March Final Friday

March Final Friday
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Final Friday Is Almost Here!

CityArts is hosting the opening of four new exhibits from 5-8 p.m. on Final Friday, March 27 that celebrate the work of artists in the Wichita area.

Admission is free to CityArts’ exhibition galleries that are open 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Monday-Friday, and 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday. CityArts is located at 334 N. Mead in Old Town Square. The shows opening on Final Friday will be on exhibit through April 18.

For more information about the shows or to purchase artwork, please contact CityArts Exhibition Coordinator Lindsay Benacka at 316-350-3247 or

CityArts Main Gallery:
“25 Years of Teaching with Charles Baughman & Co.”
Charles Baughman, Conan Fugit, Dustin Parker, Melissa Slates, Barbara Amstutz, Susan Levine, Jordan Tull, and Jaclyn Turner

The artists will be on hand to speak with visitors and discuss their work during an Artists’ Talk at 7 p.m. on Final Friday in the Main Gallery that is free and open to the public.

Charles Baughman is a nationally known artist and arts educator who isn’t out to prove anything to anyone. He’s just enjoying his art – and the inspiration he receives from his students. “25 Years of Teaching” showcases some of Baughman’s best drawings, many of which were brought to life by color drips and splatters. He explains his creative process this way: “I experiment in throwing paint, and these paintings are a reflection, response and physical action of that freedom to paint nature and life around me.”

Seven of Baughman’s former students area also part of the exhibit. It’s fitting, since Baughman credits his students for teaching him as much as he taught them, summing it up by saying. “Their questions pushed me to work hard and be my best.”

As an arts educator, Baughman has taught at the Wichita Art Museum, Wichita State University, Cowley County Community College, Butler Community College, Wichita Center for the Arts and Friends University. He received his bachelor’s degree in studio arts and art history from Kearney State College in Kearney, Neb. and his master’s of fine arts in painting/sculpture from Wichita State University.
CityArts Main Hall Gallery: “To the Walls: Matthew Thonen”
Oil Paintings by Matthew Thonen
Matthew Thonen isn’t a fan of labels. He is obsessed with originality and enjoys the unusual. Influenced by a love of comics, he admires landscapes, portraits, life art, etc. That being said, this Wichita artist doesn’t associate his work with any one category. What he likes is subtle abstract and full of character, humor and message. If anyone asked how to label his art, his response would be, “That it is a mystery.”
Teapot by Antonio MartinezBoardroom Gallery:
“Ideas in Clay with Antonio Martinez”
Featuring works by CityArts Instructor Antonio Martinez with CityArts instructors Charlotte Martin, Barbara Behrend, Mary Drouin
and CityArts Ceramics students

The students worked for a period of time on focusing and developing new techniques and methods into their own processes. With further investigation into their own style, along with new approaches in creating, they were encouraged to push their work in both function and form. Along with developing an understanding in approaches, techniques, and execution of ideas, these artists were able to create new dialogues within their own work.

Balcony Gallery:
Ceramics by Joseph Rincones
By creating objects that function in our everyday lives, Joseph Rincones brings humanity, and culture into others domestic environments. For this Wichita artist and instructor at CityArts, plush surfaces and polished forms act as vehicle in creating an idea of luxury.
The Wichita Center for the Arts Holds the 2015 National Fiber Directions Exhibition
Includes 81 works from 63 artists
The Wichita Center for the Arts will hold the 2015 “National Fiber Directions Exhibition” from March 27 through May 10, 2015. This exhibition features 81 imaginative and beautiful works by 63 fiber artists. The public is invited to attend a free opening reception at The Wichita Center for the Arts, at 9112 E. Central, from 5 – 7 p.m. on Friday, March 27. The event will offer light hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar.
Casado Jazz Night with Clay Jenkins
Casado Jazz Night is on Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at 8 p.m., and will feature four Friends University combos along with special guest artist, and trumpet player, Clay Jenkins.

Clay Jenkins teaches at the Eastman School of Music, and was a member of the Stan Kenton Orchestra.

