limitation for the pieces created for the exhibit. All entries fit into the interior space of the box. 3x3x6 inches. The Jurors for the 2012 Cone Box Show are Tom Coleman, Patti Warashina, and Inge Balch.

Cups, a national invitational Utilitarian Potters from across the country will exhibit several cups each in the second bi-annual CUP Exhibit at the Lawrence Arts Center curated by Ben Ahlvers. This exhibit hosts numerous artists who explore a variety of forms & surfaces, creating one-of-a-kind cups

Luke Dubois Hindsight is Always 20/20 examines the history of American political discourse through the metaphor of vision. Drawing from the annual State of the Union addresses given by Presidents to Congress, ‘Hindsight’ consists of a single Snellen-style eye chart for each president who gave State of the Union addresses. Instead of the typical characters present in an eye chart, the piece employs words drawn from their speeches, presented in order of most frequent (top line) to least frequent (bottom line) word. The result is a startlingly clear snapshot of the lexicon of each presidency, containing a mix of historically topical keywords and rhetoric unique to each president and the time period in which they served in office. This exhibit and accompanying programming are a timely fit to this Presidential election season. In addition to “Hindsight is Always 20/20”, Luke will display a new that touches on the 2012 presidential campaign

7 pm: Art Talk and Tour of Exhibitions with Ted Johnson on Final Friday

VAN GO! MOBILE ARTS (715 New Jersey) www.van-go.org

*showing at The Lawrence Art Party

STAR STRUCK CLOTHING (16 E. 8th St.) www.starstruckclothing.com

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

New work by Alexis Junge charcoal mixed media paintings And still featuring John Cayton. Lawrence photography Traci Bunkers. Multimedia art Zaine Batson. Drawings Landon Merrill. Modern painting

*6-8:30

THE ELDRIDGE HOTEL (701 Massachusetts St.) www.eldridgehotel.com

LAWRENCE PUBLIC LIBRARY (707 Vermont St.) www.lawrencepubliclibrary.com

Friday, September 28th 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

As part of the community-wide monthly art walk, we host a “Meet the Artist” reception and exhibit opening each month. September will feature “Unconstrained” by the Lawrence Photo Alliance and “Cabinet of Wonders,” children’s cut paper art.

SIGNS OF LIFE (722 Massachusetts St.) www.signsoflifegallery.com

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.)

We are having a very special Final Friday Lawrence Art Party on September 28, beginning with a reading by the great, nationally recognized poet, Donald Levering, jazz by the incomparable and incredibly skilled guitarist and composer John Lomas, and awesome art by 21 amazing painters, sculptors, mixed media artists, and photographers, plus the young people of Van Go!

Schedule: 6:00 - Poetry reading by Donald Levering 6:30 - The art show opens! 7:00 - 7:30 - John Lomas on Jazz guitar, for two sets During John's break, Donald will read more amazing poetry!

Our artists are incredible: Jullie Blichmann,Wes Casey, Joe Cheray, Dave DeHetre, Sandra Griffin, Kandice Hall, Leo Hayden, Angie Logan, Robbin Loomas, Baker Medlock, Kevin Mimms, Sean Minton, Carol Monaco, Jilli Nel, George Paley, Tony Peterson, Susan Pogany, Wyatt Rogers, Madonna Sophia, Van Go, Lesa Weller, Thomas Pecore Weso.

LUCKY PAWS BAKERY & UNIQUE BARKtique (4 E. 7th St.)

" A Boy and His Dog" - by John Van Sickel 5 until 8 pm

About the pieces: I'm just having fun painting one of my favorite subjects - DOGS! Some pieces are of dogs I've owned, others are friend's and the rest, like the retro drugstore stool with a painted seat...are just fun pieces to enjoy!

Artist Bio: Born in Wiesbaden Germany. B.F.A. from Washburn Univ., M.F.A. from Washington Univ in St.Louis. Lives in Lawrence, Kansas

TELLER'S RESTAURANT UPSTAIRS (746 Massachusetts St.) www.tellerslawrence.com

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

“Cover” works by Clare Doveton

Beautiful large-scale oil paintings of clouds and skies by Clare Doveton adorn the walls throughout the entire restaurant and Star Bar on Final Friday.
View these amazing works while enjoying the new world-class Fall Menu. *Pachamama's Star Bar is open until 2 am on Final Friday.

ATOMIC PHOTOGRAPHY (313 E. 8th St. Studio B)

Atomic is a collaborative effort between Racheal Major, Jen Young, and Jamie Haverkamp. Specializing in graphic design, pin up portraiture, and Americana photography. The photography services include retro makeovers equipped with professional hair and make up, wardrobe and prop selection, and personalized pose guidance. Now located right in the heart of east Lawrence! Atomic shares a split studio space at 8th and New York. The space is split up into several art studios ranging from ceramics, to fine art.

Atomic Photography will be showing this month at Frank's North Star Tavern with photos from a Foxy By Proxy shoot.

SMILING MAD DESIGNS & INKELLO LETTERPRESS (801.5, suite 3 Massachusetts St.)

WONDER FAIR (803 Massachusetts St.) www.wonderfair.com

100 Ghost Stories Portfolio Exchange | Print Exhibition | Zine Release | Haunted Installation

6:15 pm: Meredith Moore, Dustin Williams, and Gallery Artists will give a presentation on gallery works and the Haunted Installation

The tradition of “100 Ghost Stories” began in Edo Japan as a popular Autumn-time parlor amusement involving 100 lit candles, 100 storytellers, and a single extinguishing puff of breath from each when their story was told. Darkness and tension gathered gradually amongst the assembled storytellers as the night crept in and candles went out. Meanwhile, camaraderie and over-active imaginations formed an invisible ward against chillier realities—the impending winter, and growing political unrest in their nation…Sound familiar?

This Halloween-Election season, Wonder Fair has invited ten artists and ten storytellers to participate in our own version of 100 Ghost Stories—taking the form of a print portfolio exchange, an art exhibition, a haunted installation, a zine publication, an evening of ghostly story-telling, and a special evening of film screenings.

Wonder Fair’s 100 Ghost Stories begins with Kansas City artist Dustin Williams, founder, designer, and ghost investigator in the KC-based Paranormal Artist Coalition (paranormalartistcoalition.tumblr.com). Williams’ colorful geometric design aesthetic is reminiscent of Roger Hargreaves’ ever-popular 1970s Mr. Men and Little Miss childrens’ book series, though Williams’ work features cleaner, more sinuous lines and wittier, more adult banter. Williams’ witty wordplay will be everywhere present in 100 Ghost Stories, from his haunted video store installation—where guests can ask for a special “dismembership card,”—to our gallery of original screenprinted masks, and the pages of our ghost-themed zine. A long-time Wonder Fair collaborator, 100 Ghost Stories will mark Williams' first large-scale exhibition in Lawrence.

Nine additional mask artists hail from the overlapping realms of illustration, printmaking, and graphic design, and include local artists Christa Dalien, Rudy Marron, Jeff McKee, Alex Schubert, and Teal Wilson as well as nationally-known illustrators Theo Ellsworth, Lizz Hickey, John Malta, and Jennifer Parks (none of whom have previously been shown in Lawrence). Each mask artist was invited by Wonder Fair curator Meredith Moore to create an edition of ten masks, suitable for framing or for wearing; the resulting edition of 100 masks creating our printed version of 100 Ghost Stories. “But ours are not the latex-molded, Hollywood-sponsored Halloween masks that they’ll be slinging at the ‘Spirit Bootique’ this season,” Moore explains. “Rather, I hoped to bring back some of the playfulness of kitschy, super-saturated pop-toned paper masks made in the 1950s and 60s, and I wanted to tap into the narrative depth of Japanese ukiyoe woodcuts made to illustrate the popular 100 Ghost Stories.”

Fleshing out and giving depth to the two-dimensional mask edition are ten short ghost stories, written by ten authors selected by locals Kate Lorenz and Justin Runge. Their stories will appear in the 100 Ghost Stories zine, and will take center stage at a special evening of Ghost Story readings on Thursday evening, October 4th, from 8:00-10:00pm. Echoing the traditional Japanese 100 Ghost Stories format, listeners will gather close to hear authors read their stories by candlelight. Authors include local and national talents Crystal Boson, Mick Cottin, Phillip Garland, BJ Hollars, Megan Kaminski, Kate Lorenz, Iris Moulton, Daniel Rolf, and Justin Runge.

And for the final chapter of 100 Ghost Stories, October 18th Wonder Fair will co-host a special evening of Comedic-Horror film screenings, presented in cooperation with Liberty Hall. Springfield, Missouri Filmmaker Brook Linder will join members of his cast and crew to present the first Kansas screening of Ghoul School (http://ghoulschoolfilm.tumblr.com/), a 25-minute short film following two best friends who break into their high school to steal an exam, and find instead the wrathful spirit of an ex-principal. “It’s The Breakfast Club meets Poltergeist,” followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers. Linder will then introduce his pick for the horror film double-header, ‘The Burbs, a cult classic ‘80s film starring Tom Hanks, Carrie Fisher, and Corey Feldman.

With enough artists, events, installations, publications, and programming to make your head spin (all the way around,) 100 Ghost Stories represents an unprecedented level of curatorial complexity, and showcases the Wonder Fair’s dedication to bringing innovation, creativity, and most of all, levity to the Lawrence arts scene. It’s only at Wonder Fair, September 28th to October 21st: Be there, be scared!

FOXTROT (823 Massachusetts St.)

LOVE GARDEN SOUNDS (822 Massachusetts St.)

www.lovegardensounds.com

DOWNTOWN UPSTAIRS (824 1/2 Massachusetts St.)

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

For Final Friday this month, September 28th, 5-9 p.m., Phil Stivers will be coming all the way from San Diego, California. Don't miss the chance to meet this incredible wood artist and talk to him about his work. Michael Stephenson of Lawrence will be providing jazz guitar music, and we will have food and drink for you to enjoy.

Phil Stivers creates his art in northern San Diego County, California. He has worked with wood for over 20 years and is a graduate of the woodworking prgram at Palomar College in San Marcos, CA. Phil's degrees in woodworking include both cabinet and furniture making. His career with wood began with a custom woodworking and cabinetmaking business in 1994. After a brief pause in shop time in 2008, Phil began turning "in earnest" following a new passion in wood. His work has progressed to amazing and continues to wow viewers and patrons alike.

LOST ART SPACE (825 Massachusetts St.) www.lostartspace.com

UNDO This month's final friday show at Lost Art Space continues the theme of the salon style exhibition of small and mid-sized works by members of the Fresh Produce Art Collective as well as several guest artists also working in the SeedCo Studios. The show seeks to explain by the act of undoing the ways that ideas and energy circulate, not just like the leaves falling off of the tree, but like the tree falling in the woods. In addition to the current exhibit, new works, deliberately undone, or half-finished will be interspersed, allowing the audience to have a window into the processes of the works, as well as possibly enter into the dialogue. The finished works will be shown as part of October's Final Friday show, which will celebrate the one year anniversary of Fresh Produce downtown as the Lost Art Space(!!?!). Check out lostartspace.com for more information about upcoming exhibits, and seedcostudios.com for information about events and open studios. The Lost Art Space is open daily from 2-8pm Mon-Thurs, 12-8pm Fri, Sat , and Sunday 2-6pm at 825 Massachusetts, in the basement of the Phoenix Gallery. Presented by Fresh Produce Art Collective, The Phoenix Gallery, and SeedCo. Studios

THE BOURGEOIS PIG (6 E. 9th St.)

"Here we were, Here we are" Incredible Astounding Art Works The Bourgeois Pig September 28th, 2012 5-9 pm

"Here we were, Here we are", is a collection of artists that have been active in the Lawrence art community for longer than it takes to pay a downtown parking ticket. With each trip, each move, and each new travel experience, this collection of artists bring their influences from the road back to the town of Lawrence. As the plane returns or a car door shuts, each person brings along with them a trinket of what they picked up along their travels and give back to the community a kind of currency that is not monetary. "Here we were, Here we are" will put the viewer face to face with a group of artists that keep you light on your feet and put a twinkle in your soul.

Artists include: Andrew Burkitt, Christa Dalien, Leslie Kay, Alicia Kelly, Michael Krueger, Kenneth Kupfer, Whitney Mahoney, Scott McPherson, Molly Murphy, Clint Ricketts

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

Sharon Mayer: watercolors Final Friday reception: 6-8:00 pm on Friday the 28th

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

Join us this Final Fridays for the Read Across Lawrence closing party featuring an interactive installation inspired by this year’s book pick- Winter’s Bone by Daniel Woodrell! The Percolator is happy to team up with Lawrence Public Library and KU Libraries to kick off Read Across Lawrence (for more events go to: http://www.lawrence.lib.ks.us/news-events/read-across-lawrence/) and would like to thank Arborscapes for supplying branches for the installation. See you there to celebrate this gritty tale!

FIVE BAR / INGREDIENT (947 Massachusetts St.)

Join us at the brand new 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.) www.thegranada.com

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

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

La Calavera Catrina: Women’s Imagery and Day of the Dead.

The museum will be open for Final Friday visitors from 6-8 PM. The exhibit features folk art associated with celebrations for the Mexican holiday Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, on loan from the Spencer Museum of Art. Families are invited to view the exhibit and take home instructions on how to create a contribution to the display. Local musician Russ Kapp will perform live music throughout the evening. The event is free and open to the public.

For more information on the event and exhibition, contact the Watkins Museum at 785-841-4109.

1109 GALLERY (1109 Massachusetts St.) www.lawrenceartguild.org

1109 Gallery is proud to present "Color Collision" featuring artists Sherrie Taylor and Pay Young in the large gallery. In addition, we have over 20 area artists in the small and main galleries. Sherrie' paintings can only be described as colorful, imaginative and mystical. Sherrie lives a holistic lifestyle and incorporates that style into her work, whether through her art or through a healing session of Reiki. She practices daily meditations, proper nutrition, psychic development, and exercise in order to balance the mind, body, and spirit. Pat Young has been examining the boundaries of clay medium for years. Her work ranges from the practical to the amazing. For this show she will have all new pieces to share with patrons. Join us for Final Friday, August 31st, from 5-9pm for our opening reception.

While you are at 1109 Massachusetts, check out the mural in our alley created by summer of service students from area high school as well as Nick Schmiedler's tractor seat bench.

FATSO'S (1016 Massachusetts St.)

New Beginnings by Marie McKenzie An art show featuring the unveiling of the new Fatso’s sign created as a tribute to the legacy of Gavin Smith Fatso’s Public House and Stage opens its doors to the Final Friday art community, with an exhibition of artwork by Marie McKenzie. New Beginnings calls attention to the diverse and beautiful ramifications of the aging process. McKenzie explores the cycles of life, creating an awareness to how things are created, grow and blossom to become a part of our immediate surroundings and then finally wither and disappear completely. The ancient artifacts and depletion of our resources are the very remnants of our human existence. McKenzie explores these discarded objects around us with a vision of innovation as examined in her process and in her depiction of post-revolutionary means of production. Through repurposing found wood by sanding down and then polishing the surface with multiple layers of paint, destroying and rebuilding, McKenzie mimics the energy of life and the expression that results. New Beginnings opens on September 28th, the two year anniversary of the late Gavin Smith's passing, who was the former owner of Fatso's bar. His wife, Melissa Smith who owns and operates the bar, commissioned McKenzie to create a wooden business sign that will be displayed above the front door. McKenzie, a long-time employee of Fatso’s developed the sign’s design with Smith in mind to commemorate his life and incredible support for local artists and musicians. During Smith’s final weeks, he wished to become a part of Final Fridays and showcase local art talent at Fatso’s. McKenzie recalls, “ I will never forget his phone call to ensure that a show of my work would go into place, his support resonates with me and I am very excited to put together a beautiful wooden business sign that commemorates Gavin and his legacy, and to decorate the walls of Fatso’s with artwork.” A graduate of the University of Kansas with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, McKenzie creates illusive paintings of rust and corrosion on high relief wood sculptures. As a local artist, McKenzie has participated in several group exhibitions in Lawrence, including shows at Hobbs Lawrence Art party, Marisco’s, the Kansas Union, and the Lawrence Arts Center. McKenzie has also exhibited solely at Barbershop Gallery during First Fridays in Kansas City, Missouri.

HENRY'S ON EIGHTH (11 E. 8th)

This September's Final Friday we will be hosting the opening reception of "Everything But" featuring works produced by our talented Henry's baristas.

Andy Burkitt Katy Clagett Dennis Cook Brett Crawford Alycia Futrelle Alicia Kelly Patrick McCormick Solace Naeymi Erum Shah

We will also be toasting to Henry's 14th year of being a Lawrence staple. So come on out grab a drink, eat and hangout with some of your favorite people around town and support the guys and gals who give you your daily caffeine fix.

*A handful of Baristas like Dennis Cook will be donating all or part of their profits to Kaw Valley Children's Health Systems in honor and memory of the original Henry's regular Toby Burgess, you are truly missed.*

CAPITAL CITY BANK (740 New Hampshire St.)

International ConeBox Show

The International ConeBox reaches every part of the world. The pieces for the 2012 show came from 8 countries, 38 USA states and 3 Canadian provinces. The show is recognized and respected throughout the world as an exhibition for artists to present their ceramic art and complete for the honor of being of having their art selected for the show. This show is a cross section of excellence quality works in all aspects of ceramic expression from pieces that are small. The ceramic works of art must fit into an Orton Standard Cone Box, approximately 3” x 3” x 6”.

The high quality of the show is maintained by artists submitting exception art pieces and by inviting national and international jurors, who are recognized in the field of ceramics, to jury the show. Jurors for the 2012 ConeBox Show were Tom Coleman, Patti Warashina and Inge Balch. Past jurors have represented USA, Australia, England, Japan, Cuba and Denmark.

The pieces selected for the 2012 show were chosen for creativity, imagination, craftsmanship and aesthetic excellence in combination with the artist’s knowledge of the clay medium.

