If you are not famiiar with the Final Friday art shows, it is a monthly event held at various galleries and businesses around downtown Wichita, where artists can show and sell their work to the greater community. We started participating in 2015, and have really enjoyed supporting local artists, while having new artwork up on the walls every month!
The Wichita Arts Council recently did a poll and found that many local artists and galleries would prefer to open their art shows on the First Friday rather than the Final Friday of the month. Many holidays fall at the end of the month, and most cities do some kind of First Friday art crawl.
As a small business that supports the arts and has monthly art shows, it didn’t matter to us which date the shows would open, since we’re always open on Fridays. We just want to support the artists. It’s also important to us that we stay consistent with the Arts Council and galleries leading the arts initiatives in the community.
This transition will be taking place over the next few months. Downtown Wichita has been gathering and sharing all of the Final Friday information, and will be changing to First Friday in September.
We will not be holding a Final Friday show in August, but will begin First Fridays September 6th with local artist Cindy Bauman.
HBIC, Hopping Gnome Brewing