The performance will be held in the lower level of Casado Student Center on Friends University Campus at 2100 W. University Ave., Wichita, Kan., and is free and open to the public

For more information on this event or other Fine Arts events, please contact the Fine Arts Box Office at 316-295-5677 or

Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum
“Final Friday” exhibit opening featuring an illustrated lecture by historian Jane Rhoads – Fri. Mar. 27th 5-7 P.M. – Free and Open to the Public

Showing at the Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum in the Lois Kay Walls Gallery
March 27th 2015 to March 20th 2016.

George F. Bellis (1865 – 1956) worked from Wichita as an artist for many years until his death in 1956. His introduction to Wichita at the turn of the century was through an assignment to create stage sets for use at the Toler Auditorium.
He worked in a multitude of mediums for a wide range of clients internationally. His work included theatrical scenery, silent movie sets, store windows, circus wagons, mid-way banners, mechanized 3-dimensional figures known as animatrons, as well as production of decorative framed paintings and religious art works.

The Sunflower Plaza
What: “Floral Delights and Things Found in an Attic” by Christi A. McJack

When: Friday, March 27, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. & 5 – 9 p.m.

Where: 417 E. Gilbert

Johnny Sutton
“Sunken Boat”
36″ x 38″
New photographs on view. Visit with the artist and his unique approach in photographing the mystery and romance of Venice. Sunken Boat
Artist Reception
Johnny Sutton studied painting and Sculpture at Wichita State University from 1969-1972. He currently resides most of the year in Italy and focuses his lens with the eye of a painter, on his surroundings – layering, juxtaposing, distorting, and re-focusing his subject — capturing the beauty and brilliance Venice has to offer.
Please join us for
March 27, 2015
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

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About Us
ARTWORKS is located in Piccadilly Square, Central & Rock Road, Wichita, KS
Hours: M – F 10 am – 5:30 pm, and Sat 10 am – 4 pm
316-682-1481 or

The Fiber Studio & Gallery
418 Commerce, Wichita, KS 67202
6:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Anthony N. Marshall
HUE Gallery
430 S. Commerce, Suite 200
6:00pm – 10:00pm
Works by Josh Tripoli

Additional Info: Also featuring new works by James Leonard, Mary Bechtol, Dale Martin. Other artists will include: Sean Christopher Ward, Lindy Wiese, Mark Yearwood, Anita Lewis, Ernest Vincent Wood III, Carol Carter, Matthew Hilyard, Stephanie Ward and Brett Freund.
Oil paintings by artists Greg Walker and Charles Leonard.
511 E Douglas (formerly 3D Studio)
5:30 to 8:30 on Friday 3/27 and 1:00 to 5:00 Saturday 3/28
Free to view/ refreshments provided

Harvester Arts
215 N Washington, Wichita KS 67202
8-11 PM

Kick Off Party!
Come celebrate our new home in Old Town! Cash Bar by The Bar’s Open.

Featured Artist(s): Performance by Cutter J The Absurdist (Aaron Wirtz) and DJ Carbon. On view are highlights from Harvester Arts past local and national participants featured (Kate Van Steenhuyse, Kristin Beal, Ryan Gates, George Ferrandi, Hallie Linnebur, Meghan Miller, Mike Miller, Brady Hatter, Barry Badgett, Anne Schaefer, Kevin Mullins, Amanda Evans, Alexandra Spaulding, Aaron Wirtz, Levente Sulyok), a sneak peek of what’s to come: Christine Wong Yap, Ryan Mulligan.

Contact:, 316-530-2203


Mead Street Gallery
121 N Mead Street

Mead Street Gallery is excited to announce March 27th’s Final Friday will feature the work of Wichita Women Artists. Our reception will be from 6:30-9:00 pm. This exhibition will hang through April 18th.

Bob Schwan Studios
Art Gallery

Final Friday Art Crawl

March 27th, 6-10 pm

MARVELOUS MARCH!!! END OF SNOW SALE featuring artwork by Bob Schwan & Brian Hinkle

Gallery open Fridays 11:00 – 4:00 & by appointment
111 S Ellis, Wichita Kansas

Bob Schwan Studios is located on Ellis St, two blocks west of Hydraulic and a half block south of Douglas on the west side of Ellis in the same building as Center Gallery. Parking and entry to Bob Schwan Studios is on the south side of the building. Look for blue and yellow doors and a black and white awning!  This event is free and open to the public. We hope to see you there!