During the 10 bi-annual shows from 1994 to 2012 artist from 36 countries, all fifty USA states, Puerto Rico, Washington DC, eight Canadian provinces and US Army personnel stationed in Germany have been part of the exhibitions. The artists have made 3,889 entries resulting in 6,259 pieces of ceramic art being submitted.

ECM Building (1204 Oread Avenue, on the KU Campus)

Arts Fundraiser 5pm to 8pm

Featuring music by Sharp 9

Paintings, pottery, jewelry, posters and other crafts and arts will be on display. Come enjoy great music and support the ECM and local artists. Refreshments will be available

Proceeds from this fundraiser will go toward ECM’s 8 Campaign to support Fall Programming. For more information on the campaign visit www.indiegogo.com/the8campaign

FINAL FRIDAY EVENTS IN THE WAREHOUSE ARTS DISTRICT

313 STUDIOS (313 E. 8th)

Grand Opening Party!

This Final Friday, outdoor silent movies will light up the night and the courtyard of 313 Studios. Located at the corner of 8th and New York, 313 is the latest addition to the artistic community in East Lawrence. The studios were designed to provide artists with affordable rental spaces in which to create, exhibit, and sell their work. Stop by to celebrate the completion of the studios and learn more about the artists and their work.

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

Jessica Wohl “Dark Inside”

opens Final Friday, September 28th and runs through October 22nd

From the artist: Wohl combines obsessive mark-making with images of contemporary American life to convey a sense of underlying discomfort. In her series of sewn drawings, the artist embroiders the surface of found portrait photographs. Repeating stitches of thread conceal each subject's face, creating a barrier -both physical and psychological- between sitter and viewer.

“The handmade mark is is evidence of our human condition -that is, we are not as perfect as we may seem,” Wohl says. “Whether drawing or sewing, I mark by hand to embrace the imperfections of a society that relentlessly pursues composure.”

Wohl will also exhibit a selection of works on found magazine pages. In regards to these drawn interventions, Wohl states, “their linear marks represent what we keep hidden; our desires, secrets, unknown actions and disturbing thoughts.” Through these ink drawings, the artist explores the underbelly of alluring images that we as consumers aspire to resemble.

FLASH SPACE (830 Pennsylvania St.)

KU Sculpture Students of Matthew Burke

A one-night-only exhibit of sculptural works from the students of Matthew Burke can be viewed from 5 until 9 pm in the Flash Space next to SeedCo Studios.

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

After Ours Music Showcase begins at 8 pm: Monzie Leo Bear Snail (Denver) Karma Vision

Art Installations: UNDONE

"At the heart of the young Warehouse Arts District, the artists of SEEDCO Studios are in a hotbed of demolition and construction.  Old walls are being torn down -and made into new artworks.  See the creative process at work in freshly created studios and artwork developing within.  Other works have been finished, then 'undone' in an attempt to take them in a more exciting direction.  UNDONE offers the chance to connect with the SEEDCO artists as they follow their inspirations down roads which they're building out of walls which they're unbuilding."

FINAL FRIDAYS IN NORTH LAWRENCE (AFTER-PARTY ART SHOW)

FRANK'S NORTH STAR TAVERN (508 Locust)

Obscura Femina: A photographic tale of the beautifully insane

To tell this melancholy tale of how the desire for beauty can drive one mad, and can cause her to commit acts of pure evil to achieve it, we used imagery derived from early 20th century mysticism, the seance for entertainment, and the macabre purity of simulating wet plate photography. The images send a shiver down your spine and tingle your sixth sense.

Obscura (Latin): Dark; Femina (Latin): Women

Featuring the lovely ladies of The Foxy by Proxy Revue. Special thanks to Kate Von Achen.

No Cover Charge

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Final Fridays Second Anniversary!

FINAL FRIDAY, August 31st , 2012 5 until 9 pm unless otherwise noted www.finalfridayslawrence.wordpress.com

Final Fridays Second Anniversary!

Two years down the road, Final Fridays has become Lawrence's preeminent art event each month, bringing thousands of visitors to the downtown area in search of outstanding visual art, musical entertainment, literary arts and performance. Final Fridays began as the collaborative effort of artists, galleries, curators, downtown businesses, The Lawrence Arts Center, Downtown Lawrence Incorporated and many many more tireless volunteers who wished only to bring the wealth of the Lawrence arts community to the public. This massive effort is rewarded today with a renewed boom in the arts in Lawrence, visible everywhere you look.

On this Final Friday, you will find work, music and performances by hundreds of artists all over the downtown area as well as the new Warehouse Arts District. Maps can be found the evening of Final Friday at The Lawrence Arts Center, the Warehouse Arts District and many local galleries and venues. Events are free and open to the public from 5 until 9 pm, so pick up a map and start walking!

For those revelers not ready to go home at 9 pm, Final Friday Second Anniversary “after parties” will be held at Frank's North Star Tavern in North Lawrence and SeedCo studios. Frank's North Star Tavern will have the danceable beats of DJ Wake, and SeedCo Studios will feature a local music showcase produced by Whatever Forever.

FINAL FRIDAY EVENTS AND VENUES IN DOWNTOWN LAWRENCE

LAWRENCE ARTS CENTER (940 New Hampshire) www.lawrenceartscenter.org

University of Kansas Visual Art Faculty Exhibit On exhibit through September 22 The University Kansas Visual Art faculty includes thirty full-time professors teaching all levels of drawing & painting, sculpture, printmaking, expanded media, ceramics, textiles, metalsmithing and art education. This exhibit will feature works from the current Visual Art faculty the University of Kansas.

TURKISH SUBURBIA. SOLO EXHIBITION on exhibit through September 8

In 2008, Mark Slankard began photographing the rapidly changing landscapes of suburban Turkey. These incredible photographs do not depict the ancient palaces, mosques, and ruins of guidebooks; this is the everyday Turkey of a rising middle class, heavily influenced by Western Europe and the United States. This is also the Turkey of displaced migrants, shantytowns, and gentrification.

Amy Kligman Special. Solo exhibition. Runs through September 2 Artist’s Statement: This work celebrates the disruption, however small, of the expected. There is a certain symmetry, a prevailing banality and stillness, only occasionally interrupted by some half noticeable absurdity. One could argue that this is a parallel to our routine lives, primarily spent in some automatic mode of everyday activity, begging for the details that separate one day or hour from the next so as to make it stand out, make it special. You could even argue that desire for "specialness" leads individuals that are otherwise functioning as part of the societal hive to act out, to call attention...to get that crazy haircut or shiny car that disrupts a sea of gray sedans. There is the tension of what appears "normal" but is in fact slightly adjacent to normal. The colors, the method and application of paint, the shiny resin surface: all are employed to take away from any indication of "reality.” Certain details are off, skewed, indicative of an interference, disorder, or imperfect pattern. This world is the world you and I know, but it also is not. It is a made up world, comprised of bits and pieces of the familiar and the familiar desire to be something else, something more than that, something different. Special.

Ice Cream Social, inside at the Lawrence Arts Center, we are selling scoops of ice cream and ceramic ice cream bowls to benefit our visual arts education programming. For $5.00, you can get a generous scoop of delicious Sylas and Maddie’s ice cream. For $8.00 you can get a generous scoop of delicious Sylas and Maddie’s ice cream and a handmade ceramic bowl to take home with you.

Art Tougeau Photographs by Ann Dean Intermediate & Darkroom Photography student work. Instructor, Ann Dean.

VAN GO! MOBILE ARTS (715 New Jersey) www.van-go.org

STAR STRUCK CLOTHING (16 E. 8th St.) www.starstruckclothing.com

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

5:30-8:30

John Clayton Lawrence photos Zane Batson. Painting Mikkell Lappin. Ceramic bowls and trinkets

THE ELDRIDGE HOTEL (701 Massachusetts St.) www.eldridgehotel.com

LAWRENCE PUBLIC LIBRARY (707 Vermont St.) www.lawrencepubliclibrary.com

Final Fridays: Dream Rocket Project August 31, 5-7pm We are continuing our exhibit from last month. If you missed it before, check it out! Kids from Lawrence and around the world have created artwork to wrap around a real rocket! Up to 8,000 artworks will eventually be connected side by side to wrap the 365′ Saturn V Moon Rocket at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama. Stop by the library during Final Fridays on August 31st to see this international exhibit!

SIGNS OF LIFE (722 Massachusetts St.) www.signsoflifegallery.com

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. Open on Final Fridays.

THE LAWRENCE ART PARTY (718 New Hampshire St.)

If you like art and music, you will love the 2nd Anniversary Celebration of the FREE Lawrence Art Party! This month’s Final Friday Lawrence Art Party will feature Live Jazz and a wonderful group of artists, including:

Julie Blichmann Genevieve Casey Wesley Casey Dave DeHetre DW Gates Sandra Griffin Angie Logan Cindy Oliver George Paley Michael Strickland Lesa Weller

The Lawrence Art Party is held on the ground floor of the beautiful Hobbs Taylor Lofts, at 718 New Hampshire, from 5 – 9:30 PM. Come join us for a great time!

LUCKY PAWS BAKERY & UNIQUE BARKtique (4 E. 7th St.)

"Life Gone to The DOGS" 5 until 8 pm

The Unique BARKtique features uniuqe, one-of-a-kind dog-themed items, ranging from mosaics, jewelry, pottery mugs and bowls, original paintings, Dogbots, to upcycled clothing for pets (and collars and leads) and their people, too!

Rebecca Jackson, Remnants by RJ will show her some of her unique DOGBOTS made from recycled and found objects—those things lurking in garage boxes and collecting dust on thrift store shelves—comes the artwork of Rebecca Jackson. Her love of abandoned relics often results in their dismantlement, but those pieces have a way of reassembling themselves in rather unexpected ways. The result: Quirky Robots and Steampunk Art.

Objects in varying states of deconstruction litter her workshop surfaces. A central piece will often inspire a mental picture that, in turn, must find its way to reality through trial and error assimilations. Each finished piece of art or jewelry gives validity to one woman’s slightly bizarre obsession with all things metal.

Another feature artist is: Melissa Bee, hopeless artist in beautiful Denver, Colorado. Obsessed with drawing and painting since 2 years of age. As a child, constantly in trouble as I sat in the back of the class and just drew.

I'm not able to paint "in the lines", Very messy ,eccentric, passionate and strange. It's who I am. I love strange things as well. Looking for beauty in everything. Giving the paint it's own beautiful world.

TELLER'S RESTAURANT UPSTAIRS (746 Massachusetts St.) www.tellerslawrence.com

Jacob Burmood: Moving at the speed of time. Opens Tuesday August 28th 6-8pm Tellers artspace 746 Massachusetts

www.invisiblehandgallery.com

Sculpture artist Jacob Burmood will present a selection of works in a new exhibition, Moving at the Speed of Time, opening at the Teller’s art space on August 28. Moving at the Speed of Time is the first Lawrence showing for Burmood, who moved to the area for graduate school after spending four years as a professional artist in Missouri, where he completed his undergraduate studies in sculpture. The exhibition features several of Burmood’s sculptures — both as hanging “wall pieces” and as free-standing structures — in addition to some of his ceramic vases. Though Burmood created all the works presented in Moving at the Speed of Time during the past two years, he says they’ve been in development as part of a larger body of work for the past eight years. He says his work draws influence from the smooth motion typical of rivers, tides and dance. “There’s definitely a theme that runs through the entire body of everything I’ve ever done, and that’s an appeal to the sense of movement and kinetics without actually moving,” Burmood says. “It’s pretty much geared towards fluid movements, trying to approach some kind of grace.”

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

“Terrain Wreck” works by Jeromy Morris

Jeromy Morris, one of the co-founders of dotdotdot artspace, Fresh Produce Art Collective, Lost Art Space and SeedCo Studios has been a pioneer of collaborative art spaces and groups in Lawrence, and is now one of the pioneers of the new Warehouse Arts District. His newest series of work can be seen throughout the restaurant and Star Bar on Final Friday.

ATOMIC PHOTOGRAPHY (313 E. 8th St. Studio B)

Atomic is a collaborative effort between Racheal Major, Jen Young, and Jamie Haverkamp. Specializing in graphic design, pin up portraiture, and Americana photography. The photography services include retro makeovers equipped with professional hair and make up, wardrobe and prop selection, and personalized pose guidance. Now located right in the heart of east Lawrence! Atomic shares a split studio space at 8th and New York. The space is split up into several art studios ranging from ceramics, to fine art.

SMILING MAD DESIGNS & INKELLO LETTERPRESS (801.5, suite 3 Massachusetts St.)

WONDER FAIR (803 Massachusetts St.) www.wonderfair.com

The Cat, the Dish, & the Spoon: New work by Michael Krueger, Randy Bolton, & Tom Reed. On view at Wonder Fair, August 31 through September 23, 2012.

It’s disenchanted story time at Wonder Fair this September, when long time friends Randy Bolton, Michael Krueger and Tom Reed take over to push the physical boundaries of prints and multiples into the 3rd dimension. Sculptural installations and large-scale prints will transform the gallery into a 21st-century nursery tale set—where childhood innocence is subtly undermined by sly modern disillusionment. Nostalgic and satirical, witty and worrying, always whimsical: in short, fun for all ages!

So come on up in your new school duds to our very special Final Friday festivities, 6-10pm, August 31st. On this special evening we will celebrate all things absurdist, elementary, and school dazed: KU graduate Kelsey Hunter will be on hand to take your Wonder Fair school photo; we’ll debut our line of Wonder Fair back-to-school supplies; and of course, we’ll serve up a signature Cat Dish Spoon cocktail and cheap beers at our Wonder Bar. See you there, in your informal wear!

About the artists: Randy Bolton is Head of the Print Media Department and Artist in Residence at Cranbrook Academy of Art (Michigan). His work has been widely exhibited in one-person, invitational and juried shows since 1982. Michael Krueger is an Associate Professor of Art at the University of Kansas where he has received numerous grants and awards. His work is included in over 30 public collections in the U.S. and abroad. Tom Reed is a Senior Lecturer at Washington University (St. Louis) where he is also the master printer at the University’s Island Press.

FOXTROT (823 Massachusetts St.)

LOVE GARDEN SOUNDS (822 Massachusetts St.)

www.lovegardensounds.com

DOWNTOWN UPSTAIRS (824 1/2 Massachusetts St.)

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

Final Friday at Phoenix Gallery this month will feature three incredible artists: Gary and Sherrie Dick of Duet Designs and Cindy Buehler of Cinderelish. We are teaming up with M. Street Interiors, formally Biao Design, and Cupcake Construction Company for our food for Final Friday. What a treat it will be to sample the delicious cupcakes that the Cupcake Construction Company serves daily here on Mass Street! We will also have wine, hors d’ oeuvres and lemonade. Michael Paull will be providing music. And don’t forget to go to Lost Art Space in the Phoenix Underground. The artists will be presenting a salon style exhibition. This is not to be missed.

Duet Designs jewelry reflects over 25 years of combined design experience by husband and wife team, Gary and Sherrie. Gary creates fused dichroic glass pendants, pins and earrings. Dichroic glass (originally produced for the aerospace industry) has a beautiful and unique reflective quality with exciting shifts of color, depending on the light and the angle at which the piece is viewed. Gary assembles an artistic selection of multiple layers of dichroic, iridescent and clear glass, then fuses them together at a temperature of over 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit.

Sherrie selects semi-precious gem stones from around the world and whimsically wire-wraps them into pendants and earrings. She is also an accomplished artist in the mediums of polymer clay and fine silver, and often incorporates Gary’s dichroic glass cabochons into her pieces. Each hand-crafted Duet Designs item is an original, one-of-a-kind piece of fine quality jewelry.

Cindy Buehler of Cinderelish began working with clay 12 years ago. She has taken classes and workshops at Red Star Studios, The KC Clay Guild, William Jewell College and Bracker’s in Lawrence. Cindy uses bright glaze colors to enhance her bold black and white sgrafitto designs. Her work is created from porcelain clay on the pottery wheel or with her original slab molds. Although some designs are similar, each piece is one of a kind. Cindy currently teaches classes and works from her home studio in Liberty, MO.

Michael Paull is a very talented composer/multi-instrumentalist who teaches music lessons at the Americana Music Academy here in Lawrence. Originally from Colorado, he moved to Lawrence, Kansas a number of years ago to pursue some musical opportunities. Michael’s music has been heard on television and radio. His music has been performed in a variety of settings, including a premiere by the Topeka Symphony Orchestra. He continues to teach, compose, and perform music throughout the area, both solo and ensemble. Kansas has become his permanent home.

LOST ART SPACE (825 Massachusetts St.) www.lostartspace.com

Lost Art Sp_ce is opening "BOOM!" “A salon-style exhibition” from the Fresh Produce Art Collective and SeedCo Studios. Come downtown for the opening, then join us at SeedCo for a night full of music!

THE BOURGEOIS PIG (6 E. 9th St.)

“6x6 More or Less” FREE HOT DOGS. WAYNE PROPST 5 until 9 pm... more or less.

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

Dave DeHetre photographs and paintings opening reception on Final Friday 5 until 8 pm

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

Join us this Final Fridays for the Read Across Lawrence kickoff party featuring an interactive installation inspired by this year’s book pick- Winter’s Bone by Daniel Woodrell! 100 copies of the book will be given away, so come early to grab your copy. We’ll also have two amazing Ozark bands: Americana Music Academy and the Hairy Vetch String Band (featured on the Winter’s Bone film soundtrack!). The Percolator is happy to team up with Lawrence Public Library and KU Libraries to kick off Read Across Lawrence (for more events go to: http://www.lawrence.lib.ks.us/news-events/read-across-lawrence/) and would like to thank Arborscapes for supplying branches for the installation. See you there to celebrate this gritty tale and the blue moon!

FIVE BAR / INGREDIENT (947 Massachusetts St.)

Join us at the brand new Five Bar (just to the north of Ingredient) on Final Friday for a live jazz combo with Lawrence based trumpeter, Tommy Johnson.

