FINAL FRIDAYS — June
- Categories: Art | Final Fridays
- Event posted: June 25, 2013
- Last updated: Sept. 16, 2014
- Friday, June 28, 2013, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
- Downtown Lawrence; Warehouse Arts District
- Age limit: Not available
FINAL FRIDAY, June 28th, 2013
5 until 9 pm unless otherwise noted
Final Fridays are made possible by support from the Lawrence Arts Center and The
City Of Lawrence
LAWRENCE ARTS CENTER (940 New Hampshire)
Lawrence Arts Center Final Friday events are sponsored by CornerBank
Jack will display vibrant new paintings in the Large Gallery. The paintings in
this exhibit represent a further exploration of an idea he began pursuing ten
years ago- the idea that painted areas and objects on the canvas are in process
of both forming or dissolving, entering or exiting the two dimensional plane of
Monika Laskowska. 2012-13 Artist in Residence
Give & Take
This exhibition will feature new ceramic work created during Laskowska’s
residency. Many of the pieces reflect on relationships formed during the past
year in Kansas. In addition, visitors to the gallery will have the opportunity
to create works with clay in the gallery.
String Theory 13.
Facilitated by Margaret Rose and Diana Dunkley, String Theory 13 is a
collaborative installation that invites diverse and community-wide participation
in the creation, engagement and experience of this artwork.
String Theory 13 is created by over 70 local artists and community groups and
will be installed in the front-window gallery of the Lawrence Arts Center.
Participants have created ‘strings’ using the broad theme of String Theory to
inspire creation and collaboration
“Strings and Things – Guesswork!” will be performed by Ric Averill at the
closing reception for String Theory 13 at 7 pm. This is an audience
participation performance with prizes going to the winning guessers! Ric will
play several musical instruments, and the person who guesses closest to the
number of strings played during the performance will receive 2 complimentary
tickets to their choice of Sweeney Todd or A Kansas Nutcracker. If someone
guesses the EXACT number of strings played, they will receive the above 2
tickets PLUS one free class registration (weekly classes or workshops in adult
or art education at the Lawrence Arts Center – semester long dance program
excluded).. A book by Sandy Craig McKenzie, “Trysting Hero,” is also available
for purchase. See brochure for details.
The Quilt Makers Gift, from the book by Jeff Brumbeau and Gail De Marcken
choreographed by Paige Comparato, Cynthia Crews and Shannon Picket
performances at 2 pm & 7 pm. Tickets $5
An extraordinary tale of a humble quilt maker who teaches a selfish king about
the value of generosity retold through dance. A heartwarming journey about how
giving can change the heart.
A School of Dance youth performance for dancers in kindergarten through high
Ice Cream Social from 5-7pm or whenever the ice cream from Sylas & Maddies runs
out. $5 will get you a handmade ceramic bowl and a serving of your choice of
sweet cream, Rock Chocolate Jayhawk, or Golddust. A big thank you to Sylas &
Maddies and all the ceramic bowl makers and helpers!
LAWRENCE PUBLIC LIBRARY
Visit the Lawrence Public Library in its new temporary location at 7th and New
BE MOVED STUDIO (2 E. 7th )
BLUE DOT SALON (15 E. 7th)
ESSENTIAL GOODS (15 E. 7th)
15 E. 7th Street | The Palladian Building | Downtown Lawrence
located above Java Break, next to Astrokitty Comics and Blue Dot Salon
Opening Receptions for
KELLY KEARNS :: WISHBONES
LARISSA WILSON :: BUTTERNUTSQUASH
Friday June 28 | 5 to 9 PM
Please join us Friday, June 28th for Final Fridays at Essential Goods for the
opening receptions for Kelly Kearns and Larissa Wilson. We will have live music
by DJ On.It (Sean Foust).
Kelly Kearns is an artist with an emphasis in printmaking, an aspiring
herbalist, a rock collector and lover of nature. She got her BFA in printmaking
from KU in 2009, and she lives in Lawrence. She explores nature in her artwork
with color, shape and detail, always thinking of the macro vs. micro tricks the
great outdoors can play on you.
Larissa Wilson has been creating under the name Butternutsquash for the past 6
years. Designed around the principle "Use what you have", Butternutsquash is
mixed media collages and jewelry made from recycled materials, vintage
nostalgia, and Midwestern love in Larissa's Lawrence, Kansas home. She is a
frequent contributor to LOLA and exhibits at many local and regional art fairs.
THE LAWRENCE ART PARTY (9th and New Jersey)
Lawrence Creates, the Center for Innovation, is now open! In partnership with
the Lawrence Art Guild, we are moving the Final Friday Lawrence Art Party to our
new location, at 9th and New Jersey, in the Warehouse Arts District!
619 MASSACHUSETTS PLAINS GALLERY
Closed for June Final Friday, Opening during July Final Friday
PACHAMAMAS (800 New Hampshire St.)
