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
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
“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
“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
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.
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.)
DOWNTOWN UPSTAIRS (824 1/2 Massachusetts St.)
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 email@example.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.
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.
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