Blueprint (formerly the Tommy Johnson Band) plays from 7 until 10 pm

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

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

Works by Sheila McGuire

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

The Watkins celebrates the dramatic move of its Milburn Electric Car with a family-friendly party on Friday, August 31 from 6-8 PM.

When the Milburn car was moved from its second floor home of 37 years, it couldn’t just be rolled up the Watkins grand staircase. It received a custom-made rig to take it back out the front door, around the corner of 11th and Massachusetts and up into the air via crane before sliding carefully through a third floor window to its new spot.

To celebrate the Milburn’s move, the Watkins will stage Lawrence’s Longest Toy Car Racetrack on August 31, as part of the monthly Final Friday. Visitors are invited to bring their own Matchbox-style cars to race down the track set up on Watkins grand staircase. Photos of the Milburn’s journey will be on display, and museum staff and volunteers will be present to talk about the car’s history: its origins, its home at the museum and its most recent adventure.

It’s shaping up to be a good time. J Roger Spohn’s photography exhibit is still up in the staircase, and the impressive Ernst Ulmer painting “Blood-Stained Dawn” is on display in the new Quantrill’s Raid exhibit.

1109 GALLERY (1109 Massachusetts St.) www.lawrenceartguild.org

1109 Gallery is proud to present "Color Collision" featuring artists Sherrie Taylor and Pay Young in the large gallery. In addition, we have over 20 area artists in the small and main galleries. Sherrie' paintings can only be described as colorful, imaginative and mystical. Sherrie lives a holistic lifestyle and incorporates that style into her work, whether through her art or through a healing session of Reiki. She practices daily meditations, proper nutrition, psychic development, and exercise in order to balance the mind, body, and spirit. Pat Young has been examining the boundaries of clay medium for years. Her work ranges from the practical to the amazing. For this show she will have all new pieces to share with patrons. Join us for Final Friday, August 31st, from 5-9pm for our opening reception.

While you are at 1109 Massachusetts, check out the mural in our alley created by summer of service students from area high school as well as Nick Schmiedler's tractor seat bench.

FINAL FRIDAY EVENTS IN THE WAREHOUSE ARTS DISTRICT

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

Aaron Marable: Domestic Bliss Opens Final Friday August 31st 5-9pm The Invisible Hand Gallery 846 Pennsylvania street Lawrence, Kansas www.invisblehandgallery.com

This show will run through August 29th. Lawrence painter Aaron Marable has kept relatively quiet in recent years. After the birth of his first child a year and a half ago, his creative output slowed with the demands of parenthood. But he’s back at it with a new exhibition, Domestic Bliss, opening at The Invisible Hand Gallery on August 31. The near-dozen paintings that make up the exhibition find Marable trying out some new things. He says he’s focusing more on color relationships than in his previous work, aiming for a subtle, refined palette. But Domestic Bliss also has him challenging his motives as a figurative painter. “It’s less figurative and more about form and more poetic moments,” Marable says. “I’m trying to step away a little bit from the fussiness of what being a figurative painter can mean.” With his move from strict figurative work, Marable strives to address several points in one piece. Though one would expect an exhibition titled Domestic Bliss to function as a portrait of familial happiness, Marables paintings contain subtle elements of darkness that reveal the complicated nature of parenthood. “There’s always something slightly unsettling in the work, which is part in parcel with domesticity,” Marable says. “There’s the elation and joy of the day to day and watching this person develop. That bond is created in the most intense way, in a way that you’ve never known before. But then there’s also the other side of it. There’s frustration and there’s self-doubt. There are all these things that are still a part of it that doesn’t always get addressed by parents.”

FLASH SPACE (830 Pennsylvania St.)

A one-night-only exhibition of works by Matt Ridgway and Charles Ray will be open to the public in between SeedCo Studios and The Invisible Hand Gallery in the new Warehouse Arts District from 5 until 9 pm.

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

The third installment of SeedCo's monthly Open Studio & AfterOurs series invites the intrepid and art-curious to step off the beaten path to explore the wild and rugged terrain of East Lawrence and the newly established Warehouse Arts District. With the way illuminated by the second full moon in a month, even the most faint of heart can find their way from the bright lights of downtown Lawrence to see up close and firsthand the inner workings of SeedCo, a former industrial production warehouse facility currently being transformed into artist's studios and workshops, with the capacity for live shows and performances. This effort, spear-headed by the Fresh Produce Art Collective, focuses on explaining the processes and influences that develop and inform the various styles and vernacular of the resident artists. The evening will feature a showcase of local music by Whatever Forever |http://whatevertapes.bandcamp.com/| THEO'S MYSTIC ROBOT ORCHESTRA BABY JESSICA CAREY SCOTT CS LUXEM PLAINS AGENT X-12 OILS The doors open at 6, with music starting at 7:30, and will continue late into the evening. SeedCo Studio is located at 826 Pennsylvania in the Warehouse Arts District. For more information please check out the SeedCo page on Facebook. SeedCo is made possible in part by the Gateway Brick Project, a community- funded public art work benefitting the development of the Warehouse Arts District.

FINAL FRIDAY EVENTS IN SOUTH LAWRENCE

8 FLAVORS (2210 Iowa)

We at 8 Flavors proudly welcome our next FF artist Matthew Obrakta.

"This body of work is about observing natural processes and how they shape our world. This work has been created through the use of these natural elements. Water, air, earth, and sunlight and superimposed w/ organic and natural images. These elements will always play a part in our lives whether we are aware of them or not. The Earth is always here to draw inspiration from." See the difference. Hear the difference. Taste the difference @ 8 Flavors (2210 Iowa) where every FF BEER is $1.5 choose from bud light, amstel light, tsing tao and 33 export. ARTISTS WANTED for future Final Fridays!

Map of Final Friday venues for August 31, 2012

Map of Final Friday venues for August 31, 2012 by Molly Murphy

Map of Final Friday venues for August 31, 2012

Map of Final Friday venues for August 31, 2012 by Molly Murphy

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July 27th Final Friday Events

FINAL FRIDAY, JULY 27th, 2012 5 until 9 pm unless otherwise noted www.finalfridayslawrence.wordpress.com

LAWRENCE, KS-

It is HOT HOT HOT out there, Lawrence, Kansas, and this Final Friday turns up the heat even more with some hot art in cool places. With ever-expanding offerings and opportunities on Final Friday, this guide will help you find something perfect for you and your family including cold drinks, cold AC and an ice cream social to help keep you cool throughout the evening.

This month, the new Warehouse Arts District makes its official launch onto the Lawrence arts scene with six events within one block. The sudden explosion of arts in this East Lawrence neighborhood is due to the collected work of Poehler Lofts developer, Tony Krsnich, The Invisisble Hand Gallery owner, Adam Smith, SeedCo Studios' collective group of artists, The Fresh Produce Art Collective, along with a number of individual artists and curators, community members, The East Lawrence Neighborhood Association, The Lawrence Arts Center and many others.

LAWRENCE ARTS CENTER (940 New Hampshire) www.lawrenceartscenter.org

        Monica Vidal

Tumor & Temple on exhibit through August 18 Vidal’s art calls attention to human’s distorted perceptions of individual experiences. She drops boundaries between the viewer and the work with familiar mediums, like paper and cloth. Vidal says it is her goal to connect to the viewers on a personal level, for the work to feel intimate and identifiable. Her drawings and paintings tell stories of abstract characters that take place in unreal environments. Her work (Tumor & Temple) consists of two large tent-like structures that fill the gallery space, and several two dimensional works displayed on the wall.

bio Monica Vidal was born in 1973 in Erie, Pennsylvania. She received a BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art and a MFA from Tyler School of Art of Temple University. After graduate school she moved to Houston, TX and had her first solo exhibition of works on paper at Lawndale Art Center in 2001. In 2009, Vidal began a series of room-sized sculptures. These structures of wood, fiberglass and fabric enclose the viewers in my ideas and tell personal stories in a surreptitious manner. The first work in the series, Tumor Hive, was shown at Lawndale Art Center in 2009. The second sculpture, Temple Hive, was shown at Box13 Artspace in 2011. The Lawrence Art Center will be the first place that the works are shown together. She continues to live and work in Houston where she keeps a space at Winter Street Studios.

Amy Kligman Special Runs through September 2

Artist’s Statement: This work celebrates the disruption, however small, of the expected. There is a certain symmetry, a prevailing banality and stillness, only occasionally interrupted by some half noticeable absurdity. One could argue that this is a parallel to our routine lives, primarily spent in some automatic mode of everyday activity, begging for the details that separate one day or hour from the next so as to make it stand out, make it special. You could even argue that desire for "specialness" leads individuals that are otherwise functioning as part of the societal hive to act out, to call attention...to get that crazy haircut or shiny car that disrupts a sea of gray sedans.

There is the tension of what appears "normal" but is in fact slightly adjacent to normal. The colors, the method and application of paint, the shiny resin surface: all are employed to take away from any indication of "reality.” Certain details are off, skewed, indicative of an interference, disorder, or imperfect pattern. This world is the world you and I know, but it also is not. It is a made up world, comprised of bits and pieces of the familiar and the familiar desire to be something else, something more than that, something different. Special.

Mike Hoffman New Works by Mike Hoffman Runs through August 18

Mike Hoffman holds a BFA from Oklahoma State University. Mike resides in Oklahoma. His art typically creates images on and out of re-purposed materials like barn wood and landscape paintings found at thrift stores. His images are largely figural and refer to historical popular culture characters. His current exhibition at the Lawrence Arts Center focuses on American musicians such as Woody Guthrie and Hank Williams.

Willy Chyr Visiting artist Willy Chyr has created a site-specific aerial sculpture for the Arts Center lobby. Willy Chyr is interested in generative art, storytelling, and the intersection between art and science. He holds a B.A. degree in physics and economics from the University of Chicago. While in college, Willy joined Le Vorris & Vox Circus and performed as a juggler, unicyclist, and magician. He also learned to twist balloons. Chyr's art, which also uses the element of light, has been displayed in Millennium Park for Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry's LabFest! at the University of Chicago's Biological Sciences Learning Center, and as part of the university's Festival of the Arts, in which he created a women's line of balloon fashion. He has been an artist-in-residence at the Bemis Center in Omaha and has exhibited in numerous other venues around the country.

Art Tougeau Photographs by Ann Dean Intermediate & Darkroom Photography student work. Instructor, Ann Dean.

Cabaret by Kander & Ebb Directed by Diana Dresser Choreography by Barbara Wasson Musical Direction by Mary Baker Orchestra Conducted by Ric Averill Come to the Cabaret! The decadence of Berlin in the late 1920’s and early ‘30’s serve as the backdrop for this Broadway classic. Tickets: Tickets, $9.50 adults $6.50 students/seniors 7:30PM

Ice Cream Social, inside at the Lawrence Arts Center, we are selling scoops of ice cream and ceramic ice cream bowls to benefit our visual arts education programming. For $5.00, you can get a generous scoop of delicious Sylas and Maddie’s ice cream. For $8.00 you can get a generous scoop of delicious Sylas and Maddie’s ice cream and a handmade ceramic bowl to take home with you.

Hot Summer’s Night Raku is coming to the Lawrence Arts Center on July 27th, 2012 from 5:00pm-9:00pm! Bracker’s Good Earth Clays is bringing their equipment to the Lawrence Arts Center for July’s Final Friday! Please There is no cost, just a need to raise interest about the raku process and possibly provide future raku opportunities for the Lawrence Arts Center. There will be room for about 36-40 tea bowl/small vase/ bowl sized pieces to be fired in the 4 rounds of firing during Final Friday.

WAREHOUSE ARTS DISTRICT LAUNCH PARTY IN EAST LAWRENCE (a full map of the new area is attached at the bottom)

  1. Grand Opening The Poehler Lofts 619 E. 8th Street Ribbon cutting ceremony from 5:00-6:00pm

  2. Intuitive Nature Invisible Hand Gallery 846 Pennsylvania works by Clare Doveton and Molly Murphy Join the invisible hand as it opens it's new doors for the first time!

Doveton and Murphy The Invisible Hand Gallery opens its new doors this month with an exhibition of paintings by Lawrence artists and friends Molly Murphy and Clare Doveton. Intuitive Nature pairs Murphy’s subtly elaborate abstractions with Doveton’s somber, sometimes-murky abstract landscapes. The exhibition will mark the 4th time the artists have shown together. Murphy says that she and Doveton, who have been friends for years, share some common ground creatively. “Though our work is very different, we often find inspiration in the same things and our palettes and imagery tend to work together because of this,” Murphy says. Murphy’s works in the exhibition are a continuation of ideas she developed during her time as artist-in-residence of a fellowship project in Seaside, Fla., earlier this year. The project focused on the neuroscience of memory and creativity in relation to abstract art. She says this new series of paintings places more emphasis on intuition and self-awareness. The natural world serves as a source of inspiration for both artists, though Doveton’s exposure to unnatural practices in large-scale agriculture may account for some of the darkness in her work. “I live in the country, and I do believe that, for me, where I live is the largest influence over my work,” Doveton says. “Specifically now, I am very much influenced by where we call home and the endless sky out here. My family raises chickens and we grow our own food using sustainable farming practices. But my home is also surrounded by endless row crop, which I have learned a lot about in the last few years.” Intuitive Nature will be the first exhibition to open at the new location of The Invisible Hand Gallery, 846 Pennsylvania St., in the developing east Lawrence Warehouse Arts District.

  1. Dinner Party 830 Pennsylvania

A collaborative exhibition featuringover 20 artists from across the country,curated by Emily Kate Johnson.

With no specific theme, the work spans all different mediums and styles while still maintaining an interesting and stimulating juxtaposition. This open-ended compilation creates conversations between different works and artists that require them and their viewers to look beyond just a specific piece or concept.

Emily Kate Johnson is a local Lawrence artist recently turned curator. She spent the last year in Boston, Massachusetts studying photography and city life, but decided to return home to pursue her interest in curating, as well as her own art. Emily grew up in Lawrence and has been active in the art community for many years. She began showing her work at La Prima Tazza Coffee shop as a young high school student and eventually branched out to be involved in Final Fridays, have a solo exhibition at the Hobbs Taylor Lofts, and now curates a show called Dinner Party that features 20 different artists from all over the country in the new Lawrence Warehouse Arts District.

  1. Dataclysm Blue Room Gallery 720 Delaware #1 Featuring works by the Fresh Produce Art Collective in a vast warehouse flash space. Curated by Yuri Zupancic and Jeremy Rockwell

5.GLORY, GLORY Office Party Gallery 720 Delaware #1 Featuring works by Justin Bergin in a flash space comprised of several mini galleries.

“What binds us together as people are our faults and flaws; many and varied as we are, what we have in common are absurd and human things: emotions, body issues, questions of gender and sexuality, petty greeds and jealousies. We exist, at a very base level, to propagate our species, and somehow along the way we developed the ability to cogitate, which created those very same issues that connect us. Our complex emotional interplays seem to me, then, to be tantamount to a cosmic joke. This is what I believe. My intent then is to build tableaux and narratives of absurd human endeavors, and to concentrate on making the media I use as “human” as possible, that is to say, evocative of our flaws and fleshiness; in this way, my paintings and sculptures become didactic displays of these issues that interest me. Drawing upon Surreal and Dada-inspired techniques of automatism and irrational juxtaposition, I allow the imagery to ebb and flow and finally coalesce into finished compositions. My process involves quasi-gestural applications of paint and charcoal, applying these in recurring layers as the image appears and asserts itself. My work in sculpture is an attempt to make three-dimensional the imagery I create in two dimensions, and is often used to emphasize surface texture and material application in a work. I allow the rough or ragged edges, and imperfect surfaces to further my investigations into humans as creatures of flaw and folly, the observations of a rather cynical or skeptical comedian.” www.justinbergin.com

  1. F-BOMB SeedCo Studios 826 Pennsylvania Check out the Fresh Product Art Collective’s new studio space. Featuring music by Olassa, Owl People and Cloud Dog. Music starts at 7.

FINAL FRIDAY EVENTS AND VENUES IN DOWNTOWN LAWRENCE AND EAST LAWRENCE

VAN GO! MOBILE ARTS (715 New Jersey) www.van-go.org

20 Van Go teens created art benches for local clients. The 2012 Benches will be on view for Final Friday.

Van Go is a year-round job-training program for 14-21 year old at-risk teens and young adults in Douglas County. Using art as the vehicle to effect change, Van Go employees create artwork that is sold in our gallery, or is commissioned by area businesses and organizations. Van Go is devoted to the whole person, intertwining mental health services, academic support, healthy living and life skill lessons into the broader structure of the job-training program.

STAR STRUCK CLOTHING (16 E. 8th St.) www.starstruckclothing.com

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

THE ELDRIDGE HOTEL (701 Massachusetts St.) www.eldridgehotel.com

LAWRENCE PUBLIC LIBRARY (707 Vermont St.) www.lawrencepubliclibrary.com

Final Fridays: Dream Rocket Project July 27 5-7pm Kids from Lawrence and around the world have created artwork to wrap around a real rocket! Up to 8,000 artworks will eventually be connected side by side to wrap the 365′ Saturn V Moon Rocket at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama. Stop by the library during Final Fridays on July 27 to see the Lawrence debut of this international exhibit!

SIGNS OF LIFE (722 Massachusetts St.) www.signsoflifegallery.com

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. Open on Final Fridays.

THE LAWRENCE ART PARTY (718 New Hampshire St.)

Final Friday Lawrence Art Party with Darrell Lea
July 27, 5-9:30 at 718 New Hampshire Street, Hobbs Taylor Loft Building

Please make plans to enjoy the Lawrence Art Party on this Final Friday, July 27! We will have a special performance by Lawrence’s own amazing singer, songwriter, and guitarist Darrell Lea. Over 20 local and regional artists will show and sell paintings, photographs, sculptures, pottery, mixed media art, and more.