Works by Jen Unekis
Jen Unekis was born in Los Angeles, California in 1964. She lived in a classic
Southern California home with a pool, play house, citrus trees and a built in
trampoline in the back yard. At the age of 4 her father decided to return to his
roots in Kansas and she moved to a 100 year-old farm house that had sat vacant
for 5 years and had been a wonderful home to the local wildlife. Since the farm
was in extreme need of repair, for the next 10 years of her life her home was a
constantly changing environment. Horse hair plaster & lathe walls, exposed
stairs and half finished projects were the style of decorating in her new home.
And plastic sheeting became a favorite material for just about everything,
including doors, windows, and walls to keep out the drafts. Even tablecloths
were made out of it. Life had changed from one of comfort to that of a
struggling farm family. But the lack of life's creature comforts is probably
what sparked Jen's creative spirit. Her world was 40 acres of land to explore,
full of odd objects to cherish. A graveyard of old farm machinery was one of her
After leaving the farm and moving to many locations (and attending three
different high schools in three years) she landed back in Kansas, moved to
Lawrence and enrolled in KU. After studying Art and Design with an emphasis in
ceramics she began creating primarily works in clay. That changed to multi-media
work in 1988. Today she lives in a little yellow bungalow near the river with
her daughter Adeline and husband David, where she has a business that provides
decorative interior painting and faux finishes along with an art studio. Her
recent work has become a study of color and texture working primarily in
venetian plaster and acrylic paints. Jen's work has won placement awards in the
Kansas Visions show, the LOYO show and the Lawrence Art Guild's Art in the Park.
Actually, only this much is truly known: the uglier the dog, the more Jennifer
likes it. The rest is mere conjecture, but that won't stop it from being
printed. Also, by an amazing coincidence, she was born on her birthday. She is
considered very talented by her husband, who knows what's good for him.
COPT/FEIDEN GALLERY (800 Massachusetts St.)
5:00 PM until 9:00 PM—as part of Lawrence's Final
Fridays. Refreshments provided.
WONDER FAIR (803 Massachusetts St.)
HOTT SHEETS II: HOTTER SHEETS!
At Wonder Fair Gallery
803 ½ Massachusetts St. (above the Burger Stand)
Lawrence, KS 66044
Ph. (785) 856-3247
HOURS: M-F 12-6 | Sat. 10-7 | Sun 11-5
This Final Friday, Wonder Fair brings back an old favorite from our early years,
Hott Sheets II: Hotter Sheets! Part group drawing exhibition, part economics
experiment, and part art market critique, Hott Sheets features fifty new works
of art on paper prepared by artists from Lawrence and beyond. Of equal import in
the exhibition are the confounding yellow worksheets displayed prominently
alongside each work. Their purpose? In advance of the exhibition, each artist’s
“Hott Sheet” was subjected to a rigorous and absurd price-determination
process—a process that attempts to replicate, then subvert and implicate the
dubious motivations that determine value in the highest reaches of International
Fine Art Market. The resulting “value assessment methodology form” allows
viewers to ponder both the physical work and its objective value side-by-side;
and perhaps to consider whether they agree with the result. A cool show and a
hot topic, Hott Sheets will be warming our gallery through July 21st.
LOVE GARDEN SOUNDS (822 Massachusetts St.)
FOXTROT (823 Massachusetts St.)
Monthly window installations and art shows, along with a wide selection of
DOWNTOWN UPSTAIRS (825 1/2 Massachusetts St.)
PHOENIX GALLERY (825 Massachusetts St.)
This month for Final Friday we will feature local artists Toni Brou and Bob
Gent, and Marie McKenzie, also of Lawrence, will be in the Vermont St. entrance.
The Phoenix Gallery is offering a very special treat for this Final Friday. We
will have food by T.K. Peterson, the chef/owner of the new restaurant opening in
the Tellers location, and there will be music by Lost and Found.
Toni Brou ("Brew") settled in Lawrence after completing a BFA in Design and
Illustration at KU. She adopted the mantra, "the sun always rises" and began
crafting her beautiful, whimsical folk art sun assemblages. Her mixed media suns
are broadcast regularly on CBS Sunday Morning. Toni's incorporation of found
objects in her work (hubcaps are a favorite) is a nod to her late father who so
fostered her creative pursuits. There is a story and a positive message behind
every piece of art she produces, and she has dedicated certain motifs to benefit
particular non-profit agencies.
After earning his BFA in Graphic Design and spending many years working for
other artists, Bob Gent designed and built his own studio. His style employs
tightly controlled, bright colors, simple shapes, and a playful design sense.
His work reaches completion in being a part of people’s lives, taking that
conversation into their living spaces and bringing aesthetic pleasure from the
utilization of everyday objects.
Marie McKenzie is a graduate of the KU Fine Arts program. Her range of work
encompasses painting, sculpture, and design. The artist’s sculptures contravene
the viewer’s perception of the real and the imaginary. Her hybrid style of
painting and sculpture pushes the material aspect into further inspection.
We have a special treat for you: we will have food to sample from T.K. Peterson,
chef/owner of the new restaurant set to open soon in the former Tellers
location. This will be a chance to get a preview of the offerings from this
well-known chef and be first to try samples of the new menu.
Lost and Found originates from the outskirts of Lawrence, near Perry, Kansas.