We are showcasing a wonderful group of artists this month, including:

• Julie Blichmann • Traci Bunkers • Wesley Casey • Caitlin Crawford • Dave DeHetre • Sandra Griffin • Wes Landis • Skyla McCollum • Jilli Nell • George Paley • Tony Peterson • Trae Rickford • Michael Strickland • Ty Walsh • Lesa Weller

The Lawrence Art Party has been held every month since the beginning of Final Fridays. Our goals are to host a free, fun party for the community; provide a venue for both the performing and visual arts, and give visual artists an opportunity to show, share, and sell their art.

The Lawrence Art Party is sponsored by the Science, Art, and Technology (STArt) Alliance. The STArt Alliance is dedicated to increasing the Lawrence and regional focus on creativity, innovation, and the arts; and contributing to local economic and community development.

This month we are proud to announce that selected work from the Lawrence Art Party will be displayed and available for sale throughout the month at Papa Kenos Pizzeria, at 1035 Massachusetts Street in Lawrence.

We offer our heartfelt thanks to Capital City Bank, Sabatini Architects, and all of the residents of the Hobbs Taylor Lofts for allowing us to hold this event in their wonderful building, and to Brandon Graham for providing beautiful wall space at Papa Kenos Pizzeria for us to showcase selected works throughout the month.

We are eternally grateful to the Lawrence community for supporting us and our artists. It only because of the participation and generous donations by 500 to 1000 people every month that the Lawrence Art Party is possible.

LUCKY PAWS BAKERY & UNIQUE BARKtique (729 1/2 Massachusetts St., Ste. 202) (above Francis Sporting Goods)

I.Love.Dogs. It's a simple fact: 'paws' down, I've loved dogs my entire life!

I.Love.Art. The Unique BARKtique will carry a variety of fun, eclectic, one-of-a-kind dog related items from artisans both far and wide, supporting their talents and whimsical gifts. The BARKtique will feature various artists and their work each month, and will also have some fun vintage dog-related items!This is THE place for DOGS and the people who love them!

TELLER'S RESTAURANT UPSTAIRS (746 Massachusetts St.) www.tellerslawrence.com

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

Works by Sally Piller showing throughout the restaurant and Star Bar on Final Friday

ATOMIC PHOTOGRAPHY (313 E. 8th St. Studio B)

Atomic is a collaborative effort between Racheal Major, Jen young, and Jamie Haverkamp. Specializing in graphic design, pin up portraiture, and Americana photography. The photography services include retro makeovers equipped with professional hair and make up, wardrobe and prop selection, and personalized pose guidance. Now located right in the heart of east Lawrence! Atomic shares a split studio space at 8th and New York. The space is split up into several art studios ranging from ceramics, to fine art.

SMILING MAD DESIGNS & INKELLO LETTERPRESS (801.5, suite 3 Massachusetts St.)

WONDER FAIR (803 Massachusetts St.) www.wonderfair.com Hooooooo Boy, it’s a HOT ONE! This Final Friday, Wonder Fair will feature twenty hot-blooded, inky-finger’d, muscly-armed American Printmakers in our first annual Print Invitational. Curated with solemn gravity by Mr Michael Krueger (Head of KU department of printmaking), the Print Invitational is a manifestation of Wonder Fair's foundational purpose--to establish Lawrence as a preeminent center for creative print culture in the United States. Come early to hear remarks from Krueger on his selections for the show; Come late to hear remarks from everyone after enjoying our signature Print Invitational Cocktail-- the squid ink martini.

Exhibiting artists:

Sue Ashline | Benjamin Davis Brockman | Grace D. Chin | Ali Dalsing | Benjy Davies | Andrew DeCaen | Anya Dikareva | Olivia Gibb | Brian Hawkins | Lauren Rose Kinney | Andrew Kosten | Joseph A. Lupo | Joshua Calvin Meier | Jon Redd | Linda Lucia Santana | Brett Schieszer | Hye Young Shin | Christopher Wallace | Michael Weigman | Josh K. Winkler

GLOBAL CAFE (820 Massachusetts St.)

FOXTROT (823 Massachusetts St.)

LOVE GARDEN SOUNDS (822 Massachusetts St.)

www.lovegardensounds.com

DOWNTOWN UPSTAIRS (824 1/2 Massachusetts St.)

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

Demonstrating artist: Dave Van Hee We are excited to have Dave Van Hee as our demonstrating artist for July’s Final Friday Art Walk.Dave is a well-known local artist whose works include masks, ceramics and other creative pieces of art. Many of you know Dave or own some of his art, so don't miss this opportunity to visit with him. From Dave: “Now lives between two fertilizer factories on the edge of Lawrence, KS. Wears sensible shoes with good arch supports. A fallen away vegetarian, Mr. Van Hee has participated in numerous artistic and educational situations, like the time he spray painted a log orange, and some little kids were watching. His career goal is to win the lottery and buy one of those four-door pickup trucks with four tires in back.”

We will have music from local Lawrence singer and songwriter Glen Thomas of E100. Glen will perform in the gallery beginning after 6:00. Our food this month will be lemonade and cookies.

LOST ART SPACE (825 Massachusetts St.) * New Location! www.dotdotdotartspace.com

Flow Lines The resident artists of Lost Art Space present a mixed-media painting exhibition which celebrates dynamic lines of motion and connection. Over 50 original works will lead the viewer around the gallery on an undulating path through diverse mediums and subjects. Its a whimsical dance through surreal cityscapes, natural beauty, and calculated chaos. Going with the ever-changing flow, Jeromy Morris, Jesse Gray, Erok Johanssen, Jeremy Rockwell, Paul Flinders, and Yuri Zupancic invite you to follow their lines of inspiration.

THE BOURGEOIS PIG (6 E. 9th St.)

Jan Morris Nitcher Outside the Screen Door Watercolor paintings on paper from my 2008-2012 painting journal July 27 - August 30, 2012

The subject of these current paintings is the natural world ‹ primarily my neighborhood, the rolling, rumpled hills of Vinland Valley, south of Lawrence.

My intention as a painter is to convey the excitement I feel about this subject poetically, rather than literally. I usually make a drawing but sometimes just start painting. I approach a subject as a colorist. I often paint from memory, abstracting and changing colors to express a mood.

EDUCATION: MFA, Painting, School of the Art Institute of Chicago BFA, Painting and Printmaking, BAE, Art Education, The University of Kansas

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

Of Inspirations and Interpretation Solo and collaborative Work of D. S. Dunlap Do's Deluxe 416 E. 9th Street 6:00-8:00 pm

BDC TATTOO (938 Massachusetts St.) www.bdctattoo.com

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

The Percolator's July Final Friday show is the Fourth Annual Dimebag Benefit. This show features art made from Social Service League material. Artists paid $10 to the League and filled a bag with whatever they could find in the local thrift store. The resulting masterpieces are displayed at the Percolator in an explosion of color and unusual materials. Come check out a bicycle made out of an ironing board, an underwater kingdom of babydolls, and other precariously balanced items. There are materials on hand to create your own work of art, so enjoy yourself; bring the whole family. Featuring a performance by Richards Music's Rock Camp veterans Hotel Coffee. 5-9 pm.

We are still accepting Dimebag art submissions through July 26. Here's how to submit...Go to The Social Service League, 905 Rhode Island, (Wed, Thurs, Fri open 9 to 4 or Sat open 9 to 2), donate $10 & fill a big bag with stuff. Make anything out of the stuff & bring it to the Percolator Artspace July 26, 5-9. Collage, assemblages, fabric, poems, videos , a song, a dance, anything- young and old- have some fun. Art sold will benefit the Percolator programs. Don't have the cash flow to donate $10? Check out the League dumpster for art making supplies.

KANSAS SAMPLER (921 Massachusetts St.) www.kansassampler.com

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

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

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

Watkins Museum Opens Two Summer Exhibitions

The Watkins Community Museum of History will open two new exhibitions exploring the 1850s and 1860s at a reception on Friday, July 27, 6-8 PM. The celebration will feature a readers’ theater presentation, Guerilla Warfare: Bushwhackers and Jayhawkers, facilitated by Missouri State University history professor Jeremy Neeley at 7 PM. The event is free and open to the public.

Drawn from the museum’s collection, the exhibition Terror and Triumph: Quantrill’s Raid and the Rebirth of Lawrence, tells the story of this epic Civil War event and how memories of it shaped the community. On the morning of August 21, 1863, 400 raiders, led by William Quantrill, attacked Lawrence, killing about 200 men and leaving downtown in ruins. Featuring paintings and prints created to capture the devastation of the raid, the exhibition details survivors’ recollections and their determination to rebuild the city. A confederate flag, allegedly belonging to Quantrill, and artifacts that survived the raid will be on display.

John Brown Photo Chronology, a traveling exhibition organized by Jean Libby and Allies for Freedom Publishers, includes 14 images reproduced from period daguerreotype portraits of the notorious abolitionist. The exhibition examines the impact of significant pre-Civil War events on Brown’s increasingly militant abolitionist activities.

Both exhibitions are supported in part by a grant from the Ethel and Raymond F. Rice Foundation. Support for the Shared Stories of the Civil War readers’ theater presentation is provided by the Kansas Humanities Council.

For more information on these exhibitions contact the Watkins Museum at (785) 841-4109.

1109 GALLERY (1109 Massachusetts St.) www.lawrenceartguild.org

Artwork by Cindy Oliver

Join the Lawrence Art Guild and 1109 Gallery for the opening reception of "Upcycled" - A Recyled Art Show on July 27, 2012. Over 25 artists including Featured Artist Cindy Oliver. Reception from 5-9pm with demonstrations by Cindy Oliver, musicians, Food and Fun. Be sure not to miss our grand unveiling of "Art in the Alley" a creation by Summer of Service students. 1109 Gallery is located at 1109 Massachusetts in beautiful downtown Lawrence, Kansas. "Upcycled" may be seen at the gallery from July 25th-August 26th. Our hours are: Wednesday-Saturday, 11am-5pm and Sunday, 1-5pm.

FINAL FRIDAY EVENTS IN SOUTH LAWRENCE

8 FLAVORS (2210 Iowa)

We at 8 Flavors proudly welcome our next FF artist Matthew Obrakta.

"This body of work is about observing natural processes and how they shape our world. This work has been created through the use of these natural elements. Water, air, earth, and sunlight and superimposed w/ organic and natural images. These elements will always play a part in our lives whether we are aware of them or not. The Earth is always here to draw inspiration from." See the difference. Hear the difference. Taste the difference @ 8 Flavors (2210 Iowa) where every FF BEER is $1.5 choose from bud light, amstel light, tsing tao and 33 export. ARTISTS WANTED for future Final Fridays!

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June 29th Final Friday Events in a Nutshell… and more for the truly dedicated

FINAL FRIDAY, JUNE 29th, 2012 5 until 9 pm unless otherwise noted www.finalfridayslawrence.wordpress.com

This Final Friday in a Nutshell:

Join hundreds of artists and dozens of locations in the Downtown, East and South Lawrence areas on Friday, June 29th, for visual arts exhibitions, performances, fashion, studio tours and activities as part of this month's Final Fridays event. Two new venues join the party this month: Star Struck Clothing on 8th Street and 8 Flavors at 2210 Iowa- our first South Lawrence venue!

Lawrence Arts Center's 2011-2012 Ceramics Artist-in-residence, Allen Chen, will open his exhibition of sculptural ceramic works, the culmination of his year in Lawrence. In the lobby area, the massive aerial balloon sculpture of Chicago-based Willy Chyr floats between the first and second floors and spans the length of the lobby area.

The Invisible Hand Gallery celebrates its time in Downtown with a final group show of artists who have helped make it such a success, before it moves to the new East Lawrence Arts District next month.

The Lawrence Public Library showcases the work of four extraordinary female artists in “Four for the Show,” and The Lawrence Art Party will showcase the work of over 20 local and regional artists along with musical entertainment.

The Lost Art Space artists, who made their mark in a temporary exhibition/working studio space in the old Penny Annie's space, move to the basement of the Phoenix Gallery with their new show “Stare,” while upstairs in the Phoenix Gallery you can visit with and have books signed by the multi-talented demonstrating artist, Felicia Roth.

Foxtrot brings back Kansas native, Kate von Achen, with her fair trade Ugandan company, Awava, and the launch of its new clothing line created with local fashion designer, Margie Hogue, who worked directly with Ugandan female artisans and tailors.

Wonder Fair shows us what “The Inner-Workings of a Man Who Drinks Way Too Much Mountain Dew” looks like with an exhibition of prints by Sean Starwars, a member of eaOutlaw Printmakers.

Marty Olson and Jennifer Joie Webster are the featured artists at Do's Deluxe on East 9th St. This beautiful hair salon provides one of the most unique places to see artwork on Final Fridays.

Plein Air is the theme at 1109 Gallery with featured artist Jane Fortun, and the opening of “Amber Waves,” a group show of landscape and plein air painters.

If you find yourself in need of a great meal, a caffeine boost or fancy cocktail on the art walk, check out these shows in local restaurants and bars: Pachamamas features “Through Line” by Jeremy Rockwell, The Bourgeois Pig opens the neuroscience-to-art work of Molly Murphy, and Teller's Restaurant showcases “Reciprocity” by Emily Hunt.

If, after all of these events, you find yourself asking for more, The Lost Art crew will be hosting an “After Ours Open Studio” at their new studio home in the East Lawrence Arts District. The party starts at 9:30 with musical guests and open studios.

LAWRENCE ARTS CENTER (940 New Hampshire) www.lawrenceartscenter.org

Body of Work: Studies and Interpretations of the Live Model

In the main galleries of the Lawrence Arts Center, this group exhibition explores aspects of human figuration through the eyes of artists who live in the Lawrence area.

Louis Copt Amber Hansen Stephen T. Johnson Ted Johnson Karen Matheis Judith McCrea Lori Norwood Juniper Tangpuz Nicholas Ward

Willy Chyr

Willy Chyr is interested in generative art, storytelling, and the intersection between art and science. He holds a BA degree in physics and economics from the University of Chicago. While in college, Willy joined Le Vorris & Vox Circus and performed as a juggler, unicyclist, and magician. He also learned to twist balloons. Chyr’s art, which also uses the element of light, has been displayed in Millennium Park for Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry’s LabFest! at the University of Chicago’s Biological Sciences Learning Center, and as part of the university’s Festival of the Arts, in which he created a women’s line of balloon fashion. He has been an artist-in-residence at the Bemis Center in Omaha and has exhibited in numerous other venues around the country.

Chyr has created a site-specific aerial piece in the Lawrence Arts Center main lobby.

Allen Chen

2011-12 Arts Center Artist-in-Residence Allen Chen was born in 1979 in Taiwan and immigrated to California in 1991. He received his B.F.A. in Spatial Arts from San Jose State University in 2005 and M.F.A. in Studio Arts from the University of Notre Dame in 2009. Chen has since completed an artist residency at Mendocino Art Center in California and a long term artist in residence program at the Red Lodge Clay Center in Montana.

Chen brings to a close his year at the Lawrence Arts Center with this exhibit of his sculptural ceramic work.

*NEW VENUES THIS FINAL FRIDAY:

STAR STRUCK CLOTHING (16 E. 8th St.) www.starstruckclothing.com

Works by Thomas Cray

It's taken a while for me to embrace that any of my work could be considered a work of art or that I would even consider myself to be an artist. From my perspective, when most people think of the label of a photographer, they believe it is either someone who is involved with some form of mass communication or someone who is paid to do portraits. I hope to separate myself and my work from that generalized thinking. I don't want to be told what my art should look like nor have someone come to me and refuse to pay for my services or any of my work because they weren't happy with the end product. The prints that I display are pieces that I am proud of and enjoy seeing on the wall. If someone likes my work, I hope that they will consider purchasing a print. For those that aren't drawn to what I've produced, I appreciate them taking the time to view my work and invite them to come back and look again in the future as there may be something new that does appeal to their taste in art.

8 FLAVORS (2210 Iowa) – behind Hastings

8 FLAVORS is a new restaurant that offers a unique, innovative and modern take on Asian food- DONE RIGHT!

TASTE THE DIFFERENCE with signature items such as homemade dumplings, smoky salmon rangoons and our famous General's Sesame chicken.

SEE and HEAR the DIFFERENCE with a fun loving atmosphere, good music to your ears AND...LOCAL ART!!!

We are proud to announce our collaboration with Emily Hughes of Dancehues studio (811 E 23rd suite G Lawrence KS) to celebrate our very 1st FINAL FRIDAY at 8 flavors. Emily is a fantastic, loving and supportive mentor to many in the local community. Her studio provides a place where all ages and backgrounds gather to use dance as a productive outlet for self expression. JOIN US for a in house performance art recital on June 28th 2012 @ 7pm. $12. at the door gets you a sample meal/beverage along with a comfy seat to enjoy this one of a kind dining experience. Alcohol may be purchased as well with those with a valid id who are 21 and up. We are also still seeking local artists to display their work and we have lots of space for all mediums BIG OR SMALL. for further inquiries please call us 785-856-8898 or 785-331-5632 THANK U LAWRENCE!!!!

*AND CHECK OUT ALL OF THESE AMAZING SHOWS I N DOWNTOWN & EAST LAWRENCE:

VAN GO! MOBILE ARTS (showing at The Lawrence Art Party in Hobbs Taylor Lofts) www.van-go.org

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

THE ELDRIDGE HOTEL (701 Massachusetts St.) www.eldridgehotel.com

LAWRENCE PUBLIC LIBRARY (707 Vermont St.) www.lawrencepubliclibrary.com

Four for the Show

Artwork by Laurie Culling, Barbara Reid, Tami Clark, Liza MacKinnon

Laurie Culling Ranging in style from realistic to abstract, Laurie Culling works with acrylics on canvas, mixed media on gypsum, monotypes, fabric, beads, hand-made paper collage and more. Her artwork is subtle, understated, whimsical and pointedly to the essence. She has exhibited regionally, nationally and internationally, and has received numerous awards, including Lawrence’s Phoenix Award in Visual Arts (2002). She earned a BFA in Painting & Drawing from KU; is the 1982 co-founder of the Phoenix Gallery; and a former co-president and former vice-president of the Lawrence Art Guild.

Barbara Reid Barbara Reid records sight and feeling interpretations with her watercolors, pastels, and acrylics. She especially enjoys painting landscapes, flowers, birds and animals. The years of workshops, classes and Art friends create wonderful memories. Barbara has exhibited in the Florida Keys, Overland Park, Prairie Village, and Merriam, KS, and now in Lawrence. She is a member of the Lawrence Art Guild, and welcomes commissioned artworks.

Tami Clark Tami Clark is a mixed media artist who lives in Lawrence where she is also the Director of Youth Ministries at the First United Methodist Church. She received a degree in the School of Social Welfare in 2000 and began working in mixed media in 2004. Tami primarily works in assemblage and encaustic painting. She creates story boards of plaster, acrylic, collage and found objects that represent individual moments in time.

Liza MacKinnon Interested in most forms of creative expression, Liza Mackinnon is repeatedly drawn back to historical costume. Whether it be fashioning a full sized Victorian-era dress with bustle out of orange bedsheets or shaping tiny empire-waist dress sculptures out of pages of Pride and Prejudice, the theme remains constant. There is something sublime in the drape, cut, trim and pattern of fabric manipulation throughout the ages. Liza is also currently working on a year-long challenge of posting a “dress a day”.

SIGNS OF LIFE (722 Massachusetts St.) www.signsoflifegallery.com

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. Open on Final Fridays.

THE LAWRENCE ART PARTY (718 New Hampshire St.)

Press Release and invitation to the FREE Final Friday Lawrence Art Party

June 29, 5-9:30 at 718 New Hampshire Street, Hobbs Taylor Loft Building

Please make plans to enjoy the Lawrence Art Party on this Final Friday, June 29! We will have a special performance by an amazing all-female band, Holmes Street. Over 20 local and regional artists will show and sell paintings, photographs, sculptures, mixed media art, and more.

We are showcasing a wonderful group of artists this month, including Julie Blichmann, Bob Buchanan, Traci Bunkers, Wesley Casey, John Clayton, Becky Collier, Dave DeHetre, Dan Dishman, John Geery, Emily Johnson, Megan Kunz, Jonathan Marzette, Landon Merrill, Tony Peterson, George Paley, Trae Rickford, Wyatt Rogers, Jennifer Unekis, Lesa Weller, and Tammy West.

More can be seen at the Facebook event site http://tinyurl.com/lapjune2012

LUCKY PAWS BAKERY & UNIQUE BARKtique (729 1/2 Massachusetts St., Ste. 202) (above Francis Sporting Goods)

I.Love.Dogs. It's a simple fact: 'paws' down, I've loved dogs my entire life!

I.Love.Good.Health. It's no secret that good nutrition and the use of organics is the foundation of a healthy lifestyle...not just for people, but for our dogs, too! I believe that our Dogs deserve healthy treats that are designed to nourish and support their bodies - every batch of Lucky Paws treats is hand-mixed, rolled, cut and baked with that in mind. I have been baking for dogs since 1990, and the Bakery portion of the shop will carry fresh-baked treats for dogs, ranging from Peamutt Butter Puppies, to Apple-Cinnamon Fat Cats, to a variety of grain-free treats. I'm also happy to bake custom orders for dogs, and do bake BARKday cakes and Pupcakes upon request!

I.Love.My.Pack. I have 6 amazing furkids - Gretta, Durga, Hanuman (Commander of Woof),Tonka, Legal (Runnin' Buddy) and Shakti, the CEO (Chief Eating Officer) and Lucky Paws logo girl. Shakti will grace the shop with her pawsitive greeting skills!

I.Love.Art. The Unique BARKtique will carry a variety of fun, eclectic, one-of-a-kind dog related items from artisans both far and wide, supporting their talents and whimsical gifts. The BARKtique will feature various artists and their work each month, and will also have some fun vintage dog-related items!This is THE place for DOGS and the people who love them!

TELLER'S RESTAURANT UPSTAIRS (746 Massachusetts St.) www.tellerslawrence.com

Emily Hunt: Reciprocity Opens Tuesday June 26th 6-8pm Tellers artspace 746 Massachusetts

Lawrence photographer and instant-film aficionado Emily Hunt presents a new set of works when Reciprocity opens at the Teller’s art space on June 26. Reciprocity will feature several large film prints as well as some smaller prints and Polaroids. Many of the photographs capture homes and other buildings free of occupants and passersby. The result is a haunting and lonely vision of Lawrence as a ghost town. The simplicity of the composition allows the viewer to focus on peripheral details in the photographs: the mood of a late-afternoon shadow falling on pavement or the flecks of peeling paint on a tired house. Hunt says her photographic style lends itself to the imaginings of her audience. “People may respond to them positively or negatively, depending on what they see,” Hunt says. Hunt is primarily a film photographer and is particularly fond of instant film. After Polaroid discontinued its beloved instant film in 2009, Hunt became an early adopter of film from The Impossible Project, which operates out of a former Polaroid factory in the Netherlands. “A lot of it is really experimental,” Hunt says. “It’s really finicky and the results you get are pretty unexpected and have a lot of blemishes sometimes, which I really like. Sometimes it’s frustrating, but that’s definitely the medium that I’m really passionate about, their new film.” Sun spots and soft focus are things that Hunt has come to appreciate about working with instant film. But she also appreciates the way the film challenges her as a photographer. “With film you just have to spend that much longer setting up shots and just really focus on the image you’re creating because you can’t just do a snap shot with your finicky film,” Hunt says.

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

“Through Line” works by Jeremy Rockwell showing throughout the restaurant and Star Bar

ATOMIC PHOTOGRAPHY (313 E. 8th St. Studio B)

Atomic is a collaborative effort between Racheal Major, Jen young, and Jamie Haverkamp. Specializing in graphic design, pin up portraiture, and Americana photography. The photography services include retro makeovers equipped with professional hair and make up, wardrobe and prop selection, and personalized pose guidance. Now located right in the heart of east Lawrence! Atomic shares a split studio space at 8th and New York. The space is split up into several art studios ranging from ceramics, to fine art.

SMILING MAD DESIGNS & INKELLO LETTERPRESS (801.5, suite 3 Massachusetts St.)

THE INVISIBLE HAND GALLERY (801 1/2 Massachusetts St.) www.theinvisiblehandgallery.com

Friends of the hand.

Opens Final Friday June 29th, 6-9pm The Invisible Hand Gallery 801.5 Massachusetts Suite D Lawrence, ks 66044 www.invisiblehandgallery.com

The Friends Of The Hand is a final show to celebrate my Massachusetts street gallery before moving on to bigger and better things.

We will be featuring the work of twenty-three artists who have shown with me and inspired me over the last few years.

Kenneth Kupfer Henry Schneiderman Aaron Storck Clinton Rickets Ben strawn Leslie kay Andrew Jilka Jeff Immer Adam Lott Molly Murphy Jeremy Rockwell Andrew Burkitt Yuri Zupancic Jeffrey McKee Jeromy Morris Jesse gray Eric Dobbins Geoff Benzing Jason Barr Jenn Erwin Wayne Propst Dave Loewenstein Andrew Huffman

Since moving to Lawrence in 2006, Adam Smith has served a vital role in local visual arts activity. One of Lawrence’s premiere framers, Smith contributes to numerous exhibitions throughout the city. And as owner of The Invisible Hand Gallery, he has provided art lovers one of the most consistently excellent series of exhibitions in the area. On June 29, Smith will present Friends of the Hand, an exhibition that showcases works from 23 area artists who have inspired him since he opened his gallery space more than 2 years ago. The show will be last at the current Invisible Hand location, 801 Massachusetts St., before Smith moves the gallery to a new space at 846 Pennsylvania St. Smith recently sat down to chat about his experiences with the gallery and his plans for the future. This all started as a framing business in the Casbah building. Can you talk about your origins and the decision to open a gallery space? I pretty much started from scratch there. I’m a self-taught framer. I started making frames in the late 90s for my own photography. I bought a frame shop that was going out of business in 2002 and just put it in storage for years and then finally opened it here. This was originally two offices. It was really, really awful in here; it was carpeted and painted green and the ceilings were really bad. I redid it all by myself. I put everything in: the floors and ceilings and the walls and opened the two spaces up. I feel like I probably wanted to start a gallery to begin with but didn’t have the confidence to try to do that. I felt like if I had something to make a little money it would be easier, and it has been. Lots of times the gallery supports itself, which is great, but the framing business is what’s always made the gallery work. What have been some of the high points from your time in this location? Over the last year, the people have started coming a lot more, which is always nice. But I feel like I’ve always shown what I thought was the best of art in Lawrence or from Kansas City. The show coming up at the end of this month, the Friends of the Hand show, has 23 artists in it, a lot of whom have shown here. Some have shown at Teller’s; a couple are just good friends who have helped me out over the years. I wouldn’t want to pick artists to say they’re my favorite. Really it’s all just what I think is the best anyways. I’ve been incredibly proud of the work that’s gone through here over the last two years. I think it’s amazing I’ve had so much great art in this space. What have been your biggest challenges operating here? Space, definitely. This whole place is about 450 square feet. It’s been really challenging to do framing in here when I get into making some 6-foot frames, it’s really hard to move around. The other big challenge for me is time. I work 45 or 50 hours a week at the Pig, so it’s hard to be here when I need to be. I’ve had a lot of help, a lot of great people who have volunteered and interned here. I think that’s my biggest challenge going on. My new shop is going to be 9 to 5, so I’m going to have to figure out how to make that time work. I’m going to try to be there 5 days a week in the afternoons. With intern help and friends, I think it will continue to work. When will the new gallery open up? The Final Friday of July. Molly Murphy and Claire Doveton are going to open it. I’m going to work, on some level, with the Lost Arts Space guys, who are also on that block, and the Poehler Institute that does the lofts. We’re all going to kind of do one big Final Friday block party over there. Will operations change at all in the new space? In my new space, I plan on it being a lot more involved than this place. I love this gallery, but it seems like a lot of times it’s just a framing business and Final Friday. Over there I want to have a lot more events: artist sales, get-togethers, poetry readings or music shows or whatever. Wonder Fair does a great job; they have the shop. I won’t ever have a shop like that, but I do think my new space is going to afford a new environment to have events here in town. It’s not huge, but it’s big enough. It’s a little over twice the size of this place — all open, one big room. I want to have at least two events every month there, whether it’s everybody coming over and watching a movie projected on the wall or having a sale or having a show or whatever it is. Will you be shifting your focus at all in regard to art? My goal with the new gallery is to show as much national art as local art. I love showing local art; I want to continue showing local art. But I also want to expand into a bigger group of artists. I’ve been talking to a lot of people who have some Lawrence connection on some level, but who have moved on. I’ve got a couple shows in the works for next year for artists who have gained some national recognition but kind of started out around here. How confident are you in the revitalization of east Lawrence as an arts district? I think with me and the Lost Art Space guys and the hundred people that live in the (Poehler) building, I’m pretty confident that it will do well. I think the art that I’ll be showing over the next few years is going to bring people from wherever, or at least I hope.

WONDER FAIR (803 Massachusetts St.) www.wonderfair.com

The Inner-Workings of a Man Who Drinks Way Too Much Mountain Dew

Final Friday, June 29, The Wonder Fair proudly presents, “A Fuck Ton of Prints.”  It is the work of Sean Starwars, one of the “eaOutlaw Printmakers” along with such printmaking legends as Tom Huck, Bill Fick, and Dennis Mcnett.   His work features familiar pop culture heroes and villains, southern culture ephemera, and the inner workings of a man who drinks way to much Mountain Dew. Done in a style reminiscent of Hannah Barbara cartoons or a pig cooking another pig on a Barbecue joint sign, Starwars’ woodcuts are both creepy and hilarious.   Hailing from rural Mississippi, Starwars makes a woodcut every day. Meet the outlaw himself at the Wonder Fair. The show will continue through June.

The Wonder Fair is open Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday noon to 6 p.m., and Saturday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., with completely random extended hours when we happen to be there.

Please visit www.wonderfair.com frequently for news, information, and to skew our Google analytics data.

GLOBAL CAFE (820 Massachusetts St.)

FOXTROT (823 Massachusetts St.)

margiehogue for awava launch party @ Foxtrot (823 Massachusetts St.)

From Kansas to Uganda and back to Kansas again, the first margiehogue for a w a v a. collection is ready for its international debut, taking place at Foxtrot during Final Friday’s from 6pm until 9pm! Lawrence designer, Margie Hogue, has partnered with Awava, a fair trade fashion company working with women artisans in post-conflict Uganda and founded by Lawrence native Kate von Achen, to bring you an amazing new line of clothing, fusing traditional African textiles with modern fashion design. These are clothes you can feel good about wearing inside and out. Join us to raise a glass of celebratory vino, and to be the first to experience these wonderful creations, which will be available for viewing and purchase at this event, and will go live on the website the following day! For sneak peeks, please visit our social media sites: awava.blogspot.com facebook.com/awavamarket twitter.com/awava

LOVE GARDEN SOUNDS (822 Massachusetts St.)

www.lovegardensounds.com

DOWNTOWN UPSTAIRS (824 1/2 Massachusetts St.)

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

Demonstrating artist: Felicia Roth.

Felicia Roth is an award winning artist, jeweler and poet. Her amazing work includes hand painted jewelry, modern and impressionistic paintings, cards and books. Felicia will have copies of her latest book of poems on hand for signing. These would make a wonderful gift for friends or family! Come out and visit with Felicia and see the work of this multi-talented artist.

This month you will have one last chance to hear Wes Samms live at our gallery. Wes is moving and he is one of the highlights of Final Friday so come in and hear his beautiful music one more time!

Think summer! Come in and sample a light summer cake, lemonade and lemon cookies!

LOST ART SPACE (825 Massachusetts St.) * New Location! www.lostartspace.com

Fresh from a residency in the former Penny Annie's candy shoppe, artists Paul Flinders, Jeromy Morris, Erok Johanssen, Jeremy Rockwell, Jesse Gray, and Yuri Zupancic will continue to bring their perspectives into the fold of the Lawrence art scene. Located at 825 Massachusetts St. in the basement below the Phoenix Gallery, the Lost Art Space will depart from an abandoned storefront aesthetic in favor of a clean white box. The art presented on the walls will continue to push the envelope with content, style and material innovation. The space will present its first show, STARE, on June 29 to coincide with downtown Lawrence's Final Fridays Art Walk.

After Ours> The Fresh Produce Art Collective is keeping the home fires burning this Final Friday with a late-night After Ours open studio tour at the SEED CO. This emerging art space will serve as FP's new center of operations, a hub of surface activation, concept germination, and post-contemporary artistic creation and re- creation. Located at 826 Pennsylvania, in the heart of Lawrence's new Eastside Arts District, the SEED CO. is envisioned as a shared studio/ event space incorporating multi-media works and performances. This event is a preview of things to come, a glimpse into the window of possibilities, and a celebration of a new era of creative collaboration.

After Ours Open Studio at The SEED CO. Warehouse- Friday June 29. Doors open at 9:30 PM Special musical guests- to be announced!

THE BOURGEOIS PIG (6 E. 9th St.)

Molly Murphy: Remarkably Unmemorable (works based on the neuroscience of memory as it relates to abstract works of art)

Molly Murphy exhibits her series of work created on a fellowship in Seaside, Florida as the 2012 Visual Artist In Residence. While in Seaside, Murphy investigated the work of several neuroscientists and AI researchers working in the areas of memory and visual cognition. This series chose scenes based on the work of MIT's CSAI Lead Researcher and Brain and Cognitive Sciences professor, Aude Oliva, pertaining to the memorability of images in two dimensional form. She chose scenes that, according to Oliva's studies, would be unmemorable as photographs, and interpreted them in three forms: first, rendered realistically from life, second, rendered from memory, and third, rendered abstractly. Some of the writing and notes from Murphy's final fellowship talk will be exhibited with the series.

Z's DIVINE DOWNTOWN ESPRESSO (10 E. 9th St.) www.zsdivine.com

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

Watercolors by Jennifer Joie Webster and Marty Olson : "Mandalas & Mirages"

In addition, local author Paula Schumacher will be onsite for a signing/release of her new book, "The Beginner's Guide to Office Boxing". Hours: 6:00-8:00 pm at Do's Deluxe, 416 East 9th Street

BDC TATTOO (938 Massachusetts St.) www.bdctattoo.com

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

KANSAS SAMPLER (921 Massachusetts St.) www.kansassampler.com

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

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

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

1109 GALLERY (1109 Massachusetts St.) www.lawrenceartguild.org

"AMBER WAVES" June 26th-July 22nd

Final Friday- Join 1109 Gallery for our Final Friday artists reception. This exhibit will showcase the work of some of the best landscape and plein aire artists in NE Kansas. Our reception will be held from 5pm-9pm on Friday June 29th. Come and see this amazing installation!

FEATURED ARTIST JANE FORTUN:

Early morning, late afternoon/early evening are the time of day that Jane prefers to paint her outdoor landscapes. Known as Plein Air (in fresh air) this approach has seen a huge increase in popularity in recent years. The reason being that nature is the best instructor for this venue of painting--plus it is just fun and challenging at the same time! Jane says these are some of my favorite moments, outdoors in the beauty and peace that that the natural world provides, capturing the particular scene before me in oil paint. It has become an addiction--- a good addiction! Early on Jane graduated from art school in Boston, majoring in fashion illustration.After that, evening studies at RISD in Providence and classes with some fine insrtuctors in MA and RI. Painting took a back seat to raising children for some time, but free lance artwork did enter the picture and helped keep her on the artistic path. Since moving to KS 21 years ago Jane has been painting regularly, studio and more frequently, plein air works, which bring absolutely the most joy. Jane has been in juried shows regionally, participated in outdoor art fairs, been in a few traveling shows and won some awards along the way. Her works belong in private and corporate collections nationwide.