They began playing together in high school for fun in the fall of 2011, just
with a few ukuleles and a guitar and later began writing their own music more
seriously and doing some home recording.“All we've ever wanted to do is play
music and be heard because that's what makes it fun.” Members include Annie
Mehl, Bridger Falkenstien, and Addison Jones.
TEN THOUSAND VILLAGES (835 Massachusetts St.)
Art Quilts by Marge Banks
My original designs are based upon Seminole patchwork strips. However, they are
assembled in non-traditional ways with non-traditional batik fabrics. My
painting background has prompted me to "paint with fabric" to make both wall
hangings and table pieces. They vary in size between 12" squares to 4' x 6'.
THE BOURGEOIS PIG (6 E. 9th St.)
Ink Drawings by Mitch Meseke
opening reception Final Friday
6 until 9 pm
Mitch Meseke is a freelance artist, recently relocated to Lawrence from
Berkeley, California. Mitch received his Bachelor of Arts in Denver, Colorado
and then lived for six years in New York, working in a wine shop and for several
design firms including Transistor Studios, Eyeball NYC, Life Long Friendship
Society and the Daily. He spent a year in Berkeley doing freelance artwork. His
exhibitions include The Pyramid Gallery in Williamsburg, The Wheelbarrow Gallery
in Denver and Fokl in Kansas City.
More of Mitch's work can be viewed at www.mitchmeseke.com
THE SUMMIT (901 New Hampshire St.)
Point B Dance and the AIM Dance Company
The AIM Dance Company, resident contemporary dance company of Point B Dance in
Lawrence, KS, blends the excitement of commercial dance with the essence of
concert dance to create entertaining and thought-provoking performances. At
Final Fridays, the AIM Dance Company will perform several mini-shows featuring
pieces from past as well as upcoming shows. A 10 minute excerpt in hip hop, jazz
and contemporary dance will be performed on the half hours during Final Fridays
beginning at 6:00pm, 6:30pm and again at 7:00pm. The company members will be on
hand to answer questions concerning Point B Dance as well as the AIM Dance
DO'S DELUXE (416 E. 9th St.)
openings on Final Fridays from 6 until 8 pm
Gallery curated by local painter, Marty Olson
LAWRENCE PERCOLATOR (in the alley behind Lawrence Arts Center on 9th St.)
*look for the green awnings
Closing Reception for “Nesting”
What does it mean to live in a nest, a home or interior?
Where is the nest, the best air conditioned place on a hot summer day?
Is it your pile of pillows around a TV, or a mythological place?
Is it empty?
Come to Percolator and see how Lawrence artists have answered these questions.
This show is a collaboration between the Percolator, Tenants to Homeowners, and
Eastside Village Lawrence.
EXTRA VIRGIN (937 Massachusetts St.)
Kathleen Anderson is a Lawrence resident who has been painting in watercolor and
oil for the past 14 years. She loves color in all its brilliance and subtleties
with subject matter that includes landscapes, city scenes, seascapes, flowers
and animals. She is a member of the Lawrence Art Guild, the Greater Kansas City
Art Association, and the Missouri Valley Impressionist Society. Her work hangs
in private and corporate collections and has been displayed in 1109 Gallery in
Lawrence, SouthWind Gallery in Topeka, and Images Gallery, Buttonwood Gallery,
and ARTichokes Gallery in the Kansas City area.
FIVE BAR / INGREDIENT (947 Massachusetts St.)
Five Bar (just to the north of Ingredient) on Final Friday for live music all
THE GRANADA (1020 Massachusetts St.)
Yeasayer pre-party in the parking lot to the south of the Granada
Bands and Live Painting
AIMEE'S CAFE' & COFFEE SHOP (1025 Massachusetts St.)
Art Exhibitions and Entertainment
every month on Final Fridays
WATKINS COMMUNITY MUSEUM (1047 Massachusetts St.)
Patriotism and Politics with the Watkins Museum and the Dole Institute on Final
The paraphernalia created for political campaigns is at the center of a new
temporary exhibit at the Watkins Museum, opening during the June Final Friday
gallery walk. “Democracy on Display: 100 Years of Political Advertising” shares
some of the Watkins’ collection of political buttons, yard signs and clothes
that were created to support campaigns in and around Douglas County. Campaigns
for politicians ranging from William McKinley to Alf Landon to Kathleen Sebelius
created some of the items being displayed at the Watkins Museum.
The exhibit will be celebrated with a grand opening on Friday, June 28 from 6-8
PM. Staff from the Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics will lead a special
activity for visitors, and discuss Senator Dole’s contributions to politics in
For more information on the Final Friday event, contact the Watkins Museum at
785-841-4109, or visit the museum online at watkinsmuseum.org. The Watkins
Museum is located at 1047 Massachusetts Street in downtown Lawrence.
HENRY'S COFFEE SHOP (11 E. 8th St.)
Final Fridays Opening: June 28th, 6-9pm
Pocket Trade Party: Tuesday, July 23rd, 7 pm, at Henry's Upstairs, welcome to
the public, come meet the artists, or just enjoy a cocktail!!