1109 GALLERY Lawrence Art Guild Association 1109 Massachusetts St Lawrence, Kansas 66044 785.856.2784 gallery@lawrenceartguild.org http://www.lawrenceartguild.org

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May 25th Final Friday Events and Street Party

FINAL FRIDAY, MAY 25TH, 2012 5 until 9 pm unless otherwise noted www.finalfridayslawrence.wordpress.com

VENUES & EVENT LISTINGS

LAWRENCE ARTS CENTER (940 New Hampshire) www.lawrenceartscenter.org

Art Tougeau Pre-Parade Party

5 to 6:30 p.m. Kid's Dance!

Prairie Acre Truckstop Honeymoon

7 to 7:45p.m. The Ukesters. 15 piece Ukulele band

8 to 9 p.m. Arthur Dodge and the Horsefeathers

Ice Cream from Sylas & Maddy's $5 Purchase a beautiful handmade ceramic bowl with ice cream for $8 while supplies last!

Art car cardboard cars for kids to festoon, decorate and otherwise prepare for Art Tougeau Parade!

Cash bar from the Free State Brewing Company & popcorn

IN THE GALLERIES: “Body of Work” curated by Karen Matheis: Studies and Interpretations of the Live Model.

Mark Hennessy & Friends Poetry Installation

Art Tougeau Exhibit. Featuring photographs by Ann Dean from past parade entries, Bicycle from Farnsworth Bicycle laboratories, and trophies

Exhibits by Ann Dean’s Intermediate Photography & Darkroom students

Tj Tangpuz will be creating an on sight installation piece this week in the main gallery of the Arts Center. It will be debut this Friday at the Body of Work show.

VAN GO! MOBILE ARTS (showing at The Lawrence Art Party in Hobbs Taylor Lofts) www.van-go.org

​BLUE DOT SALON (15 E. 7th St.)

Steph Pugh Pet portraits, Animal advocacy art. Ian Stuart Out-of-sight recycled pulp and paper constructions. Rome Hines handmade folk art bags. Sue Malloy 3d constructions. Blue Dot Salon Friday the 25th 5:30-8:30pm

THE ELDRIDGE HOTEL (701 Massachusetts St.) www.eldridgehotel.com

LAWRENCE PUBLIC LIBRARY (707 Vermont St.) www.lawrencepubliclibrary.com

Between the Lines Mixed Media by Jim Sallenbach

Jim Sallenbach takes ordinary and often discarded objects and turns them into thought-provoking individual pieces of art. By deconstructing the past and then reconstructing pieces to suit his concepts, he elevates each object and presents a work that speaks of his experiences, influences and ideas for the future.

Location: Gallery

Copper Trees Mixed Media by Kathy Horniman

Kathy Horniman has always felt that "pull" towards trees... the way they decorate the world.  It's hard to beat a unique tree in a great setting. Choosing the flexibility and beauty of different types of copper wire, she's able to create the trees she sees in her mind, as well as the ones around her.

Location: Cases

Mixed Media by Matthew Jarmer

Matthew Jarmer, from Garden City, KS., graduated from Kansas State University, with a BFA in Graphic Design. Matthew currently works as a graphic designer for Skyline Displays Heartland and lives in Lawrence, KS. Using found objects and reclaimed wood, Matthew creates three-dimensional collages that focus on the ideas of transformation, contrast and chance. Matthew's inspiration stems from the materials he finds and his goal is to repurpose these items into new visually interesting work, telling a story and provoking thought. Location: East Entrance

Retrospective Collage, Mixed Media, Prints by Bar Geyer

Bar Gayer hales from Kickapoo, Kansas. She grew up riding horses and herding cattle with her dogs. All she ever wanted to do was to make stuff with her hands. She draws her spirituality and inspiration from nature. Her work is shaped by the look and feel of the materials with which she works.

Location: Lower Level

SIGNS OF LIFE (722 Massachusetts St.) www.signsoflifegallery.com

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. Open on Final Fridays.

THE LAWRENCE ART PARTY (718 New Hampshire St.)

The Hobbs Taylor Gallery from 5 until 9:30 pm

The Lawrence Art Party is held every Final Friday on the ground floor of the Hobbs Taylor Lofts in Lawrence Kansas,

We'll have music by BRC Sounds, and a huge selection of art.

Lawrence and regional artists will show their work, including paintings, sculpture, photography, and mixed media art. Last month's show was AMAZING, and we hope to top it this month!  

The Final Friday Lawrence Art Party will be held at 718 New Hampshire Street on the ground floor of the Hobbs Taylor Lofts from 5 to 9:30 pm on Final Friday, May 25.

Confirmed artists include:

Julie Blichmann www.julieblichmannphotography.com.

Traci Bunkers www.tracibunkers.com

Megan Burke www.mburkeart.tumblr.com

John Clayton

Dave DeHetre

DW Gates

Diane Lehmann

Krista Mustain

Jilli Nell, www.wix.com/jillinel/art

George Paley http://paleysculpture.com/

Tony Peterson

Jennifer Unekis http://www.uneekdesign.com

Alex Skorija

Will Soriano www.willsoriano.com

Ty Walsh

Lauran Walt www.ohnesorgefick.com/

Terri wheeler www.terriwheeler.com

To our artist friends - We had another wonderful party last month and sold a lot of art! If you would like to join us this month, please email lawrenceksart@gmail.com and attach images of some or all of the work you plan to show. We filled up last month, and had to turn artists away, so please let us know as soon as you can!

The Lawrence Art Party is here to serve the community. KU class, group, and other shows are always welcome, as are art exhibits by non-profit organizations!

Eric Kirkendall, Trae Rickford, and Dan Dishman Science, Technology, and Art (STArt) Alliance

LUCKY PAWS BAKERY & UNIQUE BARKtique (729 1/2 Massachusetts St., Ste. 202) (above Francis Sporting Goods)

I.Love.Dogs. It's a simple fact: 'paws' down, I've loved dogs my entire life!

I.Love.Good.Health. It's no secret that good nutrition and the use of organics is the foundation of a healthy lifestyle...not just for people, but for our dogs, too! I believe that our Dogs deserve healthy treats that are designed to nourish and support their bodies - every batch of Lucky Paws treats is hand-mixed, rolled, cut and baked with that in mind. I have been baking for dogs since 1990, and the Bakery portion of the shop will carry fresh-baked treats for dogs, ranging from Peamutt Butter Puppies, to Apple-Cinnamon Fat Cats, to a variety of grain-free treats. I'm also happy to bake custom orders for dogs, and do bake BARKday cakes and Pupcakes upon request!

I.Love.My.Pack. I have 6 amazing furkids - Gretta, Durga, Hanuman (Commander of Woof),Tonka, Legal (Runnin' Buddy) and Shakti, the CEO (Chief Eating Officer) and Lucky Paws logo girl. Shakti will grace the shop with her pawsitive greeting skills!

I.Love.Art. The Unique BARKtique will carry a variety of fun, eclectic, one-of-a-kind dog related items from artisans both far and wide, supporting their talents and whimsical gifts. The BARKtique will feature various artists and their work each month, and will also have some fun vintage dog-related items!This is THE place for DOGS and the people who love them!

LIGHTLYRE FILMS (731 New Hampshire) www.lightlyre.com

LightLyre Films is moving to 731 New Hampshire in Lawrence, Kansas. There will be a large studio, with huge green screen cyclorama, a classroom with 10 computer seats for digital animation, filmmaking, editing, and special effects classes, and a professional editing suite for clients and LightLyre's own production projects.

Take a tour and get information on Light Lyre's art programs on Final Friday, and view the historical film equipment and film-themed art on display.

TELLER'S RESTAURANT UPSTAIRS (746 Massachusetts St.) www.tellerslawrence.com

Nathan Hoffman ~ In Bloom Opens Tuesday May 29th 6-8pm Tellers third floor art space 746 Massachusetts www.invisiblehandgallery.com

With an academic background in science and an eye for exotic ecosystems, Lawrence artist Nathan Hoffman presents a new exhibition of paintings that reflect the hidden beauty of nature. In Bloom consists of several encaustic paintings, mostly ranging in size from 3x3 to 6x6 inches. Though small, the pieces reward scrupulous viewers with an opportunity to immerse themselves in elements unseen from across the gallery. Much like a specimen under a microscope, close examination of the paintings can reveal small worlds in the details. “You make these little tiny landscapes, and if you look close enough they can be as big as anything,” Hoffman says. Hoffman’s paintings capture the mystique of the natural world. This is partly inspired by time he spent in Arizona as an undergraduate. Hoffman, who grew up in the rural Midwest, says he was struck by the strange nature of the desert. “I think in the Midwest you kind of know what’s around every turn; you get used to your environment,” Hoffman says. “I really like going to places that take you away from that, that bring you into this magical, mysterious, enigmatic place. I really gravitate towards places like that.” Using bee’s wax and oil pigment, Hoffman is able to create intricately textured works that are rich with bright color while still feeling organic, some of them seemingly grown in a forest or — given their size — a Petri dish. “I really like the fact that I can make pieces that look like they just happened on their own,” Hoffman says.

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

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Matthew Obrakta: Distilled Inspiration

"Distilled Inspiration is about observing natural processes and it's techniques in shaping our world. This work has been created through the use of these natural elements; water, air, Earth, and sunlight. These elements will always play a part in our lives whether we are aware of them or not. The Earth will always give us inspiration, I've just distilled it."

ATOMIC PHOTOGRAPHY (313 E. 8th St. Studio B)

Atomic is a collaborative effort between Racheal Major, Jen young, and Jamie Haverkamp. Specializing in graphic design, pin up portraiture, and Americana photography. The photography services include retro makeovers equipped with professional hair and make up, wardrobe and prop selection, and personalized pose guidance. Now located right in the heart of east Lawrence! Atomic shares a split studio space at 8th and New York. The space is split up into several art studios ranging from ceramics, to fine art.

SMILING MAD DESIGNS & INKELLO LETTERPRESS (801.5, suite 3 Massachusetts St.)

THE INVISIBLE HAND GALLERY (801 1/2 Massachusetts St.) www.theinvisiblehandgallery.com

Henry Schneidernan ~ I don't feel like it Opens Final Friday May 25th 6-9pm The Invisible Hand Gallery 801.5 Massachusetts www.invisiblehandgallery.com

Earlier this year, Lawrence artist Henry Schneiderman’s thesis exhibition at the University of Kansas Art and Design Gallery used shadow play to show viewers that every situation can be seen differently from another point of view. Now Schneiderman will present a re-engineered second iteration of his thesis show in a new exhibition, I Don’t Feel Like It, at The Invisible Hand Gallery.

I Don’t Feel Like It is an installation-based exhibition that finds the artist searching through his past and wanting more details.

“It’s almost being hopeful about the past and trying to recuperate things,” Schneiderman say. “I’m thinking of experiences I’ve had and looking back at them and trying to read more into them than what happened the first time around. I see that as a strategy for growing and learning and realizing there was more potential in that moment than maybe I had realized.”

The new exhibition will see Schneiderman using the same haunting figures — made of aluminum mesh and hand-sewn with sinew — in a different configuration. While the original exhibition had the figures physically isolated from one another, I Don’t Feel Like It brings them together, showing that detachment can exist even in the most closely night groups.

Though the exhibition is founded in the artist’s personal experiences, it can also be read sociologically. Schneiderman, who studied philosophy and critical theory as an undergrad at Macalester College in Minnesota before moving on to study printmaking at KU, sees the figures as having individual identities despite being physically combined. And as people within a community all have separate lives, minds and thoughts, what exists in some people’s worlds does not always exist in another’s.

“It’s not just what could have changed, but also what other things could I have payed attention to so that I would remember them differently,’ Schneiderman says.

WONDER FAIR (803 Massachusetts St.) www.wonderfair.com

Exciting and Strange Images Done with Grace and Precision

Final Friday, May 25, Wonder Fair presents The Sundowners featuring new prints by Clinton Ricketts and Andrew Burkitt. The two printmakers and long time collaborators plan to knock the viewers’ socks completely off with a masterful display of technique and skill.

Ricketts and Burkitt both create prints combining etching, to produce images including, but not limited to: floating Babe Ruth heads, pretty ladies drawn in scary ways, painterly expressions and ugly men in funny hats. Watch the walls of the Wonder Fair explode with shape and color.

This exhibition marks the return of Burkitt to his native Lawrence after receiving an MFA in printmaking at the University of Georgia this year. In the meantime Ricketts, a 2010 MFA grad from KU, has been living in Lawrence making babies and art.

The Wonder Fair is open Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday noon to 6 p.m., and Saturday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., with completely random extended hours when we happen to be there.

GLOBAL CAFE (820 Massachusetts St.)

FOXTROT (823 Massachusetts St.)

LOVE GARDEN SOUNDS (822 Massachusetts St.)

www.lovegardensounds.com

Ceramic and Print works by Christa Dalien

DOWNTOWN UPSTAIRS (824 1/2 Massachusetts St.)

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

Demonstrating artist:Brian J. Horsch

Brian Horsch has been creating hand built and thrown ceramic sculpture since 2008. His work tends to focus on human and animal forms, both real and imagined. Many of his pieces are functional with human or animal accents, while others are purely decorative. Prior to his interest in clay, he was carving sculpture from various hard woods. Brian currently lives close to nature near Stull, Kansas.

Food will be provided by Hurtz Donut. You may have seen Hurtz Donut at the Lawrence Farmers' Market with their handmade custom donuts. Wes Samms will be providing live music.

LOST ART SPACE (845 Massachusetts St.) www.dotdotdotartspace.com

The Lost Supper

The Fresh Produce Art Collective will end its residency of the Lost Art Space at 845 Mass at the end of May, but not without one final opening in the former candy shoppe turned studio/gallery. The Lost Supper will be a culmination of seven months in the space, with a continuing emphasis on process-driven surface activation and contemporary craft distilled to its most elemental qualities. Friday, May 25, Resident artists Jeromy Morris, Paul Flinders, Erok Johannsen, Jesse Gray, and Jeremy Rockwell will be showcasing new solo and collaborative works, along with many local guest artists, including Matt Ridgway and microchip miniatures by Yuri Zupancic. Please come enjoy one last evening in this uniquely beautiful setting before it all disappears, and check out www.lostartspace.com to find out where we will be found next.

We will continue to be open as a working studio and gallery throughout the month weekdays noon-5 and most evenings, so feel free to drop by. The artists would like to thank Paley Properties and all the people who have supported Lost Art during our stay at 845 Massachusetts.

Musical Guests: OWL PEOPLE 1,000,000 LIGHT YEARS

THE BOURGEOIS PIG (6 E. 9th St.)

Turning Back The C(l)ock: works by Ashley Laird Statement: What year is it? Judging from the work of the Kansas Legislature, in regards to the rights of women, it could be 1960. This body of work was motivated (in part) by the ridiculous and absurd but deathly serious attempts of our elected officials to turn back the clock. Bio: Ashley Jane Laird is a professional muralist who’s most recent work, “Reanimating the Arts in Topeka” can be seen at the Great Mural Wall of Topeka. She is currently organizing a mural on the contributions and issues of women in Kansas. Her recent studio work has focused on portrayals of the body seen through a web of desire and conflict. Laird’s drawings grow intuitively out of her interest in the human form and organic structures relating to systems of roots, synapses, and circulation. Laird is the 2012 recipient of the Arts Advocate award from the YWCA Center for Safety and Empowerment, an organization that helps victims of domestic and sexual violence.

Z's DIVINE DOWNTOWN ESPRESSO (10 E. 9th St.) www.zsdivine.com

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

“Mandalas and Mirages,” a Spiritual Examination Jennifer Joie Webster and Marty Olson

Most work is Watercolor and Ink, plus some scratchboard, pen & ink, linocut, and Joie's handmade Malas (meditation beads). Final Friday Reception from 6-8 pm on May 25 at Do's Deluxe, 416 East 9th

BDC TATTOO (938 Massachusetts St.) www.bdctattoo.com

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

KANSAS SAMPLER (921 Massachusetts St.) www.kansassampler.com

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

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

South Mass Art Guild presents: Brownback Poster Contest and Exhibition

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

The Watkins Museum opens two new exhibitions curated by graduate students in the Museum Studies Program at the University of Kansas, on Friday, May 25, 2012, with a reception and live music.

The exhibit The Day After: Living in Fear? looks at the impact of the made-for TV movie “The Day After” on Lawrence and around the world. Filmed on location in Lawrence and surrounding areas, the movie responded to prevailing fears of the threat of nuclear war by examining its potential aftermath. Controversial and sensational, the film became known around the world.

The exhibit Get Connected: Sustainable Energy in Douglas County, explores the past, present and future of energy use in Douglas County. Artifacts from the museum’s collection highlight the history of alternative energy usage in the community, from the trolley cars that once ran down Massachusetts Street to the hydroelectric Bowersock Dam, which is still operating today, and examines the social, economic and environmental aspects of energy use.

Local musical ensemble Ardys & Bradford will perform in the adjoining Japanese Friendship Garden from 6:30-8:30 PM.

For more information on The Day After: Living in Fear? and Get Connected: Sustainable Energy in Douglas County, contact the Watkins Museum at (785) 841-4109.

1109 GALLERY (1109 Massachusetts St.) www.lawrenceartguild.org

“Pulp Fiction” – Works using paper May 22nd-June 24th

Final Friday, May 25th, 5-9pm -- Meet our artists and join us for our opening reception for the "Pulp Fiction" show.

Featured Artist Barbara Reid: Barbara has been painting with watercolors for 14 years. She likes to record sight. and feeling interpretations with her watercolors, pastels, and acrylics. She especially enjoys painting landscapes, flowers, birds and animals. She has taken drawing classes with Janet Owezarhak in Overland Park, Ks; watercolor classes with Susan Minteer and Jack O'Neal at Merriam Comm. Center; acrylic workshops and watercolor classes with Jim Ryon of Independence, Mo., and classes in Open Studio at the Lawrence Art Center with Louis Copt. The years of workshops, classes and Art friends create wonderful memories. Barbara has exhibited in the Florida Keys, Overland Park, Prairie Village, Merriam, Ks, and now in Lawrence. She is a member of the Sr. Arts Council in Roeland Park, Ks. and the Art Guild in Lawrence. She welcomes commissioned artworks and hopes you enjoy viewing this exhibit.

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April 27th Final Fridays

Join hundreds of artists and dozens of locations in the downtown Lawrence area on Friday, April 27th for visual arts exhibitions, performances, educational programming and activities as part of this month's Final Fridays event. This month features all of the usual participating galleries and businesses, along with two special events at South Park and First United Methodist Church, a welcoming to two new venues, and a good-bye to a long-loved gallery.

Children and student art can be seen all over the downtown area on Friday as well. The always-popular Lawrence Public Schools Art Exhibit opens at The Lawrence Arts Center, students of Bishop Seabury Academy exhibit their work at The Lawrence Public Library, and Aimee's Cafe' and Coffee Shop hosts “The First 5 Years Children's Art Show” alongside readings from Understory Arts on the theme “celebrating childhood.”

KU's Music Therapy Association will host “Music in the Park,” and open-house concert in the South Park Gazebo, while down the street, First United Methodist Church opens its doors to share the largest Chancel organ in the state of Kansas with Final Friday goers. We are also welcoming two new studios to Final Fridays: Atomic Photography and Light Lyre Films. Atomic Photography hosts its grand opening party for those over the age of 21, with a Mad Men-themed cocktail soiree and swinging 60's dj, Modrey Hepburn. Light Lyre Films opens its new studio to kids of all ages with tours and information about their art programs, while you view historical film equipment on display. And don't forget to stop in and say good-bye to Diane's Artisan Gallery, who will be “celebrating the creative spirit” after 8 years. Diane's Artisan Gallery was one of the original participants, creators and supporters of Final Fridays, and we wish them well on new adventures.

VENUES & EVENT LISTINGS

DIANE'S ARTISAN GALLERY (4 E. 7th St.) www.dianesartisangallery.com

"A Celebration of the Creative Spirit"

Diane is in the process of closing the Gallery after 8 wonderful years. She hopes to find a home for all of the wonderful pieces in the Gallery. Stop by and enjoy Diane's "thank you" for the friends and patrons of the Gallery.

VAN GO! MOBILE ARTS (showing at The Lawrence Art Party in Hobbs Taylor Lofts) www.van-go.org

THE ELDRIDGE HOTEL (701 Massachusetts St.) www.eldridgehotel.com

Jessica Janasz is a senior at the University of Kansas finishing up her victory lap this May with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Photo Media and a minor in Psychology. She is currently working as the Photo Editor at the University Daily Kansan on campus and loves photographing sports, portraits, and architecture. This year her work as been presented in an exhibit in the Art and Design building as well as the Kansas Union, along with her fellow Photo Media classmates, Austin Cira and Abby Davis, who will also be presenting their work in this month's Final Friday's display at The Eldridge Hotel.

LAWRENCE PUBLIC LIBRARY (707 Vermont St.) www.lawrencepubliclibrary.com

*5 until 7 pm

“Student Artwork”

Bishop Seabury Academy

Laura Torres Porter's Bishop Seabury Academy students present multi-media artwork including raku pottery; jewelry; clay sculpture; repeat, reflect or rotate motif design; pastel still lifes; charcoal self-portraits; and surreal pencil landscapes

Location: Gallery and Cases

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“When the Big Wind Blows”

Works by Kelsey Yankey

When the big wind blows, the tree must bend or get ripped out by the roots. A line from an old western, my mantra in these stark economic times. These bright large abstract oil paintings illustrate my bending to create art that is both meaningful and affordable, least I get ripped out by my roots.

Location: East Entrance

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“Very Mixed Media”

Works by Chris Sechler

i like colors and animals......i work at the hallmark production center, and they allow me to carry home lots of paper scraps to play with......and that's why i use lots of paper, recycle things and make/draw colorful animals.

Location: Lower Level

SIGNS OF LIFE (722 Massachusetts St.) www.signsoflifegallery.com

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. Open on Final Fridays.

THE LAWRENCE ART PARTY (718 New Hampshire St.)

The Hobbs Taylor Gallery from 5 until 9:30 pm

The Lawrence Art Party is held every Final Friday on the ground floor of the Hobbs Taylor Lofts in Lawrence Kansas,

From 5 to 9:30 pm on Final Friday April 27, 25 Lawrence and regional artists will show their work, including paintings, sculpture, photography, and mixed media art. Last month's show was AMAZING, and we hope to top it this month!

At 5:30, award winning street photographer Gary Mark Smith will throw hold a release party for his new book, "Favela da Rocinha, Brazil " with a slideshow of awesome photographs of this incredible Brazilian favela barrio by him and co-author Sarah Stern, who was just named one of the Top 10 College Women of the Year. The slideshow will continue all night. Visit http://www.rocinhathebook.com/bookpreview.html for more information on the book, and come to the Lawrence Art Party for your own autographed First Edition copy! 100% of the profits from the book will be spent on art classes in Favela da Rocinha!

At 7:00 pm, we'll have music by Sally Howard, playing Eclectic Boogaloo and Big Sky Folk. Sally, a longtime Lawrence resident, musician, and much more, lives in Washington, D.C. now - so don't miss this chance to hear her music!

As of April 16, we have the following artists signed up: Julie Blichmann, Alex Browne, Genevieve Casey, Liz Dickinson, Wesley Casey, John Clayton, Donna Dennis, Emily Eakes, Morgan Hill, Sean Minton, Jilli Nel, Tony Peterson, Sherrie A. Taylor, Jewell Willhite

LIGHTLYRE FILMS (731 New Hampshire) www.lightlyre.com

LightLyre Films is moving to 731 New Hampshire in Lawrence, Kansas. There will be a large studio, with huge green screen cyclorama, a classroom with 10 computer seats for digital animation, filmmaking, editing, and special effects classes, and a professional editing suite for clients and LightLyre's own production projects.

Take a tour and get information on Light Lyre's art programs on Final Friday, and view the historical film equipment and film-themed art on display.

TELLER'S RESTAURANT UPSTAIRS (746 Massachusetts St.) www.tellerslawrence.com

From Lawrence With Love Photography show From Studio Ike Tuesday, April 24 Teller's restaurant 6-8pm reading at 7pm

A photography show from Studio Ike, From Lawrence With Love is an everyday celebration of Lawrence. A collection of 17 photos that were taken in the town we love, Lawrence, KS. As part of the show, there will be short story readings by Lawrence writers Kate Lorentz, Justin Runge, Iris Moulton and Dan Rolf.

Studio Ike is the one-person design studio of Jeffrey McKee.

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

Closing night:

Photographs by Rick Mitchell

Rick Mitchell is an independent artist, photographer and writer living in Lawrence, Kansas. He earned a BFA degree in Painting from the University of Kansas and an MFA in Art from Rutgers University. From 1974 to 1992, he taught photography at Rutgers University. Always interested in interdisciplinary studies, he served in the Art Department, Graduate School, and the departments of Humanities & Communication, and Journalism. While on the faculty of Rutgers he also served as the Director of the Agricultural Museum of the State of New Jersey. From 1993 to 1996, Mitchell taught History of Photography in the School of Graduate and Professional Studies of Baker University. Late in 1993 he took the position of Director of the Exhibition Program at the Lawrence Arts Center which he held until 2009. While at the Lawrence Arts Center he oversaw the development of more than 240 exhibitions. For five years he was publisher of Cottonwood, a literary review published in cooperation with the University of Kansas Department of English. He was a founder of the Arts Center's Committee on Imagination & Place (1999) and incorporated Imagination & Place, Inc. in 2009 as a freestanding not-for-profit organization that operates the Imagination & Place Press. In 2009 and 2010 he taught drawing and painting in the Art Department of the University of Kansas. Mitchell has exhibited his work since 1970 and has received grants to further his interdisciplinary work from the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Science Foundation, the New Jersey Arts Commission, the New Jersey Historical Commission, the Kansas Arts Commission, Kansas Health Foundation and the Lawrence Arts Commission.

Artist's Statement:

I work by walking with my camera and allowing myself to be stopped by things I see. It doesn’t matter where in the world I am or if I am alone or in a crowd. By now, after years of working this way, it feels like the images are opening like new blooms here and there– as constant as the twinkling of stars. My approach to photography, as an artist rather than a journalist or scientist, is to make images that are just slightly out of register with "normal" color and sometimes, as we photographers say, "out of gamut." This is something like "magical realism" which appeals to me in literature. Walks in even the most familiar neighborhoods become adventures in new perception and imagination. Now halfway through my sixty-third year, I am experiencing both a renewed and matured sense of the splendor of seeing. Common things I previously overlooked loom before me, animated and vivid. Making pictures is a way of enlivening my appreciation of the material world even in its phases of decay. How can I help but be stunned by light itself as its waves cross even the most familiar surface?

ATOMIC PHOTOGRAPHY (313 E. 8th St. Studio B)

Atomic Photography's grand opening is this final Friday! Atomic is a collaborative effort between Racheal Major, Jen young, and Jamie Haverkamp. Specializing in graphic design, pin up portraiture, and Americana photography. The photography services include retro makeovers equipped with professional hair and make up, wardrobe and prop selection, and personalized pose guidance. Now located right in the heart of east Lawrence! Atomic shares a split studio space at 8th and New York. The space is split up into several art studios ranging from ceramics, to fine art. The Atomic grand opening will be a swanky Mad Men themed soiree. The party will feature retro cocktails (21+), swinging sounds of the sixties provided by DJ Modrey Hepburn, and pin up art on display. The pin up prints feature the lovely ladies of the Lawrence based cabaret troupe The Foxy by Proxy Revue. The Gallery showing is from 6-9 pm April 27th, 313 East 8th Street Studio B.

SMILING MAD DESIGNS & INKELLO LETTERPRESS (801.5, suite 3 Massachusetts St.)

THE INVISIBLE HAND GALLERY (801 1/2 Massachusetts St.) www.theinvisiblehandgallery.com

Catherine Reinhart: A Slice of Light Opens Final Friday, April 27th, from 6 until 9 pm

WONDER FAIR (803 Massachusetts St.) www.wonderfair.com

Keeping it Weird at Wonder Fair: Homage to the “Odd Duck”

In her solo exhibition debut, Kansas City artist (and self-described “tsunami”) Teal Wilson honors the family that raised her with patience, acceptance, and funny looks.

This Final Friday, April 27th, Wonder Fair presents the debut solo exhibition of Teal Wilson, a promising Kansas City Art Institute senior and extrovert born into a family of introverts. Into the peaceful world of her parents, “my arrival to the family was like a tsunami,” Wilson writes. “I was rage rocket, hot pocket, bomb drop it.” But above all, Wilson is grateful; A Year of the Horse: Born Into a Family of Rabbits is a nostalgic tribute to the family that raised their misfit daughter with patience, acceptance, and bemused looks on their faces.

Wilson’s work ranges from pure graphite to mixed media works on paper, with colorful embroidery tattoos laid over and into precise pencil drawings. The humans and creatures inhabiting her images are at once terminally awkward and effortlessly comfortable with one another (imagine your summer family reunion, equal parts kinship and forced politeness). In attendance are family dogs, half-remembered houses, and fixed smiles that seem to have been lifted directly from the family photo album. Altogether, Wilson’s exhibition is a fond remembrance of an auspicious occasion, when a year of the horse was born into a family of rabbits.

An opening reception for the artist will be held Final Friday, April 27th, from 6-10pm. The Wonder Fair is open Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Sunday 12-6, and Saturday 10-7, with completely random extended hours when we happen to be there. Please visit www.wonderfair.com frequently for news, information, and to skew our Google analytics data.

FOXTROT (823 Massachusetts St.)

LOVE GARDEN SOUNDS (822 Massachusetts St.)

www.lovegardensounds.com

DOWNTOWN UPSTAIRS (824 1/2 Massachusetts St.)

6:00-9:00

Mike Wallace & Traci Bunkers are at the Downtown Upstairs Studio, showing their creative stylings. Get your exercise by coming up the stairs and your reward will be a visual treat for the senses in a venue of eternal stimulation.

Traci Bunkers, mixed-media artist and published author, has a little something for everyone, ranging from mixed-media paintings, to photographs, to handmade books. She is currently working on a series that incorporates her photography with mixed-media to create richly layered pieces. She will also have both of her books "The Art Journal Workshop" and "Print & Stamp Lab" available. See her website at www.TraciBunkers.com for more information.

Mike Wallace is a Lawrence area artist who is showing again after many years. He is currently producing portraits and animal portraits in oil, as well as mixed-media pieces and collages. For more information, contact Mike at mwdesign@sunflower.com.

PHOENIX GALLERY (825 Massachusetts St.) www.phoenixgallery.biz

Demonstrating artist: Jenny Brown

Jenny Brown is a Lawrence artist whose repertoire includes leather and metal. Her company, J. Ellen Bags, is known for its raw and unique style of leather bags, watches and bracelets and is sold in boutiques throughout the southwest. Jenny also creates handmade jewelry crafted from the finest materials.

We will have live music by Wes Samms and food, including burnt ends, BBQ meatballs and homemade vanilla ice cream, provided by Oakley Creek Catering. Oakley Creek is a family owned and operated full service catering company located in Lecompton, KS. They have been in business for over 15 years and cater small and large events from Wichita to Kansas City.

LOST ART SPACE (845 Massachusetts St.) www.dotdotdotartspace.com

THE BOURGEOIS PIG (6 E. 9th St.)

New Paintings by Jason Wood

Jason Wood was born and raised in Lawrence, Kansas. He lived for awhile in San Francisco where he developed a love for cycling and worked as a bike messenger. He originally aspired to be a writer, but a serious bicycle accident, in which he suffered a brain injury, forced him to rethink his future and find another outlet for creative self-expression. He returned to Lawrence in 2000 to be near friends and family and to focus his energies on his rehabilitation and painting. Since returning, his paintings have been featured at many local businesses and are included in many private collections, both here and in California.

From the Artist: “My approach is basically intuitive. I never start a painting with a clear mental image of what I want. I let the process take me where it will- working and reworking the surface until it is done. Sometimes this happens quickly, but may take several months, resulting in a thick and heavily textured surface. I often incorporate found objects into my work - sometimes visible on the surface, but often buried beneath many layers.”

Z's DIVINE DOWNTOWN ESPRESSO (10 E. 9th St.) www.zsdivine.com

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

"Steampunk'd" works by Doug Bell Opening Reception from 6 until 8 pm

BDC TATTOO (938 Massachusetts St.) www.bdctattoo.com

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

LAWRENCE ARTS CENTER (940 New Hampshire) www.lawrenceartscenter.org

The Lawrence Public Schools Art Exhibit will be on display this Final Friday. Student art work, selected by the Lawrence Public School Teacher will fill the galleries.

Poetry Off the Page, an Installation by Marc Hennessey and friends

This is not your usual poetry reading. Beginning April 16, the front gallery at the Lawrence Arts Center will house an ongoing poetry installation featuring everything poetry but the book.

Community Epic Poem

Bored by Beowulf? Lost in Paradise Lost? Over The Iliad? Move over, Mahabharata-add a stanza to the ongoing epic poem installed at the Lawrence Arts Center beginning in March. The epic poem will be completed in May and published on the Lawrence Arts Center's website.

Poem Mailbox

If you love it, let it go. Drop an original or favorite poem into the Lawrence Arts Center's Poem Mailbox, and be surprised where it turns up-in a book at the library, on a wall at the Arts Center, in a restaurant menu, on the sidewalk, who knows where! Set your verse free so someone else can love it, too. Anonymous work accepted.

Speed Poetry

Exercise your poetic muscles. Knock out a poem on a manual typewriter installed in the Lawrence Arts Center lobby during month of April. Drop it in the Poem Mailbox to let it out into the world.

In the theater :

The Genesis Concert: Strength, Passion, Beauty

Lawrence Ballet Theatre and Lawrence Jazz Ensemble

April 27 & 28 | 7 p.m.

KANSAS SAMPLER (921 Massachusetts St.) www.kansassampler.com

FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH (946 Vermont St.)

View, learn about and listen to the Chancel Organ 5 until 7 pm

First United Methodist Church, 946 Vermont, invites persons of all ages for a close view of its Chancel organ, the largest in Kansas. Come to the choir loft and stay any length of time you like between 5 and 7. Dan Abrahamson will discuss the history and components of the organ, and Ronald Krebbs will play the organ and add commentary.

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

AIMEE'S CAFE' & COFFEE SHOP (1025 Massachusetts St.) www.aimeescoffeehouse.com First 5 Years Children Art Show The art enrichment program at First 5 Years is designed to introduce students to successful artist, allow for creative expression and exploration through various art supplies, and promote small group learning. www.firstpreslawrence.org

UnderStory Final Friday: "celebrating childhood..." the artwork at Aimee's Coffeehouse will be by kid artists and the readings will be all about kid-hood! we invite any and all (especially kids but adults, too) to join in writing a piece to share on Final Friday at 7 pm...let us know if you or your kiddo can join us!

UnderStory Arts...Healing and Transformation through Expressive Arts.

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

Exhibitions Now On View:

Cause and Commitment: A Heritage of Activism in Douglas County Second Floor Knowledge Grows: Student Experiences in the Smart Choices Garden Second Floor Watkins: The Couple, the Building, the Legacy First Floor Lobby More than a Game: Basketball and Community Spirit Third Floor, opening March 30th

1109 GALLERY (1109 Massachusetts St.) www.lawrenceartguild.org

Join the Lawrence Art Guild and 1109 Gallery for Final Friday, April 27th from 5:00pm-9:00pm for an opening reception of our always popular "Art by the Park" to coincide with the 51st Annual Art in the Park. Our featured artist is Shakura Jackson whose eclectic and thought provoking work will be featured in the small gallery. 1109 Gallery is located at 1109 Massachusetts in beautiful downtown Lawrence.

MUSIC IN THE PARK (South Park Gazebo)

Music in the Park is an annual outdoor advocacy concert run by KU's music therapy student association. It features a wide variety of student performances including voice, instrumental, and spoken-word. Student's will also be talking about their experiences with music therapy in an effort to help the community better understand the practice. Music Therapy is the evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized non-musical goals. Students will be holding a bake sale and accepting donations for the program. This is an "open-house" concert, meaning anyone can come and go freely. We hope to see you there!

Location: South Park Gazebo on Mass st. Price: Free

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March 30th, Final Friday Events

FINAL FRIDAY, MARCH 30th, 2012 5 until 9 pm unless otherwise noted www.finalfridayslawrence.wordpress.com

Final Fridays are supported by The Lawrence Arts Center, Downtown Lawrence Inc. and The Lawrence Cultural Arts Commission.

for information on Final Fridays contact: Molly Murphy, Coordinator molly@lawrenceartscenter.org

VENUES & EVENT LISTINGS (in order from 6th St. to 12th St. in Downtown Lawrence)

1. DIANE'S ARTISAN GALLERY (4 E. 7th St.) www.dianesartisangallery.com

"Little Boxes, New Work from Ron Hinton" New work from former Lawrence metal artist, Ron Hinton.

2. VAN GO! MOBILE ARTS (see Lawrence Art Party) www.van-go.org

3. THE ELDRIDGE HOTEL (701 Massachusetts St.) www.eldridgehotel.com

4. LAWRENCE PUBLIC LIBRARY (707 Vermont St.) www.lawrencepubliclibrary.com

*5 until 7 pm

Backroads, Images of Rural Kansas Photography by Kansascapes Photo Alliance www.kansascapes.com

Entrances, Media Room and Gallery

Native Kansans Brad Neff, Scott Bean and Roger Spohn have banded together to form the Kansascapes Photo Alliance. Their collective and individual goals are to capture and share the subtle beauty of Kansas through their photography. Each member has had work published in Kansas Magazine and other regional publications, and the group strives to inspire others with their images as well as to document, preserve and protect the fragile and vanishing lands.

“Eclectic Muses: Photography by Constance Whiston” Lower Level

Constance Whiston has a background in sculpture, painting, drawing and calligraphy. This continuously informs her photography. She began photographing with a “Brownie,” then proceeded to employ an instamatic, waterproof 35 MM Pentax, digital Pentax, 35 MM Canon FTB, Nikon SLR and Canon SLR.

Exhibits: Texas, Missouri, Nebraska and Kansas

Influences: Everyone that expresses art, whether with brush, typewriter, clay, camera, computer, voice, feet, or simply in breathing.

5. SIGNS OF LIFE (722 Massachusetts St.) www.signsoflifegallery.com

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. Open on Final Fridays.

6. THE LAWRENCE ART PARTY (718 New Hampshire St.)

The Hobbs Taylor Gallery from 5 until 9:30 pm

The Lawrence Art Party showcases a collection of several local and regional artists who actively show and sell their work. This gives patrons the exceptional opportunity to meet the artists themselves, which yields an added value to the art they buy. The show is a fantastic social event that offers an enriched environment to spend an evening out. The Lawrence Art Party typically includes 25-30 artists, live performances by local talents, and is attended by 500-800 guests monthly, largely dependent on the weather.

Musical Entertainment by John Lomas

Author of “River Memoir and other Stories,” David Hann , will do a book reading and signing.

7. TELLER'S RESTAURANT UPSTAIRS (746 Massachusetts St.) www.tellerslawrence.com

Jonathan Metzger: Keep Busy Opens Tuesday March 27th 6-8 pm Open on Final Friday

From the artist:

Growing up in a conservative farming community within a family of boys, I have come to question my American, specifically male, experience. In creating delicate works on paper, I strive to explore male identities and the transition from boyhood to manhood. My work is about vulnerability and place, exploring the potential for these figures to discover themselves both as nurturing domestic creatures as well as untamed masculine beings. Creating community and ritualistic customs, these young men are questioning this complex world in which they live. It is my purpose to create a world where they are not judged for performing traditionally gender specific activities such as sewing, cooking, ironing.

Drawing from my own past, I seek to give these figures a context in reference to their clothes, hair, and the way they move about in the world. In showing these details, I am making a statement about the seclusion of the rural place I was raised and the aesthetic I find myself drawn to. This directly ties into my relationship with the men I grew up with and around.

It is not my intent to recreate reality, but to use abstraction to capture the essence of these men as they explore, build, and act out ritualistic activities. In doing so, I am inspired to create my own relevant vernacular to explore these characters.

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

Closing night:

New Works by Justin Marable Justin Marable was raised in Robinson, a northeastern Kansas farm town. Throughout his life, Justin has learned and wandered within the boundaries of his Midwestern homeland, observing the landscape and landmarks of the surrounding region. Printmaking, drawing, and music have become his main methods of artistic expression. Justin graduated from the University of Kansas in May 2005 with a B.F.A. in printmaking. He currently resides in the Kenwood neighborhood of Topeka with his wife and daughters. He works full time at his home as an artist, husband, and father.

9. SMILING MAD DESIGNS & INKELLO LETTERPRESS (801.5, suite 3 Massachusetts St.)

Join Margo Holland of Smiling Mad Designs and Christy Schneider of Inkello Letterpress for Final Fridays on March 30, 2012. Located above Esquina in a playful studio space, the two women create a variety of handmade items. Margo, an arts-inspired mother of three, creates colorful, eclectic jewelry, textiles and home decor objects. Christy designs and prints on an antique letterpress, making a variety of paper goods, including greeting cards, journals, bookplates, and more. She is also a mother and a children’s illustrator, who owns Yellow Pencil Studio, Inc. This month, Margo and Christy will each feature a “catch-of-the-day” special item that can be customized for individual customers. Come visit the studio and watch Margo create a one-of-a kind bracelet made especially for you using vintage African wedding beads. Or, have your initials letterpressed on a colorful paper notepad on the spot. Christy will be setting vintage metal type and printing on her press while you wait – hot off the press!

10. THE INVISIBLE HAND GALLERY (801 1/2 Massachusetts St.) www.theinvisiblehandgallery.com

Kristin Morland: Youthful Perception Opens Final Friday March 30th 6-9pm From the Artist: I personally hand sew each sequin and bead onto the fabric using a needle and thread. My technique was adapted from the Haitian textile art form of Drapo. My work reflects a fascination with time, people, places and objects. I aim to show the beauty in driving by a seemingly endless field of wheat, the calming blue of the Caribbean, or the fleeting light of the sun setting in the city. In my work, I like to show contrast and color, or just the pure texture of a subject while recording the stillness in ordinary moments. My work is often an abstract expression of my perception of experiences of my everyday life. The subject matter develops in my memory. The work may begin through sketches on the fabric itself or, at times on paper. Utilizing the traditional method of hand sewing the sequin and bead to the fabric, felt or cotton, I allow imagination to take over. Most pieces require a minimum of 20 hours and some have required over 200. Each piece is then pinned to foam core board and framed by my husband Timothy, using pine, poplar, or oak, depending on the colors of the piece. I have been making art since I can remember, but I had always been looking for a medium that expressed the brilliance of life's experiences. While I enjoy painting and weaving, for which I have a degree, neither in their own were able to express the richness and joy I wish to instill in my art. I have been using this adapted Drapo technique for seven years now, and believe that I have found a medium that emphasizes life.

11. WONDER FAIR (803 Massachusetts St.) www.wonderfair.com

Cats: They’re Not Just For The Internet Anymore

Final Friday, March 30th, Wonder Fair presents CAT PEOPLE, a group exhibition featuring original art, zines, and installations by Faye Moorhouse (UK), Gemma Correll (UK), Liz Prince (Boston), and Nicole Georges (Portland OR). In their diverse narrative works, these artists take the ubiquitous and banal subject of cat fancying to unexpected, unsettling, or absurd new places. Destinations range from Correll’s comical interpretation of a doting cat lady’s altar, to Moorhouse’s haunting artist book The Cat Ladies of Czecheslovakia, a modern folk tale rendered in soft ink washes. Affordable original artworks and limited print editions from all participating artists (including a few local favorites) will be available for purchase through the Gallery.

To celebrate the unveiling of CAT PEOPLE, a reception will be held Final Friday, March 30th, from 6-10pm. During the opening event and throughout the month of April, the Wonder Fair pop-up cantina will return as a Milk Bar and YouTube cat video theater.

The Wonder Fair is open Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Sunday 12-6, and Saturday 10-7, with completely random extended hours when we happen to be there.

12. FOXTROT (823 Massachusetts St.)

"Paintings for Spring" Christine Mercer Kraft 6 until 9 pm www.christinemercerkraft.com

13. LOVE GARDEN SOUNDS (822 Massachusetts St.) www.lovegardensounds.com

14. DOWNTOWN UPSTAIRS (824 1/2 Massachusetts St.)

Eclectic artwork mixed with the eclectic Downtown Upstairs Studio is eye candy for the soul and promises to please. Trip the light fantastic upstairs to view the artwork by Traci Bunkers, Mike Wallace, and Uncle Andy. This venue is open late to give everyone a chance to visit. Traci Bunkers, mixed-media artist and published author, has a little something for everyone, including quirky pin-back buttons & pocket mirrors, ponytail dreadlocks, mixed-media paintings, photographs, and handmade books. She will also have both of her books “The Art Journal Workshop” and “Print & Stamp Lab” available. See her website at for more information. Mike Wallace is a Lawrence area artist who is showing again after many years. He is currently producing portraits and animal portraits in oil, as well as mixed-media pieces. For more information, contact Mike at mwdesign@sunflower.com. Andy, fondly known as Uncle Andy, is a prolific artist who specializes in squished acrylics on found objects.

15. PHOENIX GALLERY (825 Massachusetts St.) www.phoenixgallery.biz

Demonstrating artist: Laura Ramberg

Join us on March 30 from 5-9 pm for an all bee inspired spring Final Friday. Laura Ramberg will be our demonstrating artist with her nature and bee inspired art. Food will be catered by Sugar Pie, Honey Buns and it will all be made with honey, including honey bee cookies. Richard Bean will be here with his local honey and honey products, and Wes Samms will be providing music.

Laura Ramberg has been a practicing artist working in the Lawrence area for over thirty years. Laura's art emerges organically from the rhythms of a life grounded deeply in nature. She often draws inspiration for her creations from her dreams as well as the dreams of others. She works primarily with organic materials such as stone, wood, clay, and bronze.

She considers the larger purpose of her art to be serving and creating community. To that end, Laura has had work commissioned by a number of schools, churches, businesses, and private homes. Her major local projects include the restoration of the Douglas County courthouse, the crucifix of St. John's church, and the restoration of the State Capitol building in Topeka.

She holds a B.F.A. in Sculpture from the University of Kansas. In 2007 she was awarded the Imagination & Place Environmental Award. In addition to being a full-time practicing artist, Laura has taught art at the Douglas County Youth Services for over twelve years. She is also a beekeeper, gardener, naturalist, mother, yoga instructor, and dancer.

Don't miss this honey bee inspired spring Final Friday at Phoenix Gallery!

16. LOST ART SPACE (845 Massachusetts St.) www.dotdotdotartspace.com

17. THE BOURGEOIS PIG (6 E. 9th St.)

~99 Bottles~ Jesse Gray 3.30-4.26 opening reception, Final Friday, 6 until 9 pm

This show was conceived as a counterpoint to the setting of the Bourgeois Pig, purveyor of spirits, coffee, and beverages of all kinds, as well as a chance to capture the inherent beauty and iconic symbolism of the vessels that carry the elixirs that quench our passing thirst. Glass bottles have been used in countless works because of the material's ability capture shape and light and evoke immediate associations. This series is in that vein, with the bottles playing the central role, with the elements of a simple sketch, captured in the moment, left intact. The imagery also has ties to the language of advertising that appeals, at some level, to our personal identity. Mostly, though, this show supposed to be a fun way to connect some of the dots between places, people, objects, and the art of intoxication.

Artist Bio: Jesse Gray

Originally from central Texas, I have lived in Lawrence for the past 5 years, showing art incorporating a variety of media and subjects. This work is a continuation of a theme I have worked on intermittently over the last few years, starting with jars and glasses of water, now bottles, next maybe cups of soup? I am also currently a resident artist at the Lost Art Space, a studio/gallery located in downtown Lawrence, and actively working on projects bringing art to non- traditional and public spaces.

18. Z's DIVINE DOWNTOWN ESPRESSO (10 E. 9th St.) www.zsdivine.com

19. BDC TATTOO (938 Massachusetts St.) www.bdctattoo.com

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

The Story of Chickens - A Revolution by Amber Hansen Lawrence Percolator - in the alley behind 913 Rhode Island just north of the Lawrence Arts Center

"Through this project, I made a commitment to unveil what I have found to be the abstracted and passive experience of our disengagement with the animals we consume. “The Story of Chickens'” intent is to provide an opportunity for this engagement. The average American's interaction with food is at best a passive one. By this I mean that consuming is often reduced to a purely aesthetic experience abstracted from the reality of life and death. I believe our current reliance on factory-farmed animals to be a parasitic relationship. By urging a closer relationship between the consumer and the consumed, I hope to promote a more conscientious and tangible relationship."

Amber Hansen has been involved in numerous community based projects and has experience painting murals, film-making, caring for farm animals. It is from her childhood experience, being surrounded by animals, that this project was inspired.

21. LAWRENCE ARTS CENTER (940 New Hampshire) www.lawrenceartscenter.org

The 2012 Lawrence Art Center Benefit Art Auction is on display & the bidding has begun.

The Lawrence Arts Center Benefit Art Auction serves as the primary funding source for the Exhibitions Program at the Lawrence Arts Center and features approximately 150 artworks generously donated by artists. This spectacular event is also made possible by corporate and private sponsors, volunteers, and hundreds of art patrons. The Exhibitions Director and Auction Committee strive to include artwork in a diversity of mediums and styles and representing a wide range of retail value.

April 14, 2012 Doors open | 5:30 pm Live auction begins | 7:30 pm Tickets | $40 in advance, $50 at the door

22. KANSAS SAMPLER (921 Massachusetts St.) www.kansassampler.com

a2z Photography will be the featured artist for Final Friday on March 30th, 2012. www.facebook.com/a2zphoto

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

Pre-party for Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 show on Final Friday, March 30th from 5 until 9 pm The Granada will host local drum group ADEKU (The African Drum Ensemble at KU) as well as the artists below. This event will be open air outside and alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase. (Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 doors at 8:30 pm)

"Street ILL-egal"

-Making live art in the street influenced by music to spread the love.

Granada parking lot - 1040 Mass. st. 5p.m. - 9pm

Artists: Jordan Tarrant - The art of Jordan Tarrant reflects the powers of ones self to manifest freedom, happiness, Love, and inner peace culturally and independently.

Brendan Martinez - If i become the man I want to be, I will change the world... My passions and love will spread throughout this land. My doings and grace will inspire and give hope. My presence will forever be in the name of peace and love.

Brooke Henderson- Mid-west live artist using paints, spray paint, water color, colored pencils, ink pens, drawing, forming things due to creativity, also paper mache.

Erok Johanssen--Buy me a whiskey if you really wanna find out about me.

24. AIMEE'S CAFE' & COFFEE SHOP (1025 Massachusetts St.) www.aimeescoffeehouse.com FINAL FRIDAY MARCH: This month the UnderStory Arts crew is focusing on the topic of "Home." We chose this topic because March is a time when so many students come home and have a chance to evaluate what it really means to them. Come out and join us to talk about home. Tell a story about it, write a poem about how you feel, sing a song about what your home means to you. Tell us where, what, who, when. Join us for a theatrical exploration of "Home." We love it when our audience joins the group. UnderStory poetry is about giving the community an opportunity to spend time creating art together. Join us at "Home." Also join us for the amazing art of Wyatt Rogers. (www.aprintersmindink.com)

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

More Than a Game: Basketball and Community Spirit 6 until 8 pm

Photos and artifacts in the exhibition illustrate James Naismith's and Forrest "Phog" Allen's roles in shaping the game we know today and its influence in the community. The exhibition examines basketball as a source of community pride and a force for social change in Lawrence.

The Final Friday event will be held from 6-8 PM. Visitors are invited to view the exhibit, enjoy refreshments and live music.

26. 1109 GALLERY (1109 Massachusetts St.) www.lawrenceartguild.org

Final Friday at 1109 Gallery's "Contemporaries" show features Artist, Marty Olson in the large gallery. He has said of his work "I see each new piece as a physically and thematic blank canvas,ripe with potential and a host of challenges. Each stroke of the hand presents a new stage in the process of composing the piece. Granted, I frequently engage in serial themes, embracing an “umbrella” or “arc” for the series. Having established said theme does not mean that a cookie-cutter approach is appropriate or possible in the way my mind and heart function in that serial process. Each piece, in other words, must bring its own angle or personality to the table to enrich the series.

Last fall (2011), I chose to divorce myself from painting on canvas for the ensuing winter. I have delved into re-energizing my watercolor and drawing techniques. The results have been a rewarding reconnection with a sense of detail and sensitivity to recognizable imagery that has not been with me for decades. The responses have been most rewarding. The joy I derive from this change is palpable. The imagery in my new work is tangible, yet, I’m enjoying playing with the surface space in an abstract form."

The following artists have their artwork throughout the rest of the gallery exhibit spaces: Kathleen Anderson, Linda Baranski, Marci Blank, Susan Buchanan, Sophia Compton, Laurie Culling, Stephanie Freeman, D.W. Gates, Bar Geyer, Mary Jane Grinter, Shakura Jackson, Patricia Kahn, Ryan Moran, Anita Markley, Crystal Nederman, Liz Spencer, Sue Suhler, Jill Tichenor, Marcianna Vequist, Michelle Wade, Shanna Wagner, Constance Whiston and D. White.

Join us for this amazing show. Final Friday Hours: 5-9pm March 30th.

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